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Pendelton hearing continued

The initial appearance for Joshua Pendleton, 36, of Fort Dodge for first degree homicide and burglary charges in the death of Rev. Al Henderson Wednesday afternoon has been continued until Friday morning. The continuance was to allow the court to appoint the Nevada Public Defender's office to ...

FD schools enter lockout

Cooper Elementary, Duncombe Elementary, Fort Dodge Middle School, Fort Dodge Senior High and St. Edmond are on lockout, Jennifer Lane the school's director of communications and community relations, confirmed. "For the students' safety, no one will be allowed in or out of the buildings," Lane ...

Shots fired near school

Reports of five to 10 shots fired in the 600 block of North 22nd Street put Fort Dodge schools on lockout for about 45 minutes this afternoon. Calls to 911 at approximately 1:35 p.m. alerted police of shots being fired in the area of Dodger Townhomes, a two-block townhouse complex. Two ...

Holding on to hope

Fifteen years after Fort Dodge woman Lisa McCuddin was fatally shot in the passenger seat of a car, the feeling her family gets every year on Oct. 3 hasn’t changed. Her sister and mother call each other to say nothing — just to listen to each other cry silently, when the feeling hits ...

Wild Rose to unveil DraftKings sportsbook today

JEFFERSON — DraftKings and Wild Rose Entertainment will debut its state-of-the-art sportsbook at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Jefferson today, the casino announced. The sportsbook is the result of newly legalized sports betting. A bill legalizing sports betting was signed by Iowa Gov. Kim ...

Eagle Grove woman injured in crash

HARLAN — Three people, including an Eagle Grove woman, were injured after two vehicles collided at the intersection of Shelby County Road F58 and Maple Road in Harlan Tuesday afternoon, according to Iowa State Patrol crash reports. The crash was reported at 12:52 p.m. Matthew Strong, ...

Starring Dodger

Duncombe Elementary School Principal Ryan Flaherty has found a way to make the weekly announcements, updates and reminders about the school’s rules shown on closed circuit TV fun for the students. He got a cute star to appear in them. You might call the story, “Dog Dodger Does Double ...

Supervisors thank Bahr on his last day

Webster County Supervisors and Planning & Zoning Commission members thanked resigning Planning and Zoning Administrator Chad Bahr for his service on his last day in the courthouse Tuesday. Supervisor Chairman Mark Campbell noted that the county’s Human Resources Department is attempting ...

Police investigating assault at St. Paul Lutheran Church

Fort Dodge police are investigating an apparent assault at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter reported. Police were called to the church at about 6 p.m. Webster County sheriff's deputies, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Webster County Medical Examiner and the Iowa ...

UPDATE: FD pastor dies after assault

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 ...

Supervisors OK Duncombe law enforcement contract

Webster County Supervisors approved a law enforcement contract Tuesday between the Webster County Sheriff’s Office and the city of Duncombe, a followup to last week’s finalized agreement with the city of Otho. The agreement will bring $8,200 per year to Webster County, and a combined ...

Eagle Grove moves forward with projects

EAGLE GROVE — The city of Eagle Grove continues to move forward in its Downtown Revitalization Project and Northeast Housing Rehabilitation Project as it plans to hit new marks of progress in October. A public hearing is set for Oct. 21 for residents to give their input on the scope of the ...

FD woman sentenced for meth distribution

A Fort Dodge woman was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to five years in prison for a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, according to prosecutors. Chelsea Collins, 31, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of distributing methamphetamine ...

Humboldt woman charged with theft of $56,000

DAKOTA CITY — A Humboldt woman faces multiple charges after police say her former employer discovered $56,303 stolen through the company’s checkbook. Krystle Graaf, 32, was arrested and charged with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft, and four counts of forgery on Sept. 23, ...

‘Chronicle’ dedicated

Multi-colored lights glowed from within the new sculpture gracing First Avenue South and Ninth Street for the first time Monday night as darkness settled over Fort Dodge. Just a couple of hours before the red, blue, green and other colored lights began their display, some 40 people ...

Teen arrested for posting school shooter ad

A 14-year-old boy accused of posting an online advertisement seeking a school shooter in Fort Dodge was arrested Monday afternoon, Fort Dodge police reported. The boy, whose name is not being released due to his age, has been charged with threat of terrorism, according to police. He has been ...

Health center gets federal grant

Seeing the dentist at the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge may soon be a bit more comfortable thanks to a newly awarded federal grant. The center has received a $212,868 grant that will help pay for updating the dental chairs and buying some equipment. The Community Health Center in ...