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4-H’ers prepare, judges critique at Pocahontas Fair

POCAHONTAS — The fairgrounds in Pocahontas County were teeming with activity Friday afternoon as fair-goers and participants prepared for and finished up showing. One of the main contests going on Friday afternoon was the 4-H and FFA Garden Show. Dianne Zeller, of Bancroft, was judging ...

1 taken to hospital, 1 treated Friday

Fort Dodge Police Department Patrol Officer Bryan Slama talks to two witnesses while other emergency responders treat a woman on the porch of a duplex at 1027-1029 First Ave. S. Friday night. Police and firefighters were called there at about 9:15 p.m. after someone called 911 to report ...

Man shot on porch in FD

A man said he was shot in the leg while sitting on the porch of a Fort Dodge house early Thursday afternoon, according to police. The reported burst of gunfire sent police to the 1500 block of Fourth Avenue South just before 12:30 p.m. The injured man was taken to UnityPoint Health — ...

Knigge trial pushed back to November

For the second time in a month, the trial of a woman accused of killing another woman once described as a friend has been continued. The first-degree murder trial of Mackenzie L. Knigge, 27, of Clare, has been rescheduled to start on Nov. 26. The trial had been previously scheduled to start ...

How to save the Humota

HUMBOLDT — The Humota Theatre in downtown Humboldt, in business since 1928, will show its last film Sept. 1 this year unless the people of the town find a way to keep it open. With the amount of enthusiasm and support shown by the citizens at a meeting Thursday night, there’s a good ...

Golf outing will support firefighters’ causes

On Saturday, Fort Dodge and area golfers will have an opportunity to not only enjoy their game, but also help the Fort Dodge Firefighter’s Association raise money during the annual Fort Dodge Firefighters Association Golf Tournament. Tee off for the event is at 9 a.m. at the Fort Dodge ...

Four face robbery, kidnap charges

Four men, including a Fort Dodge resident, have been arrested after two of them reportedly forced someone at gunpoint to drive them to Albert City, where they robbed two people, according to the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department identified the men as John ...

1 seriously hurt by falling beam at CJ

The Clare Rescue ambulance sits inside the CJ Bio America plant Thursday afternoon while responding to an accident inside the plant. According to scanner traffic, a person was hurt when a steel beam fell on them. Barnum Fire and the Fort Dodge Fire Department ambulance also responded to the ...

Stewardship and fun

COALVILLE — The campers enjoying their day during a Webster County Conservation sponsored Nature Day Camp at Camp WaNoKi had three options available to them for getting a campfire going. The classic magnifying glass, a steel rod and flint, and a 9 volt battery and steel wool. Leif ...

Old bottling plant will come down

A building that started out as the Fort Dodge Bottling Company in 1941, and later was home to a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant, will be demolished within a couple months, according to Mel Schroeder, president of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Foundation. That building, located at 216 N 12th St., ...

Pingel will lend a hand to save the Humota

WEBSTER CITY — Jeff Pingel, of Webster City, is all too familiar with seeing a local movie theater close. In March 2013, Webster City’s theater had what many believed would be a final showing. “I just remember going to the last movie here and I was pretty sad,” Pingel said. ...

Police investigate report of shooting

Fort Dodge police are investigating a shooting in the area of Fourth Avenue South and 15th Street around 12:30 p.m. One man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with what appeared to be minor injuries. Neighbors at the scene said they heard several shots. This story will be updated as ...

Ortiz-Hernandez is headed to job in California

WEBSTER CITY — City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez announced Wednesday that he is resigning his position with the city of Webster City to take a similar position in California. In his letter of resignation to the mayor and City Council, Ortiz-Hernandez said the move would bring his family ...

Motorcyclist leads authorities on early morning high-speed chase

A suspect driving a motorcycle led police on a high-speed pursuit that started on U.S. Highway 20 and ended in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, according to Trooper Denny Schnathorst, of the Iowa State Patrol. At about 11:45 p.m., Schnathorst said he checked the speed of a motorcycle traveling on ...

Next time, knock

Marguerite Cassen woke up early Tuesday morning to one of the loudest noises she’s ever experienced in her 89 years. By woke up, she means awakened suddenly — at 1:23 a.m. “Did it ever wake me,” she said. She initially had no idea what the noise was. “I thought it was ...

County abruptly ends contract with CFR

Webster County has cancelled its agreement with Community and Family Resources, which takes in patients for detox and substance abuse treatment, including involuntary committals, but has not disclosed why. The county supervisors now plan to sit down and re-negotiate a new agreement for this ...

Fonley leaves Algona school system, apparently unexpectedly

ALGONA — The Algona Community School District is hoping to have an interim superintendent in place by the start of the school year after the apparently unexpected resignation of longtime Superintendent Marty Fonley. The ACSD board accepted Fonley’s resignation on July 6. He had served as ...

Webster County Supervisors discuss bargaining changes

Some significant changes in public sector bargaining law which passed in 2017 will have an effect on upcoming negotiations between county officials and their county workers’ unions. Webster County officials met for a discussion of the changes Tuesday morning. “We have a little bit ...

CFR to host open house Friday

Community and Family Resources will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday to celebrate 50 years of providing wellness and recovery services in Fort Dodge. The open house will be at the STARS Adolescent Facility, 430 N. Eighth St. “We have been very fortunate to help hundreds of ...