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Fort Dodge At Or Near 80 Degrees Today


 
And while it’s been the weather headline this week, Fort Dodge could be at or near the 80 degree mark for the first time this season today. Strong Southwest winds are in place to allow for sunny skies and abnormally warm temperatures this afternoon. However, rain is also expected to be in the forecast and although the severe weather looks to stay to our west, heavy downpours

New Sweeping Changes to Gun Laws At Standstill


Controversial legislation that would have made sweeping changes to Iowa’s gun laws appears to be dead at this time. Senate lawmakers have focused their efforts on a separate bill. They vote yesterday on the bill that would allow the use of suppressors to silence weapons. It now heads to the House, where lawmakers have the opportunity to advance it before Friday’s deadline. Also, the

Iowa's New School Start Date


Families can begin planning their summer vacations. The Iowa State Senate has passed a new bill matching the House’s on the State’s school start date. The week of August 23rd has been decided on, but budget increases have not entered into the discussion as of yet.
   
 

Fort Dodge Easter Services Taking Place


 
Several area churches are coming together for an Easter service. The churches taking part also help run the non-denominational youth center Icky's, in the former Pella glass building.  The Easter Morning service will bring together a total of seven churches of different denominations.  The service will take place in the Middle School auditorium starting at 0630 on Easter

Williams Charged with OWI Following Crash


One man is under arrest for OWI among other possible charges after
crashing his vehicle into a local Fort Dodge business. In the early
morning hours of Thursday, police were called to Curves at 125 south
3rd street. Upon approaching the suspect, law enforcement subsequently
conducted a field sobriety test and it was learned that David Williams
was over the legal limit to operate a motor

Two Facing Drug Charges


Two people made their initial appearances in Webster County
Magistrate Court Monday morning.  Tricia Fuhrmann and Brad Osborne were
both charged with possession with intent do deliver more than 5 grams
of methamphetamine.  They were held on a $100,000 bond each on the
charge.  They also face several other charges including carrying
weapons, and unlawful possession of

Area Churches to Present Easter Service


Several area churches are coming together for an Easter service. The
churches taking part also help run the non-denominational youth center
Icky's, in the former Pella glass building.  The Easter Morning
service will bring together a total of seven churches of different
denominations.  The service will take place in the Middle School
auditorium starting at 0630 on Easter

Uber Under Scrutiny in Legistlature


While Uber is changing the way people get around cities throughout the
nation such as Des Moines, Iowa State Lawmakers are debating new rules
for drivers. Officials with the Senate Transportation subcommittee met
to discuss a bill that would require Uber to conduct background
checks, safety inspections, and provide liability insurance in the
event of an accident. Additionally, committee

Recomendation Made to Raise Age for Driver's License


A safety research organization is urging the State of Iowa to increase
the minimum age to get a driver’s license and toughen the current laws
in place. The Des Moines Register is reporting that the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety says a study shows Iowa could more than
cut in half its rate of fatal teen accidents if a stronger driver’s
license law were in place. Officials

Meals Packaged for Local Programs


Fort Dodge community members and volunteers packed food for a great cause this weekend to put meals together for local programs. Youth net which is supported by United Way helped organize the event which featured over 100 teachers and volunteers who worked together to package 30,000 of individual macaroni and cheese meals. Along with United Way, Youthnet is a collaboration between Schools in

Summer Coming Early This Week


Fort Dodge could see it’s first 80’s temperatures of the season this week. Winds shifting out of the southwest include sunshine filled days and temperatures hitting the low 80’s just for a day. 70s are on tap for later today and there is no real cold in the immediate future.

 

New Science Standards Questioned


A new set of standards for what is currently taught in Iowa classrooms is being called divisive. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is reporting several members of the State Board of Education are calling the education on evolution and climate change divisive. Officials at a meeting last week said they are worrying that including evolution and climate change could make it difficult to implement the

Des Moines Fire Fighters Mark One Year Since Younkers Fire


The Des Moines chapter of the International Association of Firefighters is calling for a more efficient response system one year after the Yonkers Fire. Officials believe a better system needs to be in place to better respond to different types of fires. The chapter is calling for better communication is being sought within the department.

Severe Weather Awareness Week


This week is severe weather awareness week in Iowa.  Friday's topic is preparedness.  Make sure your family has a plan in case you are separated during severe weather.  Also, make sure you know where to go in case of an emergency, where the storm shelter is in your home, and where to meet up after the all clear has been given
 

Fort Dodge Middle School Tackles Bullying


Fort Dodge Middle School recently tackled a big topic: bullying.  Students  attened an assembly recently on the subject, presented by R-5.  Fort Dodge  Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Flaherty said it was important to address  bullying, because it occurs daily in schools.  He said they chose R-5 because  the message is releveant.  The presenter said

Fort Dodge Delegates in Washington


A group of delegates from Fort Dodge was in Washington D. C. Wednesday and Thursday to meet with Iowa representatives. They met with Senator Charles Grassley and discussed several topics, including the cross town connector, the fuel tax increase, and several others.  Digity's Duane Murley spoke to Grassley on the subject of highway 20. They also discussed many

Medical Marijuana Moves Forward


 The effort to expand medical marijuana in Iowa has moved forward in the Senate, although the effort is unlikely to find favor in the House.  The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would make medical marijuana available to people with several chronic diseases, including cancer and multiple scoliosis.  They would have to get approval from a doctor and

School Start Date Bill


A bill to set the start date for schools as no later than August 23rd has stalled in the state Senate.  The issue of school start dates came up after Gov. Branstad told the state board of education to stop issuing automatic waivers for early start dates.  He cited tourism and summer jobs as part of his reasoning.  The bill in the Senate was stalled when Senate Majority Leader Mike

Fort Dodge Middle School Tackling Bullying


Fort Dodge Middle School recently tackled a big topic: bullying.  Students  attended an assembly on Friday on the subject, presented by R-5.  Fort Dodge  Middle School Assistant Principal Ryan Flaherty said it was important to address  bullying, because it occurs daily in schools.  He said they chose R-5 because  the message is relevant.  The presenter said

Des Moines Teen Sentenced


A seventeen-year-old Des Moines man was sentenced to fifty years in prison for second degree murder in the death of his infant son.  A judge ordered Drew Weehler-Smith to serve a minimum of seventeen-and-a-half years before he can be eligible for parole.  Weehler-Smith was first charged with first degree murder in the death of four-month-old Gabriel McFarland, but plead down to second

Severe Weather Awareness Week/Iowa


This week is severe weather awareness week in Iowa.  Thursday's topic is thunerstorms.  The national weather servce says thunderstorms are just as dangerous as tornadoes.  Thunderstorms can produce dangerous lightning, hail, and wind, as well as straight line winds and microbursts.  If a thunderstorm occurs in your area, stay indoors, and away from windows.

