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Potential $10M bond issue considered in FD

A planned general obligation bond issue would pay for removing both dams on the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, along with a handful of other projects. City Manager David Fierke said he is preparing a potential bond issue that may total $10 million. The bond issue will be presented to the ...

New library worker proposed, but most budgets remain flat

The Fort Dodge Public Library would get another part-time employee under a proposed budget for 2018-2019 reviewed by the City Council Monday. The library budget would be $812,850 for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That’s up from the current $775,172 budget. Library Director Rita ...

‘Hero of the time’

The principles that Martin Luther King Jr. held so dearly were on display at the Coppin Chapel AME Church Sunday afternoon. More than 100 people packed the church, located at 329 First Ave. S., to enjoy a community dinner with each other while sharing stories of hope and positivity. ...

Schools announce delays for Tuesday

The following delays are announced for Tuesday: 90-minute delay Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools 2-hour delay Algona public and parochial schools and Lu Verne schools, no morning kindergarten: Eagle Grove Fort Dodge public and parochial schools Humboldt and St. Mary's Manson ...

House fire reported in Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge Fire Department and the Fort Dodge Police Department are on scene at L Street and Avenue O for a house fire. Flames were through the roof when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 p.m. A dog was reported killed in the fire.

Thielmann helps restore wetlands in California

In just a short time serving in the National Civilian Community Corps, Austin Thielmann has already made a difference. He and a team of about a dozen others from around the United States recently finished planting 12,000 native plant species in the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, California. ...

One taken to hospital following 2-vehicle accident

Dennis Feldmann, Fort Dodge firefighter, looks inside a van that was involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South 15th Street and Fifth Avenue South Sunday night. At least one person was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center with injuries, ...

Area schools canceled

All Fort Dodge public and parochial schools have been canceled due to the weather. In addition, Manson Northwest Webster has also been canceled. Southeast Valley has also been canceled Webster City Schools has also been canceled

Troublesome road

On Labor Day in 2017, a Fort Dodge man riding a motorcycle was killed after he hopped the curb of a property along Oleson Park Avenue and crashed into a parked SUV. The SUV, a 2012 Buick Enclave, belonged to Fred and Gina Grobe. It was parked in the driveway of their home, located at ...

Badges at college

The course Doug Breyfogle, a troop leader with Fort Dodge Troop 8, was teaching Saturday at the Twin Lakes District Merit Badge College on the Iowa Central Community College campus had nothing to do with what might traditionally be thought of as a Merit Badge subject. There’s no campfires, ...

Panel will discuss racial issues

On Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a group of people will gather at the MLK Recreation Center for an Athletics For Education and Success Race Forum. The eight individuals on the panel are from various walks of life. Some are white, some are black. They have different views and ...

Students share Kosovo experiences

While in Kosovo, Jeannie Boro introduced youths from European nations to some popular American pastimes such as eating s’mores and playing dodgeball. Boro, 16, a junior at Fort Dodge Senior High, was one of four FDSH students who visited the southeastern European country in August 2017. ...

­­Walker held on bond

The man accused of taking part in a November burglary and shooting has been ordered held on bond. Brody Walker, 19, of Fort Dodge, had his bond set at $25,000 cash during his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning. Walker is accused of breaking into the home ...

Herzog sells Crossroads Mall

Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge has been purchased by a trio of New York real estate investment firms in a deal announced Friday. Namdar Realty Group, Mason Asset Management and CH Capital, all of Great Neck, New York, bought the mall from J. Herzog & Sons, of Denver, Colorado. The ...

Verschoor is new mall manager

Melissa Verschoor may be the new general manager of Crossroads Mall, but she isn’t new to the shopping center. “I’ve got a lot of ties to the mall, a lot of years in the mall,” she said Friday afternoon. She first worked there as a security guard. Then she worked for seven years in ...

Blaze destroys garage

BARNUM — A garage near Barnum was completely destroyed by fire Friday afternoon as firefighters battled the bitter cold to extinguish the blaze. The fire at 1227 210th St. was reported around 2 p.m. Volunteer firefighters from both Barnum and Moorland were dispatched to the ...

Man arrested in November burglary

A Fort Dodge man was arrested Friday — a month and a half after a burglary and shooting were reported to Fort Dodge police. The suspect has been identified as Brody W. Walker, 19, Fort Dodge police said Friday. He is charged with one count of first-degree burglary. According to the ...

Firefighters called to smoldering fertilizer fire in Roelyn

Firefighters and plant personnel work on a way to extinguish a smoldering fertilizer fire Friday afternoon at the NEW Cooperative plant in Roelyn. The fire, which was in an elevator structure several stories above the ground, was apparently started by sparks from maintenance work. Crews from ...

Slip slidin’ away

What was predicted as a major storm that would dump lots of snow ended up leaving only a few inches in Fort Dodge and the surrounding areas Thursday. Meteorologist Rod Donavon, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said there were a couple reasons why the storm ended up not ...