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Kirk Kaufman sits in his recording studio at Juniors Motel, one mile outside of Otho, recently. Kaufman is a member of the band HAWKS. The band is playing at Shellabration July 8.

Down at Junior’s Motel

Local News

OTHO — There’s a place to go, a mile west of Otho, tucked away on a gravel road, it’s called Junior’s Motel. But it’s not a bed and breakfast. Owned by Kirk Kaufman, Junior’s Motel is a professional recording studio concealed by green ivy and situated behind a house and next to ...

FD council to discuss open burning

News Brief

Fort Dodge City Council members will discuss open burning and once again try to determine the future ownership of a rundown house now in the local government’s possession when they meet Monday. The council will meet for a workshop on open burning at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 ...

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The Starbucks at Hy-Vee is busy on a recent morning. Hy-Vee manager Tim Flaherty said the kiosk has 12 to 15 employees who work throughout the week.

Starbucks at Hy-Vee is booming

Local Business

All across America taking time out for a coffee drink has been revolutionized by Starbucks. In Fort Dodge, partaking of that company’s plethora of coffee concoctions and sampling enticing foods carefully crafted to accompany the beverage selected can now be part of a shopping excursion to ...

James Mueller joins UnityPoint Clinic

Business Briefs

UnityPoint Clinic has welcomed James Mueller, M.D. to its team orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Mueller received his Medical Degree at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed a residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Hand Surgery ...

From our files: June 25, 2017

From Our Files

June 26, 2007 NEWS: Brad Baker, a second-grade student at St. Edmond Elementary School, was featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Chad McCarty, of Tiffin, won the Fort Dodge Amateur with a nine-under 204. June 26, 1992 NEWS: Five New Jersey bicyclists, who were riding across the ...

News of Record: June 25, 2017

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Theft, first-degree — Terrance Foy, 30, 414 S. 16th St., preliminary hearing scheduled for June 30. Probation violation — Terrance Foy, 30, 414 S. 16th St., preliminary hearing scheduled for June 30; Dylan Frost, 24, 130 N. Eighth St., ...

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Fort Dodge Police officer Matt Meyer and Webster County Deputy Derek Christie talk with members of the Canadian National Railroad crew that was operating an eastbound train Saturday afternoon when it collided with a southbound SUV at the Racine Avenue grade crossing. According to Webster County Sheriff's deputy Josh Van Waes, four people described as a mother and her three children were injured in the accident. One of the injured, a child, was taken from the scene by UnityPoint LifeFlight air ambulance. Crews from both Vincent and Fort Dodge Fire Departments, Fort Dodge Police, Webster County Sheriff's department, Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the accident which was reported at 3:24 p.m. The investigation into the accident has been turned over to the Iowa State Patrol. Train crews had to split the train at the grade crossing to allow rescue workers access. The train crew was not injured. Names and condition of the injured were not available at press time.

Woman, 3 kids hurt in car-train crash

Local News

A woman and her three children were injured when an SUV collided with a train at a grade crossing southeast of Fort Dodge Saturday afternoon. The names of the injured were not disclosed. According to Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Van Waes, four people described as a mother and ...

Extension offers ‘Women Marketing Grain’

News Brief

Women Marketing Grain, a four-week course designed to help farm women learn market strategies and stay on track for long term market success, is being offered by Webster County Extension. Classes begin July 10 and continue through July 31. Online registration is available at ...

Ted Hugghins named ILTA president

Business Briefs

Ted Hugghins, co-owner and manager of Abstract Associates of Webster County, Wright County and Calhoun County, was elected president of the Iowa Land Title Association at its annual meeting in May. He previously served as north central Iowa regional vice president, and as a member of the ...

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Pride In Community Appearance volunteers Kay Brand, at left, along with Nancy Spire, both of Fort Dodge, work on removing weeds from a flower bed near the splash pad in Oleson Park during a recent work day.

PICA

Hometown Pride

Members of PICA have found it is a way to become active and gain lifetime friendships with a group of people doing good. PICA, which stands for Pride in Community Appearance, began in 2002, a creation of Jan and Phyllis Wilson, of Fort Dodge. It is one of only two groups in Iowa doing this ...

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Heavy equipment is onsite, five miles south of Eagle Grove, where the $250 million Prestage pork processing plant is being built. The plant is scheduled to open November 2018.

Prestage robotics to drive special training

Local News

EAGLE GROVE — When Prestage Foods of Iowa opens its $250 million pork plant in Wright County, the company plans to use advanced robotics for its processes, according to Jere Null, chief operating officer of Prestage. The robots are expected to ease the burden on employees and improve ...

Part of North Seventh Street to be closed

News Brief

Beginning Monday, North Seventh Street between Third and Fourth Avenues North will be closed to through traffic until work is completed. The Public Works Department will be repairing a water main. Please use alternate routes if possible. Motorists are urged to reduce speed and use caution in ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson THE 28TH ANNUAL RED POWER ROUND UP was held June 15-17 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. International Harvester tractors and other tractors affiliated with that brand were showcased during the event.

Red Power Round Up: A sea of red at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Local Business

DES MOINES — Many tractor enthusiasts will tell you they bleed the color of their favorite tractor, and red was the color last week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The 28th annual Red Power Round Up, hosted by the International Harvester Collectors Club Iowa Chapter 5, was ...

Tricia Widlund joins Mercy Clinics Family Medicine

Business Briefs

Tricia Widlund, ARNP, has joined the team at Mercy Clinics Family Medicine Fort Dodge, 119 Avenue O West. Widlund earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2010. She also earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of ...

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Fort Dodge historian Al Nelson holds up a print of one of the designs he's considering for the cover of the book he's working on about the history of Fort Dodge during the Frontier Era.

Al Nelson

Hometown Pride

Fort Dodge historian Al Nelson’s interest in the past goes back to his childhood. “When I was a little kid,” he said, “my mother had this leather-bound genealogy book. It fascinated me. I’d sneak a peek through it. I was just amazed at the fancy handwriting and script.” After ...