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Missing kayakers body found

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter confirmed Thursday afternoon that family members had located the remains of Alex Dencklau, 26, of Clare, in the Des Moines River, south of the Fort Dodge Water Treatment Plant. Hergenreter said authorities were notified at about 12:15 p.m. Dencklau ...

Jaycee Park to become city dog park in Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE — Community members in Eagle Grove hope to have a fenced-in park where they can take their furry friends for a walk sometime in the future. The Eagle Grove City Council approved the establishment of a dog park at a meeting May 21. The council held a public hearing on the park ...

Zales at Crossroads Mall will close

Zales, known as the diamond store since 1924, will close its doors at Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge, company officials confirmed Thursday. The last day of business is June 26.

Humboldt man gets federal prison sentence for meth

SIOUX CITY — A Humboldt man who had previously served time in prison on a methamphetamine charge has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing about 20 pounds of meth, prosecutors say. Zachary Tew, 25, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count ...

Garage destroyed in blaze

A garage in Fort Dodge was destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. The blaze at 1712 Third Ave. S. was reported at about 11:40 p.m. No one was injured. Two motorcycles and a snowmobile in the garage were destroyed. Two live electric lines fell into the alley near the garage as a result of ...

FD public schools to dismiss at 1:10 p.m.

Fort Dodge public schools will be dismissing at 1:10 p.m. today. This is due to the heat and temperatures in classrooms that don't have air conditioning.

River search continues

Rescuers continued their search of the Des Moines River Tuesday after a kayaker was swept away by the current Monday afternoon. Rescuers will be helped today by a new tool from out-of-state. “We’ve got another resource from Illinois,” Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said. ...

Appraisers coming to Webster Co.

Assessments throughout Webster County are scheduled to start soon. Professional appraisers from Vanguard Appraisals, of Cedar Rapids, will be visiting every home within a town in Webster County over the next year in hopes of bringing property assessments up to date. County officials have ...

Humboldt man leads officers on high-speed chase Tuesday

HUMBOLDT — A man led officials on a high-speed chase after police say they saw him stealing a car Saturday night near the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Jared Reinholdt, 31, of Humboldt, was arrested Saturday evening and charged with eluding law enforcement and operating without the ...

FD community school board OKs fire alarm change order

The Fort Dodge Community School District board on Tuesday approved a change order for a new fire alarm system being installed at Fort Dodge Senior High. The change order accounts for voice annunciators that will direct everyone in the building to leave because of a fire alarm. The new ...

FD district to get new Chromebooks

The Fort Dodge Community School District board on Tuesday approved the purchase of hundreds of new Google Chromebook laptop devices. Six hundred Chromebooks will be purchased through the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy technology budget. Each device costs an estimated $310. ...

Storm displaces Thor family

THOR — One family was displaced in Thor after strong storms swept through Humboldt County Tuesday night, according to Melody Larson, Humboldt County emergency management coordinator. Larson said a large tree fell on the house and caused enough damage that the family couldn’t stay there. ...

Hazmat, FDFD team up on office manager

The regional Hazmat group serving the Fort Dodge region will have a new part-time office manager, spending part of her time with the Fort Dodge Fire Department, after the full-time manager retires, Webster County Supervisor Merrill Leffler said Tuesday. Headquartered at the Fort Dodge Fire ...

Victim in kayaking accident identified

Update: Full story here. _______________ Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter has released the name of the man who is presumed drowned in the Des Moines River after a Monday afternoon kayaking accident. The victim's name is Alex Dencklau, 26, of Clare. The Fort Dodge Fire Department ...

In FD, Albert Habhab is Veteran of the Year

A retired judge who served in World War II was honored Monday during Fort Dodge’s Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park. Albert Habhab, of Fort Dodge, was recognized as the Veteran of the Year from the VFW Post 1856, also of Fort Dodge. Habhab, a former Fort Dodge mayor who ...

Sprinkler problem empties Walmart

A sprinkler head in a back room of the Fort Dodge Walmart store was broken Sunday morning, forcing dozens of customers and employees to evacuate. The store was closed for at least an hour. The incident at 3036 First Ave. S. was incorrectly reported to authorities as a gas leak. It was ...

Firefighters douse fire at Cargill

Firefighters from Fort Dodge, Clare and Barnum work to put out a fire at the Cargill plant west of Fort Dodge Sunday evening. Fort Dodge Firefighter Jeff Hill said a hydraulic line malfunctioned and sprayed fluid onto these very hot pipes, where it caught fire. “The pipes get extremely ...

One injured in rollover on US 169

This Chevy Tracker was apparently headed southbound just south of the exit for Second Avenue South. Fort Dodge Police Sgt. Steve Hanson said this Chevy Tracker was being driven by Matt Huffman, 27, of Fort Dodge.Huffman reported there was a problem with the car, and it rolled over once and ...