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Police probe pickup in river situation

A pickup truck was pulled out of the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge Friday morning as investigators worked to figure out why it was apparently driven into the water Thursday night. “We are still investigating the incident and exactly why it happened,” police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said ...

Nature’s Fury

‘I remember the town the way it was’ MANSON — If you stop and visit Jim and Doris Cunningham in their home — built in 1862 from two houses moved in from the country — chances are he will take you out into the backyard and show you their above-ground tornado shelter. It’s ...

Algona survivors recall 1979 tornado

ALGONA — When longtime educator Blair Redenius went into the Bertha Godfrey School after the 1979 tornado tore through the Algona community 40 years ago today, one of the things that caught his eye was a black and white clock that dangled from a classroom wall by its cord. Redenius, of ...

UnityPoint Health to form partnership with Sanford Health

DES MOINES - UnityPoint Health, headquartered in Des Moines, announced on Friday its intent to enter into a new partnership with Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The partnership impacts the entire UnityPoint Health organization, including its Fort Dodge hospital, ...

RockNRail returning to Fort Dodge

Bicyclists will descend on Fort Dodge soon to take part in the third RocknRail 1850 bike race, riding around the downtown area and competing for the chance to win a trophy. RocknRail 1850, which will be July 6, is known as a criterium bike race, according to Meg Beshey, one of the race’s ...

Go and Do: June 28

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY in the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall parking lot. FORT DODGE — Karl L. King Municipal Band Concert is 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy of ...

Warm day, cold drink

Janelle Derrig, 11, of Fort Dodge, and her aunt, Abigail Derrig, 10, also of Fort Dodge, might very well be future lemonade tycoons. The pair were doing a brisk business selling the cool, refreshing summer beverage Wednesday afternoon at the corner of 12th Street and First Avenue ...

One dead in pickup crash in Palo Alto County

EMMETSBURG — A man was killed when his pickup truck rolled over at a rural Palo Alto County intersection early Wednesday morning. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Department identified the man as Jason Wickman, 44, of West Bend. The crash occurred at a Y-shaped intersection in the 4700 ...

Pickup truck driven into Des Moines River

A white pickup truck ended up in the Des Moines River not far from the Kenyon Road Bridge Thursday night after the driver apparently decided to intentionally drive the vehicle into the water, according to Lt. Dennis Quinn, of the Fort Dodge Police Department. Quinn said it appeared the ...

It’s the teachers’ turn for a lesson

ROELYN — Summer break isn’t just vacation time for teachers. It’s oftentimes an opportunity for them to earn college and license renewal credit in addition to learning about new ways and subjects to bring to their classrooms come fall. Through a partnership between the Iowa Farm ...

Lunch on the Square returns Friday

A community lunch that started last year is returning Friday to offer an inexpensive meal, free entertainment and an opportunity to spend some time in downtown Fort Dodge. Lunch on the Square will be held in the City Square, also known as Karl King Park, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The ...

To be, or not to be — at camp

Claire Jeong, 9, of Fort Dodge, had to clarify the role she’s playing in the Camp Creamery production of “The Legend of Blackbeard’s Gold” during this week’s Stage Door Productions Theater Camp. Mackerel is the character’s name. “It’s not a fish,” she said. “It’s a ...

Credit union buying First American Bank branches

First American Bank branches in Fort Dodge and the Des Moines area will be purchased by GreenState Credit Union in a deal that was announced Tuesday afternoon. The deal will close in the fourth quarter of this year, pending regulatory approval. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. In ...

Weidemann promoted to assistant county engineer

A member of Webster County’s engineering staff has been promoted to assistant county engineer, filling a vacancy that was created by the hiring of a new county engineer. Ryan Weidemann, who is currently an assistant engineer with the Webster County engineer’s office, will become assistant ...

Dayton Enduro event returning to Webster County

An annual dirt bike event will be returning to Webster County later this summer, bringing riders from across the state to the southern part of the county for competitions and riding. And they’ll be able to use some of the roads in Webster County after the Board of Supervisors voted ...

Taking the lead

Three area girls disappointed with the variety of stores in Crossroads Mall decided that they should do more than just complain. So Samantha Andersen, 11; Marleigh Doan, 12; and Kyla Egli, 11; got to work. The three, who will all be seventh-graders at Manson Northwest Webster Junior High in ...

City, state address Memorial Park Cemetery issue

The city of Fort Dodge is formally teaming up with the Iowa Insurance Division to care for Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery while a court proceeding is underway. The state agency has filed a court petition seeking to take control of the troubled cemetery through a process called ...

FD zoning changes get initial OK

A package of wording changes for zoning rules received the initial approval of the Fort Dodge City Council on a 6-1 vote Monday. It was the first of several such measures the council will consider in the future as it updates zoning laws. Definitions included in Monday’s measure caused ...