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News of record: Jan. 12, 2021

News of record

Police records FORT DODGE Thursday Two domestic calls were reported. Loud music was reported in the 1300 block of Avenue B. Theft was reported in the 100 block of Avenue M West. Juvenile problems were reported in the 900 block of South 18th Street. A car accident was reported at ...

Promoting City of Fort Dodge is more difficult in pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic is weighing down the proposed budget of the Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau. The bureau, which is tasked with promoting Fort Dodge and Webster County as a great place to visit, is funded by the city’s hotel-motel tax. That’s a 7 percent levy added to ...

FD scores low interest on bond issues

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When Fort Dodge city officials went to the bond market on Monday to borrow the money to pay for some upcoming projects, they received some remarkable interest rates. A bond issue that will total up to $9.3 million has an interest rate of less than 1 percent. Another bond issue totaling up ...

Sanders on the job in Humboldt

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HUMBOLDT — For the first time in more than a decade, the Humboldt Police Department is led by a chief of police. On Monday, the newly-appointed Police Chief Joel Sanders started leading the department’s seven police officers. Sanders has been a police officer for 30 years, spending ...

FD council OKs sign measure

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The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday approved the second reading of a measure that will regulate signs on the Crossroads Mall site as it is redeveloped into Corridor Plaza. The measure will not lead to any remarkable changes in the signs that the public will see there. Instead, it will ...

Poised for takeoff

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The first United Express jet to link Fort Dodge and the rest of the world via Chicago O’Hare International Airport will take off on March 1. Tickets for that flight and others are already available online, airline and airport officials have announced. The airline will provide 12 round ...

Getting to know our teachers

Education

Jill Nelson Where do you teach? Fort Dodge Middle School What grade/subject do you teach? Behavior Special Education: Grades 5-7 Why do you teach? I teach because of the feeling that I get helping students who struggle with behavior or social/emotional skills reach their goals and feel ...

Apparent murder-suicide under investigation

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VINCENT — The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in rural Webster County, according to a preszs release from the department. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to 107 N. Third St. in Vincent for a welfare check at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, ...

FD schools name January students, employee of the month

Education

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employee of the month for January. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Miles Sanders is the elementary ...

‘It’s rewarding and it’s fun’

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The Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is challenging community members to brave the cold weather and travel on foot for 3.1 miles. The run/walk event, called Snow Cold Virtual 5K, is being offered Jan. 29-31. During that time, participants can run or walk anywhere they ...

Art classes continue for children at the Blanden

Education

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is continuing art opportunities for children on Jan. 16. New classes have been developed to be taught virtually yet have the one-on-one capability in creating a piece of art for the participants involved. It is the latest opportunity for the public to enjoy the ...

FD City Council to continue budget work

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More proposed budgets plus some sign regulations are on tonight’s agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council. The council’s work will begin at 5 p.m. with a budget workshop. During that session, the officials will review the proposed spending plans for the Karl L. King Municipal Band, the ...

Authorities investigating apparent murder-suicide

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The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in rural Webster County, according to a press release from the department. At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, sheriff’s deputies were sent to 107 N. Third St. in Vincent for a welfare check. There they ...

Fulfilling his civic duty

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Editor's note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, published June 30, 2020, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are making a difference in their communities. HARCOURT — Keeping the park in Harcourt a ...

Settled in

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DUNCOMBE — When the first rays of the morning’s sunshine strike the east side of Matt and Libby Mitchell’s barn, they stream through the frost formation on the windows, casting orange spots of light onto the opposite wall. Downstairs, where the animals were once kept, that sunshine ...

‘I hope I made a difference’

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About four years ago, an elderly woman told Dr. Dan Cole something that encapsulates his 49 years of practicing medicine. “She said, ‘Dr. Cole, I want to give you a big hug. You delivered all five of my kids,’’ Cole recalled. “That makes you feel good to look back on your medical ...

Business in 2020

Local Business

2020 saw the closing of multiple businesses in the Fort Dodge area. But 2020 was also a year of new beginnings for other businesses. Meanwhile, other businesses announced major expansions. Here are some of the highlights: Schuur becomes co-owner at Coldwell Banker In January, Keenan ...