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In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Fort Dodge Area Symphony Concert “Down Home Holiday” is 3 p.m. SUNDAY at Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St. Admission is by season membership or tickets at the door are $10 for adults and free for students. FORT DODGE — Soldier Creek Winery, 1584 ...

‘Packed to the max’

Hundreds of people will be lined up on Saturday waiting to get their hands on some fresh, clean clothes for the holiday season. The line will be outside of the Career Education Building on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College, 1 Triton Circle, for the 14th annual Share What You ...

Operation Christmas still needs donations

Over its 66 years, Operation Christmas has worked out of anywhere it could find a generous landlord. In the early days, sometimes the donated space wasn’t heated or even lighted, and the volunteers came in coats and mittens. The group has been all up and down Fifth Avenue South, and ...

Main Street director named in FD

The new Main Street Fort Dodge program will be managed by an experienced director of a similar program in Chariton who will start on the job next week. Kris Patrick will begin working as the executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge on Monday. She most recently served as both the ...

Black gets federal prison on drug charge

A Fort Dodge man has been sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to a drug charge. Gary D. Black, 44, pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. He was sentenced on Tuesday to more than 14 years in federal ...

Dog steps on gun, injuring hunter in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY - A hunter was injured in Wright County Wednesday after a dog stepped on a loaded gun, causing it to fire. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources identified the man as William Rancourt, 36, of Lebanon, New Hampshire. According to the DNR, Rancourt and three other hunters were ...

Fire wrecks unoccupied FD house Monday morning

An early morning fire gutted an unoccupied home near Fort Dodge Senior High Monday. The fire was called in by a passerby at about 6:45 a.m., according to Fort Dodge Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Sanders. The home, at 854 N. 24th St., is owned by Janice Bowers, according to Webster County’s ...

Nemitz to lead national Foster Grandparents group

Jeanine Nemitz is about to become the leader of a national organization that supports the managers of Foster Grandparents. Nemitz, who is the Foster Grandparents director in Fort Dodge, will become president of the National Association of Foster Grandparents Directors on Jan. 1. She has been ...

Webster County to save on natural gas with WoodRiver Energy

Webster County taxpayers are on track to save 5 percent on natural gas provided to county buildings, according to Webster County Supervisor Bob Thode. The county signed a sales agreement Tuesday with WoodRiver Energy to provide gas for six county buildings. “They did the figures,” Thode ...

Loots named interim engineer in Humboldt County

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors appointed Ben Loots as the interim county engineer at Monday’s meeting. Loots had been the assistant county engineer. Earlier this month the board voted not to renew the contract of County Engineer Paul Jacobson, which expires ...

New mental health advocate starts work

A new mental health advocate will be serving anyone who goes through the committal process in Webster County. Kathy Erickson’s appointment was filed by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Erickson will work for County Social Services, the 22-county mental health region which ...

Kris Patrick named Main Street Fort Dodge executive director

Kris Patrick has been named the executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge. She will begin on Dec. 4. Patrick had previously lived in Chariton and served as both the Chariton Main Street Director and Chariton Area Chamber Director. The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District was ...

Holiday on Central: Let the season commence

Christmas treats, and, of course, Santa Claus, brought out hundreds of kids and their families for the annual Holiday on Central Monday night. Santa himself made his usual dramatic entrance coming down Central Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage. To the delight of — most — children. ...

Duncombe opening is fall ’18

The opening of the new Duncombe Elementary School has been rescheduled for the start of next school year in the fall, the Fort Dodge Community School District board announced at its meeting Monday night. The decision was made to allow a smoother transition into the new school, according to ...

Breyfogle pleads guilty to lottery theft

The former assistant manager of a convenience store in Fort Dodge will not get jail time or heavy fines, but he must pay back about $24,000 in restitution after he stole lottery tickets and redeemed them. Christopher A. Breyfogle, 31, of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of ...

Code update stalls over driveway issue

The adoption of a new property maintenance code in Fort Dodge has been put on hold because of concerns that it would prohibit gravel driveways. On Monday, the City Council was to consider the first reading of a measure to adopt the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code written by ...

Storm water utility fee increase possible in FD

Fort Dodge property owners may have to pay more money each month to the city’s utility fund that pays for storm sewers. The storm water utility fee has been in place since 2007, and has not been raised since then. It generates about $500,000 a year. While presenting a proposal to the City ...

Fort Dodge fireworks rules get final OK

New rules restricting when people can launch fireworks in Fort Dodge received final approval from the City Council on Monday. In the summer, fireworks can now only be used from July 1 to July 4. Fireworks are allowed between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on those days. Also, fireworks can now only be ...

Fort Dodge Council approves TIF funds

A new road in the Williams Bend housing area, a planned credit union office and Fort Dodge’s return to the Main Street Iowa program would all get a financial boost as a result of action by the City Council on Monday. The council passed a number of measures that will allow tax increment ...

New SSMID approved for Fifth Avenue South

A new taxing entity that will pay for landscaping and sidewalk maintenance along part of Fifth Avenue South has won the final approval of the City Council. The council on Monday unanimously approved the creation of the Corridor Self Supported Municipal Improvement District. That district is ...