Dains Arrested on Burglary Charges


Fort Dodge Police arrested a forty-year-old Fort Dodge man Tuesday morning at Applebee's.  A delivery driver flagged down a police officer to report a burglary in progress.  The driver walked into the restaurant and interrupted the burglary.  He was able to identify the person who was later stopped by police in the Cross Roads Mall area, where had fled on foot.  Gary Dains

Reported Robbery Tuesday Night


Officer with the Fort Dodge Police Department responded last night in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, they met with the victim, who was identified as Max Breon who resides in Boone, Iowa. The victim claimed two males assaulting him after he made arrangements to meet someone in the area. Breon was robbed of several items and the two alleged criminals left the area. Anyone with information is

Lasley Sentence


A man convicted of killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement has been sentenced.  Twenty-six-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr. was sentenced on two counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday.  Lasley was found guilty last December in the killing of his parents in February of 2014 at their home on the settlement near Tama.  The US Attorney's Office for the

Casss County Students Conduct Facebook Experiment


Students at CAM Middle School, in Cass County, recently conducted a Facebook experiment.  They posted a picture of a note, which read that they wanted to see how many people would see it in 48 hours.  After just 21 hours it had reached over 3.5 million people in 49 states and 54 countries.  Their teacher said the point of the experiment was to show the kids how fast pictures can

Severe Weather Awareness Week Wednesday


Monday marks the start of severe weather week.  During the week, different topics will be discussed, including flooding, warnings, tornados, and sever thunderstorms.  Wednesday is tornado day.  The National Weather Service said that in 2011, over 500 people died in the United States because of tornadoes.  If a tornado occurs in your area, seek shelter in the lowest, interior

White Gets Seventeen Years


One of the men involved in a fire at Bemrich Electric in June of 2013 has been sentenced.  According to the Fort Dodge Messenger, Gregory White received seventeen years in prison for his role in the fire. White pleaded guilty to second-degree arson, joint criminal conduct, possession of a firearm as a felon, and third-degree theft.  White was also ordered to pay restitution to the

Fort Dodge City Council Meets


The Fort Dodge City Council met Monday.  During the meeting, Fire fighter Jon Schrek was welcomed to the force.  He comes to Fort Dodge from Carroll, and is certified in Hazmat, paramedic, ice rescue, and fire fighter two.  His father, who is the fire chief in Carroll, pinned his badge on him.  Fire fighter Matt Brown was recognized for his years of service to the force. 

Road Construction Season Begins Soon


Road construction season is starting soon in Iowa and Webster County has several  projects on its docket.  Webster County Engineer Randy Wills says that their  list of projects includes replacement and repair of bridges and roads as well as  preparing for RAGBRAI.   A challenge this year will be RAGBRAI and Girl's State  Softball being in town at the same

Severe Weather Awareness Week Tuesday


This week is severe weather week in Iowa.  During the week, different  topics will be discussed, including flooding, warnings, tornados, and severe  thunderstorms.   As part of severe weather awareness week, the annual tornado drill will be Wednesday at 10AM.  Tuesday's topic is warnings.  A warning means that severe weather is occurring in your area. 

2015 Heroes of the Heartland


The 2015 Heroes of the Heartland have been announced.  Among the honorees are  Fort Dodge Fire/Rescue, Trinity Paramedics, and Webster County Dispatchers.   They are being honored for their response in March of 2014 to two young boys  trapped on the ice in the Des Moines River.  Robin Ulicki is being honored for  saving the life a suicidal caller to the Dispatch

Severe Weather Awareness Week


Monday marks the start of severe weather week.  During the week, different  topics will be discussed, including flooding, warnings, tornados, and severe  thunderstorms.   As part of severe weather awareness week, the annual tornado drill will be Wednesday at 10AM.  Monday's topic is flooding.  According to the National Weather Service, more than 140 people

Charges Filed in Stabbing


Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson and his brother Andrew have both been charged with disorderly conduct following a knife fight earlier this month.  The Des Moines Register reports that an investigation determined both brothers were responsible for the assault that occurred early on the morning of March 11th.  Mick Thompson suffered a stab wound to the back of the head and was treated at

Second Arrest in Hot Lotto Investigation


Authorities have arrested a second person in relation to a Hot Lotto ticket investigation.  46-year-old Robert Rhodes II of Sugar Land, Texas, has been charged with two counts of fraud, which are class D felonies.  Iowa officials were assisted by Texas Lottery Enforcement officials in arresting Rhodes.  he was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond

Bill Would Expand Time-Off Benefits to Adoptive Parents


A bill that would expand time-off entitlements to adoptive parents is working its way through the Legislature.  The bill would require an employer to offer the same benefits to adoptive parents that it does to other parents.  The bill passed the Senate on Thursday and Representative Joel Fry, from Osceola, is looking for bipartisan support in the house.  If the bill passes, Iowa

McDonald Sentenced to 15 Years


Cedric McDonald has been convicted on a charge of being a Felon in Possession of Ten Firearms.  McDonald was charged after he sold ten firearms to an undercover Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agent in Fort Dodge.  Upon investigation, it was discovered that all of the firearms were reported stolen.  That investigation further revealed that other items had also been stolen, which

Two Arrested on Child Endangerment


The Sac County Sheriff's Office has arrested two people on child endangerment charges.  30-year-old Scott McDonald, and 30-year-old Sara Tacey from Lake View were charged following a traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon.  During the stop, it was determined that McDonald was driving while intoxicated.  In the car were McDonald's four children aged 11-months to 7-years. 

