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News Brief

Hubel scholarship winners announced

The Marjorie Hubel Estate recently awarded 20 $1,000 Marjorie Hubel Scholarships to students who will be attending college in the fall. Those awarded this year’s scholarships are Bennett McCarville, Connor Bocken, Kylie Weiland, Nolan Daniel, Emma Neverman, Briley Condon, Aiden Simonson, ...

Brief power outage reported in downtown Fort Dodge

A small section of Fort Dodge, mainly in the downtown area, experienced a short power outage Wednesday afternoon. The four-minute outage began at 2:44 p.m. and affected 773 customers, according to Geoff Greenwood, media relations manager for MidAmerican Energy Co. The boundaries of the ...

North 14th Street is being resurfaced

Weather permitting, effective immediately for the remainder of the week, North 14th Street from Sixth Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North will be closed to through traffic for resurfacing. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route and caution in the area.

Webster County Extension to offer grain marketing class

Women Marketing Grain, a four-week course designed to help farm women learn market strategies and stay on track for long-term market success, is being offered by Webster County Extension. Classes begin July 20 and continue through Aug. 10. Online registration is available at ...

Webster County COVID cases increase by 8

Webster County Public Health has confirmed that the county’s COVID-19 positive cases are now at 146 as of Friday. That represents an increase of eight from the previous day. Since June 12, 45 people have tested positive within the county. The age breakdown for Webster County cases is ...

FDCSD announces new director of human resources

The Fort Dodge Community School District has named a new director of human resources, Kimberly Whitmore. Whitmore is currently the human resources director for Iowa Central Community College. She has been in her current role for 10 years. Prior, she served one year as the human resources ...

Immunization clinics scheduled

Webster County Public Health will conduct three child immunization clinics in July. The first one will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. A second clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13. The third will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31. All of the clinics will be at the ...

City yard waste site to close Friday

The yard waste disposal site at the Fort Dodge central garage, 3001 Eighth Ave. S., will be closed on Friday in observance of the Independence Day holiday, according to the city’s Public Works Department. Curbside collection of yard waste will not be conducted on Friday. All other garbage ...

Bagged salad at Walmart recalled due to parasite risk

A brand of bagged salad is being pulled off the shelves at Walmart due to possible risk of a microscopic parasite. Fresh Express brand Marketside Classic Iceberg bagged salad is being voluntarily recalled due to a possible risk of Cycolospora, according to Webster County Public ...

Part of Seventh Avenue North is closed

The 1400 block of Seventh Avenue North is now closed and will remain closed for about one week, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Local traffic will have access. Detours are in place.

Graham Tire hosting silent auction for SOS

Graham Tire is hosting its 12th annual silent auction for a nonprofit organization. This year’s recipient is Serving Our Servants. More than 75 items are up for auction. Some of the items include: a one week fishing trip for two at Gold Mine Camp in Ely, Minnesota; tickets for Des ...

Restaurant temporarily closed after COVID-19 scare

Lefti’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon as it awaited an employee’s COVID-19 test, according to the restaurant’s social media posts. “Out of an abundance of caution we will be closed tonight and until further notice due to potential COVID-19 exposure ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases up to 132

Webster County Public Health has confirmed that the county’s COVID-19 positive cases are now at 132 as of Wednesday afternoon, up from 111 positive cases reported on Friday. Of the positive cases in the county, nine are children ages 17 and under, 71 are adults ages 18 to 40, 34 are middle ...

Submissions sought for kids virtual talent show

Stage Door Productions is seeking submissions for its kids virtual talent show. Ages 18 and under are asked to submit short video clips of the talent to stagedoorfd@gmail.com. Examples include, but are not limited to, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, comedy, magic tricks, show art, ...

Iowa Central fitness center closes after COVID-19 contact

Iowa Central Community College’s REC fitness center closed Friday after the school was notified that a patron tested positive for COVID-19, according to college President Dan Kinney. The REC is in the process of deep cleaning, Kinney said, and will continue to remain closed until further ...

FDCSD board announces intent to fill vacancy by appointment

Pursuant to Iowa Code 279.6, the Fort Dodge Community School District School Board publishes this notice of its intent to appoint a person to fill a vacancy on the board. Eligible electors of the Fort Dodge Community School District have the right to file a petition requiring that this vacancy ...

Manson firefighters pork chop dinner is today

MANSON — The Manson Firefighters Association will have its smoked pork chop fundraiser from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Manson VFW hall. The dinner consists of a 16-ounce smoked Iowa chop, baked potato, loaded baked beans, cole slaw and dinner roll for $20. There will be drive-thru ...

Oleson Park Splashpad is open

The Oleson Park Splashpad opened on Tuesday, the city of Fort Dodge announced. The Splashpad will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Due to COVID-19, there the following restrictions are in place: • 25-person capacity inside the fence at a time. ...

King Band summer season is canceled

The Karl L. King Municipal Band summer season has been canceled due to concerns related to COVID-19. The announcement was made Saturday on the band’s Facebook page. “With the best interests of our performers and fans in mind, the entirety of the 2020 Karl L. King Municipal Band summer ...

FD fireworks show canceled

There will be no city-sponsored fireworks show this Independence Day, the City of Fort Dodge and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance announced on Monday morning. The decision was made following the disbanding of the volunteer committee that has overseen the event for the past eight ...