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A missed opportunity

GOWRIE — There was a cloud of disappointment that set in Monday evening when Webster County 4-H’ers heard the news the 4-H and FFA portions of the Webster County Fair were canceled. 4-H’ers and FFA members alike looked back at all of the hard work they have been putting in, preparing ...

One dead after motorcycle crash

LEHIGH — One man is dead following a single-motorcycle crash in rural Webster County on Wednesday evening. At approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, a man riding a motorcycle was traveling westbound on 290th Street west of Lehigh when he failed to negotiate a curve and ended up in a ditch ...

4-H projects only for the 2020 Calhoun County Expo

ROCKWELL CITY — Rabbits, poultry and pets, including dogs, ferrets and hamsters, took to the stage at the Calhoun County Expo on Wednesday for the Expo’s small animal and pet show that was followed by the rabbit and poultry show for the county’s Clover Kids and 4-H members. Wednesday ...

FDSH grad does truck pull in prom dress

Samantha Brennan never got a chance to debut her prom dress at her senior prom. The 18-year-old Fort Dodge Senior High graduate was among the unlucky senior class whose prom nights were canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though she didn’t get to twirl her ...

Humboldt man spearheads LGBTQ booster club

HUMBOLDT — Recently, a casual first in the park at Humboldt was something John Grause never envisioned in his wildest dreams while growing up in his hometown in the 1970s: an LGBTQ Pride event. “There were no resources, no refuge, no integration of even a suggestion that you were ...

Fourth COVID-19 death confirmed

Webster County’s COVID-19 death count is now up to four. A total of 294 positive cases have been reported in the county as of Wednesday night, according to Webster County Public Health. The death, a person in the 61-80 age category, was confirmed by Webster County Public Health Wednesday ...

Keeping Crime Stoppers strong

Webster County Crime Stoppers plays a key role in helping law enforcement keep dangerous criminals off the streets. Since 2001, citizens participating in Webster County Crime Stoppers have directly assisted with the capture of over 1,700 wanted criminals, according to Terry Cook, vice ...

Traveling during COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many seniors have had to cancel or postpone their vacations. However, four months into the pandemic, many are starting to get stir crazy at home and are looking for a quick getaway. While looking to travel over the next several weeks, or even several months, ...

‘Every name has a story’

There was no fanfare and no medals or trophies handed out when Rik Zortman, of Coralville, finished his run through the streets of Fort Dodge on Monday morning. Zortman, whose son, Armstrong, passed away in 2009 after a battle with brain cancer, runs for a different purpose. Since 2017, ...

Fourth COVID-19 death reported

Webster County's COVID-19 death count is now up to four. The death, a person in the 61-80 age category, was confirmed by Webster County Public Health Wednesday evening. The death coincided with the death of another Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate, Ray Allen Vanlengen, who was 71. ...

FD inmate dies from COVID-19

IOWA CITY — The first Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate to be hospitalized from COVID-19 this week died Monday evening, bringing Webster County’s death toll to three. Ray Allen Vanlengen, 71, was pronounced dead at the University of Iowa Hospital at 10:59 p.m. He had been ...

Fatal motorcycle crash reported near Lehigh

LEHIGH - One person has died after a single-vehicle motorcycle crash Wednesday night. The crash was reported at 7:02 p.m. along 290th Street, west of Lehigh. The Webster County Medical Examiner was called to the scene.

Daycare planned near Rosedale Rapids

A Fort Dodge childcare facility may be moving to the city’s east side not far from the Rosedale Rapids Aquatics Center. ChildCare Discovery Center is now located at 2329 First Ave. S. It is in a strip mall that was recently purchased by Nestle Purina PetCare, which owns the land immediately ...

Webster Co. Fair continues, despite major cancelations

Despite the cancelation of 4-H and FFA portions of the fair announced Monday by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, many parts of the Webster County Fair’s entertainment line-up will continue as scheduled. The Webster County Fair Board has not canceled anything further since ...

Emerald ash borer reaches Webster County

Kevin Lunn has known for years that a dangerous pest was making its way toward Webster County. Ever since the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that feeds under the bark of ash trees, disrupting the transport of nutrients and water throughout the tree, slowly killing it, started ...

To protect and serve

How long have you been in law enforcement? I was hired with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1996. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I started law enforcement with the Fort Dodge Police Department in March of 1988. I have worked in ...

Webster Co. supervisors table second consideration of solar ordinances

Webster County Supervisors tabled the second consideration of a pair of ordinances that would allow for more widespread use of solar panels in agricultural zones. Supervisors said Tuesday that unresolved questions regarding how the change could affect taxes paid in the county, impacting ...

New look at Armstrong Park

While there isn’t much water there now, the new look of the pond at Armstrong Park is becoming apparent. In an ongoing water quality project, the pond is being replaced with two bodies of water. One is what engineers call a forebay. Storm water runoff will be funneled into it, and dirt and ...