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Area veterans recalled their role in D-Day on 50th anniversary

Editor’s note: This article appeared in The Messenger on June 6, 1944, on the 50th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy. All three of the veterans featured have since died, but their story is still relevant. Story and photo by Kevin Potter, former Messenger staff writer. Herb ...

Knigge pleads guilty to attempted murder

Mackenzie Knigge has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and two other charges in connection with the death of Jessica Gomez nearly two years ago. At a plea hearing in Webster County District Court Thursday, Knigge admitted she was present in Clare on Aug. 5, 2017, when Phillip Williams put ...

Cooper’s got talent

The staff at Cooper Elementary School does have talent — and not just for teaching, mentoring and leading. They can sing, dance (sort of), jump rope and, in a small group, do a synchronized swimming routine on dry land too. Principal Bruce Hartley introduced the acts at the staff ...

DCI descends on Goldfield

GOLDFIELD — Officials are investigating an incident in which shots were fired in Goldfield Tuesday afternoon. Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer said a neighbor heard gunshots coming from a home located at 722 Pine St. The neighbors reported the incident at 3:50 p.m. and an ...

Goldfield shooting update

GOLDFIELD - A man who was shot during an altercation at a Goldfield home Tuesday later turned up walking along a gravel road in rural Wright County, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. According to the DCI, the Eagle Grove Police Department responded to 722 N. Pine St. ...

Lights! Camera! Action!

The red carpet was rolled out to dozens of community members who filled the Fort 8 Theatre Tuesday to watch the premiere of “Too Late.” “Too Late” is a 12-minute movie produced by Athletics For Education and Success and the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association. It stars several ...

Orthopedic care to be offered in FD

UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center will once again offer orthopedic care for its patients in Fort Dodge. The hospital on Wednesday announced a new partnership with Center for Neurosciences, Orthopaedics & Spine, PC., a group headquartered in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, ...

Status of lodging houses considered by FD officials

A decision on the status of two Fort Dodge lodging houses that are currently open without all the needed city permissions has been put on hold by a regulatory board. The Board of Adjustment on Tuesday postponed action on special exception requests needed to operate the lodging houses at 1521 ...

Contract approved for work on county-owned parking lot

A local construction company was awarded a contract by the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to improve a parking lot at the county-owned bank building. The supervisors unanimously approved a $176,623.55 contract with Russ’s Construction, of Fort Dodge. The work will include ...

Man sought for attempted murder, kidnapping

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a wanted person. Jeffrey Scott Johnson, 35, is wanted for Attempted Murder, Kidnapping in the Second Degree and Felony Domestic Abuse Assault, according to Chief Shiloh Mork. The ...

City moving to mow Memorial Park Cemetery

A company to be hired by the city government will soon take over the mowing and other chores that volunteers have recently been doing at Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery. A decision by Alan C. Dorothy, the organizer of Fort Dodge Memorial Park LLC, will make that possible, according to City ...

FD gets $500,000 EPA grant

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city of Fort Dodge a $500,000 grant to pay for removing asbestos from the vacant Wahkonsa Annex downtown. The Wahkonsa Annex is the light-colored building next to the Warden Plaza at 908 First Ave. S. It will eventually be ...

A walk for Williams

Amber Gambill has spent the past three years working to better educate the public on what exactly Williams Syndrome is. Gambill, of Fort Dodge, will hold the third annual Fort Dodge Walk for Williams Syndrome on Sunday at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Registration is set for 12:30 p.m. ...

Sculpture is a go for Fort Dodge

A roughly 15-foot tall sculpture commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Fort Dodge city charter will be placed downtown later this year. A $70,000 grant from the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation will pay for the artwork. “They are donating 100 percent of the money ...

FDCSD rejects identical bids that are too high

Planned upgrades to heating and ventilation systems at Fort Dodge Senior High will have to wait. The work would have addressed rooftop heating units located in the southeast corner of the school. It was anticipated to be done this summer. Instead, the Fort Dodge Community School District ...

Awards to be given for parade winners Wednesday

The Frontier Days Parade Committee will be hosting an award ceremony Wednesday to honor the floats that were selected to win in different contests. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. in the Opera House at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village. Cindy Mulroney, one of the parade coordinators, ...

Shots fired in Goldfield

Investigators are on the scene of a Goldfield home at which gunshots were reported Tuesday afternoon. Wright County Sheriff Jason Schluttenhofer said a neighbor heard gunshots at 722 Pine St. The incident was first reported at 3:50 p.m. and an active investigation remained in progress as of ...

A new beginning

Fort Dodge Senior High Valedictorian Anthony Wagner encouraged his fellow classmates to use their talents to help make the world a better place for not just themselves, but everybody else. Wagner spoke during the FDSH graduation, held at Dodger Stadium early Sunday afternoon. In all, 201 ...

Women of influence — Darcy Lee

Editor’s note: This story previously appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Fort Dodge Today magazine. What is important to you? Family and friends and community are the most important things to me.  What do you like about Fort Dodge? It’s a nice place to raise a family. Living in ...

Back in time

During the annual Frontier Days celebration at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village, most of the groups who spent time settling the West are well-represented. Buckskinners, Ghost Garrison, the Hole in the Sock Gang and all sorts of volunteers in the buildings in period costuming show how ...