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Iowa Central sees smooth first week

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Iowa Central Community College President Dan Kinney is cautiously optimistic after the first week of classes at the community college. “It’s going really good,” he said. “Overall, I believe all the planning that our administrative team did through all of this has worked ...

Bye, bye Big Bud

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CLARION — Big Bud, known as the world’s largest farm tractor, will be coming out of storage and may be headed back to the fields after more than 20 years of retirement. Big Bud is scheduled to leave the Heartland Museum in Clarion — the place it has called home for eight years — ...

‘Happy to be back’

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One of the first things fourth-grade classes at Cooper Elementary School did on the first day of school Tuesday was meet outside to talk about expectations. That’s not necessarily unusual to begin a school year. But this year’s expectations go beyond academics. During a global ...

Gilmore City man gets prison for tax fraud

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GILMORE CITY — A Gilmore City man who owned a tax return preparation business was sentenced to a year in federal prison after filing false tax returns, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. David Miller, 52, received the sentence ...

Butler kicks off school year

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In Carmen Banwart’s nearly 30 years in education, this year has been like no other. Banwart, principal at Butler Elementary School, last said goodbye to her students, whom she affectionately calls her “Butler Scholars,” in mid-March, thinking she’d see them again in just a few short ...

Algona man to serve 64 months for federal gun charges

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ALGONA — An Algona man was sentenced to over five years in federal prison after being convicted of illegally possessing firearms. James Patrick Murphy, 38, was sentenced to 64 months on July 30 after pleading guilty to two counts of being a felon, drug user and domestic abuse misdemeanant ...

Bringing the jury back

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ROCKWELL CITY — As Calhoun County jurors convened to hear a theft case Tuesday, they went through the stages of trial and error that will soon decide if Iowa can resume a cornerstone stolen from its criminal justice system by the pandemic: jury trials. In March, the Iowa Supreme Court ...

Clarion woman sentenced for SNAP, Social Security fraud

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CLARION — A Clarion woman was ordered in federal court Monday to repay more than $45,000 in restitution to the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Social Security Administration after fraudulently claiming benefits over three years, according to a press release from the U.S. ...

Broken sprinkler causes flood in FH apartments

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An early-morning fire sprinkler break flooded Friendship Haven’s Kenyon Place independent living apartments, forcing 55 residents to evacuate on Tuesday. “At about 3:30 this morning, in the attic of the building, we had a connection that went bad and started flooding,” said Julie ...

News of Record: Aug. 26, 2020

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Police Log FORT DODGE Monday Three domestic calls were reported. A noise disturbance was reported in the 1300 block of Third Avenue Northwest. A suspicious person was reported near Third Avenue North and North 18th Street. A burglary was reported in the 2600 block of Third Avenue ...

County gains 59 new COVID-19 cases

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Another 59 COVID-19 infections have been reported to Webster County Public Health in the last week, the agency said Tuesday, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 971. All 69 active Webster County cases are in the community, with no open cases remaining at Fort Dodge Correctional ...

Starting again

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Four seniors, all on different paths, began their final school year at Fort Dodge Senior High School on Tuesday. And despite their differences, they each have one thing in common — they each want in-person classes to carry on as long as possible as the threat of COVID-19 continues to ...

Back in class

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After nearly six months of silent, empty halls, the corridors at St. Edmond Catholic School were once again filled with the hustle and bustle of students for the first day of school on Monday. “It’s beautiful to have kids back in the building,” said Principal Abby Glass. The ...

News of record: Aug. 25, 2020

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Possession of controlled substance, third offense — Willie Lee Pickett, 60, no address given, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 28. Carrying weapons — Willie Lee Pickett, 60, no address given, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 28. Possession ...

DIFFERENT LOOK

COVID-19

As expected, the 2020 athletic season will look much different for local fans supporting their Dodgers and Gaels this fall. School is back in session this week, but the COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t relented. Rules and regulations have been established to try and best mitigate both risk ...

CertainTeed gypsum plant shuttered

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The local CertainTeed Gypsum plant, which was idled in May, will remain closed for the foreseeable future, according to a company spokeswoman. Some of the 58 employees who were furloughed have taken jobs elsewhere in the company already, spokeswoman Lia LoBello added. “Due to the ...

One killed in motorcycle accident

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GILMORE CITY — One man was killed when his motorcycle crashed at a railroad crossing in Gilmore City Sunday night. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as James P. Cassens, 49, of Algona. He was transported to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, where he died, according ...