State Fire Marshal Investigates Missouri Valley Fires


The State Fire Marshal was asked to investigate suspicious fires that occurred in Missouri Valley at two separate locations.  A vacant house caught fire three times in October of 2014.  In March of 2015, a fire was reported on West Superior in Missouri Valley.  An investigation revealed that false information was provided by former Missouri Valley Fire Chief Johnny Walker.  He

Spring Clean Up Dates Announced


The city has announced spring clean up dates.  Clean up will be held on  Wednesday April 22nd for areas with Monday trash pick up, Wednesday April 29th  for areas with Tuesday trash pick up, Wednesday May 6th for areas with Thursday  trash pick up, and Wednesday May 13th for areas with Friday trash pick up.  The  city will not pick up tires, liquid waste,

Mickelson Benefit in April


A popular newspaper writer is fighting cancer and the community is rallying around her.  Sandy Mickelson was diagnosed with cancer in December.  She is best known as the Lifestyle Editor from The Fort Dodge Messenger, from which she recently retired.  She still writes a Sunday column for the paper, and used her column to announce her diagnosis to her readers.  There will be a

Iowa Man Charged in Solon Kidnapping


An Iowa man accused in the kidnapping of his 9-year-old stepdaughter has been charged with second-degree kidnapping.  48-year-old Kenneth Johns of Coralville is accused of abducting his stepdaughter from Solon on March 7th, which prompted an Amber Alert.  The girl was later turned over to law enforcement and Johnson was arrested in Davenport.  Johns was also charged with carrying

Powdered Alcohol Ban Moves Forward


Powdered alcohol would be banned under a bill that passed the State Senate on Wednesday.  The Senate voted 48-2 on the bill, which now heads to the house, where a similar bill is under consideration.  If approved, the legislation would ban people and businesses in Iowa from selling or buying powdered alcohol.  The powdered alcohol is not yet available in Iowa, but Federal officials

Branstad Denies Firing Worker for Being Gay


Former Iowa workers' compensation director Chris Godfrey's complaint against Gov. Branstad has made it to court.  Godfrey claims that Branstad fired him for being gay.  Branstad denies the charge, stating that founders of a beef company who were major donors to his political campaign were among many who complained about decisions made by Godfrey.  Branstad allegedly tried

Hydrochloric Acid Leak at CJ Bio America


Fort Dodge Police were called to CJ Bio America Tuesday morning around 10AM for a reported  hydrochloric acid leak.  Region V Hazmat responded with Fort Dodge Fire Rescue and Barnum Fire, contained the spill, and neutralized the acid with help from employees of CJ Bio America.  There were no injuries and the plant remained operational.

Supervisors Approve Roads Budget, Amend LEC Courtroom Remodel


The Webster County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning and covered several issues.  Among them was a move that was later tabled to delete the audio/visual work from the LEC court room remodel project.  This would simply revert that work back to the county IT department since they will have a long-term relationship with the IT contractors.  The board also approved the fiscal

Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy Passes Senate


A bill that would ban mental health providers in Iowa from providing conversion therapy has passed the state Senate.  The vote was a straight party line vote of 26-24 Tuesday.  If approved, the bill would prohibit a licensed mental health provider from offering therapy that attempts to change the sexual orientation of a person under 18.  The therapy has been discredited by several

Texting While Driving Ban Passes Senate


The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it easier for law enforcement to regulate Iowa's ban on texting while driving.  If approved, the bill would make texting while driving a primary offense instead of a secondary one.  Current Iowa law bans the use of a phone behind the wheel for reading, writing, and sending messages, but law enforcement must stop someone for a

Digity Radio Auction is Today


Digity Radio will be hosting an auction today.  Listeners can tune into Sunny 99.7, Iowa's Favorite County K97, AM540 KWMT, and Mix 94.5 from 2-5 to bid on several items.  Among the items up for auction are 2 $100 gift certificates from Spring Valley Roofing, A senior package from Touched by Grace Photography, and 2 $1,000 DJ packages from MoJo Productions.  Check

Fort Dodge Police Repsond to Dogs at Large


Fort Dodge Police were called to the area of 2nd Ave S. and S. 17th St. Saturday night on a report of dogs running at large.  Upon arrival, an officer spotted two pit bulls, who had been reported as approaching people in an aggressive manor.  The responding officer spotted one of the dogs, which approached the officer in an aggressive manor.  The officer fired two shots at the

Water Works Lawsuit Proceeds


According to the AP, Des Moines Water Works has proceeded with a lawsuit against three Iowa counties over nitrates in drainage systems.  Buena Vista, Calhoun, and Sac counties are named in the lawsuit, the details of which were released Monday.  Des Moines Water Works is suing the counties for reimbursement after the company allegedly spent $540,000 to clean nitrate from the water

Storm Lake Police Arrest Seventeen on Drug Charges


Storm Lake Police have made seventeen arrests following an almost two year drug investigation.  Police were investigating the manufacture, sale, and use of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana.  Police began early Thursday morning and made a series of arrests through the weekend.  Police arrested 32 year old Long Xiong-hong on Thursday morning on a warrant

Almost Home to Restructure--Updated


Almost Home recently underwent changes to help save money while continuing to help animals in the Fort Dodge area.  Tonia Elliot, former director of Almost Home, said that personal matters required her complete focus, and she made the decision to leave the shelter.  She said loved the job, but felt that her focus needed to switch to her family.  The shelter announced a sudden

Police Officers Recognized For Saving Life


Fort Dodge Police responded to an accident on Friday evening at 1st Ave N. and N. 6th St.  A male driver was unresponsive in the vehicle and Officers Kyle Korte and Kelly Midtling removed him from the vehicle.  Korte began CPR with assistance from Midtling.  The man was then assisted by paramedics and taken to Unity Point-TRMC for treatment.  An investigation revealed that the

Digity Radio Auction is Tomorrow


Digity Radio will be hosting an auction tomorrow.  Listeners can tune into Sunny 99.7, Iowa's Favorite County K97, AM540 KWMT, and Mix 94.5 from 2-5 to bid on several items.  Among the items up for auction are 2 $100 gift certificates from Spring Valley Roofing, A senior package from Touched by Grace Photography, and 2 $1,000 DJ packages from MoJo Productions.  Check

Algona High School Receives Five Million Dollar Donation


Algona High School is receiving $5 million to build a new performing arts center and auditorium.  Ed and Betty Wilcox agreed to donate the money over five years to help the school and community.  According to the Mason City Globe Gazette, the district plans to put $1 million into an endowment fund that provides money for operating costs of the new facility.  The new

Storm Lake Student Charged


The Storm Lake campus of Iowa Central Community College and adjoining Storm Lake High School were placed on lockdown for approximately forty-five minutes this afternoon. According to Storm Lake Police, they responded to the high school on report of a student causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, they met with school staff and learned that 16-year-old Octavius Davis allegedly attempted to assault

House Passes Abortion Bill


A bill passed the Iowa House yesterday that would require women in Iowa to have an ultrasound before an abortion.  It is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.  The vote on Thursday was 57-39 on the bill, which requires an physician  to perform an ultrasound, and offer her a description and image of the ultrasound.  A doctor who does not comply could face

First Woman Captain Promoted in Council Bluffs National Guard


The Iowa Army National Guard unit in Council Bluffs has promoted Lt. Alishia Bauman to the rank of captain last month.  This makes her the first woman in a position of management in the Iowa Army National Guard's Council Bluffs unit.  Major James Avrams told the AP that Bauman proved she was capable of taking on the new role and that having her in a managerial role "brings a

Senate Passes Bill to Allow Fantasty Sports Winnings


The Iowa Senate passed a bill yesterday that would allow Iowans to win money in fantasy sports contests.  Current law allows people to participate in fantasy sports but it is illegal to win prizes.  The Senate voted 32-16 Thursday to change that.  It will now head to the house, who is considering a similar bill.  A similar bill in the Senate last year failed.  Some

Slipknot Guitarist Injured in Knife Fight


A member of the Des Moines-based band Slipknot was injured in a knife fight on Wednesday.  According to KCCI, Clive police were called to the 1900 block of 129th St. where someone reported two people were fighting in the front yard with knives.  41-year-old Mick Thomson and his brother Andrew Thomson suffered serious injuries in the altercation and were taken to an area hospital. 

