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Webster Co. supervisors OK 3 new trucks

Two new Mack dump trucks and a new Mack semi-truck will be rolling into the Webster County engineer’s shop for the Secondary Roads Department next year. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the purchases Tuesday, which will not be paid for or delivered until the next fiscal ...

Kluss will replace Watne in Wright Co.

Dean Kluss will become the newest Wright County supervisor in 2019. Kluss, a U.S. Navy veteran, earned 4,103, or 97.95 percent, of the votes, unofficially. He ran unopposed. Kluss replaces Stan Watne, who was a supervisor for more than 25 years. He will serve District 2, which includes Clarion ...

County by County Results

Calhoun U.S. Representative District 4 Steve King, R (i) — 2,312 J.D. Scholten, D — 1,838 Governor Kim Reynolds, R (i) — 2,703 Fred Hubbell, D — 1,461 Secretary of State Paul D. Pate, R (i) — 2,778 Deidre DeJear, D — 1,301 Auditor of State Mary Mosiman, R (i) ...

Aspholm survived night attack in Vietnam

MANSON — Serving in the infantry in the Vietnam War, Al Aspholm saw a lot of combat. But by far the most memorable night of his service came on March 28, 1971, when the enemy attacked Fire Base Mary Ann in the dead of the night. “We had 76 wounded and 33 killed that night,” Aspholm ...

Time for ‘Unity in the Community’

At a time when so many issues are divisive, Sherry Washington wanted to remind people of the things that unite us. “All this division,” Washington, of Fort Dodge, said recently. “It seems as if we are more divided than ever. We are divided with religion, race, and now we are ...

New warrants issued in Avenue M West fight

Two more suspects are being sought in connection with a fight last week on Avenue M West in which a man was beaten and stomped, causing a broken eye socket. The Fort Dodge Police Department has identified the suspects as Zion Smith, 18, and Jaylen Rodgers, 18. They’re both charged with ...

Today is Election Day

Today is election day. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here are some of the races of special interest to the Fort Dodge region. • Fourth Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Steve King, R, Kiron, vs. Democrat J.D. Scholten, Sioux City • State Senate District 5: Sen. ...

Sewer fee increase is advanced by FD council

A planned series of $2.50 per month increases in sanitary sewer bills was advanced Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. The council voted 5-1 to approve the second reading of the proposed increases. There was no discussion of the measure Monday. The increases must be approved once more to ...

Fiber optic project should improve traffic on Fifth Avenue South

Traffic signals along busy Fifth Avenue South will be connected by fiber optic cables next year in an effort to reduce delays and improve the flow of vehicles. The Fort Dodge City Council on Mon­day hired K & W Electric, of Cedar Falls, to install the cables and other equipment at a cost ...

Humboldt County culvert work continues

HUMBOLDT — A series of culvert replacements are moving forward in Humboldt County. The Humboldt County Supervisors approved the “first of many” payments to Rogness Brothers at their regular meeting Monday, County Engineer Ben Loots said. The first payment was for $119,921.59. The ...

‘One service to another’

The first gym Leighton Walker worked out in while serving his country in Afghanistan was inside a tent with a sand surface. The weights he lifted were plastic buckets filled with cement. “We put those on the end of bars and those would be our weights,” Walker recalled. “We ...

Emergency Management Commission keeps Scott Forbes temporarily

Scott Forbes, former Webster County emergency management coordinator, will continue to serve in that role part-time as the Emergency Mangement Commission searches for a new full-time coordinator. Forbes’ contract rate is $75 an hour for five to 10 hours a week as needed, the Webster ...

Meyer wins House District 9

Republican Ann Meyer defeated Democrat Megan Srinivas by a narrow margin Tuesday to win House District 9. Meyer won 51.74 percent of the vote, while Srinivas won 48.19 percent.

Sexton wins re-election

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, easily won re-election Tuesday by defeating Democrat Jake Thompson. Sexton won 67 percent of the vote, while Thompson won 32.87 percent.

Kraayenbrink defeats O’Brien

State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge was re-elected Tuesday. He defeated Democrat John O'Brien, of Fort Dodge, by a margin of 61.93 percent to 37.99 percent.

Super Plunge Sunday

For one team supporting the Special Olympics at the 10th annual Polar Plunge Sunday, the theme of the day was football. In spite of the cold and drizzle, 32 team members showed up to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park wearing T-shirts or jerseys from each of the 32 NFL teams to raise money for ...

Election day is Tuesday

The candidates have had their say for months, now it is time for the voters to weigh in. The 2018 general election is Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. A map and list of polling places appears on page 7A of today’s edition of The Messenger. The statewide races to be ...