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Poppe is in the top five on ‘American Idol’

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CLARKSVILLE — Maddie Poppe, a former Iowa Central Community College student, has made the top five on the popular television show “American Idol.” Poppe, 20, of Clarksville, sings and plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard. She attended Iowa Central in 2016 to study graphic ...

Three hurt in rollover near Callender

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CALLENDER — Three young people were taken to the hospital after the vehicle they were in went out of control and rolled on a gravel road northeast of Callender Sunday afternoon. Jezika Johnson, 16, of Gowrie, was driving west on 280th Street in a Chevy Blazer, according to the Iowa State ...

Raptors to be featured at Fireside Chat

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Raptors will be the subject of a Thursday evening gathering that’s to be the first of a series of Fireside Chats at Camp WaNoki south of Fort Dodge. The Fireside Chat will begin at 7 p.m., according to an announcement from the Webster County Conservation Board. Parking will be available in ...

2018 Rotary scholars

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The Rotary Academic Achievement Banquet is sponsored by the Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club, which was organized May 9, 1917. The club is a member of Rotary International, an organization of nearly 1.2 million members worldwide. Fort Dodge Senior High • Aaron (Eli) Asay Parents: Brett ...

Still discovering

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When the staff and residents of Gateway to Discovery recently held an open house at their Hope Sweet Hope Studio, one of the things that visitors could find on the shelves was a whole new product the residents are making. Gateway to Discovery is a long-term residential treatment program for ...

May students, employee of the month honored

Education

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employees of the month for May. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, and one staff member monthly for exceeding expectations. Lydia Cowell is the elementary student of ...

From our files — May 7, 2018

From Our Files

May 7, 2008 NEWS: Amy Bruno was the new executive director of the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Mason City, 9-1, in boys tennis. May 7, 1993 NEWS: Gale W. McKinney was named chief financial officer and director of admissions for independent living at ...

CCS to present spring musical

Education Briefs

The spring musical program at Community Christian School will be Thursday, with a matinee at 1 p.m. and evening program at 7 p.m. The program title is “The Ultimate Superstar” and will include all students kindergarten through eighth grade. This is the school’s year-end Christian-based ...

Mid-West Tool Collectors celebrate 50 years

Local News

HUMBOLDT — There’s more than just antiques for sale when the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association gathers together. The area meetings, like the one held Sunday in Humboldt, are a great opportunity to learn and share information. “You can go on the internet, you can watch a video and ...

Pennies for a cause

Education

Students and staff at Riverside Early Learning Center, Butler, Duncombe, Cooper and Feelhaver elementary schools and the Fort Dodge Middle School raised $10,600 during the 2018 Miles of Pennies campaign. Money was raised from April 9 to April 27. “We are thrilled that each school met its ...

CCS students continue recycling

Education Briefs

Community Christian School students in Marsha Halbach’s fifth- and sixth-grade classroom started the year with a goal to lead the school in a recycling project. They organized the collection of paper in each classroom and bagged, weighed and set it aside for recycling, separate from the ...

Cole wins Iowa administrator award

Local News

Stacey Cole, the Fort Dodge Community School District’s director of education services, was named Iowa’s 2018 Central Office Administrator of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa, according to a press release from that organization. “I am grateful to SAI for honoring the work ...

One dead in single-vehicle accident in Humboldt County

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BODE — An Algona man is dead after his truck lost control and rolled Sunday morning near Bode. Christopher McKenna, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency workers were called to a single-vehicle rollover accident around 7:20 a.m. on County Road C20, or 130th Street, about 5 ...

St. Edmond receives STEM grant

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By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson@messengernews.net First-graders at St. Edmond Catholic School next year will be able to further their understanding of science thanks to a STEM grant recently awarded to them by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Science Center of Iowa. St. ...

Civitan hosts spring dance

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Randy Crouse, left, of Humboldt, and Jean Rick, of Dakota City, celebrate after they are crowned king and queen of the annual Civitan spring dance Sunday afternoon. About 125 people came to the event at Community Christian School, from nine different care homes in Fort Dodge, as well as ...

Feelhaver celebrates 50 years

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David Petersen, 4, stacks his Jenga blocks carefully, while around him families enjoy giant Connect Four, basketball and other games plus playground equipment at the Feelhaver Elementary School celebration Sunday, in honor of the school’s 50th year. Earlier in the day the elementary ...

There’s new life for buildings in Lehigh

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LEHIGH — Roger Smith has lived in Lehigh for 82 years, and can remember when customers would pack into the Lehigh Valley Cafe for taco night — so full, you might not find a seat. The cafe is closed now. It sits just up the road from older buildings which have been in disuse longer, ...

A logical move: Northland Travel has a new home

Local Business

The place that makes dreams come true has a new home. Northland Travel has moved from Crossroads Mall to the Friendship Haven campus, 420 Kenyon Road. The travel agency previously had a part-time satellite office at Friendship Haven. Now its headquarters is housed there. Rhonda ...

‘I began to lose my identity without even realizing it’

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Kristina Glackin slid her driver’s license into a piece of lined notebook paper held by a man she considered to be a friend at the time. Glackin was 18. She thought that man was going to make her a fake ID for a concert they planned to attend. But handing over that ID was one of the ...