Sioux City North Grad Elected to Board of Regents


A graduate of Sioux City North High School and freshman at UNI was recently appointed as the student member of the State Board of Regents.  Rachael Johnson is an education major and will serve as the voice of students attending the state's three public universities.  Johnson currently serves in student government at UNI.  She will be able to attend meetings, serve on committees

Senate Passes Bill to Expand Medical Marijuana


The effort to expand medical marijuana across the state has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate.  A subcommittee reviewed legislation Wednesday that would make medical marijuana available to people with several chronic diseases, including cancer and epilepsy.  Patients would need approval from a doctor and would purchase the products from state-run dispensaries.  A law was

Senate Passes Bill to Keep MHIs Open


The Iowa Senate passed a bill recently that would require the State Department of Human Services to develop a comprehensive plan before closing state mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant.  The Senate also passed a bill that would make sure the facilities are open past the end of June.  Branstad called the two facilities outdated saying that patients can get more

ICCC Suspects Charges Dropped


Three men accused in an armed robbery at Iowa Central in November have had their charges dropped.  Juma Deng, Molong Den, and Joseph Odir were all charged with aiding and abetting second degree robbery and were set to be sentenced in April. The Webster County attorney's office said there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the charges.  Garhoth Dak was sentenced in

Traver Held on Bond


Fort Dodge Police were called to a residence Monday night for a report of an armed man.  32-year-old Dustan Traver was inside the residence with a gun and his wife and child.  The wife and child were able to leave the house unharmed.  Officers talked to Dustan and he surrendered around midnight.  Traver was charged with Domestic Assault and Assault while displaying a dangerous

Supervisors Approve Budget


The Webster County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday and approved their 2015-2016 budget.  The budget had very few changes, mostly a decrease in one levy and a decrease in a rural levy.  They also increased spending on capital projects by $250,000 and saw a decrease of $740,000 on secondary roads.  It was announced that RAGBRAI would come into Fort Dodge via Claire, Highway

Frederiksen Guilty of Murder, Sexual Abuse


A jury found Casey Frederiksen guilty of first degree sexual abuse and first degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in 2005.  Frederiksen's trial began last week, nearly ten years after the little girl was found in the Cedar River.  The prosecution argued that he had motive because of the sexual abuse.  The defense argued that there was no physical evidence to

Storm Lake Police Arrest Two on Drug Charges


Storm Lake Police arrested two in connection with the sale of methamphetamine.  Police allege that on Monday, 32-year-old Corina Reyes and 27-year-old Jonathon De Pas Ortiz of Wayne NE traveled to Storm Lake to sell methamphetamine to a police informant.  After the delivery, police stopped the couple's vehicle and took them into custody.  Police discovered a 9-month-old child

City Council Moves Forward with Crosstown Connector


The Fort Dodge City Council met Monday and approved plans and specifications, contract, and estimated cost for the first phase of the Crosstown Connector.  The council unanimously passed a resolution that awarded a contract to Wicks Construction for $4.1 million.  Part of the project was the recent construction on First Ave. South, which is now a two-way street.  During the

Sioux City Woman Pleads Guilty to Helping Shooter


Another Sioux City woman has pleaded guilty to helping Jamal Dean flee after he shot a Sioux City police officer.  34-year-old Evette Morris-Hernandez entered the plea Friday in federal court.  Morris-Hernandez is one of eight people who have been indicted for helping Dean leave town after he shot police officer Kevin McCormick on April 29th of 2013.  According to the Sioux City

Storm Lake Police Arrest Nine


Storm Lake Police arrested nine people over the weekend in relation to a social media prostitution ring.  According to police, an investigation began Friday morning, where an under cover officer made contact with the nine men and met them at a Storm Lake Motel.  All nine were booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $2,000 bond each.  

 

Sac City Police Arrest Three


Sac City Police have arrested three in connection with a burglary at Outta Space Storage in Sac City.  During the burglary in early February, over $20,000 worth of furniture was stolen.  Following an investigation, police executed a search warrant in Scranton and found several of the stolen items.  They arrested James and Nicole Sounder and charged them with Possession of

Unity Point-TRMC Economic Impact Study Complete


Unity Point-Trinity Regional medical Center recently received the numbers for their economic impact on the area.  In all, the hospital generates over 1100 jobs and contributes more than $60 million to Webster County's economy.  Employees of the hospital also contribute over $18 million in retail sales and over $1 million in state sales tax.  Mike Dewerff, President

Fort Dodge Named Homebase Iowa Community


Fort Dodge was recently designated a Homebase Iowa Community.  Homebase Iowa is a program that works with veterans to secure jobs, housing, and make a smooth transition to civilian life in Iowa.   The program was started in order to bridge Iowa's skills gap but also to help end veteran unemployment.  Employers can sign up to be part of the program, which then directs

Three Ice Fishermen Dead


Three Creston men are dead after falling through the ice while ice fishing at a farm pond.  According to the The Creston News Advertiser, 71-year-old Earl Burkhalter, 73-year-old Charles Critz, and 68-year-old James Oshel were found after someone phoned police to report that the men had not returned from fishing.  All three were rescued within the hour, and attempts were made to revive

Saturday Amber Alert Resolved Peacefully


An Amber Alert that was issued Saturday afternoon was resolved by Sunday.  The alert was issued when 48-year-old Kenneth Johns allegedly abducted his 9-year-old step daughter Saturday afternoon.  He was arrested on Sunday in Davenport, after the girl was brought to a police station there in good health.  An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Spencer Police Arrest One on Drug Charges


Spencer Police arrested an 18-year-old on drug charges on Thursday.  Police conducted a search and found drug paraphernalia, controlled substances and a street sign.  Allyster McClain was charged with several misdemeanors following the search of his residence including unlawful possession of street sign and signal and possession of controlled substance.  He was arrested and booked

