News Brief

Hearn retires from Recorder’s office

Shelly Hearn, first deputy Webster County recorder, has retired after 30 years of service to the county. Hearn was thanked for her service by County Recorder Lindsay Laufersweiler at the Webster County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. “She has been through many changes in the ...

Community Christian School Kindergarten Roundup is March 4

Community Christian School Kindergarten Roundup, postponed from Monday due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Roundup provides a classroom visit for parents and their Kindergartener. Parents are asked to call the school at 573-3011 to ...

Prestage postpones open house

EAGLE GROVE — Prestage Foods of Iowa has postponed its public open house that was scheduled for March 2. The event will be rescheduled at a later time. “The local area as well as the entire state is dealing with the cumulative effects of winter weather,” Prestage CEO Jere Null said. ...

City hires new EMT for Fire Department

Shane McKim was hired Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council to be an emergency medical technician in the Fire Department. He is a Fort Dodge Senior High School graduate who most recently worked as an EMT for Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. McKim is training to earn his paramedic ...

Snowfall to cause parking restrictions in FD

Due to the predicted snowfall, a parking prohibition will automatically go into effect on all residential emergency snow routes if there is an accumulation of 2 inches of snow or more, according to an announcement from the Public Works Department. The parking prohibition will be in effect for ...

Boil advisory remains in Pocahontas, water restored

POCAHONTAS — Water service has been restored in Pocahontas, but residents are still urged to boil the water before drinking it or using it in cooking. A water main break along Northeast First Street Tuesday caused a significant loss of pressure in the system and nearly drained the ...

Black History Month event set for Saturday in Fort Dodge

February is Black History Month and in that spirit a program honoring local African American history will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fort Dodge Public Library. Black History Month is a good time to walk down memory lane, said Sherry Washington, president of the Pleasant Valley Awareness ...

Inspections in Webster County to start in June

The Webster County Assessor’s Office has announced door-to-door inspections of all urban residential properties in Webster County will begin approximately June 1. A reappraisal project was approved by the Conference Board in February 2016. The purpose of the reappraisal program is to ...

Main Street survey results to be presented Thursday

The results of a market analysis conducted by Main Street Fort Dodge will be released Thursday during a public meeting. The session will begin at 5 p.m. at Olde Boston’s Restaurant and Pub, 809 Central Ave. The market analysis information was collected last fall. According to an ...

Webster County Supervisors approve salary recommendations

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved salaries for the upcoming fiscal year at its regular meeting Tuesday. The supervisors unanimously approved the recommendations made by the Compensation Board on Jan. 9. That board, which gives salary recommendations for all elected positions ...

Boil order issued in Pocahontas after significant leak

POCAHONTAS — Residents of Pocahontas are advised to boil the water before drinking or to use an alternative source of water. The Pocahontas Water Supply lost pressure in the distribution system due to a significant leak on Tuesday. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, when ...

Snowfall to cause parking restrictions in Fort Dodge

Due to the predicted snowfall, a parking prohibition will automatically go into effect on all residential emergency snow routes if there is an accumulation of 2 inches of snow or more, according to an announcement from the Public Works Department. The parking prohibition will be in effect for ...

FD schools delayed two hours today

All Fort Dodge public and parochial schools have a two-hour delayed start today. The schools are delayed because of weather and rural road conditions.

Presidents Day trash schedule for Fort Dodge

Due to the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, garbage and recycling collection routes for the city of Fort Dodge will be as follows: Garbage normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Garbage normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Thursday. Garbage normally ...

Eagle Grove man sent to prison for illegally re-entering US

EAGLE GROVE — A citizen of Mexico living in Eagle Grove has been sentenced to federal prison for being in the United States illegally after being deported four times. Jorge Gonzalez-Juarez, 33, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for ...

Eagle Grove sports booster club treasurer charged with theft

EAGLE GROVE — The treasurer of a group that supports Eagle Grove High School sports has been charged with stealing money from it. Anna Morgan, 38, was arrested by Eagle Grove police on Thursday. She was charged with first-degree theft, according to Iowa’s online court records. She is ...

Algona man gets prison time for gun possession

ALGONA — An Algona man who prosecutors said has a history of violence was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for illegally possessing guns. Chad M. Chase, 42, was sentenced to two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a ...

Odebolt man gets prison for meth conspiracy

SIOUX CITY — An Odebolt man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to federal drug and gun charges. Mark D. Beckman, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm. From 2014 through December 2017, Beckman was ...

Fire burns porch at Fort Dodge home

A fully-enclosed porch on a Fort Dodge house was scorched by an early morning fire Monday. Firefighters arrived at 16 Johnson Place to find smoke and flames coming from the porch. “We got there soon enough that we were able to prevent it from spreading into the house,” Fire Department ...