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EMS levy passes in Wright County

CLARION — A tax levy to support emergency medical services in Wright County easily passed Tuesday night after a special election. Almost 70 percent of the county voted to support the measure. Unofficially, 577 voted yes. About 250 voted no. A majority of the vote was needed for the levy ...

Rutland man faces multiple charges after attempting to stab deputy

HUMBOLDT — A Rutland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to stab a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy Monday, according to a news release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were conducting a search warrant at 201 Second Ave. S. in Rutland at the ...

60 hogs die when semi tips near Gowrie

GOWRIE — About 60 hogs were killed Tuesday morning after a semitrailer tipped over at the intersection of Baxter Avenue and 360th Street, according to the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. The crash was reported at about 7:27 a.m. The driver of the semi attempted a right-hand turn ...

Private firm plans parking lot downtown

A new parking lot will likely be built on the site of a former church that burned down in 2014 at the corner of First Avenue North and 11th Street. The Fort Dodge Board of Adjustment approved the request Tuesday made by McClure Engineering on behalf of Royal Properties LLC. Royal ...

Humboldt Supervisors approve Prestage Farms application

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved a building permit for Prestage Farms of Iowa LLC at Monday’s board meeting. Prestage Farms, Ames, has filed a construction permit with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to expand an existing finisher site in section 18 ...

Humboldt Council approves funds for shelter property

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved funding to help establish an animal shelter within the city limits at Monday’s council meeting — but with reluctance. The city and county have been working together to establish a permanent animal shelter and both sides earlier this year ...

Back to school

Crossroads Mall is stocked with pencils, erasers, folders and backpacks to help families prepare for school again. That’s because the mall is hosting the 16th Back to School Bash on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “It’s a great community event,” said Melissa Verschoor, ...

In Webster City, King shares tariff concerns during foundry visit

WEBSTER CITY — U.S. House Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, toured Seneca Foundry in Webster City while on an information outreach visit through central Iowa on Monday. King also was set to tour a farm in Ellsworth and the Monsanto Company in Clarion. The tour is intended to give King an ...

Rutland man faces charges after attempting to stab Humboldt deputy

HUMBOLDT - A Rutland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to stab a Humboldt County sheriff's deputy Monday, according to a news release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department. Deputies were conducting a search warrant at 201 Second Ave. S in Rutland at the time of the ...

EMS levy passes in Wright County

CLARION - A tax levy to support emergency medical services in Wright County easily passed Tuesday night after a special election. Almost 70 percent of the county voted to support the measure. Results are unofficial. Residents will pay about 67.8 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value ...

Shag the Drag coming to Fort Dodge

When runners from Shag the Drag finish their race on Thursday, they will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Market on Central, another popular event in downtown Fort Dodge. That’s because the two events will coincide with each other for the second year in a row. “Last year we ...

No one injured in FD house fire

Fort Dodge firefighters made a quick response and kept a fire confined to the basement after they were called to a house on fire Sunday evening. Everyone was already out of the house at 812 S. 16th St. as crews got there around 6:15 p.m., said Fire Capt. Jeff Hill. “When we arrived ...

High winds cause minor damage in north central Iowa

The rains came again over the weekend, bringing some minor damage from wind across northern Iowa, and even a lightning strike in Fort Dodge. Firefighters investigated after a house was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon, but fortunately no fire was found. “These storms are probably ...

A promise to Emily

MANSON — Before Emily Markert died in 2014, she asked her mother to make a promise. Markert, of Manson, wanted her mother, Liz Markert, to continue to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation. “This was part of Emily’s bucket list, was to have an event to raise ...

Terry Wingerson was saved by his daughter’s kidney

Terry Wingerson realized something wasn’t right when he went on a ski trip with his son and couldn’t keep his body warm. “I went out to see my son in Kellogg, Idaho, to snow ski and I couldn’t stay warm,” Wingerson recalled. That was in January 2015. When he returned to Fort ...

Artist at the forge

STRATFORD — Ty Murray has been hitting pieces of red hot steel with a hammer since he was about 9 years old when he was introduced to the art by his dad, Bill Murray. It may have been a way for his dad to keep the children busy. “Dad had a forge, he had coal, he had the anvil, he had ...

Wright County EMS special election is Tuesday

CLARION — Voters will head to the polls in Wright County on Tuesday to decide whether or not to support a tax levy that will fund emergency medical services within the county. Polls for the special election will open at noon and close at 8 p.m. Polling places are the same as general and ...

‘Humanizing the badge’

The Fort Dodge Police Department’s version of the lip sync challenge was released on video Friday. In it, police officers lip sync the song “Somebody to Love” by Queen. Cory Husske, Fort Dodge assistant police chief, said these types of lip sync videos involving law enforcement are ...

Packing for school — times 500

When the task at hand involves filling 500 backpacks with school supplies — the contents of each one specific to the student who will receive it — it helps to develop an efficient method. The volunteer 4-H members who were busy doing that Friday morning at the Crossroads Mall did indeed ...