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No average cat lady

SAINTE GENEVIEVE, Mo. — Joeli Koenig is spending much of her summer with three cats. But these are not just your normal, everyday household felines. Koenig, a graduate of St. Edmond, recently completed her junior year at Iowa State University. She was selected for an internship with ...

Local officials react to mass shootings

After two mass shootings occurred in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, local officials and legislators reacted to the recent events. “Any kind of gun violence is a sad day for America. We have a great country built on freedom, but sometimes those freedoms cause pain. It’s hard to figure ...

Police continue shooting investigation

The 16-year-old boy who suffered gunshot wounds to his leg in a Saturday afternoon shooting has since been treated and released from the hospital, according to officials. Meanwhile investigators with the Fort Dodge Police Department continue to follow up on the shooting where 20 shots were ...

Truck sprayed with bullets on south side

When Fort Dodge police arrived near the intersection of Sixth Avenue South and South 14th Street Sunday night, they found a red Ford pickup truck that was struck with at least three bullets, including one that cracked the windshield and another that popped a tire, according to Sgt. Zach ...

Building for success

Fort Dodge will soon see one of the most visible elements of a new building on Iowa Central Community College’s campus. The new walls of the Greehey Family Student Success Center are in the process of being put up now, according to Angie Martin, vice president of finance and operations ...

One hurt in Saturday shooting

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a barrage of bullets during a Saturday afternoon shooting in Fort Dodge that police say involved some 20 shots being fired. The incident happened at 1:34 p.m. in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Fourth Avenue South. ‘‘It is simply nothing short of a ...

FD City Council election is coming

While presidential candidates try to get their support for next year’s caucuses, Fort Dodge voters will be turning their attention to a quickly approaching local election. In November, they will pick five of the seven City Council members. They will elect one at-large member of the ...

Community Block Party invites public

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge invites families to celebrate National Health Center Week with free child dental exams and sealants, physical exams and immunizations, in addition to food and fun this week. “The national theme for the 2019 Health Center Week is ‘Rooted in ...

Accused purse snatcher remains jailed

A man charged with snatching a purse while armed with a large knife remained in the Webster County Jail Saturday. Christopher Lehrkamp Sr., 33, of Scranton, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Saturday following the incident early Friday afternoon. He is charged ...

Truck hit with bullets on south side of Fort Dodge

When Fort Dodge police arrived near the intersection of Sixth Avenue South and South 14th Street Sunday night, they found a red Ford pickup truck that was struck with at least three bullets, including one that cracked the windshield and another that popped a tire, according to Sgt. Zach ...

Scranton man charged with taking female’s purse

A Scranton man is in custody after allegedly taking a purse from a female at a local shopping center and later running from Fort Dodge police, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Christopher James Lehrkamp, 33, is charged with first-degree theft, a class C felony; and carrying ...

‘Just hang up and ask someone you trust’

On a recent day, a young man showed up to the Fort Dodge Police Department scared because he thought he owed someone a lot of money, according to Jeremey Moore, the Police Department’s administrative technician. “I don’t know if it was an IRS scam or a Social Security scam, but he ...

16-year-old injured in shooting

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a Saturday afternoon shooting in Fort Dodge, according to police. The boy suffered injuries to his legs that are not considered life-threatening, police reported. The incident happened at 1:34 p.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Avenue South. No arrests had ...

Unity now a reality at Humboldt hospital

HUMBOLDT — An idea decades in the making has finally become a reality at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital: a single roof over all the services offered. “This has been in the facility master plan for as far back as I could find, about 35 years,” said CEO Michelle Sleiter, who started ...

Fast-charging for electric vehicles coming to Fort Dodge

Electric vehicle owners may soon have a place to charge their motors in Fort Dodge. MidAmerican Energy Co., headquartered in Des Moines, announced on Wednesday its plan to establish a network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations throughout Iowa. Fort Dodge was included in a list ...

PHYLLIS J. COFFIN

ROLFE — Phyllis J. Coffin, 84, of Duluth Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at her home in Duluth, Minnesota. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Clinton-Garfield Cemetery near Rolfe. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. ...

Scranton man charged with taking female’s purse

A Scranton man is in custody after allegedly taking a purse from a female at a local shopping center and later running on foot from Fort Dodge police, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Christopher James Lehrkamp, 33, is charged with first-degree theft, a class C felony and ...

Sales tax holiday starts today

Shoppers can enjoy some savings today and tomorrow with the return of Iowa’s annual sales tax holiday. The holiday began at 12:01 a.m. today and will run until midnight tomorrow. During that time, no sales tax will be collected on most clothing and regular footwear under $100. Sales tax ...