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Here to Save the Day?

Well, that is a bit of an overstatement, but not for long! I am here to bring a fresh and positive reaction to the good things that are happening in Fort Dodge. The loud minority of perpetually disgruntled people who see nothing but negatives and rely on second hand information, rumors, and the like now have a formidable foe. A person with a positive outlook. As I look around Fort Dodge at all the wonderfully positive people who are trying to improve our quality of life in Fort Dodge through… Continue

Added by Underblog! on June 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Raids on Swift, Agriprocessors highlighted in immigration policy critique

A national commission investigating immigration enforcement under the Bush administration has released a comprehensive new report documenting the impact immigration raids have had on families, workplaces and communities across the country.

The report, released last week, was drawn directly from investigations into several immigration raids, including two at Iowa workplaces: Agriprocessors in Postville and JBS-Swift in… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 23, 2009 at 10:57am — No Comments

Ducks Against Disaster brings fun and raises funds for the local Red Cross

The Brushy Creek Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will host the 12th annual “DUCKS AGAINST DISASTERS” this Saturday, June 27th.

This important fundraising event and Children’s Festival on will be held at the Hy-Vee Fort Dodge parking lot ,115 South 29th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th. In addition to “the lucky duck pond” the event will include children’s carnival games & inflatables. At 2:00pm, the… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 23, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments

Music and Art at Oleson Park

The Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Association is joining with a local non-profit organization to bring you Music and Art at Oleson Park.

This is an all day, FREE event for the whole community to be held on July 11th at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge, Iowa from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.

The all-day entertainment will feature up to 12 different bands with something for everyone, including Christian, Blues, Rock n Roll, and a little… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Frying Eggs On The Sidewalks

Is it possible to fry an egg on the sidewalks of Fort Dodge? Yes it is, and we'll show you how.

In Fort Dodge we went from a cool, cloudy and wet string of what I would call "early spring" weather, right into the real humid, "mid-July" hot stuff. So much for enjoying the early days of summer. And you'll soon be hearing the phrase around town, "it's so hot, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk".

After reading our blog, the… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 22, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Norwegian group observes 100 years since its first meeting

"He said by reading a newspaper account he had learned his grandfather’s sister had visited her brother, which gave him the knowledge that one lived in Callender, Iowa, and the other in nearby Fort Dodge."

Many people whose ancestors came from Norway are in Albert Lea this week to research their roots and to take part in a cultural tradition going back to the city’s pioneer days.

Vestlandslag Stevne is the gathering of… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 21, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Living Statue Of Liberty from 1918

On a stifling July day in 1918, 18,000 officers and soldiers posed as Lady Liberty on the parade grounds at Camp Dodge.

According to a July 3, 1986, story in the Fort Dodge Messenger, many men fainted-they were dressed in woolen uniforms-as the temperature neared 105 degrees Farenheit. The photo, taken from the top of a specially constructed tower by a Chicago photography studio, Mole & Thomas, was intended to help promote… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 20, 2009 at 10:08am — No Comments

Video: ALERRT exercise prepares law enforcement for anti-terrorism

Have you ever wondered what anti-terrorism training looks like?

In the video below you'll see an officer taking part in a mock shooter scenario which was conducted at the Spencer High School. In the training, a mock shooter stands over a fallen target, while watching his partners secure another shooter across the room.

This is part of the ALERRT exercise being conducted through the Iowa Central Community College's Homeland… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 19, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Chamber Friday Fax - June 19, 2009



The quarterly breakfast meeting for the Fort Dodge Chamber will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd at Willow Ridge Golf Course at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $8.00 per person. The guest speaker will be Chris Olson of Tate & Lyle. Please call the Chamber office today at 515-955-5500 to reserve your seat. All members are welcome to attend!


Business… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 19, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

Video: Austin, Minnesota Tornado - June 17, 2009

Midwest storms spawn tornadoes

Powerful storms that rolled across the Midwest brought heavy rain, strong winds and spawned several apparent tornadoes, damaging homes and businesses, tossing railcars off their tracks and knocking out power to thousands.

In southeastern Minnesota, daylight Thursday revealed a path of destruction left by an apparent tornado in the town of Austin, where vehicles were thrown about, homes were… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 18, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gilmore City Native Turns 109 Years Young

When Zeta Collins Wittman was born in Gilmore City, Iowa, on June 15, 1900, nobody gave her a Teddy bear.

