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Be safe this holiday weekend

This weekend, St. Patrick’s Day will likely bring out plenty of people who will be celebrating with friends. To go along with that, local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau to make sure people are being safe while out on the roads. Capt. ...

FD man pleads guilty to federal charges

A Fort Dodge man has pleaded guilty to federal drug and gun charges, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa. Wayne A. Quillen Jr., 49, entered the pleas on Tuesday in Sioux City, the attorney’s office reported Friday. Prosecutors reported that ...

Flood woes begin with spring rain, snow melt

Ice jams, wet basements, and sloppy roads have become a theme in the area. And as a result of the issues caused by the continuous flooding, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation Thursday for multiple counties in the region. The governor’s proclamation allows state ...

Sure sign of spring

There are several traditional indicators that spring has sprung. Robins return. Buds appear on the trees. Grass turns green. And the bright red neon “open” sign is lit at the Dariette. The popular drive-thru ice cream shop at 17 S. 12th St. opened Wednesday morning, though its ...

Rabiner dissolution funds help continue the legacy

The Rabiner Treatment Center has been dissolved, but its legacy has not vanished. Funds from the center’s dissolution have now been distributed to agencies serving kids from one end of Iowa to the other. “Anywhere from Dubuque all the way to Sioux City is where the funds were split ...

Authorities seize drugs, cash in raids Thursday

By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson@messengernews.net Multiple houses were raided Thursday by Webster County law enforcement, leading to the seizure of drugs, a firearm, and large sums of U.S. currency, according to a press release from the Webster County Drug Task Force. According to the ...

Pothole Patrol

The Messenger’s photo squirrel stops to photograph a large pothole Thursday afternoon on South Seventh Street under the Canadian National Railroad bridge as a passing motorist experiences it first hand. Deep and with sharp edges, this one is a good one to avoid. To report a large pothole ...

Quilt of Valor

Travis Anderson, a U.S. Army National Guard veteran from Palmer, is presented with a Quilt of Valor during the American Legion 100th birthday celebration at the Palmer Community Center recently. Marilyn Block, pictured at right, presented the quilt. Anderson served his country from 1995 to ...

Mud season has arrived

The combination of thawing, precipitation, fog and overcast skies are causing conditions on several gravel roads to rapidly decline. “Getting some sun, no moisture and maybe some wind and warmer temperatures, that’s what is going to eventually start improving the road conditions, not ...

In town, potholes causing traffic woes

While drivers in the county wait for better road conditions, in town everyone is facing a familiar problem — potholes. “They’re a little rough,” said Brett Daniel, Fort Dodge public works director, when asked about the roads on Wednesday. “We have a lot of potholes opening up ...

Multiple houses raided Thursday

Multiple houses were raided Thursday by Webster County law enforcement, leading to the seizure of drugs, a firearm, and large sums of U.S. currency, according to a press release from the Webster County Drug Task Force. According to the report, because of the number of people involved in the ...

Pothole causes Humboldt crash

HUMBOLDT — A pothole near the intersection of Fourth Avenue North and U.S. Highway 169 was a factor in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning, according to Humboldt Police Department reports. The crash was reported at 8:29 a.m. after the driver of a Toyota Corolla hit a pothole as he drove ...

Upcoming Fifth Avenue South project explained

A section of busy Fifth Avenue South in Fort Dodge will receive upgrades this spring that will go above and beyond fixing potholes. That road between 31st and 32nd streets will get an overhaul to match what has already been done farther west as part of the Corridor of Commerce ...

Annual Dayton Expo is this weekend

DAYTON — The annual Dayton Community Club hosted Dayton Expo is scheduled for Saturday at the Dayton Community Center. The doors open at 9 a.m. and the event goes until 2 p.m. Community Club member Kevin Diehl, of Dayton, said that visitors can expect to see about 35 vendors at this ...

Avoiding slips and falls

Editor’s note: This story was initially published in The Messenger on March 10, 2016. With warmer weather and longer days on the way, people may be tempted to get busy and clear the winter blues from their homes. However, experts advise exercising a bit of caution to prevent ...

Gilbert man gets plea deal in Hamilton County case

WEBSTER CITY — A man who has faced multiple charges relating to sex crimes across the state was sentenced earlier this week to prison after pleading guilty in two Hamilton County sex cases. Mason M. Reilly, 27, of Gilbert, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of assault with intent to ...

Cross to resign at end of year

The principal of Feelhaver Elementary School will leave the district at the end of the school year to be closer with family, the Fort Dodge Community School District announced on Wednesday. Nancy Cross will resign her position effective June 30. According to Jennifer Lane, FDCSD director ...

Updated list of road closures in Webster County

The Webster County Road Department has announced the following road closures due to flooding: - 170th Street/County Road D14 - County Road D26/230th Street west of Baxter Avenue. This closure extends into Calhoun County. - County Road C56/140th Street between Hayes Avenue and Indiana ...