News Brief

FD council to discuss open burning

Fort Dodge City Council members will discuss open burning and once again try to determine the future ownership of a rundown house now in the local government’s possession when they meet Monday. The council will meet for a workshop on open burning at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 ...

Extension offers ‘Women Marketing Grain’

Women Marketing Grain, a four-week course designed to help farm women learn market strategies and stay on track for long term market success, is being offered by Webster County Extension. Classes begin July 10 and continue through July 31. Online registration is available at ...

Part of North Seventh Street to be closed

Beginning Monday, North Seventh Street between Third and Fourth Avenues North will be closed to through traffic until work is completed. The Public Works Department will be repairing a water main. Please use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution in ...

Laurens sign project postponed

LAURENS – The trail sign installation project in Laurens scheduled for today has been postponed. It will be rescheduled in July. The postponement is necessary because the signs will not be delivered in time.

Vincent Fireman’s Ball is Friday

VINCENT — The Vincent Fire Department’s 60th annual Fireman’s Ball and Fundraiser will be held Friday in the Community Hall. A pulled pork dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An auction will follow. A street dance will be held from 8 a.m. to midnight with music provided by J ...

More than 2,200 left without power

More than 2,200 MidAmerican Energy Company customers were left without power Wednesday afternoon after a power outage in Fort Dodge. The outage was caused by an equipment failure, according to Adam Jacobi, a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy. He said the power was lost at 2:43 p.m. and it ...

City permit office closed on July 3

The Business Affairs, Community Growth and Engineering Office at the Fort Dodge Municipal Building will be closed on July 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This includes the office that issues building permits.

FDMS library open for students

The Fort Dodge Middle School library is open from 8 a.m. to noon every day this week for students to read in a cool location and check out a book to take home for the summer.

Fort Museum needs extras for video

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is seeking 10 to 15 girls and boys, ages 7 to 11, to be extras in History Ambassadors films on Friday. The School House scene needs children to be seated at desks and quietly or silently acting (just motions no sound). That scene is practiced at 9:30 a.m. ...

Border Plains reunion party is Saturday

The 160th Border Plains reunion party will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Fort Museum and Frontier Village. School alumni will share stories of going to school in a one-room schoolhouse. Light refreshments will be served.

Opportunity Village celebrates new name today

Nonprofit organization Opportunity Village will begin a new chapter in its history today with a new name. A celebration will be held in Mason City and Fort Dodge to commemorate the launch of the organization’s new name. Celebrations will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Best Western Starlite ...

Utility workers to be working along 32nd Street

Workers will be along 32nd Street between First Avenue South and 10th Avenue North today marking the locations of underground utilities, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Drivers are asked to use caution and be on the lookout for workers along the road or in it.

Tire disposal prices, non-tarping penalty increases

The North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency landfill has announced a change in tire prices, and a new non-tarping penalty, beginning July 1. The landfill hopes to bring attention to Iowa law which states a load in any vehicle must be covered to prevent dropping, sifting or leaking. ...

Military appreciation event set in Sac County

ODEBOLT — An appreciation event for members of the military and first responders will be held Saturday near Odebolt in Sac County. The second annual Bridging the Gap Festival will be from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Prairie Pedlar Gardens, according to an announcement from event organizers. ...

Name of 890-foot road to be changed

A name change for a short stretch of road was discussed, but not acted on at the Webster County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. The supervisors have proposed renaming a portion of road just 890 feet long. The north-south road National Avenue has a stretch of that length running east ...

Eagle Grove loses power Tuesday

EAGLE GROVE — A branch that was touching an electrical line caused a power outage in Eagle Grove Tuesday, according to Adam Jacobi, spokesman for MidAmerican Energy Co. More than 1,200 customers were impacted by the outage. Power was lost at 4:30 p.m., Jacobi reported. The north ...

Iowa Fraud Fighters to hold educational forum

Iowa Insurance Division and other state agency partners will hold an educational forum to combat insurance fraud Wednesday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. NW. Registration check-in and informational booths begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon ...

Downed tree causes outage in Fort Dodge

A large tree that was blown into electrical equipment caused a 90-minute power outage in Fort Dodge Saturday afternoon, according to Adam Jacobi, a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy Co. The outage lasted from 2:31 p.m. to 4:01 p.m. More than 1,700 customers were impacted. An additional ...

Basin Electric awards scholarships

Lilian Swanson, of Galt, will receive a $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative member dependent scholarship. Corn Belt Power Cooperative and Basin Electric awarded the scholarship to Swanson, whose parents, Stuart and Lori Swanson, of Galt, are members of Prairie Energy Cooperative. Swanson ...

Fort Dodge Noon Rotary names scholars

The 2017 Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Iowa Central Scholarship winners were recently announced and attended the club meeting held at Willow Ridge Golf Course and Restaurant to introduce themselves. Scholarships awarded in 2017 totalled $6,750. Winners were Cole Allison and Jerrica Fitzgerald, ...