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Humboldt considers adding officer in school

HUMBOLDT — A Humboldt police officer may someday be assigned to work in the local public schools. City Administrator Travis Goedken told the City Council Monday that he was contacted by Humboldt Community School District Superintendent Greg Darling about the possibility of a school ...

Angstrom running for county treasurer position

Brenda Angstrom, clerk in the Webster County treasurer’s office, is running to replace Treasurer Jan Messerly who will retire in December. “Today I offer my 23 years experience in the courthouse to the voters of Webster County as I seek office of Webster County Treasurer on the ...

Committee will consider downtown improvements in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council formed a committee to consider improvements to the downtown area at Tuesday’s meeting. The city is going to issue bonds to pay for improvements to the downtown area, City Administrator Travis Goedken said. “Especially lighting was identified and ...

Reminder: Fort Dodge parking prohibition automatic in snow

The city of Fort Dodge reminds residents that a parking prohibition will automatically go into effect on all Residential Emergency Snow Routes when there has been an accumulation of 2 inches or more of snow. Current weather forecasts indicate winter weather advisories through Feb. 26, the ...

Two hour delay in FD schools

There will be a two hour delay Friday morning for all public and parochial schools in Fort Dodge.

Driscoll sworn in as Webster County attorney

In an unexpected move, Darren Driscoll was appointed Webster County attorney Tuesday, not the attorney who had been offered the job last week. A second vote was required due to a procedural error. Sometime between those two votes First Assistant County Attorney Ryan Baldridge, who had ...

Plan for fewer restrictions on ATVs advances

Changes to a county ordinance about how ATVs can operate on the county roads advanced on Tuesday. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the first of three readings on the ordinance on a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Bob Thode voting against it. A current Webster County ordinance ...

Balloon release will honor former FD teen

The family of a former Fort Dodge woman who died in Kansas will hold a balloon release Friday and is encouraging people to donate to a local domestic violence shelter in her memory. Myranda Keck, 18, was shot and killed in Wichita on Feb. 6. She was three days away from turning 19. Keck ...

Sac City man faces felony drug charges

SAC CITY — A Sac City man is facing multiple drug charges, three months after investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s home. The man was identified as Daniel Crabb, 50, by the Sac City Police Department. The charges stem from a search warrant executed by the Sac City Police ...

Former Emmetsburg police chief will lead St. Patrick’s Day parade

EMMETSBURG — Each year the St. Pat’s Association announces the grand marshal who is responsible for leading the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year’s grand marshal is former Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson. Hanson retired in January after more than 30 years on the ...

Ice, ice baby

Drivers in the Fort Dodge area will want to be extra cautious on the roads as more ice accumulation is anticipated for today. Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said about a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is in the forecast for the Fort ...

Prayers unanswered

HUMBOLDT — Richard Picciotto thought he was dead when the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11. Picciotto is a former Fire Department of New York chief. He is one of the highest ranking firefighters to survive the collapse. He shared his experiences from 9/11 during a ...

FD firefighters help man at Dodger rally

A man who collapsed during a ceremony welcoming home Fort Dodge Senior High wrestlers was able to get some immediate medical assistance Sunday afternoon, according to a press release from the Fort Dodge Fire Department. That’s because paramedics with the Fort Dodge Fire Department were in ...

Welcome home, champs

A celebration 33 years in the making brought the Dodger gym to life on Sunday, as the freshly-minted state champion Fort Dodge wrestling team returned home to a hero’s welcome. To read the story click here. For more photos, visit our CU gallery -Messenger video by Peter Kaspari The ...

Fort Dodge schools closed

All Fort Dodge public and parochial schools are closed Monday due to icy conditions.

Latest area school closings and delays for Tuesday

Algona Public and Parochial Schools and Lu Verne schools: 2 hour late start Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: 90 minute delay Eagle Grove Community School District: 2 hour delay Fort Dodge Community School District: 2 hour delay Gilmore City-Bradgate: 2 hour delay Humboldt Community School District ...

Manson is renovating

MANSON — Residents and visitors to Manson are going to enjoy the benefits of some Main Street renovations this summer in the Calhoun County town’s downtown business district and have several new businesses and other improvements to be proud of in their community. Thelma McGough, Manson ...

Who needs a lake?

LAKE CITY — While Lake City lacks an actual lake — “Everything but the lake” is seen on signs welcoming visitors to the community — it does have a recently renovated place to not only swim, but enjoy a trip down a water slide. City Administrator and Clerk Eric Wood said the ...

A music garden is coming to Laurens

LAURENS — In Pocahontas County, the Laurens Public Library is looking to add some melodies for its patrons to enjoy. Library staff are in the process of raising funds to create a music garden, which will be located just outside the entrance of the library. Glenda Mulder, the ...