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Construction zone

Back in 1965 when the Fort Dodge fire station was being built, the profession wasn’t as diverse as it is now. There were no female firefighters and it shows in the way the accommodations for the crews were designed. There was one big dorm room and an open locker/shower room. “There ...

LIFT WC building open to public

WEBSTER CITY — Local residents and visitors to Junquefest this weekend will have a chance to tour an historic building that a nonprofit organization hopes to turn into a venue for educational, social and cultural events. Local Initiative for Transformation Webster City LLC or LIFT WC, ...

FD Memorial Day service will be at St. Edmond

The Memorial Day observance scheduled for Monday in Fort Dodge will be held indoors due to anticipated rain. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Edmond High School, 501 N. 22nd St. It was previously to be at Veterans Memorial Park near Badger Lake. However, on Friday. leaders of the ...

Old engines and authors

DAYTON — Anyone who loves seeing antique tractors, classic cars and old engines will be right at home Saturday as the annual Old Engine Day comes to Dayton. Held in downtown Dayton, Old Engine Day will feature a variety of items on display for anyone to come look at between 11 a.m. and 2 ...

Canine adventures, murder mystery to be highlighted at author talks in Dayton

DAYTON — Joseph LeValley relied on his past experience as a journalist to write a gritty murder mystery. Beth Bohlke Golden turns the adventures of her dog, Bob, into children’s picture books. While their subject matters vary greatly, the two writers have a common link: both graduated ...

Questions loom over Callender library board

CALLENDER — A member of the library board in Callender is frustrated over city budget cuts to the library and her possible removal from the board. The mayor of the Webster County town said decisions impacting the library aren’t personal. Laurel Newell, the county at-large member of ...

Wright County branch banks purchased

First National Bank, headquartered in Waverly, is set to acquire three bank branches from Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank, the company has announced. First National Bank has an agreement in place to acquire Security Savings Bank offices in Eagle Grove, 201 W. Broadway; Goldfield, 435 Main ...

Two hurt in crash

Two people were injured in a crash in Webster County Thursday. Deputy Justin Wood, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, said the accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the curve that merges Parker Drive with 200th Street. A Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Bryan Holst, was ...

Go and Do: May 24, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — River Hops Brewing, 1014 Central Ave., presents Harper and Lee from 7 to 9 p.m. SATURDAY. FORT DODGE — Soldier Creek Winery, 1584 Paragon Ave., is holding Vineyard Vibrations from 6 to 8 p.m. TODAY. Free live music will be provided by Ruthless Ruth. Food will ...

Memorial Day events

A Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. May 27 at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 1386 National Ave. near Badger Lake. A concert of patriotic music performed by the Karl King Municipal Band will start the service. The band will perform several march selections composed by King, ...

Mental health walk to continue, with support from Brown’s

A run/walk geared towards raising awareness of mental health will be continuing this year after some local agencies teamed up to make sure it would stay active. The walk, which will be held with the assistance of the Youth Empowerment Association and the Iowa Partnership for Success grant, is ...

Class tree

Elam Thompson, a kindergarten student who was among the members of the future Class of 2031 that helped plant the class tree Wednesday at the Fort Dodge Middle School, had an educated guess as to the full height of the maple once it matures. “Maybe 8 inches,” he said confidently. The ...

Piece of Warden parapet fell to street

A section of First Avenue South next to the Warden Plaza in downtown Fort Dodge remained closed Wednesday after a chunk of the building’s parapet fell Tuesday night. No one was hurt when the piece of masonry came down at around 9 p.m. Tuesday. No vehicles were hit. City Manager David ...

Man accused of trying to break into grandfather’s house

A Fort Dodge man has been ordered held on bond after he allegedly tried to break into his grandfather’s house Tuesday morning. Reino Bodady, 36, is charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief. According to the criminal complaint, filed ...

Ready for round two on Fifth South?

Drivers who have been navigating through orange road cones on a section of Fifth Avenue South will soon be doing more of the same on the opposite side of that road. The westbound lanes of Fifth Avenue South between 31st Street and the bridge that carries the road over a drainage ditch have ...

Mental health region is under budget, Lincoln says

The mental health care region of which Webster County is a part is not only under its current fiscal year budget, but it’s also under its re-estimated fiscal year budget. Bob Lincoln, chief executive officer of County Social Services, the 22-county region which includes Webster County, ...

Labor agreements approved

Labor agreements covering four groups of employees were approved by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Specific information regarding those agreements was not available by press time. The four agreements cover the following groups: • Webster County sheriff’s deputies ...