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Go and Do: Jan. 10, 2020

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., is holding a Life Drawing class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. TODAY. The class is for participants 18 years and older. Class size is limited to 10. Bring your own materials and draw from the human form in any of its various ...

Pendleton murder trial suspended

See the complete story update on this breaking news feature here. A judge found probable cause in court Friday morning to determine that Josh Pendleton, the Fort Dodge man accused of robbing and killing Rev. Al Henderson in October, is incompetent to stand trial. District Court Judge Gina ...

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 ...

Lady and the school

MANSON — The Manson Northwest Webster Community School District has gone to the dogs. Or, rather, the dog. Her name is Lady. She’s a year and a half old goldendoodle who loves treats, belly rubs, and sniffing things. She’s currently working on getting acclimated for her new job ...

Classroom cashflow

Fifth- and sixth-graders in Marsha Halbach’s class have a little extra motivation to turn their assignments in on time. Students who don’t complete their work are penalized with fines. “If you don’t turn something in, you get a fine,” said Halbach, who teaches at Community ...

‘Keep the blues alive’

Tim O’Leary shared his talent as a master craftsman painter and his love of blues music with the community of Fort Dodge for decades. “When Tim got involved in the Blues Society or anything he had a passion for, he was gung-ho and really threw himself into it,” said Bob Wood, who ...

It takes a village

GOWRIE — As other small towns become food deserts on the rural horizon, the citizens of Gowrie took a first step Monday evening in an attempt to rescue their only grocery store from closure. It was standing room only in the community room at Heartland Bank, where about 150 people gathered. ...

Clock tower restoration moves forward

Webster County Supervisors held a public hearing Tuesday to receive input on plans, specifications, contracts and estimated costs regarding the Courthouse clock tower and roof restoration project. The board also approved the transfer of a County Auditor’s office employee. No members of ...

Getting to know our teachers: Jose Alejandro Medrano-Jaquez

Name? Jose Alejandro Medrano-Jaquez, but most people just call me Alex for short Where do you teach? Fort Dodge Middle School What grade/subject do you teach? 7th grade science in the Plum Pod Why do you teach? I became a teacher because I feel a desire to share ideas, ...

Fort Dodge council debates adding police officers

Two Fort Dodge City Council members said Monday they would like to add more officers to the Police Department. Councilman Neven Conrad said he is “more than willing” to spend more money to hire more officers. And Councilman Terry Moehnke said the council needs to “look at bringing in ...

No major changes envisioned in fire, ambulance budgets

A proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year would ensure that the Fort Dodge Fire Department continues providing firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services at current levels. The proposed budgets for the Fire Department and its ambulance service were reviewed by the City ...

Board of Compensation votes for 3% raise

The Webster County Board of Compensation voted Monday to recommend a 3% raise across the board for elected county officials, in keeping with the rising cost of living. All officials but one voted in favor of the motion. Those present included Dale Struecker, Dan Flattery, Cathy Mickelson, Nick ...

Webster City park won’t be sold

WEBSTER CITY — Scores of community members concerned about the proposed sale of a park attended the Webster City City Council meeting at City Hall on Monday night. Following an emotional public hearing, the council unanimously rejected a plan to sell part of East Twin Park to create ...

Three Fort Dodge men plead guilty to meth, gun charges

SIOUX CITY — The last of three Fort Dodge men has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegal possession of stolen guns in federal court. Marcus Swan, 29, pleaded guilty on Dec. 31 to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of ...

Rolfe man charged in stabbing pleads guilty

ROLFE — The man accused of attempted murder in an October Rolfe stabbing has been released from custody after pleading guilty to significantly lesser charges. Michael Gord, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of willful injury causing serious injury, Class D felonies, in December. He was ...

Right place, right time

MINNEAPOLIS — The saying, “right place, right time” fits perfectly for what has turned into a career-defining experience for Eriq Nelson. Nelson, a 1991 graduate of Humboldt High School, is the producer and part of the talent team for Star Studio, the in-house television station at ...

Gas leak causes Sunday night fire

A natural gas leak was the likely cause of a fire at 1338 Third Ave. N.W., Unit 113, on Sunday night. At approximately 7:45 p.m., fire crews were called out to the Palace Park Mobile Home Community. According to Fort Dodge Fire Department Chief Steve Hergenreter, the fire began in the ...

‘A true community supporter’

FARNHAMVILLE — Although she grew up, got married and raised a family outside of city limits, Norma Morgan has strong ties to the town of Farnhamville. Helping to promote and support her community came later in life for Morgan, who stepped up to the plate after she and her husband moved ...

Little steps to big changes

It’s a common theme around the new year. Resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, quit smoking, eat healthier or dozens of other habits that the resolution maker has decided need to get made. Then sometime in the days, weeks or if one is persistent, months ahead, the resolution falls ...