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Humboldt supervisors discuss closing courthouse in bad weather

DAKOTA CITY — What criteria should be used in closing the courthouse during a snow storm was discussed at Monday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting. Board Chairman Bruce Reimers said he was faced with making that decision during last week’s snow storm. He decided not to ...

2 hurt in house explosion

Four people were inside of a Fort Dodge home during an explosion Wednesday afternoon, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. Two people reportedly suffered minor injuries, while the other two were unharmed, Hergenreter reported. The house is located at Ninth Avenue South and ...

Learning from EMTs

Third- and fourth-graders got a special chance to help carry their “injured” teacher during Dodger Academy Monday afternoon — and even got to work the horn and sirens on the ambulance. Dodger Academy Program Director Ashley Canto wasn’t really hurt, but she was willing to lie on the ...

Stormwater utility fee increase proposed in Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge homeowners and businesses may shortly be paying more each month into an account that pays for fixing and building storm sewers. The monthly stormwater utility fee for homeowners would increase to $4, according to a proposal discussed by the City Council on Monday. Currently, that ...

Dam removal planned in Fort Dodge

The two dams that span the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge would be removed during the winter of 2018-2019, according to a plan presented to the City Council Monday. Once the dams are gone, some type of structures will be built in the river to direct the water and reduce stream bed erosion. ...

Main Street Fort Dodge wins grants

The New Main Street Fort Dodge program has won a pair of grants. A $7,000 award from the Texas-based Build a Better Block program will help pay for sprucing up a small section of Central Avenue, Kris Patrick, the executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge, told the City Council Monday. A ...

Asphalt, concrete patching planned for FD this year

Portions of 11 Fort Dodge streets will be repaved with a thicker coat of asphalt this year, the City Council learned Monday. Also, Kenyon Road will again be the site of a concrete patching project as it was last year. This year, the patching work will also extend east to Fifth Avenue ...

Project to reduce water hardness advances

Preparations for a project that will reduce the hardness of Fort Dodge drinking water were advanced by the City Council on Monday. With no debate, the council approved the purchase of reverse osmosis equipment to be installed at the John W. Pray Water Facility. The equipment will be bought ...

FDCSD board tables discussion on schedules

The Fort Dodge Community School District board delayed action on proposed new schedules for each of its schools at its meeting Monday night. Stacey Cole, FDCSD director of education services, presented the schedules to the board. She asked for approval on the school hours for the 2018-19 ...

New Corridor SSMID to get started

The new taxing district that will help care for landscaping and other amenities along Fifth Avenue South was readied for action Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. The council unanimously approved the bylaws of the Corridor Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District. It also appointed ...

FD woman killed in crash south of Badger

BADGER — A Fort Dodge couple along with a group of passers-by acted quickly to try and help the people involved in a head-on collision between two cars south of Badger Sunday afternoon. The crash was reported at 1:53 p.m., 1 1/2 miles south of Badger, according to Trooper Neil Morenz, ...

Caring for all creatures

WEBSTER CITY — “I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Dr. Richard Stribe. “The vets that came out to the farm — they were probably some of the few educated people you saw on the farm.” Stribe, 68, a veterinarian at the Webster City Vet Clinic, is retiring from the ...

Bigger and better

The construction site of the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge Service Center at 4000 First Ave. N. is a beehive of activity. One crew, clad in hard hats, reflective vests and harnesses for working at heights, are building concrete forms for what will later become a stairwell. Another ...

CJ Bio America expands

As CJ Bio America enters its fifth year in Webster County, the company is preparing for a $51 million expansion project to begin producing a new product. CJ Bio America will begin producing L-Threonine, which is an amino acid used as an additive in livestock feed, the company announced in ...

Staying on track

When Lydia Fowler, 18, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, was in middle school, oftentimes she just didn’t feel like completing her homework. “I really didn’t want to do school work,” Fowler said. But, she had a mentor to help get her back on track. That mentor is Sue ...

Firefighter who survived 9/11 to speak in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — One of the highest ranking firefighters to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 will be sharing his experiences at a Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser, according to Brian Gargano, a former Humboldt firefighter who helped organize the event. Richard ...

FD council to move on reverse osmosis, new corridor district

The Fort Dodge City Council will advance the reverse osmosis project at the John W. Pray Water Facility and start the new Corridor Self-Supported Municipal District when it meets Monday. The council’s efforts will begin at 5 p.m. with a workshop session in the Municipal Building, 819 First ...

Belated honors

Two veterans were recognized Saturday afternoon during a medal ceremony held at Iowa Central Community College. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, presented the medals on behalf of the United States government. The family of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Hugh Harrison attended. ...