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Silo mural nears completion

Artist Guido van Helten, in the bucket at the top of the boom at right, works on completing his mural on the old grain silos along Hawkeye Avenue Monday afternoon.

2 injured when SUV collides with school van

Two people suffered minor injuries when an SUV and a Humboldt school minivan collided at the intersection of North 15th Street and 10th Avenue North Tuesday morning, according to Fort Dodge police reports. The crash was reported at 7:41 a.m. According to police, Carol McKenna, 78, of ...

County Supervisors keep it short

Webster County Board of Supervisors finished their work quickly Tuesday morning, taking less than five minutes to cover a light agenda. The board approved hiring Meredith Mickelson as the First Five program coordinator for the county public health department. First five is a statewide ...

Dam demolition placed on hold

Plans for removing the two dams that span the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge were abruptly stopped — at least temporarily — late Monday afternoon a little more than an hour before the City Council was to award contracts for the project. A consulting engineer hired by the city received a ...

Kemna helps grow hope through giving

It’s the mission of the Tree of Hope to make the holidays brighter for children in need by providing them with multiple clothing items and a toy. The Tree of Hope is a Kemna for Kids Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Each child will receive a coat, gloves/hat, ...

Drees offered full-time slot with FDCSD

Bre Drees has been offered a full-time position as an athletic trainer for the Fort Dodge Community School District. Superintendent Jesse Ulrich announced the offer at the FDCSD board meeting Monday night. The personnel matter was not listed on the agenda. “We spoke with Bre Drees, ...

Homicide suspect pleads not guilty

WEBSTER CITY — A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend has entered a plea of not guilty in Hamilton County District Court. Zackery Nelson Bassett, 32, of Webster City, entered a written plea of not guilty Monday in the death of Andrea Sokolowski. Bassett ...

Council sticks with concrete concession stand

Confusion over proposed building materials for a concession stand and an ensuing mayoral veto were resolved Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. The end result is that Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, will build a concrete concession stand at the north end of Harlan and Hazel Rogers ...

FDCSD board approves early retirements

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board approved multiple early retirements at its meeting Monday night. The board had previously approved an early retirement offering at a meeting in October. The district offered two-and-a-half times the early retirement incentive value for ...

Council reviews water, sewer budget proposals

The accounts that pay for the water system, sanitary sewers and road maintenance are sound, Fort Dodge City Council members learned Monday evening as they began their work on the 2019-2020 budget. That budget year begins July 1, 2019, but because the city’s budget is due to the state in ...

Street reconstruction job OK’d by FD council

A long stretch of Eighth Avenue South in Fort Dodge will be rebuilt next year. That road will be reconstructed between 25th and 32nd streets. The project will include new sanitary sewers, water mains and storm sewers; a concrete road surface; and sidewalks on both sides of the ...

Goat yoga anyone?

VINCENT — Calmness descends on the room as gentle music, with chimes, plays under the instructor’s voice — suggesting deep breaths, a centering of the body and mind, a relaxed position in connection to the ground. Then a bleating goat in the center of the room cuts through loud and ...

Otho man reported missing

A family is concerned after they say Kris Markle, 28, disappeared without a trace Wednesday night. Markle has been reported missing, Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Geoff Miller said, but so far police do not have a lot to go on. Markle, who now lives in Otho, was last seen leaving ...

‘Deck the Halls’ with Ringland-Smeltzer

“Deck the Halls” takes on a whole new meaning when you’re tending to a historic mansion the size of the Ringland-Smeltzer house. Sunday afternoon, the 115-year-old home once again welcomed visitors for its annual Christmas tour. Guests got to hear about the history of the home ...

Enjoying Iowa’s great outdoors

What is important to you? The most important things in my life are my family, friends, faith and the time I spend outside. My family and friends are the center of my world and any time we get the chance, we spend time together enjoying Iowa’s natural resources. I think building quality ...

That’s a wrap

Gerson Ronda wraps the tree with ribbon as volunteers decorate the Swain Vincent House Sunday afternoon. The house, 824 Third Ave. N., will be open next week as visitors tour the historic Oak Hill neighborhood to hear carolers. The event starts at the Ringland-Smeltzer house, located at 12th ...

He’s here …

Following a nice smooth flight from the North Pole, Santa landed his sleigh in Fort Dodge Saturday morning at an undisclosed location. That secret location might or might not include hangar space at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. Once at the classified Santa landing site, he was picked ...