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Icing affected medical helicopter crash

MASON CITY (AP) - A helicopter that crashed in northern Iowa, killing three people, was not equipped to fly in the wintery weather conditions at the time of the accident, a federal report found.The report released by the National Transportation Safety Board focused on weather conditions at the ...

Naked man pulled from river in D.M.

DES MOINES (AP) - Crews have rescued a man from the Des Moines River after he was found swimming near the Center Street dam in downtown Des Moines.The man was pulled out of the river Wednesday afternoon after being in the water about 20 minutes. Although he was just downstream from the dam, ...

Loaded gun found in bag at D.M. airport

DES MOINES (AP) - A loaded gun and an extra magazine have been found by security officials at the Des Moines airport.The Transportation Security Administration said the weapon and magazine were found Monday morning in an Ankeny man's carry-on bag at a security checkpoint.Des Moines police cited ...

Court asked to reconsider decision

DES MOINES (AP) - Lawyers representing black workers are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reconsider the decision throwing out a class-action lawsuit challenging executive branch hiring practices.In a petition Monday, the attorneys said the decision last month found evidence showing blacks were ...

FDCSD board to meet Monday

The Fort Dodge Community School District board will have a meeting Monday at the Central Administration Office, 104 S. 17th St.Rod Riesen, FDSH coach and instructor, will be presented with the Assistant Boys Track Coach of the Year award from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches. The board ...

Fall FD Kennel Club classes offered

Fall FD Kennel Club classes offeredSign-up is underway for the fall Fort Dodge Kennel Club dog basic obedience classes. Class for puppies under 6 months old begins Sept. 8. Basic obedience class for older dogs begins Sept. 3. Topics will include walking with your dog on a loose leash, sit, ...

Regents direct schools to save on supplies

IOWA CITY (AP) - Iowa's three public universities will be directed to negotiate new, master contracts for goods and services in the coming months under a consultant-led effort approved Wednesday to cut costs.Their governing body, the Iowa Board of Regents, voted to require the schools to work ...

Iowa council replaces demoted police chief

NASHUA (AP) - A city council in northern Iowa has promoted an officer to take over for the demoted police chief.On Monday night the Nashua City Council gave the job to Paul Becthold, who's been with the force for more than a dozen years. He'd been named interim chief after Ernie Willsher was ...

Photos of Iowa veterans to be displayed

JANESVILLE (AP) - A Waterloo museum will soon welcome a permanent display of photos featuring Iowa veterans who were killed in the Vietnam War.The photos will be displayed in a special 50th anniversary exhibit, as well as a permanent Vietnam exhibit, in the Grout and Sullivan Brothers Iowa ...

Interrupting lawyer gets rare sanction

SIOUX CITY (AP) - A federal judge in Iowa meted out an unusual punishment to a lawyer for repeatedly raising objections and interrupting depositions: She must produce a training video showing why such tactics are inappropriate.Perhaps unsurprisingly, her law firm objected to the ruling.U.S. ...

FFA awards Iowa Farmer degrees

On April 29 at the 2014 Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, five area youths received the Iowa Farmer degree, the highest degree bestowed upon anyone from the Iowa FFA Association. Only 5 percent of FFA members in Iowa receive this honor annually. Security Savings Bank's Executive Vice President ...

Community Christian begins Aug. 20

There are still openings available in Community Christian Preschool for 3-year-olds, which is offered Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.Limited openings are also available for 4-year-olds for the morning class, which is offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings from 7:45 ...

Construction work will affect FD traffic

Construction will affect more streets in Fort Dodge beginning Monday. The intersection of 10th Avenue North and North 16th Street will be closed Monday through Friday while Rasch Construction works.The closure is part of the 10th Avenue North Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project, which includes ...

FD office to close during noon hour

Beginning Monday, the Business Affairs, Community Growth and Engineering Office in the Fort Dodge Municipal Building will be closed during the noon hour. The noon to 1 p.m. closing will continue through Aug. 13.

Pole fire leaves one without power

One MidAmerican Energy customer is without power after a pole caught fire and a line went down Thursday in Webster County, Abby Bottenfield, MidAmerican media relations representative, confirmed.Firefighters and Mid-American crews responded.A transformer caught fire in Vincent at about 7:30 ...

Briefs

For insurance, few acknowledge smokingDES MOINES (AP) - Surveys show about 20 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but a much smaller percentage acknowledged their habit when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms.According to the Centers for Disease Control and ...

FDCSD board to meet Monday

The Fort Dodge Community School District board will have a meeting Monday at the Central Administration Office, 104 S. 17th St.The board will approve a juvenile court services contract for the 2014-15 year, consider bids for a middle school storage building project, and accept a monthly ...

FD health center collecting socks

Community Health Center of Fort Dodge is collecting new socks for children in need to wear on their first day of school.Wells Fargo, 822 Central Ave., is a collection site for the socks. Donations will be accepted until Thursday.

Donations sought for memorial

Donations are being accepted for the Gone, But Not Forgotten memorial that will be dedicated to those who fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975.To donate, make a check or money order payable to: Fort Dodge Community Foundation/United Way, 24 N. Ninth St., Suite B, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 with a ...

Health Department offering dental clinic

The Webster County Health Department is holding dental sealant clinics again this summer.The next ones will be held Tuesday and Aug. 5. Clinics are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The service is free for children 6 to 18. However, an appointment is needed and can be made by calling 573-4107.The ...