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Humboldt council advances limits on use of fireworks

HUMBOLDT — After the prolific use of fireworks last summer by the public, the Humboldt City Council has been considering limiting their use. At Monday’s meeting the council approved the second reading of an ordinance amending city code on fireworks use. The ordinance will allow the use of ...

FD police say house was likely hit by gunfire

A house appeared to have been struck by a bullet Monday night after Fort Dodge Police responded to reports of gunshots being fired. The calls began coming in at 6:29 p.m. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the callers were reporting gunshots being fired in the ...

Humboldt supervisors consider using private haulers

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors discussed the possibility of using private haulers with Interim County Engineer Ben Loots at Monday’s meeting. Contractors have already been hauling chips and sand for private construction projects, and Board Chairman Bruce Reimers ...

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Smoke rises from a building on the property of the Was Broken Pallet Co. Monday, hours after a fire was reported at the building. The fire was believed to have been started by a piece of equipment.

Moorland business damaged by morning fire

MOORLAND — A building owned by a Moorland business was damaged by fire early Monday morning, and investigators believe a spark from a piece of equipment may have caused it. The Moorland Fire Department was dispatched to the Was Broken Pallet Co., 625 Second St. W., shortly after 3 a.m. ...

New FD shelter would serve women, kids

A shelter for homeless women and their children is being planned in Fort Dodge by a new organization. Lotus Community Project announced some of its plans at its meeting Monday night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The board, made up of nine community members, did not reveal the ...

Major paving project coming to FD airport

A major project that will rebuild the paved area where airliners load and unload at Fort Dodge Regional Airport will begin this spring. However, local property taxpayers won’t be footing the entire bill for it, which totals about $2.4 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 ...

Potential $10M bond issue considered in FD

A planned general obligation bond issue would pay for removing both dams on the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, along with a handful of other projects. City Manager David Fierke said he is preparing a potential bond issue that may total $10 million. The bond issue will be presented to the ...

New library worker proposed, but most budgets remain flat

The Fort Dodge Public Library would get another part-time employee under a proposed budget for 2018-2019 reviewed by the City Council Monday. The library budget would be $812,850 for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That’s up from the current $775,172 budget. Library Director Rita ...

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Deacon William Thornton, of Fort Dodge, peforms during Open Mic at Coppin Chapel AME Church Sunday afternoon.

‘Hero of the time’

The principles that Martin Luther King Jr. held so dearly were on display at the Coppin Chapel AME Church Sunday afternoon. More than 100 people packed the church, located at 329 First Ave. S., to enjoy a community dinner with each other while sharing stories of hope and positivity. ...

Schools announce delays for Tuesday

The following delays are announced for Tuesday: 90-minute delay Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools 2-hour delay Algona public and parochial schools and Lu Verne schools, no morning kindergarten: Eagle Grove Fort Dodge public and parochial schools Humboldt and St. Mary's Manson ...

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea Fort Dodge firefighters prepare to go inside a burning house at 1505 L St. Monday night. Flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 p.m. Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Sanders said conditions became so dangerous that firefighters had to get out of the building after about five minutes. They then directed hose streams into the house from the outside.

House fire reported in Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge Fire Department and the Fort Dodge Police Department are on scene at L Street and Avenue O for a house fire. Flames were through the roof when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 p.m. A dog was reported killed in the fire.

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Austin Thielmann plants native species in the Hamilton Wetlands in California recently.

Thielmann helps restore wetlands in California

In just a short time serving in the National Civilian Community Corps, Austin Thielmann has already made a difference. He and a team of about a dozen others from around the United States recently finished planting 12,000 native plant species in the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, California. ...

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One taken to hospital following 2-vehicle accident

Dennis Feldmann, Fort Dodge firefighter, looks inside a van that was involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South 15th Street and Fifth Avenue South Sunday night. At least one person was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center with injuries, ...

Area schools canceled

All Fort Dodge public and parochial schools have been canceled due to the weather. In addition, Manson Northwest Webster has also been canceled. Southeast Valley has also been canceled Webster City Schools has also been canceled

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Gina Grobe, of Fort Dodge, is shown near Oleson Park Avenue outside of her home recently. A motorist was killed earlier this year when he hopped this curb and crashed into Grobes parked car in the driveway.

Troublesome road

On Labor Day in 2017, a Fort Dodge man riding a motorcycle was killed after he hopped the curb of a property along Oleson Park Avenue and crashed into a parked SUV. The SUV, a 2012 Buick Enclave, belonged to Fred and Gina Grobe. It was parked in the driveway of their home, located at ...

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Boy Scout Troop Leader Doug Breyfogle, with Fort Dodge’s Troop 8, introduces a class of Scouts to Adobe InDesign Saturday during a Graphic Arts Merit Badge class at the annual Twin Lakes District Merit Badge College on the Iowa Central Community College campus.

Badges at college

The course Doug Breyfogle, a troop leader with Fort Dodge Troop 8, was teaching Saturday at the Twin Lakes District Merit Badge College on the Iowa Central Community College campus had nothing to do with what might traditionally be thought of as a Merit Badge subject. There’s no campfires, ...

Panel will discuss racial issues

On Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a group of people will gather at the MLK Recreation Center for an Athletics For Education and Success Race Forum. The eight individuals on the panel are from various walks of life. Some are white, some are black. They have different views and ...

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MaKayla Pingel, 18, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, left, and Jeannie Boro, 16, a junior at FDSH, hold up Kosovo’s flag at the school recently.

Students share Kosovo experiences

While in Kosovo, Jeannie Boro introduced youths from European nations to some popular American pastimes such as eating s’mores and playing dodgeball. Boro, 16, a junior at Fort Dodge Senior High, was one of four FDSH students who visited the southeastern European country in August 2017. ...

Brody Walker

­­Walker held on bond

The man accused of taking part in a November burglary and shooting has been ordered held on bond. Brody Walker, 19, of Fort Dodge, had his bond set at $25,000 cash during his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning. Walker is accused of breaking into the home ...