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2,500 and counting

Back in 1967, Decker Truck Line Inc. purchased the company’s first Peterbilt truck. Their latest, number 2,500, has been delivered and will be heading out on the road soon with their Driver of the Year Steve Alliger at the wheel. Don Decker, president and chairman of the board, ...

Carlson takes expertise to Europe

A Fort Dodge-based probation and parole officer recently spent some time in Poland, where she spoke at a corrections conference. Tennie Carlson, an officer with the 2nd Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, was in Poland from May 10 through May 21 as part of a delegation ...

Eagle Grove, Clarion receive housing improvement grants

WRIGHT COUNTY — The communities of Eagle Grove and Clarion have been awarded a combined total of $637,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to support community investment projects, a substantial chunk of the $7.5 million awarded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority this ...

Eagle Grove Streetscape could improve water quality

EAGLE GROVE — Eagle Grove City Council on Monday was presented with the first preview of its downtown streetscape project that could bolster water quality improvement initiatives with features to beautify three blocks of downtown. The majority of the project, estimated to cost between $1.5 ...

Eagle Grove police continue to investigate stabbing

EAGLE GROVE — Police in Eagle Grove are continuing to investigate a stabbing that was reported in town last week. The incident was reported on July 10. According to the Eagle Grove Police Department, on that date, officers and an ambulance were dispatched for a report of an ...

Go and Do: July 19, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Shag the Drag Meals on Wheels Third annual 5K Run is SATURDAY. The 3-mile run begins at the Ringland-Smeltzer House, 1019 Second Ave. S., at 9 a.m. A one-mile run begins at 9:05 a.m. The routes go through historic downtown Fort Dodge. Register online at ...

Cramped quarters

HUMBOLDT — Animal Control Officer Merri Hansen has grown increasingly frustrated in recent weeks. Since she started three years ago, about 700 cats and dogs have come through Humboldt Community Animal Shelter from around Humboldt County. The size of the shelter, about 260 square feet, ...

Improving the parks

Going out for a paddle on the Des Moines River or Lizard Creek can be a fun adventure on a nice summer day. Taking the trek without a life jacket isn’t a very good idea. The law requires a jacket be onboard a canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Children under 12 are required to wear ...

Downtown buildings to get face lift

A dozen facades on downtown buildings in Fort Dodge will be the target of rehabilitation efforts by the city thanks to $500,000 worth of funding through the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Fort Dodge was one of 29 communities in the state that were awarded Community Development Block ...

Contract awarded for Humboldt’s downtown lights

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council moved forward Monday with one of the key details of the downtown revitalization project, finalized payments for the fencing project at Humboldt Municipal Airport, fielded concerns about drainage on 11th Street North and added new qualifications for one ...

Addressing water quality

A new project aimed at improving water quality across Iowa kicked off Wednesday in Fort Dodge with a public meeting between representatives of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa and counties that will be impacted by the project. Known as Scaling Up Capacity for Implementation of Water ...

‘Every dollar goes toward a veteran’

Members of the Fort Dodge Evening Lions club enjoyed a local history lesson Tuesday night as the founder of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flights told them about how the flights got started and what the future is looking like. Ron Newsum, who not only founded the local chapter of the Honor ...

Supervisors approve funds for Camp Wanoki projects

Webster County Supervisors on Tuesday filled a vacant position, approved funding transfers for Camp Wanoki projects and named depositories for Webster County funds. Camp Wanoki transfers approved Supervisors approved the transfer of the Conservation Department’s 2018-19 General Fund’s ...

Medical examiner named in Hamilton County

WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors appointed an interim medical examiner Tuesday morning, following the resignation of Dr. Joseph Latella. The resignation comes on the heels of Latella’s guilty plea last week in federal court to a charge of making false statements ...

Construction season

As the season of road cones and barricades continues in Fort Dodge, a major project on Fifth Avenue South has concluded while contractors continue to work elsewhere. North 22nd Street in front of St. Edmond High School is a new focus of activity as crews get ready to repave a long stretch of ...

Bancroft deaths ruled murder-suicide

BANCROFT — The ex-boyfriend of a Bancroft woman shot and killed her and another man at a Bancroft home before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. All three bodies were found July 12 at a home located at 524 S. ...

Gully accused in 2018 sexual assault

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with a sexual assault that allegedly happened last year. Cornelius K. Gully, 31, has been charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony. The criminal complaint, filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, alleges that Gully ...

Webster Co. Fair — Pets on parade

The Webster County Fair reached its conclusion on Sunday with a variety of shows and competitions, including the annual pet show. The pet show gave seven area 4-H’ers the opportunity to show off their furry, feathery and scaly friends, as well as talk about their role within the family ...

Entertaining the masses

CHICAGO — Mike Schminke’s acting career was nearly derailed before it could ever get on track. “I moved to Los Angeles right after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa and one of my first jobs was background acting, being an ‘extra,’” said Schminke, a 2001 Fort Dodge ...