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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 ...

Forest City man identified as victim in construction accident

The man who was killed in a construction accident at CJ Bio America last week has been identified by the funeral home handling the arrangements. Shannon G. Torkelson, 41, of Forest City, died as a result of Thursday’s accident, according to an obituary released by Cataldo Schott Funeral ...

Family gives $100K to assist Webster City museum projects

WEBSTER CITY — The Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee received a significant donation Tuesday that officials say will help with upgrades and renovations planned for the Depot Museum. A $100,000 gift was given by Floyd Poole on behalf of his aunt, Mabel Raska, and late uncle, Verner ...

Humboldt supervisors compromise on major tile project

DAKOTA CITY — Facing a group of landowners with different opinions on a drainage project, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors compromised on a project Monday. At issue is an aging drainage tile in Sub District 5 of Drainage Distract 11 east of Bradgate. The tile has become inadequate ...

AMP youth

At meetings like this all across the state, the kids can share what’s really on their minds. For foster children, adopted kids, and others living without their parents, that’s not always the case, said local AMP Coordinator Cassie Johnson. “They can talk about those unordinary ...

‘The Astors have been remorseful and understand’

Two Fort Dodge Community School District employees used school-owned kayaks last month for a family outing without proper authorization from the district, Superintendent Jesse Ulrich confirmed on Tuesday. Kevin Astor, Fort Dodge Senior High assistant principal, and Julie Astor, FDSH ...

Webster County requested state auditor involvement with CFR

One week after Webster County cancelled its agreement for services with Community and Family Resources, the county has offered more information. The county had contracted with CFR to take in patients for detox and substance abuse treatment, including involuntary committals. That agreement ...

Fort Dodge man charged with sexual abuse on child

A Fort Dodge man is facing a felony sexual abuse charge after he allegedly had a child perform a sexually-motivated act upon him. Nathaniel J. Stanley, 18, is charged with one count of second-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class B felony. The child told their parents about what happened; ...

Community ‘front porch’ proposed in Central River District plant

A wide open space between the west end of Central Avenue and the Des Moines River would become the front porch of downtown Fort Dodge, according to a preliminary draft of a new master plan. The plan focuses on the downtown area between Third Street and the river, a locale that’s being ...

Commission recommends zoning change for freight company

A zoning change that would enable a freight service and logistics business to move into a building on Seventh Avenue South was advanced by the Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission Tuesday. The company, which hasn’t been named publicly, plans to set up shop in a building at 3018 Seventh ...

Tee’d Off Against Violence golf outing will raise money for D/SAOC

Following a successful inaugural year, the Tee’d Off Against Violence golf tournament will be coming back to help raise money for the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center’s Homicide/Other Violent Crimes Program. This year’s tournament will be held Aug. 4 at Lakeside Municipal Golf ...