From our files: Feb. 14, 2018

From Our Files

Feb. 14, 2008 NEWS: JoAnn Becker was arranging flowers for Valentine’s Day as she had done for 50 years at Becker Florists. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Boone 55-41 in girls basketball. Feb. 14, 1993 NEWS: Singer Tiny Tim entertained a crowd at the Laramar Entertainment ...

News of Record: Feb. 14, 2018

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Tuesday Passing contrary to highway sign or marking — Austin T. McBeth, 20, New London, $200. No insurance — Austin T. McBeth, 20, New London, case dismissed, $60 court costs. No insurance, accident — Leah D. Cervene, 27, 707 Seventh Ave. N., No. ...


$25 million chicken waste plant planned for Wright Co.

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CLARION — A company intending to turn chicken droppings into a more environmentally friendly organic fertilizer is looking to locate its $25 million facility in Wright County, according to Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator. Ryan Brandt, a representative of ReNewtrient 1 LLC, ...

Humboldt supervisors discuss closing courthouse in bad weather

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DAKOTA CITY — What criteria should be used in closing the courthouse during a snow storm was discussed at Monday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting. Board Chairman Bruce Reimers said he was faced with making that decision during last week’s snow storm. He decided not to ...


2 hurt in house explosion

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Four people were inside of a Fort Dodge home during an explosion Wednesday afternoon, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. Two people reportedly suffered minor injuries, while the other two were unharmed, Hergenreter reported. The house is located at Ninth Avenue South and ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
K Club members watch as instructor Ashley Canto plays the role of an injured patient, and Southwest Webster Ambulance Service EMTs Kevin Eagen, left, Rick Vinsand and Julie Vinsand demonstrate how they would protect her neck and get her onto the back board in a real accident.

Learning from EMTs

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Third- and fourth-graders got a special chance to help carry their “injured” teacher during Dodger Academy Monday afternoon — and even got to work the horn and sirens on the ambulance. Dodger Academy Program Director Ashley Canto wasn’t really hurt, but she was willing to lie on the ...

Upper Des Moines is taking heating assistance applications

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The 2017-2018 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. Applications will be taken through April 30. This program is not designed to pay ...

News of Record: Feb. 13, 2018

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Arrivals VAN DIEST MEDICAL CENTER MCGUIRE — Emily and Zackery, Webster City, a boy, Zackery Zane, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Grandparents are David and Shelia McGuire, Webster City; Ruth and Dean Metz, Clinton; and Michael and Jackie Adair, Clinton. Great-grandparents are Lionel and Alice ...

Stormwater utility fee increase proposed in Fort Dodge

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Fort Dodge homeowners and businesses may shortly be paying more each month into an account that pays for fixing and building storm sewers. The monthly stormwater utility fee for homeowners would increase to $4, according to a proposal discussed by the City Council on Monday. Currently, that ...

FDCSD board closes out costs for FDSH gym

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The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved a resolution Monday night for closing final project costs related to the Fort Dodge Senior High gym expansion project. The total contract cost to Kolacia Construction, Inc, of Fort Dodge, was $142,383.60.

Dam removal planned in Fort Dodge

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The two dams that span the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge would be removed during the winter of 2018-2019, according to a plan presented to the City Council Monday. Once the dams are gone, some type of structures will be built in the river to direct the water and reduce stream bed erosion. ...

Kris Patrick

Main Street Fort Dodge wins grants

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The New Main Street Fort Dodge program has won a pair of grants. A $7,000 award from the Texas-based Build a Better Block program will help pay for sprucing up a small section of Central Avenue, Kris Patrick, the executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge, told the City Council Monday. A ...

Asphalt, concrete patching planned for FD this year

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Portions of 11 Fort Dodge streets will be repaved with a thicker coat of asphalt this year, the City Council learned Monday. Also, Kenyon Road will again be the site of a concrete patching project as it was last year. This year, the patching work will also extend east to Fifth Avenue ...

Project to reduce water hardness advances

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Preparations for a project that will reduce the hardness of Fort Dodge drinking water were advanced by the City Council on Monday. With no debate, the council approved the purchase of reverse osmosis equipment to be installed at the John W. Pray Water Facility. The equipment will be bought ...

The proposed schedules for Fort Dodge Community Schools are listed next to the current schedules.

FDCSD board tables discussion on schedules

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The Fort Dodge Community School District board delayed action on proposed new schedules for each of its schools at its meeting Monday night. Stacey Cole, FDCSD director of education services, presented the schedules to the board. She asked for approval on the school hours for the 2018-19 ...

New Corridor SSMID to get started

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The new taxing district that will help care for landscaping and other amenities along Fifth Avenue South was readied for action Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council. The council unanimously approved the bylaws of the Corridor Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District. It also appointed ...

From our files: Feb. 13, 2018

From Our Files

Feb. 13, 2008 NEWS: The Wright County Board of Supervisors voted to close a historical bridge about two miles northeast of Renwick. SPORTS: Clarion-Goldfield beat Belmond-Klemme 56-38 in girls basketball. Feb. 13, 1993 NEWS: The Blanden Memorial Art Museum exhibit “Survival in the ...

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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

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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 ...