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One year of COVID in Webster County

Webster County’s first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed one year ago on Friday. Since that time, 5,294 residents have tested positive for the virus. Eighty-eight residents have lost their lives due to COVID. “So much has changed in the past year since Iowa’s first case and since ...

Branstad, Reynolds share experiences

In the uncertain early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kim Reynolds was trying to keep Iowans informed with frequent press conferences when she received criticism from an unexpected source: people whose favorite TV shows were interrupted. That story and other lesser known anecdotes ...

Paramedic’s memory lives on in Iowa Central donation

Steve Hall thoroughly enjoyed teaching. He liked his students and the interactions he had with them during his 14 years as an adjunct instructor with the Emergency Medical Services program at Iowa Central Community College. “He really took extra gratitude in knowing that he was helping ...

Go and Do: March 26, 2021

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Eggs & Issues Legislative Forum will be livestreamed at 1 p.m. TODAY at https://www.youtube.com/user/GreaterFortDodge. FORT DODGE — Songs and Strings benefit for Broken Strings 267 campaign is 7 to 11 p.m. SATURDAY at the Fort Museum Opera House, One Museum ...

FD police investigating shots fired

The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating an early morning incident involving shots fired in the area of Ninth Avenue Southwest and 10th Street Southwest. According to a release from the department, the Webster County Telecommunications Center received a call about multiple shots ...

Work release escapee sought

UPDATE: As of 4:23 p.m., the work release escape has been canceled. The Iowa Department of Corrections is searching for a man who failed to report to work from the Fort Dodge Residential Center as required early this morning. Matthew Ray Patten was convicted of domestic abuse assault in ...