Keeping up spirits

Local News

At noon on March 13, the doors of Friendship Haven closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a step taken to protect the almost 400 residents who fit into the highest risk group of potential patients — the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. It applied ...

News of Record: March 28, 2020

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Saturday One domestic call was reported. A fight was reported in the 100 block of North 10th Street. Theft was reported in the 200 block of Avenue O. Sunday Three domestic calls were reported. A burglary in progress was reported in the 3100 block of North ...

Hill serves Fort Dodge Fire Department as chaplain

Local Religion

When the Rev. Al Henderson died last fall, his absence left a gap at the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Henderson, the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, had been the chaplain for the Fire Department, as well as the chaplain for the Fort Dodge Police Department and the Webster County ...

Glass becomes a Gael

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Abby Glass, the new principal at St. Edmond Catholic School, has worn the green and white Gael colors before. In the early 2000s, while Glass attended Iowa Central Community College, she coached eighth grade volleyball at St. Edmond. “Joe Shanks (former athletic director) ended up ...

A dream delayed

Local News

When Dave Newman had to postpone the Fort Dodge Middle School trip to Washington, D.C., it was a tough decision. Ultimately — and especially now — he knew it was the right one. Newman, who taught in Fort Dodge for 30 years, retired seven years ago. He was preparing to take his eighth ...

Remote notarization in effect

News Brief

DES MOINES — The in-person requirement for notarizing documents is temporarily waived for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, Gov. Kim Reynolds declared earlier this week. The requirements are subject to guidance provided by Iowa Secretary of State of State Paul Pate. A new law allowing ...

It’s here

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Webster County’s first positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was confirmed on Thursday, according to Webster County Public Health. The individual has since recovered from the virus, the Health Department reported. The Webster County resident is in the 18-40 age group, according to ...

St. Edmond names new principal

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Abigail Glass has been named the next principal of St. Edmond Catholic School. The announcement was posted on Facebook on Friday by St. Edmond President Mary Gibb. Glass was previously employed at Kuemper Catholic Schools. "She as a proven track record in her passion for kids and ...

Go Big, Go Dodgers rescheduled

News Brief

The Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation annual fundraiser Go Big Go Dodgers event has been postponed. The new date of the event will be Aug. 29.

Welcome home

Local News

HARCOURT — There’s welcome home, then there’s welcome home with style. Wyatt Miller, 6, of Harcourt, got one of the latter Thursday afternoon when he returned with his family from a six-week stay in a Minneapolis hospital. His uncle, Shannon Miller, of Harcourt, had a little hand ...

Taste of Kosovo scrapped

News Brief

The Taste of Kosovo event scheduled for April 17 at Willow Ridge Golf Course, 1788 Madison Ave., has been canceled. Any ticketholders who would like reimbursement should contact Dawn Larson at 515-576-4551, Ext.1241.

Spring cleaning

Local News

HARCOURT — One of the lessons almost everyone learns growing up is that if you’re looking for something to do, dad might not be the best guy to ask. He will, as dads are supposed to do, come up with something practical and dangerously close to being defined as “work.” Beth ...

Raising the bar

Local News

BANCROFT — A Kossuth County distillery is hoping its newest product will raise spirits for those in need during the spread of coronavirus, but it’s a little too strong to drink. As the nation has found nary a bottle of hand sanitizer to be had at local retailers and those on the front ...

Kroona will share duties between counties

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WEBSTER CITY — Hamilton County Public Health Administrator Shelby Kroona will be dividing her time between Hamilton County and Wright County after the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors approved a sharing agreement with the neighboring county. Chairman Doug Bailey said Tuesday morning ...

TRMC postpones non-essential hospital services

Local News

In response to the continued COVID-19 public health emergency, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center announced on Thursday that it has postponed additional non-essential services. Those services, which will be postponed until further notice, include the following departments: ...

Lighting the way

Local News

POCAHONTAS — The sky Wednesday evening was a gloomy shade of steel gray, the streets freshly wet from a cold drizzle as the gathering night settled down. Then the lights came on as they always will. Red, blue, white, flashing, spinning. Their source was every fire truck in the ...