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Humboldt supervisors compromise on major tile project

DAKOTA CITY — Facing a group of landowners with different opinions on a drainage project, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors compromised on a project Monday. At issue is an aging drainage tile in Sub District 5 of Drainage Distract 11 east of Bradgate. The tile has become inadequate ...

AMP youth

At meetings like this all across the state, the kids can share what’s really on their minds. For foster children, adopted kids, and others living without their parents, that’s not always the case, said local AMP Coordinator Cassie Johnson. “They can talk about those unordinary ...

‘The Astors have been remorseful and understand’

Two Fort Dodge Community School District employees used school-owned kayaks last month for a family outing without proper authorization from the district, Superintendent Jesse Ulrich confirmed on Tuesday. Kevin Astor, Fort Dodge Senior High assistant principal, and Julie Astor, FDSH ...

Webster County requested state auditor involvement with CFR

One week after Webster County cancelled its agreement for services with Community and Family Resources, the county has offered more information. The county had contracted with CFR to take in patients for detox and substance abuse treatment, including involuntary committals. That agreement ...

Fort Dodge man charged with sexual abuse on child

A Fort Dodge man is facing a felony sexual abuse charge after he allegedly had a child perform a sexually-motivated act upon him. Nathaniel J. Stanley, 18, is charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class B felony. The child told their parents about what happened; ...

Community ‘front porch’ proposed in Central River District plant

A wide open space between the west end of Central Avenue and the Des Moines River would become the front porch of downtown Fort Dodge, according to a preliminary draft of a new master plan. The plan focuses on the downtown area between Third Street and the river, a locale that’s being ...

Commission recommends zoning change for freight company

A zoning change that would enable a freight service and logistics business to move into a building on Seventh Avenue South was advanced by the Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission Tuesday. The company, which hasn’t been named publicly, plans to set up shop in a building at 3018 Seventh ...

Tee’d Off Against Violence golf outing will raise money for D/SAOC

Following a successful inaugural year, the Tee’d Off Against Violence golf tournament will be coming back to help raise money for the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center’s Homicide/Other Violent Crimes Program. This year’s tournament will be held Aug. 4 at Lakeside Municipal Golf ...

Webster County Supervisors approve hire for P&Z office

A new Webster County employee will hopefully improve customer service in the planning and zoning department. Tuesday the county Board of Supervisors hired Emma Halligan full time, to be shared between P&Z and the human resources department. “It will be nice to have somebody,” ...

Housing on the horizon

A small forest of wood beams rising out of the dirt along Williams Drive marked the spot where a new home is being built. Not far away, workers stacked shingles atop another house under construction as they prepared to finish the roof. A couple of concrete block foundations awaited the ...

Unoccupied house burns to the ground in rural Webster County

LEHIGH — An unoccupied house with no utilities burned to the ground in rural Webster County Monday afternoon. The house, located at 3070 Brushy Creek Road, was fully engulfed when volunteer firefighters arrived. No one was injured, Todd Bingham, Duncombe volunteer fire chief reported. ...

Williams arraignment pushed back by a week

The arraignment for a man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman last summer in Clare has been continued for one week. Phillip A. Williams, 26, of Lafayette, Indiana, will have his arraignment on July 30. It was originally scheduled for Monday, but his attorneys filed a motion to continue ...

Engineer: Sewer investments are paying off

During every heavy rain, Fort Dodge Public Works Department employees have had to haul out portable pumps in an effort to prevent flooding in the basements of homes. The pumps are used to remove water from sanitary sewers that become overloaded when the rain water gets into them. There used ...

A helping hand for mental health

With a continuing shortage of providers for mental health services, Glenna Nockels hopes more people will turn to the Catholic Charities Fort Dodge Satellite Office for help. Nockels, a licensed independent social worker, became clinical supervisor of the Fort Dodge office in December, ...

In the midst of a move, camper fire claims FD couple’s possessions

BADGER — Charlie Echevarria needs a new Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard uniform. The uniform he was to wear to a funeral today, plus much of the clothing and computers belonging to the Fort Dodge man and his wife, were lost Saturday morning when the camper the items were in was ...

Wastewater plant to service Prestage on track

EAGLE GROVE — A multi-million-dollar wastewater plant will be ready to service Prestage Foods of Iowa’s state-of-the-art pork plant by Nov. 1, according to Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator. Davis said city officials completed a walk-through of the wastewater facility last ...

What’s going on and how to help Marshalltown

By Mike Donahey mdonahey@timesrepublican.com MARSHALLTOWN — The tornado, which devastated hundreds of homes and Main Street businesses, also destructed some of Marshalltown’s largest employers. JBS The meatpacking plant JBS, Marshalltown’s largest employer, was hit hard. Winds tore ...