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Facing your fears

Connor McLeod grew up as a fan in the Kobe Bryant era. Bryant’s untimely passing three years ago shook the sports world and changed the perspective of many people. His message also resonated with millions. “One of the things that I loved about Kobe was how skilled and talented he ...

Building Families has a parent’s back

McKinley Bailey wants you to know three things about Building Families. One: It’s part of the Early Childhood Iowa network, funded in part by appropriations from the Iowa Legislature. Two: That funding has seeded Hamilton County’s success in turning a childcare system that was on the ...

Work hard, play hard: Wurch family is a team

For Iowa farm kids, it’s a rite of passage as familiar as walking beans or baling hay. Spring or fall, or even in between, there are few farm kids around who have not spent hours in the field just “picking up rock.” Come to think of it, picking up rock has more staying power than ...

FD council to have budget workshop tonight

The Fort Dodge City Council will have another budget workshop tonight. It will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Proposed spending for Dodger Area Rapid Transit, the mayor’s office, the city manager’s office, the City Council, the city clerk’s office, city ...

Webster County Fair to begin indoor arena remodel project

For more than 50 years, the indoor show arena at the Webster County Fairgrounds has been a building where memories are made for 4-H, FFA, and rodeo members, according to Fair Manager Heather Stewart. But the building has largely remained unchanged in that time, which is why the Webster ...

Blaha denied new attorney, competency questioned

A Webster County judge has denied a murder defendant’s request for a new public defender. Taylor K. Blaha, 24, of Fort Dodge, is accused of drowning her newborn baby girl in a downtown Fort Dodge apartment last November. Last week, Blaha submitted two filings in Webster County District ...