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Paramedics load Chad Panzi into an ambulance after he was arrested following a chase that ended at 701 Forest Ave. Fort Dodge police said Panzi was tazed after he refused to put his hands up. Police assissted U.S. Marshals in serving a federal arrest warrent.

Fugitive Tased after leading chase through FD

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A federal fugitive was Tased Thursday after leading law enforcement on a chase through Fort Dodge. Chad Panzi, 36, of Fort Dodge, was wanted on a federal warrant for probation violation. He was arrested Thursday afternoon, but not before leading Fort Dodge police and federal marshals through ...

Zuspann charged with violating probation

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A Fort Dodge sex offender who is facing new sexual abuse charges is now charged with probation violation in connection to violating the terms of his first case. Cody Zuspann, 23, of Fort Dodge, made his initial appearance on the probation violation charge Thursday morning in Webster County ...

FDSH open house is postponed

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An open house at Fort Dodge Senior High to tour the school’s newly remodeled spaces has been postponed, according to Jennifer Lane, FDCSD director of communications. Those spaces include a new auxiliary gym, wrestling room, and classroom and locker room areas. The open house was ...

Sunday’s Bridal Spectacular promises ideas worth having

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Help is on the way for area brides and grooms sweating out the details of planning their big day. The 2017 Younkers Bridal Spectacular presented by The Messenger will bring together in one place Sunday afternoon dozens of businesses that offer wedding products and services. Regina Suhrbier, ...

Go & Do

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In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY in the northwest corner of the Crossroads Mall parking lot. FORT DODGE — The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles will hold a garage sale from 1 to 5 p.m. TODAY and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY at 1018 First ...

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Cayden Gascho, 13, hits one of the jumps at the new Badger BMX park. Students like Gascho brought their idea for a park to the City Council, and worked to find sponsors and raise the money for it.

Jumping for joy

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BADGER — Three years after a group of boys presented their vision for a BMX track to the Badger City Council, the concept has gone all the way from a simple clay model to full-sized reality. Several of the boys were on hand with their bikes to test out the park at a ribbon cutting ...

The gift of appreciation

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A local man who owns businesses in Fort Dodge and Duncombe will be offering gift certificates for free meals to area law enforcement officers. Bruce “Stumpy” Wagner, owner of Stumpy’s Bar and Grill, in Duncombe, and Stump’s Snow and Mow, in Fort Dodge, plans to give the gift ...

From our files: Oct. 12, 2017

From Our Files

Oct. 12, 2007 NEWS: Tom Hemann launched a write-in campaign for a seat on the Fort Dodge City Council. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Des Moines Roosevelt in volleyball. Oct. 12, 1992 NEWS: Barb Cory showed off her collection of 621 sets of salt and pepper shakers. SPORTS: The Pittsburgh ...

News of Record — Oct. 12, 2017

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Police Log FORT DODGE Monday A theft was reported in the 400 block of South 14th Street. Criminal mischief was reported in the 1300 block of Fifth Avenue South. Harassment was reported on Museum Road. An assault was reported in the 3000 block of First Avenue South. A theft was ...

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Zuspann held on cash bond

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A convicted sex offender in Fort Dodge who is facing new sexual abuse charges has been ordered held on bond. Cody Zuspann, 23, is being held on a combined $330,000 cash-only bond at the Webster County Jail. Zuspann is accused of performing sexual acts on three teenagers in August and ...

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One arrested by U.S. Marshals after pursuit

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U.S. Marshals have arrested a man after a high speed chase through the northwest part of Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter said the marshal was preparing to arrest Chad Panzi on a federal warrant when Panzi took off in a car. He stopped at 701 Forrest Ave., and was taken by ...

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Fred Hubbell, right, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, met Wednesday afternoon at Iowa Central Community College, with Jim Kersten, left, the college’s vice president for external relations, left, and college President Dan Kinney.

Candidate calls for partnerships

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Creating opportunities for Iowans is a key goal for Fred Hubbell as he seeks the Democratic nomination for governor and job training is part of that effort. But based on his experience in business and as head of the old Iowa Department of Economic Development, Hubbell sees a need to ...

Humboldt supervisors consider road crossing at quarry

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DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors met with representative from Martin Marietta at Monday’s meeting about a proposed temporary closing of County Road P19 north of Gilmore City. Martin Marietta entered into a road crossing agreement with Humboldt County back in 2015 at ...

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Jennifer Brown, marketing assistant with the Elderbridge Agency on Aging, poses with some materials on Medicare in her office. Elderbridge is hosting an information session from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday to help seniors learn about their various options in the program from volunteer Rick Maehl.

Navigating Medicare

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For those reaching retirement age, one of the milestones that they have to pass is signing up for the Medicare program. Jennifer Brown, a marketing assistant with the Elderbridge Agency on Aging, says that can often be a confusing for seniors. “A lot of people don’t know where to go ...

Long-term care planning

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Long-term care planning Long-term care is not just insurance. According to the Administration on Aging, many people refer to the phrase “long-term care” when they think about need insurance and while that is a part of the strategy, long term care is a much broader topic. “It’s ...

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Precinct election official Vickie Kesling waves to a group of students leaving Cooper Elementary School for the day Tuesday afternoon as fellow official Bruce McCullough watches at left. Cooper is the polling place for Precinct 11.

And then there were four

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Lydia Schuur, Councilman Andy Fritz, Councilman Jeff Halter and Richard Higgins prevailed in Tuesday’s Fort Dodge City Council primary election and will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Eugene Newsome finished in fifth place and was eliminated from the general election ...

Owen named chief deputy assessor

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Webster County Supervisors have named a new Webster County chief deputy assessor. Lori Owen was appointed to the position, with a salary increase from $49,472 to $51,946, by Assessor Angie Vinson. Vinson served as chief deputy before she became assessor in August. Owen had been the ...

From our files: Oct. 11, 2017

From Our Files

Oct. 11, 2007 NEWS: Michelle Obama spoke at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum on behalf of her husband’s presidential campaign. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Indian Hills 12-1 in men’s soccer. Oct. 11, 1992 NEWS: Steve Nessa opened an American Family Insurance office in the Bel-Aire ...

News of Record: Oct. 11, 2017

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Arrivals IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL CARLSON — Rochelle and Caleb, Humboldt, a girl, Jessica Grace, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Grandparents are Diane and Paul Kempf, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Craig and Joanne Carlson, of Manson. Great-grandparents are Don and Julie Fair, Orlando, Florida; and Doris ...

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Terry Lutz, former mayor of Fort Dodge, speaks during a revitalize main street forum at Fort Museum and Frontier Village Opera House Tuesday night.

Plautz, Lutz stand firm for FD, Iowa at forum

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During a forum aimed at discussing ways to revitalize rural Iowa communities, Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, said Fort Dodge is a prime example of growth taking place in the region. “In the last four years retail sales are up 35 ...