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Webster City sees 117 graduate

  WEBSTER CITY — One-hundred seventeen Webster City High School seniors received diplomas Sunday afternoon in a ceremony held in the high school gym.   The students entered the gym to the swells of “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the high school band under the direction of ...

Eagle Grove Speaker: ‘Never forget where we came from’

EAGLE GROVE — Brayden Lyman, Eagle Grove Community High School valedictorian, thanked his classmates and asked them to remember where they came from during his speech at Robert Blue Middle School Sunday afternoon. Lyman was one of 49 graduates to accept their high school diplomas. ...

South Central Calhoun: Preparing to chase their dreams

LAKE CITY — Even at his young age, Nic Englin knows a lot about success in life. His formula for success in life includes these points: Focus on the important things, like family, friends, dreams and goals. Don’t obsess over small details that don’t matter. Make life an adventure. ...

Gun ownership 101

It’s a contentious and often emotional issue. Guns. While the debate rages about who should have them, who should not, what kind they should be allowed and what they should not, the basic mechanics of firearms, and the laws governing their purchase, use and carrying, are often not well ...

FD council to act on new ambulance plan

The planned new arrangement for ambulance service in and around Fort Dodge will be considered by the City Council when it meets Monday. In a change announced May 14, the Fort Dodge Fire Department will assume full responsibility for the ambulance service provided by UnityPoint Health — ...

EMS special election planned in Wright County

CLARION — Citizens of Wright County will have the final say in August on how emergency medical services will be funded. The Wright County Board of Supervisors recently set a date for a special election, which will ask voters to approve a property tax levy supporting EMS. The election ...

Scanning for underage drinking

In an effort to help stop underage drinking, Community and Family Resources has purchased ID scanners that will help festival workers determine whether or not the person they’re serving alcohol to is under 21 years old. Four scanners are available to be checked out from the Webster ...

Sand seeks state auditor seat

Rob Sand says he hopes to attract voters from both political parties by promising new ways to save the state money and increase government efficiency, as he travels Iowa this week making his pitch to be the next Iowa auditor of state. “We’ve actually had a lot of success approaching ...

The male influence

John Newman and Tom McClimon both became teachers because of strong male influences they had in their lives growing up. “As I look through my life, some of the most influential people were male role models, either teachers or coaches in school,” McClimon said. Newman found his role ...

FD convenience store robbed

The Casey's store on South 22nd Street in Fort Dodge was robbed late Saturday night, according to police. The robber ran away from the store with an undetermined amount of cash and remains at large. No one was injured in the holdup.

Life skills in the classroom

As children make their way through school, there’s a strong chance that a local treatment center has educated them about the dangers of drug abuse, including opioid abuse. Community and Family Resources, with the help of a grant, visits area schools and offers a variety of programs for ...

Shooting report released

The Iowa State Patrol trooper who shot and killed a Carroll man on April 29 was justified, according to a review of the incident by the Webster County attorney’s office that was released Friday evening. The attorney’s office concluded that Trooper Justin Parman “reasonably believed that ...

Rabiner to sell its property

Rabiner Treatment Center is planning to sell its property, located at 1762 Johnson Ave., after budget cuts forced the closure of the residential programming of the center in January, according to Brad Klug, Rabiner’s chief executive officer. “We are in the process of selling our ...

Onderdonck charged in northwest Casey’s robbery

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a robbery at the Casey’s General Store on the northwest side of Fort Dodge earlier this week. Jason D. Onderdonck, 36, of Fort Dodge, is charged with one count of second-degree robbery, a Class C felony. Onderdonck allegedly walked into the ...

Warrant issued for Gowrie Casey’s burglary

GOWRIE — The Gowrie Police Department is seeking a man already facing a criminal charge in connection with a burglary that happened at the local Casey’s General Store last month. Jeffery E. Whyte, 51, of Fort Dodge, has been charged with one count of second-degree burglary, a Class C ...

An ounce of prevention

It’s colorless and odorless. Anything in a home that burns fuel produces it. It kills, according to U.S. Fire Administration, more than 150 people every year. Recently, according to Otho Fire Chief Marty Smith, a carbon monoxide leak could easily have been the reason for two Otho ...

FD class of 2030 plants for the future

As a large group of kindergarten students from Feelhaver and Duncombe elementary schools gathered in a circle around a tree set in a freshly dug hole at the Fort Dodge Middle School Thursday morning, Fort Dodge Community School District Superintendent Doug Van Zyl asked them all a simple ...

Office suffers smoke damage after dehumidifier catches fire

A dehumidifier was the source of a fire that filled an office basement with heavy smoke Thursday morning, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. As firefighters responded to the flames, at least one car drove over the hose line running from the fire hydrant to the fire ...

CCS students use recycled materials to create art

Recycling has been a theme at Community Christian School all year. That theme continued during the school’s second annual art show Thursday afternoon as multiple projects were made using recycled items, such as plastic bottles. Emily Chichester, 11; Alexa McHone, 11; both ...