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‘We are God’s building’

As hundreds gathered inside the new state-of-the-art Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Saturday for the first time, many gazed at the stained glass rose window from the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the crucifix from Corpus Christi Catholic Church set against brand new wood walls and ...

Schools, students adjust to COVID-19

Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the impact of COVID-19 on our community six months into the pandemic. When students in the Fort Dodge area left school for spring break back in March, they had no idea it would be five months before they stepped back into their ...

No playbook for fall sports as schools navigate pandemic

Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the impact of COVID-19 on our community six months into the pandemic. Flexibility and patience have been cornerstone components of managing the fall sports season during a global pandemic — among student-athletes, coaches and ...

FD council to vote on water crossings

The future of a pair of crossings that allow vehicles to go through Soldier Creek in Snell-Crawford Park will be decided by the City Council tonight. The council will consider a proposed master plan for the park along Williams Drive. The plan includes two options for the crossings. One would ...

Local businesses respond

Some businesses increased profits. Others saw a decline in foot traffic and sales. Some adapted to change. And others folded. Six months into the COVID-19 global pandemic, most businesses have not been left unchanged since March 17 when the state shut down schools and temporarily shut ...

‘Woven as one’

Just over two years after breaking ground next to St. Edmond Catholic School, the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church is finally completed. The dedication Mass for the new church will start today at 4:30 p.m., with Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the Diocese of Sioux City, presiding. This ...

‘Pay It Forward Friday’

The late Rev. Al Henderson did a lot of big things for the Fort Dodge community — whether that was providing support and compassion as a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church or being a listening ear for first responders as a founding member of Serving Our Servants. But sometimes it was small ...

To protect and serve

How long have you been in the fire service/emergency medical service? I have been a paramedic for six years, and have been a firefighter for the City of Fort Dodge for two years in October. What other fire service/emergency medical service agencies have you served with? I have served with ...

Iowa Central hosts recognition ceremony

Iowa Central Community College fire science students Weston Johnson, of Spencer, and Brandon Nelson, of Logan, each put on full turnout gear and demonstrated their skills inside the college’s regional fire training center, located at 1521 Ave. O, on Friday afternoon. That demonstration ...

It’s not a drive-thru

Capt. Steve Teske, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department, left, assesses damage from inside Perkins Friday evening after an SUV was driven into the north side of the restaurant. Lt. Dennis Mernka, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, looks on at right. According to Mernka, the driver, Julie Larson, ...

On the front lines

Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the impact of COVID-19 on our community six months into the pandemic. After summer months that brought large waves of COVID-19 infections, UnityPoint Health officials contend that Trinity Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has held its ...

‘We can do better and we need to do better’

Mental health was the focus of discussion at Fort Frenzy’s Cardiff Center on Thursday evening. The Fort Dodge Evening Lions Club hosted a mental health symposium, inviting local community leaders and first responders to talk on the issue. About 50 community members attended. “We ...

Go and Do: Sept. 25

Around the area BADGER — Badger Community Garage Sales begin at 8 a.m. SATURDAY in Badger. ROCKWELL CITY — Icky’s Youth Center Golf Tournament is 8:30 a.m. SATURDAY at Twin Lakes Golf Course, 2289 S. Twin Lakes Road, Rockwell City. Tee off is at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per team ($25 per ...

One sent to hospital after Wednesday morning wreck

One person was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center following a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 169/Lainson Avenue at 170th Street on Wednesday morning. According to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs, at about 7:25 a.m. Alexis Miller, of Duncombe, was driving a ...

Doctors: masking up helps stop COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on the wardrobes of Iowans. People now routinely go out and about wearing masks. Some have even made their masks a fashion statement that declares their loyalty to a sports team or a cause. Masks, both fancy and plain, are a key tool in stopping ...

COVID forces EG schools to close

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Community School District has cancelled school for today and Friday due to multiple COVID-19 exposures within the district, Superintendent Jess Toliver confirmed on Wednesday. He said the district is preparing to go to an online model for one week starting on ...

Murder suspect makes initial appearance

The Fort Dodge man initially accused of attempted murder appeared in Webster County Magistrate Court again Wednesday morning to answer to another more serious charge — first-degree murder. Denharrio K. Lewil, 18, remains in the Webster County Jail on a $1 million cash only bond, in ...

Berryhill highlights new mental health program results

Berryhill Center at UnityPoint Health delivered the initial results at a virtual Wednesday meeting of two new programs deployed over the summer to reduce stress on other hospital departments and deliver mental health services where they’re most needed. The first, Behavioral Health Urgent ...

Lions Club to host mental health symposium

Mental health is an important issue with very few clear-cut answers, and the Fort Dodge Evening Lions Club is hoping to facilitate some discussion that will lead the way to answers and support. The club is hosting a mental health symposium at 6 p.m. today at the Cardiff Center at Fort Frenzy, ...

Six months in

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series examining the impact of COVID-19 on our community six months into the pandemic. As the United States surpassed 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday, the numbers have been difficult to wrap one’s head around — staggering, confusing and ...