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Ehn takes the stage

Local News

AMES — Hallie Ehn was given the chance to share her musical gift with some of the state’s top performers at Iowa State University’s Music Hall. Ehn, a who recently completed her sophomore year at St. Edmond, was chosen for the Outstanding Performers Showcase in May. “Being ...

From our files: June 24, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: June 23, 2009 NEWS: An update on the shuttered Tate & Lyle plant west of Fort Dodge revealed no timeline to reopen the plant. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High senior Tim Kayser was highlighted in The Messenger’s Timeout With feature. 25 Years ago: June 23, ...

Vincent Fireman’s Ball set for Friday

Local News

VINCENT — The largest fundraiser for Vincent Fire and Rescue will be this Saturday, with opportunities for dinner, bidding on auction items and dancing in the street. The 62nd annual Fireman’s Ball and Fundraiser will be Friday at Vincent Community Hall. Vincent Fire Chief Heath Miller ...

Briggs Woods celebrates 100 years

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WEBSTER CITY — When Hamilton County Conservation throws a birthday party for a park that’s turned 100 this year, they throw a party with events over the course of three days. The oldest park in the county, the 60 acres of land for Briggs Woods Park was donated by Thirza Briggs Aldrich ...

One lane of Fifth Avenue S. to close

News Brief

Eastbound traffic in the 1700 block of Fifth Avenue South will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, according to the Fort Dodge city engineering staff. The traffic restriction will be in place for about a week.

Building for the future

Local Business

When Edward Jones financial advisor Gabe Pettit was looking for a place for his Fort Dodge office, he saw great potential in a historic downtown building on the west end of Central Avenue that overlooks City Square Park. The first thing he noticed when he looked at the building, located ...

Steburger’s recognized for its hot dogs

Business Briefs

Steburger’s, the Fort Dodge restaurant that serves burgers, coneys, and ice cream, was recently listed as one of the best places in the country to enjoy a hot dog. Taste of Home, an American food magazine, listed Steburger’s in its article titled “The best hot dogs in every ...

Hometown Pride: A light in the darkness

Local News

It takes an unusual mind to dream up a place like Freedom Pointe. Among the soda tower, the tables of puzzles and games, and the incongruous cabinet of stuffed penguins — it’s a long story — you’ll find a place for mental health support, not from doctors or professionals but from ...

Carden: ‘It’s been a good way of life’

Local Business

DUNCOMBE — The Carden family’s Century Farm could be considered a family affair with two generations taking part in ownership of the farm that was first purchased by their family in 1914. Bob Carden, the third generation, along with his daughter, Judi Crosley; his niece, Diane ...

Allers honored for architectural achievements

Business Briefs

Terry L. Allers, 2018-19 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards president-elect, was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in February. This fellowship recognizes architects for their individual achievements and their contributions to ...

In reading, it’s where you finish that counts

Local News

Many students at Feelhaver Elementary School showed dramatic improvements in their reading comprehension during the 2018-19 school year, according to Jen Cordle, kindergarten through fourth grade Title 1 reading instructor. At the beginning of the year, only 3 percent of students were ...

Iowa State presents a day at the dairy

Local Business

AMES — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm welcomed hundreds of visitors on June 14, giving them a tour of the entire facility from the milking parlor, heifer barn, dry cow/transition barn and beyond. Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor in the animal science department at ISU, with ...

Fort Dodge’s Read interns at REG

Business Briefs

AMES — Brady Read, of Fort Dodge, began a 12-week internship on May 20 with Renewable Energy Group (REG). Read is an agricultural business student at Iowa State University. He is working as an operations control team analytics intern this summer. REG offers a comprehensive internship ...

Fort Dodge native named city manager in Texas

Business Briefs

Eric Ellwanger, a Fort Dodge native, was recently named city manager of Allen, Texas. His appointment was approved June 11. Ellwanger was hired as assistant to city manager in 2012 before being promoted assistant city manager in 2014. He holds a Master of Public Administration from ...

FDPD finds vehicle riddled with bullet holes

Local News

Fort Dodge Police officers investigating after they heard gunshots in downtown Fort Dodge early Saturday morning found that an occupied vehicle had been struck several times. The incident happened in the 10 block of North Seventh Street around 1:52 a.m. According to Public Information ...

Summer programs blast off at Fort Dodge library

Local News

For people of all ages looking for something to do this summer, the Fort Dodge Public Library may have something that can keep them busy. The library is offering a variety of programming this year for people of all ages; from young children to grown adults, and even tiny babies. And this ...

From our files: June 22, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: June 22, 2009 NEWS: Melissa Mikos and Kaden McClintock were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Iowa State All-American Lisa Koll earned first-team CoSIDA Academic honors for the second straight year. 25 Years ago: June 22, 1994 NEWS: Former Lake City resident Deb ...

From our files: June 23, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: June 23, 2009 NEWS: The Fort Dodge City Council approved a $2 million street repair contract. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat West Des Moines Valley 5-1 and lost 4-3 in baseball. 25 Years ago: June 23, 1994 NEWS: Marilyn and Gary McCubbin opened the Crystal Candle restaurant in ...