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Shoppers make Black Friday a tradition — a day early

How eager was Alexis Crampton to get started on her Black Friday shopping? By the time Target opened its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday for its Black Friday sale, Crampton, of Fort Dodge, had been standing at the front of the line for three hours. That was a bit of an accomplishment for ...

Downtown merchants ready for shoppers

Burning off at least some of the calories ingested on Thanksgiving day by hitting the stores to start the Christmas shopping is a holiday tradition. While today’s Black Friday doorbusters attract a lot of attention, downtown Fort Dodge businesses will be rolling out the red carpet for ...

The gift of service

While most people will sit down at tables tonight with family, friends and loved ones, not everybody is that fortunate. For some, the Thanksgiving holiday will be spent in a shelter, whether they are homeless, fleeing an abusive situation or seeking treatment for an addiction. But even ...

WC man gets federal prison term for illegal reentry

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Guatemalan man who was living in Webster City has pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the United States. Jorvic Mendez-Mendez, 26, was sentenced to four months in prison Tuesday. He received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids after pleading guilty to ...

Mental health community partner gives supervisors update on funds, treatment

UnityPoint — Berryhill presentation to the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 20, 2018 There are a number of ways to get paid for providing mental health services aside from county funding — such as Medicaid dollars. What Aaron McHone, executive director of UnityPoint Health — ...

New books, and vinyl

When the students at Fort Dodge Senior High return from their break after the Thanksgiving holiday they’ll be welcomed into the newly remodeled library. Teacher/librarian Jen Cole said they only have to wait a few more days. “It’ll be ready Monday.” she said. “They’re going ...

Dispatch, first responder petition opposes outsourcing management

More than 200 emergency dispatchers, deputies, other first responders and citizens of Webster County have signed a petition asking for the Webster County Sheriff’s Department to take over management of the telecommunications center that dispatches emergency responders in the county. The ...

Humboldt priest suspended for alleged touching

HUMBOLDT — An area priest has been suspended after the Diocese of Sioux City was made aware of an allegation that he touched a child’s leg in a confessional. The diocese said in a press release that it became aware of the allegations against the Rev. Brian Danner after the child’s ...

Charter flight to link FD, Nashville

A special charter flight will take people directly from Fort Dodge Regional Airport to the country music capital of Nashville, Tennessee, next May. The flight will depart from Fort Dodge on May 20. Travelers will return to Fort Dodge on May 23. “If this charter is successful, we hope to ...

Alleged copper wire thief tried to get away in go-cart

A Fort Dodge man accused of stealing copper wire is alleged to have fled the scene driving what investigators call a “go-cart.” Michael Redenius, 34, is charged with one count of second-degree theft, a class D felony. The alleged theft happened shortly after 12:30 a.m. ...

Community Thanksgiving meals offered in Fort Dodge

Two community meal options will be available Thursday for those who want some company or aren’t able to make a traditional Thanksgiving feast. The Salvation Army and Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota will both be serving dinner. The Salvation Army’s meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 ...

‘It’s a blessing to be able to do this’

Residents at Friendship Haven weren’t quite sure what craft they would be working on Monday. All they knew is they would be joined by first- and-second graders from Community Christian School. The group gathered in the Tompkins Celebration Center at Friendship Haven. “I wonder ...

Trial of man accused of killing brothers set for Jan. 15

The Fort Dodge man accused of killing two brothers in late October has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A written arraignment and pleas of not guilty were filed on behalf of Tanner King, 28, on Friday. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 22 ...

Just add water … and pills

On the exterior, it looks like just a simple sealed, plastic bag. But this simple-looking bag is actually a new tool meant to help combat prescription drug abuse in Webster County and across Iowa. Ben Rasmussen, a prevention specialist with Community and Family Resources, and a member of ...

Walking therapy

Mellie, an 8-year-old golden Lab therapy dog starting her first year at the Fort Dodge Middle School, knows exactly who’s a good dog. Mellie’s a good dog. Her human, eighth-grade social studies teacher Glenda Paulson, thinks so too, and said that Mellie can do something that ...

Learning leadership

Standing on stage in front of nearly 300 guests, Hannah Rees noted how much she had changed over her years in 4-H. She used to get freaked out, she said, just giving a presentation to her own club. “What happens when you take a shy fourth-grader who doesn’t like to leave the house ...