Local News

Markle’s body found

The Webster County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that the body of Kris Markle has been found. Sheriff Jim Stubbs said the missing man's body, as well as his vehicle, were located just south of the landfill in Fort Dodge in what he described as a "ravine, washed-out area." The body was ...

Building community trust

About a week ago near Oleson Park, a boy who was worried about his friend did something unusual, according to Officer Matt Weir, of the Fort Dodge Police Department. The boy approached Weir on a bicycle and asked for his help. “He advised that he was waiting for his friend to return ...

Fortune, and endurance

WEBSTER CITY — At the end of the year, when he locks the office a final time, Jim Fortune will be closing the door on a long real estate career in this Hamilton County town. On Jan. 1, Jim Fortune Realty will no longer exist. But that’s only the end of the most recent chapter of ...

Sertoma pays off lunch balances

More than 1,000 students in the Fort Dodge Community School District received an early Christmas gift when Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma donated money to pay off student lunch accounts with a negative balance. The service group made a one-time donation of $15,568.32 to pay off all accounts that had ...

Manson Messenger courier delivers holiday message

MANSON — Messenger subscribers got a little more than their paper for Christmas from courier Dave Johnston. Johnston and his partner, Leo Poppen, hand made Christmas cards to give out with the paper here. Johnston drew a Christmas candle on the front of the card and Poppen wrote a poem for ...

Spreading Christmas cheer

For families who are fleeing domestic violence, it may seem unlikely that they’ll get to experience a traditional Christmas, with presents and a tree. But the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center makes sure that those who are seeking their services have a merry Christmas by providing ...

For Natte, family and community come first

What is important to you? The two things which are most important to me are my family and my community. It seems that everything I become involved in centers around them. How do you balance your work and family life? I have been retired for the last few years, so my time is spent ...

12 Days of Christmas

The Messenger’s 12 Days of Christmas continues with this display at 1624 N. 27th St. in Fort Dodge and features a bright collection of illuminated orbs and cheerful snowmen. To nominate a display call 573-2141 ext. 472 or email hmadsen@messengernews.net

Off to the races

Drivers steer their cars through the course from an elevated platform at the Tony Bacon Racing League in the Crossroads Mall. The day’s races, “Carpet Brawl in the Mall,” is part of the winter championship series. Club races are held Wednesday nights with warmups at 4 p.m. and races ...

Exceptional promise

When Miftar Pozhari looked at his surroundings as a boy growing up in Gjakova, Kosovo, he didn’t see much of a reason for optimism. “I grew up in an environment in a developing country where I had nothing,” Pozhari, 18, an international exchange student at Iowa Central Community ...

Bemrich: I found IXP

During what was likely the most contentious meeting in its history, the usually little noticed Webster County Telecommunications Board voted on Nov. 29 to move ahead with hiring IXP to manage the day-to-day 911 dispatching operations. The decision to enter contract talks with the Princeton, ...

Santa and the Grinch

Santa had an unusual visitor Saturday at the Crossroads Mall. He’s green, he’s mean, he wants to steal Christmas and he’s really good at grossly overloading a sleigh. He is the Grinch. The Grinch is actually Amanda Peart, who painted her face and donned her Grinchy attire for her ...

Getting the word out

Day care is a need that is not going away in the Fort Dodge area. According to a First Children’s Finance report completed in 2016, an estimated 3,239 children ages 0-12 living in Fort Dodge need some form of child care while their parents are working. But there are only 1,601 year-round ...

Search for Kris Markle continues

It’s been a long week of searching for the family and friends of the Otho man who went missing on Dec. 5 — and still no results. No one has heard from Kris Markle since he was last seen at Bootleggers Bar and Grill in Fort Dodge that Wednesday night, and some of his family from ...

Fort Dodge schools get mixed state score

Every school within the Fort Dodge Community School District has received performance scores from the Iowa Department of Education, and the results — as one might expect — are mixed. The scores are included in what’s called Iowa School Performance Profiles. These profiles, which were ...

Twas the cat, the librarian, and the dinosaur

It’s been a classic since 1823. “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” There’s a reason for that silent mouse. According to the book “A Cat’s Night Before Christmas” by Henry Beard, which offers a cat’s ...

“Doing the real thing”

Four months ago, two recently-hired law enforcement officers departed Webster County for Johnston to begin their training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. On Dec. 14, both of those men celebrated their graduations from the academy, and earlier this week, started their field training ...