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-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Lt. Mark Miller, of the Iowa State Patrol, points to a plaque showing the Iowa State Patrol had the most blood donations of all state patrol districts during a recent blood drive.

The personal touch

What started as a friendly competition between Iowa State Patrol districts to increase the state’s blood supply has led to the local district being honored for giving the highest amount of blood donations. District 7, which is based in Fort Dodge, logged 20 units of blood donations ...

Math is a problem, but FDMS has a plan

Too many local sixth-graders are behind on their math fluency, but Fort Dodge Middle School has a plan. According to Wendy Daniel-Wiseman, a sixth-grade math teacher at FDMS, students are having problems with multiplication fluency. “Multiplication fluency should have been mastered by the ...

Main Street Fort Dodge session set for today

Ideas for the future of downtown Fort Dodge will be discussed today during the first of a pair of events that organizers describe as Main Street visioning sessions. The first one will begin at 11:30 a.m. today in the offices of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, 24 N. Ninth St. Terry ...

Students representing Fort Dodge Middle School were: Sixth-graders Grant Behrens, Colton Hale, Kyra Raymond and Karch Smith; seventh-graders Aaron Amhof, Katherine Berry, Grace Casciato, Kathryn Delaney, Ryan Madden, Amelia Rake, Grace Tolliver.

11 FDMS students selected to Karl King Honor Band

Eleven sixth- and seventh-grade students from Fort Dodge Middle School were selected for the 2018 Karl King Honor Band. The Honor Band performed Saturday at St. Edmond School. The students spent the day rehearsing with band students from other schools before presenting a concert that ...

Man dies in Sac County collision

SAC CITY - A Sac City man died Wednesday after he was involved in a collision with a semi truck. The Sac County Sheriff's Department identified the victim as Dennis Gosch, 77. The accident was at the intersection of Rolf Avenue and U.S. Highway 20, north of Sac City. According to the ...

Messenger photo by Bill Shea
 Flames and smoke billow from the roof of the house at 1505 L St. Monday night as firefighters work to put out the blaze. The fire claimed the life of a dog that was inside.

Dog perishes in FD house fire

A dog was killed in a house fire Monday night that left the building at a total loss. The fire at 1505 L St. was reported around 10 p.m. Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Sanders said other than the dog, there were no injuries reported in the fire. Sanders said the resident was not home at ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

A car moves along Main Street in Manson Tuesday night. Two blocks of road on Main Street from Ninth Avenue to 11th Avenue are to be repaved this summer.

Manson Main Street to be revamped

MANSON — Two blocks of Main Street in Manson will be reconstructed and redesigned this summer, according to Mayor Dave George. “This has been something we have talked about for 10 to 12 years,” George said. “But we had to wait until the funding was right.” Representatives from ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Ron Corbett, who is seeking the Republican nomination for Iowa Governor, speaks about positions on various issues Tuesday afternoon during an interview at The Messenger.

Corbett calls for updating confinement rules

The rules governing hog confinements in Iowa should be updated and county supervisors ought to have more say where such facilities are located in the opinion Ron Corbett, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for governor. The former Cedar Rapids mayor who was once the speaker of the ...

Deer Creek Estates hopes to pave stretch of 130th

Residents of the Deer Creek neighborhood asked what it would take to pave the road out to their subdivision at the Webster County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. The meeting room was packed as residents discussed their concerns over the state of 130th Street going west from U.S. ...

Five county attorney applications received

The Webster County supervisors took the next step in replacing the Webster County attorney after receiving five applications for the position. The board officially placed the applications on file Tuesday at its regular meeting. Now a subcommittee will look those over to bring back a ...

Humboldt council advances limits on use of fireworks

HUMBOLDT — After the prolific use of fireworks last summer by the public, the Humboldt City Council has been considering limiting their use. At Monday’s meeting the council approved the second reading of an ordinance amending city code on fireworks use. The ordinance will allow the use of ...

FD police say house was likely hit by gunfire

A house appeared to have been struck by a bullet Monday night after Fort Dodge Police responded to reports of gunshots being fired. The calls began coming in at 6:29 p.m. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the callers were reporting gunshots being fired in the ...

Humboldt supervisors consider using private haulers

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of using private haulers with Interim County Engineer Ben Loots at Monday’s meeting. Contractors have already been hauling chips and sand for private construction projects, and Board Chairman Bruce Reimers ...

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Smoke rises from a building on the property of the Was Broken Pallet Co. Monday, hours after a fire was reported at the building. The fire was believed to have been started by a piece of equipment.

Moorland business damaged by morning fire

MOORLAND — A building owned by a Moorland business was damaged by fire early Monday morning, and investigators believe a spark from a piece of equipment may have caused it. The Moorland Fire Department was dispatched to the Was Broken Pallet Co., 625 Second St. W., shortly after 3 a.m. ...

New FD shelter would serve women, kids

A shelter for homeless women and their children is being planned in Fort Dodge by a new organization. Lotus Community Project announced some of its plans at its meeting Monday night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The board, made up of nine community members, did not reveal the ...

Major paving project coming to FD airport

A major project that will rebuild the paved area where airliners load and unload at Fort Dodge Regional Airport will begin this spring. However, local property taxpayers won’t be footing the entire bill for it, which totals about $2.4 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 ...

Potential $10M bond issue considered in FD

A planned general obligation bond issue would pay for removing both dams on the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, along with a handful of other projects. City Manager David Fierke said he is preparing a potential bond issue that may total $10 million. The bond issue will be presented to the ...

New library worker proposed, but most budgets remain flat

The Fort Dodge Public Library would get another part-time employee under a proposed budget for 2018-2019 reviewed by the City Council Monday. The library budget would be $812,850 for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That’s up from the current $775,172 budget. Library Director Rita ...