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Building camaraderie

LEHIGH — Correctional facility staff members from across Iowa descended on Brushy Creek State Recreation Area Wednesday to take part in an annual competition that not only tests their skills, but also improves relationships between institutions. The annual Correctional Emergency Response ...

Toner’s return

Mike Toner’s decorated 40-year career as a journalist was full of accomplishments and thrills, but almost falling out of a helicopter wasn’t among them. It is true that Toner flew in a helicopter to photograph Mount St. Helens in Washington, but he said the part about him nearly ...

FDCSD employee accused of mishandling of funds

A Fort Dodge Community School District employee has resigned after an internal review found that person mishandled funds, according information obtained from the FDCSD. The person worked at Fort Dodge Senior High. They were not identified Wednesday. About $18,000 in undeposited funds ...

Sahai is designated a Hospital Hero

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City physician was named one of 10 Iowa Hospital Association Hospital Heroes at a ceremony held at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City Wednesday. Dr. Subhash Sahai, M.D., was recognized by VDMC Chief Executive Officer Lisa Ridge at the ceremony that was ...

Firefighters honored for lifesaving efforts

WEBSTER CITY — Within minutes of being alerted to a person in distress on the Boone River on a late August afternoon, Webster Ciy Fire Department captains Brandon Hayes and Jeromy Estlund were in a boat heading to a woman clinging to a branch in the water. Soon, Hayes pulled her into the ...

Council OKs option to buy agreement with developer

WEBSTER CITY — A real estate deal that could lead to the construction of 16 duplexes on the site where Hamilton Hospital once stood in Webster City was approved by the City Council Monday. The council voted 4-1 to approve an option to purchase for WC Partners LLC, of Kansas City, ...

City Council approves support of region housing trust fund

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City government, with the support of three local banks, is chipping in to support a new regional entity that will help some homeowners fix up their properties. The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to commit $6,497.40 in matching funds to the Heart of Iowa ...

Time to fix the clock tower

Webster County will use a 3-D scanner as part of a study to repair the courthouse’s iconic clock tower. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the plan with Shuck-Briston Inc. engineers, of Des Moines, for $72,280. This will include a 3-D scan, use of a crane to obtain ...

Mental health workers say they are working to keep people out of jail

It’s been about one year since statewide changes caused a shift in how the local mental health region is run. Administrator Alison Hauser and nine employees shared some of the successes with the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, and they explained their specialized roles ...

FDCSD employee resigns after mishandling of funds

A Fort Dodge Community School District employee has resigned after an internal review found that person mishandled funds, according information obtained from the FDCSD. The person worked at Fort Dodge Senior High. About $18,000 of undeposited funds belonging to various FDSH accounts was ...

376 to 376 — It’s official: As more votes come in, MNW bond remains a tie

A rare tie vote in the Manson Northwest Webster bond issue has remained a tie, even after more votes were counted Tuesday. The unofficial count last week was 375 votes to 375 votes. The official count rose to 376 to 376 after two provisional ballots were allowed to be counted, said ...

Man struck by vehicle in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — A man was taken to the hospital in Humboldt after he ran into the path of an oncoming vehicle Tuesday. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as Joseph Murphy, of Humboldt. According to the state patrol’s accident report, Murphy was walking east on the south sidewalk along ...

Humboldt council OK’s zoning changes

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved the final reading of a couple of ordinances amending the city’s code at Monday’s meeting. Ordinance 2018-09 reclassifies certain real estate from a Planned Unit Development Zoning District to an I-1 General Industrial Zoning District. ...

Humboldt supervisors consider courtroom, law library issues

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors reviewed a list of courtroom items needing attention at Monday’s meeting. The list came from Magistrate Greg Stoebe. “The courtroom is in critical need of electrical service upgrades,” Stoebe said. “The receptacles which were ...

Budget Host, Eilers Steakhouse, Laser Wash headed to auction

The former property of Budget Host Inn and Eiler’s Steakhouse will be for sale next month after a bankruptcy case was completed. The sheriff’s sale auction of the property will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Webster County Law Enforcement Center, 702 First Ave. S., according to legal ...

Iowans with Red Cross respond to flood-ravaged eastern states

Iowans working with the American Red Cross are on the ground out east to help the people who are affected by Hurricane Florence. Nicole Breitbach, executive director of the American Red Cross in northeast Iowa, said there are 47 Iowans who have been deployed to help out in North ...

Rash of car break-ins have police asking owners to take more precautions

The Fort Dodge Police Department is asking the public to take extra precautions after a series of car break-ins were reported in the city. Over the past two weeks, people in the area north and east of Reynolds Park, as well as in Cooper Elementary School neighborhood, have reported that their ...

Honored: Veterans remember fallen brothers during trip to D.C.

The more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall aren’t just heroes in the abstract. To veterans of that long war, they are brothers, college buddies, and friends. For many veterans on the 17th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, that long black wall was their top ...

Fire near Butler set intentionally

Fort Dodge Firefighters respond to a fire in dumpsters within a cement structure outside Butler Elementary School around 6:40 p.m. The fire was intentionally set, said Fire Capt. Steve Teske. He said Fort Dodge Police have surveillance video of two juveniles who were messing around with it, ...