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Bird flu found at five more chicken farms, backyard ducks

DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa agriculture officials said five additional commercial chicken farms show signs of the presence of bird flu and a backyard duck flock near a previously confirmed case also has tested positive.The new chicken cases are on Sioux County farms. Two had a total of 200,000 ...

Transitional kindergarten roundup is Friday in FD

Transitional kindergarten roundup will take place at Fort Dodge Community Schools Friday.Parents/guardians who have a child ready to enter school in the fall (child must be 5 years of age by Sept. 15) and have either chosen TK for their child or are unsure about the decision between TK and ...

Vet hopeful parts belong to B-17

HIAWATHA (AP) - A World War II veteran from Cedar Rapids believes wreckage of a plane recently found by a fisherman in France belongs to a B-17 bomber he was aboard when it crashed more than 70 years ago.Joe Koenig's plane crashed in 1944 after being shot down by a German fighter during an air ...

Otho dump site to partially close

OTHO - The gates at the Otho city lagoon site will now be locked to prevent entry during the week due to safety concerns, the city of Otho has announced.The gates will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. so residents can haul small tree branches to the burn pile. Residents can still ...

Woman struck, killed by semi

BLAIRSBURG - A woman was killed after being hit by a semi just south of Blairsburg Friday.Denise McMahon, 52, of Burnsville, Minnesota, was a passenger in another vehicle, according to the Iowa State Patrol's accident report.McMahon got out of the vehicle near U.S. Highway 20 and U.S. Highway ...

Tree removal on North 23rd Street

North 23rd Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues north will be closed to through traffic from Monday to Wednesday so that city crews can remove ash trees.The street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days. Parking on the street during those hours will be prohibited.About 10 ash ...

MNW board to present proposal

BARNUM - The Manson Northwest Webster board of directors will present its initial negotiation proposal to the Manson Northwest Webster Education Association at 3:30 p.m. today in the conference room at the MNW elementary, 303 Pierce St., Barnum.

Tree work will close FD street

Beginning Monday through Wednesday, North 23rd Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues north will be closed to through traffic each day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The city of Fort Dodge Forestry Department will be removing trees. Detours will be posted.Motorists are asked to use alternate routes and ...

Mental health discussion offered

LifeWorks Community Services is hosting a panel discussion on mental illness from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 19 at its vocational site, 1303 A St."People can benefit from information," said LifeWorks Community Services Executive Director Teresa Naughton. "According to the National Institutes of ...

FD and Humboldt Hy-Vees in recall

WEST DES MOINES - The recall for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that was sold in its stores' kitchen department cold cases and salad bars now includes a list of stores.Area Hy-Vee stores include those in Fort Dodge, 115 S. 29th; Humboldt, 611 10th Ave. N.; Storm Lake, 1250 North Lake Ave.; ...

Tree removal in FD will close streets

Beginning Monday through Wednesday, North 23rd Street between Sixth and Eighth avenues north will be closed to through traffic each day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.The city of Fort Dodge Forestry Department will be removing trees. Detours will be posted. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes and ...

DeCosters appeal jail sentences

SIOUX CITY (AP) - Two former egg industry executives are appealing the three-month jail sentences a judge has ordered for their roles in a 2010 food poisoning outbreak.The appeals filed Monday by Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, had been expected.U.S. District Judge Mark ...

St. Edmond Coffee House is Sunday

St. Edmond Catholic School will hold its annual Coffee House at 7 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium.Students in grades nine through 12 will be performing a variety of vocal and instrumental numbers along with some of the seniors performing their solos. Tori LaCroix is the vocal instructor, ...

Senate OKs higher education budget

DES MOINES (AP) - The Democratic-majority Senate approved a series of spending bills Wednesday, including a plan that would provide more money for higher education than the Republican-controlled House wants.In a 26-24 vote, the Senate backed an education budget bill that would spend about $1 ...

Bird flu in Buena Vista, Kossuth

DES MOINES (AP) - State agriculture officials say the deadly bird flu virus is suspected on two more Iowa chicken farms and two more turkey operations.Officials said initial tests indicate the virus on two turkey farms in Buena Vista County. One has 50,000 birds and the count on the other farm ...

Man pleads not guilty to having bombs

STORM LAKE (AP) - A 28-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to possessing explosive devices after officers who broke up a fight in March at a Storm Lake residence found homemade bombs.An attorney for Dion Caldwell, of Storm Lake, declined to comment Wednesday on the plea to possession of ...

Man pleads not guilty to having bombs

STORM LAKE (AP) - A 28-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to possessing explosive devices after officers who broke up a fight in March at a Storm Lake residence found homemade bombs.An attorney for Dion Caldwell, of Storm Lake, declined to comment Wednesday on the plea to possession of ...

Iowan dies after falling from bluff

RED WING, Minn. (AP) - Authorities said a hiker from Iowa has fallen to his death from a bluff trail in southern Minnesota.Employees at a wastewater treatment plant located at the base of the bluff in Red Wing called police Tuesday afternoon after spotting the stranded hiker on a steep incline ...

Council to address property matters

The Fort Dodge City Council will handle some real estate matters when it meets Monday.However, nothing related to the Oleson Park Zoo is on the agenda. Some councilmembers had said previously that they wanted to have a workshop to discuss recent action by the Parks, Recreation and Forestry ...