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George Washington Carver rose from slavery to ag scientist

A man who was born the son of slaves changed the world with his agricultural innovations, and the seeds for these contributions were planted here in Iowa. When George Washington Carver was a student and faculty member at Iowa State University, his research forever changed how farmers look at ...

Restoring the creek

Environmental field work underway in Soldier Creek will soon address erosion issues leading to poor water quality. Fort Dodge’s latest water quality improvement project kicked off field work in the stream at 170th Street, north of the city, earlier this week. It’s one of several ...

Bringing the blessings

Situations that call for police intervention – like a car accident or a domestic disturbance — can be a very frightening and traumatic time for kids. Serving Our Servants, the organization created by the late Rev. Al Henderson to support local law enforcement and first responders, is ...

Friendship Haven cleared after mass COVID-19 testing

Friendship Haven said 649 employees and residents at its facilities have tested negative for COVID-19 — welcome news after one resident tested positive on June 3. Friendship Haven tested Simpson Health Center residents and employees June 3 -4, receiving results clearing that facility on ...

FBI seeks info on Webster City man

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking information on the whereabouts of a Webster City man wanted on charges related to child pornography. Brady Joseph Vandemark, 35, was indicted on Sept. 19, 2019 by the United State District Court, Northern District of Iowa in Sioux City for ...

Go and Do: June 12, 2020

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY in the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall parking lot. FORT DODGE — Journey of Hope fundraiser is 6 to 11 p.m. SATURDAY at Community Tap & Pizza, 2026 Fifth Ave. S. There will be a steak fry, including a ...

Rock N’ Rail 1850 bike race canceled

The annual Rock N’ Rail 1850 bicycle race that takes riders through downtown Fort Dodge will not be happening this summer. The decision to cancel the event was made in May, according to Meg Beshey, a member of the Rock N’ Rail 1850 committee, a nonprofit group. “We are sad to ...

Applebee’s employee tests positive for COVID-19

An Applebee’s Grill and Bar employee in Fort Dodge tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a temporary closure of the restaurant’s dining room Wednesday. The restaurant closed Wednesday morning and will reopen for dinner today after it undergoes a deep cleaning, according to Dave ...

Phone scammer claims to be police officer

The Fort Dodge Police Department is warning citizens of phone scammers impersonating FDPD officers and demanding money from local residents. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg with the FDPD said on Wednesday morning, the department received three reports from individuals who received a phone call from a ...

Better nutrition options

Summer has arrived, and with it farmers markets filled with fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey. For some of the older population on a limited income, it can be difficult to afford that farm-fresh produce. The Elderbridge Agency on Aging offers a Senior Farmers ...

Not taking chances

Many Fort Dodge businesses are reopening and attempting a return to normalcy even as concerns over the spread of COVID-19 persist. But the Second Chance Thrift Store, 17 N. 11th St., isn’t going to be one of those businesses to open its doors to the public — at least not yet. “We ...

Changes coming to 2020 Webster County Fair

The 2020 Webster County Fair will look a little bit different than in years past. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Webster County Fair Board has chosen to continue with the fair, July 8 through July 12, but in a more restricted capacity. On Tuesday, Webster County Fair Board President Cory ...

Former sheriff Griggs dies

Former Webster County Sheriff Chuck Griggs died Tuesday at age 80. Griggs, a Democrat, was first elected in 1980. He was sheriff from 1981 to 2003. Early in his tenure as sheriff, Griggs pushed for the creation of the county’s enhanced 911 dispatching system, which could automatically ...

Applebee’s employee tests positive for COVID-19

An Applebee's Grill and Bar employee in Fort Dodge tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a temporary closure of the restaurant's dining room Wednesday. The restaurant closed Wednesday morning and will reopen for dinner Thursday after it undergoes a deep cleaning, according to Dave ...

New MNW principal to start July 1

MANSON — Jayme Hurley will start as Manson Northwest Webster’s junior/senior high principal on July 1, replacing outgoing Principal Kevin Wood. Hurley previously served as a 7-12 grade physical education instructor in the Independence Community School District. Throughout his career ...

Webster supervisors approve permanent sneeze guards

Webster County Supervisors approved a bid Tuesday for installation of permanent sneeze guards in offices throughout the Courthouse. Other expenses approved by supervisors this week included change orders for two unexpected items in the clock tower repair process and the third payment for the ...

To protect and serve

How long have you been in law enforcement? Two years. What other law enforcement positions/departments have you served in? (None other than the FDPD.) What’s an interesting fact about you that some might not know? When I was in the Marines, I drank cobra blood. During this time, we ...

Supervisors pass nuisance ordinances

Webster County Supervisors passed final consideration Tuesday of two ordinance changes that will alter the process for dilapidated building abatements and the number of inoperable vehicles allowed on a property. Ordinance 2020-02, concerning the abatement of dilapidated buildings deemed a ...

Getting to know our teachers: Kayla Roberts

Name: Howdy, I am Counselor (Kayla) Roberts Where do you teach? I proudly teach at Butler Elementary School. What grade/subject do you teach? I teach social and emotional learning as a counselor. Why do you teach? I teach because I enjoy the feeling of making connections with ...