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COVID-19 cases continue to multiply

Webster County reached 608 COVID-19 cases Thursday, just 10 days after it surpassed the 400 mark, according to Webster County Public Health. The new number has increased by triple-digits since last Friday. Cases in the county have more than quadrupled in the last month. On June 24, Webster ...

Flare gun shooting suspect makes initial appearance

The Fort Dodge man charged in the flare gun shooting of another man Tuesday night made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court for attempted murder Thursday morning. William Goddard Jr., 31, was arrested early Wednesday morning. He’s charged with attempted murder, a ...

Gowrie Police issue update on Monday incident

The Gowrie Police Department issued an update Thursday regarding the girl seriously injured after an accident involving an allegedly intoxicated driver on Pleasant Street. Gowrie police responded to the single-vehicle accident in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street at approximately 11:45 ...

There’s plenty of time to enjoy the Humboldt County Fair

HUMBOLDT — While some events were cancelled, others were still a go this week at the Humboldt County Fair. 4-H and FFA youth were given the opportunity to show their livestock and static exhibits, despite the recent cancellation, earlier this month, of all of the grandstand ...

COVID conscious

Sara O’Leary’s grandchildren may have initially preferred to have a lemonade stand this summer, but they found that a COVID conscious bake and mask sale to be just as fun and more rewarding. Her grandchildren, Murphy McAvaddy, 11, and Finley McAvaddy, 9, live in Johnston but visit ...

Go and Do: July 24, 2020

Around the area WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library, Webster City, is holding Summer Reading Dress Up Day from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. TODAY. Today is Sport Team Day. Come to the front of the library to show your outfit and get a small prize. RUTHVEN — Palo Alto County ...

Beginning her reign

If you spent five minutes talking with Fort Dodge Senior High senior Emma Swanson, you’d think she had grown up on a farm, tending chickens and raising livestock. But you’d be wrong. The 17-year-old didn’t even know what the FFA organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) was ...

Man charged with attempted murder in flare gun shooting

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with attempted murder in the flare gun shooting of a 52-year-old man Tuesday evening, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. William Goddard Jr., 31, was arrested early Wednesday morning. He’s charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony, and ...

FD man suffers life-threatening injuries

A Fort Dodge man suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing his bicycle into a car on Kenyon Road early Wednesday morning, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The bicycle-versus-car accident was reported at 5:58 a.m. The conditions were clear and dry, ISP reported. Fort Dodge ...

Girl injured, man charged with OWI in Gowrie incident

GOWRIE — An underage Gowrie man has been charged with operating while intoxicated after a car accident Monday night left a juvenile girl injured. Gowrie police responded to the single-vehicle accident in the 1100 block of Pleasant Street at approximately 11:45 p.m., as the girl was being ...

Tee’d Off seeing record turnout

The fourth annual Tee’d Off Against Violence fundraiser for the Homicide/Other Violent Crimes Program is anticipating a record turnout despite an endless wave of cancellations for most other events this year. This year’s event, a golf tournament that will help families of homicide victims ...

Loving local

It could be argued that shopping local and supporting local businesses has never been more important as owners navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic and the complications that have come along with it. Recognizing the need to sustain and stimulate the local economy, the Greater ...

Man seriously injured in bicycle-versus-car crash

A Fort Dodge man suffered life-threatening injuries after crashing his bicycle into a car on Kenyon Road early Wednesday morning, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The bicycle-versus-car accident was reported at 5:58 a.m. The conditions were clear and dry, ISP reported. Fort Dodge police ...

UnityPoint announces new visitor restrictions

As Webster County and Iowa experience a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center announced new visitor restrictions in a press release Tuesday. As of Monday, UnityPoint started requiring visitors to: • Be screened upon entry, check in at nurse ...

MNW to upgrade scoreboard, auditorium projector

MANSON — The Manson Northwest Webster Community School District Board of Education recently approved two large expenditures for the district, totaling more than $30,000. During the June 17 school board meeting, a plan to purchase a new scoreboard for the district’s football field for ...

To protect and serve

How long have you been in law enforcement? I have 30 years of law enforcement experience. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I began my career as a part-time officer with the Dayton Police Department, spent three years with the Fort Dodge Police Department ...

Webster County supervisors OK expenses

Webster County Supervisors approved various expenses and funding plans to move county projects forward Tuesday. Supervisors approved quotes for elevator upgrades in three county buildings totaling about $10,000. The upgrades were estimated for the Social Services Building ($3,236), Law ...

FD school district awaiting clarity on state guidance

When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds released her new public health proclamation regarding Iowa’s return-to-learn strategy on Friday, school districts across the state saw many of their fall semester plans fly out the window with the governor’s mandate that at least 50% of instruction happen ...

Vehicular homicide defendant to plead guilty

Recently filed court documents indicate that the Fort Dodge woman charged with vehicular homicide for her role in a fatal July 2018 crash intends to plead guilty, nearly 18 months after charges were filed against her and two years after the crash. A hearing scheduled Monday to hear the ...

Man assaulted in FD

UPDATE: A 52-year-old man was assaulted Tuesday night in the 500 block of South 15th Street, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. The man appeared to have been shot by at least two rounds with a suspected flare gun, police reported. After firing the flare gun at the victim, the ...