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Christopher & Banks closing

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Women’s clothing retailer Christopher & Banks, which has one location in Fort Dodge at Crossroads Mall, announced Thursday that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Fort Dodge store posted signs announcing its closure on Thursday. No final date for the business has been set ...

Go and Do: Jan. 15, 2021

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Around the area EMMETSBURG — Palo Alto Sportsmen’s Ducks Unlimited annual banquet and fundraiser is TODAY at The Shores at Five Island Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be raffles, games, auction and gun giveaway. Tickets may be purchased by calling Julia Rolston at (712) ...

Number one

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Decker Truck Line Inc. took home first place in the Lights at Kennedy display contest last year. The display featured snowmen and a Christmas tree, each made of tires, on a flatbed trailer. “Decker certainly put a lot of effort and went bigger than they had ever gone before,” said ...

News of Record: Jan. 14, 2021

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Thursday Violation of parole — Shawn Hart, 49, 320 S. Ninth St. Apt. 21, transferred to Board of Parole. Lottery forgery — Ariel Eberle, 26, Rockwell City, preliminary hearing set for Jan. 22; Bryce Garrels, 27, Stratford, preliminary hearing set for ...

Lawmakers give governor high marks

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Iowa lawmakers representing Webster County agree with Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposals for improving child care, broadband service and mental health treatment. Reacting to the governor’s Condition of the State Address, the legislators said Wednesday that they expect to get to work quickly on ...

New exhibit featured at the Blanden

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The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is continuing its schedule of exhibitions for 2021. The new year has an incredible display of imagery from the Permanent Collection. All of the works that fill the three galleries are from the Blanden’s Permanent Collection. It is just a partial display of ...

Online program for caregivers

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Does your mom or dad take care of a loved one (perhaps one cares for the other)? Do you know what your parents are going through? Your parent is in a new role of caregiver when helping a spouse or loved one with things he/she cannot do because of a medical condition’s disabling effects. How ...

An injection of hope

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As Friendship Haven residents felt a slight pinch in their arms, the first COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday produced a perhaps intangible feeling that has been absent for nearly a year: hope. “It was amazing – totally and completely amazing,” said Julie Thorson, president and CEO of ...

Webster County receives guidance for vaccinations

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According to Webster County Health Department Director Kari Prescott, Phase 1B vaccination guidance for the COVID-19 vaccine was received today, but the department has not received the vaccines. “Iowa is still in a vaccine shortage,” said Prescott. “We are not administering to these ...

News of Record: Jan. 13, 2021

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Police Logs FORT DODGE Monday A stabbing was reported in the 800 block of Kenyon Road. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of Central Avenue. Theft was reported in the 200 block of Avenue M West. A hit and run was reported in the 300 block of South Ninth Street. An ...

ICCC to hold virtual commencement for spring graduates

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The Spring 2021 commencement ceremony for Iowa Central Community College graduates will once again be a virtual event. The ICCC Board of Directors made the decision on Tuesday evening after a discussion about the outlook of the COVID-19 situation in April. Angie Martin, vice president of ...

DCI assists with animal neglect investigation

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ALGONA — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation received a request to assist the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office regarding a welfare check associated with an animal neglect investigation in Whittemore on Monday. The DCI Crime Scene Team assisted at a residence at 407 Clay St. after ...

2021 New Year baby arrives at SMCH

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LAKE CITY — The first baby of 2021 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City has arrived. Madden Thomas Hardy was born to Daylon and Alex Hardy, of Churdan. The New Year baby entered the world at 1:16 a.m. on Jan. 9, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and is 20 inches long. He ...

Commission addresses property proposals

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The Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission on Tuesday moved to help the eventual sale and development of some land along South 32nd Street. The commission also recommended that a request to vacate some city-owned property on the northwest side of town be rejected. Both of the commission’s ...

‘Loss of learning’

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Fewer students in the Fort Dodge Community School District scored at or above their grade’s benchmarks this fall, compared to the fall term of 2019. “In general, we mirrored the rest of the state with about a 10% drop,” said Superintendent Jesse Ulrich. Stephanie Anderson, Director ...