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It’s time to get it fixed

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The Webster County Board of Supervisors has scheduled public information meetings for proposed repairs and improvements to the courthouse’s clock tower and roof. The public is encouraged to attend the sessions on July 17 and Aug. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the courthouse. ...

Protect yourself from bad weather

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Anyone wanting to be alerted to severe weather should not depend solely upon the outdoor warning sirens, according to Webster County Emergency Management Coordinator Dylan Hagen. Recently, with the installation of some new tornado sirens in Otho and Lehigh, he was made aware of concerns among ...

Knigge gets 40 years

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The family of Jessica Gomez took the opportunity to tell Mackenzie Knigge how her actions, which played a role in Gomez’s death, have impacted their family. Knigge, 28, of Clare, was sentenced on Monday to a maximum 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder, aiding and ...

Patriot Guard Riders is theme of Lunch and Learn

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The Lunch and Learn on Wednesday will be with the Patriot Guard Riders at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1615 N. 15th St. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. The program will feature the history of the Patriot Guard Riders and an explanation of how they operate. There will be a ...

From our files: July 9, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: July 9, 2009 NEWS: Lt. Gov. Patty Judge toured the POW Museum in Algona. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat Clarion-Goldfield 12-2 in five innings of baseball. 25 Years ago: July 9, 1994 NEWS: Daniel D. Stehn was hired as principal at Emmetsburg. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat Clear Lake ...

News of record: July 9, 2019

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Violation of a no-contact order — Candace M. Humphrey, 30, 927 Central Ave., No. 506, trial set for July 31. Trespassing, first offense — Candace M. Humphrey, 30, 927 Central Ave., No. 506, trial set for July 31. Fifth-degree theft — Alicia ...

FD council moves forward with mall plan

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The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday cleared the way for potentially using tax increment financing to reimburse a developer for demolishing the former Sears store at Crossroads Mall. The council voted unanimously to add the Sears site to the Center City and Industrial Park Urban Renewal ...

Crossroads Mall manager: Improvements are coming

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Improvements are coming to Crossroads Mall, and area residents should remain both patient and positive as new developments occur, the mall’s general manager said Monday evening. During Monday’s Fort Dodge City Council meeting, Melissa Verschoor said five new businesses have opened in the ...

New positions added to FD Fire Dept.

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Since the Fort Dodge Fire Department became the sole provider of ambulance service in the city and surrounding areas, its roster has grown and its workload has just about exploded. The department added 12 people on July 1, 2018, when it assumed responsibility for the ambulance service once ...

New Public Art Commission launched in FD

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A new commission will take charge of murals and sculptures in public spaces around Fort Dodge. The City Council on Monday established a nine-member Fort Dodge Public Art Commission. The commission’s members still must be appointed. Councilman Jeff Halter was skeptical of the need for a ...

FD council moves to finance sewer work

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Fort Dodge city leaders are moving to finance the next big portion of $80 million worth of needed sanitary sewer improvements. The City Council on Monday unanimously passed the first resolution needed to borrow $16 million from a state low-interest loan fund. That money will be used to pay ...

Work on Dodger tennis courts to begin soon

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The Dodger Tennis Courts will have a new look and feel by October. On Monday, the Fort Dodge Community School District board awarded a contract for the Dodger Tennis Courts resurfacing project. Tennis Courts Unlimited, of Nebraska City, Nebraska, received the contract. That firm submitted a ...

FDPD hires new officer

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A former chiropractor is the newest Fort Dodge police officer. The City Council on Monday hired Jordan Hagar to fill a vacancy in the Police Department. He graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Waldorf College in Forest City in 2009. He ...

FDCSD renews contract with Access Systems

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The Fort Dodge Community School District board on Monday renewed a contract with the firm that provides the schools with items like copy machines and printers. The board approved a five-year agreement with Access Systems, of Fort Dodge. The district’s monthly base payment will be $4,985. ...

Moon landing recollections sought

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The Messenger invites local residents to submit their recollections of the 1969 moon landing (what they remember from that time) and any pictures that may have been captured that day. Please send information or photos to editor@messengernews.net or mail to 713 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Man walks away from FD halfway house

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The Iowa Department of Corrections is looking for Lennox VanVacter after they say he walked away from the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility early Sunday. According to the DOC, VanVacter, 26, left the facility without authorization and did not return. He is described as a Native ...

From our files: July 8, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: July 8, 2009 NEWS: Chris McGonegle, of Fort Dodge, announced he would run against incumbent Daryl Beall for a seat in the Iowa Senate. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat Clear Lake 11-1 in softball. 25 Years ago: July 8, 1994 NEWS: Andrea Brown and Jeanna Hearn won the Fort Dodge ...

Finding her calling

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AMES — Page Kinney came to Iowa State University with the goal of making a difference at the school. Kinney, a 2017 graduate of St. Edmond, is currently in the midst of serving as the ISU Collegiate Panhellenic Council Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Service. Her term runs ...

FD native helps save 5-year-old from drowning

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CLIVE — “Ashley was definitely in the right place at the right time.” Barry Rosenberg, of Clive, has a very good reason to say that about Ashley (Hanrahan) Sunderman, a Fort Dodge native who now lives in Des Moines. She helped save his 5-year-old son, Bauer Rosenberg, from drowning ...