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Baked fresh: Douglas Dreamers continue Thanksgiving tradition

Local News

There’s a simple rhythm to kneading dough. Push it out with the palm of your hand, eighth-grader Sid Lowry said; fold it back, turn it to the side. She hadn’t made bread before, but she was getting the hang of it quickly. It’s simple, but with the amount of bread the Douglas ...

FD attorney strives daily for justice, fairness

Local News

Editor’s note: The Messenger interviewed several influential men in and around the Fort Dodge community about their priorities in work and life. Today, the series continues with Jerry Schnurr, attorney. What is important to you? Faith, family and friends are most important. The ...

FDMS students selected to Opus Honor Choir

Education Briefs

Five Fort Dodge Middle School students were recently selected to participate in the annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Vocal directors nominated nearly 3,000 students for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. Selections were made by means of a recorded audition. “Being selected ...

THE END OF THE GREAT WAR

Local News

The United States of America officially entered the war which we now call World War I on April 2, 1917. Before that date, however, the U.S. was involved in sending food to the allied countries. The war had been going on for three years already and many European farms were turned into ...

Otho hydrant flushing planned

News Brief

OTHO — Fire hydrants in Otho will be flushed Tuesday and Wednesday. Hydrants on the west side of North Highway Street will be flushed on Tuesday. Hydrants on the east side of North Highway Street will be flushed on Wednesday. Some temporary loss of water pressure or discoloration of ...

Zakeer’s

Local Business

Zakeer’s Family Restaurant, a Fort Dodge tradition since 1961, is now under the care of new owner Tommy Zakeer, son of founders Bob and Marie Zakeer. Zakeer has recently made a few changes to the menu and with the help of his girlfriend, Tara Grossnickle, made some decor changes to honor ...

From our files: Nov. 11, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Nov. 11, 2008 NEWS: Webster County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jim O’Brien was promoted to sergeant. SPORTS: 2005 St. Edmond graduate Becky Eckerman earned all-conference honors in cross country at Luther College. 25 Years ago: Nov. 11, 1993 NEWS: Several items of military ...

Two 15th Street intersections to be rebuilt in 2019

Local News

Help is on the way for drivers who dread making a left turn on a busy afternoon at the corner of Central Avenue and 15th Street in Fort Dodge. New traffic signals and left-turn lanes will be added to that intersection and the one a block away at 15th Street and First Avenue South next ...

Robots on Mars

Local News

MANSON — Only a few feet away from the landing craft, robot 7332 met a fateful end as it was attempting to collect samples from inside a nearby crater. A combination of too much torque and the light Martian gravity caused the craft to flip over on its back. Engineers standing by were ...

Cactus Family Farms committed to pork production

Local Business

OSCEOLA — After many years of producing solely beef, Cactus Family Farms began pork production in Iowa back in 2015. And four years later, a company executive said things are going well. Rod Leman, vice president of business development for Cactus Family Farms, said they purchased an ...

Rural that works

Local Business

STRATFORD — The way rural America tends to be portrayed today, especially in the national media, is not a pretty picture. Consider articles like “Rural America is the New ‘Inner City,’” which appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. Other news stories recount the rural ...

At 111, Lake City woman is oldest Iowan

Local News

LAKE CITY — Ask Bessie Hendricks how old she is, and her answer is quick and decisive when she says 18. Maybe that’s her secret to celebrating her 111th birthday. Hendricks has always had a knack for not letting stress bother her, says her family. She also has some advice on how to ...

Leibold will bring his expertise to Farm News Ag Show

Local Business

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and ag business management specialist Kelvin Leibold is slated to speak Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Farm News Ag Show. Leibold’s presentation, “factors impacting future farm profits in a global economy,” will provide an overview ...

Harklau served in the jungles of Vietnam

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U.S. Army veteran Larry Harklau was drafted in 1966. He had just turned 19 in July of that year. By September, he was on active duty in Vietnam. “I was the youngest guy in my platoon,” he said. “Most of them were college students that had dropped out and got drafted.” Harklau ...

Saying thank you

Local News

The students at the Fort Dodge Senior High have a pretty good idea about how to honor and recognize the veterans who were their guests Friday during a Veterans Day program in the gym. When veterans began filing in, the students stood up. As the last vet entered and was seated, the ...

Village Inn to offer free breakfast for vets

News Brief

The Village Inn restaurant in Fort Dodge, 2002 N 15th St., is honoring members of our armed forces with a free breakfast on Veterans Day. All day on Sunday, veterans and active duty service men and women can get a free Inn-Credible V.I.B. Breakfast with a military ID. “Honoring our armed ...

From our files: Nov. 10, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Nov. 10, 2008 NEWS: Abigail Adams and Taylor Smith were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Arkansas Fort Smith beat Iowa Central 67-59 in women’s basketball. 25 Years ago: Nov. 10, 1993 NEWS: Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell make a campaign stop in Fort Dodge in ...

News of Record: Nov. 10, 2018

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Thursday Possession of controlled substance 3rd offense/paraphernalia was reported in the 100 block of North Ninth Street. An assault was reported. An accident was reported at Martin Luther King Drive and 6th Ave N Shoplifting was reported in the3300 block of ...

Laurens UMW Fall Bazaar scheduled for Nov. 17

Religion Briefs

LAURENS — Laurens United Methodist Women are holding a Fall Bazaar Nov. 17 at the Laurens United Methodist Church. Coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. Booths featuring breads, cookie walk, homemade candies, frozen casseroles, pecan, walnut and cashew nuts, pies, quilts and sewed items, Crafters Corner ...

Harvest festival to return to St. Thomas Aquinas

Local Religion

WEBSTER CITY — St. Thomas Aquinas will host their annual fall-themed function with the Harvest Festival this upcoming Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., located at 1000 Des Moines St. in Webster City. The church had hosted the Harvest Festival back in 2013, but had done other smaller ...