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Stratford Bluegrass

STRATFORD — Karen Rouw, of Oskaloosa, made it to Stratford with her husband, LeRoy Rouw, Sunday afternoon to watch their family play during the 33rd annual Stratford Stride Bluegrass Festival. “Our kids are the Bluegrass Blondies,” Karen Rouw said. Their daughter, Dawn Amos, ...

Webster County parks get new alert system

Visitors to Webster County parks can now receive emergency alerts on their mobile devices thanks to a new system adopted by the county. The program is part of the Iowa Alerts emergency notification system, which allows residents of Webster County to sign up for weather or emergency alerts ...

New deputy adjutant general named

An officer with experience commanding troops overseas has been named the new deputy adjutant general of the Iowa Army National Guard. Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell has been selected for the position by Gov. Kim Reynolds, according to an announcement from the Iowa National Guard. He will start ...

Celebrating a century

For the past 100 years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has played a major role in Webster County when it comes to agriculture, home and community. And this week, during the Webster County Fair, the office will celebrate that milestone with a display as well as a short ...

FD police catch man in river

Two Fort Dodge police officers jumped into the Des Moines River late Saturday afternoon to grab a man who had fled from police to avoid being arrested for a probation violation. The man was taken by ambulance to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center to be checked out. He was ...

FD council to consider utility rates

Water and sewer rate increases in Fort Dodge will be considered by the City Council when it meets Monday. The council will also consider moving to establish a new joint authority with the Webster County Board of Supervisors that would finance a planned cultural and recreation center near the ...

Austin is tops in ‘Cutthroat’ cooking

A BLT kabob recipe, along with some legal sabotage of a competitor, propelled Colton Austin to victory in a recently televised cooking competition. Austin, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School and Iowa Central Community College, won $8,700 on the ‘‘Fast Times at Cutthroat ...

Shellabration loading in

Shellabration President Jim Reed was a busy guy Friday afternoon as a beehive of volunteers worked to set up the stage, tents, portable toilets and fence needed for today’s Shellabration concert at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. One little detail forced him to leave the site ...

Police grab wanted man in river

Two Fort Dodge police officers jumped into the Des Moines River late Saturday afternoon to grab a man who was fleeing from police. The man, identifed by police as Steven B. Roe, of Fort Dodge, was placed into a Fort Dodge Fire Department boat and was then taken to UnityPoint Health — ...

Dayton business damaged in fire

DAYTON — A downtown Dayton business has been left with fire and smoke damage after a Friday afternoon blaze fought by four area fire departments. including units from Dayton, Harcourt, Stratford and Lehigh. Nick Dunbar, Dayton fire chief, said the fire was confined to a storage room in ...

IPFS targets underage drinking

Underage drinking is a problem in Webster County, according to Mickie Shubin, Webster County Iowa Partnerships for Success coordinator. Through epidemiological data, Webster County ranks 12 out of Iowa’s 99 counties for underage and youth binge drinking, Shubin said. More specifically, ...

Learning about Emily

BARNUM — Manson Northwest Webster students have plenty of reason to care about organ and tissue donation, but not all of them know it. Emily Markert graduated from the MNW class of 2000, thanks to a lung transplant that saved her life. Before she passed away in 2014, she founded the ...

Dakota Access Pipeline protester found guilty

ROCKWELL CITY — A pipeline protester has been found guilty of trespassing after a jury trial in Calhoun County Thursday. Heather Pearson, of Logan, was one of the protesters who entered land being worked on by Dakota Access LLC on Oct. 29, 2016, as the company was building an oil ...

A day at the Calhoun Co. Expo

ROCKWELL CITY — Twins Abby Oberhelman and Allie Oberhelman, of Pomeroy, brought their favorite pets to the Calhoun County Expo in Rockwell City Thursday. They competed in the pet show held at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Abby Oberhelman, 12, showed off her pet hedgehog, named ...

Rodeo comes to Webster Co.

Cowboys and cowgirls line the top of the Triton Rodeo Arena Thursday evening as they watch rodeo action on the Webster County Fairgrounds. The event kicks off the 2017 Webster County Fair, which will begin in earnest on July 12.

Ready to lead

Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter officially stepped into his new role with the Fort Dodge Fire Department Wednesday, and the longtime firefighter already has some ideas to improve the training of firefighters and the station they are housed in. “My vision from the 50,000 foot view is that ...

Boy found dead in Storm Lake

STORM LAKE — A young boy was found dead in the waters off Awaysis Beach in Storm Lake after his family reported him missing Monday. Luis Silva Moreno, 6, of Sioux City, was pronounced dead after being taken to an ambulance. Public safety agencies responded to Awaysis Park, 1400 E. ...

Plenty of fun to be had at Algona Founder’s Day

ALGONA — Founder’s Day kicks off tonight in Algona, but many activities will be taking place on Saturday, according to Vicki Mallory, executive director of the Algona Chamber of Commerce. “This is our 18th annual celebration and we have always had the main day as a Friday,” she said. ...