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From our files — Dec. 4, 2017

From Our Files

Dec. 4, 2007 NEWS: The former Farm Bureau Young Married Group members held a reunion at Hickory House. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Buena Vista JV 72-45 in women’s basketball. Dec. 4, 1992 NEWS: A5 Allers & Associates Architects won the Mainstreet Fort Dodge Christmas window ...

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Kim Wankum, FDSH music teacher, performs with her students at the school recently.

State adopts new fine arts standards

Local News

Kim Wankum has her students focused on the process musicians engage in just as much as the end product such as a concert. Wankum is a music teacher at Fort Dodge Senior High. That focus aligns with new fine arts standards adopted by the state. Fine arts generally include visual arts, ...

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Ho ho ho: Civitan brings holiday cheer

Local News

Scott McColley, of Fort Dodge, right, receives his present from Santa Claus during the Fort Dodge Civitan Club’s annual dance at Rides Banquet Center Sunday afternoon. About 140 people from group homes in Fort Dodge, Humboldt, and Eagle Grove, attended the event. Carroll Lang, of Fort ...

Student robotics contest coming to MNW

Education

MANSON — A mechanical showdown featuring robots made by students from Iowa will be held in Manson for the first time on Saturday. The event is called the First Tech Challenge. It is a robotics competition that “allows students to compete head to head using a sports model,” according to ...

Pulley pleads guilty to two 2016 shootings

Local News

Gregory Pulley Jr. has admitted his role in two shootings from last year, including one where a victim was injured. Pulley, 29, of Fort Dodge, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder for the Nov. 9, 2016 shooting of Marquez Clayton in the 700 block of Seventh Avenue North. He also ...

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Claire Jeong, 7, of Fort Dodge, carefully holds a bag as soy protein is placed into it during the MobilePack event Saturday at Community Christian School. Jeong went door to door, playing her violin, raising money for the event.

Feeding the children

Local News

Claire Jeong wanted to help raise money for an effort to pack meals for starving children all across the world. However, the 7-year-old was a little shy about approaching people and asking for donations, according to her mother, Sanghee Rhee, of Fort Dodge. Fortunately, the family came ...

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Kim Bloomquist, left, manager of Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, and associate manager Chelsea Brueschke look over the house plant section of the store. Earl May recently remodeled the store, allowing more room for its landscaping and furniture section.

Earl May remodel expands selection

Local Business

A recent remodel has allowed a local gardening and landscaping store to provide more options for its customers. Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, 168 S. 25th St., remodeled its store over the course of three days in July and added a number of products and improved services for its ...

From our files: Dec. 3, 2017

From Our Files

Dec. 3, 2007 NEWS: Presidentidal candidate John Edwards made a campaign stop in Fort Dodge. SPORTS: Marvin Bacon Jr. rolled two 300 games in the NIE Bowling Tournament. Dec. 3, 1992 NEWS: Traci Hoppes was admitted to the California Bar Association. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat ...

News of Record: Dec. 3, 2017

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Parole violation — Cornelius Zolicoffer, 33, Duncombe, sent to Parole Board. Disturbance on own premises — Julio Cepeda-Ramirez, 19, 324 N. 10th St., $195. Probation violation — Kierra Mericle, 24, no address provided, sent to District ...

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Steve Roe, left, executive director of the Beacon of Hope men’s shelter, prays in the chapel with Johnathan Clark, who is living at the shelter. An anonymous donor is offering matching donations of up to $20,000 for those who donate to the Beacon of Hope through Christmas.

Shelter also offers hope

Local News

An anonymous donor wants to make the holiday season brighter for homeless men living at the Beacon of Hope shelter by offering a match of up to $20,000 for donations the shelter receives this season. Steve Roe, executive director of the Beacon of Hope, said this donor will be offering a ...

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Sam morris, 3, of Manson, had fun watching Curt Roberts make pancakes with his dad Dave Morris at last year’s Farm News Ag Show.

Farm News Ag Show set for Dec. 6-7

Local Business

Farm News is hosting its 16th annual Ag Show from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge. This location formerly housed Smithway Motor Xpress on the east side of Fort Dodge. More ...

Linking families gets first IWF child care grant

Local News

The first grant from a new Child Care Collaborative Fund will go to Linking Families and Communities in Fort Dodge, the Iowa Women’s Foundation announced late last week. Child care in Fort Dodge was a top need cited by local leaders during a “She Matters: We Listen and Iowa Wins Tour,” ...

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These soybeans show off-target damage from dicamba. It is estimated the herbicide caused damage to 3.6 million acres of soybeans in 2017.

Dicamba: Where do we go from here?

Local Business

Dicamba has become one of the most controversial ag topics of the 2017 growing season. Some claim dicamba damage exceeded that of any weather affected problems and because of this, DTN addressed these issues with industry experts during a recent webinar. Dr. Kevin Bradley, University of ...

Webster City woman’s donation ends in surprise

Local News

A volunteer was sorting through donations made to The Key on Central in early November when she found something tucked into the toe of a slipper. The slipper had been donated, along with clothing, purses, and shoes, by Paula Brownell, of Webster City. Brownell made the donations on the ...

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Fort Dodge Police Officer Matt Burns watches as Cassie Welch, 10, of Fort Dodge, tries on a pair of stylish glasses at the Fort Dodge Target Store during the annual Santa Cops event in 2016. The young aspiring fashion consultant had purchased many other items for her family.

Santa Cops will come to town

Local News

The Santa Cops will soon be arriving in Fort Dodge to make sure area children have a happy holiday season. The annual event, put on by the Fort Dodge Police Association, pairs a local law enforcement officer with a child from Webster County. Each child gets $100 that they can spend however ...

Lutheran Family Service Nativity Open House is today

News Brief

Lutheran Family Service will hold its Nativity Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. today at 230 Ninth Ave. N. The open house will display more than 160 Nativity sets that have been loaned or gifted to Lutheran Family Service for this open house event. Self-guided tours of the building will be ...

From our files: Dec. 2, 2017

From Our Files

Dec. 2, 2007 NEWS: More than a dozen people were displaced and one person injured in a fire at Wahkonsa Manor. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Brown Mackie 80-59 in women’s basketball. Dec. 2, 1992 NEWS: Kirk Leeds, of Stratford, was named executive director of the Iowa Soybean ...

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News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Thursday Two thefts were reported in the 3000 block of First Avenue South. Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Driving under suspension — Tina M. Wyatt, 31, 1323 S. 22nd St., trial set for Dec. 29. Driving while barred — Anthony A. Harris Evans, 24, ...