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A queen’s reign

When Emma Swanson looks back on her first year as the reigning Iowa Miss Agriculture USA, she feels proud. The 18-year-old recent graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High does have a lot to be proud of. In the last year, she’s helped found an agriculture club at FDSH, which will be a ...

Lehigh River Days return

LEHIGH — After a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Lehigh River Days celebration will be back this month. The celebration will run Friday through June 20 in Lehigh. “Hopefully this year is a good turn out,” said Brett Smith, chairman of the Lehigh River Days ...

New law aims to assist small meat lockers

House File 857, the butchery innovation and revitalization fund and program bill, was signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday. This law will assist local meat packers with not only opportunities to qualify for grants, it will also increase educational opportunities in meat ...

Housing needed for RAGBRAI riders

More than 15,000 RAGBRAI riders will be pedaling their bicycles into Fort Dodge next month and the local committee managing their overnight stay is asking residents to open up their yards, bedrooms, and bathrooms for housing. According to City Councilman Neven Conrad, who is the RAGBRAI ...

Trooper ends chase with PIT maneuver in Webster County

An Iowa State Patrol trooper put an end to a high-speed chase in Webster County Friday afternoon by executing a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver on a pickup truck. A PIT manuever is when a pursuing car forces a fleeing car to turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to ...

Spirits among us

Legend has it that every tree has a spirit, and carving a face into a tree after it dies makes the spirit come out. That’s where Tom Shelly, of Fort Dodge, comes in. For the past few years, Shelly has been carving faces into dead trees within the woods on his property along 15th ...