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Drawn together

“It can take something as simple as a mural to bring everybody together,” said Sherry Washington, reflecting on the recently completed murals under the bridge in Pleasant Valley. “It kind of shows how we’ve evolved.” There, at least dozens of names adorn the two murals depicting ...

FD man pleads not guilty to murder

The Fort Dodge man charged with murder and robbery in the homicide of the Rev. Al Henderson pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment Monday morning. Joshua Pendleton, 36, faces first-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges after police say he killed Henderson in an Oct. 2 ...

New fiber optic lines coming to Lohrville

LOHRVILLE — Soon, Lohrville residents will have a second choice for high-speed internet service. Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association has announced its expansion with fiber optic lines into the city, which could eventually bring service up to one gigabit per second — one of ...

Apple Fest finale

The Community Orchard closed out its annual Apple Fest season on Sunday afternoon. The three-weekend fall event welcomed thousands of families from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area for pumpkin picking, apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes and more. Owners Greg and Bev Baedke have had ...

Bundt: ‘I’ve always been a fan of local’

SAC CITY — Mayor Scott Bundt is a pretty busy guy with several different hats to wear and lots of irons in the fire out helping the community. He owns Sac City Hardware and Appliance with his wife, Kelly. He operates Tree Boss tree service. He owns several rental properties, and he ...

Henderson murder suspect pleads not guilty

The man charged with murder and robbery in the homicide of Rev. Al Henderson pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment Monday morning. Pendleton faces first-degree murder and first-degree robbery after police say he killed the Lutheran pastor in an Oct. 2 confrontation outside of St. Paul ...

Lots of STEAM

As Paxton Chance, 7, of Fort Dodge sat at the spinning wheel learning how to turn a lump of clay into an object of art from Hope Their, Blanden Memorial Art Museum educator — his mom, Jen Chance, stood a few feet away recording the art lesson on her high tech cell phone. The recording ...

$250,000 donation

HUMBOLDT — An unexpected generous donation will fund a new animal shelter building in Humboldt and help ease the minds of animal lovers in that community, according to Pat Hill, a member of the Humboldt Community Animal Shelter’s Board of Directors. Hill said a donation of $250,000 will ...

Longtime FD Symphony member leaves group $100K

Jerry Sande didn’t ask for much, but he gave a lot, according to Fort Dodge Area Symphony Business Manager Paul Hochmuth. In fact, Sande gave $100,000 to the symphony for which he played the bassoon for nearly 50 years. Sande, a Humboldt native, passed away in August 2016 at the age of 66. ...

Economic development group votes to dissolve

WEBSTER CITY — The board of directors of Hamilton County SEED, doing business as Hamilton Hometowns Economic Development has voted to dissolve the organization, effective Nov. 15. Hamilton County SEED, which stands for “support and enrich economic development,” was incorporated in 1988 ...

Vigil against violence to be held this week

A candlelight vigil and remembrance ceremony will be held this Thursday in remembrance of those who have been harmed or who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. The event is part of a schedule recognizing domestic assault awareness month throughout October, organized by the ...

Banana day

The students enjoying their lunch Friday at Duncombe Elementary School had an unusual visitor walking around giving them all bright colorful erasers. The visitor was bright yellow, sort of oblong with a definite curl and a fondness for eventually turning brown. Yes, it was indeed a ...

Budgets, mental health top issues

Budgets, taxes and mental health emerged as the top concerns for legislators and local government representatives at Thursday’s MIDAS Council of Governments luncheon. With a budget surplus of upwards of $280 million, state Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge, said the Republican majority ...

Generous donation to fund animal shelter in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT - An unexpected generous donation will fund a new animal shelter building in Humboldt and help ease the minds of animal lovers in that community, according to Pat Hill, a member of the Humboldt Community Animal Shelter's Board of Directors. Hill said a donation of $250,000 will be ...