Feb. 26, 2004
NEWS: A departure ceremony was held for 78 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery, who were deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
SPORTS: Fort Dodge's Riley Lindner scored a 3-2 victory over James Helvey, of Southeast Polk, on Day 1 of the state wrestling tournament.
Feb. 26, 1989
NEWS: The Messenger's "Terrific Teens" featured Sari Rautiainen, 16, an exchange student from Finland.
SPORTS: Iowa Central's Paul Weltha claimed the heavyweight national championship in the NJCAA wrestling tournament in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Feb. 26, 1964
NEWS: Dale Peterson, trade and industrial coordinator at Fort Dodge Senior High, spent his summers as a professional rodeo cowboy.
SPORTS: Hanna Schnurr bowled a 188 game in the Parkway Gals league.