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Artist Roger Feldhans, of Pomeroy, at right, records a picture of musician Chad Elliott tuning up before a recent show at the Prairie Blue Creative Arts Center in Jefferson. Feldhans' photographs of musicians have been included as cover art on many of their albums including ones by Elliott.

Portrait of an artist

JEFFERSON — A hush fell over the small audience gathered during a recent cool spring evening at the Prairie Blue Creative Arts Center in Jefferson as musician Chad Elliott took the stage. Each table was decorated with a single lit candle, the stage illuminated with borrowed lights and in ...

FD council to consider water softening project

The Fort Dodge City Council will consider a proposed water softening project and the appointment of a new assistant police chief when it meets today. The council’s efforts will begin with a 5 p.m. workshop in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., at which the water softening project ...

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Algona Police Officer and K-9 Handler Grant Smith demonstrates how one of the department's dogs, Jet, looks for bombs in a vehicle. The department is raising money to purchase another dog in anticipation of Jet's upcoming retirement.

Four-legged bomb detector

ALGONA — A four-legged member of the Algona Police Department has a unique distinction that makes her in-demand when it comes to certain law enforcement matters. Jet, a border collie who is one of two canine officers with the department, is the only bomb-detection dog serving on a police ...

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Crashes such as this one involving a Kia Sedona van and a Chevrolet Impala at the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and Iowa Highway 175 that occurred in November 2016 have contributed to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s plans to install a four-way stop at the intersection. The four-way stop is to be installed Tuesday. One person suffered minor injuries in this crash.

Four-way stop near Harcourt to be installed

HARCOURT — The intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and Iowa Highway 175 near Harcourt will become a four-way stop Tuesday, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Transportation. The four-way stop will take effect at approximately 3 p.m., the DOT reported. Plans to make ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Adela Griffel chats with Rhea Everett, from Elderbridge, as she delivers Meals on Wheels recently. The program has volunteer drivers from churches, businesses and organizations all across Fort Dodge.

Meals on Wheels on a roll

Adela Griffel has lived in her current house for more than 30 years. Pictures of her great-great-grandbabies adorn the fridge, and her old dog is eager to dispense kisses to any visitors. Being able to stay in that house while she’s still healthy is important to her, and that’s one of ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

The old light bars on three Reading-Cedar Fire Department fire engines will be replaced soon with brighter, safer LEDs. The project can be done thanks to a Monsanto grant secured by firefighter and farmer Don Borland, shown here, and a grant from the Calhoun County Community Foundation.

Grants boost fire department

FARNHAMVILLE — Volunteer firefighters in the Farnhamville area will soon have new light bars on their trucks with help from a $2,500 grant from the Monsanto Fund-sponsored America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The program is open to any farmer, said Steve Peterson, treasurer for ...

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A Fort Dodge firefighter works on the top of an overturned tanker full of fertilizer following a crash Friday in Odebolt. The firefighter and other members of the Region V Hazardous Materials Team based in Fort Dodge drilled a hole into the tanker to pump the fertilizer out of the tank.  No one was injured in the crash, and quick work by Odebolt volunteer firefighters stopped most of the fertlizer from spilling into nearby water.

Spill stopped by quick action

ODEBOLT — Quick action by Odebolt firefighters kept an upended tanker truck from turning into a potentially major ecological problem. “It was an emergency that turned into a non-emergency,” said Capt. Steve Teske of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. The Region V Hazardous Materials ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High juniors Kira Albright, at left, Terence Rooks and Liza Van Zyl, along with their instructor Todd Constable, are working on various Earth Day related cleanup projects in the community as part of their Understanding Social Systems class. The projects include cleanup efforts in various parts of Fort Dodge.

Doing something for the Earth

The students in Todd Constable’s Understanding Social Systems class at Fort Dodge Senior High School recently learned about Earth Day — an annual day dedicated to environmental awareness started in 1970. Now that they know about the day, they get to put some of the principles to work ...

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Jennifer Weiss, with KHI Solutions, picks up a beverage can Thursday afternoon during the annual FOD Walk. This year’s event was expanded to include downtown and the area around Kenyon Road and U.S. Highway 169 in addition to the east side business district.

FOD walk

During the annual Foreign Object and Debris walk, it’s almost inevitable that one of the volunteers picking up litter and debris finds something a bit, well, unusual. The bag of human hair found one year in a shallow ditch is now a legend. This year, a few items will be added to the ...

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FD teen facing adult charges in gun incident

A teenager facing multiple charges from a reported gun incident in late March is now being charged as an adult in the case. William Rich, 17, of Fort Dodge, is facing two felony charges for the March 30 incident, as well as other incidents that happened prior to that date. His charges in ...

Taste of Iowa will help send local students to Chicago

The Iowa Central Community College Culinary Arts Program will be hosting its fourth annual Taste of Iowa Saturday at the Willow Ridge Restaurant, 1788 Madison Ave. The event is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bailey Porter, an Iowa Central student who’s helping to organize the event, said that ...

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Members of the Rabiner Treatment Center baseball team place their hands as one on a baseball bat inside the dugout at the Rabiner baseball field Tuesday. Pictured from left to right: Matthew Langel, 16, Ismael Torres, 13,  Fletcher Jackson, 13, Emilio Ratchbun, 15, and Head Coach Andy Daniel.

The boys of Summer: For the kids at Rabiner, recreation is a way to cope

Many of the boys at Rabiner Treatment Center didn’t get to play baseball or go fishing with their families like other kids growing up, according to Justine Smith, director of programming. “A lot of these guys have never been fishing or even had a baseball glove,” Smith said. “Just ...

Drug Take Back to be held next week

Unused and expired prescription medication can be turned over to officials next week at the annual Drug Take Back event in Webster County. The event, which is held twice a year, provides an opportunity for people with old prescription medications to turn them over to the federal Drug ...

W.C. schools response is ‘no’ to violence rumors

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City School District officials sent a statement to parents of high school students Wednesday, responding to rumors about alleged threats of violence by a student. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said in the statement that the district was aware of the ...

Contractor hired for Taft School remodeling project in Humboldt

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt Community School Board awarded the contract for the Taft School remodeling project to Sande Construction and Supply Co. Inc. on Tuesday. Plans call for expanding the school by enclosing the space inside the U-shape of the building. A 21st-century media center, ...