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Badger volunteer firefighters look over the scene of a fatal crash south of Badger Sunday afternoon.

FD woman killed in crash south of Badger

Local News

BADGER — A Fort Dodge couple along with a group of passers-by acted quickly to try and help the people involved in a head-on collision between two cars south of Badger Sunday afternoon. The crash was reported at 1:53 p.m., 1 1/2 miles south of Badger, according to Trooper Neil Morenz, ...

FDCSD names February students and employee of the month


The Fort Dodge Community School District is pleased to announce its students and employee of the month for November. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Emma Estlund is the ...

From our files: Feb. 12 ,2018

From Our Files

Feb. 12, 2008 NEWS: The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education approved cutting 27 teaching positions. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High senior Taylor Getting was highlighted in The Messenger’s Timeout With feature. Feb. 12, 1993 NEWS: Sen. Charles Grassley discussed ...

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Dr. Richard Stribe is retiring from the Webster City Veterinary Clinic after 39 years. His last day was Saturday. He’s pictured with the office cat, Marvin.

Caring for all creatures

Local News

WEBSTER CITY — “I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Dr. Richard Stribe. “The vets that came out to the farm — they were probably some of the few educated people you saw on the farm.” Stribe, 68, a veterinarian at the Webster City Vet Clinic, is retiring from the ...

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Woodruff Construction workers put up scaffolding and stack up blocks to prepare for building another section of wall at the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge Service Center at 4000 First Ave. N. in the Crosstown Industrial Park.

Bigger and better

Local News

The construction site of the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge Service Center at 4000 First Ave. N. is a beehive of activity. One crew, clad in hard hats, reflective vests and harnesses for working at heights, are building concrete forms for what will later become a stairwell. Another ...

Webster County Genealogical Society to host Recording Your Memories

News Brief

The Webster County Genealogical Society will have a program on Recording Your Memories. Janet Hubbell, from Gunderson Funeral Home, is the speaker. She will provide booklets for recording memories. The program follows a short business meeting at 1 p.m. in Room 134 of the Fort Dodge Public ...

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Joyce Bickford, owner of The Bookworm and Consignment Shop, looks over one of the many used books available in her store located at 1022 S. 22nd St. in Fort Dodge.

Joyce Bickford’s business keeps evolving

Local Business

In the 34 years since it was launched, Joyce Bickford has seen her business evolve in response to assorted commercial opportunities. One thing, however, has remained constant at The Bookworm and Consignment Shop, 1031 S. 22nd St. — books are at the heart of the enterprise. “I started out ...

Sayers and Lundberg named to board

Business Briefs

Friends of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge has named Jane Lundberg and Cheryl Sayers to its board of directors. Lundberg has 40 years of experience as a registered nurse at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. She is currently a volunteer at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge ...

From our files: Feb. 11, 2018

From Our Files

Feb. 11, 2008 NEWS: Savion Poe and Brandon Liedtke were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: All 10 members of the Iowa Central wrestling team advanced into the national tournament. Feb. 11, 1993 NEWS: Area lawmakers opposed a proposal to consolidate county clerk of court offices ...

News of Record: Feb. 11, 2018

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Saturday Probation violation — Christopher Lascola, 28, 118 N. Eighth St., sent to District Court. Operating while under the influence, first offense — Scott Underberg, 38, 2242 142nd St., preliminary hearing set for Feb. 23.

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CJ Bio America is seen from the north in this 2017 aerial photo provided by Webster County’s Pictometry service. The company has announced it will expand in the coming year to begin producing a second amino acid.

CJ Bio America expands

Local News

As CJ Bio America enters its fifth year in Webster County, the company is preparing for a $51 million expansion project to begin producing a new product. CJ Bio America will begin producing L-Threonine, which is an amino acid used as an additive in livestock feed, the company announced in ...

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Bud Wood, president of Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, holds a small sampling of the first hatch of 2018.

McMurray Hatchery welcomes first hatch of 2018

Local Business

WEBSTER CITY — After celebrating a century of business in 2017, Murray McMurray is back to work in 2018 for their 101st year of hatching and selling poultry across the United States. Monday morning was the business’s first hatch of the new year. “We’ve been in business for 101 ...

Kelly Hindman is a VP at Friendship Haven

Business Briefs

Kelly Hindman is the new vice president of campus support services at Friendship Haven. Hindman oversees all entities that support Friendship Haven. From building and ground maintenance to housekeeping and laundry, he manages the necessary services the campus requires to function properly. ...

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Lydia Fowler, 18, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, sits with her mentor, Sue Hewett, at the school. Hewett has been mentoring Fowler since she was in kindergarten.

Staying on track

Local News

When Lydia Fowler, 18, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, was in middle school, oftentimes she just didn’t feel like completing her homework. “I really didn’t want to do school work,” Fowler said. But, she had a mentor to help get her back on track. That mentor is Sue ...

2018 Iowa Power Farming Show

Local Business

DES MOINES — The 2018 Iowa Power Farming Show was held last week and featured 75 new exhibit spaces and 99 new exhibitors as well as a new area for lunch dining and seating. Out of the 1,932 booths — spanning more than 7.7 acres — some companies took the opportunity to showcase new ...

Stacy Poldervaart named to direct Catalyst

Business Briefs

Friendship Haven has named Stacy Poldervaart the director of Catalyst. The Catalyst neighborhood has long served as the transitional neighborhood on campus, and recently expanded from 16 to 30 rooms, allowing for additional service offerings. For the 14 months prior to her new role, Poldervaart ...