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Abortion survivor to speak at Holy Trinity, St Mary’s

Local Religion

A woman who survived an abortion as an unborn baby will speak at two area churches on Dec. 2. Melissa Ohden, of Sioux City, survived a saline infusion abortion in 1977 at about seven months gestation. Today she is a pro-life speaker and author. She will be present for a private event for ...

CJ Bio gets $1 million incentive offer

Local News

CJ Bio America has been awarded about $1 million in tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a proposed expansion project that would add a new manufacturing line to the Fort Dodge facility. The plans for expansion were announced last week, and depended upon securing state ...

King Ringers Christmas concert is Sunday

Religion Briefs

The King Ringers Handbell Ensemble will present their Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N. They will perform both sacred and secular sounds of the season. Along with the handbells, you will hear the sounds of the piano, synthesizer, guitar, ...

Calvary soup lunch fundraiser is Nov. 25

Religion Briefs

Calvary Family Center, Inc., will host a soup lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 25, at the Calvary Memorial Church, 1315 10 Ave. S.W. Soups are vegetable beef, ham and bean, chili, chicken and dumpling, and potato and cheese soup. Cost is $6 and includes first bowl of soup, fresh ...

Jamie Johnson resigns from Homeland Security

Local News

A former chairman of the Webster County Republican Party has resigned from a high ranking position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after negative comments he made about blacks and Muslims were revealed. Jamie Johnson, formerly of Stratford, resigned Thursday. ‘‘Acting ...

Sen. Grassley bill helps informants in anti-trust cases

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A bill co-authored by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley that protects workers who provide information on anti-trust violations has been approved by the Senate. Grassley, a Republican who is Iowa’s senior senator, wrote the bill with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. The Criminal Anti-trust ...

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This display, from the Badger Lake Dragon Boat Association, lights up John F. Kennedy Memorial Park during the 2015 Lights at Kennedy event. This year’s event begins Dec. 8.

Coming soon: Lights at Kennedy

Local News

As the season turns snowier, a few volunteers are already hard at work to fill the woods with lights for Christmas. Preparations are under way for the 14th annual Lights at Kennedy at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, where once again businesses and community organizations will sponsor ...

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 A fire that started in the garage in the foreground spread up the rear wall of the house at 519 S. 16th St. Thursday morning. The house also sustained some interior damage. The sheets of plywood were placed on the house Thursday afternoon to cover broken windows and a door. The fire also melted some siding on a house across the alley to the north.

Garage fire damages FD homes

Local News

When Scott Dow, of Fort Dodge, looked out a window of his house Thursday morning after hearing an unusual noise, he spotted flames coming from a corner of his neighbor’s garage. “It looked like a Christmas tree,” he said late Thursday afternoon. “I watched it for about two seconds ...

FDSH Chamber Choir to perform at state school board convention

News Brief

The Fort Dodge Senior High Chamber Choir has been selected to provide a keynote performance at the 2017 Iowa Association of School Boards annual convention on Nov.16 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The convention brings together members of school boards from across the state of ...

From our Files

From Our Files

Nov. 17, 2007 NEWS: Robert Vernon was the new executive director of the Fort Dodge Housing Agency. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Carl Sandberg 61-45 in women’s basketball. Nov. 17, 1992 NEWS: Former Fort Dodge resident Bernice Green Isaacson published a book titled “Where is Home, ...

News of Record

News of record

Arrivals TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ODOM — Amanda, Fort Dodge, a boy, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. MARTIN — Stephany, Fort Dodge, a boy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. MOYLER — Alyssa and Logan, Lohrville, a boy, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. ELLIS – Tara, Manson, a boy, Wednesday, Nov. ...

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Fort Dodge Middle School students Alexander Hansen, 13, at left, along with Cooper Johnson, 13, work on getting the right solution to a math question Thursday morning while working with their fellow TAG students to answer questions during the annual Quiz Bowl.

Quiz Bowl

Local News

Many of the questions presented to a group of Fort Dodge Middle School seventh-grade Talented and Gifted students Thursday morning during the annual Iowa Quiz Bowl could easily stump an adult. Especially if that adult is decades away from their last algebra text book or if they just can’t ...

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Mark Loots, state trustee for A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education helps open packages of new toys Thursday night at Rides Event Center in Fort Dodge. According to ABATE District 10 cordinator Melissa Morey, many of the toys were collected during the district’s Toy Run and Auction held on Sept. 16. “They brought an new unwrapped toy to participate,” she said. Toys were also collected at drop off sites and and several local bars. Toys were also purchased with donations made at the run and other events. “We bought 953 toys just from WalMart,” she said. Toys were also donated by several local businesses including West Bend Red Power that contributed a number of Interantional Harvestor equipment toys. The toys will be distributed to children in need in the 11 counties that make up District 10 by local agencies.

ABATE gathers toys for gifts

News Brief

Mark Loots, of Fort Dodge, a state trustee for A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, helps open packages of new toys Thursday night at Rides Event Center in Fort Dodge. According to ABATE District 10 Coordinator Melissa Morey, many of the toys were collected during the district’s Toy Run and ...

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Police, Patrol urge care in traffic

Local News

As people prepare to hit the roads this holiday season to reunite with friends and family for Thanksgiving, local law enforcement is reminding drivers to take suitable precautions. Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said there is always plenty of travel during the holiday season, ...

ICCC Career Academy proposed

Local News

Iowa Central Community College may establish a career academy to teach things like welding in a new high school being considered in Jefferson. College President Dan Kinney said Friday that he was approached by some representatives of the Jefferson community and asked if he would consider ...

Go & Do

Local News

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Shoe Sensation, Crossroads Mall, is holding a fundraising event for Humane Society of North Central Iowa from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. SATURDAY. Donations of paper towels, cat litter, puppy pads, copy paper, pet food, treats, toys and cash will be accepted during the ...

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A group of Students in the Arts Program participants work on their Doing the Arts My Community project Thursday afternoon on the Iowa Central Community College Campus.

Students in the Arts

Local News

A group of Students in the Arts stood in front of three large blank white canvasses in a classroom at Iowa Central Community College Wednesday afternoon that would soon be part of their Doing the Arts in My Community project. Their instructor for the afternoon, BG Smith, of Fort Dodge, ...

Agriculture groups challenge California Roundup warning

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A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued on Wednesday to overturn a California decision that could force the popular weed-killer Roundup to carry warning labels that it can cause cancer. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento seeks an injunction ...

From our files: Nov. 16, 2017

From Our Files

Nov. 16, 2007 NEWS: The Webster City Community Theater performed the musical drama “Quilters.” SPORTS: The Phillips Middle School wrestling team won 25 of 39 matches against Indian Hills and Johnston. Nov. 16, 1992 NEWS: Fort Dodge Senior High added an IBM computer lab with Lotus ...

News of Record: Nov. 16, 2017

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Wednesday Failure to stop in assured, clear distance — Michael D. Oberg, 18, 1171 Fox Ridge Road, trial set for Dec. 22. Driving under suspension — Colten M. Inman, 17, Vincent, trial set for Dec. 22. Speeding — Colten M. Inman, 17, Vincent, trial ...