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Nathan Graves, 10, left, and Drew Lundgren, 10, both members of the Dayton Tigers 4-H club, prepare to kick the ball during a human foosball game at the Webster County Fair Friday.

Fun in the mud at the fair

To compete in the Barn Yard Olympics, one must not be afraid to get muddy and wet. For the young people at the Webster County Fair Friday afternoon, that was not a concern at all. In fact, one of Dalton Lowry’s teammates could be heard encouraging the 11-year-old member of the Johnson ...

Art in the Park coming this Sunday

Children will have the opportunity to do artwork with a parent or guardian this Sunday, thanks to Art in the Park. The program, which will be at Snell-Crawford Park, gives parents or guardians a chance to work on arts and crafts projects with their children. Noel Goebel, of Fort Dodge, ...

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The planned new Briggs Woods Conference Center is shown in this artist’s rendition. The project was awarded a $350,000 grant from Enhance Iowa.

Briggs Woods Conference Center moves forward

WEBSTER CITY — The Briggs Woods Conference Center Project was awarded a grant on Wednesday from Enhance Iowa for $350,000. This particular grant was a major piece in the puzzle allowing the Conference Center Project to move forward to the construction phase. “We are over the moon ...

Reward offered for stolen items

Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the recovery of a stolen passport, camera and SD cards that were taken from a man on a cross-country bike trip. The items were stolen from the Fort Dodge Hardee’s, 6 S. 15th St., Thursday ...

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Carson Collins, of Barnum, stops to chat with his friend Jayden Condon, 15, as she goes through some of the prizes she got at the Wednesday morning Sheep Show at the Webster County Fair. The Condon family, like many other 4-H families, camp on the grounds for the duration of the fair.

Camping at the fair

For many 4-H members and their families it may seem that during the week of the Webster County Fair they’re spending all their time at the fairgrounds. Some families end up doing just that. For a week, they live there, in campers or even a tent, only yards away from their ...

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Ryan Fink, 14, of Belmond, holds his rabbit, Lacy, at the Wright County Fair Thursday afternoon. Fink is in the 4-H club, Britt Broncos. He said care is the most important part of showing rabbits.


EAGLE GROVE — Rabbits, sheep and antique tractors weren’t the only things on display at the Wright County Fair Thursday. A relatively new game called gaga ball was played throughout the afternoon at the Wright County Fairgrounds. Leo Johnson, 11, of Altoona, was among the dozens of ...

Webster County Assessor Wesley Ray quits

Webster County Assessor Wesley Ray has unexpectedly resigned after a little more than a year in the job. Ray’s last day in the office will be July 28. He announced his resignation in a short letter to all members of the Webster County Conference Board, which oversees the assessor’s ...

IAC awards $10,000 for grain silo art

A $10,000 state grant has been awarded to help turn a long unused grain elevator in Fort Dodge into a work of art. The winning design to be painted on the grain elevator along Hawkeye Avenue will be announced next week, according to Maggie Carlin, the associate city planner. About $100,000 ...


Dale T. Westre, 89, of Lehigh, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Fort Dodge Villa Care Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

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Freshly crowned Webster County Fair Royalty takes to the stage Wednesday evening after being coronated. They are, left and right, runners up Daven Rees and Karrigan Mentzer along with the 2017 King and Queen, center, Joel Anderson and Brooklyn Border. The 2017 Little Miss Webster County, Leah Fisher, 7, gets a spot in the middle.

Crowned at the fair

The Webster County Fair kicked off in earnest Wednesday night with the crowning of the fair king and queen. Brooklin Border, of the Douglas Dreamers 4-H Club, was crowned queen. Joel Anderson, of the Dayton Tigers 4-H Club, was named king. Leah Fisher, daughter of Ken and Kristy Fisher, ...

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Dan and Cathy Moore, of Fort Dodge ride their 2014 Victory Cross Country Touring bike along Hawkeye Avenue Saturday afternoon as they return to Amigos during the annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas. The event is a fundraiser to help fight breast cancer. This year over 400 riders took part in the event.

Ready to angel ride again

When cancer strikes, even the little expenses can be a big deal. The 11th annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas will be held Saturday to raise money for those fighting breast cancer. “Cancer weighs enough on everybody’s mind that it’s hard to imagine paying for the gas and electric, ...

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Webster County Sheriff's Deputy Amy Stringer looks over the wreckage of a two-vehicle accident at 330th Street and Kansas Avenue, just west of U.S. Highway 169.

One hurt when FedEx van, Jeep collide

GOWRIE — A two-vehicle accident at an uncontrolled intersection Wednesday sent one man to the hospital. The accident was reported at the intersection of 330th Street and Kansas Avenue around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Trooper Paul Gardner, of the Iowa State Patrol, said a FedEx van, driven by ...

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Kris Dobesh, of Algona, gets a hug from Nicole, a Puppy Jake Foundation service dog she's training. Dobesh shared her experience with Nicole and let her show off her skills during the monthly Lunch and Learn hosted by Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Dog will eventually help a vet

Nicole, a Puppy Jake Foundation service dog nearing the end of her training with Kris Dobesh, of Algona, knows the answer to one of the oldest questions posed to dogs by their owners, handlers and those total strangers who come up to pet them. “Who’s a good dog?” As it turns out, as ...

Child playing with matches starts fire

By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson@messengernews.net No one was injured after a child playing with matches set fire to an apartment on the west side of Fort Dodge Wednesday night, according to Lt. Mitch Halverson, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. The fire, which was reported at about 7:17 ...

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Webster County Veterans Affairs Director Dan Lewandowski holds the new Vietnam War commemorative books now available for free for all veterans of that war.

VA offers free book for Vietnam veterans

Books commemorating the Vietnam War are now available for free to all Vietnam veterans in Webster County. Copies of the book “A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty, and Sacrifice,” have been delivered to the county Veteran’s Affairs office, said Director Dan Lewandowski. ...

Global summit to reach FDMS

A two-day worldwide leadership summit will be shown live via satellite to 600 sites in North America, including at the Fort Dodge Middle School. According to Doug Van Zyl, Fort Dodge Community School District superintendent, the Global Leadership Summit is an opportunity for anyone to ...


WebsterCountyIA.org, pictured, hasn’t seen much change in design since 2010 — and has never been redesigned since this page went up around 2000 or 2002. A new website will now be designed, and should be ready in nine months, which will be more mobile-friendly and will allow citizens to report problems, request road work, and submit forms online.

Webster County is getting new website

Webster County is getting a new website which should make it easier for citizens to contact county departments. The new, redesigned website will allow users to submit e-forms, have a community forum, and have a place to submit complaints, said Webster County IT Director Andy McGill. ...