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Humboldt acts on post office building

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved attempting to take possession of a vacant building located at 30 Taft St. N. at Monday’s meeting. The building formerly housed the Humboldt Post Office, but has sat vacant for 14 years and is owned by an investment group. According to City ...

FD duo faces more charges for Webster City robbery

WEBSTER CITY — Two Fort Dodge men facing robbery and burglary charges in two counties are now facing additional robbery charges for an incident in Webster City. Lucas Osborne, 29, and Michael Graves, 25, are each charged with second-degree robbery in connection with an incident at the ...

Man accused of breaking into home, violating no-contact order

A Fort Dodge man has been arrested after he allegedly violated a no-contact order and then broke into a home. Michael L. Riley, 33, was arrested Thursday morning. According to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, police were first alerted to Riley at 6:15 a.m. when ...

Fire consumes Fort Dodge home

Fire consumed part of the house at 209 J St. Wednesday evening, seriously damaging the downstairs and upstairs apartments. The resident of the downstairs apartment, Angel Francis, was off at a veterinarian’s office, so she and her two dogs were not hurt in the fire. Marcus Gulley, who ...

Rural fire damages home near Dayton

DAYTON — A house fire in a rural home at 3459 Oak Ave. near Dayton has left a family without a place to live Wednesday. The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. Shawna Hart, who lives at the home, was home with her four children. “We were downstairs doing the Easy-Bake Oven ...

Younkers likely to close in wake of Bon-Ton sale

Younkers at Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge hasn’t closed yet, but a liquidation sale revealed on Wednesday means it’s likely just a matter of time. The Bon-Ton Stores, the parent company of Younkers, has confirmed its sale to a group of investors, according to information on the ...

Winter hangs on with another unwelcome round of snow

As the end of April nears, hopes are high that warmer weather will soon be on its way. “It looks like for now the end might be in sight,” Brooke Hagenhoff, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said Wednesday as another spring snowstorm hit the area. Snow ...

Off road, on the road

Supporters spoke up for proposed new rules for off-highway vehicles Tuesday at the Webster County Board of Supervisors meeting, after mostly opponents made their voices heard at last week’s meeting. The supervisors voted 4-1 to approve the second of three readings, but said they want ...

Webster County courtroom gets new lights, carpet

The large courtroom at the Webster County Courthouse is an impressive space. High ceilings and intricate woodwork add to the atmosphere in the room within the 106-year-old building. But the courthouse does need some minor improvements, said Webster County Supervisor Nick Carlson. The ...

‘People I don’t even know told me this is politics at its worst’

Mike Cormack said his removal as chairman of the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board is like a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol getting fired because the speed limit was changed. “I didn’t write the bill, I didn’t vote on the law,” Cormack said. “I enforced it.” Cormack ...

Man seriously hurt in April 13 crash ID’d

Officials have identified the man who was left in critical condition after an early morning crash April 13. Adam Gascho, 36, of Fort Dodge, was found unconscious, though he was breathing, after the truck he was riding in crashed into a tree near the intersection of South 22nd Street and ...

Webster City buys former pastry shop building for $1

WEBSTER CITY — A vacant former bakery in downtown Webster City that local officials say is unsafe will be eventually be demolished as a result of City Council action Monday. The council purchased the old Fuhs Pastry Shop at 605 Second St. with the intention of demolishing it. It was ...

Webster City joins plan to upgrade electric transmission lines

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City has signed on to a municipal utilities organization’s plan to upgrade electrical transmission lines. The deal doesn’t require Webster City to pay out any money up front. When the project is completed, the city will receive 19.72 percent of any dividends ...

Dilapidated property to be demolished in the county

Webster County will demolish and clean up five properties located in Kalo under the county’s dilapidated buildings ordinance. The Webster County Board of Supervisors heard a report from county Planning and Zoning Administrator Chad Bahr, before approving a contract with Russ’s ...

Humboldt supervisors continue to hammer out wind tower ordinance

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors continued work on a wind tower ordinance at Monday’s meeting and set the first reading for May 7. Wind towers have been discussed at several board meetings and workshops. County Attorney Jon Beaty said he has been working on an ...

Fire in bedroom forces family from home near Dayton

DAYTON - A fire in a bedroom at 3459 Oak Ave. near Dayton Wednesday morning has left a family without a place to call home. Firefighters from Dayton, Harcourt, Stratford, Boxholm, Lehigh, and Gowrie responded. No injuries were reported.

Waffles or pancakes?

Andrew Elbert, 15, a freshman at St. Edmond Catholic School, was sitting alone at a table in the school’s cafeteria Monday afternoon. But not for long. Riley Mayer, 17, a senior, soon joined him for lunch. She was assigned the number 5, the same number given to Elbert. Every ...

Resources to fight a crisis

They meet once a month on the third Monday. The topic is a deadly crisis which has spread across the nation, and which is reaching into northwest Iowa as well. The North Central Iowa Opioid Task Force first formed in January, to help share information and resources between a wide range of ...

FD duo face charges in Humboldt, Pocahontas counties

POCAHONTAS — A pair of Fort Dodge men are facing charges in two counties after two separate incidents this month. Investigators in both counties identified the men as Lucas W. Osborne, 28, and Michael Graves, 25. The pair, along with Jeffry Whyte, 51, of Fort Dodge, were arrested ...