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Fire alarm system to be upgraded at FDSH

The fire alarm system at Fort Dodge Senior High is going to be completely overhauled this summer. The Fort Dodge Community School District awarded a contract for the system upgrades at a special meeting Monday. Iowa Fire Control LLC, of Fort Dodge, was awarded the contract. The firm ...

Contract awarded for FDSH piping project

The Fort Dodge Community School District will continue to upgrade water piping at Fort Dodge Senior High this summer. The FDCSD board awarded a contract for the domestic water piping replacement project at a special meeting Monday. Riley-Armstrong Plumbing and Heating Inc., of Fort ...

Two bridge projects on horizon for Fort Dodge

The busy Veterans Bridge in Fort Dodge is scheduled for some major repairs, while another span in the southern part of the city may be replaced. Veterans Bridge carries First Avenue South over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. It’s a key link between the central part of the city and the ...

Man dies after shootout near Moorland

MOORLAND — A man is dead after officials say he shot at and exchanged gun fire with an Iowa State trooper Sunday morning. The trooper was responding to a motorist assist, when he encountered a man and woman “involved in a dispute,” according to a statement from the Iowa Department ...

Multiple trailers catch fire in Coalville

COALVILLE - Three trailer homes are burning in a trailer park in Coalville Monday afternoon. The fires were reported at 24260 Nelson Ave. No injuries have been reported. Wind speeds are in excess of 30 mph today. Duncombe and Otho volunteer firefighters are on scene.

Names released in Sunday shooting

Names have been released in an officer-involved shooting near Moorland on Sunday. According to a press release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Justin Parman was the officer. The suspect has been identified at Joshua Lee Ewing, 26, of ...

Rockhound discoveries

John Wilke knew the stone ax head he’d found somewhere around the Fort Dodge region was ancient, and unique. But he didn’t know much else about it. That’s why Wilke brought his find to the annual River Valley Rockhounds Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show at the Webster County ...

Welcome to Duncombe

Parents, students and community members got a look at the newly reconstructed Duncombe Elementary School Saturday morning before its official opening in the fall. Duncombe will be reopening nearly three years after structural issues forced the Fort Dodge Community School District to close ...

Conrad’s essay tops thousands

Liam Conrad was just two blocks away from a terrorist attack when he was a sophomore in high school. Conrad, a senior at St. Edmond Catholic School who will graduate in May, was visiting Nice, France, with his French class in July of 2016 when a Muslim man rammed through a crowd of people ...

Ag secretary forum to be in Fort Dodge

The five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Iowa secretary of agriculture will answer questions during a forum in Fort Dodge on May 9. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S. Candidates Ray Gaesser, Chad Ingels, Craig Lang, Agriculture Secretary Mike ...

DCI: Man dies in shootout with state trooper

One man is dead after officials say he fired a gun at an Iowa State Trooper. A trooper responded to the 2300 block of Carter Avenue, west of Moorland, at about 10 a.m. to respond to a motorist assist, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The trooper encountered a man and woman ...

29th Street project moves along

The reconstruction of part of South 29th Street in Fort Dodge is advancing north. Beginning Monday, the first 250 feet of that street north of First Avenue South will be closed, according to the city’s engineering staff. The two driveways on the South 29th Street side of Target, 2910 ...

Long-time Marshalltown publisher to retire

With more than three decades at the helm of The Times-Republican and Marshalltown Newspaper LLC, publisher Mike Schlesinger has announced he will retire June 30. Abigail Pelzer will serve as his successor as publisher of The Times-Republican and Marshalltown Newspaper LLC and will manage ...

Train collides with cultivator pulled by tractor

GOWRIE — No injuries were reported after a train hit a field cultivator that was being pulled by a tractor Saturday morning. The incident happened in a farm field near 390th Street and Garfield Avenue. Deputy Trevir Michehl, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, said the ...

FD schools consider backpack usage

As some schools around the country are tightening their restrictions on backpacks, at least one Fort Dodge family doesn’t believe that’s the answer to improve safety at local schools. In Parkland, Florida, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were required to wear clear ...

Srinivas critical of health care system

A 25-year-old man had to choose between feeding his family or getting himself the medicine he needed to recover from the flu. That’s a choice that Dr. Megan Srinivas doesn’t believe Iowans should have to make. Srinivas, a Fort Dodge native, is seeking the Democratic nomination in ...

Garage fire likely electrical

A 12-year-old boy riding his bicycle Friday afternoon noticed smoke coming from a small garage located in the 1700 block of Second Avenue North, according to Capt. Steve Teske, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. The boy went to a neighbor’s house and dialed 911, Teske said. The fire ...

Humboldt supervisors move ahead on wind turbine ordinance

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the wording in a proposed wind tower ordinance at Monday’s meeting. There has been interest in energy companies setting up wind farms in Humboldt County and the supervisors have been working for months on an ordinance to ...

Could downtown Fort Dodge be the next Opportunity Zone?

Investors in downtown Fort Dodge properties may be able to benefit from a provision of the federal tax cut signed into law late last year by President Donald Trump. That law created Opportunity Zones, and downtown Fort Dodge has been nominated to become one of them. Gov. Kim Reynolds ...

Driving for education

Adults 18 and older will have a chance to test drive new vehicles from Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota on Saturday to raise money for St. Edmond Catholic School. The fundraiser, called Drive 4 UR School, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the east parking lot at St. Edmond. Adults ...