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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 ...

Finishing a memorial

EAGLE GROVE — An old grain elevator that’s no longer being used holds a deeper meaning to a group working to turn it into a piece of art. The purpose of that old elevator is to pay tribute to military veterans while honoring the heritage of Eagle Grove, according to Daryl Watts, ...

Pair injured after truck crashes, catches fire

Two people were injured Friday afternoon after the truck they were riding in crashed and caught fire in a ditch northwest of Fort Dodge, according to Lt. Eric Conell, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. The crash was reported at about 3 p.m., on Madison Avenue just north of Riverdale ...

Kicking off summer with events

Genesis Music Festival WHEN: 10 a.m. to midnight today; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sports Park Raceway, 2298 S. River Road. Admission $5 For more information visit festivalgenesis.com. Featuring: Hairball; main stage gates open 6 p.m. today. Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the ...

Search ends when his family finds Dencklau in the river

The body of missing kayaker Alex Dencklau, 26, of Clare, was discovered Thursday afternoon in the Des Moines River, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. Dencklau had been missing since a Monday afternoon kayak accident south of the Hydroelectric Dam in Fort Dodge. “At ...

Webster County sheriff admits to illegally riding ATV along US 169

Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs admitted in Webster County Magistrate Court Thursday to illegally riding an all-terrain vehicle on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 169. Stubbs appeared in front of Magistrate William Thatcher Thursday morning and pleaded guilty to one count of operating an ATV ...

A field for their father

GOWRIE — Carter Steck stepped up to where home plate will be, bat at the ready, as his little brother, Gabe Steck, took to the outfield. He waited for his mom, Krystal Lloyd, to pitch the ball, eager to round the bases as they practiced for the first game of the season next week on a field ...

Zales closing its mall store in FD

Zales, known as the diamond store since 1924, will close its doors at Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge, company officials confirmed Thursday. Darrell Kearney, the Fort Dodge store manager, said the last day of business is June 26. He said the company told him there were multiple factors ...

Frontier Days parade to impact downtown traffic

With the Frontier Days parade Saturday morning in Fort Dodge, a number of traffic changes will be occurring to ensure the safety of both spectators and parade participants. The 44th annual parade will travel down Central Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Perhaps the biggest change will be the ...

Garage a total loss after FD fire

A garage, along with two motorcycles and a snowmobile that were inside it, was destroyed in a Wednesday night fire in Fort Dodge. A man who was working on one of the motorcycles escaped unharmed from the fire at 1712 Third Ave. S. The fire was reported at 11:44 p.m. Fire Department Capt. ...

Suspected drowning victim identified, search of Des Moines River continues

As the search on the Des Moines River continues, officials have identified the victim of a Monday kayak accident south of the Hydroelectric Dam in Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter identified the missing boater as Alex Dencklau, 26, of Clare. Dencklau was last seen when ...

Missing kayakers body found

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter confirmed Thursday afternoon that family members had located the remains of Alex Dencklau, 26, of Clare, in the Des Moines River, south of the Fort Dodge Water Treatment Plant. Hergenreter said authorities were notified at about 12:15 p.m. Dencklau ...