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FD council to get broadband update

A proposed broadband utility and plans for the downtown area near the Des Moines River will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council this evening. The council will have a workshop beginning at 5 p.m. During that session, the elected officials will receive the latest data on the planned ...

Johnson & Johnson clinic is Wednesday

Webster County Health Department will host a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic on Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge. The vaccination clinic is for anyone age 18 or older. Approximately 300 appointment slots are available. All appointment slots ...

Story time

Kindergartners in Cooper Elementary School gathered in small groups Friday afternoon to hear stories read to them by the people who wrote them. But the authors were not grown-ups. They were fourth graders — big kids that the kindergartners might see in their school every day. Eight ...

CJ Bio America plans $20M expansion

CJ Bio America is planning to invest about $20 million in its Webster County plant so that it can make more of an amino acid that’s added to some types of livestock feed. Construction is expected to be finished in September, with the increased production scheduled to start in January ...

CJ Bio employees support community

In the seven years since the CJ Bio America plant opened, its employees have made an impact in the community. They have donated about $500,000 to various causes, according to Luke Palmer, the company’s senior operations manager. They have also provided about 20,000 hours of volunteer ...

Process for hiring college president criticized

Before the new president of Iowa Central Community College was named earlier this month, college faculty were informed that there would be public forums and an opportunity to meet with finalists for the position. But those public forums never happened, according to Dawn Humburg, who has a ...

Fort Dodge man convicted in Casey’s robbery

A Webster County jury has convicted a Fort Dodge man of committing an armed robbery at Casey’s General Store, 2007 N. 15th St. Aries Nzgoi McGee, 24, was found guilty of first-degree robbery, a Class B forcible felony, on Friday. McGee was accused of flashing a handgun at the store clerk ...

Dispensers, holders and catapults

A water filtration system, dog food dispensers and an ice cream holder were just some of the inventions on display during an invention convention at Community Christian School on Thursday. The inventions were made by third-and-fourth grade students. Miles Krog, 9, a third-grader got ...

Fort Dodge man, woman arrested for burglary

A Fort Dodge man is facing multiple felony charges after law enforcement officers say he broke into a Gowrie home and stole cash, silver and guns this week. Ashton J. Lomicka, 22, is accused of breaking into a home in the 1700 block of 320th Street on Monday afternoon. According to the ...

In quest for state funds, mall project advances

Live music, games like pickleball and just simply relaxing outdoors would all be possible in a plaza area envisioned as part of the redevelopment of Crossroads Mall. The Fort Dodge city government, which is teaming up with the developer for the plaza project, is moving closer to securing ...

Go and Do: April 9, 2021

Around the area EMMETSBURG — Drive-thru VFW Fish Fry, sponsored by the Kiwanis and Boy Scouts, is 5 to 7 p.m. TODAY at the VFW, Emmetsburg. All orders will be drive-thru take-out only. Vehicles should approach the VFW from Eighth Street north of the VFW and turn into the parking lot to pick ...

Pendleton trial details being finalized

The final details for an upcoming jury trial of a Fort Dodge man accused of killing the Rev. Al Henderson were hashed out in a Webster County courtroom on Friday afternoon. Joshua Pendleton, 37, of Fort Dodge, is accused of killing Henderson in the parking lot of St. Paul Lutheran Church ...

‘Exciting times’

A booming shopping and entertainment venue that features nationally known retail stores is part of the vision for the Corridor Plaza development. And that vision is slowly but surely becoming reality at the Crossroads Mall site. As the visible construction work continues, there is also ...

FD police investigating 2 shots fired incidents

The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating two incidents of shots fired that occurred overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. At approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement received a report of shots fired in the area of Second Avenue North and 22nd Street. Information provided ...

Rollin’ on the River logo debuts

A colorful image of a bicyclist seeming to jump over a river will become a common sight around Fort Dodge in the weeks and months leading up to the arrival of RAGBRAI in the city. The image was unveiled Wednesday evening as the RAGBRAI Fort Dodge logo. It was created by Nick Manwarren, a ...

Des Moines man pleads not guilty to Vincent robbery

A Des Moines man accused of robbing the Vincent City Hall in 2019 has pleaded not guilty in Webster County District Court. Alonzo C. Mayfield, 52, is charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree kidnapping after law enforcement say he entered the Vincent City Hall building, 104 ...

Manson PD to hold classes to protect elderly from fraud

MANSON — Senior citizens can be vulnerable targets for scammers. This is why Manson Police Chief Gerald Frick hosts classes to educate seniors and other members of the public on how to spot common scams and frauds, and how to avoid falling victim. The elderly fraud classes will be held ...

‘Help keep the fair free’

“Quest to Be Your Best” is the theme for the 2021 Webster County Fair. Although Webster County and surrounding county youth work hard all year long to showcase their animals and projects, bringing their best to the fair, it takes a lot of outside support in order for the fair to ...

‘The thrill is gone, baby’

The twang of a guitar or the humming of a harmonica — sounds typically heard at the annual Blues Under The Trees festival — will not be heard this summer. The Lizard Creek Blues Society, the organization responsible for planning the event, is dissolving. Bob Wood, a founding member ...

FD schools collecting ‘miles’ of pennies

Schools in the Fort Dodge Community School District are collecting pennies — 685,000 of them, to be exact. Through April 16, the FDCSD is hosting its annual Miles of Pennies fundraiser at the five elementary schools and the middle school. The effort started Tuesday. Each school has a ...