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Hands of time move forward

Webster County Supervisors unanimously approved a previously tabled bid on Tuesday for the county courthouse’s clock tower and roof restoration project. The winning bid from Neumann Brothers Inc., of Des Moines, came in as the only bid last week for $6.19 million, over $1 million more ...

Looking for leaders

Nominations for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s Catalyst Award are open now through noon on Feb. 14. The award celebrates the “inspiration, charity, wisdom, unifier and the breath of life” of a professional in the Fort Dodge community. It will be presented during the Growth ...

Behn aims to fill father’s Senate seat

Chad Behn, son of State Sen. Jerry Behn, R-Boone, announced on Monday that he will seek election for Iowa Senate District 24, a seat which is currently held by the senior Behn. Jerry Behn, a six-term state senator, had announced on Friday that he plans to retire when his current term expires ...

Laurens man sentenced to 7 years for child pornography

LAURENS — A Laurens man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Monday for possession of child pornography. Raymond Painter Jr., 31, was sentenced after entering a guilty plea in August on one count of possession, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. In ...

FD residents seek relief from hungry deer

A group of Fort Dodge residents fed up with having their gardens and flower beds ravaged by deer are asking the City Council to do something about the animals. Bev Longnecker, of Fort Dodge, presented a petition to the council Monday evening asking it to prepare a plan to reduce the deer ...

Storm sewer, water main engineering work awarded in Fort Dodge

Buried beneath the streets and sidewalks of Fort Dodge is a network of storm sewers, some perhaps a century old, intended to carry away rainfall and snow melt. That storm sewer system could likely use a little attention, and on Monday the Fort Dodge City Council approved a contract that ...

Fort Dodge man sentenced to 50 years for sex abuse

A Fort Dodge man was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison, following a December 2019 conviction for second-degree sexual abuse for sex acts committed against a child under the age of 12. District Court Judge Angela Doyle sentenced Joseph D. Peterson Monday afternoon during a hearing at ...

School board talks turf project

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education approved the final plans and accepted a bid for construction for the Dodger Stadium Turf Replacement Project on Monday night. The meeting opened with a public hearing on the project. No members of the public attended or submitted ...

Human trafficking film to be shown at Iowa Central tonight

Iowa Central Community College Diversity Committee will host a viewing of a documentary by an Iowa filmmaker tonight in the auditorium of the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building. “Gridshock” is a film about sex trafficking in the state of Iowa, created by Des Moines-area film ...

DART bus fares, budget to remain steady

People who ride Dodger Area Rapid Transit buses won’t see a fare increase in the next fiscal year under a budget presented to the Fort Dodge City Council Monday. The cost for a bus ride on one of the regular fixed routes will remain $1.50 for adults and $1 for children and senior ...

Sanders talks climate change

The Bernie Sanders campaign has two jobs to do, according to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. “No. 1, together we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” the senator said to a group of ...

Rising through the ranks

STORM LAKE — Twenty-five years ago, Mark Prosser took a chance on Chris Cole, hiring him to join the Storm Lake Police Department. On Feb. 1, Cole — a 1992 St. Edmond graduate — will replace Prosser as police chief for the department. “There were a lot of applicants when I applied, ...

‘Building for the next generation’

  Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are working hard for their communities. From the playground equipment at H.C. Meriwether Park to the name ...

Fort Dodge man sentenced to 50 years for sex abuse

Iowa District Court Judge Angela Doyle has sentenced Joseph D. Peterson, of Fort Dodge, to 50 years in prison following Peterson’s December 2019 conviction for second-degree sexual abuse for sex acts committed against a child under the age of 12. On Dec. 13, Peterson had been convicted ...

Lure of the lure

GOWRIE — If one can imagine a combination of bright colors and patterns, then somewhere in their long production history, there’s probably a Lazy Ike lure that matches it and a fish that went for it. Some of those, neatly encased in class or lovingly placed in vintage tackle boxes, ...

Fort Dodge picked as overnight stop for RAGBRAI

Thousands of bicyclists will converge on Fort Dodge July 20 and they will stay in town overnight, organizers of RAGBRAI announced Saturday evening. ‘‘We’re really excited,’’ Mayor Matt Bemrich said. ‘‘We think it’s a great opportunity to showcase our community. We’re ...

Potential child care measures discussed at Eggs and Issues

Good child care is essential to helping parents stay in the workforce, according to state legislators who spoke at an Eggs and Issues forum Saturday morning in Fort Dodge. ‘‘If we don’t have people to take care of our kids, parents can’t go to work,’’ said state Rep. Ann Meyer, ...

Baedke, McGaughy receive Quilts of Valor

Two Fort Dodge veterans who have a track record of supporting other former service members were given a form of recognition Saturday that might just come in handy on a cold winter night. Chuck Baedke and Dave McGaughy were presented with Quilts of Valor during a brief event at Veterans of ...

King says he’s ‘playing defense’ in US House

U.S. Rep. Steve King told a Fort Dodge audience Saturday morning that he spends his time in the Capitol aggressively defending President Donald Trump and ‘‘playing defense’’ against Democrats in the House of Representatives. During an Eggs and Issues forum, a member of the audience ...