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HAPPIEST NEWS OF 2018: Little dog lost

In September of 2018, a dog owned by Tabitha and Ben Acree, of Fort Dodge, went missing. After an extensive community search, Boston Gordon, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, found Murphy, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix that had been missing for about three days. Murphy went missing ...

MOST BIZARRE STORY OF 2018: My dog shot me

Richard Remme had a bit of a scare after an unusual accident in May. “My dog shot me,” Remme said. Police and the UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center ambulance were called to Remme’s home at about 10:50 a.m. Remme said had his 9 mm Ruger in a belly band, under ...

BEST BREAKING NEWS OF 2018: ‘A loud boom’

Four Fort Dodge residents had just been told to leave their home to escape a natural gas leak when the house was ripped apart by an explosion early in the afternoon of Feb. 14. Two of them were unharmed. The other two were taken to UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center for ...

BEST EDUCATION NEWS OF 2018: First day of school

On August 29, 2018, students and staff were officially welcomed into the new Duncombe Elementary School, 615 N. 16th St. The building is two stories high and designed to house up to 450 students. Air conditioning, climate control, an updated lighting system, and increased access to ...

MOST HOPEFUL NEWS OF 2018: Lotus rises

Lotus Community Project, a homeless shelter for women and their children, is set to open for clients on Jan. 21. Plans for the shelter were revealed early in 2018 by its executive director, Ashley Vaala, of Fort Dodge. Vaala experienced homelessness and drug addiction herself in ...

BEST COMMUNITY NEWS OF 2018: Housing boom hits

New homes continued to be built at a fast pace throughout Webster County during 2018, as developers moved to address a decades old housing shortage. Perhaps the most prominent new neighborhood is Williams Bend in Fort Dodge. It’s located along Williams Drive. Between Williams Drive and ...

THE STORY THAT JUST WON’T END: Dam continues to generate attention

The Hydroelectric Dam in Fort Dodge hasn’t generated a spark of electricity since the early 1970s. but it’s still managed to get a lot of attention since then. The latest development occurred last month at a time when city officials thought they were on track to remove the Hydroelectric ...

BREAKING NEWS WITH THE MOST ENGAGEMENT: Markle’s body found

When the body of Kris Markle was found on Dec. 26, The Messenger’s breaking news post on social media, reporting that information, reached more than 51,000 people. Markle went missing on Dec. 5. He was last seen at Bootleggers Bar and Grill in Fort Dodge. His body was found at about ...

2018 in the rearview: The Messenger staff takes a look back

HOLSTEIN — For Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, the completion of U.S. Highway 20 as a four-lane route all across northern Iowa after about 60 years of work can be summarized with a single word. “I think I can sum up today in one word — finally,” Gregg told about 400 people packed into a ...

One dead following pursuit in Webster County

One person is dead following a Monday night police pursuit that involved gunfire. The Webster County Sheriff's Department reported that deputies were called to an address just outside of Fort Dodge at about 10 p.m. for a reported domestic disturbance. A deputy responding to the scene saw a ...

A tradition of caring

Hosting a dance for residents of group homes and other individuals is far from the only way the Civitan Club gives back to the community. But it’s certainly a popular one, with probably 130 individuals coming out on the dance floor — either on foot or in their wheelchairs — on ...

Stubbs works for your quality of life

What is important to you? Family is the most important thing. I have a great life partner in my wife and two great sons. My oldest son, his wife, and two granddaughters have made their way back to Iowa and he works for the state as a fisheries biologist. My youngest is in school at ...

Tiny houses

Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove and natural resource and trail technician Tasha Nielsen recently took a tape measure to the interior of a tiny house being readied for campers at the Gypsum City OHV Park southeast of Fort Dodge. They measured its interior at 7 feet 6 ...

VeroBlue civil suit won’t get to trial until 2020

WEBSTER CITY — VeroBlue Farms will get its day in court with former executives no sooner than June 2020. It will likely take at least that long for the defendants to satisfactorily account for where and how the nearly $100 million in funds belonging to the Webster City-based aquaculture ...

Laborshed study to be conducted in Wright County

Wright County Economic Development is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Wright County area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Wright County’s workforce, ...

Smoke detectors save family

Smoke alarms may have saved the lives of a Fort Dodge family after a fire broke out in their home Friday afternoon, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. According to Hergenreter, Rodney Knudson, the owner of the home, was upstairs when the alarms sounded. He went ...

‘The kind of lady that treated every kid like her own’

The death of a Fort Dodge woman has left her community in a state of shock, mourning and remembrance. Heidi Beisch, 47, lost control of her 2009 Nissan Quest minivan on Thursday while traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 17. Beisch spun into the path of a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country ...

Snowy, icy roads cause few issues

Overnight snow and ice made the roads slick Friday, but according to law enforcement in the area, very few problems arose from the wintry weather. Lt. Mark Miller, District 7 commander for the Iowa State Patrol, said “a few accidents” were reported Friday morning in Webster ...

Cans taken by 2 men

DAYTON — According to Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar, a pair of thieves made off with about $200 worth of cans early Wednesday morning from a collection cage located by the Dayton Car Wash in the 200 block of Skillet Avenue. The unknown Scrooge and Grinch, operating the morning after ...