Cause of Fatal Fire Undetermined


The State Fire Marshal has determined the cause of a fatal house fire in Fort Dodge in February.  The investigation continues but for now, the cause is undetermined.  Special Agents with the State Fire Marshal Division continue to investigate the cause of the fire.  Fort Dodge Fire responded to the blaze around 1PM on February 22nd.  Three people were killed in the fire:

Sears Home Store Coming Soon


Representative from the Crossroads Mall and TJK Holdings announced Thursday that a new Sears Home Store would be opening soon at the mall.  Marketing Director Melissa Versure explains why they choose the Home Store:

Todd McCubbin, with TJK Holdings, said the store would create approximately 5-6 full time equvilant jobs, meaning some part time and some full time jobs, a number

New Science Standards Being Considered


The Iowa Department of Education is looking at a possible new science standard for Iowa students.  The committee met Thursday to review public feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards.  The new standards, if adopted, would set science curriculum for each grade level.  This would replace the current Iowa Core which has curriculum for grades K-2 and 3-5.  The proposed

Multi-County Chase Ends with Arrests


Fort Dodge Police and the Webster County Sheriff's office were involved in a multi-county pursuit Tuesday.  Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs explains what happened:

Stubbs said the driver of the car, 27-year-old Cori Benson, had outstanding warrants in Tama and Buena Vista Counties.  24-year-old Jesse Carlson had a warrant out of Webster County on a

Neunaber Trial Delayed Again


The trial of a 45-year-old Northwest Iowa man has been delayed again.  Jonathan Neunaber was scheduled to stand trial beginning March 31st in the death of his mother.  That date was delayed from December 9th of 2014.  The latest delay is to give Neunaber's attorney more time for preparation.  Neunaber pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the July 2014 slaying of

Gun Bill Moves Forward in Iowa Senate


An Iowa Senate panel has approved a bill that would lower the age where children in Iowa can use guns with a parent's supervision.  A three member judiciary subcommittee approved the bill on Wednesday.  The bill would make changes to Iowa's current gun laws, including legalizing use of a suppressor to silence a weapon.  It would also make private the database of people with

NTSB To Re-Investigate 1959 Plane Crash


According to the Associated Press, the National Transportation Safety Board has agreed to reopen the investigation into a plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and pilot Roger Peterson.  The crash happened on Feb. 3rd, 1959 at Clear Lake, Iowa.  At the time, the cause of the crash was listed as pilot error with snow listed as a

Cherokee Man Faces Prison Sentence


A 36-year-old Cherokee man has accepted a plea deal following a stand off last fall.  According to the Sioux City Journal, Josh Allender pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault on a peace officer on Monday.  He had previously been charged with attempted murder, assault, and a weapons crime.  As part of the plea agreement, Allender is facing a 10 year

Trial Underway for Frederiksen


The jury has been selected in the trial of a man accused of killing 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in.  Jury selection began Monday in Hamiltion county.  The trail was moved there because of pre-trial publicity.  Casey Frederiksen is accused of sexually abusing and killing the little girl in July 2005.  A few days after she was reported missing, her body was found in the Cedar

Medical Marijuana Bill Faces Challenge in House


A bill to expand medical marijuana access in Iowa faces a challenge in the Republican-controlled house.  Senate Democrats want to expand access to medical marijuana to people with chronic illnesses.  The bill plans for a state-run dispensary.  People would have to get approval from their doctor to qualify for medical marijuana.  The legislature approved a bill last year that

Nebraska Business Man's Sentencing Delayed


A Nebraska businessman could be headed to prison for collecting over $23 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans.  The sentencing for Ram Hingorani ran long on Tuesday and so will be continued.  He pleaded guilty to fraud and faces up to 2 years in prison.  Companies owned by Hingorani allegedly won 45 contracts between 2007 and 2010 for construction work at

Storm Lake Police Arrest One on Drug Charges


Friday evening, Storm Lake Police made a traffic stop and noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle.  21-year-old Luiz Mendez allegedly fled the scene, leading police on a chase through Storm Lake and south on highway 110.  Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 mph.  Mendez failed to execute a turn onto a county road and went into the ditch and then into the entrance of the Storm

Storm Lake Police Arrest Three After Altercation


Storm Lake Police arrested three people in an altercation at the Storm Lake Middle School on Saturday.  During a youth basketball tournament, police were responded to a reported disturbance.  It was alleged that at the end of one of the games, two coaches and some fans had a heated exchange.  Police arrested 39-year-old Trent Gosch, of Sioux City, 33-year-old Richard Semple, of

Anti-Bullying Legislation Moves Forward


Anti-bullying legislation has moved forward in the Iowa House.  An education committee voted 19-4 in favor of the measure.  The measure clarifies the ability of educators to monitory bullying off school grounds.  It would also expand parental notification language and define cyber bullying.  The bill underwent many changes Monday to more closely mirror a Senate bill, including

Jury Seated in Frederiksen Trial


The jury has been selected in the trial of a man accused of killing 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in.  Jury selection began Monday in Hamilton county.  The trail was moved there because of pre-trial publicity.  Casey Frederiksen is accused of sexually abusing and killing the little girl in July 2005.  A few days after she was reported missing, her body was found in the Cedar

Nebraska Man Faces Prison Time


A Nebraska businessman could be headed to prison for collecting over $23 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans.  The US Attorney's office in Des Moines will be asking for a 2 year prison term when Ram Hingorani is sentenced today.  Hingorani's attorney is expected to ask for probation, according to the AP.  Companies owned by Hingorani allegedly

Wage Bill Passes Both Houses


A 10-cent increase to the fuel tax has been approved by the Iowa Legislature.  The bill received bipartisan support Tuesday and would provide over $200 million annual for Iowa's roads and bridges.  The Legislature has considered raising the tax for several years, but did not take action until this year.  The last time the fuel tax was raised was in 1989.  Gov. Branstad

Annual Skydiving Event Cancelled


A release issued by Des Moines Skydivers announced that the annual Couch Freaks Dollar Daze Boogie would not be held in Fort Dodge in 2015.  Jason Kent, VP of special events said in the release that the event "has not seen the success that is needed to continue.".  The annual skydiving event takes place over Labor Day weekend in Fort Dodge.  Skydivers come from all over

Air Choice One Flights Began Monday


Air Choice One began air service in Fort Dodge on Monday.  Rhonda Chambers, Airport Manager, was happy with the opening day turn out.  The first flight to Chicago left on time at 9:00am and the first flight to St. Louis left on time later that morning.  Chambers said that was important for the airpor:

Cause of Death Released After Fire


The State Fire Marshall's office has released the cause of death in the three victims of Sunday's fire.  25-year-old Amy Devlin, 6-month-old Bryce Devlin, and 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy were killed in the fire.  The state medical examiner performed autopsies on Monday and determined that their deaths were due to smoke inhalation.  The deaths will be ruled accidental. 

