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Unpredictable

LEHIGH — Some Lehigh residents were told to leave their homes Sunday because of concerns officials had over potential flooding in the Des Moines River. The Lehigh Fire Department was dispatched to assist in the evacuation early Sunday afternoon. Dylan Hagen, Webster County Emergency ...

1,000 digits of pi at Humboldt High

HUMBOLDT — On March 14 at Humboldt High School, Pam Swan witnessed something she never had in her 36 years as a math teacher. A sophomore student recited 1,000 digits of pi during the school’s celebration of Pi Day. “In all my years, no one else had,” Swan said on Friday. “I ...

Women of influence

Editor’s note: This story previously appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Fort Dodge Today magazine. What is important to you? My family and my relationship with God top my list. I want to make my family proud and I want to raise my children with a strong set of core beliefs — ...

Pothole Patrol

The Messenger’s Photo Squirrel found this potentially tire-shredding monster lurking on Central Avenue just west of 12th Street. It’s on the north side of the road, where westbound vehicles could hit it. To report a large pothole to the Pothole Patrol, call 573-2141, ext. 472, or email ...

Digging in for Lehigh

LEHIGH — Be it May or March, the little Webster County town of Lehigh that is settled in a low spot along the Des Moines River, looks forward to warm weather after a long winter freeze. After all, Lehigh is known for its annual River Days. But there’s the flip side to its ...

Montgomery visits Kosovo second time

On a trip to Kosovo, a senior from St. Edmond Catholic School spoke to 20 students in Gjakova about leadership. Nathan Montgomery, 18, visited Fort Dodge’s sister city from Feb. 8 through Feb. 12. It was his second visit to Kosovo, a country in southeastern Europe. “It was a ...

Delaney pledges to reunite a nation he sees as divided

Presidential hopeful John Delaney vowed Saturday to do everything he can to once again unite what he views as a deeply divided country while tackling the big issues of climate change and health care. “At this moment in time what this country needs is a party and a set of political ...

Disappearing act

The dams that once spanned the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge are all but gone, and the current surge of icy water has nothing to do with their destruction. The dams are being removed intentionally, and the work is nearing its end. What Fort Dodge residents had long called the little dam ...

Lehigh flooded Friday

LEHIGH — Ice jams backed up the Des Moines River Friday, causing flooding through Lehigh, according to Dylan Hagen, Webster County emergency management coordinator. The flooding forced some residents to evacuate their homes, he said. “A majority of the homes along the river are ...

Be safe this holiday weekend

This weekend, St. Patrick’s Day will likely bring out plenty of people who will be celebrating with friends. To go along with that, local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau to make sure people are being safe while out on the roads. Capt. ...

FD man pleads guilty to federal charges

A Fort Dodge man has pleaded guilty to federal drug and gun charges, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. Wayne A. Quillen Jr., 49, entered the pleas on Tuesday in Sioux City, the attorney’s office reported Friday. Prosecutors reported that ...

Flood woes begin with spring rain, snow melt

Ice jams, wet basements, and sloppy roads have become a theme in the area. And as a result of the issues caused by the continuous flooding, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Thursday for multiple counties in the region. The governor’s proclamation allows state ...

Sure sign of spring

There are several traditional indicators that spring has sprung. Robins return. Buds appear on the trees. Grass turns green. And the bright red neon “open” sign is lit at the Dariette. The popular drive-thru ice cream shop at 17 S. 12th St. opened Wednesday morning, though its ...

Rabiner dissolution funds help continue the legacy

The Rabiner Treatment Center has been dissolved, but its legacy has not vanished. Funds from the center’s dissolution have now been distributed to agencies serving kids from one end of Iowa to the other. “Anywhere from Dubuque all the way to Sioux City is where the funds were split ...

Authorities seize drugs, cash in raids Thursday

By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson@messengernews.net Multiple houses were raided Thursday by Webster County law enforcement, leading to the seizure of drugs, a firearm, and large sums of U.S. currency, according to a press release from the Webster County Drug Task Force. According to the ...

Pothole Patrol

The Messenger’s photo squirrel stops to photograph a large pothole Thursday afternoon on South Seventh Street under the Canadian National Railroad bridge as a passing motorist experiences it first hand. Deep and with sharp edges, this one is a good one to avoid. To report a large pothole ...