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News Brief

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 ...

Two FD streets to be closed

Parts of two Fort Dodge streets will be closed beginning Monday. North First Street between the Canadian National Railway bridge and Hawkeye Avenue will be closed for about two weeks for street repairs. Sixth Avenue North between 18th and 19th streets will be closed for a week to replace a ...

Kossuth County to test frontline workers

ALGONA — Kossuth County frontline responders in the battle against COVID-19 will be tested for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. Testing is only eligible for frontline workers and will not be made available to the public. Those eligible for testing include personnel employed by the ...

Crash on Mill Road under investigation

A sport utility vehicle crashed into a ditch south of Fort Dodge late Sunday night. The crash happened just before midnight in the 2300 mile of Mill Road, according to the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. A 2002 Dodge Durango was the single vehicle involved in the crash. The incident ...

Second Baptist Church event is canceled

Second Baptist Church, 1827 Fourth Ave. S., drive-thru barbecue dinner scheduled for today has been canceled due to weather. A future date has not been set.

Sanitation schedule changed for Memorial Day holiday

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, refuse collection routes for the city of Fort Dodge will be as follows: Refuse normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Refuse normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Thursday. Refuse normally collected on Thursday will be ...

Second Baptist drive-thru dinner is Saturday CANCELED

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to weather. Second Baptist Church, 1827 Fourth Ave. S., will be offering drive-thru barbecue dinners to the community on Saturday. The dinners will include sides and a dessert. Cost of the meal is $8 or a free will donation. About 100 meals will ...

Absentee ballot requests due to auditor’s office by Friday

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the June 2 primary election is 5 p.m. Friday. All registered voters should have received an absentee ballot request form from the Iowa Secretary of State in the mail in recent weeks. Those wishing to request an absentee ballot will need to fill ...

Iowa in top three for Census response rate

Iowa and Webster County are showing promising response rates for the 2020 United States Census so far, officials say. Iowa’s response rate of 66.6% is the third-highest among all states, with about 980,000 households in the state counted already. The national average is currently ...

FD street projects announced

Parts of some Fort Dodge streets will be closed beginning this week for various repairs. Eighth Avenue North between Fourth and Seventh streets will be closed beginning today for repairs to a storm sewer intake. Martin Luther King Drive between Fourth Avenue North and Sixth Avenue North ...