News Brief

2018 NW Iowa Women’s Conference is Saturday

PALMER — Faith Community Church, rural Palmer, is hosting the 2018 NW Iowa Women’s Conference from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church. The conference, “UNDONE- Making Peace with an Unexpected Life,” will feature nationally known speaker Michele Cushatt and guest speaker Cindy ...

Sewer fee increase on FD council agenda

Proposed increases in monthly utility bills to finance sanitary sewer upgrades will come before the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The proposed rate increase would add $2.50 a month to sanitary sewer bills ...

Student injured at FDMS

Fort Dodge first responders were called to the Fort Dodge Middle School Friday morning to treat an injured student, according to Jennifer Lane, Fort Dodge Community School District director of communications and community relations. “This morning, first responders were called to FDMS to ...

Water off, street closure today

Weather permitting, beginning at 9 a.m. today until work is completed, water will be shut off on South 19th Street from 12th Avenue South to South 21st Street and a road closure on South 20th Street between Oleson Park Avenue and South 19th Street. The Warehouse department will be replacing ...

Peterson named to VDMC board of trustees

WEBSTER CITY — The Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Webster City resident, Taylor Peterson, as the newest member to the board. Peterson is filling the remainder of a term left open with the recent resignation of board member Justin Deppe. The ...

Harms will talk about the importance of sleep

WEBSTER CITY — Jodi Harms, the Senior Life Solutions Program Director with Van Diest Medical Center will be hosting her Healthy Connections presentations on Sleep at Kendall Young Library Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 in the Library Meeting Room. Harms will be discussing the importance of sleep ...

Part of Fourth Avenue North to be closed

A section of Fourth Avenue North west of Martin Luther King Drive will be closed to traffic beginning Monday and will remain closed for about two weeks, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Detours will be posted. Local residents will have access.

Second Baptist hosting service

Second Baptist Church, 1827 Fourth Ave. S., will hold a Pre-Homecoming Service beginning at 11 a.m. today. The Rev. Eric Howard, of Beacon of Hope, is the guest speaker. The service will include a short program, musical selections and a sermon. All are welcome.

Man gets prison for using another’s name, SS number

A Mexican man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to using false identification to get a job. Jose Moctezuma-Hernandez, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of an identification document, according to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District ...

Road work to close part of Iowa 175 near Gowrie

A portion of Iowa Highway 175 will close west of Gowrie today as the Iowa Department of Transportation completes two road projects, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said Tuesday. Travelers will detour on Webster County roads P29, D60 and P33 near Gowrie to get around the road work, Will said.

Road east of Fort Dodge will be closed for sewer work

Just east of Fort Dodge, 10th Avenue North, which becomes Webster County Road D18, will be closed to through traffic for about seven days as workers open cut a storm sewer, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said. The closure will be from P59, which is North 32nd Street, over to Sampson Avenue ...

Two road closures planned for Fort Dodge

Weather permitting, beginning today through Wednesday, the 1500 block of 11th Avenue Southwest will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Additionally, for the day of Thursday, the 1100 block of 15th Street Southwest will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Union Pacific ...

Halloween Teen Dance to be at Fort

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is hosting a Halloween-themed dance for teens on Friday. The Fort Night Halloween Teen Dance begins at 7 p.m. in the Opera House. Seventh-grade through ninth-graders are asked to dress up for the event. A costume contest will be held. Cost is $6 at ...

Fort Dodge man accused of theft

A Fort Dodge man was charged with theft after police say they found him with a stolen motorcycle in July. Jeffrey A. Smith, 33, 419 Second Ave. NW., made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate court Tuesday morning. Police say Smith was driving the motorcycle east very slowly ...

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate death is likely suicide

An inmate who was serving a prison sentence at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died of an apparent suicide, the Iowa Department of Corrections has announced. Matthew Earl Rausch, 31, was pronounced dead at 8:08 p.m. Monday at UnityPoint—Trinity Regional Medical Center, the ...

Mobile pantry in Webster City today

WEBSTER CITY — The Food Bank of Iowa’s mobile pantry will be in Webster City today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will be at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1000 Des Moines St., in Webster City. Those picking up food should bring bags, baskets or boxes in which to pack it. For more ...

Firm hired to expand city, Hamilton County trails

WEBSTER CITY — New places to walk, run and ride a bike throughout Hamilton County and Webster City will be outlined in a new trails master plan. On Monday, the City Council started the planning process by hiring a firm to do the work. The council voted unanimously to hire Shive-Hattery ...

License station closed Wednesday

The state Department of Transportation drivers license station at 2313 First Ave. S. will be closed Wednesday for employee training, according to an announcement from the department.

Housing grants awarded to area agencies

Three local agencies that help people in need of shelter have received grants from the Iowa Finance Authority. Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. was awarded a $158,400 Emergency Solutions Grant. Those grants are intended to help people quickly get back into permanent housing through ...

Schmoker Adult Day Service offers meals

Schmoker Adult Day Service at Friendship Haven offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack through the federally funded CACFP. The program does not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The meals offered are available at no ...