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Man Arrested in String of Armed Robberies


Fort Dodge Police have arrested a 20 year old Humboldt man on robbery charges.  20 year old Kaleb Lenning is accused of three armed robberies that occurred during the day Thursday.  The first two occurred in Humboldt at the HyVee Wine and Spirits and at the Crossroads Cenex gas station.   Fort Dodge police were dispatched to the Days Inn around 115 Thursday afternoon upon

BVU Seeks Digital Media


Buena Vista University in Storm Lake is seeking entires for the annual Showoff Digital Media contest.  The contest is open to students in grades 10-12 and is a chance to show off their media skills : .  Dr. Andrea Frantz, Showoff Festival Coordinator and professor of Digital media, says it's very rewarding to see the work the students enter, in particular because it can inspire

Pipeline Company Holds Town Meeting in Fort Dodge Part 3


A public meeting was held Tuesday in Fort Dodge for the Dakota Access Pipeline.   Another concern addressed during the meeting was Eminent Domain.  Residents do  not have to agree to easements that would allow the pipeline to run through  their land. If they refuse, Energy Transfer company has the right to request  the land via eminent domain.  Kerri Johannsen,

Pipeline Company Holds Town Meeting in Fort Dodge Part 2


A public meeting was held Tuesday in Fort Dodge for the Dakota Access Pipeline.   One of the biggest concerns for landowners was the environmental impact on their  land.  Lisa Dillinger with Energy Transfer, explains the route and impact : .  The company explained that it would maintain the pipeline  above and beyond government regulations, including the use of

Pipeline Company Holds Town Meeting in Fort Dodge Part 1


A public meeting was held Tuesday in Fort Dodge for the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The public meeting is a requirement of the Iowa Utilities Board and is for information purposes for residents.  The pipeline will run from North Dakota to a hub in Patoka Illinois, carrying around 570,000 barrels of oil a day.  Adam Broad, a senior project manager with Energy Transfer Partners,

Names Released in Marshalltown Shooting


Marshalltown Police have released the name of a man involved in a fatal shooting.  Police say 25 yhear old Andrew Worsfold died after exchanging gunfire with Officers Ramon Maxey and Benjamin Sheevel in Marshalltown.  According to the release, police were investigating a robbery at the Jiffy Gas Station when they encountered Worsfold.  Police questioned Worsfold and police allege

Verdict Returned for Tama Man


After a seven day trial, it took a jury just eight hours to find a 26 year old Tama man guilty on two counts of second degree murder Thursday in Federal Court.  KCRG TV in Cedar Rapids reports that Gordon Lasley Jr., who was accused of killing his parents with a homemade machete sat without emotion as the verdicts were read.  Lasley was accused in the murder of his parents on February

Updated: Webster City Wrestling Coaches Out on Bond


Two Webster City wrestling coaches who were arrested and charged with felony assault and burglary over the weekend have bonded out of jail.  52 year old Terry Nessa and 50 year old Ted Larson made their initial appearance in Story County Magistrate Court on Monday morning.  Larson and Nessa are alleged to have driven a marked school vehicle to a residence in northern Story County.

Fatal Fire Ruled Accidental


A fatal fire under investigation in Granger, Iowa, was ruled accidental, likely caused by smoking.  The State Fire Marshall made the determination on Monday following the fire, which happened Sunday night.  The fire claimed the life of 55 year old James O'Connor.  The State Medical Examiner ruled that O'Connor died of thermal injuries related to the fire.  The fire was

Police Seek Information in Stabbing


Fort Dodge Police are seeking information in a stabbing that was reported Sunday morning.  According to police 33 year old La Tosha James sustained injuries during a physical altercation  early Sunday morning.  Officers responded to Unity Point Hospital and upon investigation, learned that the incident occurred at the Dodger Tap.  James suffered stab wounds to her upper chest

Updated: Webster City Wrestling Coaches Arrested, Charged


Two Webster City wrestling coaches have been arrested and charged with felony assault and burglary. 52 year old Terry Nessa and 50 year old Ted Larson are alleged to have driven a marked school vehicle to a residence in northern Story County. According to the Story County Sheriff's office, Larson and Nessa forced their way into the home of Lyndal Olson. According to court documents, Larson

Sac City Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Vehicular Homicide


A 17 year old Sac City boy has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges stemming from a fatal car crash in August.  Trevor Feauto of Clarksville, filed a written plea with the Sac County District Court on Monday.  He is being charged as an adult with two counts of homicide by vehicle, operating under the influence, and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. 

Straw Poll Could End


An Iowa tradition might come to an end.  Gov. Terry Branstad is trying to end the Iowa Straw Poll, which Republicans use before a presidential election to vet candidates.  It is also one of the largest fundraisers in the state.  Gov. Branstad says he's had talks with his party over ending the tradition.  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first woman to win the

Webster City Wrestling Coaches Arrested, Held on Bond


Two Webster City wrestling coaches have been arrested and charged with felony assault and burglary. 50 year old Ted Larson is charged with first degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief, and willful injury, which is a felony assault.  Larson is the head wrestling coach for Webster City Community Schools.  Larson has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the

Boehringer Ingelheim To Expand


Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. announced upgrades and expansions at its Fort Dodge location Friday afternoon.  In all, according to company representative Renee Ward, the company is looking to invest around $100 million over four years beginning in 2015.  Among the projects discussed were upgrades to offices and expanding some of the operations, including vaccine production and

Early-Start Waivers Will Be Harder to Get


School districts in Iowa may have to start school on time in the future.  The Iowa Department of Education announced Friday that it would change how it issues waivers that allow classes to start earlier.  A letter was sent to education leaders stating that the change is effective immediately.  Gov. Terry Branstad has lobbied for schools to start according to state law.  That

ISU Football Player Arrested


An ISU football player was arrested Friday night in Ames on domestic abuse charges.  WHO TV reports that Devlyn Cousin was arrested just before midnight Friday.  He was charged with simple domestic violence and obstruction of emergency communication.  He is alleged to have pushed a woman to the ground.  Coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement "Devlyn is currently suspended

Teen Charged in Marshalltown Death


Marshalltown Police have made an arrest in the death of 32 year old Paul Garrett of Tama.  According to a press release, police arrested 18 year old James Head of Marshalltown on charges of first degree murder.  He is being held in the Marshall County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, a class C felony, and first degree murder, a class A felony.  The investigation

Clive Police Investigate Death of Toddler


Clive Police arrested a 25 year old man on first degree murder charges Wednesday evening.  Joe Anthony Lopez is charged with first degree murder and child endangerment in the death of a 20 month old toddler.  Lopez is accused of using unreasonable force, torture or cruelty against the child, according to police.  The child was taken to Blank Children's Hospital on November 29th

Coralville Police Release Names of Victims


Coralville Police have released the names of the people discovered in a hotel on Tuesday.  Police say that 44 year old Penny Herman of Port St. Lucie, Florida and 41 year old John Tromba also of Port St. Lucie, Florida, were discovered by hotel staff.  Police were called and the bodies were sent for autopsy.  No trauma was discovered on either individual, and police are awaiting

