News Brief

Road work to close part of Iowa 175 near Gowrie

A portion of Iowa Highway 175 will close west of Gowrie today as the Iowa Department of Transportation completes two road projects, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said Tuesday. Travelers will detour on Webster County roads P29, D60 and P33 near Gowrie to get around the road work, Will said.

Road east of Fort Dodge will be closed for sewer work

Just east of Fort Dodge, 10th Avenue North, which becomes Webster County Road D18, will be closed to through traffic for about seven days as workers open cut a storm sewer, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said. The closure will be from P59, which is North 32nd Street, over to Sampson Avenue ...

Two road closures planned for Fort Dodge

Weather permitting, beginning today through Wednesday, the 1500 block of 11th Avenue Southwest will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Additionally, for the day of Thursday, the 1100 block of 15th Street Southwest will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Union Pacific ...

Halloween Teen Dance to be at Fort

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is hosting a Halloween-themed dance for teens on Friday. The Fort Night Halloween Teen Dance begins at 7 p.m. in the Opera House. Seventh-grade through ninth-graders are asked to dress up for the event. A costume contest will be held. Cost is $6 at ...

Fort Dodge man accused of theft

A Fort Dodge man was charged with theft after police say they found him with a stolen motorcycle in July. Jeffrey A. Smith, 33, 419 Second Ave. NW., made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate court Tuesday morning. Police say Smith was driving the motorcycle east very slowly ...

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate death is likely suicide

An inmate who was serving a prison sentence at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died of an apparent suicide, the Iowa Department of Corrections has announced. Matthew Earl Rausch, 31, was pronounced dead at 8:08 p.m. Monday at UnityPoint—Trinity Regional Medical Center, the ...

Mobile pantry in Webster City today

WEBSTER CITY — The Food Bank of Iowa’s mobile pantry will be in Webster City today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St., in Webster City. Those picking up food should bring bags, baskets or boxes in which to pack it. For more ...

Firm hired to expand city, Hamilton County trails

WEBSTER CITY — New places to walk, run and ride a bike throughout Hamilton County and Webster City will be outlined in a new trails master plan. On Monday, the City Council started the planning process by hiring a firm to do the work. The council voted unanimously to hire Shive-Hattery ...

License station closed Wednesday

The state Department of Transportation drivers license station at 2313 First Ave. S. will be closed Wednesday for employee training, according to an announcement from the department.

Housing grants awarded to area agencies

Three local agencies that help people in need of shelter have received grants from the Iowa Finance Authority. Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. was awarded a $158,400 Emergency Solutions Grant. Those grants are intended to help people quickly get back into permanent housing through ...

Schmoker Adult Day Service offers meals

Schmoker Adult Day Service at Friendship Haven offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack through the federally funded CACFP. The program does not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The meals offered are available at no ...

Part of N. 11th Street to be closed

North 11th Street between 14th and 15th avenues north will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. today, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. The street will be closed because city crews will be repairing storm sewer intakes. Detours will be posted.

Avenue O and Avenue B are closed due to flooding

Avenue O and Avenue B are closed to through traffic due to flooding until further notice. Please do not drive through water that is covering a roadway. Avoid flooded areas and use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution in the area.

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate dies

An inmate who was serving a prison sentence at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died. The Iowa Department of Corrections identified the man as 53-year-old Michael Kennedy. The DOC said Kennedy suffered a medical emergency while at the prison Monday. Rescuers from the Fort Dodge ...

Edler is newest FD firefighter

A paramedic who worked for UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center was hired Monday as a Fort Dodge firefighter. Mychal Edler was hired by the City Council Monday. Edler, of Dakota City, is certified as a critical care paramedic and flight paramedic. He is also certified as an ...

Fort Dodge City Council to meet Monday

The Fort Dodge City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The agenda includes awarding a contract for drilling a new water well and entering a development agreement for the construction of townhouses on Second Avenue South between Ninth and 10th streets.

Burning pole knocks out power to 17 in Fort Dodge

A burning MidAmerican Energy pole led to 17 people losing power in Fort Dodge Wednesday afternoon. Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for MidAmerican, said at 3:15 p.m. a report of a pole on fire came into the company. The pole was located in the 1200 block of 25th Avenue North. A crew arrived on ...

Forum can be streamed live

Voters will hear from the candidates running in local and state races by using an online link to the Election Forum tonight. That link is: https://youtu.be/omfZKFPHUBI Nine candidates will speak starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Center at Iowa Central Community ...

Marching Band Festival is Saturday

An Iowa High School Music Association State Marching Band Festival will be held Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Eighteen bands from throughout central Iowa will participate in the festival. Area bands competing include: Fort Dodge Senior High, Algona, Bishop Garrigan, Humboldt and Pocahontas ...

Influenza talk is Saturday in Emmetsburg

EMMETSBURG — Exactly a century ago, right now, Americans began to die horrific, excruciating deaths from a malady of an unknown voracity — first by the dozens, then hundreds, later thousands. In the end, within a few months beginning in September 1918, over half a million perished. ...