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SE Valley High School remodel intended to beef up security

Local News

GOWRIE — Southeast Valley High School is moving forward with a long-anticipated remodeling project. The Prairie Valley Board of Education last month approved a $1.253 million renovation to redesign the south wing of the school, including the main entrance. This will increase security ...

Named All-American Scholar Teams

Education Briefs

The Fort Dodge Senior High girls swim team and boys swim team have been accepted as All American Scholar Teams by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. The girls swim team was named a Silver All-American Scholar Team with a team grade point average of ...

Named to honor roll at U of Kansas

Education Briefs

LAWRENCE — Two students from the Fort Dodge region have earned honor roll distinction at the University of Kansas. More than 5,700 undergraduate students were named to the honor roll for the fall 2017 semester. Area students are Calvin James Whitney, Emmetsburg, College of Liberal Arts ...

FDSH grad featured in FCCLA Teen Times

Education Briefs

Dillon Lumsden, a recent Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, was featured on the cover of the March/April edition of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Teen Times. He was interviewed about his pursuit of a career in fashion. Lumsden said his high school involvement with ...

The economics of health

Local News

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center generates 1,159 jobs that add $72,784,155 to the local economy, according to a study just released by the Iowa Hospital Association. It is one of the area’s largest employers. However, there is much more to the story than just the ...

Bond issue, contracts also on council agenda

News Brief

The proposed 2018-2019 budget isn’t the only thing awaiting the attention of the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council’s work will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop discussion of the annual spring cleanup collection. The council’s ...

An era ends in Fort Dodge

Local Business

In the late summer of 1976, not long after graduating from Creighton University School of Law, Kurt T. Pittner arrived in Fort Dodge to begin work as an assistant county attorney in the office of then-County Attorney William Thatcher. Concluding that Fort Dodge was a good place to call home ...

Jeffrey Brandt honored by Forbes Magazine

Business Briefs

Jeffrey Brandt, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Fort Dodge, 1400 Central Ave., was named to the list of “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” published by Forbes Magazine. The list recognizes financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, ...

From our files: March 11, 2018

From Our Files

March 11, 2008 NEWS: Anita Guthrie was promoted to sergeant in the Fort Dodge Police Department. SPORTS: Fort Dodge had top-10 finishes in five events at the Wartburg Indoor Invitational track meet. March 11, 1993 NEWS: The Wa Tan Ye Club in Fort Dodge celebrated its 56th ...

News of Record: March 11, 2018

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Probation violation —Anthony Cotner, 19, Arlington Heights, Illinois, transferred to District Court; Michia Thompson, 29, 311 First Ave. S., transferred to District Court. Parole violation —Darnell Holman, 40, 1234 1/2 First Ave. N., ...

FDCSD plans community forum to discuss school safety

News Brief

The Fort Dodge Community School District is hosting a school safety community forum on March 19. The district is teaming up with the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department and Webster County Community Safety Committee to educate the public on safety procedures ...

Neven Mulholland receives prestigious honor

Business Briefs

Neven J. Mulholland, of Fort Dodge, has been named to the ranks of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2018. Selection is by invitation only and is intended to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters. To be considered for ...

Storytellers will address mental health, suicide

Local News

Mental health is a serious problem in the Fort Dodge community and students and staff at Fort Dodge Senior High are taking action. FDSH Principal Kenneth Hayes said when he came to Fort Dodge more than a year ago, he noticed, statistically, a high number of suicides in the Fort Dodge ...

Business Horizons 2018 registration is now open

Local Business

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation is now accepting applications for Business Horizons, a college and career summer program for high school students grades nine through 12. During the week, participants gain unique hands-on experience in the world of business and ...

Mark Passow achieves certification

Business Briefs

Farm Bureau Financial Services has announced that Mark Passow, of Fort Dodge, has been certified as an Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS). This insurance certification recognizes proficiency in the fundamentals of agribusiness, farm risk management and insurance. To obtain the ...

Sexton to seek third term in Iowa House

Local News

ROCKWELL CITY — State Rep. Mike Sexton is seeking his third term in the Iowa House of Representatives. The Republican from Rockwell City is unopposed so far for his party’s nomination. No Democratic candidates have entered the race so far. In 2016, he won his second term ...

Dr. Adam Swisher named medical director

Business Briefs

Adam Swisher, DO, is the regional medical director of UnityPoint Hospice. Dr. Swisher received his medical degree from the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. He completed a family medicine residency at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. Swisher specializes in family ...

$97M Fort Dodge budget keeps property tax levy steady

Local News

A roughly $97 million budget that keeps the city’s property tax rate the same for the third fiscal year in a row will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets Monday. The budget does include 2 percent increases in the water and sanitary sewer rates, effective Jan. 1, ...

Fort Dodge students are ready for Kosovo

Local News

Three Fort Dodge Senior High students and one St. Edmond Catholic School student are heading to Kosovo this summer. There they will learn about European traditions and interact with other teenagers in a camp setting. Students Tyreike Mericle, 17, a senior at FDSH; Olivia Mitchell, 17, a ...