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President Jo Ann Kramer hammers the meeting open with the gonging of its bell at a recent meeting of Clarion’s American Legion Post 246 Auxiliary. Also pictured are Secretary Cindy Riley and Treasurer Brenda Grummitt.

New life

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CLARION — Jo Ann Kramer’s leadership has rebuilt Clarion’s American Legion Post 246 Auxiliary from its near demise to one which is active and viable. The group had essentially been on life support for a number of years. Currently, the membership has grown to more than 30, due in ...

From our files — Oct. 23, 2017

From Our Files

Oct. 23, 2007 NEWS: Joelyn Johnson joined the Fort Dodge Police Department. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Mason City in volleyball. Oct. 23, 1992 NEWS: Webster County Sheriff Chuck Griggs and his opponent Bob Webb squared off in a League of Women Voters forum. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat St. ...

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Trunk or Treat

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Kaidence Valley, 7, of Fort Dodge, didn’t let a broken ankle he suffered in school keep him from dressing as a robot ninja during the First Covenant Trunk or Treat Sunday night.

FDSH to present fall play

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The Fort Dodge Senior High drama department will present “You Can’t Beat the House” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 4 in the Gail Nicewanger Little Theater at Senior High. In “You Can’t Beat the House,” two inept burglars enter a house with the intent to rob it only to find out it is for ...

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13 Days of Halloween

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen The Messenger 13 Days of Halloween continues with a yard full of spooky ghosts, witches, spiders and a few skeletons at 1304 S. 24th St. in Fort Dodge at the home of Julie White, who got some help from family members with the work. “I was the supervisor,” ...

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Nate Clute, right, walks his two children, Jaden Clute, 9, and Cassie Clute, 7, home from Cooper Elementary School Friday afternoon while the two children enjoy their yo-yos during the trek.

Goal: ‘Truly neighborhood schools’

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In an effort to have more students attend the school closest to their respective neighborhood, the Fort Dodge Community School District is considering new boundaries for its elementary schools, according to Doug Van Zyl, FDCSD superintendent. “Hopefully, we can really develop what would ...

Theiss farm rezoning to come before council for final vote

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The proposed new rules for fireworks are not the only things on the agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. At 5:30 p.m., the council will hear a presentation from some Fort Dodge Senior High students who traveled to Kosovo in August. Fort Dodge is a sister city to Gjakova in ...

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Shimkat Motors co-owners Bruce Shimkat, at left, Bill Shimkat and Ed Shimkat Jr. pose with a brand new Dodge Ram 1500 ProMaster in their showroom recently as general sales manager T.J. Pingle looks on from behind. Shimkat has recently started selling the Ram commercial vehicles and have added a special service bay and hoist larger than standard sized trucks.

Shimkat expands its offerings

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There’s an important change at Fort Dodge’s oldest automobile dealership. For the first time in its 70-year history, Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S., is now selling and servicing commercial trucks. “Starting in September we acquired the Business Link franchise for Chrysler’s ...

From our files: Oct. 22, 2017

From Our Files

Oct. 22, 2007 NEWS: Brooklynn Bailey and Emily Patz were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: The Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2. Oct. 22, 1992 NEWS: The MIDAS Council of Government in Fort Dodge received a 1992 Innovation Award fromt he National Association of ...

Two arrested after Humboldt chase

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HUMBOLDT — Two individuals are facing multiple felony and misdemeanour charges after a Friday afternoon chase that began at the Humboldt Hardees and ended in a collision at Sumner Avenue and A Street. According to Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger, the chase started when a deputy ...

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Shirley Yeager, 85, of Webster City, survived polio.

‘I think I was one of the lucky ones’

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“They put me in this room with a whole bunch of other women that had polio. I could reach out my arms and take a hold of somebody’s hand on each side of me. That’s how crowded we were inside the hospital. Shirley Yeager, 85, of Webster City, was diagnosed with polio in the summer of ...

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Dr. Andy McGuire, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks during the Webster County Democrats annual pork chop dinner Sunday night at the Noon Lions Den.

Democrats weigh in on mental health

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According to Dr. Andy McGuire, Iowa now ranks last in mental health care beds across the state. McGuire, a former Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman and a native of Waterloo, is running for governor. She was one of five 2018 gubernatorial candidates who spoke during the Webster County ...

Grid Iron in Webster City serves up top tenderloin

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WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City restaurant has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge, owned by Burke Risetter, was judged to have the very best tenderloin in the ...

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Mary Ann Bailey Hammitt, 86, of Webster City, still has a scrapbook of cards and letters she received while in the hospital recovering from polio in 1954. The letter she is holding was made by her son, Doug Bailey, who was 3 years old at the time.

Mary Ann’s story

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WEBSTER CITY — Mary Ann Bailey Hammitt, 86, found out she had polio in 1954 when she was 25. She had soreness in her legs and was tired all of the time. She also had bulbar polio and was unable to eat or swallow. “My parents took me to the doctor in Webster City,” Hammitt ...

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Prior to the evening meal, attendees of the Farm to Fork dinner served at Cafe Mir in Fertile, enjoyed an outdoor social hour on a Sunday afternoon.

Fresh food from the farm

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FERTILE — The menu started with an outdoor social hour of hummus and crudites along with wine. Once inside, the meal began with a salad of mixed local greens, followed by the entree of slow-roasted Mangalitsa pork with Mojo De Ajo and fresh herbs. The sides were roasted beets with ...

Council to consider new FD fireworks rules

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The period for using fireworks would be greatly reduced and fines would be increased under tough new rules to be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The proposal would also ban a class of fireworks called mines or shells. Additionally, the package of rules would make ...

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Andy Sheffield, HR Manager at CJ Bio America, seen outside the plant recently. Sheffield said he personally had trouble finding a suitable house when he moved back into town, and it's still an issue CJ faces when hiring.

Coming to Fort Dodge: Housing, daycare is challenging

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Editor’s note: This is the third of a Sunday series focusing on the local workforce and manufacturing. As a native of Fort Dodge, Andy Sheffield knew this town was a good place to raise a family. But when moving back home after about three years of working in Phoenix, Arizona, Sheffield ...