UnityPoint warns of possible change for Amerigroup patients

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UnityPoint Health, which includes Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, is notifying area residents who receive Medicaid services managed by Amerigroup Iowa Inc. that the contract between the two organizations may end on Dec. 31. If the contract ends, patients will have two choices, ...

Drainage water quality practices focus of workshop

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The design and layout of new practices being considered for water quality improvements of farmland drainage will be the focus of a workshop Dec. 14 in Fort Dodge. Registration for the day-long program begins at 7:45 a.m.; morning session starts at 8 a.m. at the Iowa State University Extension ...

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Knigge gets a May ’18 trial date

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A woman accused of killing her best friend will stand trial for first-degree murder next year. Mackenzie Knigge, 26, of Clare, had her trial set for May 14, 2018, following a trial-scheduling conference held Wednesday. She is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jessica ...

Fort Dodge City Council seeks EPA grant

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The city of Fort Dodge is seeking a $300,000 federal grant to pay for assessing sites for contamination. The City Council approved the grant application during a special meeting at noon Wednesday. The application is being submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. City officials ...

Humboldt supervisors consider animal shelter

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DAKOTA CITY — The need for an animal shelter was discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. Two weeks ago, Humboldt County Animal Control Officer Merri Hansen told the board a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector has said the county and the city of ...

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David Odor, who lives just southeast of Duncombe, tells the Webster County Board of Supervisors he’s worried two new hog facilities in the area would jeopardize the water quality in Brushy Creek Recreation Area. Over 55 people came to the hearing. The supervisors will officially ask the DNR not to approve two confinements near Duncombe.

Seven confinements meet matrix criteria, and opposition

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The Webster County Supervisors disapproved two out of three proposed hog confinements that would be built in the county at its regular meeting Tuesday. More than 55 people attended the meeting, with multiple voices speaking out against two confinements that would be built near Duncombe. ...

Laurens man, pets die of suspected carbon monoxide

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HAVELOCK — A man and some pets were found dead Friday after a carbon monoxide leak at a home in Havelock. The Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department identified the man as Anthony Mowry, 26, of Laurens. According to Sheriff Brian Larsen, deputies received a report of an unresponsive man ...

From our files: Nov. 15, 2017

From Our Files

Nov. 15, 2007 NEWS: The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center opened a resale shop called The Key on Central. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat William Penn JV 77-70 in men’s basketball. Nov. 15, 1992 NEWS: KaRene Egemo placed second in number of sales as a broker/owner for ERA nationally ...

News of Record: Nov. 15, 2017

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Tuesday Third-degree theft — Sandra L. Sweet, 36, Roland, preliminary hearing set for Nov. 29. Interference with official acts — Sandra L. Sweet, 36, Roland, continued 180 days. Driving while revoked — Anthony Cotner, 19, 318 D St., preliminary ...

Hamilton County gives four confinement proposals a green light

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WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to recommend four construction permit applications for new swine finisher barns in northeast Hamilton County. The approval came following a public hearing that brought comments from both opponents and supporters ...

Iowa Central to seek $25.5M in bonds

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Voters in nine area counties will be asked early next year to approve a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue to finance numerous building upgrades at Iowa Central Community College. The college’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to schedule a Feb. 6 referendum on the ...

Mall lawsuit dismissed

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A lawsuit seeking to develop the former Sears property at the Crossroads Mall has been dismissed. The motion, which had been filed on behalf of Hutton Growth LLC, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was approved Tuesday morning, the same day the case was set to be heard at trial in Webster County ...

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Framed by a poster featuring an old newspaper story about Prusia Hardware opening its doors, Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission member Eddy O’Farrell talks abou the history of the building, now called Heartland Senior Living, during a Centennial Building celebration Tuesday afternoon.

Three FD buildings a century old

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The Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Commission paid tribute to three of Fort Dodge’s 100-year-old buildings Tuesday night inside one of them — Heartland Senior Living, formerly Prusia Hardware, 610 Central Ave. About 25 people attended the third annual Downtown Centennial Building ...

Housing, credit union building may get TIF support

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New homes and the construction of a credit union office may get financial aid from the city of Fort Dodge via tax increment financing. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission took a preliminary step to making that possible on Tuesday by recommending that the sites of those projects be ...

County approves cultural and recreation authority

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The plan to create a city-county authority to run the proposed cultural and recreation center in downtown Fort Dodge is moving forward, after approval from the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The board approved unanimously approved the articles of incorporation for the Webster ...

Complaint alleges October Romantix theft was inside job

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What was initially reported as a robbery at an adult store in town is now a theft investigation after prosecutors allege the incident was planned by an employee. Two people are facing charges with the Oct. 7 incident at Romantix, 15 N. Fifth St. Amanda M. Hughes, 31, of Fort Dodge, has been ...

Knigge trial set for May

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The first-degree murder trial of Mackenzie Knigge has been set for May 14, 2018. Knigge, of Clare, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of her friend, Jessica Gomez, back in August. Knigge has pleaded not guilty to the charge. She is being held in the Webster ...

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Don Miller, former Fort Dodge wrestling coach and athletic director, left, visits with John McBride, of Fort Dodge, Monday night in the learning commons, an area that is part of the new Freshman Academy at Fort Dodge Senior High.

A new look at FDSH

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Each of the remodeled spaces at Fort Dodge Senior High, including the Freshman Academy, auxiliary gym, wrestling room, and locker room spaces are complete. Administration with the Fort Dodge Community School District hosted guided tours of the new facilities Monday night. The projects ...

Iowa educator’s teaching license suspended

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ALGONA (AP) — A state board has suspended the teaching license of a northern Iowa teacher and coach was accused of being intoxicated at school. The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners ordered the suspension of Chad Ahlers’ teaching and coaching licenses for two years. He also was ordered ...

From our files: Nov. 14, 2017

From Our Files

Nov. 14, 2007 NEWS: An election tie for a City Council seat in Lehigh was solved by picking a name out of a tin. Christie Johnson won. SPORTS: Diane Happel, of Fort Dodge, swept the Grinnell Masters swim meet. Nov. 14, 1992 NEWS: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad presented Iowa Volunteer Hall ...