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News of Record: Jan. 14, 2020

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Driving under suspension — Jon King, no age given, no address given, $397.50. Possession of a controlled substance — Kyle Vanvalkenburg, no age given, no address given, preliminary hearing set for Jan. 22; Shanda Roper, no age given, no address ...

Maehl promoted to new Fort Dodge city post

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The assistant director of parks, recreation and forestry in Fort Dodge has been promoted to a newly created position in which in he will tackle a wider variety of projects and programs. Ryan Maehl was approved as the new assistant to the city manager by the City Council Monday night. In the ...

Fort Dodge council approves demolitions, truck purchases

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Two more abandoned houses will have a date with a wrecking crew as a result of Fort Dodge City Council action Monday. The houses at 165 N. Fifth St. and 175 N. Fifth St. were previously acquired by the city government via the state’s abandoned buildings law. On Monday, the council hired ...

‘64 years late’

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More than six decades after leaving school and enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Thomas Filloon received an honorary diploma from the Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education on Monday night. Filloon would have graduated with the Fort Dodge Senior High class of 1956, but instead ...

Plea setting hearing set for juvenile in October shooting

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A hearing to accept a guilty plea has been set for the 17-year-old charged in the October robbery of a man shot to death near Tom Thumb. Tate Martinson, of Fort Dodge, was charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, in what police say was a drug deal gone wrong with Mohammed ...

Council reviews static spending plans for library, museum, band

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Visitors to the Fort Dodge Public Library and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum would not notice much different in either place if their proposed budgets are approved by the Fort Dodge City Council. The spending plan for the Fort Dodge Regional Airport includes money for some runway work, but ...

The game of life

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Fort Dodge’s Konner Pirie was in the middle of doing what he loves when he heard the news that broke his heart. Little did Pirie know that the gaming world he has embraced would help both himself and his family pick up the pieces after a crippling loss. Pirie, a 2015 Fort Dodge Senior ...

FD library seeks participants for Smithsonian exhibit

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The Fort Dodge Public Library is seeking members of the public to be part of a Smithsonian exhibit. The library will host the traveling exhibit, called “Voices and Votes,” from the Smithsonian Institution, beginning in March. The library will collect stories from the public, some of ...

Finnegan named to Wartburg College Fall Term Dean’s List

Education Briefs

Katelyn Finnegan, of Otho, was named to the Wartburg College Fall Term Dean’s List. The college recognized 472 students for Fall Term. The list honors students who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in at least four course credits during the term. Three of the four course credits ...

Service is second nature to Stoolman

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ROCKWELL CITY — When Lowell Stoolman served as Rockwell City’s chief of police, he didn’t mind speaking to local groups like the Rotary Club, but he wasn’t looking for one more job to do either. “The Rotary Club regularly asked me to speak about topics like finger printing to ...

Heavenly songs

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During the 2019 Christmas choral concert at St. Edmond Catholic School, the students’ voices filled the auditorium with song for an audience of parents, teachers and other guests. One of the songs performed, “Little Lord,” was written by Ben Wegner, director of vocal music at St. ...

Sayer Counseling offers group therapy

Local Business

Kelly and Heather Sayer have always felt a calling to help others connect and make positive changes in their lives. And they have been able to accomplish that through their work at Sayer Counseling, 1728 Central Ave., Suite 10. The couple opened their office in May of 2017. They ...

‘There needs to be money for treatment’

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., described mental health as the “forgotten illness” in the state of Iowa during her speech Saturday in the Bioscience & Health Science Building on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College. “You only have 64 public mental health care ...

Iowa Specialty Hospital expands Fort Dodge clinic

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Iowa Specialty Hospital, based in Clarion, has expanded its clinics to include a new Fort Dodge family medicine clinic. Orthopedic Specialists, 2700 First Ave. S., has partnered with Iowa Specialty Hospital since 2006 to provide orthopedics, sports medicine, therapy and occupational health ...

What’s the BUZZ with bees?

Local Business

During a recent Iowa Learning Farms’ webinar, Randall Cass, Iowa State University Extension entomologist, gave an overview of some of the research that is being conducted in Iowa with bees, including the implications for farmers, beekeepers and landowners. Cass said oftentimes, people are ...

Crossroads Mall project on the agenda for FD City Council

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More proposed budgets, an agreement with the developer acquiring Crossroads Mall and a reorganization of some staff positions are all on the agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council will begin its work at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a budget ...

Grandpa’s Barn

Local Business

VARINA — Nancy Kelly has the privilege of working in her grandfather’s barn on a daily basis. Kelly, who partners with Dick Farrell, owns and operates “Grandpa’s Barn” in the town of Varina in Pocahontas County, where they have done extensive repair to the structure, turning it into ...

Pendleton murder trial suspended

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A judge found probable cause in court Friday morning to determine that Josh Pendleton, the Fort Dodge man accused of robbing and killing the Rev. Al Henderson in October, may be incompetent to stand trial. District Court Judge Gina Badding ordered Pendleton, 36, to undergo a mental health ...