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12 Days of Christmas

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The Messenger’s 12 Days of Christmas continues with this display that invites visitors up the sidewalk to see Santa and other illuminated decorations at 830 Eighth Ave. N. To nominate a display, call 573-2141 ext. 472 or email hmadsen@messengernews.net.

Majesty restored

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WEBSTER CITY — It’s almost as if whoever originally designed the stained glass window in the East Chapel at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Webster City knew what sort of light would shine through it in the morning. The artist included a sunrise in the middle. Now ...

FD City Council to continue budget talk

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More budget discussions and a new way to help pay for the annual Independence Day fireworks are on the agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council will meet at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., for a workshop on the 2018-2019 budget. The spending ...

Arby’s opens in Fort Dodge

Local Business

Fort Dodge customers couldn’t wait to try premium deli-inspired sandwiches from Arby’s when the restaurant opened its doors on Dec. 3. Traffic was backed up on multiple occasions that Monday and throughout the following week on both South 29th Street and Fifth Avenue South — the ...

From our files: Dec. 16, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Dec. 16, 2008 NEWS: The Salvation Army received 25 $100 bills in the red kettles in a two-day stretch. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Marshalltown 74-71 in women’s basketball. 25 Years ago: Dec. 16, 1993 NEWS: Tom Latham, of Alexander, announced he would run for Fred ...

National caucus group honors Miller

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State Rep. Helen Miller has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. The Fort Dodge Democrat said she was genuinely surprised when she was presented the award during the organization’s recent gathering in Brooklyn, New York. “I am ...

FDCSD will host career fair Monday

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The Fort Dodge Community School District will host a career fair for teachers and coaches on Monday. The fair will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Duncombe Elementary School, 1620 Sixth Ave. N. Onsite interviews will be held for high school, middle school, and elementary teaching ...

Prestage Foods of Iowa honored with Iowa Venture Award

Local Business

DES MOINES — The Iowa Area Development Group honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting. The honor was made on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric ...

FD library will be closed Wednesday

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The Fort Dodge Public Library will be closed to the public Wednesday while new boilers are being installed. If you have items that are due back Wednesday, you may return them in the outside book drop on the north side of the building or bring them in on Thursday and they will counted as having ...

Twinkle, twinkle

Local Business

LEMARS — Ever experienced an authentic winter wonderland? Step onto the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in December at dusk, and prepare to feel like the world has transformed into a giant snow globe, filled with sparkling holiday lights, 85 charming Christmas trees in Century Hall and ...

The spirit of giving

Local Business

LAKE CITY — A frosty, dark, 15-degree morning might not sound like the ideal time for a festive gathering, but Iowa Select delivered plenty of holiday cheer — and free 5-pound pork loins — to residents of Lake City and nearby communities on December 10, thanks to Operation Christmas ...

Water the tree, watch where you’re walking

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As people prepare for the holiday season, the Fort Dodge Fire Department is offering some tips to help them stay safe during the cold months and holidays. Lt. Eric Conell, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department, said the winter season seems to be a busy time for the Fire Department. He ...

A warm gift

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Robbie Jasper, 15, a member of the C/C Sidekicks 4-H Club, arrived at the Fort Dodge offices of the Iowa Department of Human Services Friday afternoon carrying several large bags full of colorful, warm, fuzzy fleece blankets. The club’s leader, Deb Shelton, had several bags in hand as ...

From our files: Dec. 15, 2018

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Dec. 15, 2008 NEWS: Caitlin Grogan and Michael Daniel were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Newell-Fonda beat Southern Cal 83-38 in girls basketball. 25 Years ago: Dec. 15, 1993 NEWS: Members of the Blairsburg Community Improvement Association were working to restore ...

News of Record: Dec. 15, 2018

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Fifth-degree theft — Stephanie J. Cooper, 30, 1029 First Ave. N., No. 2E, three days in jail suspended, $60 court costs and $125 law enforcement initiative. Failure to pay parking, four counts — Stephanie J. Cooper, 30, 1029 First Ave. N., No. ...

Grace Lutheran Church to hold noon worship and soup luncheon

Religion Briefs

Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St., will hold a noon worship service and soup luncheon on Dec. 19. The combination of the longest night of the year and Christmas creates difficulties for many who simply are not able to have a Merry Christmas. Loss of loved ones, fear for job security, loss ...

Bemrich named Citizen of the Year

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Mayor Matt Bemrich, who has led Fort Dodge through nine years of economic growth and infrastructure improvements, was honored by the Fort Dodge Noon Lions Club. Bemrich received the club’s Citizen of the Year Award Friday evening during a dinner at the Lions Den in Armstrong ...

Search for missing Otho man is planned for Sunday

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OTHO — A group of volunteers is planning a search for an Otho man who went missing on Dec. 5. Kris Markle, 28, was last seen leaving Bootleggers Bar and Grill in Fort Dodge that night. Volunteers are planning on meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Iowa State Patrol District 7 office, 2437 ...