Fatal House Fire Under Investigation--Updated


The cause of a fatal fire in Fort Dodge remains under investigation.  Fire Chief Kent Hulett explains [Cause of Fire].  Hulett said emergency personnel were dispatched about 1246 Sunday afternoon to 703 4th Ave N.  They found the home fully engulfed and were not able to enter right away [What Happened]. One adult and two children were killed in the fire, which Hulett said was

Almost Home to Restructure


Following a sudden closure to the public on Thursday, Almost Home Human Society released a statement explaining that the closure occurred because the board of directors determined that the revenues available for operation were no longer sufficient to keep the facility operating at its current capacity. The release stated that the shelter would be reducing the hours they are open to the public and

Fatal House Fire Under Investigation


A house fire Sunday afternoon claimed the lives of one adult and two children in Fort Dodge.  The fire broke out around noon Sunday at a home on Fourth Ave North.  Crews battled the three alarm blaze amid strong winds which made firefighting a challenge.  Four people in the home were able to make it out and were being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.  The cause of the

Air Choice One Flights Start Today


Air Choice One begins flights today in Fort Dodge.  CEO Shane Storz says the company has one main focus : .  Flights can be booked at air choice one dot com or by calling 1-866-I-Fly-VIP.  The group has a goal of rebuilding ridership in Fort Dodge so they can maintain scheduled air service.  There will be an open house this afternoon from 2-4 at the airport.

Bill to Add Fine Arts to CORE Advances


A bill that would add fine arts to Iowa's core curriculum was approved by a House Panel Thursday and it now advances to a full committee for review.  The bill is designed to add music, theater, visual arts and other fine arts to the Iowa Core, which are the state's academic standards.  That core currently includes English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Similar

Vigil Held for Fire Victims


A candlelight vigil was held to honor the victims of a fatal fire Monday.  A makeshift memorial has started in front of the home where three victims lost their lives on Sunday.  Jordana Fowler said right now what the family needs most is support [Support].  Donations of clothing, household items, and gas cards can be taken to The Salvation Army, who is assisting the

Almost Home Closes Temporarily


Almost Home Humane Society Animal Shelter in Fort Dodge announced Thursday that it would be closed.  Shelter Manager Chris Ball could only say that the closure was temporary.  A post on the group's Facebook page said that the closure was for employee training and building maintenance.  The post stated they would honor appointments for boarding and adoption.  The post

Shellabration Headliner Announced


Boston was recently announced as the headliner for Shellabration 2105.  Head of Shellabration, Jim Reed, explains how they choose the bands : .  Reed said they do take public input into bands that come in, but have many factors that they consider before making a selection : .  They also consider the market, what will sell tickets, and what the budget is for a band.  Reed

Local Pastor Publishes Book


A local Fort Dodge man has published a book that explores themes of tragedy and redemption.  Pastor Dave Grindberg, of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, explains what lead him to write the book  : .  After publishing the book, students at the church were inspired to start their own writing group, called The Wind Writers.  The group's goal is to write, illustrate and publish a

LeMars Man Guilty of Bomb Threat


A 37-year-old LeMars man has been found guilty by jury of making a bomb threat on a government building and fighting with law enforcement.  Jeremy Hebert, of Akron, was found guilty Wednesday of making a threat to use an explosive or incendiary device and three counts of assaulting law enforcement officers.  Hebert was arrested in November when he told authorities he would drop a bomb

High-Speed Internet Expansion Closer to Reality


A bill aimed at expanding high-speed internet in Iowa passed a House panel recently.  The bill was approved by members of a commerce subcommittee Wednesday and now advances to a full committee for consideration.  The bill would establish grant programs with $5 million in its first year to assist with the costs of expanding high-speed internet.  A West Des Moines Republican said

45,000 Sign up for Healthcare


The window for signing up for health care has closed and Federal officials say over 45,000 in Iowa have signed up or were automatically re-enrolled on the federal exchange.  Approximately 29,000 people signed up during the first open enrollment.  A release Wednesday noted that 2,000 people are still enrolled in plans with one cooperative that the state has plans to liquidate. 

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Production of Medical Marijuana


Legislation will be introduced by Senate Democrats this session to allow medical marijuana to be produced and distributed in Iowa.  The bill creates a a program to monitor the production and distribution of medical marijuana, similar to a measure that failed last year.  Sen. Joe Bolkcom says he expects resistance in the Republican-controlled house.  This comes after Gov. Branstad

Recreational Drone Users Watching FAA Decision


With the FAA recently proposing new rules for commercial drones, recreational drone fliers are watching closing to see if the new rules will eventually impact them.  Jennie Thomas, who purchased a drone for her farm, says the drones are able to scout fields for pests and to monitor crop conditions.  The drones require three things to be operated: a hot spot, a cell phone (most are

Closing State Hospitals Right Choice


Gov. Branstad has proposed closing two of the state's mental health institutions this summer.  Amy McCoy, with the Iowa Department of Human Services, says that it's in the best interests of the taxpayers and the patients.  One of the points she made was that key positions are harder to fill.  Mt. Pleasant has no psychiatrist currently and Clarinda's psychiatrist is going

Branstad Open to Working with Illinois for Medical Marijuana


Gov. Branstad said Monday that he is open to establishing a system to allow residents to get medical marijuana from Illinois.  Last year, lawmakers in Illinois passed legislation for a pilot program to allow companies to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in the state.  Licenses were awarded in January.  Branstad talked about a future dispensary in Rock Island, IL, which

FAA Proposing Rules for Commercial Drones


The FAA is working on new rules for commercial drones. Drones are popular unmanned aircraft operated with a remote control.  They can be used to take areial photos, monitor crops, or inspect cell towers, bridges, and other structures.  The FAA is propsing rules for commercial drones that coujld include taking an exam to test aeronautical knowledge in order to be certified able to

State Hospitals to Close This Summer


The state is still planning to close two mental health hospitals this year.  Facilities in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant are set to close for budget reasons this year. Patients at those facilities would be moved into private programs or to the facilities at Cherokee and Independence.  The goal is to have the transition completed by summer.  The Des Moines Register reports that mental

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Begin


The annual girl scout cookie sales began Friday Feb. 13th.  The money goes back into the troops and is then used for various projects.  This year, Fort Dodge Troop 13 had a unique idea  .  New this year is a gluten free cookie, which costs $5, along with Thin Mints, Caramel Delights, and many others for $4.  There are also several cookies this year that are

