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Fort Dodge council commits to mall project

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday committed to providing up to $18.2 million to a project that will result in the Crossroads Mall being demolished and replaced with a series of retail buildings, office space and a hotel. With no debate, the council voted to approve a development ...

Maehl promoted to new Fort Dodge city post

The assistant director of parks, recreation and forestry in Fort Dodge has been promoted to a newly created position in which in he will tackle a wider variety of projects and programs. Ryan Maehl was approved as the new assistant to the city manager by the City Council Monday night. In the ...

Fort Dodge council approves demolitions, truck purchases

Two more abandoned houses will have a date with a wrecking crew as a result of Fort Dodge City Council action Monday. The houses at 165 N. Fifth St. and 175 N. Fifth St. were previously acquired by the city government via the state’s abandoned buildings law. On Monday, the council hired ...

‘64 years late’

More than six decades after leaving school and enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Thomas Filloon received an honorary diploma from the Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education on Monday night. Filloon would have graduated with the Fort Dodge Senior High class of 1956, but instead ...

Plea setting hearing set for juvenile in October shooting

A hearing to accept a guilty plea has been set for the 17-year-old charged in the October robbery of a man shot to death near Tom Thumb. Tate Martinson, of Fort Dodge, was charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, in what police say was a drug deal gone wrong with Mohammed ...

Council reviews static spending plans for library, museum, band

Visitors to the Fort Dodge Public Library and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum would not notice much different in either place if their proposed budgets are approved by the Fort Dodge City Council. The spending plan for the Fort Dodge Regional Airport includes money for some runway work, but ...

The game of life

Fort Dodge’s Konner Pirie was in the middle of doing what he loves when he heard the news that broke his heart. Little did Pirie know that the gaming world he has embraced would help both himself and his family pick up the pieces after a crippling loss. Pirie, a 2015 Fort Dodge Senior ...

Service is second nature to Stoolman

ROCKWELL CITY — When Lowell Stoolman served as Rockwell City’s chief of police, he didn’t mind speaking to local groups like the Rotary Club, but he wasn’t looking for one more job to do either. “The Rotary Club regularly asked me to speak about topics like finger printing to ...

Heavenly songs

During the 2019 Christmas choral concert at St. Edmond Catholic School, the students’ voices filled the auditorium with song for an audience of parents, teachers and other guests. One of the songs performed, “Little Lord,” was written by Ben Wegner, director of vocal music at St. ...

‘There needs to be money for treatment’

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., described mental health as the “forgotten illness” in the state of Iowa during her speech Saturday in the Bioscience & Health Science Building on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College. “You only have 64 public mental health care ...

Iowa Specialty Hospital expands Fort Dodge clinic

Iowa Specialty Hospital, based in Clarion, has expanded its clinics to include a new Fort Dodge family medicine clinic. Orthopedic Specialists, 2700 First Ave. S., has partnered with Iowa Specialty Hospital since 2006 to provide orthopedics, sports medicine, therapy and occupational health ...

Crossroads Mall project on the agenda for FD City Council

More proposed budgets, an agreement with the developer acquiring Crossroads Mall and a reorganization of some staff positions are all on the agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council will begin its work at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a budget ...

Pendleton murder trial suspended

A judge found probable cause in court Friday morning to determine that Josh Pendleton, the Fort Dodge man accused of robbing and killing the Rev. Al Henderson in October, may be incompetent to stand trial. District Court Judge Gina Badding ordered Pendleton, 36, to undergo a mental health ...

On solid ice

The parade grounds inside the stockade at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village would currently be a really bad place for a group of reenactors to walk about in 1820s attire. Unless they also put on some fine old vintage ice skates - then they could promenade, glide, slide and do figure ...

Mason City man faces 10 years in prison

A Mason City man who is accused of grabbing a handgun from another person and firing it near a crowd outside Kingz Lounge last summer has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. Michael Wayne Holton, ...

Kerry on Biden

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Thursday during a campaign stop in Fort Dodge on behalf of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, wasted little time before sharply criticizing President Donald Trump. Kerry spoke to an audience of about 60 people at Biden’s ...

Former security guard arrested

A former security guard for Iowa Central Community College is accused of aiding four former student athletes in a 2018 kidnapping and armed robbery — a drug deal that went wrong. Spencer Jackson, 29, was arrested Tuesday by a Buena Vista County deputy at the Webster-Calhoun county line. ...

Driver from police chase busted for meth, weed

The Fort Dodge motorist who led police on a low-speed, mid-day pursuit in November has been charged with possession of a substantial quantity of drugs recovered from the incident after a month-long investigation. Morquett Jackson, 34, was arrested by Fort Dodge police on outstanding ...

Drivers walk away from semi crash

A semitrailer versus car crash on U.S. Highway 20 in Calhoun County left a sedan driver with a possible concussion Thursday morning. A New Co-op semi turning west onto the highway from Xenia Avenue was rear-ended by a Chevrolet Impala as it gained speed around 9:45 a.m., according to Iowa ...