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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 ...

Noon Lion’s Club awards scholarships

The Noon Lion’s Club has awarded two scholarships to graduates of the class of 2020. Allison Duckett, a St. Edmond High School graduate, received $1,000. The daughter of Melanie and Nick, Allison plans to attend Iowa Central Community College to pursue a career in nursing. Nathan Piper, a ...

Manson firefighters pork chop dinner is Wednesday

MANSON — The Manson Firefighters Association will have its smoked pork chop fundraiser from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday 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 ...

Flower and hosta garden walk Saturday in Algona

ALGONA — Kossuth County Historical Society is holding a flower and hosta garden walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Algona. The locations are 1205 240th St. and 1207 240th St. A freewill offering will be accepted. The gardens are located on gradual hillsides so attendees are encouraged ...

Webster County has 111 COVID-19 cases

Webster County ended at 111 cases Friday, up three from Thursday, according to Webster County Public Health. The cases fall into the following age categories: • Child (age 0-17): 8 • Adult (age 18-40): 59 • Middle age adult (age 41-60): 29 • Older adult (age 61-80): 14 • ...

Road closure announced on 28th Avenue North

Weather permitting, beginning Monday, for two weeks or until work is completed, traffic on 28th Avenue North between Williams Drive and North 13th Street will be closed to through traffic until work is completed for concrete patching repairs. Detours will be in place. Motorists are urged to ...

Fort Dodge Utility Billing office closed on Tuesday

The city of Fort Dodge Treasurer’s Office and Utility Billing Office will be closed for ongoing construction on Tuesday. All other offices at the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., will be open by appointment.

Otho July 4 parade will go on

OTHO — Otho’s annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks show are still set to happen on Independence Day, according to City Clerk Sherry Simmons. “We’re still doing our parade, but with social distancing,” she said. “No candy is being thrown. The parade will kick off at 1:30 ...

Wright County hits 300 COVID-19 cases

Wright County hit 300 COVID-19 cases Thursday, less than two weeks after it surpassed 200 cases. It had 310 cases by the end of Thursday. Webster County added five new cases, totaling 108 Thursday. Hamilton County went from 124 Tuesday to 140 Thursday as it continues to outpace Webster ...

COVID-19 increases continue

Webster County added three COVID-19 cases Wednesday, ending at a total of 103 by the end of the day. The vast majority of the cases in the county have come in the last month. On May 18, the county’s total was 13. On June 3, the total was 47, less than half of what it is now. June 4 was ...

Webster County hits 100 COVID-19 cases

Webster County has entered triple-digits with its total of COVID-19 cases, passing 100 on Tuesday. Webster County Public Health confirmed 100 cases. The Iowa Department of Public health has tallied 101, as of Tuesday at 3 p.m. Of those, 75 have recovered. The cases fall into the following ...

Blanden announces hours change

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., is temporarily changing its hours for visitors during COVID-19. The museum will be closed Sunday through Tuesday. Hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays until further notice. For more information, visit www.blanden.org.

Traffic to be restricted on Veterans Bridge

Veterans Bridge on First Avenue South will be limited to one lane of traffic today and Wednesday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic to alternate using the one open lane of the bridge. The bridge will be closed to pedestrians.

Part of Charles Street to be closed for storm sewer work

The 400 block of Charles Street will be closed beginning at 7 a,m. Tuesday, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. Crews will be repairing a damaged storm sewer. When the work is done, the trench will be filled, but the asphalt won’t be replaced until late June or early July.