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Old bottling plant will come down

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A building that started out as the Fort Dodge Bottling Company in 1941, and later was home to a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant, will be demolished within a couple months, according to Mel Schroeder, president of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation. That building, located at 216 N 12th St., ...

Pingel will lend a hand to save the Humota

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WEBSTER CITY — Jeff Pingel, of Webster City, is all too familiar with seeing a local movie theater close. In March 2013, Webster City’s theater had what many believed would be a final showing. “I just remember going to the last movie here and I was pretty sad,” Pingel said. ...

Police investigate report of shooting

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Fort Dodge police are investigating a shooting in the area of Fourth Avenue South and 15th Street around 12:30 p.m. One man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries. Neighbors at the scene said they heard several shots. This story will be updated as ...

Ortiz-Hernandez is headed to job in California

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WEBSTER CITY — City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez announced Wednesday that he is resigning his position with the city of Webster City to take a similar position in California. In his letter of resignation to the mayor and City Council, Ortiz-Hernandez said the move would bring his family ...

Motorcyclist leads authorities on early morning high-speed chase

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A suspect driving a motorcycle led police on a high-speed pursuit that started on U.S. Highway 20 and ended in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, according to Trooper Denny Schnathorst, of the Iowa State Patrol. At about 11:45 p.m., Schnathorst said he checked the speed of a motorcycle traveling on ...

Next time, knock

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Marguerite Cassen woke up early Tuesday morning to one of the loudest noises she’s ever experienced in her 89 years. By woke up, she means awakened suddenly — at 1:23 a.m. “Did it ever wake me,” she said. She initially had no idea what the noise was. “I thought it was ...

From our files: July 18, 2018

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10 Years ago: July 18, 2008 NEWS: Three offices in the Fort Dodge Municipal Building were reorganized for better customer service. SPORTS: Jim Bryan had the low individual gross in the Lakeside Men’s League with 33. 25 Years ago: July 18, 1993 NEWS: The Callendar family of Philip ...

News of Record: July 18, 2018

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Police Log FORT DODGE Monday A theft was reported in the 2300 block of Sixth Avenue North. A theft was reported in the 800 block of Loomis Park Drive. An assault was reported in the 200 block of North 12th Street. An assault was reported in the 600 block of Central Avenue. An ...

County abruptly ends contract with CFR

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Webster County has cancelled its agreement with Community and Family Resources, which takes in patients for detox and substance abuse treatment, including involuntary committals, but has not disclosed why. The county supervisors now plan to sit down and re-negotiate a new agreement for this ...

Fonley leaves Algona school system, apparently unexpectedly

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ALGONA — The Algona Community School District is hoping to have an interim superintendent in place by the start of the school year after the apparently unexpected resignation of longtime Superintendent Marty Fonley. The ACSD board accepted Fonley’s resignation on July 6. He had served as ...

Webster County Supervisors discuss bargaining changes

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Some significant changes in public sector bargaining law which passed in 2017 will have an effect on upcoming negotiations between county officials and their county workers’ unions. Webster County officials met for a discussion of the changes Tuesday morning. “We have a little bit ...

CFR to host open house Friday

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Community and Family Resources will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday to celebrate 50 years of providing wellness and recovery services in Fort Dodge. The open house will be at the STARS Adolescent Facility, 430 N. Eighth St. “We have been very fortunate to help hundreds of ...

Humboldt supervisors hear transportation plan

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DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors reviewed MIDAS Council of Governments’ Long Range Transportation Plan at Monday’s meeting. Shirley Helgevold, MIDAS local assistance manager, brought a draft of the plan to the board. The plan identifies all transportation ...

Humboldt City Council OKs school police officer plan

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HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved an agreement with the Humboldt Community School District for a school resource officer at Monday’s meeting. The council and school officials have been considering hiring a joint officer for security within the school system, but primarily for ...

FD woman accused in assault of man

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A Fort Dodge woman is facing a felony burglary charge for allegedly taking part in an assault on a man she had an intermittent relationship with. Sabreen S. Al-Hameed, 26, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony. It’s alleged that she assaulted a 54-year-old ...

Softball brings generations of families to Fort Dodge

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Omar Bradley and his wife, Sue Bradley, of Wilton, spent time in the late 1980s and early 1990s watching their two daughters play state softball in Fort Dodge. On Monday they were back at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex, this time with their two grandsons, Drake Jordan, 9, and ...

From our files: July 17, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: July 17, 2008 NEWS: A group of 24 Costa Rican ag producers, researchers and agronomy students toured farms in Webster and Calhoun counties. SPORTS: Southeast Webster-Grand beat Preston 3-1 in softball. 25 Years ago: July 17, 1993 NEWS: Hollis “Pete” Hilstrom, a former ...