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News Brief

UnityPoint postpones elective procedures and surgeries

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is postponing all elective procedures and surgeries beginning March 23, until further notice. “The health and safety of our patients and team members is always our top priority,” the ...

FFA leadership conference in Ames canceled

AMES — The 92nd Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, planned for April 19-21 at Iowa State University in Ames, is canceled. An alternative schedule to deliver components of the conference that are essential to state programming will occur at a date to be determined. The essential components ...

Iowa Central restricts visitors

Effective Monday, Iowa Central Community College will begin restricting visitor access and general public visitors will not be allowed on campus. Campus visits for prospective students will be canceled until April 6. All events scheduled in Iowa Central facilities through April 13 will not be held.

County Courthouse to lock doors, will allow appointments

Starting today, services within the Webster County Courthouse will only be available to the public by appointment. The new change is in effect until further notice. Supervisor Mark Campbell said that all doors to the building will be locked, with a list of phone numbers to contact the ...

MidAmerican suspends disconnections for nonpayment

To support customers experiencing financial hardship or isolation as a result of the pandemic threat, MidAmerican Energy has temporarily suspended all disconnections for nonpayment. The company will work with customers who are impacted economically by COVID-19 by waiving deposits and fees ...

FDCSD Kindergarten and TK roundups postponed indefinitely

The Fort Dodge Community School District Kindergarten and TK Roundups were scheduled to take place in the elementary schools next week, March 23-27. Due to the extended school closure in response to COVID-19, all roundups have been postponed indefinitely. In order to prepare to provide ...

Hy-Vee, Walmart to reserve shopping time for people at risk

Hy-Vee stores announced on Wednesday that it will be reserving one hour of shopping time prior to its new opening time each day for customers considered “high-risk.” From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., seven days a week, shoppers ages 60 and older, expectant mothers and those with an underlying health ...

Controlled burns planned at Brushy Creek

LEHIGH — Prescribed burning will take place at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area beginning this month and continuing through May, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Smoke from these controlled burns will be highly visible and may be dispersed over nearby homes. The ...

Yard waste site at Central Garage closed

Yard waste site at the city of Fort Dodge central garage is closed until further notice. Curbside yard waste pickup begins on April 3. Requests need to be submitted by noon on Thursdays. The city prefers the public submit their request by using SeeClickFix through the city’s website ...

Community Health Center increases hours

In response to the COVID-19 virus, the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, 126 N. 10th St., will increase its days of operation to seven days a week starting immediately in the medical department. The clinic’s temporary increase will include being open on Saturday and Sunday. Hours of ...

St. Thomas Catholic Church cancels dinner

MANSON — St. Thomas Catholic Church’s roast beef dinner, originally scheduled for March 22, in Manson, has been postponed until the threat of the coronavirus is past.

Wright Co. declares state of emergency

CLARION — The Wright County Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency in response to the threat of COVID-19. The declaration will enable the county government to spend emergency funds, invoke mutual aid agreements and apply to the state government for assistance. “The ...

Smithsonian exhibit postponed

The Smithsonian traveling exhibit ‘‘Voices and Votes’’ that was scheduled to debut March 28 in the Fort Dodge Public Library has been postponed due to the threat of COVID-19, according to an announcement from Main Street Fort Dodge. A new date for the show has not been announced.

King Band concert canceled

The Karl King Municipal Band concert scheduled for this afternoon in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College has been canceled.

FD District Dental Society meeting canceled

Due to an abundance of caution with the COVID-19 virus concerns, the Spring Meeting of the Fort Dodge District Dental Society to be held Monday, March 16, at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites has been canceled.

Campbell named to national economic panel

Webster County Supervisor Mark Campbell has been named to a national panel that adresses economic development issues facing counties. He was recently appointed to the Community Economic Workforce Development Committee of the National Association of Counties. Campbell traveled to Washington, ...

Fort Dodge council to consider apartment zoning request

A zoning change to allow the construction of a large apartment building and a series of townhomes will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets Monday. The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Eagle Construction, of Sioux Falls, South ...

Webster County has coronavirus hotline

The Webster County Public Health Department has established an informational phone line and email for questions about COVID-19, also called coronavirus. The telephone hotline number is 515-227-7153. The email address is webcocovid@webstercountyia.org. The telephone line and email are ...