News Brief

2020 hopeful Harris says she owns gun for protection

DES MOINES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she owns a gun and called it a “false choice” that the only two gun control options are complete, unrestricted access or a desire to seize everyone’s guns. The senator from California told reporters after a ...

Agriculture report shows fewer but larger farms in US

DES MOINES (AP) — The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2017 Census of ...

Ex-treasurer charged with stealing from pro-rabbit group

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — The former treasurer of a national group that promotes a specific breed of show rabbits has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from the organization. A complaint filed Wednesday charges Catherin Dinsdale of Cedar Rapids with first-degree theft. Dinsdale, ...

Fort Dodge intersection to close

The intersection of South 22nd Street and 12th Avenue South will be closed Thursday and will remain closed for three weeks for a utility project, the Fort Dodge city engineering staff reported. New sanitary sewers, storm sewers and water mains will be installed. After the pipes are in place, ...

Concert at Iowa Central Thursday

Iowa Central Community College and St. Edmond High School Jazz Bands along with the Morningside College Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus. The concert is free.

King Ringers to perform Friday

The King Ringers English Handbell concert, Welcome Spring, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N. Scott Johnston will narrate “Immanuel” by Dobrinski of the birth of Jesus, His crucifixion and resurrection. “Hallelujah” from the ...

New full-time paramedic hired in Fort Dodge

Jordan Erie is the newest full-time paramedic in the Fort Dodge Fire Department. The City Council approved his hiring Monday evening. He had been working part-time for the Fire Department since July 2018. “We’re very excited to have him come and be a member of our team full-time,” ...

Sidewalk near Warden closed for safety reason

A short section of sidewalk on the east side of Ninth Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue South has been closed due to a dangerous condition posed by an underground vault. The sidewalk is next to the vacant Warden Plaza. That building’s basement includes areas called vaults that ...

Street work, fireworks on Fort Dodge City Council agenda

The Fort Dodge City Council is expected to award a paving contract Monday and vote on the second reading of a measure requiring tents, storage containers or trailers containing fireworks to be at least 100 feet from any building. The council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Municipal ...

Badger city audit released

BADGER — An audit on the city of Badger has been completed by T.P. Anderson & Co., of Humboldt. The auditors reported that the city’s receipts totaled $1,342,325 for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018. Those receipts included $830,000 of loan proceeds, $161,118 in charges for ...

Northwestern choir to perform today at Grace Lutheran

Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St., will host a concert by the A Cappella Choir of Northwestern College, Orange City at 7 p.m. today. The concert is free. The tour program will feature songs of faith, including “Mary, Did You Know” and a powerful setting of a prayer by Mother ...

Webster County buys equipment

Webster County’s road crews will get a new Caterpillar all-wheel drive motor grader after the Board of Supervisors approved the purchase Tuesday morning. The grader will replace a 2003 John Deere model, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said. The new grader will be purchased from ...

Water main flushing started in Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge public works crews are flushing water mains in an area east of the Des Moines River between Third and 15th avenues north west of Ninth Street. This water main flushing will continue through April 19. Residents may experience discoloration of the water while the flushing is ...

Part of 12th Avenue South is closed

The section of 12th Avenue South between 22nd and 23rd streets is closed due to a water and sewer project, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. The road will be closed until further notice. Detours are in place.

Orphan Train program is Saturday

For decades, organizations in cities on the East Coast sent thousands of children on trains to destinations in other states. The organizations, dedicated to caring for children, believed they were giving those children a chance at a better life than what was available to them where they lived. ...

Intersection in Fort Dodge to be closed

The intersection of Floral Avenue and North 15th Street will be closed beginning today and is expected to remain closed until Thursday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. This closure is necessary so that utility poles can be relocated for the creation of a new trail section ...

Eighth Avenue South rebuild to begin on Monday

The reconstruction of a long section of Eighth Avenue South in Fort Dodge is to begin Monday, and drivers will face immediate traffic restrictions. Beginning Monday, Eighth Avenue South near 29th Street will be closed to traffic, according to the city engineering staff. Also, 31st Street ...

Manson Fire Department steak dinner is Wednesday

MANSON — The Manson Fire Department will hold its annual steak dinner fundraiser on Wednesday. The dinner will be from 5 to 10 p.m. at Big Beve’s Bar & Grill, 1004 Main St. Take out and delivery orders will be available after 4:30 p.m. Call Big Beve’s at 712-469-2135 for those ...

Haz Mat commission audit released

An audit of the Region V Hazardous Materials Response Commission has been released by Schnurr & Co. LLP. The commission is the governing body for the hazardous materials response team operated by the Fort Dodge Fire Department. The team serves Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Hamilton, ...