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The next chapter

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Staci Laird knew she wanted to be a teacher way back when she was in the first grade, but she never planned on going into administration. Today, however, she is the head principal at Fort Dodge Senior High. A native of Fort Dodge, Laird has been teaching for 23 years, and 18 of those ...

Lane closure affecting Meriwether Drive announced

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Weather permitting; beginning immediately until work is completed — traffic on Meriwether Drive by Sunkissed Meadows will be reduced to one lane of traffic with alternating stop signs until work is completed for concrete patching repairs. Detours will be in place. Please use alternate ...

News of Record: Sept. 19, 2019

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Police Log FORT DODGE Tuesday Two domestic calls were reported. Trespassing was reported at the intersection of Second Avenue Northwest and Hawkeye Avenue. Shots fired were reported in the 1900 block of 15th Avenue North. An assault was reported in the 200 block of South Ninth ...

Recognizing the value of volunteers

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CLARE — Darci Mersch, of Clare, has some simple advice to people hesitant to volunteer. “Do it,” she said. “You get more out of it than you can imagine.” Mersch got more than she expected when she received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for the hours and effort she ...

FD police continue investigation of shootings

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Investigations continue into two recent shootings, one of which killed 17-year-old Daiqualis Poe and another which left one injured. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg, of the Fort Dodge Police Department, said officers are continuing to work with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on what events ...

Assessor’s office announces inspections

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The Webster County Assessor’s Office has announced that the door-to-door inspections of all commercial, industrial, and multi-residential properties in Wester County will begin approximately Oct. 14. A reappraisal project was approved by the Conference Board in February 2016. The ...

Rock painting

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Classrooms of preschool students learned the lesson of friendship and uniqueness at Riverside Early Learning Center this week. On Tuesday morning, outdoor classroom teacher Ann Moenck led students to a picnic table covered with bottles of paint, where she let each student pick out a rock ...

Utility Billing office closed today

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The city of Fort Dodge Treasurer’s Office and Utility Billing Office will be closed for training from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today. All other offices at the Municipal Building will be open.

News of Record: Sept. 18, 2019

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Tuesday Failure to appear — Terrance Michael Foy, 32, 414 S. 16th St., date not scheduled; Lewis Edward Ayala, 45, 1527 Sixth Ave. S., transferred to District Court. Violation of pre-trial release conditions — Terrance Michael Foy, 32, 414 S. 16th ...

Tanner King trial moved to Story County

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After nearly two days of tedious selection processes to convene a fair jury for Tanner King’s double homicide trial, District Court Judge Kurt Stoebe ruled Tuesday that it would be unlikely for the court to find 14 impartial jurors in Webster County. Thus, the trial that has been scheduled ...

Gabbard hosts town hall in Fort Dodge

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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii, believes that “we the people” need to rise up to “actually make our democracy work for us.” Gabbard, a Democratic candidate for president, made a stop in Fort Dodge on Tuesday evening to host a town hall at The Lion’s Den at Armstrong ...

Fireside Chat Thursday at Camp WaNoKi

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Webster and Hamilton County Conservation Boards are sponsoring a Fireside Chat at 6 p.m. Thursday at Camp WaNoKi, 2401 WaNoKi Camp Road. Knapping enthusiast Pat Hashman of Story City will give a presentation on Hands-on Archaeology using rock and hammer stones to make “arrowheads.” There ...

Housing trust fund supports local homeowners

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By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net A new organization dedicated to helping low income people in Webster and Hamilton counties stay in their houses has been busy, aiding at least 24 homeowners with everything from roofs to water heaters. The Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund was ...

Author James Drew book signing Thursday

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Author James Drew will be signing his book, “Tough Street, the Remarkable Life of Gerald ‘Germ’ Leeman,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at River Hops Brewing, 1014 Central Ave. Gerald “Germ” Leeman is a former coach of the Fort Dodge Dodgers.

Getting to Know Our Teachers: Melissa Elsbecker

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Name: Melissa Elsbecker Where do you teach? Fort Dodge Middle School What grade/subject do you teach? I am the eighth-grade reading teacher on the Blue team. Why do you teach? I became a teacher because I enjoy working with and getting to know young people. I enjoy my ...

White Transfer plans expansion

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A moving and storage company plans to add a 50,000-square-foot building to its facility west of Fort Dodge. On Tuesday, the Webster County Board of Supervisors declared its intent to use tax increment financing to help Crimmins Investment LLC with the $2 million project. The new building ...