News Brief

Hazmat team called to check package in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — Police, firefighters and the regional hazardous materials team were called Wednesday afternoon to check a suspicious package in Webster City. The package was received by a Webster City resident. Investigators believe it was related to a scam. Members of the Region V ...

Clare upgrade of water plant may cause discolored water

CLARE — The city of Clare is in the process of upgrading its water plant. As part of this, it is replacing its filters starting Wednesday. In order to do this and provide water to the community, the water plant is going to pump directly from the wells into the system and tower, according ...

Hollingsworth dance 50th anniversary event moved

The Hollingsworth School of Dance and Gymnastics 50th Anniversary Performance and Celebration scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday has been moved to the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St.

Iowa State University seeks first nursing degree program

AMES (AP) — Iowa State University is seeking approval to offer its first nursing degree program in order to help Des Moines-area nurses obtain bachelor’s degrees. University officials are seeking approval from the Iowa Board of Regents and the Iowa Board of Nursing to create the new ...

Xenia Rural Water District boil advisory lifted

DAYTON — A boil advisory that was issued for Xenia Rural Water customers west of the Des Moines River in Calhoun and Webster counties has been lifted, according to a news release from Xenia Rural Water District. A large water main break east of Dayton caused the boil advisory to be issued ...

FD storm cleanup to resume Tuesday

Fort Dodge city crews will resume picking up storm debris on Tuesday. They will be working on the west side and in the Pleasant Valley area, according to an announcement from City Manager David Fierke. It is essential to park vehicles away from the piles of debris along the curbs to ensure ...

Registration begins for Back to School Bash

The 2016-2017 school year is winding down, and the staff of Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. is already planning the August Back to School Bash. The event will be held Aug. 15 at Crossroads Mall, according to an announcement from the agency. During the event, backpacks and school supplies ...

Preorder your sandbox sand

Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis will hold their annual sandpile days on June 9 and 10. Call 574-7226 now to preorder sand for a new sandbox or refresh an old one. Please leave your name, address, phone number and day you would like sand delivered. Each wheelbarrow is $5.

Part of Ninth Avenue South to be closed

Ninth Avenue South between 15th and 17th streets is now closed to traffic until further notice for construction, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Detours will be in place directing traffic to Eighth Avenue South.

260th intersection to be closed

The intersection of 260th Street and Union Avenue, headed east, will be closed for a tile repair project, according to the Webster County Road Department.

First CCS student art show is tonight

Community Christian School will be having its first student art show today in the CCS gym, 2406 9 1/2 Ave S. The show will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The come-and-go program will feature the artwork completed this school year by kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Students ...

Fort Dodge Memorial Day refuse collection announced

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, refuse collection routes for the city of Fort Dodge will be as follows: • Refuse normally collected on Monday, May 29 will be collected on Tuesday, May 30. • Refuse normally collected on Tuesday, May 30 will be collected on Thursday, June 1. • Refuse ...

Volunteers needed for Victory Garden

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is seeking veterans, active military and their families to volunteer at the Fort’s Victory Garden 100. Volunteers will plant and reap the harvest of the garden. The Victory Garden 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of World War I. Sign up as a ...

Lehigh seeks new library trustee

LEHIGH — The Lehigh Public Library is seeking a dedicated volunteer to assist the library director and the rest of the library board in making decisions that affect the future and operation of the library. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. New trustees must ...

Otho all school reunion is May 27

OTHO — The Otho all school reunion will be held at 1:30 p.m., May 27 at the Pizza Ranch in Fort Dodge. Call Anna Irvine Leonard at (641) 444-3040 for information.

4-H horseback riding clinic set for June 3

CLARION — Wright County Extension and Outreach will have a free 4-H horseback riding clinic from 10 a.m. to noon on June 3 at the Wright County Fairgrounds. The workshop will cover groundwork and showmanship, western pleasure and horsemanship, and trail. Register by May 26, call (515) 532-3453.

Meriwether dinner is postponed

Due to storm damage to Triton Cafe at Iowa Central Community College, the H.C. Meriwether Scholarship Dinner scheduled for Saturday has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. That date has been tentatively set for July 8 at 6 p.m.

Stop sign going away near US 20

Drivers coming north from U.S. Highway 20 near Moorland will no longer have to stop at the T-intersection on their way to Fort Dodge. The Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved replacing the stop sign there with a yield sign for drivers northbound on Webster County Road ...

Third Ave. NW will have lane closures today

Beginning at noon today there will be survey work by USIC for underground utilities on Third Avenue Northwest from Highway 169 all the way through the Hawkeye Bridge. There will be periodic lane closures. Drivers are asked to use caution in the survey area. The work should be completed by ...