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News Brief

Webster County COVID-19 numbers increase by 124 over weekend

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Webster County has increased by 124 between Friday morning and Monday morning, according to Webster County Public Health. The county now has 3,664 cumulative COVID-19 cases, with 267 still open and in isolation. “We remain at a critical point in our ...

Blanden announces holiday hours

Blanden Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., will be closed on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving. The museum will resume normal COVID-19 hours on Friday and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Public Health will be contact tracing during holiday

Webster County Public Health staff will be working through the Thanksgiving holiday in order to continue contact tracing and providing quarantine and isolation guidance. It is imperative that residents answer their telephone if public health calls.

Club Roundup — Week of Nov. 23

Support groups Alcohol dependency Codependency Anonymous: 6 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Families and parenting DivorceCare: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Veterans groups Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29: 6 p.m. Tuesday, ...

Public Health urges residents to answer the call

Webster County Public Health staff will be working through the Thanksgiving holiday in order to continue contact tracing and providing quarantine and isolation guidance. It is imperative that residents answer their telephone if public health calls.

Admission changed for Southeast Valley musical

GOWRIE — Admission to the Southeast Valley High School musical ‘‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’’ has been changed. All previously sold tickets are now void. Refunds will be issued for cash purchases. Those who paid by check should call the high school office at 515-352-3142 to tell the ...

Closure on Second Avenue North announced

Weather permitting, beginning at 8 a.m. today until work is completed, traffic on Second Avenue North between North 13th and 14th Street will be closed to all but local residential traffic. City crews will be repairing storm sewer damage at the intersection of Second Ave North and North 14th ...

City announces refuse collection routes near Thanksgiving

In observance of Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, refuse collection routes for Fort Dodge will be as follows: • Refuse normally collected on what will be Thanksgiving Day will be collected on Nov. 27. • Monday and Tuesday refuse collection routes will be on the normal schedule. • Recycling ...

Dickens of a Christmas canceled

Yet another holiday event is having a dickens of a time this year. The Dickens of a Christmas Craft and Vendor Show, an annual favorite at the Fort Museum Opera House, has been canceled. The event was planned for Saturday evening until Gov. Kim Reynolds’ new public health restrictions were ...

Paint class offered by FD Parks and Rec

Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation is offering a painting class for parents and their children. The class can be done in-person or virtually. The in-person session is scheduled for Tuesday from 5:45-7 p.m. at Citizen’s Central. This class is limited to 12 total participants (24 including ...

Club Roundup —Week of Nov. 16

Support groups Alcohol dependency Codependency Anonymous: 6 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Families and parenting DivorceCare: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Clubs and nonprofit organizations can have meetings and events announced in ...

Buck’s Backseat Diner closes

HUMBOLDT — Buck’s Backseat Diner, a 1950s-themed restaurant that served breakfast all day, announced its closure on Saturday. The announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “It saddens us to have to say this. As of today the Backseat Diner is closed,” a post on the ...

South 17th Street closure announced

Weather permitting, beginning today for approximately one week, South 17th Street from First Avenue South to Second Avenue South will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route and caution in the area.

Part of S. 17th St. will be closed

South 17th Street between First and Second avenues south will be closed beginning Monday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. That section of street will be closed for about one week. Local traffic will have access.

News of record: Nov. 14, 2020

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Possession of controlled substance, third offense — Quentin Rogers, 24, Forest City, preliminary hearing waived. Interference with official acts — Quentin Rogers, 24, Forest City, continued 180 days. Public intoxication — Quentin Rogers, ...

ICCC looks to ‘finish strong’ this semester

Iowa Central Community College has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus over the past week, but not enough that college President Dan Kinney thinks classes need to go virtual at this time. “We are continuing to monitor what is happening and will continue to make changes to our ...

Wireless service disrupted Wednesday night

The Webster County Law Enforcement 911 dispatch center reported that wireless callers experienced network issues Wednesday evening. Those issues compromised customers’ ability to dial 911 and reach local public safety officials. 911 dispatch said if you are a calling from a wireless ...

Fareway to offer discount for Veterans Day

Today, all Fareway stores are offering a 15% discount to any retired, active duty, reserve or guard military members. To receive the discount, customers are asked to show their military ID at checkout or identify their branch of service. “We’re thankful for our veterans and active ...

Panel recommends approval for dividing property

Property in the Williams Bend neighborhood of Fort Dodge that was intended to be the site of a storm water detention pond will probably become part of the yards of neighboring homes. The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of a plan to subdivide the site, with ...