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The last amen, a blessing

The pews at Sacred Heart Catholic Church are all gone now, placed in storage to be used inside the new Holy Trinity Church under construction. Marks on the stone floor show where their legs sat bolted down since the structure was built in 1922. The last words of the last Mass have ...

Fires blaze through 2 FD homes overnight

The Fort Dodge Fire Department responded to two overnight house fires this weekend. Firefighters were called to a possible attic fire at a residence at 1628 N. 26th St. shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday night. According to the Fort Dodge Fire Rescue Facebook page, crews quickly ...

A champion

BADGER — Kaylee Lacina, 18, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High School, is a champion in the rodeo ring, where she competes in barrel racing. The proof of that is displayed on the wall in the family’s living room on a shelf filled with shiny belt buckles. One of a collection of six ...

Saving smiles

A two-hour drive and a head full of Novacaine did absolutely nothing to dampen Les Wood’s sense of humor Saturday morning after getting dental care during the Webster County Public Health’s I-Smile Silver Program Free Dental Day at Iowa Central Community College. Wood, who drove from ...

The Messenger to print Thanksgiving edition early

The Messenger will be putting out its most sought-after edition of the year on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. The Messenger will have advertising circulars and ads from dozens of area retailers that highlight their Black Friday and weekend ...

FREE PARKING

Parking in downtown Fort Dodge will be a whole lot easier during the holidays. That’s because Main Street Fort Dodge will have all the parking meters covered with bags, according to Main Street Director Kris Patrick. The bags went on the meters late Friday afternoon. Those bags ...

Tanner King cross-examined in double murder trial

NEVADA — The ninth day of Tanner King’s double murder trial displayed a wide array of emotions, this time from from counsel and witnesses at the front of the courtroom, not the gallery. Assistant Attorney General Susan Krisco finished her cross-examination of King Friday. He first took ...

Humboldt councilman charged with OWI

HUMBOLDT — A Humboldt city councilman and former police chief is charged with operating while intoxicated after the SUV he was driving struck a parked car before landing on its top, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Matthew Dominick, 40, of Humboldt, a Ward 1 ...

My College Journey: Cade Murphy

Name: Cade Murphy Hometown: Des Moines Age: 18 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? Digital Mass Communications Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? It seemed like the best place to learn the way I like, especially for my major. What is the last ...

A tribute to a friend

Each entrance to the large, well lit multi-use room at the Marian Home has a small sign by it that’s freshly installed. Each one reads simply, “Halverson Hall.” On Thursday afternoon, the full name behind those signs, former Executive Director Eric Halverson, who died from colon ...

Breaking the code

NEVADA — Tanner King doesn’t deny that he’s a compulsive liar. But on the witness stand Thursday, the defendant walked the jury through some of the evidence it’s seen from the state, his own criminal past, why he has been mistaken as a suspect and, most importantly, why he wasn’t ...

Humboldt councilman charged with OWI

HUMBOLDT - A Humboldt city councilman is charged with operating while intoxicated after the SUV he was driving struck a parked car before landing on its top, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Matthew Dominick, 40, of Humboldt, a Ward 1 councilman, is charged with ...

Go and Do: Nov. 22, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — King Ringers Handbell Ensemble will present a concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. TODAY at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N. The program will include Thanksgiving and Christmas selections. Refreshments will be served at the end of the concert and a ...

‘Mark Cady was both great and good’

DES MOINES — In his career and in life, Mark Cady went above and beyond to do the right thing — no matter the circumstance, according to Des Moines attorney Greg Kenyon. And that was true even when Cady was working his first job out of law school as a law clerk in Fort Dodge, Kenyon ...

Students prepare for life after graduation

A new program started at Fort Dodge Senior High School this fall aims to help students graduate and transition into a career field following high school. Iowa/Illinois Jobs for America’s Graduates, or iJAG, is a statewide comprehensive drop-out prevention and school-to-work transition ...

Hedlund cross examination continues

NEVADA — Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent much of Wednesday arguing about “open doors” in a closed courtroom in between portions of the cross-examination of Fort Dodge Police Department Detective Larry Hedlund during the murder trial of Tanner King. One of the doors defense ...

Two Fort Dodge residents arrested in Nebraska

Two Fort Dodge residents were arrested recently near Gothenburg, Nebraska, in Dawson County. According to Dawson County Sheriff Ken Moody, Kristine Rose, 36, and Jeremy Buckingham, 34, were arrested after a deputy spotted their pulled-over vehicle on a rural road south of ...

Fallen tree causes power outage

A fallen tree on the 300 block of G Street, near Riverside Early Learning Center, caused a power outage for 958 MidAmerican Energy customers on Wednesday afternoon. The power outage was reported at 2:19 p.m. Callers stated that a tree went down on a power line and also hit a parked car, ...

Fire rips through apartment building Tuesday night

A large fire ripped through an apartment building at 2809 10th Ave. N. on Tuesday evening. The fire, reported at 7:37 p.m., severely damaged the building, displacing several residents. The fire was contained to the northeast building of the four-building LaVista Apartments complex. ...