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DNR investigating manure spill in Kossuth County

WEST BEND — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure spill and fish kill that happened Wednesday in rural Kossuth County. The DNR responded to the manure spill in Lotts Creek, about two miles northeast of West Bend, on Wednesday afternoon. According to a press ...

Halfway house resident reported escaped due to technical glitch

A man who was reported as an escapee of the Fort Dodge Residential Facility in March was reported absent due to a technical glitch, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. On March 26, Matthew Ray Patten, 39, was reported as an escapee when he apparently failed to report to work and ...

‘A dream come true’

The Iowa Central Community College Board of Directors has approved a three-year rolling contract for its next college president, Jesse Ulrich. Ulrich, who is currently the superintendent for the Fort Dodge Community School District, will start at Iowa Central on July 1. He will be paid ...

Vaccine clinic scrapped

A coronavirus vaccine clinic scheduled for today in Fort Dodge was abruptly canceled because of reports of blood clots that may be connected to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that was to be administered. Kari Prescott, director of the Webster County Health Department, said the clinic was ...

Supervisors support CJ project

A planned $20 million expansion of the CJ Bio America plant was endorsed by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. The project will create about 25 new jobs. The board unanimously approved a measure endorsing the company’s application for some state tax credits. In the ...

Williams pleads guilty to lesser charges

A Fort Dodge man accused of stabbing another man at a downtown apartment in July 2020 has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Donathan L. Williams, 42, was arrested on July 2, 2020, after the victim, 39-year-old Lavaris Bosworth, walked into the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, 126 N. ...

Car flips over in Fort Dodge crash

A car rolled onto its roof during a crash Tuesday morning on South Eighth Street near downtown Fort Dodge. While at least one occupant of the vehicle complained of pain, everyone involved in the crash declined to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. The crash occurred at 8:35 a.m. at the ...

Eagle Grove man sentenced to 10 years for meth

SIOUX CITY — A second Eagle Grove man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on charges stemming from a meth trafficking ring in Webster and Wright counties. Cory Schultz, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts ...

Scammers target vaccine recipients

People who get a COVID-19 vaccine and then receive a bill shouldn’t pay it, according to the Webster County Health Department. The vaccine,which is provided by the federal government, is free, according to Kari Prescott, the department’s director. Those who receive the vaccine should ...

‘A dynamic area’

A riverfront park at the west end of Central Avenue would be a key feature in a neighborhood that is a prime location for recreation, residences and even some industries, according to planners. The area has been labeled the Central River District. It is between the Des Moines River and the ...

Broadband planning advances

Fort Dodge voters may be asked this fall if they want a separate board to oversee a planned municipal broadband utility. A referendum on establishing such a board may be the next highly visible step toward creating the utility, which could begin serving its first customers in March ...

Murder charges dismissed against Jones

One of the men who had been charged in a June 2020 double-homicide in Fort Dodge saw his murder charges dismissed on Monday. Darrell L. Jones, 23, of Fort Dodge, was facing two counts of second-degree murder (a Class B felony) and one count of felon in possession of a firearm (a Class D ...

Bodady attempted murder trial suspended

The attempted murder trial for a Fort Dodge man accused of stabbing a 71-year-old woman in October 2020 has been suspended pending the results of a competency evaluation. Reino Valentino Bodady, 37, was set to go to trial today in Webster County District Court. He was charged with ...

FD school board OKs change order

The renovation of the former Arey building is going to cost the Fort Dodge Community School District nearly $100,000 more to complete. The Board of Education approved a change order for the Early Childhood Center project in the amount of $98,705.53 on Monday night. The change order ...

Eagle Grove man sentenced to more than 7 years

SIOUX CITY — An Eagle Grove man will spend more than seven years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Wright and Webster county areas. James Calvert, 44, pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of ...

Co-op proposal headed to member vote

WEST BEND — MaxYield Cooperative’s board of directors recently announced that the merger proposal between MaxYield and NEW Cooperative, Inc., headquartered in Fort Dodge, will proceed to a member vote in June. Howard Haas, chairman of MaxYield’s board, said that directors of MaxYield ...

Wednesday’s vaccine clinic canceled in FD

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday in Fort Dodge has been canceled. The Webster County Health Department has canceled the clinic, at which the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was to be administered, after receiving information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Wednesday vaccine clinic canceled in FD

The COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Wednesday in Fort Dodge has been canceled. The Webster County Health Department has canceled the clinic, at which the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was to be administered, after receiving information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Opportunities in agriculture

Joel Lambert, of Dayton, said the Professional Agricultural Students program at Iowa Central Community College has led him to discover a new path in farming. “If it wasn’t for Iowa Central, I wouldn’t have gone toward precision,” Lambert said during the annual PAS banquet Saturday ...