News Brief

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 ...

Intersection of 22nd Avenue North, North 22nd Street closed

Beginning immediately, 22nd Avenue North will be closed to through traffic at the intersection with North 22nd Street for street repairs. Detours will be posted. Use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution in the area.

Fall Preschool Storytime registration begins at FD Public Library

Registration has started for Fall Storytime at the Fort Dodge Public Library. Storytimes begin on Oct. 20 and 21 and conclude on Oct. 25 and 26. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all sessions are filled. Registration by the child’s parent is required in ...

Annual Meriwether smoked chop/smoked turkey dinner

The H.C. Meriwether Scholarship Board will hold its annual smoked chop and smoked turkey dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Coppin Chapel Church, 329 First Ave. S. The meal will include a choice of meat, two sides, roll, dessert and drink. Meals will be available for eat-in or carry out. ...

Intersection of Crestview Heights and O Street to be closed

The intersection of Crestview Heights and O Street will be closed to through traffic for street repairs through Monday. Detours will be posted. Please use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution in the area.

Tax statements have been mailed

Webster County Treasurer Jan Messerly reminds residents that tax statements have been mailed out Aug. 17. If you own property and did not receive a statement, please contact the treasurer’s office. The tax statements are mailed out once a year in August before the first payment is due in ...

Assessor/deputy assessor exams set for October

Statewide examinations for the positions of deputy assessor and assessor have been scheduled for October, according to Courtney M. Kay-Decker, Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue. The examination for deputy assessor will be held at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 14, and the examination for assessor ...

Fort Dodge Senior High class of 1967 reunion is this weekend

The Fort Dodge Senior High class of 1967 will hold its 50th high school class reunion at 6 p.m. on Friday at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S., for an informal social evening. Walk-ins are welcome for a fee at the door if not registered. The class will also gather at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the ...

E’burg Cub Scout recruitment night set

EMMETSBURG — Emmetsburg Cub Scout Pack 146 recruitment night, for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade, is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harrison Park. If interested but cannot attend recruitment night, contact Heather Forsythe at (515) 890-7570 or email epack146@gmail.com.

Maas named to Palmer College Dean’s List

MANSON — Alexandra Maas, of Manson, has been named to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Dean’s List for the third trimester. She is a fourth-trimester student in the doctor of chiropractic program. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a minimum grade-point average ...

Pocahontas Co. to offer Clover Kids

POCAHONTAS — There will be an organizational parent/child meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas Office for all children in kindergarten through third grade who would like to participate in the Pocahontas County Clover Kids 4-H Program. Children will ...