News Brief

Bridge work will impact FD traffic

Beginning today at approximately 2 a.m., weather permitting, Kenyon Road from Avenue C to South Eighth Street will be reduced to one lane in both directions with all traffic shifted to the northwest half of the bridge as two-way traffic. There may be periodic and alternating lane closures ...

Manson to close part of Main Street

MANSON — A portion of Main Street in Manson has closed to vehicular traffic as part of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Project. Main Street has been closed to all vehicular traffic between Ninth Avenue and 11th Avenue for removal of the existing road, replacement of the underground ...

Riley talent search will be in Gowrie

GOWRIE — The Bill Riley Talent Search will be in Gowrie on July 4 at 2 p.m. The show will be held at the Gowrie City Park Bandshell during Gowrie’s 4th of July celebration. The statewide presenting sponsor is Hy-Vee. The Bill Riley Talent Search offers an opportunity to help young ...

FD council to consider hiring ambulance personnel

The hiring of 11 new people to support the transition of ambulance service from UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center to the Fort Dodge Fire Department will be on the agenda for the City Council on Monday. The council’s work will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, ...

Opioid crisis to be subject of FD meeting

A town hall meeting on the opioid drug crisis in the United States will be held Wednesday in Fort Dodge. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Michelle De La Riva, executive director of Community & Family Resources in Fort Dodge, will be the ...

Electrical problem caused smoke at Kalo residence

KALO — A report of smoke coming from a house didn’t lead to anything serious Friday afternoon. Otho and Duncombe fire departments were called to 2494 Hilltop Drive in Kalo at about 3:05 p.m. Otho Fire Chief Marty Smith said there was an electrical short in the house which caused some ...

Manson Northwest Webster board approves sprinkler system

MANSON — The Manson Northwest Webster School District will install a new basement fire suppression system at the Junior/Senior High School in Manson. The board approved a bid of $8,550 from Midwest Automatic Fire Sprinkler Co., of Des Moines, for a basement fire suppression system. It ...

Backpack signup underway at Upper Des Moines Opportunity

Although the last school year ended just a couple weeks ago, Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. is already preparing to help children get backpacks and supplies for the next one. The organization is now accepting registrations from families with children that will need backpacks filled with ...

Meriwether Park dedication June 26

The renaming ceremony for the former Mini Park in Pleasant Valley will be held on June 26 at 11 a.m. The park, located on 10th Avenue Southwest between Eighth and Ninth streets, has been renamed H.C. Meriwether Park, after one of the first African-Americans in Fort Dodge to own a ...

FD council to consider civil service posts

The Fort Dodge City Council will meet Monday to handle a couple of items related to the transfer of ambulance service from UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center to the Fire Department. The council will meet at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The council ...

Reynolds issues a disaster proclamation for Hamilton County

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday issued a disaster proclamation for Hamilton and O’Brien counties.  Heavy rain fell on Hamilton County last week, flooding some county roads and farm fields. At this time, the only state resource requested is the activation of the Iowa Individual Assistance ...

Road work to affect Fifth Avenue South

Weather permitting, beginning Monday and for the remainder of the week, Fifth Avenue South from South 32nd Street to South 42nd Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction with traffic patterns changing often. Speed limits may be reduced and enforced. Motorists are urged to use an ...

Goldfield wastewater entering Boone River

GOLDFIELD — A leak in the city of Goldfield’s force main is apparently allowing wastewater to enter the Boone River. Normally wastewater flows through the pipe to the city’s wastewater lagoons. City officials discovered bubbling in the river whenever the pump comes on, so they think the ...

Owl Prowl/Fireside Chat rescheduled

Due to slick and muddy trail conditions at Camp WaNoKi on Thursday, the Owl Prowl and Fireside Chat originally set for June 14 has been rescheduled to June 29.

Calhoun County seeks input on housing

CALHOUN COUNTY — Calhoun County Economic Development Corp. and RDG Planning & Design are completing a housing needs assessment for Calhoun County. This study will identify opportunities and issues in the housing market and provide detailed information and resources to develop strategies ...

Fort Dodge veteran will be honored in D.C.

A U.S. Army veteran from Fort Dodge will be honored today during the Congressional Baseball Game in Washington, D.C. James “Sonny” Rivera, will join two other Nestle Purina employees during an on-field military salute midway through the first inning. Rivera was in the 312th ...

Man found near river hospitalized

A man who was found laying on the bank of the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge Wednesday morning was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske said the man had apparently been in the water at some point before he was ...

North 13th Street to be closed for sewer work

Weather permitting, beginning at 7 today until work is completed, North 13th Street between Third and Fifth Avenues North will be closed to through traffic until work is completed. The Warehouse department will be working on storm water repairs. Please use alternate routes if possible. ...

Mindy’s Miles ride is Saturday

WEST BEND — The 10th and final Mindy’s Miles bicycle ride will be held Saturday in West Bend. Registration is $25 and includes a Mindy’s Miles t-shirt and a free barbecue ticket. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the West Bend Fire Station, located on Iowa ...

Storm Lake man killed when tractor hit by train

NEWELL (AP) — Authorities say a Storm Lake man has died after the agricultural sprayer he was driving was hit by a train at a rural northwestern Iowa railroad crossing. The Sioux City Journal reports that the crash happened Wednesday morning, killing 33-year-old Kyle Drey. He was ...