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On the horizon

U.S. Highway 20 is now a four-lane route stretching across northern Iowa from Dubuque to Sioux City. But it wasn’t always that way. The miles and miles of concrete paving that exist today are a monument to the persistence of highway advocates, elected officials and many others who ...

Webster County agrees to $70K server contract

New servers will soon be installed to keep all sorts of county business running smoothly. The computer system that keeps Webster County departments in shape will be updated after the county Board of Supervisors approved the purchase Tuesday. IP Pathways will replace the current storage ...

Alleged laundry looter faces charges

The woman accused of breaking into apartment buildings and stealing from coin machines has made her initial appearance in court. Sandra Lee Sweet, 37, of Marshalltown, appeared before Magistrate Judge William Habhab Tuesday morning. She was ordered held on a total of $12,000 for two ...

King touts ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ bill at annual GOP supper

In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Steve King was asked if he would provide any exceptions to the federal version of the “Fetal Heartbeat” bill for rape or incest. “I said, ‘No, Mr. President,’” King, R-Kiron, told more than 200 people at the Ken and Jane ...

New industrial park is on Wright County horizon

WRIGHT COUNTY — A section of land located just south of the Prestage Foods of Iowa pork plant, south of Eagle Grove, could become home to multiple businesses in Wright County in the future. The Wright County Board of Supervisors signed an agreement at its meeting Monday to purchase 80 ...

Former Webster County assessor’s lawsuit dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed the former Webster County assessor’s lawsuit against the county board that let her go from her job in January 2016. The Webster County Compensation Board did not violate Jeanette Thanupakorn’s due process rights, wrote Leonard Strand, chief judge for United ...

Webster City lends housing project support

WEBSTER CITY — Money from the local government will be used to support a pair of housing construction projects in Webster City, the City Council decided Monday. On a 4-1 vote, the council earmarked up to $100,000 of Community Development Block Grant funding in a bid to increase the chances ...

Chillin’ with chili

By the time the first snowflakes started falling around 10:45 a.m., John Anderson and T.J. Schwebach had been outside cooking a giant vat of chili for almost three hours over a fire pit. “We’ve had it cold before, but not like this,” Anderson said. But the intrepid outdoor chefs ...

Autumn snow catches some drivers off guard

No, you’re not dreaming — there really is white stuff in the air. And while it may have looked on Sunday that the seasons were getting out of order, it looks like the area is returning to our regularly scheduled October very soon. “We’re definitely going to be warming back up ...

Q&A with Daryl Beall: Former senator shares how he balances work, life

Editor’s note: The Messenger interviewed several influential men in and around the Fort Dodge community about their priorities in work and life. Today The series begins with former state senator, Daryl Beall. ___________ What is important to you? Helping people has always been important ...

Quilters wrap more veterans in the warmth of gratitude

Army veteran Jon Olmstead, of Fort Dodge, can be seen at almost every Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, where he sits, holding a large American flag, greeting the veterans as they arrive at the airport. On Saturday, he was presented with something that will help him keep warm the next time ...

Where and when to vote? Here are some answers

The mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, leaving some people asking: Where do I vote? Here is a guide that can help. The Webster County auditor’s office will be open two Saturdays ahead of the election for the purpose of early voting and voter registration. The office will be ...

Powerfully Pink

January 8, 2009. I remember lying on a cold examination table, waiting for the diagnosis I was 99 percent sure I was going to hear. The radiologist came in, I gripped my husband’s hand tightly, and listened as I was told that, yes, I did almost certainly have cancer. In my recollection, a ...

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is returning home

LAKE CITY—It was the telegram no family wanted to receive: “The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son Bernard Vincent Doyle, seaman second class, U.S. Navy, is missing following action in the performance of his duty and in service of his country.” The ...

Staying fire safe

The fourth grade students at Cooper Elementary School ended up having a special affinity for one of the tools used by firefighters during a fire safety demonstration Friday by members of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. It’s a device used to pry open doors and otherwise break things. It ...

Strikes and spares

Tanner Hammersland, 16, of Fort Dodge had his very own cheering section backing him up Thursday morning as he bowled in the Special Olympics North Central Area bowling competition at Ridgewood Lanes in Fort Dodge: his parents, David and Michelle Hammersland, and his great-grandmother, Ruby ...

Clarion residents evacuated after natural gas line is struck

CLARION — Multiple people were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses Wednesday afternoon after a natural gas line was struck a couple blocks west of the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion, according to Capt. Jim Lester, of the Wright County Sheriff’s Department. No injuries ...

Women’s self-defense class to be offered in Gowrie

GOWRIE — A free self-defense class is being offered to women and girls this weekend, with the goal of teaching them skills to stay safe and protect themselves. The North Iowa Women’s Self-Defense Initiative will be hosting two classes Sunday at Southeast Valley High School, 1005 Riddle ...