News Brief

Blanden to hold reception for artist today

An opening reception for artist Chad Heggen will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S. Heggen will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Fifth Avenue South traffic to be affected

Eastbound traffic on Fifth Avenue South from South 15th to South 16th streets will be reduced to one lane beginning today for approximately a week, weather permitting. The traffic signal at Fifth Avenue South and South 15th Street will be flashing red, therefore operating as a four-way stop.

FD library to open one hour late Thursday

The Fort Dodge Public Library will open at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday so staff may attend a citywide staff meeting. For more information, contact the library at 573-8167 ext. 224 or visit its website at www.fortdodgeiowa.org/library.

Part of Williams Drive to be closed

Williams Drive will be closed to traffic Monday near the site where a new section of 24th Avenue North is being constructed, according to an announcement from the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. The road will be closed because Rasch Construction Inc., of Fort Dodge, will be installing a ...

N. Seventh Street to be repaired

Beginning today, until work is completed, traffic on North Seventh Street between 10th and 11th avenues north will be reduced to one lane of traffic for street repairs. Detours will be posted. Use alternate routes if possible.

FD Public Library to open one hour late

The Fort Dodge Public Library will open at 11:30 a.m. the morning of Oct. 5 so staff may attend a citywide staff meeting. For more information contact the library at 573-8167 ext. 224 or go to www.fortdodgeiowa.org/library.

Property tax deadline is Monday

Since Sept. 30 is a Saturday this year, property owners have until Monday, Oct. 2, to come into the Webster County Treasurer’s office to pay their taxes without accruing any interest, treasurer Jan Messerly said. Tax sent in by mail still should be postmarked by Sept. 30, she said. This ...

2,000 in FD lose power for 2 hours

Equipment hitting an overhead line caused a power outage for more than 2,000 people in Fort Dodge Wednesday afternoon, according to MidAmerican Energy spokesperson Adam Jacobi. The outage started around 2:30 p.m., and 859 customers’ power had been restored by 3:46 p.m., Jacobi said. The ...

Property tax deadline is Monday

Since Sept. 30 is a Saturday this year, property owners have until Monday Oct. 2 to come into the Webster County Treasurer’s office to pay their taxes without accruing any interest, treasurer Jan Messerly said. Tax sent in by mail still should be postmarked by Sept. 30, she said. This ...

‘Fireball’ will close some FD streets

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the Convention and Visitors Bureau is asking Fort Dodge businesses to post signs welcoming the “Fireball Run” today. The Convention and Visitors Bureau office will be closed all day; the Growth Alliance office will be closed at 3 p.m. The ...

Pocahontas County bus tour is Saturday

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas County is celebrating five years of Hometown Pride with a bus tour aimed at celebrating county projects in each town. The tour, which is free and open to the public, is Saturday. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. at Elbert Park. The bus is scheduled to depart at ...

Property tax deadline is Monday

Because Sept. 30 is a Saturday this year, property owners have until Monday, Oct. 2, to come into the Webster County Treasurer’s office to pay their taxes without accruing any interest, treasurer Jan Messerly said. Tax payments sent in by mail still should be postmarked by Sept. 30, she ...

‘Fireball’ will close some FD streets

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and the Convention and Visitors Bureau is asking Fort Dodge businesses to post signs welcoming the “Fireball Run” Wednesday. The Convention and Visitors Bureau office will be closed all day; the Growth Alliance office will be closed at 3 p.m. The ...

Water main flushing starts Monday

Beginning Monday, through Oct. 13, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the Warehouse Department will be flushing the water mains in Zone 15, the area located within the boundaries north and south from Central Avenue to Fifth Avenue South, east and west from 12th Street to 21st ...

FD firefighters raise more than $9,000

Fort Dodge firefighters set a new record for themselves by raising more than $9,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Fill the Boot campaign over the Labor Day weekend. The firefighters collected $7,019.13 by asking people to drop money in a boot in front of the Hy-Vee ...

Field day at Buske farm is Thursday

AMES — Shannon Coleman, an extension specialist in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, will present to attendees at the Food Safety Modernization Act field day at the Buske farm near Fort Dodge. The field day is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday The ...

Stratford motorcyclist hurt after avoiding dog near Dayton

DAYTON — A motorcyclist was injured after he braked to try to avoid hitting a dog Wednesday morning. The injured man was identified as Logan Arvidson, 18, of Stratford. According to Sgt. Jayson Heesch, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Arvidson was on a motorcycle westbound on ...

Area marching bands set to compete at Dodger Stadium Saturday

The North Central Iowa Marching Band Invitational will be held Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Twelve bands from throughout central Iowa will participate in the festival: Fort Dodge Senior High, ADM, Algona, Aplington-Parkersburg, Carroll Kuemper, Charles City, IKM, Perry, Saydel, Spencer, West ...

Strengthening Families accepting sixth-graders, parents for program

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 Oct. 2 and 5. The focus of the seven-week program for parents is to help them establish “love and limits” for ...

Webster County hires park ranger, HR director

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved hiring Reed Russell as park ranger and certified peace officer at its regular Tuesday meeting. Russell will fill a position which has been vacant since spring, said Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove. Russell’s salary will be ...