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UnityPoint at Home executive director Jennifer Crimmins, at right, along with Jensen Builders project manager Taylor Pedersen, look over plans for the new retail store in the former HyVee Drugstore building. Homecare clinical manager Julie Samuelson, at left, Homecare clinical supervisor Jen Kirchhoff, warehouse supervisor Doris McBurney, regional store manager Angie Tracy and store unit supervisor Mike Hanrahn, at right, look over the cite behind them.

UnityPoint at Home is moving

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UnityPoint at Home in Fort Dodge, which is gaining a national reputation as one of the state’s top home care agencies, is on the move both physically and as a provider of top quality care. Before the end of this year, it will move most of its services to a new consolidated location at 214 ...

From our files: Aug. 13, 2017

From Our Files

Aug. 13, 2007 NEWS: Drew Callon, a kindergarten student at Duncombe Elementary School, was featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Kathy and Anthony Mayer won the Championship Flight of the coed division of the Kate and Pete Nelson YWCA Classic with 65. Aug. 13, 1992 NEWS: The ...

Jessica Gomez

Grandmother says body found near Clare is likely Gomez

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The grandmother of a Fort Dodge woman who had been reported missing last week says the 26-year-old is likely dead. Jacqui McCollum, of Fort Dodge, said a body was found Saturday that is probably Jessica Gomez. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said late Saturday night that he could not ...

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A panel discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill covered a wide range of topics, from payment limitations to funding for conservation efforts, during the 2017 Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Aug. 5. Moderator Phil Brasher left, and Iowa Ag Summit host Bruce Rastetter, second from left, visited with panelists including, left to right, Craig Lang, a dairy farmer from Brooklyn, Iowa and former Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president; Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Nebraska; Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union president; and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

Addressing the great Farm Bill debate

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DES MOINES — While some lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley think Congress could pass a new Farm Bill by Christmas, other ag leaders are less confident. One thing is clear, though. Since no new funding with will be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, existing and proposed programs ...

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Maggie Carlin, associate planner with the City of Fort Dodge, shows off a model of the final design for the silo painting project.

FD panel defends choice of mural artist

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Public input was just one element considered when a Fort Dodge group picked an Australian artist over a local one to paint a mural on the grain elevator on Hawkeye Avenue, members of the committee wrote in a newly released letter. The letter was written in response to criticism of the ...

Back to School Bash is Tuesday

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The 15th annual Back to School Bash will be coming to Fort Dodge on Tuesday. The event, which provides backpacks and school supplies to under privileged children throughout Webster County, will be at the Crossroads Mall from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bev Verschoor, outreach specialist with Upper ...

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Body found east of Clare, Sheriff confirms

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CLARE - A body was found in a rural area east of Clare Saturday, Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs confirmed Sunday. The identity of the person has yet to be determined, Stubbs reported. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Webster County Law ...

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4-H archery instructor Dave Anderson holds a bow recently. Anderson is one of several area 4-H’ers to be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 20.

Statewide honor

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When Dave Anderson found out that he was going to be inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame this year, he described his reaction as being “a little surprised, I guess.” Anderson, of rural Fort Dodge, is one of 119 4-H’ers who will be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 20 at ...

Jessica Gomez

Grandmother says body found near Clare is likely Gomez

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The grandmother of a Fort Dodge woman who had been reported missing last week says the 26-year-old is most likely dead. Jacqui McCollum, of Fort Dodge, said a body was found Saturday that could be her granddaughter, Jessica L. Gomez. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said late Saturday ...

Miss Diversity Pageant is today

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The Miss Diversity Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. today at Athletics for Education and Success (AFES), 712 Third St. S.W. The pageant is a follow-up from Miss Black Fort Dodge and is for girls ages 10 to 18.

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Clare firefighters Zack Gaul and Danny Licht search a ditch and field edges along Easter Avenue north of 150th Street Friday afternoon as another searcher drives by on an ATV. The multi-agency area search was in relation to the disappearance of Jessica Gomez, 26, of Fort Dodge and Mackenzie Knigge, 26, of Clare. Knigge was located Friday. Gomez, who has not been seen for a week, remains missing.

Search for Gomez goes on

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One of two missing Webster County women was found safe in Indiana, and authorities combed an area near Clare Friday as they continued to look for the other one. MacKenzie Knigge, 26, of Clare, was found in Lafayette, Indiana, on Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Safety reported on ...

FD man accused of break-in

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A Fort Dodge man is accused of committing a break-in late Thursday night. Nicholas D. Bolden, 30, is charged with one count of second-degree burglary. According to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, officers were dispatched to a home in the 1200 block of South 22nd ...

A look into the universe

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ALGONA — Visitors to the Algona Public Libary will be able to take a deeper look into the universe through a new program to be offered there, according to Mara Strickler, director of the library. The program, called Explore Space, opens Aug. 16. “It covers topics such as a search for ...

Sac City police seek woman for financial crimes

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SAC CITY — Investigators in Sac City are looking for a woman wanted for committing a series of financial crimes. Gail A. Osborn, 27, who was last known to be living in Fort Dodge, is charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a class B felony. According to the Sac City Police Department, ...