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News Brief

Downtown alley to be closed

The alley behind the Fort Dodge Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., will be closed on weekdays beginning Wednesday and continuing through the end of May. The alley will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. due to renovations at the Municipal Building.

Road closure announced on North Ninth Street

Weather permitting, beginning Monday, for approximately one week, traffic on North Ninth Street between Second Avenue North to Eighth Avenue North will experience intermittent closures. Local traffic will have access and detours will be in place.

COVID-19 vaccine offered at pharmacy

Daniel Pharmacy, 1114 Central Ave., will offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today and Saturday. To make an appointment for a vaccine, go to the website danielpharmacy.com.

Sheriff responds to sex offender concerns

Webster County Sheriff Luke Fleener acknowledged concern on Wednesday about a local resident who is on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry while being active in his church. After concerns were raised, Fleener investigated the issue and determined that the individual, Cameron Shane Giovanelli, is ...

St. Paul Kindergarten Roundup is Thursday

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School will hold its Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday. All interested families are invited to come learn more about St. Paul and to sign up their child for kindergarten. All new families who sign up that night will receive $500 off their 2021-2022 ...

Gas line broken in FD

A natural gas line was broken in Fort Dodge late Monday morning, but no evacuations were necessary. The incident was reported at 11:27 a.m. in the 400 block of North 18th Street. Fire Department Lt. Jon Schreck said an excavation crew hit what appeared to be a 2-inch diameter gas ...

Water to be shut off on Ninth Avenue SW

Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and lasting until work is completed — city crews will be shutting off the water on Ninth Avenue Southwest between Mason Memorial Park Drive and the 11th Street Southwest intersection, so S.M. Hentgs Construction Company can remove an ...

Meriwether Drive to close Monday

Meriwether Drive between First Avenue South and South Seventh Street will be closed beginning Monday for concrete repairs, the Fort Dodge Public Works Department reported. Detours will be in place.

Culvert job to close county road

A section of 350th Street (D60) in southwestern Webster County will be closed for about nine weeks beginning Monday for a box culvert replacement project. The Webster County Engineer’s Office reported that the road will be closed between Baxter Avenue (P29) and Fairbanks Avenue ...

Daniel Pharmacy offering vaccines

Daniel Pharmacy has 500 COVID-19 vaccines available this week to anyone over the age of 18. Go to the link below to schedule an appointment. The link can also be found on the Daniel Pharmacy Facebook page. https://login.nowaitinside.com/#/booking/iGTfze1bQccxDXkkKG4y3WoC

Johnson & Johnson clinic expanded

Webster County Health Department is expanding Friday’s Johnson & Johnson one-dose clinic. Eighty spots have been added after 100 spots were quickly filled Wednesday afternoon. Appointments for Friday’s clinic will open today at 1 p.m. and will be taken online only. Log on to ...

Elderbridge sets Aging in Place fundraiser for April 19-25

Elderbridge Agency on Aging’s mission is to advocate for and empower older adults, caregivers and individuals with disabilities to pursue independent, healthy lives. To support the mission, they are holding a virtual fundraiser on April 22, with a live Zoom auction. A silent auction will be ...

Why do seniors fall?

The No. 1 cause of senior stumbles? Loss of balance. About 41 percent of falls occurred when a movement unexpectedly shifted a senior’s center of gravity, causing them to lose their stability and topple over. Trips and stumbles accounted for 21 percent of tumbles, while slips (i.e. in the ...

Almost Home fundraiser Saturday

The Almost Home Animal Shelter fundraiser dart tournament is noon Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 424 First Ave. S. Sign-up starts at noon with the tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10 and an item to donate to Almost Home. Items needed include clumping kitty litter, kitten chow, dog ...

Child safety seat check is Wednesday

Webster County Health Department will host a child safety seat check from 2 p.m. to 4 pm Wednesday at the Webster County Health Department building, 723 First Ave S. Safety technicians will check car seats for proper installation, expiration date and other safety features. To schedule an ...

Road closure on Fifth Avenue North announced

Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday morning, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., traffic on Fifth Avenue North and Hawkeye Avenue between North Third Street and Seventh Avenue North will be closed to through traffic to repair a leaking water valve, and clean and televise the sanitary sewer. The ...

Road closure announced for Meriwether Drive

Weather permitting, beginning Monday and continuing until work is completed, traffic on Meriwether Drive between First Avenue South and South Seventh Street will be closed to through traffic for concrete repairs. Detours will be in place. Please use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are ...

City buildings open at noon today

The Fort Dodge Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., will open at noon today. It will be closed in the morning because city employees will be attending a mandatory all-staff meeting. The Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave., will also open at noon. Library staff will be attending the ...

Fort Dodge compost site will open Saturday

The compost site at the Department of Public Works central garage, 3001 Eighth Ave. S., will open to the general public on Saturday. There will be no commercial access to the public works compost site. COVID protocols implemented last year remain in effect. These protocols include: • ...

Traffic to be reduced on First Avenue South

Weather permitting, beginning today for approximately three weeks, traffic on First Avenue South between South 15th Street and South 19th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists can expect delays and are urged to use an alternate route.