Iowa DNR Charges 15 in Illegal Hunting Case


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has named 15 people in an extensive investigation into illegal hunting.  According to a press release, Brenton Clark, owner of Southeast Iowa Outfitters in Fairfield is facing several charges including four counts of unlawful commercialization of wildlife, five counts of possessing other people's deer tags, four counts of unlawful possession and

Holiday Lighting Campaign Underway


The City of Fort Dodge is looking to replace its Christmas decorations.  The current decorations are nearly 20 years old and have been repaired several times over the years.  Rhonda Chambers, from the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's Imaging Committee, is in charge of the campaign : .  Chambers says that the first part of the campaign focuses on the snowflakes over the

Coralville Police Investigate Deaths


Coralville Police are investigating the death of two people found at motel on Tuesday.  According to a press release, police were called to the Suburban Inn in Coralville by hotel staff around 6:30pm Tuesday.  Staff had found the bodies of two people in one room.  Upon arrival police verified that the people were deceased and then secured the area.  The identity of the

Clive Police Investigate Death of Toddler


Police in Clive have arrested a 25 year old man on murder charges in the death of a 1 year old girl in Clive.  Joe Lopez is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death and is being held on $1 million bond in the case.  Officers say they were called to Blank Children's hospital on Nov. 29th to investigate injuries to the little girl; she died on

Record Harvest Expected


Farmers are seeing increased demand to sell corn to make food, and are seeing more soybean exports but things are otherwise steady, according to the latest crop update from the US Department of Agriculture.  The report looked at farmers in 22 states, including Iowa and Nebraska, who expect record corn yields this year.  The corn crop this year is expected to set a record at 14.41

Blanden Hosts Holiday Party


The Blanden Art Museum is hosting a Holiday Event this Saturday:


Meg Beshey from the Blanden says there are several other activities going on this month as well.  One of the popular events is a new after school art class on Tuesdays for kids ages 5-10:


The fee for the class is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. 

Mistrial Declared in Case of John Green


A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of John Green.  Green is accused of first degree murder in the 2009 death of Mark Koster.  The skeletal remains of Koster were discovered in the basement of a Sac City home in 2012 and Green was taken into custody in March of 2014.  Green denies the charges against him.  The judge declared the mistrial after the questioning of Sac

City Council Approves Rate Increase


The City Council also took steps Monday night to fund the design and planning of of the continued sewer repair project.  The first reading of a resolution to secure a loan in the amount of up to $2.3 million was passed unanimously by the council.  In all the city of Fort Dodge is undertaking $30 million of sewer repairs.  The council also had the third and final

LEC Court Room Remodel Bid Approved


The county board of supervisors met Tuesday and discussed the remodel project for the Law Center Enforcement Courtrooms. They accepted a bid from Kolacha Construction for $477,200, which includes two additional parts to the construction.  The board also planned a meeting with the architect and the engineer to discuss the increased cost for the technology work.  The work was

Fort Dodge Police Officer Saves Child's Life


Fort Dodge Police are recognizing Officer Cody Harris for saving a child's life.  Officer Harris responded to an emergency call of a child choking at Chen Garden on Monday.  When he arrived, he saw an 18 month old child choking and administered emergency medical care.  The child was able to dislodge a grape and began breathing again.  According to a press release, Officer

Bikes for Tykes 2014


Digity Communications is sponsoring their annual Bikes for Tykes promotion.  The promotion runs now through December 9th and is a way to help kids in the community have a great gift under their tree on Christmas Morning: a brand new bike.  Children that are served through Operation Christmas, Church Women United, and Upper Des Moines Opportunity receive the bikes.

Sanders Named Assistant Fire Chief


Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett appointed Lenny Sanders to the position of Assistant Fire Chief at last night's city council meeting.  Sanders comes to Fort Dodge from West Burlington and is also a critical care paramedic, meaning he has additional skills above other paramedics.  Sanders will start his new position on January 5th.  Sanders appointment sets a precedent for the

City Council Addresses Sewer Initiative


The City Council also took steps last night to fund the design and planning of of the continued sewer repair project.  The first reading of a resolution to secure a loan in the amount of up to $2.3 million was passed unanimously by the council.  In all the city of Fort Dodge is undertaking $30 million of sewer repairs.  The council also had the third and final consideration

Tama Man on Trial in Murder of Parents


A 26 year old man accused of killing his parents is on trial this week.  Gordon Lasley Jr. is accused of killing his parents in February with a machete at their home on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement near Tama.  According to Cedar Rapids television station KGAN, Lasley's attorneys are using the insanity defense.  Lasley has a history of violent behavior prior to the

Fort Dodge Woman Charged in Senior High Incident


A 38 year old Fort Dodge woman made her initial appearance in magistrate court Friday morning on assault charges.  The charges stem from an incident Thursday morning at senior high when Wanda Mosely and a 16 year old juvenile allegedly entered the school and became involved in an altercation with two other juveniles over personal matters.  Mosely and the 16 year old then fled the scene

Webster City Police Make Drug Arrest


Webster City Police have made an arrest in a drugs by mail investigation.  According to a press release, the United States Postal Inspection Service in Des Moines began an investigation into a suspicious package addressed to a home in Webster City.  They obtained a search warrant and discovered approximately four pounds of marijuana in the package, with a street value of

Special Election for District Four


A special election has been set for Iowa District 4 to replace Dwayne Alons who recently passed away.  The special election has been set for January 6th of 2015.  Representation Alons served District 4 since 1998.  He announced a battle with cancer in November and passed away November 30th.  Voters can see a candidate list and filing information on the secretary of stats

6th Annual Coats for Kids is Saturday


The annual Coats for Kids for Kids coat drive is this Saturday at Community Health Center in Fort Dodge.  Director Heather Taylor says this is their sixth year doing coats for kids and that need increases every year: . Coats for kids is for anyone in the community that cannot afford warm, winter clothing.  The drive was started by Shana Flatgard: .  Anything that isn't handed

Fort Dodge Man Charged with Credit Card Fraud


A 54 year old Fort Dodge man was charged with four counts of forgery, and four counts of credit card fraud during an initial appearance in Magistrate Court yesterday morning.  Delmar Eugene Delp was charged with eight aggravated misdemeanors stemming from incidents in late September and early October at area businesses.  Delp is accused of using a credit card that was not his to make

Fort Dodge Police Investigate School Assault


Fort Dodge police responded to an incident that caused Senior High to go on a brief lockdown yesterday morning.  According to police, 38 year old Wanda Mosely and a 16 year old juvenile entered the school and got into a physical altercation with two juvenile females over personal matters.  A teacher was assaulted in the process of the altercation. The suspects fled the scene and the

Regents Freeze Tuition for Third Straight Year


The Iowa Board of Regents met Wednesday to discuss tuition at Iowa's three public universities.  For the third year in a row, the regents froze tuition for undergraduate students, a move that affects approximately 40,000 students.  This sets tuition at just over $6,000 at UNI, Iowa, and Iowa State  The board chose to raise tuition 1.75 percent for out of state, graduate,

