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News briefs, Oct. 3

October 2, 2012
Messenger News

Johnson will seek District 5 seat

Breck Johnson announced his candidacy to run for Webster County supervisor in the new District 5 this week.

Johnson, of Fort Dodge, filed for the seat in District 5, which includes the northwestern portion of the City of Fort Dodge and Johnson, Douglas and Deer Creek-Jackson townships.

Johnson will face current District 4 Supervisor Clark Fletcher, whose territory was realigned following the 2010 Census, in the Nov. 6 general election.

Johnson said the need for more jobs, in Webster County, as well as the need for a contested race in District 5 influenced his decision to run for supervisor.

"Someone needs to earn this district," said Johnson. "I believe the people of the district should be able to make a choice in who their leader will be."

A Webster County native, Johnson is employed as maintenance coordinator for Trimark Physicians Group and is owner of Johnson Custom Cabinets. He has been involved with Cub Scouts as assistant to den leaders, volunteers to coordinate the Audubon Society in Webster County and serves as a board member of the Webster County Artists. He is a founding member of the Brothers and Sisters in Christ outreach group and a co-founder of the youth empowerment project It Gets Better FD. He and wife Jenny live in Fort Dodge and have two children.

Supervisors OK traffic changes

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved traffic changes in two areas of rural Webster County during their regular meeting Tuesday.

The board approved a resolution from Webster County Engineer Randy Will to place a stop sign at the intersection of 280th Street and Indiana Avenue for southbound traffic in Elkhorn Township.

Will said the intersection is currently uncontrolled and a farmstead with a large grove of trees at the intersection could limit visibility for oncoming traffic.

"There is a t-intersection warning sign, but there is no stop sign," said Will. "There is limited visibility and a stop sign is needed."

The board also approved a resolution to reduce the speed limit on a portion of Richmill Road and 220th Street near Sheker Addition from 45 to 35 mph.

In other business, the board approved a five-year performance bond renewal for U.S. Cellular tower site 760588, set Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. as the date and time for a public hearing to consider the adoption of county multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan.

FD schools will

dismiss early Friday

Fort Dodge Community Schools will be dismissing students early on Friday so students can celebrate homecoming with a pep assembly, parade and the football game.

High school students will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. for the pep assembly and coronation. Due to limited seating, the only students in grades K-8 allowed to attend the assembly are those who have a sibling on the homecoming court.

Elementary and middle school students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. to provide them enough time to attend the homecoming parade which will proceed down Central Avenue around 2:30 p.m.

School buses will run at 2 p.m. only. Any student (including middle and high school) needing to ride the bus should do so at that time.

Animal causes FD power outage

An animal touched some electrical equipment in Fort Dodge Tuesday afternoon, causing a nearly 45 minute power outage for some homes and businesses on the city's west side.

Firefighters responded just after 2 p.m. to a grass fire caused by a blown transformer in an alley bordered by B and C streets and avenues C and D.

The power outage began at 2:18 p.m., according to Tina Potthoff, a spokeswoman for MidAmerican Energy. She said electricity to all 45 affected customers was restored by 3 p.m.

According to Potthoff, the outage was caused by an animal touching a transformer or power line.



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