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Marji Guyler-Alaniz shines a light on women in agriculture

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Marji Guyler-Alaniz spent more than a decade working in a corporate setting and, although she was successfully climbing the ladder, felt there was more she wanted to do. Speaking to an audience of more than 50 people at the 16th annual Farm News Ag Show, Guyler-Alaniz shared her story of how ...

Fort Dodge Police Department investigates shooting

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Investigators with the Fort Dodge Police Department are looking into a shooting that was reported Tuesday night. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said officers responded to a report of shots fired around 8 p.m. in the 1400 block of Third Avenue South. Not much is known about the incident, but Gruenberg ...

Police: FD dental service wasn’t licensed

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A now-closed Fort Dodge teeth whitening business may have been operating without a license, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department, and may have been involved in theft and fraud. Smile Labs of Fort Dodge LLC, which was formerly located at 201 S. 12th St., has been the subject of an ...

Cultural center in Webster City seeks funding

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WEBSTER CITY — A unique Webster City multicultural center that has hosted events and classes since its founding is in dire financial straits. As 2017 comes to a close, All Cultures Equal needs immediate financial help to keep its doors open, Janet Toering, ACE education and immigration ...

Toys for Tots drive underway

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Fareway and the United States Marine Corps Reserve are teaming up again to make sure children have toys to play with this holiday season. The Toys for Tots drive is ongoing at the Fort Dodge Fareway, 1231 First Ave. S., through Dec. 23. Mike Burckart, Fareway assistant manager, said every ...

Rivers convicted of eluding

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Robert Rivers Jr. has been convicted of eluding and driving while barred after a one-day trial in Webster County District Associate Court. Rivers, 25, of Fort Dodge, will be sentenced on both charges Jan. 8. Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson said the charges stem from an incident ...

#norastrong

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JEWELL — Jeff Scott called it every parent’s worst nightmare. It was in late April that he and his wife, Lily, noticed their 2-year-old daughter, Nora, experiencing some concerning symptoms. “Soon after Nora’s second birthday, she fell and bit her lip pretty hard,” Scott recalls. ...

FD man dies in Calhoun County rollover

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A Fort Dodge man was killed in a rollover accident in Calhoun County late Wednesday night. The Iowa State Patrol identified the man as Jeremy Caldeira. According to the ISP's accident report, Caldeira's vehicle was eastbound on 330th Street and tried to turn north on Sigourney Avenue. The ...

Ethanol tankers derail west of FD

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BARNUM — Six rail cars hauling full loads of ethanol from Valero Renewables — Fort Dodge were derailed Tuesday night near Barnum, according to Lt. Tom Ubben, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. Ubben, who leads the Region V Hazardous Materials Response Team, said the rail cars were backing ...

Webster County course to educate Iowa farm women

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Women’s roles in agriculture continue to expand. In Iowa, one in five principle operators or primary managers of farm businesses are women. Women involved in agriculture in Iowa have a significant economic impact — nearly $500 million. Webster County Extension is offering Women Managing ...

From our Files

From Our Files

Dec. 6, 2007 NEWS: Fort Dodge Community School District’s Chef Nick Sells demonstrated easy, inexpensive meals to a group of families at Phillips Middle School. SPORTS: Iowa Falls-Alden beat Eagle Grove 71-49 in girls basketball. Dec. 6, 1992 NEWS: Dobson Pipe Organ Builders had ...

News of Record

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Monday A burglary was reported in the 300 block of 12th Street Northwest. Criminal mischief was reported in the 1700 block of Second Avenue South. An assault was reported in the 1400 block of Seventh Avenue South. A theft was reported in the 10 block of South ...

All that once was

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A rotary dial phone, a set of VHS tapes and electronic calculators are just some of the items one might find throughout the Cabinet of Obsolescence at the Fort Dodge Middle School. The long, winding, interactive piece of art isn’t your standard-looking cabinet. Los Angeles-based artists ...

Webster County leadership development program planned

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Registrations are being accepted for Webster County Leadership 2018, a program designed to maximize the strengths and skills of current and future community leaders. The sessions will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on three Wednesdays — Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, with March 7 reserved as a ...

FD, county consider E911 changes

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By updating agreements that govern 911 response and emergency management in Webster County, the county and all towns within it could be eligible for more funding for public safety improvements, according to Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich. Bemrich and other Fort Dodge officials asked for help ...

EG building official resigns

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EAGLE GROVE — A zoning administrator and building official for the city of Eagle Grove has resigned after less than six months on the job. The Eagle Grove City Council accepted Chris van Jaarsveld’s resignation at its meeting Monday night. Mayor Sandy McGrath said he was a great ...

Truck hits power pole, knocks out power to thousands in FD

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A truck carrying heavy equipment hit a utility pole Tuesday afternoon, causing more than 2,200 Fort Dodge customers to lose power. The pole was located at the intersection of 15th Street and 28th Avenue North. Sgt. Steve Hanson, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said the truck carrying ...

Prepping for today’s Farm News Ag Show

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Tom Olin, of Western Iowa Distributing, right, unloads a head gate, which goes on a cattle slot, from a forklift with the help of The Messenger’s Tom Krough as Olin sets up his booth for the Farm News Ag Show. The show begins today at 8:30 a.m. at Iowa Central’s East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave. ...

Webster County sells ‘School Street’ property in Kalo

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Two tracts of land in Kalo marked as a road in official documents, but never used as a road, were sold by Webster County Tuesday morning to the highest bidder. Officials said the plan is for the eastern property to be used as a yard or an extension of the property to the west, which is ...

Webster County sells ‘School Street’ property in Kalo

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Two tracts of land in Kalo marked as a road in official documents, but never used as a road, were sold by Webster County Tuesday morning to the highest bidder. Officials said the plan is for the eastern property to be used as a yard or an extension of the property to the west, which is ...