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Hotel had long history in Fort Dodge

At the time of the fire, the Eilers Hotel was a three-story building shaped roughly like a U. The main entrance was at the base of the U, which faced east toward the City Square. Two wings extended west, with a courtyard between them. The oldest portion of the building was constructed in ...

Leah Glasgo is new CEO at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge

When Leah Glasgo, the new president and CEO of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, interviewed for that position, she was thrilled to learn about the economic developments in the Fort Dodge area. “The economic development has been really impressive,” Glasgo said. “It was actually one of ...

New mental health services campus becoming a reality for Hamilton County

WEBSTER CITY — A former medical clinic building on Collins Avenue in Webster City will soon be home to a campus offering mental health and health care services. The Webster City Medical Clinic building was obtained by Van Diest Medical Center with the acquisition of the Webster City ...

REC renovations move forward

Renovations and staying up-to-date are a focus at the REC in downtown Fort Dodge. That’s why the recreation and fitness center has put close to $180,000 into new equipment and building improvements, said Dave Pearson, executive director. “We had $50,000 just in the spin studio,” ...

The ambulances are in the house

The two new ambulances recently put into service by the Fort Dodge Fire Department got an important seal of approval Friday morning following a pushing in ceremony to officially welcome the rigs to the department’s fleet. Ember, the Dalmatian puppy living at the station, got to try out ...

Reynolds touts Future Ready Iowa jobs program

WEBSTER CITY — Touting her call for funding of her signature jobs program — Future Ready Iowa — and for housing and revitalization of rural Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds also criticized federal officials who “play politics” instead of getting things done during a visit to Webster City ...

Reading In at Duncombe

Imagine getting an entire day to curl up with a cozy blanket and a pillow with a really good book to keep you company with the only interruption being someone else coming along and reading to you. For the third-grade students at Duncombe Elementary School, that was their Friday. It was a ...

Courthouse clock tower looms over 2020 needs

During the county budget hearings last week, the Webster County Board of Supervisors discussed money that they plan on using for capital projects in fiscal year 2020. While the budget hasn’t been finalized, Supervisor Mark Campbell, who is the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said ...

Stubbs: Costly tower, radio upgrades are inevitable

Funding sources for communication improvements, including new equipment on a radio tower in Webster County, will need to be ironed out at some point, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs, who spoke during the Webster County Telecommunications Board meeting Thursday ...

Webster County Telecom board sees shakeup

The Webster County Telecommunications Board will have some new representation as it continues its mission to improve 911 dispatch operations in Webster County. The board acknowledged five of its members and nominated two more during its meeting Thursday afternoon at the Webster County Law ...

Delaney calls for universal health care program

Every American should expect health care as a right and the government should set up a universal system to provide it, according to Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney. “I think we should have universal health care in this country,” he said Thursday evening in Fort Dodge. ...

FROZEN

Dennis Roosa, of Webster City, was among the first people to greet the polar vortex Wednesday morning with its minus 20 something temperatures and near minus 50 wind chills. He starts his day around midnight when he picks up bundles of The Messenger and The Daily Freeman-Journal at the ...

Running car stolen in Webster City found in wrong garage

WEBSTER CITY — With a temperature of -20 degrees Fahrenheit, more people were out starting their cars and letting them warm up Wednesday morning. Danny Baessler, advertising consultant at The Daily Freeman-Journal, did just that when he started his 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe in the newspaper’s ...

Area shelters provide warmth, relief

To get relief from the sub-zero temperatures, several shelters in Fort Dodge are offering warming help to those who need it. At The Salvation Army, 126 N. Seventh St., Capt. Rick Hamelund said they are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a warming station. “And then we are providing hot soup ...

Fine day to work inside

During the more temperate times of the year, when Iowa isn’t colder than Antarctica, it’s pretty easy to find Webster County Conservation’s staff outside working. Even if a visitor won’t find them there during the current deep freeze, they’ll still find them working. There’s ...

County considers biofuel relocation option

An update to Webster County’s Urban Renewal Area will enable payments to Cargill Inc. for a wastewater treatment project, as well as paving the way for a potential joint project between the county and Iowa Central Community College for its biofuels testing lab. Webster County’s Tax ...

Fort Dodge schools closed Thursday

All Fort Dodge schools, public and parochial, are now closed Thursday, January 31, 2019, due to continued extreme cold.

Contract OK’d for $2.4M resurfacing project

Road construction north of Fort Dodge will have to be done mindfully because of girls’ state softball and other heavy use of Webster County Road P56. The Webster County Board of Supervisors authorized a contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt Co. during its regular meeting Tuesday. The ...

Salvation Army open as warming shelter until 3:00

The Salvation Army is open as a warming shelter until 3 p.m. today. Capt. Rick Hamelund, of the Salvation Army, said a number of people have been using the shelter today. In addition, he said he prepared soup for people coming to the shelter.