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04/21/2015 - 2:56pm
Former Franklin County supervisor, Latimer city council member and mayor Jerry Plagge died Saturday following an extended battle with cancer.      Plagge, 72, served on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors for 12 years. He started his career in local government with the Latimer City Council more than 30 years ago and eventually made his way to the mayor’s chair. He...
04/21/2015 - 2:53pm
Local emergency personnel are reminding Franklin County residents about controlled burn regulations following a string of fire calls this month.      Landowners wishing to conduct controlled burns must first call the sheriff’s office and provide details about the time and location of the fire. Franklin County fire...
04/21/2015 - 2:51pm
Longtime restaurant owner Jo Gorder has never been accused of slacking on the job.      “I’m more of a stander,” she said as she rushed around Gorder’s Café in Bradford. “I can only sit so long until it’s time to do something else.”      Gorder will have more...
04/14/2015 - 3:18pm
Freshman U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst visited the area last week as part of her inaugural recess tour of the state. Back in Iowa after her first 90 days in Congress, Ernst visited Sukup Manufacturing on Wednesday to talk with employees about her activities in Congress and take a tour of the factory.      “I think she’s...
04/14/2015 - 3:16pm
Drama was lacking Thursday night when the Hampton City Council unanimously voted to reappoint Meghan Freie to the Ward 1 council seat.      Council members took less than two minutes to reach their decision. Freie, who has held the Ward 1 seat since July 2014, planned to move from the area and submitted her resignation last...
04/14/2015 - 3:15pm
Construction on a new state of the art grain facility in western Franklin County is moving along as planned, according to company officials.      Fort Dodge-based NEW Cooperative began construction on a four-bin expansion east of Rowan this spring. The facility, which sits inside Franklin County along S-13, will have 1,875,000...
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