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UnityPoint Health reports data breach

Personal information about 1.4 million patients of UnityPoint Health may have been exposed as a result of an attack on the organization’s email system, leaders of the health care organization reported Monday. UnityPoint Health sent letters on Monday to people affected by the security ...

Volunteers needed to help the boats float

Volunteers are needed for the 22nd annual Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash. The bash will be held on Aug. 10 and 11 at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. “There is all kinds of areas we need volunteers for,” said Linda Donner, who helps organize the event. “For some reason we haven’t ...

In Humboldt County, Oxbow Park goes to highest bidders

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors sold Oxbow Park at Monday’s board meeting. Sam and Lakyn Harvey, of Humboldt, submitted a bid of $166,000 at the bid letting Monday. Their’s was the highest of three bids received. The Harveys intend to turn the park’s lodge ...

Wahkonsa evacuated

Residents of the Wahkonsa Manor in downtown Fort Dodge were routed from their apartments Sunday night when a fire broke out on the fifth floor. The blaze was confined to the kitchen of one apartment. No one was injured. At least one resident of the building at 927 Central Ave. said no ...

Students, business leaders to connect at ‘The Link’

A new program designed to connect business leaders with students at Fort Dodge Middle School will debut this school year. The program, called The Link, will involve businesses partnering with a classroom at the school, according to Molly Nelson, director of the Fort Dodge Community Schools ...

‘Our house is your house’

Ten days ago, an EF3 tornado cut a path through the heart of Marshalltown. It took about five minutes to pass through town. In its wake it left ruble from buildings that have been standing for well over a century. Almost 800 buildings were destroyed, damaged or otherwise ...

Facing Autism offers fun for families

For Janel Lincoln, going on a family outing can be far from straightforward. In fact, she has hardly ever made it out to the movies at all because she was staying home with her autistic son. That was before they began holding sensory-friendly movies, for individuals with special needs, ...

National Night Out returns to FD, this time downtown

The annual National Night Out event, which provides the community the opportunity to interact one on one with law enforcement, will be returning to Fort Dodge in early August, this time downtown. This year’s National Night Out will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. Admission is ...

Goats, art, a rodeo

SAC CITY — Nicole Foote, of Sac City, was prepping her English bulldog, Spike, for a dog show at the Sac County Fair Friday afternoon. “He’s a puppy,” she said. “He doesn’t know too much, yet.” In the show, the dogs are asked to sit, heel, lie down, and stay, according to ...

Gibbs sentenced

Levi Gibbs III received a mandatory 50-year prison sentence in Webster County District Court Friday, a little more than three weeks after he was convicted of second-degree murder. Gibbs, 28, of Fort Dodge, was convicted of shooting and killing Shane Wessels, 32, also of Fort Dodge, in the ...

Ammonia leak sends one to Webster City hospital

EAGLE GROVE — One person was taken to a hospital following a major ammonia leak at an egg-processing facility in Wright County Friday morning. About 4,000 pounds of ammonia were released after a pipe in a refrigeration system was broken by a skid loader at Daybreak Foods, according to Fort ...

A hungry governor tours the Hamilton County Fair

WEBSTER CITY — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds arrived hungry at the Hamilton County Fair Thursday afternoon, her busy schedule having left no time for a proper meal. “I skipped lunch,” she said. “We’re going to have to eat something.” The fair offered a lot of options. “I’m ...

Head over heels for goats in Humboldt County

HUMBOLDT — The sound of goats could be heard all across the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Thursday as 4-H and FFA members competed in the goat shows during the late morning and early afternoon. The dairy goat show was held at 10:30 a.m. while the meat goat show was held at 11 a.m. Amy ...

Elanco IPO won’t impact FD site, firm says

Plans to spin off Elanco U.S. Inc. from parent firm Eli Lilly and Co. will have “really no impact” on Elanco’s animal health plant in Fort Dodge, according to a company spokesman. “There’s no impacted jobs or plans for the facility there in Fort Dodge,” company spokesman Scott ...

In Iowa, Trump says EU trade talks will help farmers

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press PEOSTA — President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted his trade deal with European allies, hailing it as a benefit to Iowa farmers who have been hurt by the fallout from his protectionist trade measures. Trump said during a roundtable discussion at ...

World War II vet and lifelong Fort Dodge resident receives a Quilt of Valor

Don Johnson, a U.S. Army veteran from Fort Dodge, was part of one of the last units to fight the Japanese during World War II. On Wednesday afternoon, Johnson, 95, was honored for his service when he was presented with a Quilt of Valor. Kathleen Guymon, of Clare, made and presented the ...