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Years of use

When Iowa Central Community College welcomed its first students in 1966, the community college system that exists in the state today was a new concept. Since then, hundreds of thousands of students have strolled across the Fort Dodge campus. The latest figures available from the college ...

County may change ATV rules

Changes to a county ATV ordinance were addressed by the Webster County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday. A proposed ordinance, known as Ordinance 52, would repeal and replace Ordinance 51, which lists rules for ATV and off-road vehicle operations on Webster County roads. Supervisor ...

Supervisors review county community services budget

The Webster County supervisors reviewed next fiscal year’s proposed budget for community social services and substance abuse Tuesday afternoon. The 2018-2019 fiscal year begins on July 1. Alison Hauser, the Webster County coordinator of disability services and community services ...

Young woman abducted, found in Renwick

HUMBOLDT - A Nebraska resident is facing kidnapping charges after a young woman was found by Humboldt and Wright County sheriff's deputies at a home in Renwick early Tuesday morning, according to a press release from Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger. Valentin Velez, 36, of La Vista, ...

Shots fired hit FD home early Wednesday

The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating after gunshots struck a home occupied by a family that included multiple children, according to a police reports. No one was injured, according to police. Officers responded to the call at about 12:31 a.m. Wednesday. It was reported that ...

In the beginning

Back in 1966 there were only two employees of what was then the Area V Community College-Vocational School: Donald Klucking, of Webster City, and Edwin Barbour, of Eagle Grove. Klucking was the school’s secretary and business manager. Barbour, who at that time had been Eagle Grove’s ...

Family recalls beloved funeral director

Joseph M. Laufersweiler, the longtime funeral director and owner of the oldest family funeral home in Iowa — Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home — passed away on Sunday from a sudden illness. He was 65. Laufersweiler was known for his compassion and listening ear. He was married ...

Budget talks: Conservation looks forward to year of camping at OHV park

At long last, Webster County Conservation is hoping to reap the rewards from the Gypsum City Off Highway Vehicle Park’s campground. This will be the first full fiscal year the campground has been open, said Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove, and the department hopes to see new revenue ...

FD chase suspect held on bond

A Fort Dodge man who police say led officers on a brief chase Sunday has been ordered held on bond. Jeremy L. Altman, 36, is charged with eluding, a serious misdemeanor, and simple misdemeanor interference with official acts, failure to obey a traffic control device, and driving under ...

For the love of kringla

LeRoy Husske is a man known for many talents. But perhaps his most interesting one is as a kringla baker who gives pastries to his friends. For years, the Fort Dodge man has been baking the Norwegian pastry and both giving away and selling it. It’s all thanks to his late ...

Short chase leads to arrest of FD man

A Fort Dodge man was arrested after he led officers on a short chase north of downtown Sunday afternoon, according to Lt. Dennis Mernka, of the Fort Dodge Police Department. Jeremy L. Altman, 37, of Fort Dodge, allegedly ran two stop signs near North 10th Street before an officer attempted to ...

FD City Council, school board meetings canceled

The Fort Dodge City Council meeting and the Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight have been canceled due to bad weather. The Fort Dodge Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. today.

On MOORLAND Pond

MOORLAND — The 1,500 trout released by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Moorland Pond Saturday morning got quite a reception. Well over 100 anglers, baited hooks at the ready in the water below holes drilled in the 12-inch thick ice, were ready. The fish didn’t stand a ...

Hubbell calls for cutting tax credits, boosting education spending

Fred Hubbell wants to change Iowa state government priorities by scrapping corporate tax breaks that don’t produce much growth, while investing more money in programs he believes will create opportunities for people. “My whole approach to state government is going to be to restore ...

Van Zyl a finalist in Missouri search

Doug Van Zyl, superintendent of the Fort Dodge Community School District, is a finalist for the superintendent’s position in the St. Joseph School District, St. Joseph, Missouri. Van Zyl, who is in his eighth year with the FDCSD, is one of three finalists, according to New-Press Now. The ...

Catalyst Award nominations being accepted

Nominations are open for an award that honors a Fort Dodge business leader who has contributed to the growth of the community. The Catalyst Award, which is given out annually by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, will be presented at the Growth Alliance’s annual dinner March 1 at the ...

FDSH hosts robotics

During one of its first times on the competition floor, the robot fielded by the Fort Dodge Senior High Dodgerbots Robotics Team didn’t do much. At a First Tech Challenge Robotics League Championship, that’s not a good thing. After their allotted time expired, the team members took ...

On the money

Annual budget talks for Webster County began Friday morning, as the county supervisors met with department heads to go line by line through their department’s proposed spending plans. Veterans’ Affairs and the Treasurer’s office presented their initial numbers for the upcoming ...

Rabiner residential treatment suspended for year

Some of Rabiner Treatment Center’s services are being suspended for this year, the center’s chief executive officer said Friday. “Rabiner Treatment Center is not ‘shutting down’ — we are suspending the residential treatment program, because we could not get enough Minnesota kids ...