Air Choice One Announces Prices and Schedules


Air Choice One recently announced it's schedule and fees for flights to and from Fort Dodge.  Flights will begin February 23rd from Fort Dodge to St. Louis, MO.  Introductory fares, which apply if tickets are booked between February 23rd and May 31st are just $49 per flight, which is non-refundable or $69 per flight which would be refundable.  Starting June 1st, 2015,

Fort Dodge Woman Held on Drug Charges


A Fort Dodge woman was held on $100,000 bond after an initial appearance in magistrate court this morning on drug charges.  Tracy Jo Hedeen is charged with delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, in an incident from August.  Hedeen allegedly sold meth to an undercover police officer, which is a class D felony.  If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison.  Her

Women Charged with Credit Card Fraud


Two women were charged this morning during their initial appearance in magistrate court with credit card fraud.  Kylene Rabourne was charged with two counts of credit card fraud, a class D felony and two counts of forgery, an aggravated misdemeanor.  Rabourne allegedly used a credit card that was not hers at the Sears Store multiple times in October.  If convicted on all four

Court Rooms to be Remodeled


The Fort Dodge County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday and approved plans for remodeling court rooms at the Law Enforcement Center.  The plans include adding monitors for attorneys to be able to see their clients who are in jail, as well for the judge and inmates to see each other.  Mark Campbell pointed out the need to increase and improve the IT capabilities of each court room; county

Tuition Freeze and Increase Discussed Today


The Iowa Board of Regents will meet today to discuss tuition at Iowa's three public universities.  The regents are expected to adopt a third tuition freeze for undergraduate students, a move that would affect approximately 40,000 students.  The board has been studying the issue since October.  Another measure the board has been considering is a 1.75 tuition increase for out of

Storm Lake Man Arrested on Burglary Charges


Storm Lake Police have made an arrest following a series of recent burglaries.  According to police, Charles Feliciano, 17, was allegedly involved in a burglary in the 1000 block of Witter St. on November 22nd.  After locating Feliciano at his residence, police secured a search warrant and seized several pieces of evidence.  Police also seized multiple bags of marijuana packaged

Pipeline Company Holds Town Meetings


The first of several town hall meetings over a proposed pipeline was held Monday in Fort Madison.  Supporters and opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois were able to speak at the public hearing.  The Iowa Utilities Board, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Energy Transfer Partners were all present Monday to discuss

Pleasant Hill Teens Remain Held For Now


Three Pleasant Hill teenagers charged with making threats against Southeast Polk schools and police officers in Pleasant Hill had a detention hearing on Monday. 16 year old Aaron Carroll is charged with threats of terrorism, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and first degree harassment.  16 year old Bryce Matthias is charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, two

Pleasant Hill Man Gets Arraignment Date


A 32 year old Pleasant Hill man who is charged with two counts of attempted murder and numerous other charges will be back in court next month.  Pete Polson is accused of going on a 12 minute shooting spree in November in Pleasant Hill.  The shooting spree followed a series of threats posted to the social media app Yik Yak.  Police said the two incidents are not connected. 

Escaped Inmate Sought in Burlington


The Iowa Department of Corrections is searching for an escaped inmate in Burlington.  27 year old Kenneth Bowman was sentenced in 2011 to ten years in prison for intimidation with a  dangerous weapon.  The department of Corrections did not say when or how Bowman escaped from custody.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Des Moines County

Matt Shultz Prepares to Leave Office


Current Secretary of State Matt Schultz will be leaving office at the end of the year to serve as the Madison County Attorney.  Schultz has served as Secretary of State for the last 4 years.  His time in office has been marked by controversy over voting registration laws.  During his time in office, Schultz worked to increase access to voting for active members of the military in

Fort Dodge Landlord Sentenced to Federal Prison


A Fort Dodge woman charged with wire fraud has been sentenced.  67 year old Shirley Wiemer was sentenced in a fraud cause from earlier in 2014.  Weimer allegedly hired a tenant to whom she was renting to burn down a rental unit.  Lisa Young and two other accomplices allegedly burned down a unit, for which Weimer allegedly collected $78,593 in insurance payments.  Weimer

Open Enrollment Period Now Open (Part 3)


The open enrollment period for healthcare is now open.  Sherry Carlson, from Community Health Center in Fort Dodge, offers tips on applying for healthcare: if you think you will qualify for a subsidy, you should enroll through health care dot gov.  Once you've entered your financial information, you will be given a decision on whether or not you qualify.  If you may qualify for

Open Enrollment Period Now Open (Part 2)


Brenda Ekard is an insurance agent with Kingsgate Insurance in Fort Dodge.  She understands that people are confused with the re-enrollment process.  One thing that confuses people is whether or not they can keep an old plan not purchased on the healthcare exchange market:

Open Enrollment Period Now Open (Part 1)


The open enrollment period for the affordable care act runs through February  15th, 2015.   Navigating the enrollment process can be confusing.  Sherry  Carlson, from Community Health Center in Fort Dodge, helps patients navigate the  confusing landscape of the affordable care act.  According to Carlson, there are  two levels of care: state and

Local Rodeo Competitors Set for Nationals


Three local rodeo competitors are set to compete in the Wrangler National Final Rodeo.  According to a press release from The Western Edge, Cole Edge of Humboldt, Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Kollin VonAhn of Sac City have earned a spot in what the Western Edge calls "The NFL of rodeo."    VonAhn has been doing rodeo since high school and has won a world championship at

Fort Dodge Man Sentenced


An 18 year old Fort Dodge man was sentenced to five years in prison for a drive-by shooting.  Xavier Rhone plead guilty to going armed with intent earlier this year, after firing two shots from a .22 caliber revolver in August.  No one was injured in the shooting.  The guilty plea was part of a plea deal that dropped several other charges.  Judge Kurt Wilke indicated he

Batavia Man Arrested and Charged


A 28 year old Batavia man has been charged in an incident from Sunday.  Tyler Lind allegedly led police on a chase through Jefferson County Sunday night, fleeing the scene after crashing his truck. Lind was apprehended on Monday and initially charged with eluding and illegal manner of conveyance of a firearm.  On Tuesday, he was further charged with 1st degree arson, a class B felony,

Fort Dodge to Become Homebase City


Homebase Iowa is an effort to bring veterans to Iowa counties as they transition to civilian life.  Dan Lewandowski explains [Dan1].  Cliff Weldon says that the main goal is bring the soldiers back to Iowa and place them into jobs that fit their skills.  [Cliff1]  Veterans returning to civilian work are in need of jobs and housing and Homebase Iowa is designed to help with

Branstad Questioned in Firing


Gov. Branstad will answer questions under oath concerning the handling of a gay former state administrator.  Branstand is accused of demanding the resignation of Chris Godfrey, the former works compensation commissioner in 2011.  When Godfrey refused to step down, Branstad is accused of cutting his pay by $40,000. Godfrey alleges discrimination by the governor, arguing that his job

Bottled Water Advisory in Churdan


Residents of Churdan are under a bottled water advisory.  The State Department of Natural Resources issued the advisory due to a loss of water pressure from a leaky valve, which caused a high level of nitrates in the water.  The valve caused the city to lose pressure for about half an hour Monday. According to officials, boiling water could be unsafe because it concentrates the nitrates

