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King wins contest, will likely face Scholten

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King carried all area counties on his way to securing the Republican nomination while J.D. Scholten scored most of them while winning the Democratic nomination for the Fourth Congressional District. King is seeking his ninth term. He won 993 votes or 76.92 percent ...

Stubbs details events leading to ATV ticket

Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs has said that he requested a sheriff’s deputy write him a ticket for illegally riding an all-terrain vehicle on the highway, but that the ticket was not written at the time he was actually riding his ATV. Stubbs pleaded guilty last Thursday in Webster ...

Area Election Results­

Palo Alto County Ballots cast 960, 16 percent U.S. Representative, Fourth Congressional District Republican Cyndi Hanson, 137 Steve King (i), 375 Democratic Leann Jacobsen, 159 John Paschen, 79 J.D. Scholten, 122 Governor Republican Kim Reynolds (i). ...

County easement helps keep Fort Dodge trails moving

A new trail planned by Fort Dodge is moving along on schedule with help from the Webster County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors approved some needed construction easements during their regular meeting Tuesday. “First I want to say thank you to you all for promptly addressing this, ...

Police ID body found near Target

The Fort Dodge Police Department has identified the man found dead behind Target Tuesday as Aaron S. Pruitt, 38. The Police Department said Pruitt is originally from Carlisle, but had been living in Fort Dodge recently. At the time of his death, he was listed as a missing person. There is no ...

Summer spruce-up

Sixth-graders from Fort Dodge Middle School helped prepare the Webster County Fairgrounds Monday afternoon for upcoming festivities to be held there as part of the fair. Painting tires for figure 8 races and mulching trees were a couple of the tasks students completed as part of a community ...

Collision on Duncombe curve fatal

DUNCOMBE — A fiery crash left one person dead after two vehicles collided Monday afternoon east of Fort Dodge, according to Trooper Mark Anderson, of the Iowa State Patrol. The accident was reported shortly before 3 p.m., on the north Duncombe curve along 200th Street. Names of those ...

Kay Jewelers will honor Zales warranties, firm says

Customers who have purchased jewelry from Zales at Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge will be able take their products to Kay Jewelers to have them serviced, according to a company official. Zales, known as the diamond store since 1924, announced the closure of its Fort Dodge store last week. Its ...

Hit-and-run in Gowrie under investigation

GOWRIE — A man was injured over the weekend in Gowrie after he was apparently struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle. The accident was reported Saturday around 3 a.m. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said the man was hit by a vehicle that left the scene of the accident. A deputy ...

Driver identified in Monday fatal crash

The Iowa State Patrol has identified the man killed in an accident Monday as Mark W. Mueggenberg, 55, of Fort Dodge. Mueggenberg's Chevy pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with a Peterbuilt hauling grain, driven by Larry Law of Duncombe. Law was treated for minor injuries. ...

Where to vote in Fort Dodge and Webster County

Where to vote in Fort Dodge Precinct 1: Feelhaver School, 1300 14th Ave. N. Precinct 2: First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Fifth Ave. N. Precinct 3: Lion’s Den, 731 Exposition Drive Precinct 4: First Covenant Church, 201 Ave. H Precinct 5: Friendship Haven Tompkins Center, 420 Kenyon ...

Warwick wins Hamilton County GOP treasurer nomination

WEBSTER CITY — Judy Warwick defeated fellow county treasurer’s office employee Cheryl Westrum to secure the Republican nomination for Hamilton County treasurer. Incumbent Treasurer Joni Hilpipre is retiring at the end of 2018 and is not seeking re-election. Warwick received a total 515 ...

Crossing the finish line

The students of Fort Dodge Senior High have been running long and hard to earn the caps and gowns of this Sunday’s graduation ceremony. Some of that running has been literal for seniors preparing for the big day. The day before they walked across the stage, Hannah Reynoso and her ...

One dead in crash east of Fort Dodge

Update: Full story ______ One person is dead after two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 200th Street and Xavier Avenue, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. The victim's name is not being released at this time. The Iowa State Patrol, ...

Firefighters’ quick action saves home

Fort Dodge Firefighters rescued a cat from a house fire after a passerby called it in Sunday afternoon. Fire crews got the call around 4:15 p.m. Sunday from someone who called 911 after seeing the smoke coming from 316 N. Ninth St. When they arrived, there was light smoke visible, said ...

Primary election set for Tuesday

The primary election for federal, state and county offices will be held Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. A map and listing of Webster County polling places appears on Page 2A of today’s edition of The Messenger. In Webster County, voters will pick nominees for a ...

Yep, the past is back

A few visitors to the Original Wild West Frontier Days at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village Saturday had the opportunity to stand stock still for a few seconds. Why stand stock still? Because if they didn’t they would become a blur on the wet plate photographs being made by Chris ...

Republicans seek party’s nomination for state House

Area Republicans will have primary election contests Tuesday in state House of Representatives districts 9 and 10. House District 9 In House District 9, Ann Meyer and Gary Waechter are seeking the nomination. Meyer, of Fort Dodge, is a clinical nurse instructor at Iowa Central ...