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Our son, officially

WEBSTER CITY — Billie Long, of Moorland, sat at a table in the courtroom at the Hamilton County Courthouse Saturday morning holding her son, Samuel, 1, looking up toward the bench at District Associate Judge Joseph Tofilon. Next to her, husband David and two of her other children, Skye, ...

The youth have their say

Seventeen-year-old Landon Stone, a senior at Manson Northwest Webster, said his mood improved and he was an overall happier person during a year-and-a-half timespan where he did not have a smartphone. “The year and a half that I did not have my phone, I was happier than I ever was,” ...

Beards for a cause

Some teachers at Fort Dodge Senior High School have responded to a challenge to see who can grow the most impressive beard and collect the most food items during No Shave November. The idea started with TAG and journalism teacher John McBride, who was having a conversation with Erik ...

Algona man in fatal crash identified

BURT — The man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash east of Burt Friday morning has been identified, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office reported on Saturday. Steven Michael Schindler, 57, of Algona, was found unresponsive in the 2900 block of 150th Avenue. The crash was reported ...

Chief Justice Cady dies unexpectedly

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, of Fort Dodge, unexpectedly passed away after suffering a heart attack Friday in Des Moines, according to a statement from the Iowa Judicial Branch. He was 66. “He was a wonderful individual and exceptional judge, respected and beloved by his ...

Heat in the kitchen

When Chef Minelia Romero, of Merida in the Mexican state of Yucatan, took a pan of frying habanero peppers off the stove Friday morning in the Culinary Arts Program kitchen at Iowa Central Community College several people nearby started coughing. The peppers are a little hot and so are ...

Defense lawyer attacks officer’s credibility

NEVADA — Tanner King, the man accused of murdering El Dominic and Marion Rhodes, could see the case against him dismissed next week if the judge grants his defense team’s Friday request. As the jury was dismissed for lunch on the last day of the first week in the trial, counsel stayed ...

My College Journey: Mayson Williams

Name: Mayson Williams Hometown: Des Moines Age: 18 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? Acting/theatre. Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? The theatre department. It felt like I needed to be here. What is the last song you listened to? “Bring ...

Friendsgiving

The Moms Support Other Moms support group is hosting a Friendsgiving today in the Artist Warehouse in the Crossroads Mall. Social hour starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by a prayer and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Group founder Jordana Price said the event, the first for them, is for ...

Warm coats from warm hearts

It may be a simple thing that many take for granted, but for many school children in Fort Dodge, having a nice warm winter coat isn’t part of their lives. The annual Coats for Kids drive — which gets donated new coats to children in need of them — is accepting coats, other winter ...

Sears store is coming down

Disintegrated bricks and a collapsed roof on part of the former Sears store, 307 S. 25th St., are the result of demolition work that got underway Thursday. Excavator operators Zach DeCarlo and Michael Romanco, of DeCarlo Demolition, are doing the work at an estimated cost of $397,595. The ...

One dead in single-vehicle crash

BURT - One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash east of Burt Friday morning, according to the Kossuth County Sheriff's Office. The crash was reported at 6:36 a.m. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 2900 block of 150th Avenue. The Sheriff's Office reported the crash ...

Chief Justice Mark Cady dies

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, of Fort Dodge, unexpectedly passed away after suffering a heart attack Friday, according to a statement from the Iowa Judicial Branch. He was 66. "He was a wonderful individual and exceptional judge, respected and beloved by his fellow jurists," the ...

Crime scene evidence analyzed

NEVADA — Prosecutors continued Tanner King’s homicide trial with 10 witnesses Thursday to establish what investigators found at the scene of the crime and in King’s apartment, the chain of evidence for custody and what those closest to King saw in the days following the Oct. 22, 2018, ...

Webster County to continue with CSS

Webster County will continue on with County Social Services and will likely become an access center for this part of the state. Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday morning to bat down a resolution that would have given the county the option to leave the 22-county mental health region. The ...

FD men face multiple charges

Two men are facing multiple charges after they ran from police Thursday afternoon in downtown Fort Dodge, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. One of the men allegedly took a swing at an officer before he was taken into custody, police reported. The two men, Morquett B. Jackson, ...

Marshalltown Mall up for auction

MARSHALLTOWN — The Marshalltown Mall will join the online auction block on Nov. 19. Commercial real estate company Ten-X Commercial in California listed the property with a starting bid of $900,000. Ten-X sales executive Henry Buehrle said the auction will run for a full 48 hours. Whether ...

Learning to teach

Some of the students at Riverside Early Learning Center got new teachers Wednesday afternoon. At least for a little while. The new instructors were Fort Dodge Senior High School students, all members of the Iowa Central Tech and Theories Coaching Class, along with their own teacher, Andi ...