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News briefs, Aug. 31

August 31, 2011
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One injured in multicar accident in FD

A multicar accident sent one woman to the hospital and caused damage to other vehicles early Tuesday morning.

According to Trooper Paul Gardner of the Iowa State Patrol, there was a line of cars waiting at U.S. Highway 169 and Kenyon Road. A pickup truck, driven by Joseph Groat, of Fort Dodge, couldn't stop in time and hit a vehicle being driven by Rebecca Love, of Paton.

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Two more cars were also involved in the accident, one driven by Melissa Hanson of Duncombe, and the other by Brian Schultz of Dayton.

Gardner said Love was taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries; the others involved were not transported to the hospital.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the accident.

Luers: Self-storage fire was intentional

The Fort Dodge Fire Department has determined a fire was set deliberately earlier this week at a storage facility.

On Sunday, fire officials responded to a structural fire at 2311 15th Ave S. around 1:04 a.m. First responders included seven firefighters, who were later joined by three off-duty firefighters.

The 40-by-70 foot building was used as a self-storage facility. All 14 units and the building itself were "fully engulfed in flames," according to Fort Dodge Assistant Fire Chief Woody Wolfe.

The Fort Dodge Fire Department was able to get the fire under control within 30 minutes, but, according to a press release from Fire Chief Dave Luers, "the building and contents are considered a total loss."

Both the Fort Dodge Fire Department and Fort Dodge Police Department are seeking information about the fire, and would like the public's assistance. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fire Department at 576-1031, the Police Department at 573-2323, or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444.

Webster County sups discuss farm

The Webster County Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday, covering a 13-item agenda. The meeting lasted 15 minutes.

During the meeting, the board approved:

"We need to do this if we're going to make any changes to the contract," Suprvisor Bob Singer said. "You'll hear more about this as time goes on."

Supervisor Clark Fletcher explained that the law firm had a potential conflict of interest between it, the county and Cargill.

"They're representing Cargill and doing work for Webster County that could conflict," Fletcher said. "We understand and don't have a problem with that."

Blood drive set for Sept. 16

The Fort Dodge Ford Toyota Blood Drive is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Bloodmobile at Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, 2753 Fifth Ave. S.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, contact Nancy Wyatt-Lombard at 576-7505, or schedule an appointment online at



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