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Bunny on tour

GOWRIE — For families in Gowrie who can’t go and visit the Easter Bunny this year because they’re sheltering in place at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gowrie Fire Department had a solution Friday. They brought the Easter Bunny to the community. Gowrie Firefighter Jeff ...

FDSH grad Hale weathers pandemic in New York

NEW YORK — New York City may seem chaotic to a lot of people, but for Kim Hale that’s what she loves most about the city. Hale, a 1995 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, lives in Brooklyn, specifically Williamsburg, and has called NYC home for the past 20 years. The former Dodger is a ...

100 thank yous

Just before 11 a.m. Thursday, Holli Campbell answered the phone at Sneakers Eatery & Pub, which is only open for takeout by state order. The person on the other end of the line was a nurse, one of many frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “How many would you like?” ...

Educating on social distancing

Local law enforcement agencies have found themselves to be educators on public health initiatives after Gov. Kim Reynolds tasked them with enforcing statewide orders to disperse large groups and discourage non-essential activity to flatten the spike of COVID-19 infections. Though Fort ...

A grant to help

The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge will be able to keep serving the area and even expand a bit after receiving a $643,415 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That’s good news for the center, which has expanded the hours of its medical department to seven ...

400 families

Alisa Schlief, with a surgical mask over her nose and mouth and rubber gloves covering her hands, was busy directing traffic Wednesday outside of Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc., 1325 First Ave. S. “We expected a rush,” said Schlief, who is the director of UDMO for six counties. ...

Former WC chamber employee enters not guilty plea

WEBSTER CITY — A former Webster City Chamber of Commerce employee entered a written plea of not guilty Monday in Hamilton County District Court on four felony charges related to alleged improper spending of chamber funds. Leah Mulholland, 40, Webster City, will face a jury trial on Aug. ...

Eagle Grove officer helps deliver baby

EAGLE GROVE — Aaron Carda has been a patrol officer in Eagle Grove for a little over a year. He’s certainly encountered his fair share of unique situations while on duty. A call in late February, though, wound up being the surprise of his career. On Feb. 21, Carda — the only ...

Cleaning up to stop coronavirus

One of the many preventive measures being recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Webster County Public Health Department to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is frequent deep cleaning. What exactly needs to be cleaned, though? Kelli Bloomquist, public ...

Still busy: Closed library doesn’t mean idle librarian

DAYTON — Until Monday, Tanya Campbell, library director at the Dayton Public Library, had been able to help patrons in person and let them select books off the shelf. One patron at a time. She had also experimented with delivering books curbside although that didn’t work too well ...

Finding the Easter spirit

With most Easter holiday celebrations being called off over the continuing spread of the coronavirus, two families decided to try their best at showing their giving spirit. Todd and Amanda Baker of Baker Electric, their three children, and Dan and Sharie Ball, of Ball Plumbing, will be ...

Fabulous facade

One downtown store’s facelift helped Main Street Fort Dodge nab the award for Excellent Exterior Rehabilitation from the 2020 Main Street Iowa Awards earlier this month. Main Street Fort Dodge nominated the Diamond’s facade restoration project by Dave Madsen for the award. The building, ...

Second COVID-19 case found in Webster County

Webster County Public Health identified another positive case of COVID-19 in Webster County Tuesday morning, the county’s second discovered infection. The second county resident, an older adult between age 61 and 80, is currently hospitalized. WCPH said all people fitting the criteria of ...

Supervisors discuss lighting for courthouse project

New lighting, set to be installed towards the end of this year’s project renovating the Webster County Courthouse, may have the ability to change colors for special recognitions or occasions. New exterior LED fixtures on and around the building, currently in the design phase of the process, ...

A key component

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge received a special and much-needed gift from Elanco Animal Health on Tuesday morning. Jason Hansen and Lee Stimpson, Elanco staff members, delivered just over 1,000 vials filled with a solution called viral transport medium to the Community Health ...

COVID-19 legal advice hotline set up in Iowa

Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project are working together to develop a legal hotline for legal issues relating to coronavirus/COVID-19. The COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline — 1-800-332-0419 — is now live. This ...

UnityPoint Health creates virtual waiting room

UnityPoint Health has launched a new texting platform that allows patients to communicate directly with their health care provider’s office while reducing person-to-person exposure during COVID-19, the hospital announced on Tuesday. The WELL Rapid Release Program will allow UnityPoint ...

Mask in place

Since national recommendations on face masks changed over the weekend, Webster County Public Health is advising the public on what masks to wear as an additional layer of protection against the spread of coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday recommended ...