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Blessed ash

February 11, 2016 In the continuation of a tradition that dates back to the first few centuries of Christianity, worshippers gathered for Ash Wednesday Mass to receive a cross-shaped mark made from the ashes of burne... more »»

Fine levied for fatal trench collapse

February 11, 2016 The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Fort Dodge plumbing company for a 2015 trench collapse in which a man died. Riley-Armstrong Plumbing & Heating was fined $59,000. more »»

Committee says halve pond at Oleson

February 11, 2016 Only about half of the pond in Oleson Park should be refilled with water, and people should be able to get a bit closer to it, according to a panel named to make a recommendation on the site’s future. more »»

Iowa Central sees slight decline in numbers

February 11, 2016 Iowa Central Community College’s spring head count is down 2.2 percent from 2015, and its credit hours are down 3.3 percent. more »»

Pipeline decision may come today

February 11, 2016 DES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities board went parcel by parcel through some of the land to be crossed by a proposed pipeline for the second day Wednesday. more »»

It’s yes to Duncombe

February 10, 2016 Both general obligation bonds passed in Tuesday’s special referendum. Only 60 percent support was needed for each ballot question to pass. more »»

Two fire investigations:

February 10, 2016 Investigators have wrapped up their probe of the Jan. 18 blaze at a tire warehouse without being able to determine how it started, according to the Fort Dodge Fire Department. more »»

Courthouse will get cameras

February 10, 2016 Security cameras and access control doors will be installed in the Webster County Courthouse as part of the next phase of courthouse security improvements. The county will pay $7,268. more »»

Has the paper of record been chosen?

February 10, 2016 A two-month-long battle between small-town newspapers may be over — for now — but confusion remains. more »»

Regional planning underway for area parks

February 10, 2016 Input is being sought on how to best move forward with the park systems in a tri-county area that includes Boone, Hamilton and Webster counties. more »»

Shelter from the storm

February 10, 2016 WEBSTER CITY — Kent Johnson didn’t expect to spend his Monday night at the Webster City Fire Station. more »»

P & Z Commission member pushes for changes

February 10, 2016 A member of the Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission is pressing for an overhaul of rules that he says impede development in the city. more »»


February 9, 2016 Motorists were told to avoid travel Monday as high winds caused blowing and drifting snow across north central Iowa. more »»

Public supports both FDCSD bonds

February 9, 2016 Both general obligation bonds passed in Tuesday’s special referendum. Only 60 percent support was needed for each ballot question to pass. more »»

Wilson denied post-conviction relief

February 9, 2016 A judge has denied post-conviction relief for a man serving a life sentence for murder. The ruling denying relief for Mark Wilson, 57, was issued Monday. more »»

Seven saves

February 9, 2016 Two of them were being poisoned by an odorless gas. Four of them were in a blazing house. One of them suffered a near fatal heart attac. more »»

Duncombe asbestos removal approved

February 9, 2016 The Fort Dodge Community School District board Monday approved advertising bids for a Duncombe Elementary building asbestos removal projec. more »»

Teen gets prison on robbery conviction

February 9, 2016 A Manson teen has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a Kum & Go robbery late last year. Robert K. Simacek, 17, of Manson, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of second-degree robbery. more »»

FD street projects for 2016 introduced

February 9, 2016 A 2016 paving project which, among other things, will resurface the streets in the Parkview neighborhood south of downtown was introduced to the Fort Dodge City Council Monday night. more »»

Dakota Access pipeline deliberations begin

February 9, 2016 DES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities Board can consider safety of a proposed pipeline in its deliberations, even though safety overall is handled by a federal agency, board members heard Monday. more »»



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