California Couple Charged with Fraud


A California couple is accused of using fake credit cards and IDs in order to defraud Iowa banks and credit unions.  The unnamed couple were arrested Thursday in Sioux City and face several forgery charges and one charge each of ongoing criminal conduct.  According to authorities, the couple allegedly visited two credit unions in Sioux City and got $9,800 cash advances on credit

Experts Advise Caution with Hospital Closures


The state is still planning to close two mental health hospitals this year.  Facilities in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant are set to close for budget reasons this year. Patients at those facilities would be moved into private programs or to the facilities at Cherokee and Independence.  The goal is to have the transition completed by summer.  The Des Moines Register reports that mental

Adoption Event on Saturday


Area families interested in fostering or adopting can attend an event at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday morning.  Bambi Schrader with Iowa Kids Net explains : .  Schrader said there are several areas of concern, including homes willing to take on teenagers, sibling groups, and children of different ethnicities : .   Families who have adopted or are currently fostering will

Comprehensive Plan Report Being Compiled


The City of Fort Dodge recently wrapped up a series of workshops designed to get public input into the needs and assets of the city.  The data will now be compiled and placed into a report by Housel-Levine Associates.  That report will be made available on the city's website for the public to view.  Once that report is complete, the city can then devise their plan and how to

Democrats Propose Minimum Wage Increase


Iowa Democrats are looking to raise the minimum wage.  Their first proposal was to raise it to $10.10/hr, but they have since compromised down to $8.75.  If the bill goes through, the first increase would be to $8/hr on the first of July.  The second increase would be a year later to the full $8.75.  The bill faces a tough battle in the Iowa House.  Iowa

Bill To Raise Fuel Tax Passes Iowa House


After the Iowa Senate passed a bill to increase the state's fuel tax, the Iowa House has done the same.  The bill passed a transportation subcommittee on Thursday and now heads to a full committee for consideration.  Both bills would raise the fuel tax by 10 cents.  The Senate bill was passed Wednesday and also heads to a full committee for review.  Currently, Iowa's

Two Start Date Bills Approved


Two different school start date bills are working their way through the legislature currently.  The Senate Education Committee approved a bill Wednesday that gives school district control over their start dates.  A House Education Committee approved a bill that would require classes to begin on or after August 23rd with no early start waivers.  Start dates are a hot button issue

CBS News Correspondent Killed in Crash


CBS news reports that correspondent for 60 minutes and reporter for CBS news Bob Simon was killed in a car accident last night.  Simon had been with CBS for over 50 years, covering wars, and other stories after joining the network in 1967, according to CBS.  Simon was 73 and was working on a story about the search for an Ebola cure for this Sunday's show.  Simon was a passenger

Three Powerball Winners


Lottery officials confirm that there were winners in three states of the 3rd largest jackpot in Powerball history and the 5th largest U.S.. Lottery prize.  The jackpot for the Powerball last night was $564.1 million.  Winning tickers were sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas.  The ticket in Puerto Rico is the first winning ticket ever sold outside the continental US

Police Seek Robbery Information


Fort Dodge Police are asking for the public's help in solving a robbery that occurred Monday night.  According to police, a 23-year-old woman reported that her apartment on North 9th Street was broken into around 11 Monday night.  She was home at the time and reported that multiple intruders broke in and that she was assaulted during the incident.  She was treated and released

Community Workshop Held


On Tuesday night, Fort Dodge residents attended the first of three workshops designed to help create a comprehensive plan for the city.  The topic of the workshop was Community and folks from Housel-Levine, the company helping develop the plan, were on hand to hear about resident concerns.  Over 75 issues were raised during the meeting, including a lack of affordable housing, condition

Workshops For Comprehensive Plan This Week


Residents in Fort Dodge are encouraged to attend any of three workshops taking place February 10th and 11th at the Growth Alliance.  The workshops are looking for input from residents on what improvements they would like to see in Fort Dodge. Carissa Miller, Senior Planner with the City of Fort Dodge, explains [Purpose].  The comprehensive plan ties in with Envision 2030 and helps with

HyVee Triathalon To End


HyVee announced in a release today that it would discontinue its annual triathlon.  The release stated that the decision was difficult because they have become 'premiere for  events athletes and an important part of our company's history'.  The release went on to say that their health and wellness priorities contributed to the decision, as they want to make sure that

Storm Lake Police Make Drug Arrests


Storm Lake Police made several arrests Monday in connection to five-month investigation into the sale and use of methamphetamine and marijuana in Storm Lake.  According to a press release, police stopped a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Keomanivanh Senesoury and allegedly seized methamphetamine and cash believed to be from illegal drug sales.  Monday morning, police executed a search

City Council Approves Funding for BIVI


The Fort Dodge City Council met Monday and approved a Development Agreement for Boehringer Ingelheim, Vetmedica INC not to exceed $1.5 million.  The agreement is for expansion and upgrades at the sight on 5th St. NW in Fort Dodge.  The company has plans to invest around $100 million over the next four years.  The company produces drugs and vaccines for animals at the Ft.

Dak Given Probation


18-year-old Garhoth Dak was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court.  District Court Judge Michael Moon heard statements from both sides before he passed judgment.  Assistant Webster County Attorney Ryan Baldridge stated that the particular risk associated with this offense has passed and that this was an isolated incident.  Dak’s attorney, Charles Kenville argued

Mathias Faces Theft Charges


A 19-year-old Fort Dodge man made his initial appearance in magistrate court this morning on a second degree theft charges.  Chase Mathias is alleged to have stolen a 2008 KIA in December of 2014 from Anthony Battazza, which is a class D felony.  If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.  Mathias was ordered held on $5,000 cash bond and a no contact order was

Marshalltown Police Warn of Scam


Marshalltown Police are warning people of a scam. According to a release, residents have reported receiving calls telling them have large fines and fees.  They are then told to use a prepaid credit card to take care of the fines/fees or they will be arrested.  Police remind residents that this is not a legitimate police officer.  Residents are reminded not to give any personal

Lawsuits Filed Against Syngenta


More than 360 lawsuits have been filed against agri-chemical maker Syngenta by farmers and farm businesses in more than 20 states, according to the Associated Press and hundreds more could still come.  The lawsuits center around Syngenta Argisure Viptera, a genetically modified corn seed that contains a protein that kills corn-eating bugs.  It was not approved for import to China and

Workshops For Comprehensive Plan This Week


The City of Fort Dodge is developing a comprehensive plan.  This plan adds to Envision 2030, which was enacted in 2006-2007.  Topics in the plan include housing, land use, infrastructure and many others.  In accordance with this, the city will hold public workshops on community, business, and the riverfront.  Residents are encouraged to attend these workshops and have a voice

