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Fort Dodge Public Library offers online library card sign-up

Residents of Fort Dodge, Barnum, Otho or rural Webster County who do not already have a Fort Dodge Public Library card may now sign up online. This temporary card will allow the holder to use the library’s online and digital resources while it is closed to the public. Once the library is ...

Camping delayed at JFK, Gypsum City campgrounds

The opening of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park and Gypsum City OHV Park campgrounds will be delayed from April 15 to at least May 1, the Webster County Conservation Board announced on Wednesday. The delay includes all overnight accommodations in cabins, tiny houses and yurts. Shelter ...

Curbside yard waste pickup begins April 3

Yard waste site at Central Garage will remain closed until further notice. Curbside yard waste pickup will begin on April 3. To encourage social isolation and smart shopping, orange stickers are not required until further notice Requests need to be submitted via Connect Fort Dodge by ...

Supervisors approve new access to public meetings

Webster County Supervisors approved a new policy Tuesday to record and publish video and audio of all supervisors meetings online. All meetings will be promptly uploaded to the Webster County website at webstercountyia.org and to the “Webster County, IA” Facebook page. Starting this ...

Open burning of yard waste not allowed in Fort Dodge

Open burning of yard waste remains illegal in Fort Dodge. “No open burning is allowed in the city of Fort Dodge,” said Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. “We have had some burning lately.” Each spring and fall, the City Council lifts the burning ban for about a week. However, ...

Lane closure announced on Sixth Avenue South

Weather permitting, beginning today and lasting until work is completed, traffic on Sixth Avenue South between South 20th and South 21st Street will be reduced to one lane. The Warehouse Division will be repairing a manhole ring. Detours will be posted. Please use alternate routes if possible.

Sewer project to close part of Second Avenue North

Beginning Thursday morning, Second Avenue North will be closed from North 25th Street to North 27th Street for a sewer project. This closure is expected to last for approximately 10 days. Detours will be in place. Local business will have access. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use ...

Corner at Fifth Avenue North and North 11th Street closed

The corner of Fifth Avenue North and North 11th Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic until work is completed. The Warehouse Division will be installing a new precast and repairing an asphalt patch. Detours will be posted. Please use alternate routes if possible. Motorists ...

Cleanup collection in Fort Dodge postponed till fall

The annual spring cleanup collection of refuse in Fort Dodge will be a fall cleanup this year. The Public Works Department announced Monday that the cleanup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the collection will be done on Sept 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12.

Fighting Angels Abreast luncheon postponed

The May Day luncheon that supports the Fighting Angels Abreast Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team has been postponed as a precautionary measure during the coronavirus pandemic, event organizers announced Tuesday. The luncheon will now be held on Sept. 4.

UnityPoint clarifies non-essential services

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has issued clarifying language surrounding its initial announcement postponing all non-essential services during the pandemic to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections. “Trinity’s service lines remain open for services deemed urgent, ...

MIDAS Council to suspend all transit services

The MIDAS Council of Governments announced on Monday that it will temporarily suspend all transit services for its two transit systems: the Dodger Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Regional Transit Authority, which serves the six-county region of Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, Hamilton, Webster ...

FD cleanup collection postponed

The annual spring cleanup collection of refuse in Fort Dodge will be a fall cleanup this year. The Public Works Department announced Monday that the cleanup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the collection will be done on Sept 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12.

Iowa Specialty Hospitals offer appointment alternatives

CLARION — Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics is offering new and familiar alternatives for communication and appointments for patients. MyChart is an online tool that allows the user to view health records and test results. This is one way to communicate with a provider while maintaining ...

Downtown parking rules changed

All downtown metered parking in Fort Dodge will now be treated as two-hour parking through 11:59 p.m. April 7, according to an announcement from the city. Parking spots with meters that have time on them will not be ticketed if the vehicle has been in the spot for more than two ...

Street closures planned in Fort Dodge Monday

The following streets in Fort Dodge will be closed beginning Monday, acording to the city: • 13th Avenue South between 24th and 25th streets for a sewer project • Eighth Avenue South between 22nd and 25th streets for concrete patch repairs • North 22nd Street between First and ...

Remote notarization in effect

DES MOINES — The in-person requirement for notarizing documents is temporarily waived for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, Gov. Kim Reynolds declared earlier this week. The requirements are subject to guidance provided by Iowa Secretary of State of State Paul Pate. A new law allowing ...

Go Big, Go Dodgers rescheduled

The Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation annual fundraiser Go Big Go Dodgers event has been postponed. The new date of the event will be Aug. 29.

Taste of Kosovo scrapped

The Taste of Kosovo event scheduled for April 17 at Willow Ridge Golf Course, 1788 Madison Ave., has been canceled. Any ticketholders who would like reimbursement should contact Dawn Larson at 515-576-4551, Ext.1241.