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Relocation help

Businesses that are forced to relocate due to the ongoing redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall may be able to get up to $10,000 in assistance from the Fort Dodge city government. Those businesses would be eligible for a one-year forgivable loan, according to Vickie Reeck, the city’s ...

FD school board OKs cybersecurity spending

The Fort Dodge Community School District will soon have its digital network tested by experts to search for and mend any holes in the district’s cybersecurity. During Monday’s school board meeting, the board approved a $39,000 agreement with ProCircular cybersecurity firm from Coralville, ...

City employee benefits budget introduced

Providing employee benefits will cost the city of Fort Dodge more than $3 million in the next fiscal year, according to budget figures presented to the City Council Monday. The cost of making the employer contributions to Social Security, Medicare, health insurance and the Iowa Public ...

Snow storm hits Iowa

The third snow storm of the season passed through Webster County Monday evening as meteorologists predicted it would dump a foot of snow further south in Iowa while making its way east. Snow started to fall in earnest after 5 p.m. in Fort Dodge as a weather system moved north with what the ...

FD council OKs police contract

A new contract with police officers was unanimously approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. It is a one-year deal that goes into effect July 1 and ends June 30, 2022. Officers will receive a 2 percent raise on July 1 and a 2 percent raise on Jan. 1, 2022. Detectives will ...

FD man arrested for machete assault

A Fort Dodge man faces two charges after Fort Dodge Police say he assaulted a man with a machete earlier this month. Criminal complaints said Bendjy Joseph, 35, concealed a machete in his pants before fighting with the victim on the afternoon of Jan. 2 in a parking lot at 1724 Fifth Ave. S. ...

Comfort zone

Taylor Johnson Berg used all her strength to hold back tears as she walked into her bedroom on Sunday afternoon. As she looked around the room, her eyes widened and filled with tears. “This is so beautiful, you guys,” she told the crew in the room with her. “This is beyond what I ...

FD schools announce 2-hour late start

The Fort Dodge Community School District will have a two-hour late start on Tuesday, according to Jennifer Lane, director of communications and community relations.

FD council to tackle budgets, police contract

The Fort Dodge City Council will continue to review the proposed 2021-2022 budget, and then turn its attention to a new police contract and other business this evening. The council’s budget workshop will begin at 5 p.m. It will review the spending plans for Dodger Area Rapid Transit, ...

Fresh and locally grown

WEBSTER CITY — A ribbon cutting on Friday afternoon marked the start of a new venture in Webster City which will produce fresh, locally grown shrimp. NaturalShrimp LLC recently acquired the assets of Alder Aqua, formerly known as VeroBlue Farms in Webster City. According to the ...

Lake City man charged with car burglary

MANSON — A Lake City man is charged with burglary after burglarizing one vehicle and stealing another, according to Manson Police Chief Gerald Frick. James Geopfert, 32, allegedly tampered with a vehicle identification number, took items from it and stole a second vehicle. Geopfert later ...

On the road again

The fact that traffic volumes decreased along U.S. Highway 20 and all other main Iowa roads in 2020 isn’t necessarily a surprise considering more people have stayed home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic than in a typical year. But prior to the pandemic, traffic was up along the four-lane ...

SMCH opens Wound Care Clinic

LAKE CITY — People who suffer from things like ulcers, infected wounds or crush injuries can now find treatment at a new clinic in Lake City. The Wound Care Clinic at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital, 1301 W. Main St., is officially open, hospital officials recently ...

A Hallmark moment

As Deb Schmidt reflected on her final days as manager of the closing Carolyn’s Hallmark Shop, she saw the memories of times long gone pass like phantoms through the empty halls of Crossroads Mall. The 90-year-old man she called Mr. Magoo who tossed her gold dollar coins. The mall walkers ...

Moving forward

Changes announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds Thursday morning mean that 6,587 Webster County residents 65 and older would fit into the new Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Webster County Health Department said in a news release Thursday. Webster County is completing Phase 1A of ...

Eagle Grove schools expanding

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Community School District has been facing a unique problem that many central Iowa schools aren’t — rapid increases in enrollment. In fact, in the last three years, the district has welcomed 111 additional students, Superintendent Jess Toliver said. To ...

Lake City man pleads guilty to federal charges

SIOUX CITY — A Lake City man pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun in federal court Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. Jeffrey Carothers, 52, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He ...