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Plan to look at connecting downtown, Des Moines River

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Fort Dodge has an inviting Des Moines River corridor thanks to almost two decades of planning and work. The city also has a historic downtown that’s home to an increased number of small businesses. Finding the best way to connect the two is the goal of a newly launched effort. The City ...

National walkout planned today

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Students all across the nation are planning to walk out of their respective schools today to protest gun violence. Today marks one month since the mass school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people were killed and another 17 were injured in the attack. ...

Clarion man gets prison for residential facility escape

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SIOUX CITY — A Clarion man has been sentenced to federal prison after he pleaded guilty to escaping from a Mason City residential facility. Chad Stocks, 37, received two years in prison following his sentencing Tuesday. According to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District ...

FD to have curbside junk collections

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Fort Dodge city officials have changed their minds and will conduct curbside collections of junk this spring. A plan to replace the curbside collections with an opportunity to drop items off at the regional landfill has been scrapped as a result of public criticism. Curbside collections will ...

$9.5M bond issue prepared

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The process of borrowing money to pay for a variety of projects was launched by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council is preparing to borrow $9,525,000 through a general obligation bond issue to be paid off with property tax revenue. Funding for these major projects is ...

Public hearing set for FDCSD budget

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A public hearing for the proposed Fort Dodge Community School District 2018-19 fiscal year budget was set at the school’s board meeting Monday night. The public hearing will be held during the board’s next regular meeting on March 26 at 6 p.m. The district’s projected revenue is ...

From our files: March 13, 2018

From Our Files

March 13, 2008 NEWS: Callender Memorial Heritage Library Director Tina Twito was raising funds for a new furnace. SPORTS: Iowa State beat Kansas State 66-65 in women’s basketball. March 13, 1993 NEWS: West Bend resident Delbert Berninghaus wrote a book about his military service ...

Pool of FDCSD superintendent candidates pared down to four

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The Fort Dodge Community School District has narrowed its superintendent search down to four candidates. The candidates selected are Mike Crozier, superintendent of Northwood-Kensett Community Schools; Mike Fisher, principal of Hoover Middle School in Waterloo; Rob Hughes, FDCSD assistant ...

Junk pickup to end in FD, but will be replaced

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The days of piling junk on the curb for the annual spring cleanup day collections have come to an end in Fort Dodge. The city Public Works Department will not conduct those curbside pickups this year. Instead, residents will be able to bring junk to the landfill on the last two Saturdays of ...

FD council OKs budget without raising property tax levy

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A roughly $97 million budget for 2018-2019 was unanimously approved by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday. The budget keeps the same property tax levy of $20.42 per $1,000 of taxable value. “So that’s good news,” said Councilman Kim Alstott. But it includes a 2 percent increase in ...

Busy construction season planned in FD

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People driving around Fort Dodge will encounter lots of construction work during the spring, summer and fall. The City Council on Monday set much of that work in motion by awarding contracts for street paving and sewer work. Fort Dodge Asphalt Co. received a $1,182,036.17 contract for the ...

Sidewalk where bricks fell remains closed

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A section of sidewalk on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and South 11th Street remains sectioned off after multiple bricks fell from a building there on March 5. The building’s address is 1031 Central Ave. It is owned by Royal Properties LLC, according to online records. Bricks ...

Council moves on property code, zoning change

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A new code to regulate the appearance of properties in Fort Dodge was advanced by the City Council Monday. The council unanimously approved the first reading of a measure to adopt the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code. The code was first reviewed by the council in November. The ...

Webster County Pork Producers look at economics of the industry

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Gregg Hora, Webster County Pork Producer’s president took the opportunity to share his experiences on a recent chip to China during the association’s annual banquet meeting and banquet. During an Ag Leaders trip to China, Hora said he was among 25 visitors that were made up of ...

News of Record: March 13, 2018

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Monday Failure to stop in assured, clear distance — Taylor L. Lowe, 18, Eagle Grove, $147.75. Operating while under the influence, first offense — Holly E. Grove, 60, 317 Haskell St., preliminary hearing set for March 30. Fifth-degree theft — Hope ...

Hope for the future

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The building on the southeast corner of First Avenue North and North 11th Street — just east of the Beacon of Hope Shelter — is currently empty. It won’t be for long. A donation from a former Beacon resident has allowed them to make the down payment to purchase it. Executive ...

FDCSD names March students and employee of the month

Education

The Fort Dodge Community School District is has announced its students and employee of the month for March. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Reyna Prado, the daughter of ...

From our files — March 12, 2018

From Our Files

March 12, 2008 NEWS: Kevin Diehl was elected to the Dayton City Council. SPORTS: The Dodger ninth-grade girls took second place in the 14U State AAU basketball tournament. March 12, 1993 NEWS: The Rev. Roy and Nancy Lewis, of Laurens, adopted a 4-year-old girls from Russia, named ...

SE Valley High School remodel intended to beef up security

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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 ...