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Hope for Healing Fund presents grant

When Kristin Kuhlman died following two liver transplants to treat hepatopulmonary syndrome in June 2017, her parents, Roxanne and Randy Kuhlman, didn’t want her memory to fade. Kristin Kuhlman was a 2011 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High and a 2015 graduate of Iowa Central Community ...

FD school board receives improvement committee update

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education was informed of a district policy change regarding lock outs on Monday evening. The School Improvement Advisory Committee, led by Steph Anderson and Kirsten Doebel, the directors of elementary and secondary education for the ...

Webster City Police investigate deaths

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City Police officers are investigating the death of two individuals reported Sunday morning. At about 8:15 a.m., Webster City Police officers and paramedics responded to 721 Des Moines St. after receiving a report of two people who were believed to be deceased. When ...

Making a difference

ST. PAUL, Minn. — It took Luke Pingel a few stops, but the Fort Dodge native believes he has found the perfect place to impact students. Pingel, who graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in 1998, is an associate professor at St. Catherine University, a private Catholic liberal arts ...

Clarion Pride: Improving their community

CLARION — If your town isn’t as tidy as you’d like, do you complain? Or do you attempt to make needed changes? Clarion resident Carolyn Bowman and a handful of like-minded people chose the latter. Clarion Pride was loosely organized in 2015, tackling a variety of projects in the ...

From Iowa to Germany

Iowa Army National Guard veteran Jim Hines, of Fort Dodge, served his country from 1987 until 2001 — a 14-year stint that took him to Germany as well as duty stations in Iowa. “I joined in 1987 at 17,” he said. “I was going to drills, and after I turned 18 I could go to basic ...

Swing high

For handicapped students like Zane Gall, recess at Cooper Elementary School just got a lot more fun. That’s because an ADA combination swingset has been installed on the school’s playground. On Friday, Gall, 5, a kindergarten student, was all smiles as he sat in the red Jennswing ...

‘It’s about earning the support’

With the Iowa Caucuses less than three months away, Democratic candidates for president are zeroing in on Iowa voters and looking to gain their support as the first-in-the-nation caucuses loom ever nearer. Sen. Kamala Harris, of California, is polling at just 4% with likely voters in Iowa, ...

Tinsel, lights and an elf

Roman Emperor Caracalla got some unexpected company Saturday as a crew of volunteers decorated the Ringland-Smeltzer House for Christmas. Or at least his statue did. It will get to spend the season visiting with an elf that’s now perched on the emperor’s shoulder. Ludwig van ...

‘What they have to say is very important’

Young leaders will take center stage this Saturday at Iowa Central Community College to reveal their thoughts on what could make Fort Dodge better and what might keep them in the area. Their comments will be made during the Youth Empowerment Association’s annual Youth Forum, which will ...

A senior at 25

World War II U.S. Air Force veteran John Biege, who lives at Friendship Haven, was the senior member of the crew on his B-29 during his enlistment from 1943 to 1945. “I was the oldest in the crew,” he said. “I was 25 years old. Two were 18, the top and the tail gunner. The rest were ...

Celebrating veterans

Oct. 24, 1967, was one of the worst day’s of Kenneth Tuel’s life. The Fort Dodge veteran was injured while serving as the crew chief on a Huey helicopter in Vietnam. The craft’s tail got hit by a North Vietnamese Army mortar while it was hovering. The crew was off loading ammunition ...

Duncombe Elementary students show veteran appreciation

At their age, most first-graders on a Friday are probably thinking about what’s for lunch or what they’ll be doing over the weekend. But on Friday, Duncombe Elementary students were in a decidedly different frame of mind. The first grade pod showed respect for veterans and active ...

Opioids discussed during town hall

The North Central Iowa Opioid Task Force sponsored a Town Hall on Tuesday. Panelists opened the night by talking about the intersection of their work or personal spheres with the opioid crisis. Panelists included Sgt. Don McLaren, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County ...

Pushing toward the objective

As a teenager, Andrew Lane was perhaps more cognizant of how fortunate he was than most kids his age. He was aware of how fortunate he was to have the first-world infrastructure that provided him with an education, a home, water and electricity. President John F. Kennedy’s famous quote, ...

My College Journey: Jonathan Williams

Name: Jonathan Williams Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska Age: 20 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? General education Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? I chose to attend Iowa Central to get a great education as well as enhance my basketball ...

Happy 112th

LAKE CITY — What’s the best way to celebrate a 112th birthday? For Bessie Hendricks, it includes an entire week of fun, from polka music on Monday at Shady Oaks Care Center to scores of birthday cards by mid-week and a big bash scheduled for Saturday at the Woodlawn Christian Church in ...

Manson’s last grocery store closing

MANSON — Grocery shoppers are making their final purchases at Heartland Market this week, as Manson’s only grocery store closes. The market that has been a fixture of the town for several decades will be closing at the end of Sunday, barring the possibility of the electricity being shut ...

Minnesota woman killed in Hamilton County crash

WILLIAMS — A Minnesota woman was killed after the vehicle she was driving crashed into the back of a semitrailer late Wednesday afternoon in rural Hamilton County, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. Catherine Pesavent, 27, of Afton, Minnesota, was driving a 2003 Subaru Legacy ...