News Brief

Two firefighters join FD Fire Department

Two new firefighters were hired by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday to bring the Fire Department up to its full staffing of 35 members. The council voted unanimously to hire Ashley Jochum and Orlando Peace. They will start on the job today. Jochum, of Rochester, Minnesota, earned an ...

Angel Ride set for Saturday

The 11th annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas, which benefits local breast cancer patients, will be held Saturday. Bikes, cars, trucks and vans are welcome. Sign up will begin at 9 a.m. at Amigo’s, 280 N. First St. The ride will start by 11 a.m. The cost is $15 a person. For $25 a ...

Fort Dodge seeks board member

The city of Fort Dodge is currently seeking a volunteer to serve a five-year term on the Board of Appeals. The board hears and decides upon appeals regarding suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction. It also hears appeals regarding interpretation of the plumbing, ...

Water meter replacement project to begin this month

The initial phase of the water meter replacement project will begin this month. The first group of residents will receive notifications asking them to schedule an appointment with Ferguson Waterworks to have their meter replaced. All the information needed will be contained in the notification. ...

Farmland leasing meeting Aug. 8

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach will be hosting a farmland leasing meeting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 8 at West Iowa Bank Meeting Room, Laurens. To pre-register, call Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach to (712) 335-3103. There is a $20 per individual registration fee for ...

Part of Third Avenue South to close

Third Avenue South between 20th and 21st streets will be closed beginning Wednesday, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. The closure is necessary because of sewer main repairs.

Holiday closings for July 4

What’s closed or open on July 4? Financial Citizens — Closed. Availa Bank — Closed. First American — Closed. First State Bank — Closed. People’s Credit Union — Closed. Great Western — Closed. United Bank of Iowa — Closed. Wells Fargo — ...

More drop off locations for unwanted medication

The sheriff’s office isn’t the only place in Webster County to drop off old, unwanted or unused prescription medication. Daniel Pharmacy, 1114 Central Ave., has had a Med Drop kiosk for about a month, pharmacist John Daniel said. This can accept both controlled and uncontrolled ...

Belmond Chamber seeks Fourth of July volunteers

BELMOND — The Belmond Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to sell raffle tickets before and during the Fourth of July parade on Tuesday. Contact Chamber Secretary Thelma Harper at the Chamber office at (641) 444-3937 or email belmondareachamberofcommerce@gmail.com or message on Belmond ...

Fort Dodge will flush water mains

Beginning today through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., the Fort Dodge Warehouse Department will be flushing water mains in the following area: Zone 21 — the area within the boundaries from north and south from Avenue H to 21st Avenue South and east and west from Avenue ...

Humboldt hail repair could cost $1M

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt Community School Board will need to seek bids to repair hail damaged buildings, school Superintendent Greg Darling told the school board Monday. Roofs on Taft and Mease schools and the bus barn were damaged. “Because the cost of the hail damage was so much ...

Tornado hits rural area of Iowa

SIDNEY (AP) — At least one tornado has touched down in the southwestern corner of Iowa. Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius says the tornado hit a rural area east of Sidney on Wednesday afternoon. Crecelius says no injuries have been reported. Sidney Assistant ...

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.