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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

UPCOMING EVENTS



GOOD MORNING FORT DODGE

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!



UPCOMING EVENTS

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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!



SEMINAR: THRIVING IN… Continue

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

Events happening in Fort Dodge

Celebrate summer with the following events happening in June. If you have an event you would like on the CVB’s upcoming events calendar either submit event information on-line at www.fortdodgecvb.com or call (515) 573-4282.

•The Born Free RV Club Rally will be held on June 18-21 at the Webster County Fairgrounds.

•The Fort Dodge Senior High Softball Invitational will be held at Rogers Sports Complex on June 19 & 20.

•Mineral City Speedway will hold its Weekly Series Points… Continue

Added by Fort Dodge CVB on June 10, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Saving your local economy, 3 stores at a time


Source: www.the350project.net

Added by Bill Grady on June 9, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Are You a Victim of Telephone Cramming or Slamming?

Telephone cramming and slamming are deceptive ways of stealing money from unsuspecting consumers by adding unauthorized services to your phone bill. It happens more often than you think.



By definition, cramming is when you are charged for services on your monthly telephone bill that you did not actually incur. This happens way too often and you need to be aware… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 8, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

Storm Chasing In Iowa - June 6, 2009

Severe weather will definitely be a possibility for areas south of a Kearney, NE to Sioux City, IA to Fort Dodge, IA line.



Overnight convection associated with an MCS has continued to move through the state of Iowa this morning, and another cluster of precipitation is also moving across extreme northeast Nebraska and eastern South Dakota as well. This precipitation and its' evolution was a big question mark as to how it would affect… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 6, 2009 at 11:13am — No Comments

Chamber Friday Fax - June 5, 2009

UPCOMING EVENTS

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!



SEMINAR: THRIVING IN… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 5, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

No decision on possible Fort Dodge casino until July

State gambling regulators said today they won’t make a decision until July whether to accept applications for new casino licenses.



The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission heard two consultants present market studies today that pointed to Lyon County in northwest Iowa as the leading candidate for establishing a new gambling operation. Casinos are also being sought in Ottumwa, Fort Dodge, and in Franklin and Tama counties.



Commission… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 4, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Relay For Life in Webster County to be held July 17th and 18th

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in our community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.



This year's event will be held once again at Dodger Stadium in Fort Dodge beginning at 6 PM on July 17th, and will conclude the next morning at 6 AM. Teams of people will camp out at Dodger Stadium and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 4, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

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