Storm lake Man Arrested on Drug Charges


Storm Lake Police have arrested at 27 year old man on drug charges stemming from an incident Sunday night.  Police made an undercover purchase of methamphetamine from Vithoune Thammavongsa of Worthington, MN.  Following the alleged purchase, police tracked Thammavongsa to the Sail Inn Motel and executed a search warrant.  Police allegedly located and seized methamphetamine packaged

Pleasant Hill Releases Names of Suspects


Pleasant Hill Police have released the names of the students charged with making threats on the social media app Yik-Yak.  16 year old Aaron Carroll was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony, threats of terrorism, a class D felony, and harassment 1st degree, an aggravated misdemeanor.  Bryce Matthias, 16, was charged with two counts of intimidation with a

Authorities Seek Public's Help Finding Suspect


Jefferson County authorities are asking residents to be on the lookout for an armed man.  26 year old Tyler Lind was involved in a police chase early Sunday morning.  When Lind crashed his truck, he allegedly pulled a gun on a deputy and fired shots.  Lind fled the scene around 190th St. and Ash Avenue hear Batavia.  Police describe Lind as 5 feet 8 inches, with hazel eyes and

Group Opposes Rock Island Clean Line


A proposed energy transmission line from Rock Island Clean Line is meeting opposition from landowners.  Rock Island Clean Line is proposing to build 500 miles of transmission line to carry electricity from wind turbines in Northwest Iowa to Illinois.  In order to do this, RICL must get land from farmers along the route.  The route would start in O'Brien County and run southeast

Five Dead in Weekend Crash


An accident near Sloan, Iowa over the weekend killed five people on Highway 141.  According to a crash report from the Iowa State Patrol, a vehicle driven by 53 year old Shishay Gidey of Sioux City, Iowa was traveling westbound on highway 141 when it went onto the north shoulder and lost control.  The vehicle then slid back into the eastbound lane and was broadsided by a vehicle driven

Marijuana Seized in Dubuque


Authorities in Dubuque seized almost nine pounds of marijuana over the weekend.  According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's office, a vehicle from North Dakota was stopped for an equipment violation on highway 151 Saturday afternoon.  Officers then discovered almost nine pounds of marijuana and arrested a Colorado man.  He is charged with drug possession with the intent to

Southeast Polk Students Charged


Three students from Southeast Polk Schools have been charged in threats made on the social media app Yik-Yak.  Pleasant Hill police held a press conference Friday afternoon and announced the charges.  Suspect #1 is 16 years old and has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony, threats of terrorism, a class D felony, and harassment 1st degree, which is an

Iowa Central Suspects Remain Held


Four suspects in an Iowa Central Community College robbery will be arraigned in district court December 1st.  Garhoth Dak, Juma Deng, Molong Deng, and Joseph Odir are all charged in an incident on the Iowa Central campus last week.  All four allegedly committed an armed robbery on the Iowa Central campus on November 10th.  That incident caused the campus to go on lockdown for

Unemployment Rate Drops



The unemployment rate in Iowa dropped slightly to 4.5 percent. in October according to figures recently released by Iowa Workforce Development.  Iowa Workforce says that Iowa's labor force is at an all-time high of 1.7 million workers.  The Iowa October rate compared to 4.4 percent in October of 2013.  The national unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent.

Penitentiary Delayed


John Baldwin, director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, doesn't know when a new Iowa Penitentiary will open.  Construction is underway on the new prison in Fort Madison, but there have been construction delays.  Most recently, issues with the smoke detection system are being worked out.  Baldwin is asking Gov. Branstad for nearly $379 million in the next budget cycle,

Cherokee Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges


A 35 year old Cherokee man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a stand off with police.  Josh Allender entered a written plea Wednesday in Cherokee County District Court.  He faces charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm or offensive weapon by a domestic violence offender, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, assault while participating in a felony, and assault on

Branstad Working on 2015 Budget


Gov. Branstad is set to begin budget hearings this week.  Branstad is preparing his 2015 budget and will present to the Legislature in early 2015.  Department of Management Director David Roederer says that Branstad must be caution, because revenue growth has slowed, in part because of falling corn and soybean prices.  The stats general fund budget currently includes nearly $7

President Obama Talks Immigration Reform


President Obama addressed the nation on Thursday night on immigration reform.  The President indicated that he would act without Congress by using executive orders to keep 5 million immigrants from being deported.  Part of the plan is to focus on deporting gang members, felons, and suspected terrorists rather than law-abiding families.  Obama explained that anyone who qualifies

Madison County Sherrif Investigates Possible Link to Pleasant Hill Shootings


The Madison County Sheriff is looking into a possible link between a stolen truck and weapon case from last weekend and the recent shootings in Pleasant Hill on Monday. According to KCCI, a truck was stolen last weekend in Earlham Iowa and when recovered in Clarke County, a gun was missing.  Investigators in both cases are currently comparing serial numbers to see if the missing gun was used

Southeast Polk Students Arrested


School officials at Southeast Polk High School report that police have caught two students allegedly responsible for the threatening messages posted to the social media app Yik-Yak.  The students will make their initial appearance today.  In  a notice posted on the school website, school superintendent Craig Menozzi said that security will remain heightened through the school

Officials Release Names of Shooting Victims


Officials have released the names of the victims in Monday's shooting spree in Pleasant Hill.  Officials report that Zachary Whitehill and Mark Mitchell were injured.  Matthew Stephenson was not shot or injured during the shootings.  Mark Mitchell is a civilian employee of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Officials do not believe that the victim's place of

Pharmacy Board Will Decide on Marijuana in January


The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will wait until January to consider a recommendation to change state law regarding marijuana.  At a board meeting on Wednesday, members recommended a change to current law, where marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no medical use.  It is also classified as a Schedule II drug, which means it has medicinal value.  In 2010, the board

Iowa Man Arrested at White House


An Iowa man was arrested outside the White House Wednesday, armed with a hunting rifle and dozens of rounds of ammunition.  The Secret Service reports R.J. Kapheim, 41, of Davenport approached uniformed officers and said someone in Iowa told him to drive to the White House.  He showed them to his car and allowed officers to search the vehicle.  Inside, officers found the rifle and

Bryson Reaches Plea Deal


An 18 year old Fort Dodge man has reached a plea deal in an attempted murder case.  Jerique Bryson, of Fort Dodge, accepted the plea deal on Tuesday.  Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson said that, in the deal, Bryson plead guilty to 2 Class D Felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, and 1 aggravated misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 2

Tuition Freeze Discussed


A proposal to freeze tuition for all students at the states three public universities could cost the state $14.5 million.  The Iowa Board of Regents is set to meet December 3rd to set tuition rates and members have indicated that while they would support a free for in-state undergraduate students, at a cost of $4.5 million, they say extended that freeze to graduate and out-of-state

