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Webster County to continue with CSS

Webster County will continue on with County Social Services and will likely become an access center for this part of the state. Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday morning to bat down a resolution that would have given the county the option to leave the 22-county mental health region. The ...

FD men face multiple charges

Two men are facing multiple charges after they ran from police Thursday afternoon in downtown Fort Dodge, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. One of the men allegedly took a swing at an officer before he was taken into custody, police reported. The two men, Morquett B. Jackson, ...

Marshalltown Mall up for auction

MARSHALLTOWN — The Marshalltown Mall will join the online auction block on Nov. 19. Commercial real estate company Ten-X Commercial in California listed the property with a starting bid of $900,000. Ten-X sales executive Henry Buehrle said the auction will run for a full 48 hours. Whether ...

Learning to teach

Some of the students at Riverside Early Learning Center got new teachers Wednesday afternoon. At least for a little while. The new instructors were Fort Dodge Senior High School students, all members of the Iowa Central Tech and Theories Coaching Class, along with their own teacher, Andi ...

Tanner King trial continues

NEVADA — Tanner King’s double murder trial got underway in its second day as an eyewitness near the crime scene, the victims’ emotional fiancees and a teenager who interacted with the defendant the night of the crime took the witness stand. “At the end of this case, the state ...

Horan offers ag insights during trip to Turkey

Calhoun County farmer Bill Horan recently met with farmers from six nations not far from the war torn border of Turkey and Syria. At the request of the U.S. State Department, Horan attended the third annual Agriculture and Food Policy Conference in Adana, Turkey, for three days last week. ...

Strengthening Families builds stronger families

“We are strong young people with a great future. We are making good decisions so we can reach our goals.” That is the Youth Creed recited by a group of fifth and sixth graders led by Laura Stover, a facilitator for the PROSPER Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth ...

‘Something needs to change’

Providing successful mental health care to people who need it has little to do with the building where the care is delivered. It’s about compassion and spending time with that person, according to Randy Hoover, program director for Freedom Pointe. “All we want is for someone to sit down ...

UnityPoint, Sanford merger is scrapped

UnityPoint Health will not be merging with South Dakota-based Sanford Health, leaders of both organizations announced Tuesday. The president and chief executive officer of Sanford Health blamed Des Moines-based UnityPoint Health, which includes Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, ...

Downtown FD hopes to take a bite out of crime with Business Watch

Leaders of Main Street Fort Dodge are trying to revitalize an inactive Business Watch organization in a bid to fight crime and improve the quality of life downtown. Business Watch is essentially the commercial district version of Neighborhood Watch. Like the version for residential areas, ...

Getting to know our teachers: Peggy Larson and Kirstie Ron

Name? Peggy Larson and Kirstie Ron Where do you teach? Duncombe Elementary What grade/subject do you teach? First grade co-taught classroom Why do you teach? We get to make a difference in the lives of kids. Teaching provides us with the opportunity to interact and educate ...

He’s back — sort of

Randy Will, the Webster County engineer who retired last spring, will be returning in a part-time capacity. The Webster County Supervisors approved the hiring of Will during its meeting Tuesday morning. Will will come back temporarily to assist Jamie Johll, Webster County engineer. The ...

Fire destroys hog confinement

KAMRAR — An early morning fire on Tuesday near Kamrar destroyed a hog confinement building and about 3,000 head of pigs housed in the building. Kamrar Fire Chief Tim Mortenson said Kamrar Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene at 2980 Lakins Grove Ave.about 6:30 a.m. The property ...

Double murder jury selection restarts in Story County

Jury selection for the trial of Tanner King, the Fort Dodge man facing two first-degree murder charges and one attempted murder charge, started once again in Story County Tuesday after exhaustion of a large jury pool and reports of jury tampering interrupted September’s first local ...

Honored

On the 101st anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War, St. Edmond Catholic Schools hosted a Veterans Day service to honor U.S. military veterans of all branches on Monday morning in the school’s auditorium. Lt. Col. Jason Kolacia, 133rd Test Squadron, Iowa Air National ...

Wanted: Bell ringers

The Salvation Army has implemented a new online system to make it easier on the nonprofit and on volunteers looking to ring bells this holiday season. Those looking to man the iconic red kettles at five sites in Fort Dodge this year can now sign up at RegisterToRing.com, the new website ...

UnityPoint will not merge with Sanford Health

WEST DES MOINES - UnityPoint Health will not merge with Sanford Health after the two organizations announced over the summer their intentions to form one company. UnityPoint, the Des Moines-based health care organization which operates UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center in ...

New life coming to vacant downtown FD building

Future residents of two planned downtown Fort Dodge apartments may find themselves tempted by the aromas coming from a bakery on the floor below them. That scenario could be unfolding soon at 13 N. 11th St., a building which Tom and Addrea Groff, of Fort Dodge, plan to renovate in a ...

Two injured in crash south of Badger Monday

BADGER — Two people were injured in a crash just south of Badger on Monday afternoon. A Chrysler minivan was traveling north on Paragon Avenue around 1 p.m. when it struck a Ford pickup truck that was also traveling north on Paragon Avenue. “The van hit the rear end of the truck and ...