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Arthur Clubb gets a feel for the new Harley-Davidson he won by being selected Decker Grand Champion Driver of the Year at a company celebration Friday.

Employee appreciation

Decker Truck Line Inc., has a new way of showing appreciation to its drivers. The organization held a companywide celebration Friday, awarding a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to its Grand Champion Driver of the Year. Arthur Clubb, of Missoula, Montana, was selected for the ...

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Christy Nelson, a civil clerk with the Webster County Sheriff's Department, prepares to log in to Zuercher, software the department recently purchased. Nelson said the software, which is also used in the jail, has helped improve efficiency within the department.

Software upgrade

New technology recently purchased by the Webster County Sheriff’s Department aims to help make its operations more efficient. The software, created by Zuercher Technologies, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, primarily impacts the department’s civil and office operations, as well as the ...

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Bob Overman, the attorney representing Iowa Central Community College, speaks Thursday morning during the opening session of contract negotiations with two of the unions representing Iowa Central employees.

Iowa Central contract negotiations start

The first sessions of contract negotiations between Iowa Central Community College and two of the unions that represent its employees were held Thursday morning and afternoon. The two unions, the Iowa Central Community College Classified Employees Association, which represents ...

Black History Expo planned

A Black History Expo featuring guest speakers and presentations is scheduled in Fort Dodge this Saturday. The expo will be held at Athletics for Education and Success, 712 Third St. N.W., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. However, severe winter weather may result in the event being postponed. “We ...

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Above: Three members of the HAWKS, including Frank Wiewel, holding the taxidermied red tail hawk, along with Dave Hearn, at left, and Kirk Kaufman, holding two of the group’s albums, pose recently in downtown Fort Dodge. The HAWKS are one of this year’s featured warmup bands for the Shellabration featuring Huey Lewis & the News. The other warmup band is the group Far From Innocent. Two other original members of the HAWKS, Dave Steen and Larry Adams, will be joining the group for the concert. Avian hawk courtesy of Webster County Conservation.

Bring out the HAWKS

Shellabration President Jim Reed has announced the warmup bands for the 2017 Shellabration concert featuring Huey Lewis & the News on July 8 at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. Longtime fans of the band HAWKS, which recorded a pair of albums in the early 1980s, are in for a ...

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Dakota Access Pipe Line protesters Emma Schmit, of Rockwell City, along with Vince Wilson, of Pomeroy, leave some of their protest signs on the door to U.S. Rep. Steve King's office in downtown Fort Dodge Wednesday afternoon. With the office closed, the group was not able to engage in a planned sit-in.

Sit-in is shut out

A planned sit-in by a small group of Bold Iowa protesters at the downtown Fort Dodge offices of U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, came to little Thursday when they found the office closed. Instead, several members of the group left protest signs on the door. Emma Schmit, of Rockwell City, was ...

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Fort Dodge firefighter Zack Rickman sprays water on a burning car Wednesday afternoon at 426 S. Eight St.

Flaming Taurus

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Fort Dodge firefighter Zack Rickman sprays water on a burning car Wednesday afternoon at 426 S. Eight St. Capt. Steve Hergenreter said the fire started in the engine compartment then spread into the passenger compartment when the windshield broke out. The Ford ...

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey takes a picture of the plants growing inside the Webster City High School greenhouse on Tuesday afternoon. Members of the WCHS FFA along with WCHS FFA Advisor/Agriculture Instructor Kurt Veldhuizen gave Northey a tour of the greenhouse. Northey visited WCHS on Tuesday for National FFA Week and visited with FFA students about how they used the greenhouse for their classes.

Agricultural education

WEBSTER CITY — In honor of agricultural education, Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture, visited FFA students at Webster City High School on Tuesday afternoon. “Every week, I think we say, is FFA Week, but this is a special FFA Week and it’s important to highlight ag education ...

Track project OK’d by Humboldt school board

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt Community School Board awarded a contract for the 2017 track improvement project at Monday’s school board meeting. “It is part of our facility plan and it has been in our plan for a number of years,” said Superintendent Greg Darling.“There are three ...

Humboldt council awards sewer contract

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council awarded a contract for the 2017 sanitary sewer collection system improvements project at Tuesday’s meeting. The project involves lining 2,600 feet of sanitary sewer and chemically grouting the line to stop leaks from entering the system. Two ...

Closings and delays for Feb. 24, 2017

The following schools will be closed on Friday due to weather: Algona public and parochial Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Eagle Grove East Sac County Fort Dodge public and parochial Gilmore City-Bradgate Iowa Central Community College Lu Verne Manson Northwest Webster Pocahontas ...

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Plans for the future of the Warden Plaza are gradually being formed, the members of the Fort Dodge Self Supported Municipal Improvement District learned Tuesday. The group's board members learned that the Wahkonsa Unit, light colored building at right, may be demolished to make way for a new recreation center. The Warden itself, at left, will remain standing.

Planning for the future

While nothing appears to have changed at the Warden Plaza in Fort Dodge, much is going on behind the scenes to create a new future for the landmark, leaders of a downtown group learned Tuesday. “There’s a lot going on,” said Matt Brown, president of Formation Group Inc., a Des Moines ...

New County P&Z Admin hired

The new Webster County planning and zoning administrator is excited to be returning to work in his native state. Chad Bahr’s employment was approved Tuesday morning at the regular county Board of Supervisors meeting. His starting salary will be $62,500. The Iowa State University graduate ...

2 of 3 Ames Sunday shooting victims from FD

Two of the three victims who were injured in an early morning drive-by shooting in Ames over the weekend are from Fort Dodge, according to a news release from the Ames Police Department. Naronne Willie Cole Jr., 22, and Antwane Gordon, 24, both of Fort Dodge, were hit by shots fired from a ...

Webster County urges state funding for natural resources

County officials are calling for the state to support the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which was supported by voters in 2010, but never funded. Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove said other cities and counties are also being asked to show their ...

SCC considers reducing number of board members

ROCKWELL CITY — The South Central Calhoun School District is considering decreasing the number of school board members from seven to five, three years after the district was formed from two others. Board members were set to discuss the plan at Monday night’s meeting, but Superintendent ...

New city administrator McGuire ready to lead in Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE — With experience in city, county, and federal government, George McGuire, the new Eagle Grove city administrator, believes he’s ready to help lead a city that could see a large population increase in the coming years. “Basically, I started off at the county level then ...

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Fort Dodge Firefighter Greg Nelson carries a fire hose into a burning home at 417 10th Ave. N. Monday afternoon.

Unwelcome surprise

The owner of a Fort Dodge home received a minor hand injury Monday when she came home to discover her house was on fire. The fire at 417 10th Ave. N. was reported at 2:28 p.m. Monday. According to Capt. Steve Hergenreter, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department, the home’s owner, Kim King, ...

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4 men charged in Ames shooting lived on Iowa Central campus

The four men who were arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting near Iowa State University’s campus in Ames were living on campus at Iowa Central Community College, according to Tom Beneke, vice president of enrollment management and student services. Terrion Maxfield, 20, Desmon R. ...

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Grassley expects new trade deal

U. S. Sen. Charles Grassley predicted that a new trade deal with Japan will soon be in the works, and told a Fort Dodge audience Monday that in his opinion Russia tried to sway American public opinion during last year’s presidential election. The Republican senator added that Democratic ...