Father of Des Moines Shooter


Hours after a Pleasant Hill man was arrested for a 12 minute shooting spree, his father was arrested on drug charges.  Pete Polson Jr. is facing several charges, including attempted murder while his father now faces charges of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver.  Pete Polson Jr. remains held in the Polk County Jail on $840,000 cash bond.  Pete Polson

Keystone XL Pipeline Fails in Senate



A controversial pipeline bill failed in the US Senate Tuesday by just one vote.  The Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to refineries in Illinois and Texas.  The pipeline faces criticism from members of Congress and voters alike because of health and environmental concerns.  In January, a Republican Congress will be sworn in and the pipeline faces better

Syngenta Faces Lawsuits



Agrochemical giant Syngenta is facing several lawsuits regarding the sale of a genetically modified corn seed.  The seed in question, agrisure viptera, is altered to kill corn-eating bugs and is approved by the US. It was marketed to US farmers in 2011.  China, which is a major corn market that refuses to buy genetically modified crops that it hasn't tested, did not agree to

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Death


According to a press release, the Fort Dodge Police Department are investing a death.  Officers responded to 1900 5th Ave South at approximately 1:07 pm Monday afternoon in response to an unresponsive individual.  They found 52 year old David Peck unresponsive and he was declared dead at the scene by Webster County Medical Examiner Dr. Dan Cole.  Officials do not believe that foul

Slauson Plea Deal Released


The details of a plea deal have been in released in the case of Leatha Slauson.  Slauson is accused of faking her daughter's cancer diagnosis and taking money from her community to pay for treatment.  Slauson reached a deal with prosecutors in which she pled guilty to five of the twenty five counts she was facing.  Slauson pled guilty to two counts of child endangerment,

Middle School Students Attend Engineering Day at ISU


Fort Dodge Middle School Students will be heading to Ames Tuesday to take part in Middle School Engineering Day at Iowa State University.  Instructor Nicole Ahrens says the students will participate in lectures and demonstrations during the day [What the Kids Will Be Doing].  The purpose of the event, Ahrens said, is to get students interested in STEM: science, engineering, and

Collision Kills One in Clay County


A head on collision near Spencer, Iowa, on Saturday killed one person and sent another to the hospital.  According to the Iowa State Patrol, 64 year old Dollene Kinnetz of Hartley, was killed in the crash.  49 year old Carolyn Alger of Spencer, was transported to the Spencer Hospital.  The accident remains under investigation.

Blowing Snow Forecast for Monday


Fort Dodge received 3.5 inches of snow on Saturday, in the first major snowfall of the season.  Winds on Monday are forecast to gust out of the Northwest at up to 30 mph, sending wind chills into the double digits below zero.  A winter weather advisory has been issued for the northern counties in Iowa, including Humboldt and Kossuth, for blowing snow, which could limit visibilites on

National Guard May Deploy to West Africa


The Iowa National Guard may deploy approximately 80 members of the 294th Area Support Medical Company to West Africa to assist in the Ebola outbreak.  If deployed, the Guard members would provide medical support to Defense Department personnel for six months to one year.  The guard would not be treating residents of West Africa.  Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West

Police Investigate Threat in Pleasant Hill


 KCCI reports that police in Pleasant Hill will be stepping up security at Southeast Polk High School today.  A threat was made via the social media app Yik-Yak that there would be a shooting at the high school.  Police have been unable to track down the message, but are using caution and therefore increasing officer presence at the school.  Earlier this month, a Drake

Gales to Play TItle Game


The St. Edmond Gaels will play for a title spot today at the UNI Dome.  They will take on West Lyon in a game starting at 1:06PM.  This is the second trip to the dome for the Gaels, who first went to state in 2013, when they made it to the state finals.  Today's game can be heard live on Sunny 99.7.

Kossuth County Couple Killed in Crash


A Kossuth county couple was killed in an accident late yesterday afternoon.  88 year old Edward Foertsch and his wife, 84 year old Agnes Foertsch of Algona were killed when the minivan they were riding in ran a stop sign and was hit by a truck driven by 42 year old Brooke Strom of Wells, Minnesota.  The impact sent the minivan into the path of a semi driven by 60 year old Terry Alt of

Eagle Grove Man Charged with Child Endangerment


According to a press release, an Eagle Grove man has been charged with Child Endangerment.  In February of 2014, 30 year old Jordan Olson allegedly assaulted a young boy.  Eagle Grove police enlisted he help of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to assist them in the investigation of the case. Charges were filed on November 6th and a warrant issued for Olson's arrest. 

Snow to Impact State on Saturday


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory Saturday from 9am to midnight.  A low pressure system is expected to bring wide-spread snow to the state today.  Snow will start in the western part of the state by sunrise and spread eastward, bringing snow to the Fort Dodge area by midday.  Forecasts call for 2-4 inches of snow, with possible local amounts up to 5

State Fire Marshall Issues Heating Guidelines


The State Fire Marshall has issued safe heating guidelines for families.  The fire Marshall says to keep flammable materials three feet away from any heating equipment, such as a fire place or furnace.  Ovens should not be used for heating and you should always have a qualified professional install any heating equipment in your home.  Make sure chimneys are inspected and cleaned

Parking Ordinance Information


The City of Fort Dodge reminds residents that when snow reaches two inches or more, parking is prohibited on all emergency snow routes.  Snow routes are designated with a sign posted on each block.  The parking prohibition will be in place for 24 hours after the snow has stopped falling.  Parking notices will be issued on the city Facebook page and website.

 

Slauson Will Not Stand Trial


An Iowa mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis will not stand trial.  30-year-old Leatha Slauson accepted a plea deal the details of which will be released on Monday.  Slauson is accused of telling her community that her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer and collecting money for treatment.  Slauson had previously pleaded not guilty to several

First Major Snowfall to Impact Iowa Saturday


The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory starting Saturday at 9am, expiring Saturday evening at 9pm.  A low pressure system will move into the state late tonight and is expected to bring wide-spread snow to the state on Saturday.  Snow will start in the western part of the state in the morning and spread eastward, bringing snow to the Fort Dodge area by

Iowa Atheist Groups Sponsor BIllboards


Two Iowa groups are sponsoring billboards in the Davenport and Des Moines areas to reach out to atheists, agnostics, and nontheistic people. According to Rory Moe, head of the Central Iowa Coalition of Reason, the Coalition was formed to bring together groups scattered throughout the state.  The billboards were paid for with a $10,00 grant from the United Coalition of Reason based in

Iowa Central Suspects Held on Bond


The four suspects in an alleged armed robbery Monday at Iowa Central Community College made their initial appearance in magistrate court today.  18 year old Garhoth Dak is charged with 2nd degree Robbery, which is a class C felony.  If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.  The case was forward to district court and he was ordered held on $10,000 cash

Former Senator Fails Third Drug Test


Former Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson recently failed his third drug test .  Sorenson pleaded guilty in August to concealing payments he received to work for Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign, as well as a check and other payments from Ron Paul's campaign.  He is on probation while he awaits sentencing on the charges. Sorenson failed two other drug tests, one on

Pipeline Would Create Jobs and Revenue


A proposed pipeline that would cut across much of Iowa would provide $1.1 billion to the state during its two years of construction, according to the Des Moines Register.  Strategic Economics Group for Energy Transfer Partners wants to build an 1100 mile underground pipeline across Iowa and three other states.  The pipeline would carry up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil daily from

Eastern Iowa Airport Server Breached


A data breach at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids may compromise credit card information for customers who paid to park at the airport.  Customers who paid to park between September 29th and October 29th should closely monitor their credit and debit accounts.  Airport officials have taken steps to isolate the server and stop any further problems.  No other servers were

Union Asks for Ruling to be Overturned


The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is asking a court to overturn a ruling that bans state workers from wearing pins critical of Gov. Terry Branstad.  The Public Employment Relations Board ruled in October that pins worn by employees at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center represent 'special circumstance' that interfere with prison decorum. 

