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FD woman who died in Sunday fire identified

The Fort Dodge Fire Department has released the name of the woman found deceased following a fire in her downtown apartment on Sunday afternoon. Jeanne Miller, 67, was found unresponsive in her first-floor apartment when firefighters arrived on scene at Central Place Apartments, 629 Central ...

Fort Dodge man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

A Fort Dodge man accused of stabbing and seriously injuring another Fort Dodge man earlier this month pleaded not guilty via written plea on Monday. Police say on July 2, Donathan L. Williams, 41, stabbed another man in the neck and back, causing serious injuries. He is charged with ...

FD school board OKs face covering purchase

Every student and staff member in the Fort Dodge Community School District will receive a face covering to use during this school year to help protect against COVID-19. The district’s Board of Education approved the $12,900 proposal to purchase 4,300 face masks in assorted sizes from Optic ...

City offers new way to help citizens clean up

There will be a modified cleanup day collection in Fort Dodge this fall, but an ongoing bulk pickup program may prove to be the preferred method of getting rid of large refuse items in the future. A combination of the fall cleanup and the bulk pickup program could replace the annual junk days ...

Asbestos work set at Wahkonsa Annex

Hazardous asbestos will be removed from the vacant Wahkonsa Annex in downtown Fort Dodge as a preliminary step toward the eventual demolition of the building. The City Council on Monday hired REW Services Corp., of Des Moines, to do the work at a cost of $340,270. The work is expected to be ...

Finally!

It took nearly two months, but it finally happened. The 243 graduates of Fort Dodge Senior High were finally able to cross the stage at Dodger Stadium and receive their hard-earned high school diplomas on Sunday night under the stadium lights. “I’m reminded as I look out at your faces, ...

Fort Dodge Fire Rescue releases name of Sunday fire victim

The Fort Dodge Fire Department has released the name of the woman found deceased following a fire in her downtown Fort Dodge apartment on Sunday afternoon. The department was called to a first-floor apartment at 629 Central Avenue just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, where they found heavy smoke ...

Bulk refuse program, asbestos removal on FD council agenda

The collection of bulk refuse items and a plan to remove the asbestos from the Wahkonsa Annex building downtown will be discussed by the Fort Dodge City Council tonight. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is invited to observe the meeting remotely via the internet or by ...

Finding her ‘haven’

Kari Swisher was awestruck as she walked into her bedroom after it had been given a drastic makeover. “I can’t even believe this,” she said, holding her hands to her chest. “This is just utterly amazing. This is absolutely stunning.” Swisher, an advanced registered nurse ...

Major fire reported at Yacht Club in Humboldt

Firefighters from Humboldt and Webster counties are working at the scene of a fire at Yacht Club in Humboldt. Smoke from the blaze could be seen from U.S. Highway 169 in Fort Dodge. The fire was reported at about noon.

FD woman dies in apartment fire Sunday

One woman is dead following a Sunday afternoon apartment fire in downtown Fort Dodge. At approximately 2:04 p.m., Fort Dodge Fire Rescue was dispatched to 629 Central Ave. for reports of smoke coming from an apartment. Fire crews were met with heavy smoke in the apartment and upon searching, ...

FD woman dies in apartment fire

A Fort Dodge woman has died after an apartment fire Sunday afternoon, according to the Fort Dodge Fire Department. At 2:04 p.m. firefighters were dispatched for smoke coming from an apartment at 629 Central Avenue. Firefighters found heavy smoke in an apartment. During a search operation a ...

Tournament time

Unlike dozens of other events around the Fort Dodge area this summer, COVID-19 will not stop the state softball tournament from being played for the 50th time at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex beginning on Monday. And with the tournament comes great economic value for the city. ...

Court considers venue change for Pendleton murder trial

Hoping to escape high-profile media coverage of the October killing of the Rev. Al Henderson, defense attorneys made their case in court Friday to move Joshua Pendleton’s first-degree murder and robbery trial to Scott County. Attorneys for Pendleton, 37, argued that the court in ...

Stratford woman dies in crash

STANHOPE - A Stratford woman has died after the vehicle she was driving was hit by a semitractor-trailer early Saturday morning, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. The crash was reported at 1:44 a.m. Danyel McFarland, 41, was traveling eastbound on 330th Street in a Pontiac ...

Rebooting a computer shop

When the possibility of moving his computer repair business to downtown Fort Dodge was first suggested to him, Joe Gilbert was a little reluctant. But he made the move in 2011, investing in a building at the corner of Central Avenue and 10th Street. That building is about to get a dramatic ...

Student aims to start local FFA chapter, expand ag classes

What started as a shot at an easy A in class for a Fort Dodge Senior High student quickly turned into a passion. But after earning that A, Coalville senior Emma Swanson has started to pursue another A aggressively: agriculture. After moving to FDSH from Pocahontas this year, the passion ...

To protect and serve: Joe Bates, lieutenant, Fort Dodge Police Department

How long have you been in law enforcement? Twenty-one years at the Fort Dodge Police Department, 32 years total. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? City marshal of Churdan, Iowa, and deputy sheriff in Greene County. What’s an interesting fact about you ...

Digging in

Anyone who visited Hydro-Electric Park Thursday was greeted by the unusual sight of two excavators apparently sitting in the middle of the Des Moines River. The big machines did not end up in the water as the result of some bizarre accident. They were driven to that spot intentionally as ...