Aug. 31, 2003
NEWS: The Dayton Rodeo opened its first-ever event as an affiliate of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
SPORTS: The Iowa Central football team beat College of DuPage 28-7.
Aug. 31, 1988
NEWS: Fort Dodge families were preparing to host a group of 40 foreign delegates stopping overnight in Fort Dodge.
SPORTS: The Dodgers opened the volleyball season with wins over Spencer and Algona.
Aug. 31, 1963
NEWS: Messenger reporter Helen C. Strode was killed in a one-car crash near Fort Dodge.
SPORTS: The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 301.