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Delpha Holtzman, of Fort Dodge, reads a letter from a former student at her home recently. She taught in the Fort Dodge Community School District for 35 years.

Keeping lasting connections

Since her retirement from a 35-year teaching career in the Fort Dodge Community School District, former students still remember their time with Delpha Holtzman fondly. Holtzman, of Fort Dodge, retired from Butler Elementary School in 2004. She also worked at Feelhaver Elementary School ...

Vanessa Brown

Otho native to appear in Netflix series

An Otho native can be seen in a new series on Netflix called “She’s Gotta Have It.” Vanessa Brown, a 2005 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, plays in a dancing role on the show. The series made its debut recently. Brown said she’s not sure which episode she would be featured on or ...


Man arrested, charged in early Nov. shooting incident

Otis Foy Jr., of Fort Dodge, has been arrested and charged in connection with with a shooting on Nov. 3. Foy, 21, was arrested Wednesday, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. On Nov. 3 a woman was shot in the parking lot of Liquor and Tobacco Outlet, 902 1st Ave N, Fort Dodge. The ...

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The south side of the new Duncombe Elementary School is shown here.

Duncombe to open in the fall

The opening of the new Duncombe Elementary School has been rescheduled for the start of next school year in the fall, the Fort Dodge Community School District board announced Monday night. The decision was made to allow a smoother transition for staff and students into the new school, ...

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Mary Rethwisch, Cooper Elementary School staff crossing guard, holds up traffic as the first student to leave school recently makes a beeline for the sidewalk leading home. Potential changes would affect where some students will attend classes.

Potential changes ahead

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced two public forums to discuss possible changes to its elementary school boundaries. RSP and Associates is working with the district on the proposed changes. The firm is using current trends in city population, growth projections, and ...

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Algona is mourning the loss of its longtime Fire Chief Chuck Bell.

Algona’s longtime fire chief loses cancer battle hours before benefit

ALGONA — Hours before Algona was set to honor its beloved fire chief, Chuck Bell lost his battle with esophageal cancer. That left the benefit/party Saturday at the Algona VFW perhaps more somber than its planners would have wanted. Bell, 62, died late Friday night at Kossuth Regional ...

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Fort Dodge Firefighters Jason reynolds, left, and Mike Wiltzius with REC Associate Director Matt Hanson remove one of the old weight benches at the rec center recently. The REC donated some old equipment to the fire department to make new for new items.

Recent REC remodel benefits FDFD

The Fort Dodge Fire Department was especially thankful this week, thanks to the REC. As the REC completes renovations and repaintings, it has also replaced some of its weight equipment, and donated some older equipment to the Fire Department. Firefighters were there on Wednesday to ...

Desmond Collins and Daquan Altman

FD chase suspects are in court

Two suspects arrested following a Thursday afternoon chase in Fort Dodge that ended in a crash made their initial court appearance Saturday morning. The chase, which began after an officer informed Desmond Collins of his intention to use a K9 to search the vehicle, ended with a crash at ...

Helping the hungry

By Hans Madsen hmadsen@messengernews.net Volunteers are needed for a Mobilepack event that will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Community Christian School. Chelsey Weber, a member of the leadership team coordinating the event, said they hope to pack nearly 109,000 ...

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Devon Kleinheksel, left, and Norman Lee race into the store first as Associate General Manager Sam Martin unlocks the doors at Menards at 6 a.m. The managers said there were 480 people in line at last count before opening.

Enthusiastic shoppers

Black Friday shopping starts early for those who want to be first into the store. That’s true because many stores open for “Black Thursday” in the evening on Thanksgiving Thursday — but also true for those that don’t. Angela and Norman Lee, from the Paton/Churdan area, got to ...

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Rob Gunderson lights the candles during a service of remembrance held Sunday afternoon at Saint Olaf Church, 239 North 11th St. More than 400 people attended.

A Time for Angels

For most, the holiday season is a time of joy. For those who have suffered a recent loss, the holiday season can be a time of grief, sorrow and loneliness. To help comfort those, and to show them, they are not alone, the 19th annual A Time for Angels service of remembrance will be held at ...

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Iowa Central Community College culinary arts students serve a line of guests during the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Thursday afternoon.

Are you being served?

Bill Cote appreciates the simple things in life. “I am thankful to be alive, I know that,” he said. Cote, of Fort Dodge, has been sober for 32 years. “It was either sober up, get locked up, or get covered up,” he said. On Thursday, he spent his time volunteering at the ...

FDSH forms new leadership group for its freshmen

Fort Dodge Senior High has formed a new group for its freshmen in hopes of providing more opportunities for them to participate in leadership roles, according to FDSH Principal Kenneth Hayes. The group is called Freshmen Leadership Cadre. Its purpose is to help develop leadership skills in ...

Two arrested after high-speed chase in FD

Two men were arrested after a high-speed chase through Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon, according to a press release from the Fort Dodge Police Department. The chase ended with a crash in a private driveway, according to police. Desmond Collins, 26, of Fort Dodge, was stopped by an officer ...

911 telephone outage reported in Gilmore City

Humboldt County officials say that 911 service in Gilmore City is out. Restoration time is unknown. Residents should use cell phones to call 911 in case of emergency. http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=dmx&wwa=911%20telephone%20outage

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Iowa Central Community College Culinary Arts Program student Rodney Walters, of Rockwell City, pushes a cart holding some of the 216 pounds of green beans that will be served at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Fort Dodge Ford.

Feast in the making

The ingredient list for the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Fort Dodge Ford Toyota is pretty similar to the ingredient list for Thanksgiving dinner at home. You need turkey, the things to make stuffing, vegetables to cook, spices and herbs for seasoning, cranberries and, of course, ...

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner decreases from 2016

EMMETSBURG — After having to pay out a little more to put the traditional Thanksgiving feast on the table last year, consumers got a welcome break as they shopped this week. Information released by the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on ...

Plans for Wilson Brewer Park outlined

WEBSTER CITY — The Wilson Brewer Park Committee approved plans and specifications for the Wilson Brewer Park cabin foundation at its meeting Tuesday. The plans will be presented to the Webster City Council on Dec. 4. The committee’s recommendation is to complete the foundation for ...


2 men arrested after high-speed chase in FD

Two men were arrested after a high-speed chase through Fort Dodge Thursday afternoon, according to a press release from the Fort Dodge Police Department. The chase ended with a crash in a private driveway, according to police. Desmond Collins, 26, of Fort Dodge, was stopped by an officer ...