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D/SAOC to hold vigil

The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center is marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month by planning a number of events meant to spread the word about domestic violence. These events include the annual candlelight vigil, which will be Oct. 19 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St. ...

FD city staff, Snyder receive award

The Fort Dodge city staff and a consulting firm have been honored by a group of professional planners for creating a blueprint to revitalize the northwest side of the community. They received the Innovation in Economic Planning and Development Award from the Iowa Chapter of the American ...

Hog wild

A 300-pound pet sow that escaped from 802 Seventh Ave. N. Thursday enjoyed a two-hour adventure-filled roam around the neighborhood that included a police escort, lots of fans taking her picture, and a sampling of several residents’ plants and apples. Fort Dodge Police Lt. Dennis Quinn ...

REAP reviewed for 2017

LEHIGH — Brian Lammers, Hamilton County Conservation director, is advocating for an increase in state sales tax to help boost a program that invests in the enhancement and protection of Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. The program is commonly called REAP, which stands for Resource ...

Youth Empowerment holds costume fun run

It’s time once again to run from zombies through John F. Kennedy Memorial Park—or perhaps find Waldo hiding in the woods. Youth Empowerment Association’s annual 5k costume run/walk will be held Saturday with registration starting at 3:30 p.m. The group, formerly called It Gets ...

Reynolds, Gregg tour NEW Co-op in Roelyn

ROELYN — Gov. Kim Reynolds and Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg took a tour of Roelyn’s NEW Co-op facility Thursday as part of a series of visits across the state. Accompanied by State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge, and State Sen. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, Reynolds and Gregg were ...

16-year-old arrested for Algona social media threat

ALGONA — A 16-year-old from Algona has been arrested and charged with threat of terrorism after police say he made a threat of violence against the high school Tuesday evening. School was canceled Wednesday after the threat, which was believed to be directed against the Algona High School ...

Humboldt Glow Run will benefit mammography machine

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation is hosting its seventh annual Glow Run on Saturday. More than 200 people have signed up for the 5k run, which will start at 7:30 p.m, according to Mardi Ratzlaff, director of community development and executive director of the ...

Holiday closings

Financial • Citizens — Closed • Availa Bank — Closed • First American — Open • First State Bank – Open • People’s Credit Union — Closed • Great Western – Open • United Bank of Iowa – Closed • Wells Fargo — Open • Northwest — Open Post ...

Go & Do

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 — Soldier Creek Winery, 1584 Paragon Ave., is holding Vineyard Vibrations from 6 to 8 p.m. TODAY. Free live music will be provided by Hawk ...

UPDATE: Fort Dodge homecoming game postponed, parade canceled

UPDATE: Due to the rain and predicted weather conditions tonight's Fort Dodge Senior High varsity football game has been postponed to tomorrow, Saturday, at 4 p.m. The freshmen football game has been moved to Monday 6 p.m. The Fort Dodge Senior High homecoming parade has been canceled due to ...

Making things

Karen Alstott, president and co-founder of C&S Products Co. Inc., had some good news for several groups of Iowa Central Community College and Fort Dodge Senior High students who toured the company’s Fort Dodge North Plant Wednesday morning during a Manufacturing Day educational ...

‘There are big people in small towns’

LIVERMORE — Debbie Hardgrove wasn’t sure if she would ever see her therapy dog, Sassy, again after she went missing. Hardgrove suffers from emphysema. When she has trouble breathing, Sassy alerts Hardgrove’s husband, Jack Hardgrove. “She will jump on my chest and literally won’t ...

Threat triggers lockdown at CGD, EG schools

CLARION — A threatening social media post forced some area schools to enter a lockdown Wednesday afternoon, according to Robert Olson, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows superintendent. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Eagle Grove Community schools went on a low-level lockdown shortly after 1 p.m. A ...

Teen suspect arrested in Algona

A 16-year-old from Algona has been arrested and charged with Threat of Terrorism for allegedly making a threat of violence in a social media post Tuesday evening, Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals said. Classes were canceled Wednesday after the threat that was believed to be directed ...

Algona schools close after threat Wednesday

ALGONA — After a threat against the Algona Community School District, classes were canceled Wednesday. Police learned of the threat Tuesday at about 10:15 p.m. and informed the district, said Superintendent Marty Fonley in a posting on the school’s website. Since the credibility of ...

Benson: Those who threaten schools could face range of charges

Anyone who makes a threat directed at a school could face a number of charges, according to Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson. “Definitely, it would take some work for us to determine the source of the message, especially if it’s done with social media,” Benson said. “But once ...

Pelican trapped in FD yard rescued

A pelican is rarely on anyone’s list of backyard birds. But one of them somehow dropped by for a visit to a Fort Dodge backyard Tuesday night. “I have a pelican in my backyard. I don’t know if he’s hurt, or sick, or what,” said June Smith, who lives in the 2000 block of ...

FDSH alum named first FDCS Foundation director

Molly Nelson, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High, has been named the first director of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation. “I am inspired and impressed by all of the great things happening in Fort Dodge and with the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation,” Nelson said in a ...

REAP assembly is tonight

LEHIGH — The 2017 Resource Enhancement and Protection assembly is being held tonight at the Prairie Resource Center in Lehigh. The meeting, held every two years, is an opportunity for locals to discuss projects where REAP money should be used, according to Tammie Krausman, REAP ...