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Fort Dodge Police Chief candidate Dominic Wibe, a lieutenant with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, at right, chats with Fort Dodge Police officers Donald McLaren, left, Sgt. Dennis Quinn, center, and Sgt. Ryan Gruenberg, with back to camera, during a meet and greet with the three candidates for the position Tuesday in the Council Chambers at the Fort Dodge Municipal Building.

Meet the finalists

The three finalists vying to become the next chief of the Fort Dodge Police Department held a public meet-and-greet at the Fort Dodge Municipal Building Tuesday afternoon. Current Police Chief Kevin Doty will be retiring in December after 24 years with the Fort Dodge Police ...

Birth records to be more accessible

It’s getting easier for people who need to get a copy of an important vital record — their official birth certificates. Iowa officials continue to provide more certificates digitally to county offices, and on Tuesday Webster County Recorder Lindsay Laufersweiler announced the county can ...

Humboldt supervisors award culvert contract

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors awarded a contract for three culvert projects Tuesday. The projects include: • A structure on County Road P66 about two miles south of Thor in Norway Township • A structure on 230th Street a little more than two miles east of ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter  Jill George, left, and Ken Grove demonstrate how the public can drive up and drop off waste items without ever leaving the car at the new Household Hazardous Waste collection center. As George gets information, Grove loads items to be taken inside, sorted, and sent away for special processing to keep harmful chemicals out of the landfill.

Hazardous Materials collection site is now open

Ordinary household chemicals, which may not pose much danger in regular quantities, can become hazardous when large quantities come together in the landfill. Residents in Webster and all the surrounding counties now have a safer way to get rid of used oil, oil paints, lawn chemicals and ...

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Clayton sentenced for robbery

A Fort Dodge man was sentenced to prison Monday in Webster County District Court after pleading guilty to robbery and going armed with intent, according to a news release from the Webster County attorney’s office. Jamon Darrel Clayton, 18, of Fort Dodge, admitted that on May 16 he ...

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Riverside to experiment with longer school days

Riverside Early Learning Center will be experimenting with longer school days with a pilot program, according to Tabitha Acree, director of Riverside Early Learning Center. The pilot schedule will be for preschool students. All preschool students attending Riverside Early Learning ...

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FD council fails to override mayoral veto on salary

A bid to override a mayoral veto and thus raise the salary of the Fort Dodge mayor fizzled out with little discussion during Monday’s City Council meeting. The effort to override Mayor Matt Bemrich’s veto of the pay raise failed, with three council members voting yes and four voting ...

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Fort Dodge Firefighters Devon Schuster, left, and Randy Schilling prepare to enter the Heartland Senior Living apartments, 610 Central Ave., following a report of smoke Monday morning.

Burned food leads to fire call

Fort Dodge Firefighters Devon Schuster, left, and Randy Schilling prepare to enter the Heartland Senior Living apartments, 610 Central Ave., following a report of smoke Monday morning. Lenny Sanders, assistant Fort Dodge fire chief, said someone had burned food while cooking, causing smoke in ...

More asbestos study planned for Warden Plaza

Faced with the prospect of having to deal with a large amount of asbestos inside the Warden Plaza before its renovation can begin, Fort Dodge officials are calling in more expert help to assess the situation. The state government will pay for the additional study, the Fort Dodge City ...

Freshman academy to enhance success at FDSH

A freshman academy that will ease incoming students into the high school atmosphere at Fort Dodge Senior High is part of the reasoning behind a FDSH classroom and locker room renovation plan, according to Kenneth Hayes, FDSH principal. “All the research says if you can create a smaller ...

Council OKs TIF plan, contracts

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday moved to use tax increment financing to pay for a number of initiatives. Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue generated in a designated area is set aside to be used for work to benefit ...

Barnum under boil advisory

BARNUM - The city of Barnum has been placed under a boil advisory. Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Forbes said the advisory was issued due to a well failure. It will remain in effect until further notice.

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Jennifer Schild, a kindergarten teacher at Community Christian School in Fort Dodge, strums her guitar during a sing-along with her students recently. Schild started playing the guitar while attending the University of Northern Iowa in the late 1970s.

Still smiling

Finding out that two of your family members have cancer in the same year might send some people reeling. But for Jennifer Schild, a kindergarten teacher at Community Christian School for 36 years, her choice has been to remain positive through the adversity. Schild, of Badger, has ...

More charges filed in Ames shooting

The four men who were arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting near Iowa State University’s campus in Ames Feb. 19 are facing additional charges, according to the Ames Police Department. Terrion Maxfield, 20, Desmon R. Siner, 19, Charles Smith, 20, and Traveion D. Henry, 21, each were ...

A day of Black History

A Black History Expo and the Pleasant Valley yesterday and today program have been rescheduled for March 11. The two programs were canceled Saturday due to inclement weather. Sherry Washington will be hosting the Pleasant Valley yesterday and today program at 11 a.m. at the Fort Dodge ...

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The proposed site for the Prestage pork processing plant, five miles south of Eagle Grove, is shown above. This location is on the northwest side of the intersection of Wright County Road C56 and Iowa Highway 17.

Prestage pork plant will affect much of North Central Iowa

WRIGHT COUNTY — A plan for Prestage Foods of Iowa to build its $250 million pork processing plant five miles south of Eagle Grove off Iowa Highway 17 has already caused a ripple effect across North Central Iowa in counties that could be impacted when the plant opens. Officials in ...

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Maureen Powers, owner of Buckroyd Studio in Fort Dodge, looks over an old 5-by-7 view camera in the back work rooms of the studio at 1222 Central Ave. Over the past 70 years, a large collection of props, cameras and other artifacts has steadily accumulated.

Closing the studio

Once upon a time, the small open space just behind the front showroom at Buckroyd Studio would have been used by owner Maureen Powers to sit down with clients and help them select their senior pictures or family portraits. Today, with the walls still decorated with hundreds of sample ...

Fort Dodge Council may attempt to override salary veto

The Fort Dodge City Council may try to override a recent veto by Mayor Matt Bemrich when it meets on Monday. The council voted on Feb. 13 to raise the salary of the mayor from $15,000 to $17,000, effective in 2018. Bemrich immediately pledged to veto the measure and did so last week. Five ...

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Rhonda Williams, of Fort Dodge, works on clearing her front steps Friday during her lunch hour to make her mail carrier's job a little easier in the 400 block of North 27th Street.

Winter returns

Dayton residents spent part of the early Friday morning hours without electricity as a winter storm hammered the area. Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar said the problem was a substation on the south side of Dayton. Dunbar, who is also the assistant Dayton fire chief, said his department was ...

CSBank is now Availa Bank

A Fort Dodge bank adopted a new name on Friday. The former CSBank is now Availa Bank, leaders of the financial institution announced Friday. ‘‘We are proud to be a part of this community and we are excited to elevate our presence to provide our customers easier access to a larger ...