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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Fort Dodge Senior High student Noah Nafe takes the Ultimate MPG class's vehicle out for a test spin Friday afternoon. The moped motor powered car achieved 96 mpg in testing at the recent SE Polk Industrial Tech Expo which placed the team at 11th place.

Ultimate fuel miser

When the Ultimate MPG class from Fort Dodge Senior High showed up at the recent Southeast Polk Industrial Tech Expo, they brought along something they had created in class. Their creation was a three-wheeled car, powered by a 50-cubic-centiliter moped engine that the students designed, ...

FD council primed for fireworks debate

The rules for using and selling fireworks in Fort Dodge will be established by the City Council when it meets Monday. The council’s expected action will come in the wake of a new state law making the sales and use of many kinds of fireworks legal. But before the elected officials get to ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Niko Padilla, 16, a junior at Eagle Grove High School, left, participates in a mock interview with Andy Newell, an athletic trainer from Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon in Sherry Leskell's class. Colton Poncin, 17, in blue, looks on.  In the class students had to complete mock interviews, learn to tie a tie, and practice proper handshakes.

Preparing for the future

EAGLE GROVE — Juniors at Eagle Grove High School likely won’t be interviewing for their respective careers anytime soon. But thanks to Sherry Leksell’s class, if they did, some of them just might be able to land the job of their dreams. Students in Leksell’s English class have ...

Ommen: Congress needs to act

Iowa’s new insurance commissioner was in Washington, D.C., last week, warning federal lawmakers the state has a big problem coming up in its individual insurance market. Two of the three biggest providers selling insurance in the individual market announced they would no longer offer this ...

Iowa Fraud Fighters Forum

Every year con artists get almost $3 billion from 7 million Americans age 60 or older. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen is one of the officials who issues penalties when scammers are caught. But of course he’d rather stop fraud before it happens. The statewide “Iowa Fraud ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

No one was seriously injured after this three-car accident at about 10:40 a.m.  Friday, said Fort Dodge Police Lt. Joe Bates.

Minor injuries reported in crash

No one was seriously injured after a three-car accident at about 10:40 a.m. Friday, said Fort Dodge Police Lt. Joe Bates. Bates said a Toyota Camry driven by Sigourney Hubanks was coming north on 15th Street as she was trying to turn left onto Central Avenue. Because of a car in the ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

A crew from Estlund Construction Services works on removing a large limb from an 80 foot hackberry tree that fell on two home and a power line in the 500 block of South 13th Street in Tuesday night's storm. The tree removal was one of more difficult and elaborate removals Estlund had seen from the storm.

Expert crews, good Samaritans bring relief from storm damage

It would have been difficult to find a residential neighborhood in Fort Dodge where the sound of chain saws, equipment backup alarms and falling branches couldn’t be heard loud, clear and nearby Thursday. Cleanup after Tuesday night’s storm continues. Janine Witte, who lives in the 500 ...

Branstad declares Webster, Kossuth disaster areas

Gov. Terry Branstad has declared Webster and Kossuth counties disaster areas after strong storms swept through both counties Tuesday night. Branstad’s declaration came one day after the Webster County Board of Supervisors also declared the county a disaster. Included in the declaration is ...

Facade of 19th century building downtown damaged

Falling pieces of a facade alerted Fort Dodge officials to a unsafe building in the downtown area Thursday. The building, located at 1100 Central Ave., on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street, was damaged by the storm that came through town Tuesday night, according to city ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson
Bill Northey, Iowa secretary of agriculture,  gets a tour of the Precision Tank and Equipment manufacturing facility by plant manager Doug Hepperle, who is showing Northey the mold release used for manufacturing fiberglass tanks.

Northey tours Humboldt manufacturing firm

HUMBOLDT — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey stopped in Humboldt Wednesday afternoon at Precision Tank and Equipment, wrapping up a two-day, nine-county tour. “I love seeing the different things happening across Iowa,” Northey said. “A lot of times we see a name on a ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

A large tree has been uprooted near Butler Elementary School

UPDATE: Photos of Fort Dodge, area hit by storms

Strong thunderstorms that brought powerful straight line winds rattled the Fort Dodge area Tuesday night causing significant property damage and leaving thousands of residents without power for several hours. Downtown Fort Dodge, including The Messenger, lost power at about 9 p.m. and was ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Sonna Johnson, a member of the Goldfield Women’s Club, looks on
as crews from SafetyFirst Playground Maintenance, of Princeton, Minnesota, work on getting the new equipment installed at Old School Park in Goldfield Monday.

A better Goldfield

GOLDFIELD — When the city of Goldfield decided it needed new playground equipment, the Goldfield Women’s Club was called on to help make it happen, according to Barbara Jergenson, Goldfield city clerk. “The Women’s Club has been absolutely wonderful,” Jergenson said. “They ...

Paper delayed due to power outage

The Messenger apologizes to all of its customers who may have experienced delayed delivery of this morning's newspaper. The storm and accompanying power outage affected the production of the paper, as well as the updating of the website, and cause the paper to be completed later than usual.

-Messenger photos by Hans Madsen 

Participant speaker Kenneth Hayes, the principal at the Fort Dodge Senior High, speaks Tuesday evening during the Leadership Fort Dodge program graduation at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites.

New leaders ‘graduate’ in Fort Dodge

The 25 graduates of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Leadership Fort Dodge program were spared one tradition Tuesday evening during their graduation at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites. No caps or gowns. However two of the graduates, did get to speak to their ...


Fort Dodge man accused of assaulting jailer

A man already in the Webster County Jail on allegations he assaulted two people at a party and a police officer is now charged with assaulting a jailer. Josh Pendleton, 33, of Fort Dodge, is charged with assault on a jailer causing bodily injury, an aggravated misdemeanor. According to the ...

SSMID restates its Main Street support

Leaders of a downtown group have again endorsed a bid to get Fort Dodge back into the Main Street Iowa program. The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District board voted Tuesday to endorse the application being filed by the city government and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. ...

Travis Goedken

Humboldt council buys fire truck

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council approved the purchase of a new fire truck at Monday’s meeting. The Fire Department attempted twice to apply for a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a fire truck, but was unsuccessful, City Administrator Travis Goedken said. The grant is ...

Two-hour delay at FDCSD Thursday

The start of classes Thursday in the Fort Dodge Community School District will be delayed by two hours, district officials announced Wednesday evening.