Brady Anderson joins Schnurr & Co.

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Brady Anderson joined the staff of Schnurr & Company LLP, 822 Central Ave., as a staff accountant this last spring. He worked as an intern there prior to accepting full-time employment upon graduation. Anderson graduated from Humboldt High School in 2012 and University of Northern Iowa in ...

Where to find help

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With addiction comes, hopefully, recovery. But how and where? One of the big names in treatment and recovery services in the area is Community Family Resources. In addition to the residential treatment center in Fort Dodge, CFR offers outpatient services in outreach offices throughout ...

Liz McHenry now at Hair Odyssey

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Liz McHenry, formerly of the J.C. Penney salon, has taken a full-time position at Hair Odyssey Inc., 2419 Fifth Ave. S., Suite B. McHenry has 24 years of experience in the cosmetology industry. She specializes in cuts, perms, colors and waxing. McHenry is a lifelong resident of Fort Dodge.

Angie Richardson joins Hair Odyssey

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Angie Richardson has joined the staff at Hair Odyssey Inc., 2419 Fifth Ave. S., Suite B, as a full-time cosmetologist. A La’James graduate in 1990, Richardson has 27 years of experience in the industry. She was formerly with the J.C. Penney salon in Fort Dodge. Richardson specializes in ...

Promes achieves board certification

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Joetta Promes RN, BSN, ONC, CMPE, practice administrator for Orthopedic Specialists, has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification entity of the Medical Group Management Association. ...

Councilman is challenging incumbent in EG mayoral run

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EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove City councilman has declared his candidacy for mayor. Denny Vandewater is challenging incumbent Sandy McGrath, who is in her fourth year in office. “Our city has a lot at stake with many challenges ahead in the next two years,” Vandewater said. “The $240 ...

Theiss farm housing to be subject of City Council attention again

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The new homes proposed for the former Theiss farm in Fort Dodge will again be the center of attention for the City Council when it meets Monday. All of the public discussion so far has been about plans for the property on the east side of Williams Drive. But the Theiss farm extends to the ...

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Fort Dodge Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske examines a fire-damaged room at the Days Inn, 3040 Fifth Ave. S., Saturday morning. The fire damaged a two-room suite and filled the building with smoke. No one was injured.

Fire fills Days Inn with smoke

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No one was injured when a fire caused smoke to fill the hallways of the Days Inn in Fort Dodge Saturday morning. The flames were confined to a two-room suite on the second floor in the rear of the building at 3040 Fifth Ave. S., according to Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske. The incident ...

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Bill Douglas, of Fort Dodge, is working to overcome his lifelong addiction. For addicts, putting their lives back together is a long, difficult process.

‘The only thing I had to change was everything’

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Bill Douglas, of Fort Dodge, is a survivor. At the age of 49, he’s three decades past the life expectancy of the people in he grew up with in the Detroit area. “It was a high crime area,” he said. “Life expectancy was 16 to 24 in my neighborhood. I lost plenty of friends and a ...


2 dead in motorcycle crash

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LEHIGH - Two people are dead following a single-vehicle motorcycle crash southeast of Lehigh Sunday afternoon, according to Trooper Neil Morenz, of the Iowa State Patrol. The two people were traveling on their motorcycle northbound on Samson Avenue. According to Morenz, the couple lost ...

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Stagehand Ben Vrieze, of Fort Dodge, uses a level to check a section of the stage as he works on setting up for tonight's Downtown Country Jam.

Setting the stage

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After a crew of stagehands set the first row of metal framing for the stage at the inaugural Downtown Country Jam Friday afternoon in the middle of Ninth Street just a bit north of the Central Avenue crosswalk, Shellabration Inc. President Jim Reed needed to have it moved 3 feet ...

Field day at Buske farm is Thursday

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AMES — Shannon Coleman, an extension specialist in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University, will present to attendees at the Food Safety Modernization Act field day at the Buske farm near Fort Dodge. The field day is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday The ...

News of Record

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Arrivals IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL DRAPER — Lani, Fort Dodge, a boy Tourrey Alarick, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Grandparents are Valerie Stevens, Fort Dodge; and Bryan Draper, Arkansas. Great-grandparents are Virginia Post, Boone; Cyndi Welch, Lead Hill, Arkansas; Ken Welch, Lead Hill, ...

New Testament scholar to lead teaching

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Craig Blomberg, a world famous New Testament scholar, will lead a weekend of teaching at CrossWay Church in Fort Dodge Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. Blomberg is one of the foremost scholars of the Bible in the world today. He is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, where he has ...

-Submitted photo Sgt. Mike Manthorne of the Sioux City Police Department leads the procession of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel into St. Mary’s Church for a previous Blue Mass celebration.

Special mass set for police, firefighters, EMS personnel

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STORM LAKE — Law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and members of the public are invited to a special service to pray for first responders on Monday at St. Mary’s Church in Storm Lake. The third annual Blue Mass will begin at 7 p.m. in the church at 320 ...

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Bob Shaw, left, and Kate Shaw, of Spirit Lake, stand near a Good Humor ice cream truck after returning home from delivering free ice cream around the state of Iowa recently. The two have been married 50 years. The trip lasted 15 days and spanned 1,400 miles.

Ice cream for Iowans

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SPIRIT LAKE — A Spirit Lake couple recently drove around the state of Iowa giving away free frozen treats to thousands of people. Bob Shaw and Kate Shaw spent 15 days on the road serving star bars, fudge pops, and bomb pops out of a 50-year-old Good Humor truck. Their trip spanned 1,400 ...