Officials Investigate Train Derailment


A train derailment Wednesday in Dubuque caused rail cars carrying ethanol to slide into the Mississippi River.  According to the Associated Press, three of the cars caught fire, and all fires are now extinguished.  A spokesman for the Canadian Pacific railroad told the AP that two engines derailed, and 14 of the 15 cars were carrying ethanol.  Railroad officials say eight of the

Bill Proposed to Change Primary Election Rules


The Iowa Senate has given preliminary approval for a bill changing primary election rules.  The rules currently have party delegates pick a nominee when no candidate meets the primary threshold.  The new rules would have Iowa voters decide contested races.  The races likely impacted by this rule change would be for Congress, the Legislature, and Statewide Office.  Urbandale

Restitution to be Decided in Atlantic Fake Cancer Case


People who donated to a cancer fund for an Atlantic child who did not have cancer can seek restitution.  30-year-old Leatha Slauson pleaded guilty to five charges after she was charged with faking her 5-year-old daughter's cancer, for which she raised several thousand dollars.  Last month, a judge sentenced Slauson to five years probation and continued mental health care.  A

Cribs for Kids Hopes To Prevent Infant Death


Four counties in Iowa are participating in a program that hopes to prevent infant deaths from unsafe sleeping practices.  Black Hawk, Clinton, Hamilton, and Polk counties are reported to have the highest infant mortality rates in the state.  A program called "Cribs for Kids" from the Iowa Department of Public Health gives free cribs to mothers to prevent unsafe sleeping

Charges Filed Against Alta Man


Charges have been filed in a Sac County chase from earlier this week.  25-year-old James Mitchell lead deputies on a chase that ended at East Sac County Elementary School on January 29th.  He was alleged to have stolen a truck from a man at gunpoint in Alta prior to the chase.  Mitchell was charged with carrying weapons without a permit, carrying weapons on school grounds, eluding

New Director Named for Workforce Development


Gov. Branstad announced Tuesday that he had appointed Beth Townsend to serve as director of Iowa Workforce Development.  Townsend has been the interim director since Teresa Wahlert retired last month.  Wahlert was accused of mismanagement and creating a hostile work environment and defended her work to lawmakers during an investigation.  Townsend has previously served as director

Sex Offender Charged with Enticement


Des Moines Police have arrested a convicted sex offender for having contact with a 12-year-old-girl.  According to KCCI, police charged Luther St. Clair with child enticement for exchanging text messages with the girl.  The two met on a cell phone app called Words with Friends.  It's alleged that St. Clair asked the girl to send him nude photos, which she did.  Mitch

Webster County Engineer Seeks New Building


Randy Will, Webster County Engineer, presented a proposal Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors for a new maintenance facility.   Will said the county has outgrown the current facility, which is beginning to show its age.  Working with a consultant, Will said a decision was reached as to how to approach the problem : .  The location serves as both the central location for

Democrats Try to Increase School Funding


After Gov. Branstad proposed a 1.25 percent increase in school funding for the next school year, Democrats in the Senate said they will try to increase school funding by over $200 million for the next school year.  A recent survey of Iowa school superintendents found that a majority disagree with Branstad's budget and need at least a 6 percent increase.  Fort Dodge

Bill Advances to Ban Minors from Tanning


A bill that would ban anyone under age 18 from tanning shows no opposition according to the AP.  A House legislative panel approved a bill that prohibits tanning for minors at commercial salons in Iowa.  The bill will now head to a full committee for consideration.  Current Iowa law has no restrictions on minors tanning.  According to the AP, a lobbyist for the American

Jefferson County Residents Warned of Scam


The Jefferson County Recorder's Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sent out a release warning residents of a scam.  Residents have reported getting a letter or unsolicited phone call asking if they want a copy of their deed and property assessment.  The calls tell residents that 'deed activity' was ' recorded in the public record' and asks them to

Changes Proposed for Domestic Abuse Laws


Gov. Branstad has presented the legislature with change to domestic abuse laws.  According to a release, Branstad has proposed increasing penalties for repeat domestic abusers.  He also proposed that anyone convicted of third offense domestic abuse, harassment, or stalking would have to serve a mandatory 85 percent of their sentence.  Another component of the bill would require GPS

Supino To Face Murder Charges 32 Years Later


An Iowa woman accused in the 1983 murder of her husband and his girlfriend will stand trial beginning today.  54-year-old Thersea Supino is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the 1983 deaths of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory.  The bodies of Fisher and Gregory were found at Copper Dollar Ranch NW of Newton.  Supino was married to Fisher at the time but they had

Sioux City Mom Pleads Guilty


A Sioux City mom accused of leaving her 10-month-old son unattended in a tub while she smoked marijuana had pleaded guilty to child endangerment resulting in bodily injury, and possession of a controlled substance.  Maricela Vasquez was arrested in August following a 911 call.  According to KCCI, authorities found evidence of marijuana in the apartment and discovered the baby had nearly

Lara Charged in Chase


Fort Dodge Police arrested a 20-year-old man on several charges Friday night.  An officer spotted a vehicle speeding in downtown around 1230 Friday night and attempted to make a stop.  The driver refused to stop and a short chase ensued.  The driver was finally stopped at N 7th St. and 8th Ave N.  Chase Lara was booked into the Webster County Jail on eluding law enforcement

Snow Storm Hits Area


People are digging out following heavy snow over the weekend.  Fort Dodge received just over 9 inches while some places in the Des Moines area saw over a foot of heavy, wet snow.  Following the system Arctic cold descended on the state and will stick around through the first part of the week, dropping wind chills and over night lows below zero.  There are slight chances for snow on

Medicaid Recipients May Face Montly Premiums


One year after the modified expansion of Iowa's Medicaid program, some folks enrolled in the program may have to pay small monthly premiums because they haven't completed a physical exam and health questionnaire.  The governor agreed to expand Medicaid after receiving federal approval to make the modifications which required health requirements and charging contributions.  A

Centerville Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty


A Centerville firefighter that died in the line of duty has been identified as Assistant Fire Chief Mike Cooper.  Cooper was assisting with a blaze at a 300,000 square foot building in south-central Iowa Friday night.  He went home from the scene and died on Saturday.  Cooper started his career with the Centerville Fire Department on July 12th, 1977.  The building and its

Hydrant Flushing Begins in Ames


Annual hydrant flushing begins today in Ames. The first part of the flushing program will start in the central part of the City and maps live in real-time are available online to residents. Drivers are urged to use caution in the city and officials are pointing out that water service may be disrupted and some water may look discolored. The cold water tap should run for at least several minutes