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FD man dies in Calhoun County rollover

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A Fort Dodge man was killed in a rollover accident in Calhoun County late Wednesday night. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as Jeremy Caldeira. According to the ISP's accident report, Caldeira's vehicle was eastbound on 330th Street and tried to turn north on Sigourney Avenue. The ...

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A Canadian National Railway employee walks with a lantern near a train derailment at Hayes Avenue and 201st Street near Barnum Thursday night.

Ethanol tankers derail west of FD

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BARNUM — Six rail cars hauling full loads of ethanol from Valero Renewables — Fort Dodge were derailed Tuesday night near Barnum, according to Lt. Tom Ubben, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Ubben, who leads the Region V Hazardous Materials Response Team, said the rail cars were backing ...

Webster County course to educate Iowa farm women

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Women’s roles in agriculture continue to expand. In Iowa, one in five principle operators or primary managers of farm businesses are women. Women involved in agriculture in Iowa have a significant economic impact — nearly $500 million. Webster County Extension is offering Women Managing ...

From our Files

From Our Files

Dec. 6, 2007 NEWS: Fort Dodge Community School District’s Chef Nick Sells demonstrated easy, inexpensive meals to a group of families at Phillips Middle School. SPORTS: Iowa Falls-Alden beat Eagle Grove 71-49 in girls basketball. Dec. 6, 1992 NEWS: Dobson Pipe Organ Builders had ...

News of Record

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Monday A burglary was reported in the 300 block of 12th Street Northwest. Criminal mischief was reported in the 1700 block of Second Avenue South. An assault was reported in the 1400 block of Seventh Avenue South. A theft was reported in the 10 block of South ...

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Judy Perkins, a member of the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation, front, and Amanda Becker, a coordinator for the Cabinet of Obsolescence, look over the cabinet at the Fort Dodge Middle School Tuesday morning.

All that once was

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A rotary dial phone, a set of VHS tapes and electronic calculators are just some of the items one might find throughout the Cabinet of Obsolescence at the Fort Dodge Middle School. The long, winding, interactive piece of art isn’t your standard-looking cabinet. Los Angeles-based artists ...

Webster County leadership development program planned

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Registrations are being accepted for Webster County Leadership 2018, a program designed to maximize the strengths and skills of current and future community leaders. The sessions will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on three Wednesdays — Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, with March 7 reserved as a ...

FD, county consider E911 changes

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By updating agreements that govern 911 response and emergency management in Webster County, the county and all towns within it could be eligible for more funding for public safety improvements, according to Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich. Bemrich and other Fort Dodge officials asked for help ...

EG building official resigns

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EAGLE GROVE — A zoning administrator and building official for the city of Eagle Grove has resigned after less than six months on the job. The Eagle Grove City Council accepted Chris van Jaarsveld’s resignation at its meeting Monday night. Mayor Sandy McGrath said he was a great ...

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A power pole leans into the road at North 15th Street and 28th Avenue North as Fort Dodge Police Sgt. Steve Hanson, right, stops traffic on the road.

Truck hits power pole, knocks out power to thousands in FD

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A truck carrying heavy equipment hit a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, causing more than 2,200 Fort Dodge customers to lose power. The pole was located at the intersection of 15th Street and 28th Avenue North. Sgt. Steve Hanson, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the truck carrying ...

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Tom Olin, of Western Iowa Distributing, unloads a head gate which goes on a cattle slot, from a forklift with the help of The Messenger’s Tom Krough as Olin sets up his booth for the Farm News Ag Show, beginning today at 8:30 a.m. at Iowa Central’s East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave. For more information see today’s insert, or visit http://is.gd/AgShow2017

Prepping for today’s Farm News Ag Show

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Tom Olin, of Western Iowa Distributing, right, unloads a head gate, which goes on a cattle slot, from a forklift with the help of The Messenger’s Tom Krough as Olin sets up his booth for the Farm News Ag Show. The show begins today at 8:30 a.m. at Iowa Central’s East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave. ...

Webster County sells ‘School Street’ property in Kalo

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Two tracts of land in Kalo marked as a road in official documents, but never used as a road, were sold by Webster County Tuesday morning to the highest bidder. Officials said the plan is for the eastern property to be used as a yard or an extension of the property to the west, which is ...

Webster County sells ‘School Street’ property in Kalo

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Two tracts of land in Kalo marked as a road in official documents, but never used as a road, were sold by Webster County Tuesday morning to the highest bidder. Officials said the plan is for the eastern property to be used as a yard or an extension of the property to the west, which is ...

Reindeer Games at mall is Saturday

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Children and families will have the opportunity to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Saturday at the Crossroads Mall as part of the second annual Reindeer Games. The event will be held at the mall, 217 S. 25th St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Melissa Verschoor, the mall’s marketing director, said ...

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Lori Evans, left, and Lynette Nielson, both of Fort Dodge, look over some potential changes to Fort Dodge Community School District elementary boundaries during a public forum Monday night at the Fort Dodge Middle School.

Elementary forecast

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The latest data from a professional education planning firm forecasts an increase in student enrollment for the Fort Dodge Community School District over the course of the next several years. According to the data, the district could see an increase of about 300 students in the next five ...

Annie’s Project is for farm women

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Annie’s Project, a six-week course designed to help farm women develop their management and decision-making skills, is being offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Webster County. Online registration is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag or at the Webster County ...

From our files: Dec. 5, 2017

From Our Files

Dec. 5, 2007 NEWS: Silver Bells on Central returned after a long absence. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat Webster City 50-37 in boys basketball. Dec. 5, 1992 NEWS: An early 1900s church building was moved from Pioneer to the Wiegert Prairie Farmstead near Palmer. SPORTS: Sac City beat ...

News of Record: Dec. 5, 2017

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Monday Public intoxication — Joshua A. Taylor, 33, 2381 Oak Drive, trial set for Dec. 29. Permitting operating of a vehicle while registration is suspended — Caitlin M. Mace, 23, Lohrville, $147.75. Operating without registration card or plate — ...

‘Don’t talk about our kids that way’

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EAGLE GROVE — Two employees of a Forest City radio station have been fired after a dialogue of racist comments made during a Forest City versus Eagle Grove boys basketball game were broadcast on a video feed that appeared on a school website and was later shared with thousands on social ...

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Gregory Pulley Jr. looks down during his guilty plea hearing in Webster County District Court Monday. Pulley pleaded guilty to attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection with two 2016 shootings. He also pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen weapons.

Pulley admits to two FD shootings

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A Fort Dodge man admitted in court Monday to two shootings in Fort Dodge that happened late last year, including one in which a person was injured. Gregory J. Pulley Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon during a plea hearing in Webster County ...