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Rebirth of the Elks

The mission of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is something Dolan Olson believes is worth fighting for. That’s why he worked to revive the Elks Lodge in Boone after it had been closed for over a decade. And now he’s hoping to do the same in Fort Dodge, where the lodge has ...

FD council to consider mask mandate

Faced with surging COVID-19 infections and calls for local government action, the Fort Dodge City Council will consider requiring people to wear masks in public places when it meets this evening. In addition to requring people to wear masks, the resolution before the council prohibits ...

Infrastructure in Wright Co. business park complete

EAGLE GROVE — The Wright County Agri-Business Park is ready for potential companies to move in. Construction of water, sewer, gas, electric, fiber and roads was recently completed, Cindy Litwiller, Wright County economic development director, reported. “We just finished it up,” ...

Beaming with creativity

CALLENDER — The words “Choose to Shine” are painted on one of the several hundred rocks Jamie Urban has stored in her home. Urban paints those rocks with themes like Disney, cartoon characters and almost anything else that inspires her to create. And her rocks really do shine. ...

Sewer rate hike, bond issues on FD City Council agenda

The proposed mask mandate is far from the only thing awaiting the attention of the Fort Dodge City Council tonight. Sewer rate increases are also on the agenda. A pair of 3 percent increases intended to cover inflation in the cost of running the sewer system are proposed. The first ...

FD City Council passes mask mandate

The Fort Dodge City Council has passed a resolution mandating the use of masks or face coverings in public indoor spaces. Locations include, but are not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores, businesses and city buildings. The mask mandate will remain in place until 11:59 ...

Home for the holidays

In a pandemic where wishing someone health and safety in their travels during the holiday season takes on a heavier feeling, doctors and medical experts strongly advise against travel as the COVID-19 virus continues to barrel through communities with reckless, record-breaking abandon. Dr. ...

Koch Fertilizer plans $140M local investment

Koch Fertilizer will invest about $140 million to increase production capacity at its ammonia plant east of Fort Dodge, company officials announced Friday. The upgrades will boost yearly production by 85,000 tons, the company reported. Work is set to begin next year and be completed by ...

UnityPoint Health to offer new treatment for COVID-19

A new type of medicine designed to prevent high-risk patients with COVID-19 from developing a severe disease is now being administered at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. The Fort Dodge hospital announced on Friday that it has opened an infusion area to provide the ...

Public Health: Risk of contracting COVID-19 now ‘severe’

Webster County reached a total of 3,540 COVID-19 cases Friday, according to Webster County Public Health (WCPH), bringing the rampage of new cases in the last two weeks to 1,266. Webster County is now seeing 80 to 90 cases per day, according to WCPH — double the daily average it was seeing ...

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus will arrive in downtown Fort Dodge Monday evening to launch the holiday season. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his arrival will be livestreamed on the Facebook pages of MainStreet Fort Dodge and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. “We are thankful we can follow Gov. ...

Single vehicle collides into ditch off gravel road

A single-vehicle accident occurred around noon Thursday with a driver traveling in the 1200 mile of Baxter Avenue. While driving on the northbound gravel road, driver Danny Gilliland, 43, lost control of his 1999 Ford Expedition, landing on the driver’s side in the west ditch. An accident ...

‘It sets them up for the future’

Local high school students competing to test their skills in business industries placed well in their district, despite having to compete virtually this year in the DECA virtual conference. The DECA virtual conference for District 2, which includes Fort Dodge Senior High and Southeast Valley ...

Public Health: Rethink Thanksgiving plans

With about 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in less than two weeks, Webster County Public Health is advising residents to seriously rethink their Thanksgiving plans in a holiday season that will look different for many as the virus continues to saturate Iowa. On Nov. 7, Webster County totaled ...

Childcare Discovery Center remains open

While many essential workers such as nurses and other health care professionals are busy trying to keep the community healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, some of their children are being cared for at Childcare Discovery Center. But keeping children and staff at the child care facility ...

Webster City schools seek waiver for remote learning

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City Community Schools is seeking a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education to temporarily move to remote learning. Officials cited the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the area and the increasing numbers of staff and students in quarantine as the reason ...

Go and Do: Nov. 20, 2020

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold a garage sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. TODAY and SATURDAY at 1018 First Ave. N. Proceeds go to the charities of the organization and to the building maintenance fund. Please wear a mask and abide by ...

Under construction

A project that will allow Webster County’s largest food pantry to better serve its clients is underway. The Lord’s Cupboard is being moved upstairs to street level from the basement of the First United Methodist Church office. Once the transition is complete, clients with mobility ...

Governor’s mask mandate spurs local chain reaction

A limited mask mandate announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds Monday spurred a chain reaction in Webster County, where some say the new state rule’s exemptions are not reacting strongly enough to a crisis hitting Iowa hard. Following the governor’s announcement in a sober televised address, ...

Sahai selected as a community star

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City physician has won statewide recognition as part of an annual event focused on rural health care. Dr. Subhash Sahai was selected as Iowa’s Community Star. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every ...