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Humboldt school board awards $1.2 M parking lot bid

HUMBOLDT — A Fort Dodge construction company was awarded a nearly $1.2 million contract from the Humboldt Community School District on Monday evening. Jensen Builders Ltd. was awarded the contract for the Humboldt High School parking lot replacement project for $1,194,000. Interim ...

Go and Do: June 19, 2020

Around the area BADGER — Badger Community Garage Sale Day begins at 8 a.m. SATURDAY. Social distancing is advised. NEWELL — Newell’s fifth annual Car Show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SUNDAY in Newell. There will be prizes, plaques and cash. DUNCOMBE — Duncombe Firemen’s Ball Meal is 5 to ...

Big intersection job progresses

Fresh cement was being poured Wednesday at the intersection of First Avenue South and 15th Street as the reconstruction of that busy juncture progresses. ‘‘I think we can have the intersection open by early to middle July,’’ City Engineer Tony Trotter said. The intersection is ...

Crime Stoppers offers reward for information on double homicide

Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and prosecution of anyone involved in Tuesday’s double homicide in the 900 block of 10th Avenue Southwest. Crime Stoppers said in a Tuesday release that the reward was ...

Friendship Haven resident in recovery

There was a graduation of sorts for a resident at Friendship Haven on Wednesday, according to Julie Thorson, president and CEO of the senior living community. The graduation wasn’t about receiving a diploma, though. It was for a resident who has fought off novel coronavirus. That ...

Sac City Chautauqua Days see changes

SAC CITY — Sac City’s annual Chautauqua Days celebration is going to look a little different this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The yearly celebration, which takes place over the Fourth of July, will still feature favorites like the Chautauqua Days parade, a car show, a farmers ...

Project Hope to get personal care items to those who need them

ALGONA — Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, Career Intern Committee and staff are giving hope to local youth, teens, and adults by collecting personal care items for people in need. K/PACEDC is asking the public to help with Project Hope. ...

Two killed, two injured in shooting

Two innocent bystanders were killed and two more were injured during a gun fight in the 900 block of 10th Avenue Southwest early Tuesday morning, according to police. Fort Dodge police responding to calls around 4:45 a.m. found Jamael Cox, 25, of Fort Dodge, unresponsive at the crime scene ...

Officials investigate possible homicide at FD prison

Investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding an inmate who was found dead in his cell at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Sunday evening. Thomas Andrew Daleske, 59, was found dead in his cell at approximately 5:15 p.m., according to Cord Overton, communications director ...

FD firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

A Fort Dodge firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Tuesday. It’s the first confirmed case of COVID-19 for the 46-member Fire Department. The affected firefighter is in self-quarantine at home, according to officials. Due to health privacy rights, the city is ...

To protect and serve: Matt Webb, patrolman, Fort Dodge Police department

How long have you been in law enforcement? I’ve been an officer for 12 years with the Fort Dodge Police Department. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? I’ve been in law enforcement for 12 years, my entire career. I worked at the Webster County Jail ...

Rockwell City pool to open this summer, details unclear

ROCKWELL CITY — The Rockwell City City Council has decided that the outdoor pool will open sometime this summer, but the details and timing are yet to be determined. During a special meeting to discuss the plans for the pool on Thursday, the council voted 3-2 in favor of opening this ...

Getting to know our teachers: Shannon Grossnickle

Name? Shannon Grossnickle Where do you teach? \Duncombe Elementary School What grade/subject do you teach? Third grade Why do you teach? I teach because it is the most rewarding job in the world. I teach in hopes to spark interest and curiosity. I teach because children are the ...

Reopening

While the national toll for deaths related to COVID-19 eclipsed 100,000 last week, states across the country currently find themselves in various stages of their respective reopening plans, which has proven to be a sign of optimism from local leaders that the outbreak is trending in a positive ...

Be the first to stay in a yurt

There’s a new, unique camping experience available for guests at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park starting this weekend. The Webster County Conservation Board unveiled two new yurts, which are a sort of cross between a tent and a cabin first used by several nomadic groups in central Asia, ...

Two dead, two injured in shooting

Two men were killed and two women were injured after a shooting at about 4:45 a.m. in the 900 block of 10th Avenue Southwest, according to Fort Dodge Police. Police identified on Tuesday afternoon the two men who died in the incident: Jamael Cox, 25, and Tyrone Cunningham, 47. The two women ...

Officials investigate possible homicide at Fort Dodge prison

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the circumstances surrounding an inmate found dead in his cell at Fort Dodge Correctional Facility Sunday evening, according to Iowa Department of Corrections communications director Cord Overton. Thomas Andrew Daleske, 59, was found ...

Webster Co. COVID-19 cases just shy of 100

Webster County gained four new COVID-19 cases since Friday, ending at 99 total by the end of Monday. Hamilton County gained 11 during the same time, ending at 123 cases. Wright County gained another 15, ending at 293. Neighboring Buena Vista County lost its number one hot spot distinction in ...

FD firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

A Fort Dodge firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Tuesday. The affected firefighter is in self quarantine at home. Due to health privacy rights, the city is unable to provide any information about the employee’s identity.

No injuries in rural Webster City structure fire

WEBSTER CITY — No residents were injured in a house fire in the 1200 block of 180th Street in rural Webster City Monday morning. Webster City, Woolstock and Duncombe fire departments responded to the single-family structure at approximately 10 a.m. Monday. Though no injuries were ...