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FD City Council primary is Tuesday

The primary election for an at-large seat on the Fort Dodge City Council is on Tuesday. The candidates are Councilman Neven Conrad, Eugene Newsome and Jim Underwood. Conrad is seeking a second four-year term. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 5 general election. The polls ...

Carry on, ‘Pastor Al’

The Rev. Al Henderson had the courage to stand with those who needed it during the most trying times in life, according to the Rev. Steven Turner. But Henderson, of Fort Dodge, was also there during some of the happiest moments life has to offer. “He’s been there to celebrate ...

A whole new world

IOWA CITY — For many, the three-hour trek from Fort Dodge to the University of Iowa is far enough to gain a new perspective on life. Not for Iris Peimann. Peimann, a 2017 St. Edmond graduate, recently spent a semester studying abroad through The Education Abroad Network in Australia. ...

Primary election Tuesday

The field of three candidates hoping to win an at-large seat on the Fort Dodge City Council will be trimmed to two people during Tuesday’s primary election. The candidates are Councilman Neven Conrad, who’s seeking a second term; Eugene Newsome; and Jim Underwood. Only the top two ...

Strolling down Fort Dodge Lane

Anyone out for some fresh air and exercise in the central park of Gjakova in Kosovo may find themselves strolling down Fort Dodge Lane. A sign bearing the words Fort Dodge Lane and the city’s logo clearly identifies the path. Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich and Gjakova Mayor Adrian Gjini ...

Chili for a trophy

There’s chili, then there’s CHILI, the good homemade stuff that goes so well with cinnamon rolls on a cool fall day. There’s mild, medium and hot and “someone bring me a fire extinguisher — I just ate molten lava.” Of course, there’s meat: beef, pork, venison ... maybe a ...

Murder suspect’s bail set at $6 million

Joshua Pendleton, the Fort Dodge man charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in the killing of the Rev. Al Henderson Wednesday, finished his initial appearance in Magistrate Court Friday morning. Bail for Pendleton, 36, was set at $6 million, cash only, by Magistrate ...

He was a soldier

Larry Harklau, of Fort Dodge, earned an Army Air Medal when he served with the Army’s 1st Air Cavalry unit in Vietnam. The unit’s actions were the basis for the film “We Were Soldiers.” The medal was awarded to soldiers after completing 26 missions. “I got that in the first ...

My College Journey: Nicholas Bennett

Name: Nicholas Bennett Hometown: Fort Dodge Age: 18 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? MLT Program Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? I wanted to go into a program that I could graduate in two years and be able to go straight into the ...

A life of service

When the law enforcement officers and firefighters of Fort Dodge were facing grim situations, they had the Rev. Al Henderson to lean on for support. They, along with just about everyone who met the Lutheran pastor, knew him for his friendly smile and his habit of wrapping up conversations by ...

Murder suspect charged

The man charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of the Rev. Al Henderson Wednesday evening will re-appear in Magistrate Court at 9 a.m. today, a continuance from Thursday’s hearing. The initial appearance Thursday for suspect Joshua Pendleton, 36, of Fort Dodge, was ...

Murder suspect’s bail set

Josh Pendleton, the man charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in the killing of Rev. Al Henderson Wednesday, finished his initial appearance in Magistrate Court Friday morning. Bail for Pendleton was set at $6 million, cash only, by Magistrate Steve Kersten, the sum of $1 ...

Shots fired near schools

Shots fired in the 600 block of North 22nd Street early Thursday afternoon led schools to a precautionary lockout, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Multiple calls to the Webster County Telecommunications Center were received at approximately 1:35 p.m. reporting gunfire in the ...

Fifth grade to move out of middle school

The Fort Dodge Community School District is proceeding with its eventual plan to move the fifth grade out of the Fort Dodge Middle School. The district’s Board of Education met briefly Thursday night to discuss its next steps. “Moving fifth grade out of the middle school will give us ...

Boxholm school for sale

BOXHOLM — Southeast Valley School District is putting its school property in Boxholm on the market. The district will be accepting sealed bids on the old elementary school, which has been vacant for about five years, until Oct. 16. The old elementary school that was part of Southeast ...

Go and Do: Oct. 4, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Teen, Ladies and Women Empowerment Gathering is 5 to 8 p.m. SATURDAY at The Artist’s Warehouse, Crossroads Mall. There will be food and prizes. Tickets are $5. FORT DODGE — St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Grace Lutheran Church are holding an Animal Blessing ...

Rev. Al Henderson killed

The Rev. Al Henderson, a beloved Fort Dodge pastor who went the extra mile to support first responders in the area, was assaulted and killed Wednesday night at St. Paul Lutheran Church, a congregation he served since 1999, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter. Police were called ...

Remembering: ‘Quite a fellow’

POCAHONTAS — Leonard Olson, a fixture of artistic life and noted maker of kaleidoscopes, died Tuesday morning according to his sister, Margaret Egli, of Manson. Olson was 66. Egli said he was born on March 9, 1953, in Pocahontas. Olson owned The Kaleidoscope Factory in Pocahontas. He ...