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Fire damages Fort Dodge triplex

One unit of a Fort Dodge triplex was damaged in a fire Saturday morning. The fire at 2718 N. 25th St. was reported at about 7:30 a.m. Fire Department Lt. Eric Conell said the flames were contained to one room. The fire, he said, was caused by an electrical malfunction. There were no ...

Man who flips canoe escapes unharmed Sunday

A man who flipped his canoe in the Des Moines River was able to reach safety without injury Sunday, according to a Fort Dodge Fire Department official. The Fire Department responded to a call to assist a paddler in distress Sunday morning on the Des Moines River south of the old ...

Cady, Miller receive state honors

Helen Miller had lived in Iowa only a couple of years when she successfully ran for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. She went on to serve 16 years in the Legislature and is now the chairwoman of the Iowa Parole Board. A thorough knowledge of the law and an even-handed approach ...

‘She devoted her life to teaching’

Tricia Larson earned the love and respect of students, staff and families alike during her 30-plus years of teaching kindergarten at Manson Northwest Webster Elementary School. She did that by taking an interest in every student or person she came across. She made learning fun and went out ...

Fifth COVID death reported in Webster County

A fifth person has died related to COVID-19, Webster County Public Health announced Saturday. The individual was a middle aged adult (41-60). "Our condolences go out to this individual's family," Public Healh said in a written statement. "It is important to continue frequently washing ...

‘We’re all from the same town’

Heather Farrell often gets showered with praise at the conclusion of each Kayla Jones Memorial Scholarship Ride, which has raised nearly half a million dollars for Fort Dodge high school students since its inception 11 years ago. Farrell sees this success story from an entirely different ...

The beef show goes on

Many area 4-H’ers spend countless hours caring for their animals in preparation for the Webster County Fair. So when the 4-H and FFA portions of the 2020 fair were canceled amid concerns of COVID-19, there were questions as to whether or not the work they put in would be worth it. ...

FDCF has restrictions to fight virus

Inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility are remaining in their cells for most of each day in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. One inmate, 71-year-old Ray. A. Vanlengen, has died of the disease on Monday at the University of Iowa ...

Changing conditions cancel farm shows

BOONE — A few short weeks after making the announcement that the Farm Progress Show would be held, show organizers reneged on that decision. “The primary thing was the big spikes we were seeing in Florida, Texas and Arizona as those states opened up and the curve started going the ...

Harvest Baptist School celebrates 25th graduating class

Seven graduating high school seniors walked across the stage of Harvest Baptist School on July 5 on a special night as the Fort Dodge school also celebrated its 25th graduation. The Rev. Marvin E. Smith III and his family moved to Fort Dodge in 1993 to start Harvest Baptist Church and ...

Webster County Showcase

After Ava Larson’s 235-pound hog, Donnie, won best in class at the Webster County Livestock Showcase Thursday, the two celebrated with Donnie’s favorite treat – mini marshmallows. The 16-year-old Badger native had been showing swine in the Webster County Fair 4-H swine shows since ...

‘These aren’t luxury services, these are necessary services’

When Carrie Cook had her children removed from her home in 2005, she knew she had to make a change. Cook, of Fort Dodge, was addicted to methamphetamine and experienced alcoholism. Through the Department of Human Services, she was connected with Community and Family Resources for ...

Angel Ride is Saturday

A breast cancer patient was going to discontinue her chemotherapy treatments at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Cancer Center because she couldn’t afford the co-pay for her insurance. But then she was informed that there was a fund available to help her. That fund is provided by the Angel ...

Wright County Fair continues

EAGLE GROVE — The horses appeared to outnumber the spectators Thursday morning at the Wright County Fair horse show, but that is how it needed to be this year, according to Tricia Rosendahl, the fair’s manager. “For the most part, we canceled the fair, but we are doing our best to ...

‘Help Tracy get through this cancer’

Multiple bands will keep the Opera House rocking for hours on Sunday night. The goal of the night of entertainment will be to help a Fort Dodge man with expenses as he battles cancer. The benefit for Tracy Ernst will start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds will go to ...

Go and Do: July 10, 2020

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — The 14th annual Angel Ride to Save the Ta Ta’s is SATURDAY at Amigo’s, 280 N. First St. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. with the ride beginning by 11 a.m. The ride is $15 per person or $20 per person to ride the party bus. Bikes, cars, trucks or vans are welcome. The ...

A missed opportunity

GOWRIE — There was a cloud of disappointment that set in Monday evening when Webster County 4-H’ers heard the news the 4-H and FFA portions of the Webster County Fair were canceled. 4-H’ers and FFA members alike looked back at all of the hard work they have been putting in, preparing ...