News Brief

Eggs and Issues is canceled

The Eggs and Issues legislative forum scheduled for this morning at Iowa Central Community College has been canceled, according to an announcement from the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The alliance is working to reschedule it.

Black history programs postponed

A pair of Black History Month programs planned for today in Fort Dodge have been postponed due to bad weather, organizers said Friday night. A new date for the ‘‘Pleasant Valley Yesterday and Today’’ program planned for this morning at the Fort Dodge Public Library has not been set, ...

Pancakes for Puppies event date changed

WEST BEND — The West Bend Lions Pancakes for Puppies fundraiser scheduled for today has been changed to March 4. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Bend Fire Station. Freewill offerings will be accepted. Part of the proceeds will fund a puppy at the Fort Dodge ...

Parking ordinance goes into effect

Thursday’s weather forecasts indicate a winter blizzard warning lasting until late Saturday night. Accumulation of more than 2 inches of snow is predicted. Because weather can change abruptly, residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Due to the impending winter ...

Sinkhole found in FD Monday

A sinkhole was discovered in the 1000 block of South 28th Street in Fort Dodge Monday evening. The sinkhole is in the front yard of a home, but may have extended under a portion of the street. City public works crews put up road cones to prevent any vehicles from coming close to the affected ...

Governor’s Volunteer Awards nominees sought

DES MOINES — Volunteer Iowa is now accepting recommendations for 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards; entry deadline is April 10. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program, established in 1982, provides an easy way for organizations to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, ...

Miller to hold listening post in Fort Dodge

State Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, will hold a listening post Saturday to hear the questions and concerns of residents. Miller will be available at 10 a.m. at Elderbridge Agency on Aging, 308 Central Ave.

Part of Seventh Avenue South to be closed for hydrant work

Beginning at 8 a.m. today the Warehouse Department will replace a fire hydrant on South Seventh Street between South 17th Street and South 18th Street. The street will be closed to through traffic. Detours will be posted.

Nominations open for Kids Choice Awards

It Gets Better Fort Dodge and Beyond is now accepting nominations for the community’s most influential and supportive mentors. The group encourages any child age 18 or under to participate and nominate their favorite teacher, counselor, pastor, neighbor, lunch lady or janitor. The ...

Girl Scouts kick off cookie sales Saturday at Crossroads Mall

Local Girl Scouts will kick off cookie sales season in Fort Dodge Saturday. Fort Dodge Girl Scout Troop 20 will be selling cookies in the Crossroads Mall from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. They will return to the mall again on Feb. 18.

LIHEAP offers heating assistance

The 2016-2017 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. Applications will be taken through April 30. This program is not designed to ...

Local Extension offers workshop

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a two-day workshop on farm business succession. The workshop will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 17 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Webster County office located at 217 S. 25th St., Suite C12. The cost of the ...

Feedlot management sessions Thursday

Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are teaming up with University of Nebraska to offer a Feedlot Roundtable session at several Iowa locations from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday. These sessions are offered at Nebraska locations in person and a cooperative arrangement ...

Fort Dodge man wins lottery prize

A Fort Dodge man has claimed a $30,000 lottery prize. Miguel Gomez claimed the 11th of 91 top prizes of $30,000 available in the lottery’s “Bonus Crossword” scratch game. Gomez bought his winning ticket at Casey’s, 1133 S. 22nd St. in Fort Dodge, and claimed his prize Monday at the ...

St. Paul kindergarten roundup is Thursday in Fort Dodge

St. Paul Lutheran School will hold kindergarten roundup beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, in the fellowship hall of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St. Parents and prospective kindergarten children may attend. Parents and students are invited to come and begin with a meal provided by ...

Pesticide applicator training is Feb. 9

POCAHONTAS — Private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course program will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 9 at the Rialto Theatre. To pre-register for the pesticide training in Pocahontas County, stop by the Extension office to fill out the registration form. Certified ...

FD to offer mental first aid class

Many people would know how to help if they see someone having a heart attack— start CPR, or at the very least, call 9-1-1. But too few people would know how to respond if they saw someone having a panic attack or if they were concerned that a friend or co-worker might be showing signs of ...

Eggs and Issues forum is Saturday

The first Eggs and Issues legislative forum of 2017 will be held Saturday. The forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Triton Cafe at Iowa Central Community College. Residents will be able to ask questions of state lawmakers during the forum. Eggs and Issues is sponsored by the college and the ...

Some city offices closed for lunch

The Business Affairs, Community Growth and Engineering offices at the Fort Dodge Municipal Building will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily. This includes the office that issues building permits.

Trucks ordered for Fort Dodge public works crews

A pair of trucks for the Fort Dodge Public Works Department was purchased by the City Council Monday. A $319,356 truck for cleaning sewers was ordered by the council, which actually bought two components that together will make the truck. A 2017 Mack chassis was purchased from Rees Truck ...