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Wright Co. COVID-19 cases continue to increase amid amped-up testing

CLARION — A surveillance testing effort for COVID-19 in Wright County has resulted in a significant increase in positive results over Memorial Day weekend. At the previous update on Thursday, there were 73 positive COVID-19 results in Wright County. As of press time on Tuesday, that number ...

Remembering the fallen

The veterans of Webster County were not going to let the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from honoring their brothers and sisters in arms who have passed away, especially those who died in battle. So on Monday morning, the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1856 Honor Guard assembled ...

Tornado watch in place for Webster County

A tornado watch from the National Weather Service has been issued for Webster County, in effect until Tuesday at 8 p.m. The watch covers much of Central and Northwest Iowa. Primary threats include scattered tornadoes, damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph and isolated large hail. There's a 40% ...

Wood to turn in Cougar colors for top job at Sioux Central

MANSON — A graduate of Manson Northwest Webster himself, Kevin Wood has spent the past 16 years working to help the community as a teacher and principal. Starting July 1, though, Wood will turn in his Cougar colors for that of Sioux Central after being hired as superintendent of the ...

Childhood memory inspires vision for business

Driving down the gravel road as a child and looking up to see a picturesque silhouette of her great-grandma’s white barn is a memory that has been etched into Rachel Maehl’s mind. That fond childhood perspective was the inspiration behind her love of the country lifestyle and the style ...

Police investigate shots fired Tuesday morning

Officers are investigating an incident early Tuesday morning in which multiple shots were fired in the 2800 block of 10th Avenue North. The Webster County Telecommunications Center received multiple calls for the shots at about 2:50 a.m. Information provided indicated that about four to seven ...

Nine more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Webster County

Webster County Public Health has confirmed nine more cases of COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the overall county total to 28 positive cases. New cases includes one adult (age 18-40), four middle age adults (age 41-60), and four older adults (age 61-80). Fifteen patients have recovered or been ...

On the water

With Memorial Day weekend being the unofficial kickoff to summer, more and more Iowans will be spending more time on and in the water around central Iowa. “In Webster County, we’ve got the Des Moines River water trail and the Lizard Creek water trail,” said Matt Cosgrove, Webster ...

Celebrating graduates safely in FD

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life hands you a global pandemic just months before two of your kids graduate college, you make lemonade and hand it out as friends and family pass by for a drive-thru graduation party. That’s what Kathy Salgren, of Fort Dodge, did on ...

He ‘served God, country and Corps’

A headstone in Memorial Park Cemetery reveals that Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson, of the United States Marine Corps, died on Nov. 22, 1943. He was killed during a ferocious battle for a Pacific Ocean island few Americans, then or now, had ever heard of. But some 72 years passed before he was ...

Remembering a FD war hero

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Today magazine. It is late November 1950 in Korea. The country is experiencing one of the coldest winters in 100 years, with temperatures reaching -30 degrees Fahrenheit. U.N. forces advance along the Chongchon River ...

World War I casualties were mostly from disease

Of the dozens of Webster County men who died in the war, about one-third were killed in action or as a result of wounds from fighting. Nearly two-thirds died of disease — mostly influenza or pneumonia. The first Fort Dodge man to die in World War I was Walter J. Porsch. He died in action ...

Back where it belongs

Dennis Detmering found himself in a nightmare scenario when he went to a Fort Dodge garden center last Saturday to see his son’s toy wagon. The plastic red wagon, which holds sentimental value, had been stolen from one of the greenhouse buildings. “I was angry at first,” Detmering ...

More than a number

“I love you, Wab,” Brent “Ben” Newton wrote on his final note to his wife, Jackie, as he asked a nurse to deliver the message to her. As he struggled to breathe in the bed he would eventually die in, the Post-it note was the last thing she received from him while battling the same ...

Law enforcement prepares for holiday weekend traffic

Though traffic levels this weekend will be less predictable than past Memorial Day weekends, law enforcement officers are still preparing to watch the roads carefully. “This year being different, we’re seeing some patterns where traffic is starting to slowly pick up,” said Sgt. Aaron ...

Iowa Central class of 2020 graduates virtually

About 650 graduates formally ended their school career at Iowa Central Community College during a commencement ceremony Friday evening. They were dressed in the traditional caps and gowns. The band played the time-honored graduation music. There were speeches. But no one walked across ...