Major paving project coming to FD airport

Local News

A major project that will rebuild the paved area where airliners load and unload at Fort Dodge Regional Airport will begin this spring. However, local property taxpayers won’t be footing the entire bill for it, which totals about $2.4 million. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay 90 ...

Potential $10M bond issue considered in FD

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A planned general obligation bond issue would pay for removing both dams on the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, along with a handful of other projects. City Manager David Fierke said he is preparing a potential bond issue that may total $10 million. The bond issue will be presented to the ...

New library worker proposed, but most budgets remain flat

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The Fort Dodge Public Library would get another part-time employee under a proposed budget for 2018-2019 reviewed by the City Council Monday. The library budget would be $812,850 for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That’s up from the current $775,172 budget. Library Director Rita ...

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Deacon William Thornton, of Fort Dodge, peforms during Open Mic at Coppin Chapel AME Church Sunday afternoon.

‘Hero of the time’

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The principles that Martin Luther King Jr. held so dearly were on display at the Coppin Chapel AME Church Sunday afternoon. More than 100 people packed the church, located at 329 First Ave. S., to enjoy a community dinner with each other while sharing stories of hope and positivity. ...

Schools announce delays for Tuesday

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The following delays are announced for Tuesday: 90-minute delay Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Schools 2-hour delay Algona public and parochial schools and Lu Verne schools, no morning kindergarten: Eagle Grove Fort Dodge public and parochial schools Humboldt and St. Mary's Manson ...

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea Fort Dodge firefighters prepare to go inside a burning house at 1505 L St. Monday night. Flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 p.m. Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Sanders said conditions became so dangerous that firefighters had to get out of the building after about five minutes. They then directed hose streams into the house from the outside.

House fire reported in Fort Dodge

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The Fort Dodge Fire Department and the Fort Dodge Police Department are on scene at L Street and Avenue O for a house fire. Flames were through the roof when firefighters arrived shortly after 10 p.m. A dog was reported killed in the fire.

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Technology teacher Curt Valentine looks over the electric train that was donated to his class. He hopes to have students working on the electronics this year, and printing new cars for the locomotive to pull with the class 3D printer. The wall to the left has been painted for “green screen” effects when making videos.

Partnership aids innovative learning


BURNSIDE — A model train covering a table in the corner of the room immediately catches the eye when students walk into Curt Valentine’s technology classroom. There’s much more to his class than just sitting behind a computer. Valentine and industrial tech teacher Andy Peterson at ...

From our files: Jan. 15, 2018

From Our Files

Jan. 14, 2008 NEWS: Pat Colwell was hired as the Humboldt County emergency management coordinator. SPORTS: West Bend-Mallard beat Ruthven-Ayrshire 75-23 in girls basketball. Jan. 14, 1993 NEWS: Jacque Johanson was installed as president of the “Ah” Masters Toastmasters ...

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Austin Thielmann plants native species in the Hamilton Wetlands in California recently.

Thielmann helps restore wetlands in California

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In just a short time serving in the National Civilian Community Corps, Austin Thielmann has already made a difference. He and a team of about a dozen others from around the United States recently finished planting 12,000 native plant species in the Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, California. ...

Clothes closet opens


Fort Dodge Middle School students are benefiting from a new service available to them at the school. Recently, staff created a clothes closet to assist students with this basic need. According to Kim Bodholdt, director of school climate transformation, teachers were noticing kids with unclean ...

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One taken to hospital following 2-vehicle accident

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Dennis Feldmann, Fort Dodge firefighter, looks inside a van that was involved in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of South 15th Street and Fifth Avenue South Sunday night. At least one person was transported to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center with injuries, ...

ILCC to host Show/Jazz Choir Festival


ESTHERVILLE — On Jan. 23-24, 27 show choirs and jazz choirs from area high schools and middle schools will come to Iowa Lakes Community College for the annual Iowa Lakes Show/Jazz Choir Festival. The choirs will perform for three clinicians. Clay Blackman of Omaha, Nebraska, is returning ...

Patriot Pen award winners share essays


The Fort Dodge VFW Post 1856 recently awarded its annual Patriot Pen awards to three area students. The subject of this year’s essay was “America’s Gift To My Generation.” First place, and second place in the district, was Mackenzie Camden, 13, a seventh-grade student at Fort Dodge ...

Area schools canceled

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All Fort Dodge public and parochial schools have been canceled due to the weather. In addition, Manson Northwest Webster has also been canceled. Southeast Valley has also been canceled Webster City Schools has also been canceled

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Gina Grobe, of Fort Dodge, is shown near Oleson Park Avenue outside of her home recently. A motorist was killed earlier this year when he hopped this curb and crashed into Grobes parked car in the driveway.

Troublesome road

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On Labor Day in 2017, a Fort Dodge man riding a motorcycle was killed after he hopped the curb of a property along Oleson Park Avenue and crashed into a parked SUV. The SUV, a 2012 Buick Enclave, belonged to Fred and Gina Grobe. It was parked in the driveway of their home, located at ...

FD council to have budget meeting Monday evening

News Brief

The Fort Dodge City Council will have a budget workshop beginning at 5 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The council will review the proposed 2018-2019 budgets for these agencies: • Karl King Municipal Band • Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau • ...

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Justina Sheehan, owner and groomer of Wag Swag Dog Grooming, prepares to groom Chaz, a Yorkshire terrier, at her business along Central Avenue, recently.

Wag Swag makes dogs look great

Local Business

If you happen to be in downtown Fort Dodge, you just might witness some mighty fine looking canines being escorted by their proud owners. Wag Swag, a dog-grooming business owned and operated by Justina Sheehan, now occupies a spacious new location at 817 Central Ave. Sheehan’s ...

Corn Belt Power honors longtime employees

Business Briefs

HUMBOLDT — On Jan. 6, 14 employees of Corn Belt Power Cooperative, headquartered in Humboldt, were honored for service to the cooperative and received awards at a company event in Emmetsburg. Recognized were Rick Skow, electrical maintenance foreman, 30 years; Mike Finnegan, journeyman ...

From our files: Jan. 14, 2018

From Our Files

Jan. 14, 2008 NEWS: Shariah Smith and Ashley Neavin were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Webster City took home first-place honors at the Adel-ADM wrestling tourney. Jan. 14, 1993 NEWS: Howard Dencklau purchased Wooten Radiator Service from Dale R. Wooten, who was retiring ...