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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 ...

Rowan man faces child porn charges in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY — A Rowan man is facing multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a minor in Wright County, according to a press release from the Wright County sheriff’s office. Timothy Roberts, 49, of Rowan has been arrested and charged with eight class D felonies for the promotion and ...

Legends Tailgate event held Friday

Jeremy Pearson, of Lone Tree Revival, strums his bass guitar during a performance at Friendship Haven’s 10th annual Legends Tailgate event Friday night.

Pocahontas County sheriff is pushing for a new jail

POCAHONTAS — The Pocahontas County Jail is outdated and in need of an update, according to the county’s sheriff, Brian Larsen. He has begun the process of planning for the construction of a new facility. The current Pocahontas County Jail is located on the top floor of the ...

In Webster City, Arts R Alive, again

WEBSTER CITY — The 10 pieces of sculpture that are included in this year’s Arts R Alive project in Webster City had their public debut Thursday evening in West Twin Park. The public art display features works from several Iowa artists, including Webster City artist Tim Adams whose ...

Dewerff leaving local UnityPoint job for Des Moines

Mike Dewerff, president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, has accepted a position to become the chief financial officer of UnityPoint Health — Des Moines. The announcement was made Thursday by Deb Johnson, UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge board chair. The ...

Tips to local law enforcement lead to drug search, arrest

Law enforcement officers in Webster County are crediting the public with getting a drug investigation started, which led to a search warrant executed Thursday morning and the arrest of a man on federal warrants. The search was conducted at 1230 N. 11th St., according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, ...

Ready to raise God’s house

Before the ground was broken for the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church Wednesday night, Msgr. Kevin McCoy reminded the guests attending the ceremony who the building is meant for. “This sanctuary will be a spiritual home,” he said. “Not only for us but for those believers yet to be ...

Teen girl hurt in FD stabbing Tuesday night

A teenage girl was stabbed in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, and investigators believe the person who committed the crime may have been another juvenile. Fort Dodge police were called to the 700 block of North 15th Street around 9:41 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about a fight in the ...

Tax-free holiday is this weekend

Shoppers will have the opportunity to spend less on some clothing items this weekend as the annual tax-free holiday comes to Iowa. The tax-free holiday will take place Friday and Saturday. John Fuller, public information officer for the Iowa Department of Revenue, said Iowa is one of a ...

‘Democrats are truly fired up out there’

The leader of the state Democratic Party believes it has a strong ticket that will stand up for the people of Iowa and “start prioritizing Iowans again.” Troy Price, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, was in Fort Dodge Wednesday as he travels across the state talking to people ...

‘A night perfect for tailgating fun’

Live music, dinner and a variety of auction items will all be part of the 10th annual Friendship Haven Legends Tailgate event on Friday night. The fun will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Denise Halverson, director of engagement at Friendship ...