News Brief

Calhoun County foundation seeks grant applications

ROCKWELL CITY — The Calhoun County Community Foundation is seeking grant applications as it prepares to distribute $42,000 for betterment projects. The $42,000 was given to the foundation by the Grow Greene County Gaming Corp. The grants will be for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or ...

Weather to mean snow, ice removal

Due to the storm that is predicted to begin late today and last into early Tuesday, Fort Dodge residents, city crews will be out on the streets treating them and plowing for ice removal. Residents are urged to keep vehicles off snow routes. Those not on snow routes should park off the street if ...

FD council to work on budget Monday

The Fort Dodge City Council will continue 2017-2018 budget work Monday. A budget workshop begins at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Proposed spending plans for the Karl King Municipal Band, the convention and visitors bureau, the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, the public ...

Wind farm planned for Greene, Boone counties

JEFFERSON — Mid-American Energy plans to build a new wind farm in Greene and Boone counties, according to an announcement from the company. The company reported that it plans to begin construction of the Beaver Creek wind project in April. It is expected to be completed by the end of the ...

Child care grant now available for new providers, centers

Linking Families and Communities has set up a fund through a partnership with Child Care Resource and Referral of Northwest Iowa to assist child care providers in Webster, Calhoun and Pocahontas counties with start-up costs. First time registered child development home providers can apply ...

Lehigh under boil advisory

LEHIGH — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued a boil advisory for Lehigh. According to the DNR, the water pumps at the city’s water treatment plant malfunctioned Monday, meaning the water tower couldn’t refill. Water pressure has been restored, but the DNR said ...

Volunteers needed for FDSH robotics

Volunteers are needed to help judge and perform other administrative duties during the First Tech Challenge Robotics League Championship at Fort Dodge Senior High. The championship will be held Saturday. Twenty-four teams from central and eastern Iowa will be judged by a series of panels ...

Compensation board to meet Jan. 18

The Webster County Compensation Board will meet on Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room on the first floor of the Webster County Courthouse. This is an organizational meeting, during which the Board will discuss and set salary recommendations for Webster County elected officials.

Clare library breakfast set for Sunday

CLARE — The Clare Public Library is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast and bake sale fundraiser from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Clare Community Center. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee will be served. The cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children. Ages 3 and under eat free. ...

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency audit released

An audit of the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency has been released by Schnurr & Co., of Fort Dodge. The accounting firm reported that the agency had revenues of $26,829,382 for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016. That’s a 1.79 percent increase from the prior year. The ...

FD Library to open one hour late on Jan. 12

The Fort Dodge Public Library will open at 9:30 a.m. Thursday so staff can attend an in-service. For more information call 573-8167 ext. 224 or go to www.fortdodgeiowa.org/library.

Women, Land and Legacy is Jan. 17

POCAHONTAS —The Pocahontas and Buena Vista Counties Women, Land, and Legacy Learning Session is at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17. Peter Bixel from SciMax Solutions will present at the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach Office. Register by calling the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach ...

2017 SPARC Alumni Concert is Jan. 6

SPENCER — Morgan Kramer and Megan O’Brien will take the stage at the 2017 SPARC Alumni Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Spencer Community Theatre in Spencer. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students. All seats are reserved, call the theatre box office at (712) 262-7336 for ...

Lehigh wastewater discharge ended

LEHIGH — City officials in Lehigh found a valve on the wastewater lagoon was open on Wednesday, responding to a complaint from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Because liquid levels in the lagoon were very low, the volume of discharge was also low. The city and DNR do not expect ...

What’s closed or open for New Year’s?

Financial Citizens — Hy-Vee branch open 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturday, main branch closed. Closed Monday. CS Bank — Drive-thru open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Closed ...

Master Gardener series to be offered

POCAHONTAS — The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series. The Master Gardener 2017 Winter Webcasts, called Growing Together, are scheduled to be shown at the ISU ...

Crop Advantage Series to be in Storm Lake

STORM LAKE — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to Storm Lake on Jan. 10 for the 2017 Crop Advantage Series at Siebens Forum at Buena Vista University. They will provide farmers and agri-business with current crop production information from Iowa State ...

Snow and ice removal operations likely

Weather forecasts indicate a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Accumulation of approximately 2 to 4 inches of snow is predicted. Fort Dodge’s parking prohibition will automatically go into effect on all residential emergency snow routes when there has been an ...

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board. The 10-member Trail Advisory Board is ...

Holiday closings

Financial Citizens — Hy-Vee branch open 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday, main branch closed. Closed Monday. CS Bank — Drive-thru open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Closed Monday. First American – Crossroads branch drive-thru and ...