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Semi driver cited for running stop sign

An Eagle Grove driver was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center Monday morning after colliding with a semi-trailer that failed to stop at an intersection. A semi-trailer traveling west on County Highway D14 failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with ...

Street improvements coming to northwest Fort Dodge

The major roads through the northwest side of Fort Dodge will be rebuilt in the next few years in a process the City Council launched Monday with a resolution regarding buying some land needed for the project. Third Avenue Northwest and Hawkeye Avenue will be reconstructed in a project ...

FD council adds vehicles to city fleet

An ambulance, a bucket truck to be used by the city electrician and a pickup were added to the Fort Dodge fleet of vehicles Monday night. The ambulance was purchased from Ed M. Feld Equipment Co., of Carroll, for $126,423. It will be smaller than the Fire Department’s current ambulances and ...

Top dog

LARCHWOOD — Canine cop Voodoo and handler Sgt. Paul Samuelson of the Fort Dodge Police Department won the Top Dog honor at the 2020 Narcotics Detector Dog Trials hosted by the U.S. Police Canine Association on Tuesday. The annual trial, hosted this year by the Lyon County Sheriff’s ...

Fort Dodge man charged with attempted murder

A Fort Dodge man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly cutting and stabbing a 71-year-old victim with a knife early Saturday morning, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Reino Bodady, 37, of Fort Dodge, is charged with attempted murder, a class B felony. Officers ...

New Central Avenue plan to be introduced

A proposal that could someday change the look of a long stretch of Central Avenue will be introduced to the Fort Dodge City Council tonight. It addresses the streetscape between 12th Street and the City Square, according to City Manager David Fierke. He said the street itself, sidewalks, bike ...

Still serving the Lord

Editor's note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, published June 30, 2020, featuring people and organziations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are making a difference in their communities. When the Rev. Jim Tigges retired in 2016 after nearly ...

Students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Duncombe Elementary third-graders in Shannon Grossnickle’s class have been celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the achievements and contributions Hispanics have made to our society as well as participating in projects that align with their heritage. One of their ...

The fabric of family

DUNCOMBE — Richard J. McBride, a 95-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran, thought he was at the Duncombe Community Center on Wednesday night to see his grandson receive a Quilt of Valor. His grandson, Jacob J. McBride, a U.S. Army veteran of Webster City, thought he was there to see his ...

Family makes old farmhouse their own

DAYTON — While enjoying Christmas lights on a rural farm near Dayton on a date several years ago, a young couple admired the farm they were touring. At that time, they never imagined they would be living there, raising a family. Fast forward to 2016, when an opportunity arose for Gabe ...

FD man charged with attempted murder

A Fort Dodge man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly cutting and stabbing a 71-year-old victim with a knife early Saturday morning, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Reino Bodady, 37, of Fort Dodge, is charged attempted murder, a class B felony. Officers were called ...

Gateway to Discovery to hold drive-thru fundraiser

Gateway to Discovery’s sweets fundraiser is making changes this year as it adapts to pandemic challenges. This year’s fundraiser, a Sweet Treat Drive Thru, will be held at Hope Sweet Hope Studios, 1900 Fifth Ave. S. For $20, patrons will receive a box full of sweet, handmade treats ...

Robber in shooting gets 25 years

A robber in a drug deal gone wrong that left a man dead last October was sentenced to prison for a term potentially longer than he’s been alive. Tate Martinson, the juvenile who pleaded guilty to the first-degree robbery that preceded the October 2019 shooting in the 1400 block of A ...

Webster County admitted to new mental health region

Webster County was admitted to a new mental health and disability service region Wednesday, a move facilitated by new legislation allowing the county to divorce from County Social Services after years of irreconciled tension. Webster County will join Central Iowa Community Services, currently ...

Jacy strong

LAKE CITY — Why are there green mailboxes located around Calhoun County? Take a look at the name and 4-H logo on the boxes, and the answer becomes clear. “The boxes are in honor of Jacy McAlexander,” said Tiffany Blair, Calhoun County youth coordinator with Iowa State University ...

Two suffer lacerations during brawl at Amigos

Fort Dodge police are investigating after a brawl unfolded at Amigos early Thursday morning, resulting in two people suffering laceration injuries. Police were called to Amigos, 280 N. First St., at 1:21 a.m. for a report of a fight involving a large number of people fighting inside the ...

Police investigate shots fired

A small child was riding a scooter in the same area and at about the same time when shots were fired at a vehicle on Wednesday, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, according to police. Police were initially called to the area of the 2100 ...

Public Health prepares for COVID-19 vaccine distribution with test run

Webster County Public Health practiced for mass vaccination distribution with flu shots at a trial clinic Thursday afternoon at Iowa Central Community College’s East Campus. The clinic provided flu shots to Fort Dodge Community School District students in kindergarten through fourth grade ...

Go and Do: Oct. 23, 2020

Around the area LEHIGH — The Lehigh United Methodist Church is holding a Lord’s Portion Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. SATURDAY at the church. The menu is scalloped potatoes with ham, coleslaw or broccoli salad, fresh baked dinner roll and pie. Tickets are $8 per meal with children under 5 free. ...