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Doug Mueller, left, of Lehigh, lifts weights as instructor Mary Jane Lavender, of Fort Dodge, leads her exercise class Wednesday at Citizens Central.

Staying active in the winter

The freezing cold temperatures may deter people from wanting to go outside, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t activities available to keep people 50 and older being active when the temperature drops. Citizens Central, 617 Central Ave., has a number of activities for those who want to ...


Fort Dodge schools dismissing at 2 p.m.

Due to the forecast and Webster County now being included in a Winter Storm Warning, all Fort Dodge schools will be dismissing at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 8, the FDCSD has announced. All evening activities including conferences are cancelled.

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Mary Kenny, at left, signs in to vote Tuesday afternoon at Cooper Elementary School. Precinct Election Worker Michele Sells, at right checks her in.

Voters say yes

Area voters easily approved a $25.5 million general obligation bond issue for Iowa Central Community College Tuesday, with 67.5 percent of them voting yes. To pass, the bond issue had to be approved by at least 60 percent of those who cast ballots. “This really sets Iowa Central apart ...

Supes offer Kolacia attorney position

Dan Kolacia, who is currently the Boone County attorney, may be the next county attorney of Webster County. The Webster County Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to extend an offer to Kolacia at the current salary, saying that Kolacia was the top candidate who had applied for the job left vacant ...

Jan Messerly

County treasurer Messerly to retire

Webster County Treasurer Jan Messerly has announced she’ll retire at the end of her term, after 38 years with the county. This is Messerly’s eighth year as treasurer. “Jan. 14, 1980, I started for the county,” Messerly said. “I’m going to retire on Dec. 31, 2018.” Candidates ...

Road project near Badger, Vincent comes in under estimate

A road resurfacing project in the Badger and Vincent area will cost 16 percent less than the engineer’s estimate. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt Company on Tuesday for the hot mix asphalt paving project. This will be on Webster ...

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A city of Fort Dodge truck plows snow along South 8th Street Monday afternoon.

Raise those shovels

Continuous snowfall throughout the morning and afternoon Monday caused some accidents throughout the region. About 5 inches of snow fell in Fort Dodge, according to Cory Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The most intense snowfall had moved east of Fort Dodge by ...

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A crash involving two semitrailers and a pickup truck ended with two of the vehicles on fire and two drivers injured, in this photo by Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter.

Two hurt in fiery crash

GRAND JUNCTION — Two semitrailers collided and hit another truck in Greene County Monday, sending two of the three drivers to the hospital. The accident was reported at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and S Avenue, near Grand Junction. Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said a ...

Megan Srinivas

Srinivas to run for Iowa House

A Fort Dodge native who has returned to her hometown to practice medicine also wants to serve the community in the Iowa House of Representatives. Dr. Megan Srinivas announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in House District 9 on Monday. She hopes to replace state Rep. Helen ...

FD property tax rate to stay the same

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net The property tax rate in Fort Dodge would remain unchanged for the third consecutive fiscal year under a proposal introduced to the City Council Monday. That proposal would keep the tax rate at $20.42 per $1,000 of taxable value in 2018-2019. Also ...


Iowa Central bond passes

The $25.5 million Iowa Central Community College bond vote passed with 67.5 percent voting for it.

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Colt Wandrey, a native of Schaller, gets to work inside the Iowa Central Community College library Sunday afternoon. The library is part of the Student Resource Center building on the main campus. Wandrey is a student in the college’s electrical technology program.

Iowa Central vote is Tuesday

The referendum on the proposed $25.5 million general obligation bond issue for Iowa Central Community College will be Tuesday. The polls in Fort Dodge will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the smaller cities of Webster County, the polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. The proposed bond ...

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Mariah Olson, of Fort Dodge, prepares to study inside the library at Iowa Central Community College Sunday afternoon. Olson, of Fort Dodge, is a student at Buena Vista University’s Fort Dodge campus. She graduated from Iowa Central in May 2017.

Recent ICCC grad appreciates education she received

Mariah Olson, of Fort Dodge, credits Iowa Central Community College for being able to advance her education locally. “I am at home here,” Olson said. “I didn’t have to leave my hometown.” Olson graduated with her associate’s degree from Iowa Central in May 2017. This year she ...


Reminder: No parking in snow routes

The Fort Dodge Public Works department is reminding drivers that a parking prohibition will automatically go into effect on all Residential Emergency Snow Routes when there has been an accumulation of 2 inches or more of snow. The parking prohibition will be in effect until 24 hours after the ...

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Jay Derrig works out on one of the new pieces of equipment installed this year at the REC. Old weight benches were donated to the Fort Dodge Fire Department as the REC upgraded.

Tech Tuneup

This year, visitors to the downtown REC will get a big boost in contemporary connectivity while they work out. “Wifi is new for 2018. People love that,” said Dave Pearson, executive director. “It’s been one of those things that have been in demand.” But providing wireless access ...

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John Norris, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, speaks Saturday afternoon at the home of former state Sen. Daryl Beall and his wife, Joanne.

Norris would end privatized Medicaid

Democrat John Norris vowed Saturday to end Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system if he is elected governor. “That would be the first policy initiative I would take,” he said during a Fort Dodge visit. He called the current system “a complete failure.” During a Saturday afternoon ...

Iowa Central bond vote is Tuesday

Voters in nine area counties will have their say on the proposed $25.5 million general obligation bond issue for Iowa Central Community College on Tuesday. The polls in Fort Dodge will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the smaller cities of Webster County, the polls will be open from noon to ...