Suspects in Iowa Central Incident Charged


The four suspects in an alleged armed robbery Monday at Iowa Central Community College made their initial appearance in magistrate court today.  18 year old Garhoth Dak is charged with 2nd degree Robbery, which is a class C felony.  If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.  The case was forward to district court and he was ordered held on $10,000 cash

Four in Custody Following Iowa Central Incident


Fort Dodge Police have arrested four male subjects in relation to an incident at the Iowa Central Community College campus yesterday afternoon.  20 year old Joseph Odir, 22 year old Molong Deng, both of Des Moines, and 21 year old Juma Deng of Urbandale, are currently in custody.  18 year old Garhoth Dak, of Storm Lake, turned himself into police Tuesday night.  The subjects will

Sewer Rates Increase Advances


The Fort Dodge City Council advanced a rate increase Monday night dealing with a community sewer initiave.  A recent study discovered over $80 million in repairs that were needed to the city's sanitary sewer.  It was recommended that the city start by repairing $30 million of sewer. Raising sewer rates over a three year period would help pay for a loan being used to finance

Data Breach Affects Airport Customers


A data breach at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids may compromise credit card information for customers who paid to park at the airport.  Customers who paid to park between September 29th and October 29th should closely monitor their credit and debit accounts.  Airport officials have taken steps to isolate the server and stop any further problems.  No other servers were

Neunaber Trial delayed


The trial of a Northwest Iowa man accused of killing his mother has been delayed.  44-year-old Jonathan Neunaber plead not guilty to first-degree murder in connection to the July slaying of his mother Esther.  The bodies of Esther and her husband Donald were found in their Akron home on July 9th.  Nenuaber was set to stand trial starting December 9th.  A new trial date has not

Pharmcy Owner Pleads Guilty to Felony Drug Charges


The Des Moines Register reports that a Des Moines pharmacy owner has had a misdemeanor drug charge dismissed.  Mark Graziano was charged with illegally selling painkillers.  A Polk County District Court Judge dismissed the misdemeanor charge on Monday.  Last Thursday, Graziano pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of drug conspiracy and tax evasion after admitting to

Union Asks for Ruling to be Overturned


The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is asking a court to overturn a ruling that bans state workers from wearing pins critical of Gov. Terry Branstad.  The Public Employment Relations Board ruled in October that pins worn by employees at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center represent 'special circumstance' that interfere with prison decorum. 

Two in Custody After Incident at Iowa Central Community College Monday Night


According to Lt. Chuck Guthrie, the Fort Dodge Police have made two arrests in connection with the incident at Iowa Central last night. More information will be available after the subjects make their initial appearance in magistrate court this morning.

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Gunman on Iowa Central Campus


Fort Dodge Police were called to the Iowa Central Community College campus at approximately 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  According to a press release, a female  student reported a group of males had entered her dorm room and pointed a gun at her and the others and then left the area.  The school went into  lockdown while the investigation was conducted.  At approximately

Upper Des Moines Taking Applications for Heating Assistance


Upper Des Moines Opportunity is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 energy assistance programs.  Residents who struggle to pay their heating costs can apply for the program, which is designed to give assistance with heating bills.  The program looks at several factors, including household size and income as well as the type of home and type of heating fuel.  If people are

Slauson Trial Moved to Mills County


The trial for a 30 year old mother accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis will be moved to another county.  Leatha Slauson's attorney had filed the motion due to extensive media coverage and gossip among residents, which would prevent her getting a fair trial in Cass county.  Slauson is accused of lying about her daughter having terminal cancer and collecting

AFSCME Asks For Raises Over Two Years


Contract negotiations began on Monday for AFSCME Council 61, the largest union representing state employees.  President Danny Homan is asking for repeated 2 percent raises over the next two years.  The Iowa Department of Management says the raises would cost the state an extra $523 million over two years.  The last time union workers got raises was in the 2011 and 2012 fiscal

Dahl's Foods Applies for Bankruptcy


According to a press release, Dahl's foods has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The grocery store chain, based out of Des Moines, had previously closed stores in Ames and Ankeny and told former workers not to expect retirement payments.  In a statement, the company said that they have sold their assets to Associated Wholesale Grocers, based in Kansas City.  Stores will remain

Police Investigate Alleged Gunman At Iowa Central Community College


According to scanner traffic, police were called to Iowa Central Community College at approximately 3:30pm this afternoon.  The campus then went into lock down and canceled evening classes.  Police were on the scene most of the afternoon.  The all-clear was sounded at approximately 6:50pm this evening.  More information will be available in the morning, according to Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge Man Injured at OHV Park


A 30 year old Fort Dodge man was injured in an accident at the OHV park this weekend.  Mitchell Frank was assisting a rider on the back jump at the park when another rider struck Frank in the head with a motorcycle.  Frank was transported to Unity Point-Trinity Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center with a head injury.

Former Superintendent Fights Charges


A former Shenandoah School District Superintendent charged with fraud has hired a layer to fight the allegations made against him following a district investigation. Jeff Hiser was fired earlier this month.  Hiser is alleged to have submitted fraudulent reimbursements for expenses, violated district policies and obstructed the board's investigation.

Lead Dust Discovered in State Building


The Des Moines Register Reports that the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines has been tested for lead dust.  The tests have revealed that the first two levels of the building are contaminated with the dust.  The building houses 495 state employees.  According to testing, the highest levels were in an indoor shooting range on the second floor.  State officials do not

WInter Arriving in Iowa Early


Winter temperatures are arriving in Iowa two weeks ahead of schedule.  The Arctic blast, coming in from Canada, is set to send daily highs into the 20s and 30s and overnight lows into the teens.  Areas of Minnesota could see up to a foot of snow and far northern Iowa could see a light mix and light snow accumulations. Winds will switch to the NW gusting up to 30 mph.  Areas of

Gaels Headed Back to UNI Dome


The St. Edmond Gaels are headed back to the dome after defeating South Central Calhoun 35-13 on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.  The Gaels are currently ranked third in class 1A and will take on Central Lyon next Saturday in their first game. Teams from Waukee, Newell-Fonda, Dowling Catholic, and Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn also earned trips to the dome after defeating their

Branstad to Consider Raising Fuel Tax


Gov. Terry Branstad says providing more funding to fix Iowa's crumbling roads is a top priority and that he is keeping an open mind to all options, including raising the state's fuel tax. Branstad said in an interview Thursday that he wants to get input from lawmakers in advance of the next legislative session, with hopes of reaching bipartisan consensus. Branstad did not back any

Iowa Teen Charged in Death of Foster Brother


An Iowa teenager charged in the death of his foster brother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. A Harrison County District Judge issued the ruling Friday in the bench trial of Cody Metzker-Madsen, who was charged with first-degree murder in the August 2013 death of Dominic Elkins. Authorities say Metzker-Madsen killed Dominic while the two played outside of their home in western

Air Choice One to Serve Fort Dodge


Air Choice One has announced that commercial air service to Fort Dodge will begin in early 2015. CEO Shane Storz says that February 23, 2015 will be the official starting date for service. More information will be released in the following weeks, including Air Choice One's fare structure and flight schedule from Fort Dodge to St Louis.

