News Brief

Iowa Highway 3 bridge to close

POCAHONTAS — Iowa Highway 3 just west of Pocahontas will be closed to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, according to the state Department of Transportation. It will remain closed until mid-September for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured using Pocahontas County roads ...

Conservation District seeks board members

Candidates to run for seats on the Webster County Soil and Water Conservation District board are wanted. Candidates are needed to fill three seats on the board. The new members will be elected during the November general election. To be eligible to run and serve on the board, individuals ...

Disaster declaration made for Webster County

The Webster County Board of Supervisors signed a disaster declaration due to the severe weather on June 14. Storms caused severe damage to public and private property. The declaration will enable state emergency funds to be utilized.

Fort Dodge Public Library Independence Day hours

The Fort Dodge Public Library will close at 5:30 p.m. today and will be closed all day Wednesday for the Independence Day holiday. The library will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday. For more information call the library at 515-573-8167, ext. 224, or visit www.fortdodgeiowa.org/library.

Preschool taking applications

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool, Fort Dodge, is still accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Upon registration, a $50 nonrefundable registration fee will be charged along with the first month’s tuition. Children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 15 may register for the ...

Grassley town hall meeting is today

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will hold a town hall meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. today in the City Council chambers in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Grassley will answer questions and take comments from area residents at the meeting.

Bridge work to close part of US 169

A long stretch of U.S. Highway 169 north of Fort Dodge will be closed Thursday for bridge construction work, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. That section of the highway will be closed until Aug. 31. Traffic will be detoured onto Webster County Road P56.

Work will impact Floral Avenue in Fort Dodge

Weather permitting, beginning Monday and until the work is completed, Floral Avenue from North 19th Street to North 22nd Street will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access. Additionally, beginning Tuesday through Thursday, Floral Avenue from North 15th Street to North ...

Heavy load coming through Webster County today

Some time today a “rolling road closure” will accommodate an oversized load vehicle totalling almost 243 tons. A huge transformer will be moved from Storm Lake to Wellsburg in Grundy County on a specialized trailer that will require two trucks — one pulling in front, and one pushing ...

First Avenue South and 29th Street to be closed

The intersection of First Avenue South and 29th Street will be closed to all traffic from 9 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Beginning Thursday morning, the intersection will only be open to eastbound traffic until July 18.

Meriwether event to be indoors today

The formal dedication of H.C. Meriwether Park will take place today at 11 a.m. in the council chambers at the Fort Dodge Muncipal Building. This is a change of place. The event is being moved indoors due to anticipated weather, according to Sherry Washington, one of the event planners. The ...

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 ...