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Second chances

ROCKWELL CITY — With record low unemployment, an aging workforce and industries struggling to find desperately needed labor for operations, some employers are opening their minds to what “returning citizens” — those who have served time in prison — have to offer. “We have a ...

‘Let Your Light Shine’

Will Lopes is getting ready to put on another concert, and this time it’s personal. Lopes, the director of vocal music at Iowa Central Community College in his professional life, will be presenting “Let Your Light Shine” Sunday. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Prairie Lakes Church, ...

Honoring nurses

A new sculpture inside the main entrance of UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center, unveiled Wednesday, honors the often unsung heros of the medical field: nurses. The three-foot tall ‘‘Healer’s Touch’’ sculpture, crafted with serpentine stone by artists in ...

Helping veterans

As the holiday season gets well underway, some Fort Dodge community members remember that not everyone has it so easy during the “most wonderful time of the year.” “Winter’s an especially hard time for veterans,” said Donald Sells, organizer for Our Community Honoring Veterans, a ...

Fort Dodge man enters guilty plea for first-degree robbery

CLARION — A Fort Dodge man accused of ordering a man to get on his knees while brandishing a gun and ultimately stealing $350 and a cell phone, has entered a guilty plea on the charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree theft. That plea from Blair Foy, 28, was filed on Wednesday, ...

Staying connected

As the Urban Tribe meets every week for dinner, you’ll notice something of an outlier compared to the average dinner table in America — both at restaurants and at home. With a group of nearly 20, only one or two smartphones sat on the table. To the extent that those screens were picked ...

Iowans to carol in support of lower drug costs

DES MOINES — Christmas carols will take on a new meaning today, as Iowans will sing out in support of lower drug prices. Iowans will gather at the offices of Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, singing their support for the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), which would lower the cost of ...

Ham for the holidays

More than 1,000 local families will have a holiday ham on the dinner table this Christmas thanks to NEW Cooperative. For the past three years, NEW Cooperative has hosted the Hams for Hunger event in partnership with Upper Des Moines Opportunity. The staff at UDMO distributes 1,200 coupons ...

Loehr, Cripe honored

DES MOINES — While others stood by and watched as an SUV with occupants caught fire in a ditch near Coalville, Greg Loehr, of Callender, and Ryan Cripe, of Fort Dodge, risked their lives to rescue a man from the burning vehicle. “These guys went above and beyond,” said Webster County ...

Tree of Hope

The Tree of Hope’s mission is to make the holidays brighter for children in need. The Tree of Hope is a project from the Kemna for Kids Foundation of Kemna Auto of Fort Dodge. Kemna took over the project about four years ago, according to Kemna Accounting Manager Marcie Welter. The ...

Yang begins Iowa bus tour

DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes every American adult over the age of 18 should receive $1,000 a month for life from the federal government. Yang, an entrepreneur from New York, calls that policy the Freedom Dividend, another name for a universal basic ...

Getting to Know Our Teachers: Andrea Pavik

Name? Andrea Pavik Where do you teach? Riverside Early Learning Center What grade/subject do you teach? Preschool Why do you teach? I love the excitement young children have about learning everything! Being a part of that and watching the surprise and enthusiasm light up their ...

From $1.19 to $3 million

MANSON — When Carson King was 16 years old and an active high school student at Prairie City Monroe, he thought it would be funny to share a TV comedian’s quote with a friend on Twitter. Eight years later, that single post nearly derailed an innocent fundraising effort that went viral, ...

Upgrades to continue at Municipal Building

The Fort Dodge Municipal Building will be under construction again next year as the long process of upgrading it continues. Some extensive interior renovations and the installation of new windows will be completed as a result of contracts awarded Monday by the City Council. Allers ...

Road, sewer and water budgets introduced

Stable budgets for road maintenance and the water and sewer systems will enable Fort Dodge to continue replacing heavy machinery, City Council members learned Monday. The council began its work on the proposed 2020-2021 spending plan Monday by reviewing proposed budgets for key ...

Council moves to take back damaged house

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday moved to again take possession of a fire-damaged house and adjacent garage after its current owner failed to meet a deadline for bringing it into full compliance with building codes. After being served with formal notice of the council’s action, Rod ...

A time for angels

Dozens of Fort Dodge area families came together with a shared grief Sunday afternoon for A Time for Angels service of remembrance at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. A Time for Angels is an annual service hosted by Gunderson Funeral Home for area families to mourn and remember loved ones they’ve ...

Paying tribute

Washington, D.C. is a historic place to visit and can have a profound effect while admiring the monuments and soaking up the history. The Fort Dodge Senior High band and orchestra programs were able to experience that feeling on a day that was built to honor those who have sacrificed and ...

A legacy of giving back

EAGLE GROVE — James Johnson may not be a familiar name to everyone in Eagle Grove. “He never married,” Dick Cahalan said. “He had very little family left. If you asked about his friends, he didn’t have many. A lot of his friends were gone, and are gone.” But through a trust ...