Casino Ruling Upheld


The Sioux City Journal reports that a Polk County District Court Judge has upheld a ruling in the case of the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City.  Belle of Sioux City, who had operated the Argosy Sioux City Riverboat, had sued the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to reinstate its license and to rescind the new one issued to the Hard Rock developer.  The judge dismissed claims by Belle that

Union to Present Proposal Monday


Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the largest employee union in the state, is set to make an initial contract proposal to Branstad Monday.  The union currently represents 20,000 state employees.  Danny Homan, president of the union declined to say what was in the proposal, but the current contract maintained benefit plans without

Storm Lake Man Charged With Money Laundering


A Storm Lake man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards. Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas was found guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial in Sioux City. He was convicted of multiple charges including two counts of using a counterfeit access device, one count of money laundering,  and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say Rojas

Ames Middle School DIsables Chat Feature


Administrators at Ames Middle School are disabling some chat functions on students' school-provided laptops after finding some students were abusing the features and not paying attention in class.  School leaders found some students were using the Chromebooks' chatting and video features as a way to bully, harass and send inappropriate messages to each other.  Other students

Residents Voting Early


The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that so far, 5005 absentee ballots have been requested in Webster County.  May residents are taking advantage of early voting this year.  The election is just two weeks away and to accommodate early voting, the Auditors office is open today from 8-5 for voting.  Voters can request absentee ballots until October 31st.  After the 31st,

Carlisle Teacher Faces Drug Charges


The Des Moines Register reports that a long-time Carlisle Middle School teacher and high school coach has been charged with crack cocaine possession, possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.  55-year old Jim Flaws is a social studies teacher at Carlisle Middle School. He's taught for more than 30 years and as varsity girls' softball coach won four state titles. The drugs were

Suspicious Vehicle Spotted


According to a press release, Fort Dodge Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of 4th street NW on Thursday.  At approximately 630PM, an unknown male made contact with two young children.  According to the report, he offered the children candy.  When approached by the parent, the vehicle drove away.  The man is described as an older white male with white

Investigation into Fatal Crash Underway


A two vehicle collision occurred Thursday evening just outside of Randal on the curves of highway 69 in southern Hamilton County.  According to a press release,  a Ford Fusion driven by 32 year old Joy Niklasen of Alleman, Iowa was eastbound in the southbound lanes of highway 69.  A Ford F150 pickup driven by 32 year old Natasha Johnson of Ellsworth was westbound in the northbound

Two Vehicle Crash in Hamilton County Under Investigation


The Iowa State Patrol State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday evening.  According to a press release, a vehicle driven by 18 year old Michael Ashman of Stratford was westbound on county road D-20.  Ashman slowed down and attempted make a left turn or u-turn in the driveway of Van Diest Supply.  A second vehicle, driven by 18 year old Evan Wolfgram

Police Seek Missing Fort Dodge Woman


Fort Dodge Police are seeking the public's help with a missing person's case.  35 year old Tina Cooper has not been seen or heard from since August 25th, 2014.  She is described as a white female, approximately 5'7" and 100 pounds.  She has short brown hair and hazel eyes.  No foul play is suspected but the family is concerned for her welfare.  Anyone

Missing Teenager Found


A Rockwell City teenager has been found. Rockwell City police report that, at t approximately 930pm Thursday night, police received a tip as to the whereabouts of Simkins and 20 year old Chance Kinney.  A short time later, law enforcement surrounded the location and made contact with Simkins and Kinney.  Kinney was arrested on an unrelated warrant and Simkins was taken into protective

AFES Reaches Fundraising Goal


A local non-profit group has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to build a new gymnasium.  The Fort Dodge Athletics for Education and Success program raised $370,000 for the new gym and held their ground breaking Thursday evening.  Director Charles Clayton explains that, while the goal has been met, funds are still needed.  The program serves area youth of all ages. 

Prosecution and Defense Rest in Trott Case


Prosecutors and defense attorneys have rested their cases in the trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer last year. Both sides rested their cases Thursday in the trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Closing arguments will be delivered today. Trott is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2013 death of 37-year-old officer Jamie Buenting. Authorities say Trott

Honor Flight to Depart Saturday


Over 100 local veterans will fly to Washington, D.C. on Saturday as part of the Honor Flight Tour. Saturday's trip will be the ninth tour of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight since 2010. The flight allows veterans to tour several sights in Washington, including the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. 102 veterans, including nine World War II and 93

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Home Invasion


According to a press release, Fort Dodge Police are investigating a reported home invasion.  Officers responded to a home on 5th avenue north, where residents reported that between 330 and 4 in the morning on Friday, three black males forced entry into the home and demanded money.  Nothing was taken during the incident.  Four residents of the home sustained injuries and were

Storm Lake Police Investigate Assault


Storm Lake Police are investigating an alleged assault at the Hillshire Brands Plant.  According to a press release, 22 year old Victor Vela allegedly attempted to assault another worker at the plant with a shovel at 1130 Wednesday evening.  The victim sustained an injury to his arm.  Vela was terminated and asked to leave the plant.  Police were called the plant on Thursday

Suspect Identified in Drive-by Shooting Investigation


The Fort Dodge Police Department has released the name of a Fort Dodge man believed to be responsible for gunshots that were reported fired on Monday. Police Chief Tim Carmody says 18 year-old Xavier Rhone is the person believed to be responsible and is currently at large. He is wanted on several warrants for charges including going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. On

Suspect Sought in Home Invasion


According to a press release, Webster County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported home invasion in Coalville at approximately 12:05pm today.  According to the release, a female resident was home when the suspect entered the residence.  She struggled with and then discharged a firearm at the suspect.  The suspect is described as a bald white male with a stocky build

Ekstrom Pleads Guilty


A Fort Dodge woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the murder of a Fort Dodge man last year. 22 year-old Holly Ekstrom entered guilty pleas on Wednesday to aggravated misdemeanors of accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent. Ekstrom said she saw Ronald Dilley kill 22-year-old Steven Fisher with a hatchet in July of 2013. She admitted to driving Dilley

STEP Program in Place for Holiday Weekend


Iowa law enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts on roadways this Independence Day weekend. The Iowa Department of Transportation says over 250 city, county, and state agencies are participating in a special traffic enforcement program to help keep holiday travelers safe. The STEP projects are funded by the governor's traffic safety bureau, which enables officers to work overtime

