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Santa and the Grinch

Local News

Santa, Mrs. Claus and even the Grinch were all in agreement on one thing Saturday as they visited businesses in downtown Fort Dodge. Shopping local is a good thing indeed. All three of them were doing their part to make it fun, too, as part of the Main Street Fort Dodge Breakfast With ...

Holiday Cookie Walk is Wednesday

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Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services is hosting a traditional Holiday Cookie Walk on Wednesday. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 11:30 a.m. at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Bring your favorite cookies to share and then take some other favorites ...

Couple likes originality of their barn

Local Business

OTHO — Neil and Janeen Hungate’s barn isn’t used for livestock, but rather antiques. No matter the use, the couple works to ensure the barn remains as close to how it was built as they can. The Hungates have done the usual maintenance to keep the barn up and fortunately, before ...

Kelley becomes court appointed special advocate

Business Briefs

April Kelley, of Dakota City, was sworn into service as a court appointed special advocate volunteer by District Associate Judge Joseph Tofilon at the Webster County Law Enforcement Center in Fort Dodge. Kelley joins others who volunteer and work with the Iowa Child Advocacy Board, the ...

Helping those who need help

Local News

Troy Schroeder has a huge heart for the homeless and people who are struggling. That’s why he and Linette Nelson decided to do something to help homeless and cold Fort Dodge residents. A few years ago Nelson, a Fort Dodge resident, saw a social media post that went viral on ...

HarvestPort can help growers save money

Local Business

In an effort to better assist producers with finding the best prices for their inputs and helping retailers connect with the customer, Tyler Horbach, founder of The FarmElement, has joined HarvestPort as grower solutions manager. HarvestPort, according to the company, connects a network of ...

Hy-Vee Homefront helps veterans, families

Business Briefs

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that its annual Hy-Vee Homefront Round Up and Veterans Day breakfast raised more than $227,750; provided more than 85,000 free breakfasts; and collected 100,000 letters of appreciation for current service men and women stationed around the world. ...

New wheels under the tree

Local News

Not every family can afford to put a new bike under the tree for their child to ride on. That situation is where the annual Bikes For Tykes program comes in. Matt Johnson, general manager of Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, helps coordinate the program, a joint venture with Alpha ...

Let them pass

Local News

Angela Lee, of Paton, spent Thursday night sitting in a camping chair set up inside an InstaPod portable shelter in front of the Fort Dodge Menards store. She arrived with several other family members — who had their own InstaPod shelters — about 6:30 p.m. Only 11.5 hours before the ...

Grace Lutheran to hold special Advent services

Religion Briefs

In addition to regular worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, additional worship services will be held during Advent at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. The community is invited. On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the church will celebrate St. Nicholas (a.k.a. “Santa Claus”). ...

Oh, Christmas tree

Local News

DUNCOMBE — Kevin and Aubrey Cordray, of Humboldt, have hopes that choosing and harvesting their own Christmas tree will become a long time family tradition. The Cordrays, along with their son Hayes, 3 and daughter Collins, 1, have been picking out their own Christmas tree, making it a ...

Aglow International to meet at Fort Dodge Public Library Dec. 7

Religion Briefs

Aglow International will host Gabriel Sanders, of Humboldt, at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. There will be time of worship, reception and revelation into another aspect of the living word of God. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Kelly ...

Steyer is focused on climate change

Local News

Tom Steyer thinks Iowans are “extremely sophisticated about politics.” “Iowans really know a lot, as a function of being the first state (to caucus in the presidential election cycle),” said Steyer, a Democratic candidate for president. With the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses ...

Bethany Lutheran Scandinavian Tea is Wednesday

Religion Briefs

EMMETSBURG — Bethany Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg, is holding its annual Scandinavian Tea from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The tea will feature a large variety of Scandinavian breads and cookies served by costumed waitresses. There will also be a bake sale. The tickets are $7 for ...

Casablanca fire not believed to be suspicious

Local News

While the cause of the early morning fire at Casablanca Steak House, 140 S. 25th St., remains under investigation, Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said there’s no evidence to suggest it was suspicious. “At this stage, there’s no evidence to think this fire was suspicious,” ...

Firefighters put out kitchen fire on Thanksgiving

Local News

ROCKWELL CITY — Rockwell City firefighters broke away from their families on Thanksgiving Day to prevent a kitchen fire from spreading inside of a home, according to Shane Voith, Rockwell City fire chief. The fire at 731 Richmond St. was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. “It was ...

My College Journey: Dallas Hammitt

Local News

Name: Dallas Hammitt Hometown: Vincent Age: 19 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? My main area is pre-engineering. Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? I chose to attend Iowa Central as the flat rate tuition will make it very affordable to attain ...