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News Brief

Fort Dodge compost site will open Saturday

The compost site at the Department of Public Works central garage, 3001 Eighth Ave. S., will open to the general public on Saturday. There will be no commercial access to the public works compost site. COVID protocols implemented last year remain in effect. These protocols include: • ...

Traffic to be reduced on First Avenue South

Weather permitting, beginning today for approximately three weeks, traffic on First Avenue South between South 15th Street and South 19th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists can expect delays and are urged to use an alternate route.

Club Roundup — Week of March 29

Service clubs Noon Lions: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Lions Den, 731 Exposition Drive. Support groups Alcohol dependency Codependency Anonymous: 6 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Clubs and nonprofit organizations can have meetings and events announced in Club ...

Closure announced for South 22nd Street

Weather permitting, for the day of Sunday, the 1400 block of South 22nd Street will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access and detours will be in place.

Intermittent closures announced for North 9th Street

Weather permitting, beginning today for approximately one week, traffic on North Ninth Street between Second Avenue North to Eighth Avenue North will experience intermittent closures. Local traffic will have access and detours will be in place.

Regional trail survey is underway

Pathfinders Strategic Partners has launched a trail survey for residents located within the Pathfinders region. This survey is part of a comprehensive community outreach effort for the regional trail plan. The survey is an opportunity for you to give your input on the current and desired ...

Water valve testing on 15th Street

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, after 7:30 a.m., until work is completed, the Warehouse Division will be testing water valves on First Avenue North between North 12th Street and 15th Street and North 15th Street between Central Ave and First Avenue North. During this operation, you ...

Police investigating shots fired Thursday morning

The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating reports of multiple gunshots fired in the 1400 block of Fifth Avenue North Thursday morning. According to a release from the department, the Webster County Telecommunications Center received the call of shots fired at about 6:25 a.m. It was ...

Vaccine appointments available

Webster County Health Department booked 1,300 vaccine appointments on Tuesday afternoon. Appointments for Thursday’s mass clinic are still available. Registration will reopen at 8:30 a.m. this morning online and by telephone. To register, call 515-227-7104 or go online to ...

Supervisors OK elected official salary increases

Webster County Supervisors approved salary increases for seven elected offices Tuesday, giving most officials a 1.5% to 2.5% raise, per Board of Compensation recommendations. Official salaries will increase accordingly beginning July 1: • Auditor: $71,151 to $73,544 • County Attorney: ...

WCPH director to be on governor’s news conference

Webster County Public Health Director Kari Prescott has been asked to appear at Gov. Kim Reynolds’ weekly news conference on Wednesday. During the statewide news event, Prescott will detail Webster County's mass clinic organization, community and county partnerships, and the department's ...

City yard waste site opens soon

The compost site at the Fort Dodge Public Works facility, 3001 Eighth Ave. S., will open to the general public for yard waste beginning April 3. There is no commercial access to the Public Works compost site. The city will be continuing its COVID protocols from last year, including social ...

Manson boil order lifted

MANSON — The boil order that was put into effect in Manson on Sunday has been lifted.

Boil advisory issued in Lehigh

LEHIGH — A boil advisory is in effect in Lehigh until further notice, Webster County Emergency Management announced on Tuesday. Bottled or boiled water should be used for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.

TRMC to offer medical screenings

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is holding health screenings Monday and Thursday. Stroke and vascular screenings will be held on Monday. Community blood work screenings will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Appointment times are required for both screenings. Call ...

Free women’s self defense class today

Faiferlick Martial Arts, 567 S. 25th St., is hosting a free Women Empowered Self Defense Kickoff Seminar tonight. The class starts at 7 p.m. It will be led by a certified female instructor. During the class, some techniques from the 15-lesson program will be shared. Participants will learn ...

Free women’s self defense class Thursday

Faiferlick Martial Arts, 567 S. 25th St., is hosting a free Women Empowered Self Defense Kickoff Seminar on Thursday. The class starts at 7 p.m. It will be led by a certified female instructor. During the class, some techniques from the 15-lesson program will be shared. Participants will ...

4-H members are holding a book donation drive

In honor of National Reading Month, the Webster County 4-H high school members are holding a book drive. Help them reach their goal of collecting new or gently-used books to give back to those in need. The drive will run through the month of March. Books can be dropped off at the Iowa ...

Public safety bond passes in Palo Alto County

EMMETSBURG — A new jail, communication center and sheriff’s office in Palo Alto County will become a reality after a public measure easily passed on Tuesday. About 88% voted yes on the bond referendum. The jail will have 18 beds with a mixture of maximum, medium, work release, general ...

CGD Revenue Purpose Statement passes

CLARION — Voters in the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District easily passed a revenue purpose statement in a special election on Tuesday. Over 90% voted to adopt the purpose statement specifying the use of revenues that the school district will receive from the state of Iowa ...