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‘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 ...

Hy-Vee offers virtual dietitian services

Business Briefs

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. has announced the launch of its new, virtual dietitian services platform, Healthie, as another way to connect with its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Free services include virtual store tours, dietitian discovery sessions and monthly ...

News of Record: Jan. 9, 2021

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Driving while barred — Ed Brown, 30, 917 11th Ave. S.W., preliminary hearing set for Jan. 15. Possession of marijuana — Ed Brown, 30, 917 11th Ave. S.W., preliminary hearing set for Jan. 15. Failure to appear — Ed Brown, 30, 917 11th Ave. ...

10 pounds meth, $7k seized after high-speed chase

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A Fort Dodge man was arrested on several charges Thursday evening after a high speed chase that started on U.S. Highway 20 and ended with a crash into a utility pole next to the Maggio Building on Fifth Avenue South. An Iowa State Patrol trooper pulled over Nicholas Griffin, 37, after ...

Judge orders payments to murder defendant

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One Fort Dodge defendant charged in the June 16 double homicide in Pleasant Valley is entitled to $5,560 for being held as a material witness nearly five months, a judge ruled Tuesday. District Court Judge Angela Doyle ruled in favor of Darrell Jones, 23, after he filed a motion arguing for ...

Dunham’s will remain open

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Dunham’s Sporting Goods will remain open at Crossroads Mall, the company announced on Friday. The store has been in Fort Dodge for over 25 years, first opening its doors in November 1995. “Working with the new owner of Crossroads Mall, with support from local government, business and ...

Picture perfect

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Karlee Ihde, a 20-year-old student at Iowa Central Community College, grew up in West Union shooting pictures to submit for county and state fairs. “I loved seeing the reactions,” said Ihde, who was involved in Future Farmers of America. Ihde and a group of photography students at ...

FD woman charged with evasion after stealing rock

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A Fort Dodge woman picked up a few misdemeanor charges Tuesday after Fort Dodge Police say she stole a rock before leading police on a chase. Fort Dodge Police responded to the 10 block of S. 23rd Street for report of a burglary in progress at a landscaping business between about 10 and ...

News of Record: Jan. 7, 2021

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Wednesday One domestic call was reported. A burglary in progress was reported in the 2500 block of 13th Avenue South. A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 10 block of South 18th Street. Criminal mischief was reported in the 1300 block of Third Avenue ...

An ‘essential’ wedding

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When Karisha Summers and Nick Eggers walk down the aisle in October 2022, they’ll do it without the heavy financial burden weddings can place on couples’ shoulders. Summers, a certified nursing assistant at Friendship Haven, was the recipient of a wedding giveaway for essential workers ...

Forest Avenue to close today

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Weather permitting, Forest Avenue, north of 10th Avenue North will be closed to through traffic today. Local traffic will have access. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route and caution in the area.

Public Health aims for Phase 1B within two weeks

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Webster County Public Health, currently in Phase 1A, is hoping to enter Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout within the next two weeks, former Board of Health chair Linda Opheim said at a Thursday meeting. The county is currently vaccinating nurses, dental providers, therapists and other ...

FDCSD announces staff for new early childhood center

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The Fort Dodge Community School District announced on Thursday the first staff positions for the new Fort Dodge Early Childhood Center when it opens for the 2021-22 school year. Carmen Banwart, the current principal at Butler Elementary School, has been named to the role of principal for the ...

CFR: Meth at the top of substance abuse issues

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Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in Webster County, according to information from Mickie Shubin, of Community & Family Resources. Speaking about plans to combat the issue locally, Shubin, who is the Strategic Initiatives to Prevent Drug Overdoses coordinator and a certified prevention ...

Big plans

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With a $2.5 million project, Community Health Center of Fort Dodge is planning to expand its behavioral health and dental services with a renovation of its downtown building. With 8,000 additional square feet of space after the renovation, capacity for dental services will increase 50% ...

UnityPoint Health screenings scheduled

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UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is holding health screenings Jan. 11 and 14. Stroke and vascular screenings will be held on Jan. 11. Community blood work screenings will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Jan. 14. Appointment times are required for both screenings. Call ...