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DCI assists with animal neglect investigation

ALGONA — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation received a request to assist the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office regarding a welfare check associated with an animal neglect investigation in Whittemore on Monday. The DCI Crime Scene Team assisted at a residence at 407 Clay St. after ...

2021 New Year baby arrives at SMCH

LAKE CITY — The first baby of 2021 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City has arrived. Madden Thomas Hardy was born to Daylon and Alex Hardy, of Churdan. The New Year baby entered the world at 1:16 a.m. on Jan. 9, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and is 20 inches long. He ...

Commission addresses property proposals

The Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission on Tuesday moved to help the eventual sale and development of some land along South 32nd Street. The commission also recommended that a request to vacate some city-owned property on the northwest side of town be rejected. Both of the commission’s ...

‘Loss of learning’

Fewer students in the Fort Dodge Community School District scored at or above their grade’s benchmarks this fall, compared to the fall term of 2019. “In general, we mirrored the rest of the state with about a 10% drop,” said Superintendent Jesse Ulrich. Stephanie Anderson, Director ...

Promoting City of Fort Dodge is more difficult in pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is weighing down the proposed budget of the Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau. The bureau, which is tasked with promoting Fort Dodge and Webster County as a great place to visit, is funded by the city’s hotel-motel tax. That’s a 7 percent levy added to ...

FD scores low interest on bond issues

When Fort Dodge city officials went to the bond market on Monday to borrow the money to pay for some upcoming projects, they received some remarkable interest rates. A bond issue that will total up to $9.3 million has an interest rate of less than 1 percent. Another bond issue totaling up ...

Sanders on the job in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — For the first time in more than a decade, the Humboldt Police Department is led by a chief of police. On Monday, the newly-appointed Police Chief Joel Sanders started leading the department’s seven police officers. Sanders has been a police officer for 30 years, spending ...

FD council OKs sign measure

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday approved the second reading of a measure that will regulate signs on the Crossroads Mall site as it is redeveloped into Corridor Plaza. The measure will not lead to any remarkable changes in the signs that the public will see there. Instead, it will ...

Poised for takeoff

The first United Express jet to link Fort Dodge and the rest of the world via Chicago O’Hare International Airport will take off on March 1. Tickets for that flight and others are already available online, airline and airport officials have announced. The airline will provide 12 round ...

Apparent murder-suicide under investigation

VINCENT — The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in rural Webster County, according to a preszs release from the department. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to 107 N. Third St. in Vincent for a welfare check at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, ...

‘It’s rewarding and it’s fun’

The Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is challenging community members to brave the cold weather and travel on foot for 3.1 miles. The run/walk event, called Snow Cold Virtual 5K, is being offered Jan. 29-31. During that time, participants can run or walk anywhere they ...

FD City Council to continue budget work

More proposed budgets plus some sign regulations are on tonight’s agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council. The council’s work will begin at 5 p.m. with a budget workshop. During that session, the officials will review the proposed spending plans for the Karl L. King Municipal Band, the ...

Authorities investigating apparent murder-suicide

The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in rural Webster County, according to a press release from the department. At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, sheriff’s deputies were sent to 107 N. Third St. in Vincent for a welfare check. There they ...

Fulfilling his civic duty

Editor's note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, published June 30, 2020, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are making a difference in their communities. HARCOURT — Keeping the park in Harcourt a ...

Settled in

DUNCOMBE — When the first rays of the morning’s sunshine strike the east side of Matt and Libby Mitchell’s barn, they stream through the frost formation on the windows, casting orange spots of light onto the opposite wall. Downstairs, where the animals were once kept, that sunshine ...

‘I hope I made a difference’

About four years ago, an elderly woman told Dr. Dan Cole something that encapsulates his 49 years of practicing medicine. “She said, ‘Dr. Cole, I want to give you a big hug. You delivered all five of my kids,’’ Cole recalled. “That makes you feel good to look back on your medical ...