Local News

Crash sends two to hospital

Deputy Mike Kenyon, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, walks towards a two-vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 7 and Fairbanks Avenue Thursday evening. According to Deputy Josh Van Waes, of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Heather Lovain, 39, of Manson was traveling ...

Garage fire quickly put out

Fort Dodge Firefighters examine the interior of a garage that caught fire Thursday morning. Fire Capt. Jason Vandi said the department responded to a “working fire in the attached garage” of 111 10th St. N.W. around 9:30 a.m.,Thursday. Firefighters responded with an “aggressive interior ...

Wright is ready for the fair

EAGLE GROVE — Sarah Christopherson, 18, of Humboldt, was busy on Wednesday at the Wright County Fairgrounds preparing to show her sheep at the Wright County Fair. “This is my first year showing sheep,” she said. “Last year I showed goats.” Chad Kampen, also of Humboldt, was ...

Webster County Fair kicks off with crowning

The Webster County Fair welcomed its new royalty as events got rolling Wednesday night. Haley Ledford, 18, and Zach Popp, 16, were crowned queen and king of the fair after answering questions on stage and being judged on earlier interviews. King and queen candidates are nominated by ...

Vintage steel

Between 60 and 80 vintage tractors will be on display this week at the Webster County Fairgrounds for the 30th annual Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor and Engine Club tractor show. All tractors, engines, and parts dealers are welcome, according to Gary Tussing, a member of the Des ...

Humboldt man dies in Webster County collision

BADGER — A Humboldt man is dead and a Fort Dodge woman seriously injured following a three-vehicle accident about two and a half miles west of Badger Monday night. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as David Fliehe, of Humboldt. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Aisha Ismail, 24, ...

Webster County’s new website goes live

A new website will hopefully make it easier for citizens of Webster County to contact county departments, look up property data, pay property taxes, and renew registrations. The new site has been cooking for about a year now, and went live officially late Monday night. “Hopefully ...

City panel recommends giving up undeveloped alley

A piece of ground that looks like part of a Fort Dodge resident’s back yard is actually a city-owned alley that’s never been paved. But it may legally become part of that resident’s yard as a result of action Tuesday by the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission. The commission voted to ...

A sweet fundraiser today

Children from Grace Lutheran Church will be operating a lemonade stand today to help raise money for school supplies. The stand will be at the Dariette, 17 S. 12th St., from noon to 3 p.m. Abby Seltz, a member of Grace Lutheran Church, said each child gets $5 at the beginning of the ...

FDCSD approves ISL

The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved its continued participation in the Instructional Support Levy at its meeting Monday night. The board approved the levy for five years. According to information on the Iowa Department of Education website, school districts may ...

Assistant County Attorney signs on

The newest assistant Webster County attorney was welcomed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Bailey Cavanaugh started work Monday. Cavanaugh is originally from Gilmore City, and most recently worked for Fenchel, Doster, Buck & Ennen, in Algona. She graduated from the former Twin ...

FDCSD will participate in North Central Consortium School

The Fort Dodge Community School District board unanimously approved its participation in the North Central Consortium School at its meeting Monday night. The North Central Consortium School is a place where troubled boys can be sent to get the education and services they need. The program ...

Fireworks debate ignites at council session

After a couple of months punctuated by the booming of fireworks, a handful of fed-up Fort Dodge residents went to the City Council Monday evening to demand action. One of those residents reported that holes were burned into the roof and siding of her home by fireworks launched by ...

Fort Dodge council advances zoning changes

A pair of zoning changes were advanced by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council approved the first reading of a measure to rezone the north 150 feet of the Misty Harbor property at 228 Kenyon Road West. The maker of pontoon boats requested the change from single family ...

Iowa Falls man dies in Hamilton County crash

An Iowa Falls man is dead after he lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into a utility pole near the Hamilton and Story County line Sunday afternoon, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. Chad L. Chelsvig, 34, was traveling northbound in a Chevrolet Nova on U.S. Highway ...

Ulrich takes his seat as superintendent of FDCSD

Jesse Ulrich led his first school board meeting as superintendent of the Fort Dodge Community School District Monday night. Ulrich, a West Bend native, was hired to replace Doug Van Zyl, who took a superintendent position with the St. Joseph School District in St. Joseph, ...

FDCSD OKs change order for asbestos removal

The Fort Dodge Community School District board on Monday approved a change order for the removal of additional asbestos contained in the ceiling of the Fort Dodge Senior High library. “When they tore out the old ceiling they found additional asbestos above the ceiling, which created a need ...