News Brief

Part of South 17th Street to close

  South 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues south will be closed to traffic today and will remain closed for about two weeks, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. Detours will be in place.

Banwart appointed as new Butler principal

The Fort Dodge Community School District approved the appointment of Carmen Banwart as the new Butler Elementary School principal at its meeting Monday night. Banwart is from Iowa City. She has more than 25 years of experience in education, according to Jennifer Lane, FDCSD director of ...

Dayton Spring Cleaning/Junk Days Friday and Saturday

DAYTON — The city of Dayton Spring Cleaning/Junk Days will be Friday and Saturday. City employees will be picking up sleeper sofas. TCB Sanitation will be picking up furniture, mattresses and regular sofas. They will not pick up yard waste, construction debris and regular garbage. Pickett’s ...

Garbage routes change for holiday

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday Monday, refuse collection routes for Fort Dodge will be as follows: Refuse normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday. Refuse normally collected on Tuesday will be collected on Thursday. Refuse normally collected on Thursday will be collected ...

First Avenue South and 29th to be closed

The intersection of First Avenue South and 29th Street will be closed during the overnight hours of Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. The intersection will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday and will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Currently, the intersection is ...

Part of South 21st Street to close

South 21st Street between Central Avenue and Second Avenue South will be closed beginning Tuesday morning, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. City crews will be doing street repairs.

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.