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Eagle Grove man sent to prison for illegally re-entering US

EAGLE GROVE — A citizen of Mexico living in Eagle Grove has been sentenced to federal prison for being in the United States illegally after being deported four times. Jorge Gonzalez-Juarez, 33, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for ...

Eagle Grove sports booster club treasurer charged with theft

EAGLE GROVE — The treasurer of a group that supports Eagle Grove High School sports has been charged with stealing money from it. Anna Morgan, 38, was arrested by Eagle Grove police on Thursday. She was charged with first-degree theft, according to Iowa’s online court records. She is ...

Algona man gets prison time for gun possession

ALGONA — An Algona man who prosecutors said has a history of violence was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for illegally possessing guns. Chad M. Chase, 42, was sentenced to two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a ...

Odebolt man gets prison for meth conspiracy

SIOUX CITY — An Odebolt man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to federal drug and gun charges. Mark D. Beckman, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm. From 2014 through December 2017, Beckman was ...

Fire burns porch at Fort Dodge home

A fully-enclosed porch on a Fort Dodge house was scorched by an early morning fire Monday. Firefighters arrived at 16 Johnson Place to find smoke and flames coming from the porch. “We got there soon enough that we were able to prevent it from spreading into the house,” Fire Department ...

Council approves purchase of house for expansion

The Fort Dodge City Council approved the use of tax increment financing money to buy and demolish a house on South 16th Street. Councilman Dean Hill was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote to purchase 512 S. 16th St. Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue ...

St. Edmond Chamber Choir offering singing valentines

The St. Edmond High School Chamber Choir is now taking orders for singing valentines to be delivered on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. Recipients of a singing valentine will hear two songs performed by a quartet from the Chamber Choir and receive a long-stemmed red rose. The cost to send a singing ...

Inspections in Webster County to start in June

The Webster County Assessor’s Office has announced door-to-door inspections of all urban residential properties in Webster County will begin approximately June 1. A reappraisal project was approved by the Conference Board in February 2016. The purpose of the reappraisal program is to ...

Fort Dodge Housing Agency releases plan

The Fort Dodge Housing Agency has developed its annual plan for fiscal year 2019. The plan is available for review at the agency’s office, 700 S. 17th St. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. A public hearing will be held on the ...

Strengthening Families is enrolling

Strengthening Families Program: 10-14 is currently registering Fort Dodge sixth-graders and their parents for the communication-based prevention program scheduled to begin on Sunday and Monday. The focus of the seven-week program for parents is to help them establish “love and limits” for ...

Meyer will hold town hall Saturday in Duncombe

DUNCOMBE — State Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge, will hold a town hall meeting in Duncombe Saturday. The session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Duncombe Public Library.

St. Edmond Chamber Choir offering singing valentines

The St. Edmond High School Chamber Choir is now taking orders for singing valentines to be delivered on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. Recipients of a singing valentine will hear two songs performed by a quartet from the Chamber Choir and receive a long-stemmed red rose. The cost to send a singing ...

Rep. Ann Meyer to hold town hall in Badger

BADGER — State Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge, will hold a town hall meeting in Badger Saturday. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Badger Public Library.

Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 10 at Fort Frenzy

A Daddy Daughter Dance will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Fort Frenzy’s Cardiff Center, 3232 First Ave. S. Dads, dad figures and grandpas are invited to ask that special princess ages 5 to 12 years and take her out for a night to remember. Cost is $40 for the first daughter, $25 for ...

Community and Family Resources is awarded state contract

The Iowa Department of Public Health recently awarded a competitive contract to Community and Family Resources as part of the stateás new Integrated Provider Network, which includes the delivery of IDPH-funded substance abuse and problem gambling prevention and treatment services beginning ...

Webster County Courthouse, FD Public Library closed today

The Webster County Courthouse amd the Fort Dodge Public Library will be closed today due to exremely cold weather. County Supervisor Mark Campbell said this is for the safety of employees and their families, as well as the public. “We want everybody to use caution and common sense,” ...

St. Edmond Chamber Choir is offering singing valentines

The St. Edmond High School Chamber Choir is now taking orders for singing valentines to be delivered on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. Recipients of a singing valentine will hear two songs performed by a quartet from the Chamber Choir and receive a long-stemmed red rose. The cost to send a singing ...

Eggs and Issues is set for Saturday

An Eggs and Issues legislative forum will be held Saturday morning in Fort Dodge. The forum will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building of Iowa Central Community College. Eggs and Issues is sponsored by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the ...

County attorney recommends raises

The budget for the Webster County attorney’s office remains largely unchanged, with the exception of raises for both attorneys and clerks. In his budget proposal to the Webster County Board of Supervisors, County Attorney Darren Driscoll is requesting a $120,000 in principal salary and ...