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STORM STRIKES FD

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Trees and power lines were the primary Fort Dodge victims of a derecho storm that passed through central Iowa late Monday morning as destructive, straight-line winds pierced through the state as fast as the traffic on U.S. Highway 20. Speeds of 60 to 70 mph were recorded in most areas around ...

FD City Council meeting postponed

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The Fort Dodge City Council meeting scheduled for Monday was postponed due to the power outage that affected the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building. The workshop on municipal broadband service will be ...

News of record: Aug. 11, 2020

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Thursday Three domestic calls were reported. A noise disturbance was reported in the 200 block of North 14th Street. A suspicious vehicle was reported on Avenue B. A burning complaint was reported near Avenue O and M Street. A suspicious person was reported ...

Chemical reaction in Lytton sends 2 to hospital

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LYTTON — A potentially deadly cloud of hydrogen sulfide gas that developed near a well Monday afternoon sent two people to a hospital. The incident happened at about 1:15 p.m. in Lytton. Both men, one of whom had briefly stopped breathing, were taken to Loring Hospital in Sac City. A ...

500 FDCSD students to start year online

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Nearly 10% of the students in the Fort Dodge Community School District will be learning at home this fall with a virtual instruction option offered to families. Districtwide, there will be 179 high school students, 179 middle school students and 176 elementary school students doing ...

FD woman finds her peace

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After a third operating while intoxicated charge made a nearly lifelong alcoholic a felon, Fort Dodge woman Mary Wild checked herself into rehabilitation at Community and Family Resources. But it wasn’t for the alcoholism treatment — it was to break free from 19 years of addiction to ...

School board seeks bids for Early Childhood Center project

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Contractors can now submit bids for the Early Childhood Center remodel project for the Fort Dodge Community School District. The project is to remodel the former Arey School building, located at 104 S. 17th St. The building is currently the Central Administration Offices for the district. Once ...

Glasgo updates Trinity Foundation during virtual town hall meeting

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UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Leah Glasgo shared lessons learned by the hospital during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic, during a Trinity Foundation virtual town hall on Monday afternoon. Glasgo started by talking about how ...

Public health confirms 19 new COVID cases in Webster Co.

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Nineteen new COVID-19 cases were confirmed by Webster County Public Health over the last weekend. This brings the county’s cumulative total to 823 cases. Of that total, 469 cases have been confirmed in communities. Of those patients, 380 have met the requirements for recovery and have been ...

New housing area planned

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A planned new neighborhood on the west side of Fort Dodge would be nestled in the middle of the Fort Dodge Country Club Golf Course. All of the planned 14 single family homes and the five twin townhouses would have a view of the course. Mayor Matt Bemrich said there is no other place ...

Storm causes damage, widespread power outage

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A severe thunderstorm with extremely high winds swept through central Iowa late this morning, causing damage and widespread power outages. In Webster County, of the nearly 17,000 customers served by MidAmerican Energy Company, 3,921 were without power as of 12:45 p.m. The Webster County Law ...

What Seniors Are Saying

Education

1. What programs and activities do you participate in? I have participated in all aspects of band and choir, Performers Club (fall play and speech), the spring musical, Dodger Senate, soccer, cross country, National Honor Society and Storytellers. 2. What academic accomplishment are ...

Prepared for education during a pandemic

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With school fast approaching during a global pandemic, St. Edmond Catholic School is allowing parents to decide how their children will be educated. The three models of instruction available include: onsite learning, hybrid learning and distance learning. “To honor our partnership with ...

Fort Dodge garage fire remains under investigation

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The Fort Dodge Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed one detached garage and damaged another along Avenue E Friday night. The fire was reported at about 9:15 p.m. at 312 Ave. E. When firefighters arrived, the garage was fully engulfed by the flames. In ...

Fort Dodge City Council to discuss broadband

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The possibility of a municipally owned broadband system will again be discussed by the Fort Dodge City Council tonight. The council will have a 5 p.m. workshop discussion on broadband, followed by a 6 p.m. business meeting. The meeting will be held at the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. ...

Brad strong

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Not only did doctors think Brad Hanse would never walk again, they suspected he might not even survive. That’s after Hanse, of Fort Dodge, was critically injured in a Figure 8 racing crash at the Webster County Fairgrounds in June 2017. “I was told he wasn’t going to make it,” ...

Lane closures announced

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Weather permitting, beginning Monday through Wednesday or until work is complete, traffic in the 1500 block of Fifth Avenue South will be reduced to one lane in each direction. In addition, northbound traffic in the 500 block of South 15th Street will be reduced to one lane. Motorists are ...

Next level

Local Business

If owning a business in downtown Fort Dodge were treated like a video game, Ethan Becker just advanced to the next level. Becker owns Dungeons and Dodgers, a game store located at 1018 Central Ave. His business was a finalist in the Main Street Iowa Open 4 Business Contest. As a result of ...