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Signing off

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After an escalated domestic abuse call, a high-speed chase and several gun calls in his first week at the Fort Dodge Police Department, Capt. Quintin Nelson, then a patrolman, realized something. “Wow, there’s some stuff that goes on in Fort Dodge,” the Lehigh native, then about 21 ...

How to vote if you have COVID-19

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Webster County Public Health said those in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 can still vote on Nov. 3 through curbside voting. Those who have not yet had the opportunity to vote by mail may drive to the Department of Human Services building, 330 First Ave. N., between 8 a.m. and 4 ...

What Seniors Are Saying

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1 What programs and activities do you participate in? I’m involved in cheer, cross country and track. 2 What academic accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m most proud of being part of the Academic Honor Society. 3What’s your best piece of advice for younger ...

News of Record: Oct. 30, 2020

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Police Log FORT DODGE Wednesday One domestic call was reported. A hit and run was reported in the 1000 block of First Avenue South. Theft was reported in the 100 block of North 25th Street. Harassment was reported in the 900 block of Central Avenue. Criminal mischief was reported ...

Branstad touts state budget status

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Spending three years in China as the American ambassador did not diminish Terry Branstad’s interest in Iowa state budget information. The long-serving former governor who became a diplomat proved that during Thursday morning remarks to Fort Dodge area Republicans in which he cited a ...

Arrest made in Casey’s robbery

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Fort Dodge police have arrested a Fort Dodge man in connection to the robbery of a Casey’s General Store Wednesday night. Aries N. McGee, 23, has been charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, and fifth-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor. Thursday morning, he was arrested by ...

Sexton pledges to get economy on track

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Editor’s note: In the latest in a series of articles introducing the candidates on Tuesday’s general election ballot, state Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, answers some questions from The Messenger. Sexton is seeking his fourth term in the state House of Representatives. He is being ...

Yard waste burn ban temporarily lifted

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The yard waste burn ban in the City of Fort Dodge will be temporarily lifted from Saturday through Nov. 8. These temporary burning regulations only apply to yard waste. Yard waste shall be defined as leaves, grass clippings, straw, twigs, small branches, and garden vegetation generated only ...

Otho crash sends one to hospital

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OTHO — One man was transported to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision near Otho on Thursday afternoon. According to Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Neil Morenz, Thomas Krough, 60, of Otho, was traveling southwest on School Street between Kalo and Otho in a 1966 Ford Thunderbird around 2:40 ...

‘Farmhouses are one of a kind’

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CALLENDER — For Aaron Newell, getting to live on his family’s farm means more than carrying on a family tradition. It’s the opportunity to live in a unique structure. “Farmhouses are one of a kind,” he said. “They’re not cookie cutter. Some like modern houses; I have always ...

Schmoker Adult Day Services suspended indefinitely

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The Friendship Haven Board of Directors decided to suspend indefinitely the services of Schmoker Adult Day Services, according to Julie Thorson, president and chief executive officer of Friendship Haven. While it had been temporarily suspended in March due to COVID-19, the adult day program ...

News of Record: Oct. 29, 2020

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Wednesday Possession of controlled substance, first offense — Patrick McGuire, 40, 2449 Elm Drive, continued 180 days. Possession of drug paraphernalia — Patrick McGuire, 40, 2449 Elm Drive, continued 180 days. Controlled substance violation — ...

The final call

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STRATFORD — “Firefighter Owen Beal Angstrom completed his tour as a firefighter and EMT in this life on Oct. 22, 2020, at 20:00 hours. Your brothers and sisters of Stratford Fire and Rescue have the watch from here.” That was the final call that went out from the Hamilton County ...

Greenfield says she supports ethanol

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Theresa Greenfield, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Iowa, pledged her support for the ethanol industry during a phone interview with The Messenger on Wednesday. “I am a big supporter of our ethanol and biofuels industry,” said Greenfield, who canceled her visit to Fort Dodge after ...

FD police investigating robbery

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The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating a late-night robbery at the Casey's located at 2007 North 15th St. According to a press release from the department, the Webster County Telecommunications Center received a 911 hangup call at approximately 11:53 p.m. Wednesday night. When ...

Kenyon Place residents displaced until 2021

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About 55 Kenyon Place Apartments residents remain displaced after a sprinkler malfunction flooded the apartment building in August, Friendship Haven President and CEO Julie Thorson said. In the early morning hours of Aug. 25, a sprinkler in the attic above an unoccupied unit burst, ...

Sen. Grassley: Stimulus on hold

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A second round of stimulus checks for Americans and additional aid for small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic may not become a reality until at least December, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. “Probably not until the 11th of December,” Grassley, a Republican, said ...

Supervisors OK easement for Lizard Creek

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Webster County Supervisors approved renewal of an easement with two property owners to maintain public access to North Lizard Creek. The easement agreements with the Jane S. Rasch Trust, for .28 acres, and with Joseph Cunningham Jr. and Sue Cunningham, for .65 acres, will be valid until 2030. ...