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Two hurt in crash at four-way stop on old 20

MOORLAND — A two-vehicle accident near Moorland sent two people to the hospital Monday. It happened at 230th Street and Baxter Avenue around 11 a.m. The Iowa State Patrol accident report identified the drivers as Leonardo G. Etcheto, 46, of West Des Moines, and Tracy D. Travis, 51, of ...

Ulrich: ‘We will have an athletic trainer’

The Fort Dodge Community School District will not go without an athletic trainer regardless of what happens with UnityPoint Health, according to FDCSD Superintendent Jesse Ulrich. “Not having an athletic trainer is not an option,” Ulrich said during the FDCSD board meeting Monday night. ...

Jewell takes a step forward by looking back

JEWELL — After several years of planning, organizing, and no some amount of physical labor, the dream of having a Jewell Historical Museum has been realized. Although still a work in progress, visitors are welcome to come see the treasures that can be found inside, ranging from school ...

28 seconds that changed their world forever

HUMBOLDT — For 28 minutes, Krystal Wagner and her family and friends stood in the cold outside the Humboldt County Law Enforcement Center Sunday to remember the life of her son, Shane Jensen. Related: DCI report reveals details from officer-involved shooting Jensen, 19, was shot and ...

DCI report reveals details from officer-involved shooting

HUMBOLDT — Further details of what police say happened on the day a Humboldt man died in an officer-involved shooting were revealed in an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation report. Shane Jensen, 19, was shot and killed by Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer ...

Baked fresh: Douglas Dreamers continue Thanksgiving tradition

There’s a simple rhythm to kneading dough. Push it out with the palm of your hand, eighth-grader Sid Lowry said; fold it back, turn it to the side. She hadn’t made bread before, but she was getting the hang of it quickly. It’s simple, but with the amount of bread the Douglas ...

FD attorney strives daily for justice, fairness

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 continues with Jerry Schnurr, attorney. What is important to you? Faith, family and friends are most important. The ...

THE END OF THE GREAT WAR

The United States of America officially entered the war which we now call World War I on April 2, 1917. Before that date, however, the U.S. was involved in sending food to the allied countries. The war had been going on for three years already and many European farms were turned into ...

Two 15th Street intersections to be rebuilt in 2019

Help is on the way for drivers who dread making a left turn on a busy afternoon at the corner of Central Avenue and 15th Street in Fort Dodge. New traffic signals and left-turn lanes will be added to that intersection and the one a block away at 15th Street and First Avenue South next ...

Robots on Mars

MANSON — Only a few feet away from the landing craft, robot 7332 met a fateful end as it was attempting to collect samples from inside a nearby crater. A combination of too much torque and the light Martian gravity caused the craft to flip over on its back. Engineers standing by were ...

At 111, Lake City woman is oldest Iowan

LAKE CITY — Ask Bessie Hendricks how old she is, and her answer is quick and decisive when she says 18. Maybe that’s her secret to celebrating her 111th birthday. Hendricks has always had a knack for not letting stress bother her, says her family. She also has some advice on how to ...

Harklau served in the jungles of Vietnam

U.S. Army veteran Larry Harklau was drafted in 1966. He had just turned 19 in July of that year. By September, he was on active duty in Vietnam. “I was the youngest guy in my platoon,” he said. “Most of them were college students that had dropped out and got drafted.” Harklau ...

Saying thank you

The students at the Fort Dodge Senior High have a pretty good idea about how to honor and recognize the veterans who were their guests Friday during a Veterans Day program in the gym. When veterans began filing in, the students stood up. As the last vet entered and was seated, the ...

‘It was such a selfless act’

MANSON — A high school student who has experienced some difficulties away from school was showered with support from the community Friday. Jimmy Bendickson, 18, a senior at Manson Northwest Webster High School, was surprised by more than 100 students, teachers, and parents during a ...

Doyle appointed district court judge

Angela Doyle, of Fort Dodge, has been appointed to serve as a district court judge by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The announcement on Doyle’s appointment was made Friday. She will be presiding as a district court judge in District 2B, which includes Boone, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Hamilton, ...

Echevarria served 33 years

Tony Echevarria, a U.S. Army and Iowa Army National Guard veteran from Fort Dodge, had the privilege of training second lieutenants who would ultimately lead others during combat in Iraq. “The most rewarding thing I did in my career other than lead soldiers, which is an awesome thing to ...

A sign for the times

The members of the Fort Dodge Fire Department got a souvenir of sorts Thursday after the crew from Mid Iowa Sign finished putting up the new LED illuminated signs at the fire station downtown. That memento is the old sign that had been on the side of the building since it was constructed. ...

Medical center’s Fort Dodge orthopedics clinic closed Wednesday

Patients will no longer be able to receive care at UnityPoint Health Clinic Orthopedics — Fort Dodge, and that may impact local athletic training as well. The clinic closed on Wednesday, the same day the hospital made the announcement, according to Alyssa Stanek, UnityPoint Health — ...