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Decking the halls

The Key on Central is looking a little more festive than usual. The resale shop, located at 1030 Central Ave., is all decorated for the Christmas season, with Christmas trees, decorations and even Christmas-themed arrangements. The store, whose proceeds go to support the Domestic/Sexual ...

Fire damages FD apartment; no injuries reported

A fire that started in an electrical outlet burned part of a wall in a Fort Dodge apartment early Friday afternoon. No one was injured and the flames were confined to a small area of a first floor apartment at 322 N. Eighth St. The fire was reported at about 12:40 p.m. Firefighter Eric ...

Serving Our Country — Gary Hendricks

HUMBOLDT — Gary Hendricks was 115 miles away from an atomic bomb test site in the south Pacific Ocean. And that was too close, he said. “I got sent some place I pray to God nobody has to see that,” Hendricks said. “I got sent to the south Pacific where we were refueling ships down in ...

Gold Star families

A monument to honor families who have lost a loved one in time of combat has been added to Veterans Memorial Park, northwest of Fort Dodge. Those families are called Gold Star families, according to Terry Moehnke, project chairman of the park. “You don’t just send one person off to ...

CJ Bio proposes $51M expansion

CJ Bio America may be bringing a $51 million expansion project to its Fort Dodge location to build a new manufacturing facility. This major expansion would be great news for the county and for the ag park where CJ is located, known as Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation, said Dennis ...

Hidden gems

By ADRI SIETSTRA asietstra@freemanjournal.net WEBSTER CITY — Hamilton County is home to an abundance of natural resources. The Boone River and Briggs Woods Park and Campground, to name just two. Visitors can swim, fish, hike, camp and explore wildlife spots. So, in an effort to show ...

Ady talks workforce, growth at reception

Fort Dodge is not alone in trying to address its workforce issues, according to Janet Ady, president and CEO of Ady Advantage, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. “You may feel here in the greater Fort Dodge area that you are really up against the world here because there’s so many great ...

Peterson served 30 years

GOWRIE — Jim Peterson spent 30 years serving in multiple capacities in the United States Army. It all started in January 1971 when Peterson, of Gowrie, was drafted. “It was me and a few other guys from Fort Dodge,” Peterson said. After he was drafted, Peterson completed both his basic ...

Go & Do

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold a garage sale from 1 to 5 p.m. TODAY and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY at 1018 First Ave. N. Proceeds go to the charities of the organization and to the building maintenance fund. FORT DODGE — ...

Getting safely out

Fort Dodge Community School District bus driver Michelle Ely has been driving students to and from school for the past four years. During that time, her charges normally get on the bus, and off the bus, via the usual way — through the door she opens for them. But Wednesday morning, ...

Silver Showcase to benefit YWCA

A fundraiser this weekend will benefit a local substance abuse center that helps women kick their addictions and become productive members of society. The annual Silver Showcase fundraiser, benefitting the YWCA, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant, ...

After election, Lehigh mayor may serve

LEHIGH — Lehigh Mayor Phil Richardson has won another term in office — if he decides to take it. Richardson did not submit papers to be on the ballot on Tuesday’s election, and neither did anyone else. He received the highest number of write-in votes for the mayoral race with no ...

Webster City ready to sell building lots

WEBSTER CITY — Lots in Webster City’s Brewer Creek Estates Additions 5 and 6 are ready for sale. Prices for the newly-developed lots were finalized and approved at Monday’s city council meeting. Lots will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They range in price from $15,995 ...

Hamilton County voters have their say

Three members of the City Council of Webster City were re-elected Tuesday night.. John Hawkins, Matt McKinney and Logan Welch, all three incumbents sought another term in office. Of the 4,633 registered voters in Webster City, 323 ballots, 6.97 percent of voters, were cast. According to ...

Election Results

POCAHONTAS COUNTY Fonda Mayor Donald Wolf 94 Tony Sauber 46 City Council, vote for two Nate Greenfield 124 Logan Nehman 119 Havelock Mayor Duane Sterns 21 Amanda Tripp 18 City Council, vote for three Tina Jehle 23 Heather Mutchler 12 Samantha Richison ...

No injuries reported in rollover

No one was injured in a single vehicle rollover crash near Kenyon Road Wednesday night, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. The driver of the SUV was traveling northbound on Kenyon Road. It came to rest on L Street. The vehicle appeared to have three occupants, including a dog. ...

Serving Our Country: Gordon Hans

MANSON — So how does a young man just out of high school still kicking around in his hometown of Lakota end up thousands of miles away from Iowa on a U.S. Coast Guard ship patrolling the waters off the California coast? For Gordon Hans, that story was a mix of not wanting a life on the ...

Bemrich rules at the polls

Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich won his third term in a landslide election victory Tuesday. Bemrich defeated challenger P.T. Larson by a margin of 84.1 percent to 15.54 percent, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday night by Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner. Bemrich ...

Newcomer Schuur ‘grateful’

Political newcomer Lydia Schuur topped all vote-getters to win an at-large seat on the Fort Dodge City Council Tuesday, while Councilman Jeff Halter edged out Councilman Andy Fritz to win the other at-large seat. Schuur won 1,903 votes, or 34.78 percent, according to unofficial election ...