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Iowa Central shifts focus to 2021

COVID-19

The National Junior College Athletic Association took a proactive step toward salvaging some semblance of a 2020-21 athletic season on Monday, postponing all but one of its fall sports campaigns and adjusting the winter schedule as well in an effort to buy time as the country continues to ...

Return to learn plan approved

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Regardless of how schools choose to approach the fall 2020 semester during this COVID-19 pandemic, not everyone is going to be satisfied. No one knows this more than Jesse Ulrich, superintendent of the Fort Dodge Community School District. “As a district, we’re trying to balance ...

Iowa Central changes fall schedule

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Iowa Central Community College will begin its fall 2020 semester a week earlier than originally scheduled. During Tuesday night's meeting, the ICCC Board of Directors approved changes to the fall academic calendar. Classes will now begin on Aug. 18 and run through Nov. 25. Students will not ...

Prison COVID-19 cases rise by 67

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The number of inmates with COVID-19 at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has increased over the weekend. As of Monday afternoon, 186 inmates at FDCF have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of 67 since last reported on Friday. According to the Iowa Department of ...

Floyd of Rosedale on display

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A massive steel pig will be standing near the intersection of 10th Avenue North and 32nd Street by the end of this year. College football fans, especially devotees of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, are likely to recognize the oversized metal porker. It will be a sculpture of Floyd of ...

Prison inmate dies at age 62

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An inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died, according to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections. The Iowa DOC said that Ronald Eugene Holdsworth, 62, was pronounced dead at 4:43 a.m. on Saturday morning. Holdsworth was experiencing a medical emergency and was being ...

Local day care closed after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

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A Fort Dodge day care has temporarily closed its doors after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Community Early Childhood Center, 1315 S. 24th St., was informed of a staff member testing positive on Friday, according to a letter sent out to parents on Saturday. “It is in ...

School board OKs K-2 iPad purchase

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Starting this fall, the Fort Dodge Community School District will have a 1-to-1 student-to-device ratio for all students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The FDCSD Board of Education approved a proposal to expand the 1-to-1 device ratio to the younger grades this fall. The ...

FD City Council awards sewer contract

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A company has been hired to reline some sanitary sewers at various locations throughout Fort Dodge in a process that will fix those pipes without having to dig up streets. The City Council on Monday hired Municipal Pipe Tool Co., of Hudson, to do that job at a cost of $2,846,000. Other ...

Task force to look at FD marijuana enforcement

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The legal consequences of possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use will be studied by Fort Dodge officials. The City Council on Monday authorized City Manager David Fierke to put together a task force to study the issue and submit a report by Oct. 1. The task force will ...

Floyd of Rosedale sculpture proposed

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A monument to a hog known as Floyd of Rosedale and a major investment by AML Riverside LLC will be subjects of discussion by the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets tonight. The council’s work will start with a 5 p.m. workshop. The business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Because of the ...

News of record: July 13, 2020

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Sex offender registration violation — Donald Donte William Wood, 33, 484 N. Second St., preliminary hearing set for July 20. Perjury — Bradley Louis Habben, 33, Dayton, preliminary hearing set for July 20. First-degree harassment — ...

DMACC announces spring graduates

Education Briefs

ANKENY — More than 800 students graduated following the spring semester from Des Moines Area Community College’s Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines and West Des Moines campuses. Fort Dodge graduates are Joseph Correa, liberal arts; Emily Pecka, liberal arts; and Brian ...

Fifth COVID death reported in Webster County

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A fifth person has died related to COVID-19, Webster County Public Health announced on Saturday. The individual was a middle aged adult (41-60). “Our condolences go out to this individual’s family,” Public Health said in a written statement. “It is important to continue frequently ...

DMACC posts spring semester dean’s list

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ANKENY — Des Moines Area Community College recently released the names of students eligible for the spring semester Dean’s List. To be eligible, a student must have completed a minimum of six credits and earned a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average for that semester. Area students are: ...

FDCF inmate dies

COVID-19

An inmate at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has died, according to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections. The Iowa DOC said that Ronald Eugene Holdsworth, 62, was pronounced dead at 4:43 a.m. on Saturday morning. Holdsworth was experiencing a medical emergency and was being ...

Home sweet home

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High school sweethearts Jenn and Luke Becker always knew they wanted to come back to their hometown to raise their family. “It was never a question of ‘if’ we’d come back to Fort Dodge, it was ‘when,’” said Jenn Becker, a 2011 St. Edmond Catholic School graduate. After Jenn ...

Getting to know our teachers

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Alyssa Faylor Where do you teach? Fort Dodge Middle School What grade/subject do you teach? I teach 7th grade science. Why do you teach? Since I started kindergarten, I always wanted to be a teacher. I had incredible teachers and am from a family of teachers. I teach because I ...