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Police investigate apartment incident

Fort Dodge police are working to identify suspects after a man in the 300 block of Avenue M West claimed he was assaulted and robbed Thursday morning. Officers were dispatched to Avenue M West around 10:15 a.m. to respond to the report at Westridge Townhomes. “It was evident that the male ...

Charges filed in Stanhope shooting incident

STANHOPE— Charges have been filed in a Dec. 28, 2019, incident in which Jacob Elliott, 19, was shot during an attempted robbery. Police Chief Steve Butler of the Ellsworth/Jewell/Stanhope Police Department said that Olnario Rodriguez-Ruffridge, 17, has been charged with attempted murder, a ...

COVID-19 cases hit 90

Webster County and Hamilton County each gained two new COVID-19 cases between Wednesday and Thursday, ending at 90 and 106, respectively. Wright County gained four new cases, ending Thursday at 267. Statewide, another nine COVID-19 patients died, the state reported Thursday, bringing ...

Hamilton County enters triple digits for COVID-19

Hamilton County’s COVID-19 count continued to keep pace above Webster County as it broke 100 cases Wednesday, the second county surrounding Webster to do so. Hamilton County ended Wednesday at 104 cases. Webster County ended the day at 88 cases, up one from Tuesday — a relative reprieve ...

Webster Co. sees 2 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County saw two new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the smallest increase in three days, as most surrounding counties continue a steady increase this week. Webster County went from 85 cases confirmed Monday to 87 Tuesday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Hamilton County now ...

Webster Co. supervisors OK retirements

Webster County Supervisors accepted two retirements Tuesday. Steve “Wally” Elifrits, Webster County Jail administrator, will retire effective June 30 after 16 recent years of service. Elifrits served at the jail before working in the prison system. He returned to the jail in 2004. “I ...

Holy Trinity Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays

The Holy Trinity Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Corpus Christi Parish Center, 403 N. Eighth St. The pantry serves all denominations, anyone in need.

KYL Craft Grab Bags available for kids and teens

WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library, Webster City, is offering weekly craft grab bags for kids and teens. Children and teens can pick up one bag per week on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pick up will be ...

This year’s Blues Under the Trees canceled

The annual Blues Under the Trees concert, originally scheduled for July 25, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a release from the Lizard Creek Blues Society. “While we hung on as long as we could, the tough choice was made,” the release said. “We are looking ...

Part of U.S. Highway 20 to close Thursday

A portion of U.S. Highway 20 that spans part of Webster and Hamilton counties will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday for emergency repairs, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. The closure will affect the portion of the road between Webster County Road P73 and Exit ...

Road closure announced at 1824 Sixth Ave. N.

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday at 7 a.m. until work is completed, traffic on Sixth Avenue North and North 19th Street will be rerouted until work is completed. The Warehouse Division will be replacing a water valve and city crews will be replacing concrete in the roadway after the ...

Wright County Courthouse open by appointment only

Starting Monday, the Wright County Courthouse will be open by appointment only during normal business hours. County offices not accessible in person will continue to conduct business through email, mail and by telephone. Contact information for all county offices can be found at ...

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 ...

MIDAS to resume transit services

The Dodger Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) systems will resume service June 10, the MIDAS Council of Governments announced Thursday. DART services will resume their fixed routes and Jefferson Lines shuttles, as well as paratransit services and the Prestage ...

Blanden reopens with guidelines

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum reopened to the public Wednesday with the following guidelines in place until further notice: • Galleries will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, excluding holidays, from 1to 4 p.m. • Total guests inside the museum will be limited to no ...

Mike Sexton, Ann Meyer

Meyer, Sexton unopposed in primary

Republican state representatives Ann Meyer, of Fort Dodge, and Mike Sexton, of Rockwell City, sailed through Tueday’s primary election, securing their party’s nominations with no opposition. They also have no opposition in the November general election. Meyer represents House District ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases up to 47

Webster County Public Health reported 47 COVID-19 cases in the county Tuesday, up five from Monday. The cases break down into the following age categories: • Children (age 0-17): 3 • Adult (age 18-40: 19 • Middle age adult (age 41-60): 17 • Older adult (age 61-80): 8 There ...

Fireworks volunteers needed

Individuals are needed to coordinate and fundraise for this year’s 4th of July fireworks. The volunteer committee overseeing the fireworks for the past several years has disbanded and new volunteers are needed in order for fireworks to occur moving forward. If interested, contact the ...

City updates its outdoor recreation restrictions

The city of Fort Dodge has released a list of areas and opportunities that will be open and those that will remain closed, effective June 1. The following areas remain closed: basketball courts, Fort Dodge Soccer Association soccer fields, reservations for cabins rentals, drinking fountains, ...

Free fishing this weekend

Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All other regulations remain in place. For free fishing weekend, Webster County Conservation has put together some take kids fishing kits. Inside these kits, there will be a make your own pop can ...