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Pleasant Valley program to celebrate black history

As a way to celebrate Black History Month, the Pleasant Valley yesterday and today program will offer attendees a glimpse into the past of what an area known as the flats were like in Fort Dodge, according to Sherry Washington, one of the organizers of the program. “The flats is the name ...

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Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer William Spece has recently been assigned to the Webster/Humboldt Counties area. He said he really enjoys the area and is looking forward to serving its residents.

In the field

If his uniform, badge and shoulder patch don’t convince an observer that Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer William Spece is dedicated to what he does, then perhaps the ring tone on his phone will. It’s set to make the sound of a crow when a fellow officer calls ...


4 nabbed in Ames drive-by shooting

Four men have been arrested in Fort Dodge in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured three people near Iowa State University’s campus in Ames early Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Ames Police Department. Terrion Maxfield, 20, and Desmon R. Siner, 19, both of ...

Judge rules against post-conviction relief application

Post-conviction relief for Sessions Harper, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a Fort Dodge woman and setting her on fire in an attack that resulted in her death, has been denied, according to a news release from the Webster County attorney’s office. Webster County District Court ...

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Elijah Weier, a student
at Southeast Webster-Grand
Elementary School in Dayton, tries out his jumping form in the new addition to the school.

New Southeast Webster Grand gym is a big hit

DAYTON — The new addition to the Southeast Webster Grand Elementary School in Dayton is a big hit. The school’s new gym opened this year. “The kids absolutely love it,” Superintendent Brian Johnson said. “Now we’re working out the kinks and the details with the new gym.” ...

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Jared Cecil, Algona High School principal, points out some of the people and organizations who made the new Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center a reality at the school.

Appreciating what they have in Algona

ALGONA — Even before the Algona High School was gifted with a beautiful new performing arts center, students and staff at the school worked hard to keep their existing facilities clean and in good condition, according to Jared Cecil, high school principal. Since the moment Cecil walked ...

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Judy Eslick, of Dayton, gets a makeover from Jane Klingson, owner of Jane's Hair Flair in Harcourt, who was exhibiting Younique makeup and skin care products at the Dayton Expo Saturday in the Dayton Community Center. The event highlights businesses in Dayton and the surrounding area.

Dayton and the area is on display at Expo

By HANS MADSEN hmadsen@messengernews.net DAYTON — For visitors attending the 24th annual Dayton Expo at the Dayton Community Center, the event Saturday offered something of interest to almost everyone among the Dayton and area businesses at the show. Judy Eslick, of Dayton, found ...

East Sac schools implement Teacher Leadership and Compensation

SAC CITY — The East Sac County Community School District will be starting a new program to help support its teaching staff. This year, Teacher Leadership and Compensation is getting started at the school district, according to Superintendent Barb Kruthoff. According to the Iowa Department ...


Pamela (Smith) Nesbit, 64, of Boston, formerly of Fort Dodge, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017. Services are pending. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.


UPDATE: 4 men arrested in FD in connection with overnight Ames shooting

Four men have been arrested in Fort Dodge in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured three people in Ames early Sunday morning, according to a news release from the Fort Dodge Police Department. Terrion Maxfield, 20, and Desmon R. Siner, 19, both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been ...

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Retired Humboldt Middle School band director Tim Miller works with the Fort Dodge Middle School Seventh and Eight Grade Orchestra Friday afternoon during the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle School Band Clinic.

Strike up the bands

As Tim Miller, the retired band director from the Humboldt Middle School, was directing the Fort Dodge Middle School Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Band Friday afternoon at the North Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Middle School Band Clinic, it was pretty obvious that he was enjoying ...

Weather spotter training coming to Fort Dodge

Those interested in learning how to spot severe weather and report it back to officials will have the opportunity to do so Tuesday at a weather spotter training session at Iowa Central Community College. The training, a collaborative effort between the National Weather Service and Webster ...

Citizens Academy gearing up

Those interested in learning about local law enforcement and public safety agencies will have the opportunity to do so when the next Fort Dodge/Webster County Citizens Academy begins. Applications are now being accepted for the spring session of the class, which is held twice a year. The ...

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Fort Dodge Police Resource Officer Cody Harris shows the Cooper Elementary School students the radio microphone clipped to his uniform shirt Thursday morning while reading a book about being a police officer to the students.

Life lessons

As Fort Dodge Police School Resource Officer Cody Harris sat down in the big red rocking chair in Jen Yoder’s kindergarten classroom at Cooper Elementary School Thursday morning to read the students a book about being a police officer, one important task had already been done for him. He ...

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Amber Dawson, 5, a transitional kindergarten student of Fort Dodge, demonstrates an extreme precautionary measure to deal with the outbreak of flu that's occuring in the area. Manson Northwest Schools are closed today, due to flu, while staff disinfect the buildings.

Sick day

Manson Northwest Webster schools will be closed today after influenza hit a significant number of students. “We are about 45 gone from the elementary, and about the same from the high school,” Superintendent Mark Egli said Thursday. That’s approaching 90 students of the 640 total ...

Celebrating Kosovo’s independence

A delegation from Fort Dodge will celebrate the independence of Iowa’s sister state, Kosovo, in Des Moines today. Nine years ago today the small Republic of Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. The consulate in Des Moines is hosting a reception for the occasion. Two Fort Dodge ...

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The Dayton Community Center was a busy place Friday as Dayton and area businesses showed their offerings during the annual Dayton Expo.

Dayton on display

DAYTON — The 24th annual Dayton Expo, featuring a variety of Dayton and Dayton-area businesses, will be held Saturday at the Dayton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dayton Expo 2017 committee chair Meredith Gallentine said that she’s expecting about 60 businesses to showcase their ...


Dogs perish, man suffers minor injuries in Otho fire

OTHO — A morning house fire in Otho Wednesday claimed the lives of dogs that were inside the home. The fire at 605 N. Highway St. was reported at 8:57 a.m. The house was a total loss, according to Otho Fire Chief Marty Smith. Firefighters from Otho, Duncombe and Moorland all responded to ...