News Brief

Fireside chat is coming to Camp WaNoKi July 19

Sling a bag chair over your shoulder and join Webster County Conservation Naturalist Karen Hansen for a fireside chat at Camp WaNoKi, from 7 to 9 p.m. July 19. The subject of the talk is atlatls and axes. Sit around a fire, enjoy a campfire snack, and try throwing darts and tomahawks at ...

Fort Dodge Public Library will be closed Saturday

The Fort Dodge Public Library will be closed Saturday due to limited access during the Rock N’ Rail 1850 bicycle race downtown. For more information call the library at 573-8167, Ext. 6224, or visit

Fort Dodge Police Department adds certified officer

An already trained and certified officer has been added to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Andrew Lane, who was most recently a Humboldt police officer, was hired by the City Council Monday. Lane is a Fort Dodge native and graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High. He earned an associate degree ...

FDCSD honored for worker’s comp

The Fort Dodge Community School District was presented an award Monday night for having excellent worker’s compensation utilization. The Iowa Association of School Boards Safety Group recognized the district’s performance. Nolan Crimm, vice president of Jester Insurance Services, said ...

Community Blood Profile is Thursday

A Community Blood Profile is 7 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at UnityPoint TRMC in the Diabetic Education Center. Walk-ins are welcome. Fasting may be required. Call Healthy Living at 574-6350 with questions.

Fort Dodge 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 public hearings on a pair of proposed rezonings, a property acquisition, equipment purchases and the appointment of a new police officer.

Tickets available for Army Field Band

The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform in Fort Dodge Tuesday. The concert will be in Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m.; the show will begin at 7 p.m. Free tickets are available at the offices of ...

Book giveaway coming this week

Readers of all ages will be able to get a free book this week when three Fort Dodge organizations mark the National Summer Day of Learning. Books will be provided at these times and locations: • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Oleson Park Splash Pad • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at ...

Morse Lake project meeting set

CLARION — Plans to improve Morse Lake in Wright County will be the subject of a public meeting Tuesday, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Cornelia Shelter at the north end of Lake Cornelia. Morse Lake suffers from poor ...

Iowa Highway 3 bridge to close

POCAHONTAS — Iowa Highway 3 just west of Pocahontas will be closed to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. It will remain closed until mid-September for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured using Pocahontas County roads ...

Conservation District seeks board members

Candidates to run for seats on the Webster County Soil and Water Conservation District board are wanted. Candidates are needed to fill three seats on the board. The new members will be elected during the November general election. To be eligible to run and serve on the board, individuals ...

Disaster declaration made for Webster County

The Webster County Board of Supervisors signed a disaster declaration due to the severe weather on June 14. Storms caused severe damage to public and private property. The declaration will enable state emergency funds to be utilized.

Fort Dodge Public Library Independence Day hours

The Fort Dodge Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. today and will be closed all day Wednesday for the Independence Day holiday. The library will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday. For more information call the library at 515-573-8167, ext. 224, or visit

Preschool taking applications

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool, Fort Dodge, is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Upon registration, a $50 nonrefundable registration fee will be charged along with the first month’s tuition. Children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 15 may register for the ...

Grassley town hall meeting is today

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will hold a town hall meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. today in the City Council chambers in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Grassley will answer questions and take comments from area residents at the meeting.

Bridge work to close part of US 169

A long stretch of U.S. Highway 169 north of Fort Dodge will be closed Thursday for bridge construction work, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. That section of the highway will be closed until Aug. 31. Traffic will be detoured onto Webster County Road P56.

Work will impact Floral Avenue in Fort Dodge

Weather permitting, beginning Monday and until the work is completed, Floral Avenue from North 19th Street to North 22nd Street will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access. Additionally, beginning Tuesday through Thursday, Floral Avenue from North 15th Street to North ...

Heavy load coming through Webster County today

Some time today a “rolling road closure” will accommodate an oversized load vehicle totalling almost 243 tons. A huge transformer will be moved from Storm Lake to Wellsburg in Grundy County on a specialized trailer that will require two trucks — one pulling in front, and one pushing ...

First Avenue South and 29th Street to be closed

The intersection of First Avenue South and 29th Street will be closed to all traffic from 9 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Beginning Thursday morning, the intersection will only be open to eastbound traffic until July 18.

Meriwether event to be indoors today

The formal dedication of H.C. Meriwether Park will take place today at 11 a.m. in the council chambers at the Fort Dodge Muncipal Building. This is a change of place. The event is being moved indoors due to anticipated weather, according to Sherry Washington, one of the event planners. The ...