News Brief

Burning ban still in place in Fort Dodge

Open burning of yard waste remains illegal in Fort Dodge. Each spring and fall, the City Council lifts the burning ban for about a week. However, that has not happened yet this spring. Recently, the Fort Dodge Fire Department has responded to a growing number of complaints about smoke from ...

Last chance private pesticide continuing instruction course set in Pocahontas

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas County will offer a “Last Chance” private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course (CIC) for private pesticide applicators on April 13 at the Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach office in Pocahontas. This program is shown in cooperation with the ...

One lane of North 15th Street to be closed

One southbound lane of 15th Street between 20th Avenue North and the North 15th Street Bridge will be closed today, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. All other lanes will remain open and traffic controls will be in place. The lane closure is necessary to allow the ...

Part of Eighth Avenue North to be closed

Eighth Avenue North between North Seventh Street and North Ninth Street will be closed to through traffic until work is completed for street repairs.

Mom whose pajama-clad daughter went wandering gets probation

CLARION (AP) — A northern Iowa woman whose 2-year-old was found wandering a Galt street in bare feet, wearing only pajamas, has been given probation. Mason City television station KIMT reports that 24-year-old Ysabel Ceplecha was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $1,000 Monday, but ...

Firefighters respond to burnt motor

Fort Dodge firefighters responded to a building Monday morning to take care of a motor that burned. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. According to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett, firefighters were dispatched to 1615 Central Ave. after two workers opened the door to the building and ...

FD Spring Clean-up Days schedule announced

Spring Clean-up Days will be held the last two Wednesdays of April and the first two Wednesdays of May according to the following schedule: April 19 — the area north of Second Avenue North and East of 15th Street, including Orchard Glen, Rolling Hills and 170th Street. April 26 — the ...

One lane on Kenyon Road to be closed

One lane of traffic will be closed on Kenyon Road bridge today as the Iowa Department of Transportation conducts an annual bridge inspection. The bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the eastbound lane from 8:30 a.m. until the inspection is completed at approximately 2:30 p.m. ...

One lane on Kenyon Rd Bridge to be closed Monday

One lane of traffic will be closed on Kenyon Road Bridge Monday as the Iowa Department of Transportation conducts an annual bridge inspection. The bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic in the eastbound lane from 8:30 a.m. until the inspection is completed at approximately 2:30 p.m. ...

Yard waste facility to open Monday

Starting Monday the Central Maintenance Facility, located at 3001 Eighth Ave. S., will be open normal hours. The hours will be 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The yard waste site is closed on Wednesday. Pick-ups or trailers with ...

Volunteers sought for Alzheimer’s event

The Alzheimer’s Association in Fort Dodge is looking for sponsors and planning committee volunteers for this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be on Sept. 23. The Walk is the Association’s largest event of the year, raising money that benefits the local community as well as ...

Local Paint Iowa winners named

Diamond Vogel Paint and Keep Iowa Beautiful announced the grant awards for the 2017 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. The program provides free paint to a wide variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by ...

Surveying will cause lane closures in FD

Beginning the week of April 3 through April 7 , the city of Fort Dodge will begin the planning phase for improving Fifth Avenue South between South 15th and South 21st streets. Surveyors will be in the corridor gathering information related to existing utilities and roadway features. Temporary ...

Spring preschool Storytime registration begins Thursday in FD

Registration for Spring Storytime begins at the Fort Dodge Public Library begins Thursday. Storytime begins on April 5 and 6 and concludes on May 10 and 11. Registration is accepted on a first come first serve basis until all sessions are filled. Children who are 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 years of ...

Fort Dodge traffic to be impacted

Part of intersection of Second Avenue South and South 17th Street closed to through traffic The intersection of Second Avenue South and South 17th Street will be closed to through traffic for sanitary sewer repairs.

Part of 20th Avenue N. closed for repair

A section of 20th Avenue North between North 29th Street and North 30th Court will be closed to through traffic for street repairs. Detours will be posted.

Water main flushing begins in FD neighborhoods

The warehouse department will be flushing water mains from 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., today and tomorrow in the following areas: • Zone 4, the area located within the boundaries from North 22nd Street and 25th Avenue North, Woodlands subdivision. • Zone 10, the area located within the ...

Karl King bridge lane to be closed for a week

Starting Sunday, the south lane of eastbound traffic on Second Avenue South just west of Karl King bridge will be closed for one week. The north lane for eastbound traffic will remain open and traffic controls will be in place. The lane closure is associated with sanitary sewer work just south ...

800 block of Eighth Avenue North to be closed for work

Beginning at noon today, the 800 block of Eighth Avenue North will be closed to through traffic in order for Arbor Pro to take down a tree. Detours will be in place. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route. The project should be complete by day’s end.