No out-of-state relatives flew in to see her, and her mom didn't toss her diapers into the washing machine.

That's because the Teddy bear, airplane and the washing machine hadn't been invented yet.

Nor had plastic, the Nobel Prize, or movies. No World Series, no Mickey Mouse, no penicillin.

Nobody had… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 17, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Red Cross to Hold Annual Meeting

The Brushy Creek Area Chapter of the American Red Cross invites the public to its Annual Meeting.

The event will be held Thursday, June 18, 2009, at the Chapter Training Center, 20 North 16th Street. in Fort Dodge. The evening will begin with a social time at 5:30pm with hors d’oeuvres, and soft drinks. The social hour will be followed by a short business meeting at 6:00pm. The public is invited to demonstrate their support for the volunteers and donors who make Red Cross programs… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 16, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments

Discover Fort Dodge - Finding Your Next Career Online

Discover Fort Dodge is a new website focused on bringing both the job seeker and employer together while serving as a resource for people and their families before, during, and after their relocation to Fort Dodge.

I was first asked to participate in the design of this website in October of 2007 through an invitation from the Webster County Development Corporation. The committee included a wealth of committed people who have given much of… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 16, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Stick a fork in Clear Channel Radio

Clear Channel is done.

The next six to nine months will constitute what I believe will be their swan song as a consolidated radio company. None of us can take any joy in this.

The economy isn’t helping.

It’s killing over-leveraged radio owners on their debt repayment. Some stations are actually making money, but not enough to pay down huge corporate debt – the debt that was purchased when they put together their radio… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

GULLIXSON: Taking my son to rediscover family roots - and the surprise that awaited us

Turning off Highway 169 onto 130th Street in our metallic blue PT Cruiser, we rattled over a railroad crossing with no gates or lights and spotted a grain elevator in the distance. The sight came with a borrowed sense of homecoming.

This town ahead, a place called Bode, an L-shaped patch on that tapestry of farmlands known as Iowa, was not mine. But it was family.

It’s part of our narrative — a true narrative, as my father didn’t… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 15, 2009 at 9:27am — No Comments

Two mysteries solved in one night

"You saw what you saw," he chortled. He went on to explain that Fort Dodge was home to several retired circus people including an extremely tall old black man who had worked for Ringling Brothers and was billed as the "Tallest Man in the World."

The following is from the blog there was a crooked man... and I wanted to… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 14, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Iowa Recruit Drafted By Pittsburgh, Fort Dodge's Sandquist Also Top Prospect

With the 775th pick in the MLB first-year player draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Norwalk, Iowa native Matt Dermody, who is a prized in-state pitching recruit of Iowa head coach Jack Dahm.

Dermody's fellow 4A prep counterpart in Rick Sandquist from Fort Dodge has yet to be drafted. Perfect Game USA also rated Sandquist as a 9.5 following the Pre-Draft Showcase and lists him as the 551st best prep in the draft.

Perfect Game… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 13, 2009 at 10:37am — No Comments

FRB rocks Spectacular

Those who yearn for the days of the Cobblestone Inn's dances with great bands will want to make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July in Storm Lake.

Hailing from the Rembrandt/Laurens area, FRB was formed in 1969, when the members of the former high-school-age Freedom Rock Band regrouped when it came time to further their educations.

FRB started playing as a group in 1969 and frequented the Cobblestone in Lakeside three decades… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 12, 2009 at 8:38am — No Comments

Chamber Friday Fax - June 12, 2009


Ribbon Cutting hosted by The Development Corporation of Fort Dodge & Webster County @ Willow Ridge Golf Course.

Tuesday, June 16th 2009 @ 5:15 p.m.

All Chamber members and their employees are invited to attend.

Stop by and show them your support!

Come see the new website for the Development Corporation!


Added by Bill Grady on June 12, 2009 at 8:10am — No Comments

ISU’s Koll primed to defend 10,000

Fort Dodge native Lisa Koll is ready for a repeat performance of last year’s NCAA outdoor championships. That’s bad news for the rest of the 10,000-meter field. Koll ran circles around the field last June at Drake Stadium, easily winning the event and lapping all but five competitors.

The Iowa State runner will try to defend her title at 8:55 tonight in Fayetteville, Ark.

“I feel just as good as I did last year, if not better,”… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 11, 2009 at 8:35am — No Comments

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