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Brad McIntyre, of Fort Dodge, looks over a supporting actor award he won for his role as Alvin in a play titled "A Barrel Full of Pennies." The play took place in 2007 through his involvement with Hawkeye Community Theatre.

The voice

Some people may not recognize assistant Webster County Attorney Brad McIntyre if they saw him walking down the street in Fort Dodge. But they might recognize his voice. McIntyre, a 2007 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, spends his free time as a public address ...

Catalyst Award nominees sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s annual Catalyst Award. The award is presented at the Growth Alliance’s annual dinner, which will be held on March 2 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites. Nominations will be due Feb. 13 at ...

Making mental health easier

Rural Iowans are far less likely to seek out mental health treatment, and even less likely to receive it, according to Children and Families of Iowa. CFI is one of numerous groups working to expand mental health care in rural areas, and this year received a $36,450 grant to support its ...

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EEddie Moore, president of The Privilege Institute and America & Moore, speaks Saturday afternoon during the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration held at the Athletics For Education and Success building.

The legacy

As people visited at their tables Saturday morning in the new gym at the Athletics For Education and Success center in Fort Dodge, the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could be heard coming from a computer set up on a table off to one side. It was an reminder of why everyone was there: ...

Study spotlights critical child care shortage in Fort Dodge

A study, supported by some of the area’s largest industries, has revealed a critical shortage of child care services for the children of Fort Dodge. There are an estimated 3,239 children who need some form of child care, according to the study. But there are only 1,601 child care spaces ...

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David Brighton, executive director for Your Own United Resources, Inc., explains some of the preliminary plans for a new Head Start preschool facility to be located east of Fort Frenzy in the Crosstown Connector Industrial Park in Fort Dodge.

Head Start preschool to move to site near of Decker

Your Own United Resources Inc. — Head Start Zero-Five is planning to build a new state-of-the-art Head Start preschool facility in Fort Dodge, according to David Brighton, executive director. The new preschool, which will house students ages 3 to 5 years old, is to be located just ...

Accident fatalities increased in 2016

Across Iowa last year, there were 86 more motor vehicle fatalities than there were in 2015. In all, 402 people in Iowa died as the result of accidents in 2016. In 2015, that number was 316. The upward trend was also reflected in the Iowa State Patrol’s District 7, according to Trooper ...

Iowa Womens Foundation finds need for child care in FD schools

About a year and a half ago, the privately funded Iowa Women’s Foundation visited Fort Dodge and posed a question: What do local women need to become financially stable? It set the group of people who were listening to thinking. “I had a student who lived in her car to afford child ...

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President Donald Trump waves after taking the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, as his wife Melania holds the Bible, daughter Tiffany stands beside him, Friday, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

A new era

WASHINGTON — Pledging emphatically to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership. Under cloudy, ...

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Fort Dodge Firefighters Randy Schilling, left, and Adam Mobley are pulled to safety during ice rescue training at Izaak Walton Pond Friday.

Getting in practice

Fort Dodge firefighters were in the deep freeze Friday as they practiced ice rescue training at Izaak Walton Pond in Armstrong Park. Firefighters took turns getting into the ice-covered pond and practicing their rescue tactics. Lt. Mitch Halverson said this training is done ...

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Kate Stucky, office manager at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, shows off the new website Friday afternoon in her office.

Accessibility

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance has a new mobile friendly website up and running. The website, which can be accessed at greaterfortdodge.com, was launched Jan. 1, according to Kate Stucky, office manager. Stucky said having a website that is easily accessed on all ...

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Shylen Hicks, 10, at left, along with Maddie Lee, 10, work on getting their aprons tied and adjusted Thursday afternoon during the first winter meeting of the Quick Fixin’ Young Chefs Club at the Fort Dodge Middle School. The club members made a chicken enchilada dip that earned high ratings when it was done.

Quick Fixin’

Before the new members of the Quick Fixin’ Young Chefs Club at the Fort Dodge Middle School could do anything, there was one important task to attend to. Getting their adult-sized aprons adjusted to their fifth- and sixth-grade frames and getting them tied on ...

Donation received for new high-tech scanner

The Webster County Genealogical Society has received an anonymous donation of $1,000 to go towards a new high-tech scanner that will help preserve historical documents. The donation was received the same day that a story detailing the need for a new scanner was featured in The Messenger, ...

Sprinkler douses FD apartment fire

A sprinkler system put out a fire in a Fort Dodge apartment building Wednesday night and no one was injured. The incident at Evergreen Estates, 1543 27th Ave. N., was reported at 10:27 p.m. Fire Department Capt. Paul Neeson said a fire ignited on the stove in a first floor apartment ...

13-year-old boy charged with attempted murder

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, a class B felony, in connection with a Nov. 28 shooting that took place a few blocks from Butler Elementary School, according to Fort Dodge police reports. The teen was arrested Tuesday, police reported. His name is ...

Fire started in dog house damages garage

A detached two car garage at 317 Ave. E owned by Scott Davis was damaged Wednesday morning in a fire that kept firefighters on the scene for a couple of hours. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett said the fire — reported at 10:51 a.m. — started outside the garage in a dog ...

King named to three panels in U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Steve King has been named to three committees in the House of Representatives and will be the chairman of a subcommittee. The Republican from Kiron will once again be a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He will also be the chairman of that panel’s Subcommittee on the ...