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Sen. Grassley bill helps informants in anti-trust cases

A bill co-authored by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley that protects workers who provide information on anti-trust violations has been approved by the Senate. Grassley, a Republican who is Iowa’s senior senator, wrote the bill with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. The Criminal Anti-trust ...

Coming soon: Lights at Kennedy

As the season turns snowier, a few volunteers are already hard at work to fill the woods with lights for Christmas. Preparations are under way for the 14th annual Lights at Kennedy at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, where once again businesses and community organizations will sponsor ...

Garage fire damages FD homes

When Scott Dow, of Fort Dodge, looked out a window of his house Thursday morning after hearing an unusual noise, he spotted flames coming from a corner of his neighbor’s garage. “It looked like a Christmas tree,” he said late Thursday afternoon. “I watched it for about two seconds ...

Quiz Bowl

Many of the questions presented to a group of Fort Dodge Middle School seventh-grade Talented and Gifted students Thursday morning during the annual Iowa Quiz Bowl could easily stump an adult. Especially if that adult is decades away from their last algebra text book or if they just can’t ...

Police, Patrol urge care in traffic

As people prepare to hit the roads this holiday season to reunite with friends and family for Thanksgiving, local law enforcement is reminding drivers to take suitable precautions. Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said there is always plenty of travel during the holiday season, ...

ICCC Career Academy proposed

Iowa Central Community College may establish a career academy to teach things like welding in a new high school being considered in Jefferson. College President Dan Kinney said Friday that he was approached by some representatives of the Jefferson community and asked if he would consider ...

Go & Do

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Shoe Sensation, Crossroads Mall, is holding a fundraising event for Humane Society of North Central Iowa from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. SATURDAY. Donations of paper towels, cat litter, puppy pads, copy paper, pet food, treats, toys and cash will be accepted during the ...

Students in the Arts

A group of Students in the Arts stood in front of three large blank white canvasses in a classroom at Iowa Central Community College Wednesday afternoon that would soon be part of their Doing the Arts in My Community project. Their instructor for the afternoon, BG Smith, of Fort Dodge, ...

UnityPoint warns of possible change for Amerigroup patients

UnityPoint Health, which includes Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, is notifying area residents who receive Medicaid services managed by Amerigroup Iowa Inc. that the contract between the two organizations may end on Dec. 31. If the contract ends, patients will have two choices, ...

Knigge gets a May ’18 trial date

A woman accused of killing her best friend will stand trial for first-degree murder next year. Mackenzie Knigge, 26, of Clare, had her trial set for May 14, 2018, following a trial-scheduling conference held Wednesday. She is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jessica ...

Fort Dodge City Council seeks EPA grant

The city of Fort Dodge is seeking a $300,000 federal grant to pay for assessing sites for contamination. The City Council approved the grant application during a special meeting at noon Wednesday. The application is being submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. City officials ...

Humboldt supervisors consider animal shelter

DAKOTA CITY — The need for an animal shelter was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Two weeks ago, Humboldt County Animal Control Officer Merri Hansen told the board a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector has said the county and the city of ...

Confinements meet matrix criteria, and opposition

The Webster County Supervisors disapproved two out of three proposed hog confinements that would be built in the county at its regular meeting Tuesday. More than 55 people attended the meeting, with multiple voices speaking out against two confinements that would be built near Duncombe. ...

Hamilton County gives four confinement proposals a green light

WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to recommend four construction permit applications for new swine finisher barns in northeast Hamilton County. The approval came following a public hearing that brought comments from both opponents and supporters ...

Iowa Central to seek $25.5M in bonds

Voters in nine area counties will be asked early next year to approve a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue to finance numerous building upgrades at Iowa Central Community College. The college’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to schedule a Feb. 6 referendum on the ...

Mall lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit seeking to develop the former Sears property at the Crossroads Mall has been dismissed. The motion, which had been filed on behalf of Hutton Growth LLC, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was approved Tuesday morning, the same day the case was set to be heard at trial in Webster County ...

Three FD buildings a century old

The Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission paid tribute to three of Fort Dodge’s 100-year-old buildings Tuesday night inside one of them — Heartland Senior Living, formerly Prusia Hardware, 610 Central Ave. About 25 people attended the third annual Downtown Centennial Building ...

Housing, credit union building may get TIF support

New homes and the construction of a credit union office may get financial aid from the city of Fort Dodge via tax increment financing. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission took a preliminary step to making that possible on Tuesday by recommending that the sites of those projects be ...

County approves cultural and recreation authority

The plan to create a city-county authority to run the proposed cultural and recreation center in downtown Fort Dodge is moving forward, after approval from the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The board approved unanimously approved the articles of incorporation for the Webster ...

Complaint alleges October Romantix theft was inside job

What was initially reported as a robbery at an adult store in town is now a theft investigation after prosecutors allege the incident was planned by an employee. Two people are facing charges with the Oct. 7 incident at Romantix, 15 N. Fifth St. Amanda M. Hughes, 31, of Fort Dodge, has been ...