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Victims identified in Bancroft murder-suicide

BANCROFT - The ex-boyfriend of a Bancroft woman shot and killed her and another man at a Bancroft home before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. All three bodies were found at a home located at 524 S. Morehouse ...

‘Do all the good you can’

Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are working hard for their communities. In 1995, RaeAnne Marner’s husband, Dr. Mark Marner, was diagnosed with ...

Hot dog!

For Cole Lundgren, 12, of Lehigh, the hot dog eating contest at the Webster County Fair wasn’t his best food experience ever. “I ate four,” he said after walking off the stage. “I feel like I might hurl.” Cody Tucker, 15, of Niangua, Missouri, had a few last words before he ...

Factory externship gives teacher an edge

PATON — Andy Peterson, an industrial technology manufacturing teacher at Southeast Valley Middle School in Burnside, is excited to get back to school in the middle of July — even after he sacrificed his summer off. That’s because he can’t wait to bring back everything he’s ...

Heading to 4-H Hall of Fame

CLARION — While neither Rick or Sue Hammen were 4-H club members as youth, they were both honored as Honorary 4-H’ers from Wright County in the past. He received the honor in 2004; she received it in 2009. Now they will be inducted in the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at the Iowa State Fair ...

Clarion airport to get upgrades

CLARION — The runway at Clarion Municipal Airport will be getting some needed repairs, and a federal grant will pay most of the cost. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Clarion a $517,000 grant for the project. The city is providing a 10% match of about $51,000. ‘‘That makes ...

Wright County Fair carries on 4-H tradition

EAGLE GROVE — In the hustle and bustle of the annual fair, it’s easy to forget why it happens every year. But Wright County 4-H’ers remember why they take stubborn goats, squealing pigs and reluctant sheep around the ring each year. “If you don’t keep them busy, they’ll get ...

Three found dead in Bancroft home

BANCROFT — Three people were found dead in a Bancroft home Friday morning, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Officers with the Bancroft Police Department responded to 524 S. Morehouse St., a short time after 8:13 a.m. when it was reported that two people were found ...

LME shuts down

The Fort Dodge terminal of a Minnesota-based trucking company has been shuttered because the firm suddenly went out of business. LME Inc., once known as Lakeville Motor Express, shut down Friday. On its web site, the Roseville, Minneosta, based company posted a statement that reads ...

Belts, birds, and a bright red tractor

Bernie Miller, of Dakota City, is proud to say that not only are his leather belts made in the United States — they are also made in Iowa. “I got tired of seeing made in China stamped on there,” Miller said as he pointed to one of his genuine cowhide belts at the Webster County Fair ...

An Exposition in Rockwell City

ROCKWELL CITY — Fatty McFatterson, a pig belonging to Mylie Schumacher, 11, of Lake City, had some serious objections to taking a bath Thursday afternoon at the Calhoun County Expo. It may have been the cold water, it may have been having to walk to the bath stall, it may just be that ...

Tiger, tiger

Tigers made their debut at the Webster County Fair this week, bringing Bengals Kyla, Aslan and Copa front and center where they did tricks for meat on a stick. For most locals, it’s an entertaining spectacle. But for Felicia Frisco, their trainer, it’s a family heritage. Based in ...

Three found dead in Bancroft home

BANCROFT - Three people were found dead in a Bancroft home Friday morning, according to a press release from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Officers with the Bancroft Police Department responded to 524 S. Morehouse St. in Bancroft, a short time after 8:13 a.m. when it was ...

Long run for a cause

A group of people running across the country from San Francisco to Boston to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults stopped in Fort Dodge Thursday before continuing on their 49 day journey. Team Boston is one of six teams participating in the fundraiser. Its members had ...

DART adds new bus services

Dodger Area Rapid Transit now offers Saturday morning bus service and shuttle service to the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. After several years, DART decided to bring back Saturday morning door-to-door transportation for dialysis patients, and others on demand as possible. Service on ...

Taking a trip to Narnia

WEBSTER CITY — Audience members will have a chance to step through the wardrobe and visit the magical kingdom of Narnia as the Webster City Community Theatre’s summer production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” opens today. The play is based on a story from C.S. Lewis’ ...

Go and Do: July 12, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Angel Ride to Save the Tatas is SATURDAY at Amigos, 280 N. First St. Sign-up at 9 a.m. with the ride beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 per person or $20 per person to ride the party bus. Motorcycles, cars, trucks and vans are welcome. There will be silent and live ...