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Fort Dodge, Webster County leaders to visit DC to lobby

A delegation of Fort Dodge and Webster County leaders will return to Washington, D.C., this week to continue working with federal officials on projects important to the area. The group will depart Tuesday, spend Wednesday and Thursday in the nation’s capital, and then return Friday. While ...

Take a deep breath

OTHO —For many people, walking up a flight of stairs is an exercise. Walking up several flights of stairs is a great way to lose one’s wind and more than that, it’s the reason elevators were invented. For a group of firefighters and volunteers who will be going to Des Moines Sunday ...

‘It is on all of us’

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke believes in an easier path to citizenship for immigrants who are working demanding jobs in the United States. “The ability to free more than one million dreamers from any fear of deportation by making them citizens here in their ...

‘You learn as you go’

Mexican dances, a taekwondo demonstration, and a presentation on Fort Dodge’s sister city of Gjakova, Kosovo, are just a few of the activities that will be on display during Iowa Central Community College’s 30th annual Focus International Festival of Nations on Sunday. Many of the ...

Webster County clinic strives to educate

For people in Webster County who need help with family planning, birth control or education on a wide range of health issues, the Webster County Family Planning Clinic can be a place to turn, especially for those without health insurance. “For those that are underinsured or uninsured, ...

Road crews warn gravel roads are soft; request limited use

Weather conditions continue to leave gravel roads in Webster County in poor shape. Thawing, precipitation, fog, and overcast skies have combined to cause the granular surfaced roads in the county to become soft, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said Friday. The condition of the roads ...

2.8 milligrams

Fort Dodge Police Department Sgt. Don McLaren handed out some ordinary objects to the people who attended the presentation on the opioid epidemic Thursday afternoon at the Brown Bag Briefing in the Fort Dodge Public Library. They got a pink packet of artificial sweetener, a paper plate and ...

Last day on the bench

Judge Thomas Bice has found his work in the 2nd Judicial District to be very rewarding. One of his favorite aspects of being a judge includes “helping people resolve their disputes in a civilized, dignified manner.” “I’ve also enjoyed working with my colleagues, my court ...

Over the top: Fort Dodge donors help get drywall to Hamburg

Thanks to multiple generous donations, drywall from Fort Dodge will soon be loaded up and shipped to the flooded town of Hamburg. Matt Peters, an elementary and middle school teacher at Marnie Simons Elementary and Hamburg Middle School, started a fundraiser for the drywall on Tuesday. ...

‘Thank you’

Veterans Memorial Park, overlooking Badger Lake in John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, was less than a pleasant place to be Thursday morning. Cold rain fell from a steel gray sky. The wind blew the chill through coats and jackets. Leaves from last fall lay on the ground, wet, mushy, compacted ...

Dumpsite Patrol — April 5

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen The Messenger Dumpsite Patrol’s Flying Floyd finds his flight saddened by yet another dump of old carpeting and other assorted garbage along River Road south of Fort Dodge. The carpet — along with a hat and shirt — were added during the last few days to ...

Go and Do — April 5, 2019

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Karl L. King Municipal Band Concert is 3:30 p.m. SUNDAY in the Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College. There is no admission charge as the concerts are provided by the City of Fort Dodge. FORT DODGE — Knights of Columbus Lenten fish fry is 5:30 to ...

Who do I want to be?

No matter what your career choice might be, it’s always a good idea to learn a little bit about what it might actually be like from someone who’s working in the field. For the elementary school students at St. Edmond Catholic School, they had that opportunity Wednesday when members of ...

Grassley Medicaid bill for children passes Congress

A plan to help chronically ill children covered by Medicaid, which was co-authored by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, has been approved by Congress and awaits action by President Donald Trump. “Everyone assumes he’ll sign it,” Michael Zona, a spokesman for Grassley, a Republican, said ...

33 years at home in Deer Creek

The percentage of the population that can remember what they were doing on April 3, 1986, is probably limited to those who had a very special day on it. For Deer Creek Apartments resident Maureen Yetmar, 65, that day 33 years ago is easy to remember. It was moving day into her third-floor ...

Tanner King alleges authorities violated his rights

A man accused of committing a double murder last fall in Fort Dodge is claiming that his rights were violated when investigators questioned him about the case. Tanner J. King, 28, of Fort Dodge, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He’s ...

Eagle Grove looking to add aerial ladder truck

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Fire Department may soon have a 107-foot aerial ladder truck in its fleet, which will help it execute rescue missions and extinguish fires more efficiently, according to Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator. “We reduce the amount of firefighters we ...