Investigation into Mitchellville Mayor Complete


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has wrapped up their investigation into a complaint against the mayor of Mitchellville. On June 2, the Mitchellville Police Department received a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct with children. The DCI conducted and completed the investigation. Through multiple thorough interviews it was determined that no criminal activity took place. After

Caution Urged with Contractors


In the wake of recent severe weather, local officials are urging citizens to use caution if approached by a door-to-door contractor.  In order to work in Fort Dodge, such contractors must be licensed and registered with the city, which also insures that they are bonded.  Officials urge citizens to use local contractors to repair storm damage and to ask their insurance adjustor to

Fort Dodge Man Charged with Firearm Posession


Fort Dodge Police say a man was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of at least one firearm. On Friday, officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department and Webster County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of 13th Avenue SW and arrested 34 year-old James Michael McCane. Through an ongoing investigation, it was alleged that McCane was in possession of

VEISHA Task Force Votes to Change VEISHA


The future of VEISHA is closer to being decided at Iowa State University.  The task force convened in the wake of riots that brought 2014 VEISHA to an early end recommended Thursday that VEISHA change how it operates.  According to KCCI, task force chairman Thomas Hill acknowledged that heavy work is still ahead for the task force.  The task force will now narrow down their options

Disaster Declaration in Several Counties


Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency and activated an assistance program for four Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad said in a news release Friday that the Iowa Individual Assistance Program has been activated for Cass, Harrison, Montgomery, and Ringgold counties. Pottawattamie County was declared under a disaster emergency on Tuesday and

Household Waste Accepted This Weekend


Residents in eastern Iowa can safely dispose of hazardous household waste this weekend. A mobile household hazardous waste collection event has been set for Saturday at the East Side Recycling Center in Iowa City. The collection, sponsored by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and there is no cost to participate. Residents of Iowa City, Johnson

Webster County Supervisors Approve Construction Contracts


The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved two construction contracts during its business meeting yesterday. The supervisors agreed to a $1.39 million contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt to resurface a portion of Webster County Road D43. The work, to be completed this summer, will be done from the railroad crossing in Callender east to U.S. Highway 169. In addition, the supervisors also

Webster County Health Ready to Help Families


The Webster County Health Department is stepping in to help residents after Planned Parenthood of the Heartland closed in December.  After receiving a $300,000 grant in March, The Webster County Health Department will provide family planning services for area families.  Planned Parenthood closed in December after seeing a decline in the number of people using their facility. 

Des Moines Inmate Captured


Des Moines officers say an escaped inmate has been captured in Warren county. Polk County Sheriff's Lt. Brent Long says that 37-year-old Kenny Bevard escaped around 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Clive while being driven to Adel in Dallas County.  He was last seen at a Guthrie Ave Kum & Go shortly after 11:00pm that night. Just after 3:20pm Friday, official apprehended Bevard, following a tip as

Annual Easter Hunt A Success


In just over 150 seconds, over 500 kids cleared Dodger Stadium of candy.  The Fort Dodge Moose Lodge’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt was a big success this year with more money, prizes and candy.  Kids could pay just 50 cents to participate in the hunt and no one was turned away if they couldn't pay.  Kids lined the football field’s sidelines, waiting for the signal to

Inmate Esacpes Work Release


The Des Moines Register reports that a 24 year old man has been placed on escape status after failing to report back from work release.  Tyler Lampe of Davenport is currently serving a 15 year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon and escape of a felon.  Lampe was transferred to work release earlier this year, after starting his sentence in 2010.  Lampe is white,

Teen Dies Trying to Climb on Train


A Des Moines teen has died after falling from a train.  KCCI TV reports that the teen was allegedly attempting to board a slow-moving freight train early Sunday morning when he fell and was run over.  Witnesses at the scene were taken to the police station for interviews.  Several streets were closed following the accident but those have since reopened.  Authorities are

Microsoft to Build Data Center


State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines. Gov. Terry Branstad announced the project Friday. ``Project Alluvion,'' is expected to total more than $1.1 billion. Branstad said Iowa's central location makes it an attractive location for Microsoft and other companies that have recently opened data centers. Google

Waterloo Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Former Boyfriend


A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty in the 2013 stabbing death of her former boyfriend. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 40-year-old Keisha Magee pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for the death of 28-year-old John Bass on September 29th.

Inmate Charged with Escape from FD Residential Facility


A former Jefferson man was ordered held on $5,000 bond after allegedly escaping from the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility. 22 year-old Matthew Spaulding made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Tuesday on a Class D felony escape from custody as a convicted felon charge. According to criminal complaints, Spaulding left the residential facility on January 10

FD Council Approves 2014-15 Budget


Fort Dodge residents will see a slight decrease in property tax rates in the coming fiscal year. With little discussion, the Fort Dodge City Council approved the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts on July 1. The budget calls for spending in the amount of $72.72 million, down from the current year's budget of $75.75 million. City Manager David Fierke said the budget

Mid American Proposes Rate Increase


MidAmerican Energy is proposing its first rate increase since 1995 that would reportedly generate $135 million over three years. The Iowa Utilities Board discussed the electric rate increase at its meeting Friday morning. The Board is asking that the rate increase be phased in over 3 years. The first phase already went into effect last year with the average household paying about $2.73

Brandstad Opposes Cuts to National Guard


Governor Terry Branstad is joining with the rest of the nation's governors to oppose any cuts to the National Guard. Branstad said Friday that all 50 governors had signed a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concerns about proposed cuts to the Guard in the federal budget. Branstad raised these issues with Obama this week during a meeting of the National Governors Association in

Southeast Iowa Man Charged with Animal Neglect


A southeast Iowa man has been arrested on more than three dozen charges related to more than 300 animals found at his home. The Davis County Sheriff's Office arrested 45-year-old Drakesville resident Roger Blew on Thursday, a week after officers searched his home and found 339 animals, including many dead animals. Blew is charged with 28 counts of animal neglect. The Department of Natural

Baseball Clinic Next Saturday


The North Central Iowa Baseball Clinic will be held at the Phillips middle school gym on Saturday, March 8th.  Grades 1-4 will meet from 9-noon and grades 5-8 will meet from 1-4.  During the clinic, students will learn throwing, hitting, pitching, catching and other fundamentals of the game from coaches throughout North Central Iowa.  The clinic will also focus on the basic

Newell Man Accused of Inappropriate Contact with 9 Year-Old


A Buena Vista County man has been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate contact with a 9-year old girl. 23-year old Newell resident Aaron Hazen was arrested Thursday after a month-long investigation. Police say Hazen had inappropriate contact with the child several times over the last year. He is charged with two felony counts of lascivious acts with a child and two counts of indecent contact

Cedar Rapids Police Investigating Third Homicide This Year


Authorities are investigating the death of a Cedar Rapids man as a homicide. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says 31-year-old Clifton Sparks was found lying on a street shortly after midnight Tuesday. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say Sparks sustained a traumatic injury, but additional information was not released. An autopsy is pending. The death marks the third homicide in