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Forgiving the Unforgivable at Lifetree Cafe

Religion Briefs

The power of forgiveness will be explored at Lifetree Cafe at noon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26th, at noon and 7pm. The program, titled “Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Son Confronts His Mother’s Killer,” features a filmed interview with Louis Barrios, a man who publically forgave ...

Joel Babb

Babb accused of violating parole

Local News

A Fort Dodge man convicted of sexually abusing a patient at a nursing home where he was working has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole. Joel Babb, 64, is accused of committing multiple parole violations over the course of August 2017. Among the violations include an ...

First United Methodist sale for missions

Religion Briefs

First United Methodist Church will hold its fall rummage/bake sale for missions on Thursday through Saturday at the church, 127 N. 10th St. The church basement will be filled with various items, including furniture, linens, toys, kitchen appliances, household goods, clothes, and much more. ...

Christopher Simpson

Simpson avoids retrial

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A man who had his sexual abuse convictions overturned on a post-conviction relief ruling has avoided a re-trial by pleading guilty to the charges he was facing. Christopher Simpson, 48, formerly of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of ...

SALT youth group is Wednesday

Religion Briefs

The First United Methodist Church youth group SALT for middle-school youths will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the church, 127 N. 10th St. Children will be picked up at the middle school after classes and parents must pick them up by 5 p.m. A snack is served along with a lesson and lots of games and ...

Two new members join Humboldt school board

Local News

DAKOTA CITY — Two new members took the oath of office at Wednesday’s meeting of the Humboldt Community School Board. Both members were elected earlier this month. Bob Myott is new to Humboldt. “I’m not originally from Humboldt,’’ he said. ‘‘My wife is. We moved back here ...

Fire reported at Days Inn

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Investigators were working Saturday afternoon to determine what caused a fire Saturday morning at the Days Inn, 3040 Fifth Ave. S. No one was hurt. The flames were confined to a two-room suite on the second floor. The fire was reported at 10:05.

From our files: Sept. 23, 2017

From Our Files

Sept. 23, 2007 NEWS: Eischen Sausage Haus in Whittemore offered traditional specialties. SPORTS: Heather Johnson and Terry Grove each bowled a perfect game at Ridgewood Lanes. Sept. 23, 1992 NEWS: Fort Dodge Mayor Michael D. McCarville was named chief executive officer of the Greater ...

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, at left, administers the oath of office to Fort Dodge attorney Joe McCarville Thursday afternoon during his investiture as a District Associate Judge.

‘Today is a good day’

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Friends, family and colleagues of Joe McCarville filled a Webster County courtroom Thursday afternoon to watch as the longtime attorney was sworn in as the newest district associate court judge in the 2nd Judicial District. McCarville’s investiture ceremony was held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the ...

From our files

From Our Files

Sept. 22, 2007 NEWS: Prince of Peace Preschool revamped its curriculum and classroom. SPORTS: Southern Cal beat St. Edmond 20-7 in football. Sept. 22, 1992 NEWS: Construction began at Country Meadows, an independent living community for senior citizens in Clarion. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat ...

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With the smoldering remains of a vintage Corvette in the foreground Humboldt firefighter Matt Ubben sprays water on a garage fire late Thursday afternoon in Dakota City. Several collectable vehicles stored in the garage were destroyed.

Classic car owner hurt in Dakota City fire

Local News

DAKOTA CITY — A man was treated for burns and an estimated $100,000 worth of classic cars were lost after a garage caught fire in Dakota City Thursday night, according to Jim Gronbach, Humboldt volunteer fire chief. The fire was reported at 5:23 p.m. Don Ukena, of Dakota City, was ...

Developer may bring new rental housing to Coalville

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A developer may be building six new housing units in Coalville, the Webster County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday. Michael Pearson has proposed three single-family units and three bi-attached single family units to be built on 240th Street in Coalville, Supervisor Mark Campbell said. ...

Public schools to dismiss early Friday

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All Fort Dodge public schools will dismiss early today at 1:10 p.m. due to heat and humidity, school communications director Jennifer Lane has announced. This is for public schools only, not parochial schools.

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Karen Lawler, of Clare, carries a bag of pulled weeds and garbage Thursday morning while helping out during the Downtown Fall Clean-u Day.

A clean sweep in Fort Dodge

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Not everything that was found Thursday as a group of volunteers picked up litter, cleared debris and pulled weeds in downtown Fort Dodge during the Main Street Fort Dodge Fall Cleanup Day was junk. Mary Kay Daniel, of Fort Dodge, and several of her group of volunteers found something ...

Go & Do

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In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Shellabration presents Downtown Country Jam SATURDAY at Ninth Street and Central Avenue. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. There will be performances by LOCASH, Farm Rock and Jessica McClintock. Advance tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Hy-Vee, Northwest Bank, Great ...

With another court order, Coleman District conflict may be resolved

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A conflict over management of sewer lines in the unincorporated Coleman District may have finally been put to rest, after a second lawsuit brought by resident Dennis Jones was settled Wednesday. The court has ordered Coleman District Sanitary Sewer Board Trustee Larry Pingel to provide ...