News Brief

Shag the Drag event designed to bring people together

Shag The Drag event is 6 p.m. to midnight today on Central Avenue. Those attending may drive up and down Central Avenue and park at the City Square to socialize. There will be food trucks, ice cream truck and music. Organizer James Coleman IV stated, “I started this event last year to see ...

Fort Dodge residents lose power Wednesday

About 2,500 customers in the Fort Dodge area were impacted briefly by a power outage Wednesday afternoon. The outage occurred at about 12:35 p.m. Power was restored after about five minutes. As of late Wednesday afternoon only one customer remained without power in Fort Dodge, according to ...

Part of Sixth Avenue North to become two-way

Sixth Avenue North between 22nd Street and Martin Luther King Drive will be closed between 4 a.m. and noon today. The road is being closed so that lines can be painted to reflect a change to two-way traffic on part of Sixth Avenue North. This afternoon, Sixth Avenue North between 25th ...

FD Parks and Rec movie is Thursday night

Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation Department is showing the movie “James and the Giant Peach” Thursday. The show begins at 8:45 p.m. or when dark at the Oleson Park Bandshell, 1400 Oleson Park Ave. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. The movie is free.

Christopher Taylor hired as Fort Dodge police officer

Christopher Taylor was hired as a Fort Dodge police officer by the City Council on Monday. Since July 2016, he served as a correctional officer at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. He was previously a Webster County jailer. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he ...

City Manager Fierke gets contract extension

City Manager David Fierke received a four-year contract extension from the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The contract extension sets his base salary at $160,764. It also includes a $600 per month car allowance. The contract extension was approved unanimously without ...

Cardio equipment to be added to FDSH wrestling room

The wrestling room at Fort Dodge Senior High will soon feature new cardio equipment. The Fort Dodge Community School District board awarded a contract for the installation of the new equipment at its meeting Monday night. The contract was awarded to 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment, of Clive. ...

Part of Williams Drive to be rebuilt

A section of Williams Drive near Snell-Crawford Park will be rebuilt this fall. The reconstruction project wasn’t originally planned for this year, but engineers say the street there has deteriorated so badly something must be done. The area to be rebuilt is from 11th Avenue North to the ...

Two Fort Dodge streets to be closed Monday

Parts of two Fort Dodge streets will be closed for repairs beginning Monday, according to city officials. Those streets are: • 20th Avenue North between 26th and 28th streets • Third Avenue North between Ninth and 10th streets

Thursday’s Shag the Drag event results announced

The top three male and female finishers in the Shag the Drag race have been announced. The three-mile run/walk was held Thursday evening. Reed Russell, Jonathan DeJong and Jonathon Madden were the top three male finishers. Carissa Harvey, Nicole Hagar and Amanda Bush were the top three ...

Part of North 22nd Street to be closed today

Weather permitting beginning at 7 a.m. today until work is completed, North 22nd Street between Eighth and 10th Avenues North will be closed to through traffic until work is completed. The city warehouse department will be working on intake repairs. Use alternate routes if possible. ...

Fireside chat is at Camp Wanoki on Thursday

Webster County Conservation Naturalist Karen Hansen will host a fireside chat at Camp WaNoKi, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The subject of the talk is atlatls and axes. Sit around a fire with a campfire snack, and throw darts and tomahawks. Learn how people used to hunt. The evening will end ...

22nd Avenue North at 29th Street to be closed to through traffic

Beginning immediately, until work is completed, 22nd Avenue North will be closed to through traffic at the intersection of 29th Street for street repairs. Detours will be posted. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution in the area.

Street project will close Fort Dodge street

Beginning Tuesday, until further notice the 500 block of South 31st Street will be closed to through traffic to complete a street project. Local traffic will have access. In conjunction with the 31st Street closure, Fifth Avenue South will be reduced to one lane eastbound from 31st Street ...

Nature Trail bridge closed after inspection

After the flood events that occurred from June 6 through July 2, the Fort Dodge city engineering department contracted with Calhoun-Burns and Associates to conduct bridge inspections to many of the city’s trail and road bridges. One of the bridges located on the Nature Trail has been ...

Local Rocky Mountain Elk banquet is Saturday

The Brushy Creek Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser banquet on Saturday at the Webster County Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be a live and silent auction, raffles and other games to win guns ...

14th Avenue North and Kramme Drive to be closed

The intersection of 14th Avenue North and Kramme Drive will be closed this morning and will remain closed until work is completed, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. City crews will be doing maintenance repairs in that area.

Supervisors OK portable traffic signals for work zones

Portable traffic signals that will aid in the safety of construction workers will soon be on display in Webster County. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an application for Transportation Safety Improvement funds for one set of temporary traffic signals. The cost for the ...

Section of nature trail is closed now

Beginning immediately, the nature trail from Woodlands to Orchard Glen will be closed until further notice, according to the city of Fort Dodge.

GoServ Global is seeking volunteers

EAGLE GROVE — GoServ Global, headquartered in Eagle Grove, 310 E. Broadway St., is seeking volunteers to help Iowa families who have been impacted by flooding or a tornado. The faith-based organization has worked with more than 30 families in the state recently. Volunteers have gutted ...