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Teen arrested in FD shooting incident

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with three offenses after police say he fired a gun, sending a bullet through a home in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood early Thursday morning. No one was injured in the incident, which was reported at 1:55 a.m. The youth, who was not named ...

Help from the heart

For a long time, Don Haupts, of Manson, wasn’t too fond of hospitals. “Twice I swore I’d never go back,” Haupts said Tuesday at the UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge annual volunteer recognition dinner. One of those times was after he served during World War II, he said. “I ...

Commission recommends additions to urban renewal areas

Two areas of Fort Dodge should be added to an urban renewal area so that tax increment financing money can be used there, the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission recommended Tuesday. One of those areas is on the south side of Third Avenue Northwest between Fifth and 10th streets ...

Kids to Parks Day will last the whole weekend in Fort Dodge and Webster County

A weekend-long scavenger hunt will not only provide children and families a chance to be together, but it’ll also help them connect with nature during the annual Kids to Parks Day. For the second year in a row, the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is working with Webster ...

Johll named Webster County engineer

Webster County officials didn’t have to look far to find the next county engineer. Assistant County Engineer Jamie Johll was approved as the next county engineer at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The supervisors unanimously agreed to a one-year contract for Johll, who starts ...

Commission: Get rid of unused part of South 29th Street

What looks like a long gravel driveway right next to some railroad tracks in southern Fort Dodge is actually a city street. Chances are it won’t be one much longer. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the local government give up ownership ...

Christie promoted to sergeant

A series of changes at the Webster County Sheriff’s Department were put into motion Tuesday as the promotion of Deputy Derek Christie to sergeant was approved by the Board of Supervisors. Christie will begin his new duties on Monday. He was hired by the Webster County Sheriff’s ...

FDCSD renews with Taher for food service

Taher will continue to provide its food services for the Fort Dodge Community School District. The FDCSD board approved a contract with Taher at its meeting Monday night. “The state requires districts that employ a food service management company to do a full competitive bid every five ...

Heating units to be replaced at FDSH

Fort Dodge Senior High will see some upgrades to its heating and ventilation systems this summer. The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved plans for HVAC projects at its meeting Monday night. “We have a push to get some projects on the docket for summer,” Travis Filloon, ...

Resident rips city’s purchase of Fort Dodge house

A Fort Dodge resident unhappy with the City Council’s recent purchase of a vacant house accused elected officials Monday of ‘‘giving away money’’ while raising the water bills. Richard Higgins, of 1661 Ninth Ave. N., took issue with the council’s April 22 purchase of the house ...

Rolfe man faces attempted murder charge

ROLFE — A Rolfe man is accused of trying to kill his wife by stabbing her, authorities in Pocahontas County said. William Andrew Clark, 35, faces an attempted murder charge, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department. He is also charged with willful injury, going armed ...

Water slide upgrades, new trail connection coming to Fort Dodge

The slides at the Rosedale Rapids aquatic center will be restored to their former luster as a result of a contract awarded by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council also moved to create a new way to access the Fort Dodge Nature Trail from North 22nd Street. Water ...

Unoccupied FD house damaged in early morning fire

A Fort Dodge house was significantly damaged after an early morning house fire Monday, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. The house, located at 1414 Eighth Ave. S, was vacant at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched at about 4 ...

Reynolds signs law legalizing sports betting

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed a bill into law that will allow some legal sports betting in Iowa. The law, which establishes a legal way to bet on professional, collegiate and international sporting events, also legalizes fantasy sports contests and internet fantasy sports ...

Hartley will head to FDMS

Bruce Hartley, who has served as the Cooper Elementary School principal for the past seven years, will be taking his leadership experience to the Fort Dodge Middle School next fall. Hartley will serve as an assistant principal at the school. He will be paid an annual salary of $114,962. ...

Dodger Tennis Courts to be resurfaced

The Dodger Tennis Courts will be getting a facelift this summer. At its meeting Monday night, the Fort Dodge Community School District board approved plans for the courts to be resurfaced. “Tennis courts are down to a state where they are slippery when being played on,” Travis ...

Downtown facade grant sought in Fort Dodge

A $500,000 grant is being sought to spruce up the exteriors of several buildings in downtown Fort Dodge. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to submit a grant application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The money would come from the Community Development Block Grant ...

Chromebooks, virtual reality OK’d by FDCSD board

Continuing with its 1:1 initiative, the Fort Dodge Community School District will add hundreds of new Google Chromebooks for its students to use next year. The FDCSD board approved the purchase of 700 Chromebooks at its meeting Monday night. The cost per device is $350.13. The total cost ...