News Brief

FD council sets subdivision hearing

The Fort Dodge City Council scheduled a public hearing regarding a planned housing development during a special meeting Thursday evening that lasted less than five minutes. The hearing, set for 6 p.m. June 11 in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., is about a development agreement for ...

Equipment bought for Fort Dodge Public Works

Some machinery for the Public Works Department was purchased by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. Two four-wheel drive loaders were bought from Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., of Fort Dodge, for $286,730. They will replace machines bought in 1981 and 2002. A backhoe was also ...

Traffic restriction planned for Second Avenue North

Westbound traffic on Second Avenue North near 26th Street will be reduced to one lane beginning at 7 a.m. today and traffic in that area will be restricted while work is underway, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. Detours will be posted. City crews will be doing water main ...

South 25th Street work planned to begin immediately

Weather permitting, beginning immediately until work is completed, traffic on South 25th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues south will be closed to through traffic for street repairs. Detours will be in place. Use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and ...

Maddie Poppe wins ‘American Idol’

CLARKSVILLE — Maddie Poppe, a former Iowa Central Community College student, won first place on the popular television show “American Idol.” Maddie Poppe, 20, of Clarksville, sings and plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard, and has described her style as “kind of folk, a little ...

Business Directory being updated

The Messenger is updating its Business Directory. The directory is for Fort Dodge businesses. There is no cost to be listed. To view their business listing, people can visit messengernews.net and click on the Business Directory link on the homepage. There is an online form to submit changes.

FD Civitan Club wins honors

The Fort Dodge Civitan Club has received word from Civitan International President Kendyl Massey that it has received second place in the Presidents Award — Small Category for Candy Box Collections. This was for the candy box collections that the club submitted for the 2016-2017 year that ...

St. Ed to host open house for teachers

St. Edmond Catholic School is hosting an open house for two teachers who are retiring. Janet Wade is retiring after 38 years. Pattie Tucker is retiring after 13 years. The reception is from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Edmond library. The event is open to the public.

Part of South 18th Street to be closed

South 18th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues south will be closed beginning today due to sanitary sewer repairs, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department.

Road construction begins around Badger and Vincent

Location-Map-Webster-County-Road-Construction Road resurfacing projects are underway on county roads near Vincent and Badger. The Webster County Engineer’s Office has scheduled construction within the northeast part of the county: • Webster County Road C56 from P56, through Badger to ...

FD launches Northwest River District community garden

A new community garden is growing this summer at the Hydro-Electric Park. The Northwest River District community garden is an opportunity for the neighborhood to grow their own flowers, fruits, veggies and herbs. The garden is funded by America’s Best Communities and the Wellmark ...

Maddie Poppe makes Top 3 on ‘American Idol’

CLARKSVILLE — Maddie Poppe, a former Iowa Central Community College student, is now one of the top three contestants on the popular television show “American Idol.” Maddie Poppe, 20, of Clarksville, sings and plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard, and has described her style as “kind of ...

Fireworks rules to be before FD council

Changes in the Fort Dodge rules governing fireworks sales are likely as a result of a court case elsewhere in Iowa. City Manager David Fierke said Friday that it appears likely that the courts will strike down some of the power that Iowa cities have to regulate fireworks sales. As a result, ...

FD library trustees to discuss plan

The Fort Dodge Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Monday in the conference room of the library to discuss the library’s five-year plan.

Electrical problem results in fire call

An apparent electrical problem filled a Fort Dodge apartment with a smoke odor late Friday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 1543 27th Ave. N. at about 4:12 p.m. Fire Department Capt. Jeff Hill said the smoke odor was in a second-floor apartment and part of the hallway outside that ...

Loots recommended for Humboldt County engineer

DAKOTA CITY — Interim County Engineer Ben Loots appears to be on track to become the next Humboldt County engineer. Loots has been the assistant county engineer there for 16 years. He was named interim county engineer in December after former County Engineer Paul Jacobsen resigned. On ...

Trap shooting club may go to old Humboldt landfill

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead for the school trap shooting club to use property at the former landfill at Monday’s meeting. The board felt a formal vote was not necessary. The club had been looking for a permanent location for its practices and ...

One hurt in motorcycle crash between Sac City and Early

SAC CITY — Kimalyn Kay Keleher, of Manson, was injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday evening. At about 7:09 p.m. the Sac County sheriff’s office responded to a single-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 20 near Perkins Avenue. A 2017 Harley-Davidson Road King ...

Foster Grandparents Recognition Event is today

The Foster Grandparent Program will hold its 2018 Recognition Event today at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S. The doors will open at 3:45 p.m. for grandparents and invited guests at 3:45 p.m. A pizza buffet will begin at 4 p.m. with a formal program beginning at 4:45 p.m. Roma Fuller will ...

Veterans Affairs offices will assist area veterans and families

Webster and Hamilton County Veteran Affairs offer assistance for veterans, service members and their families. This includes federal and state benefits as well as temporary county benefits to qualifying indigent veterans and their families. County benefits include rent, utilities, ...