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FD Council moves to roll back rules on fireworks vendors

Businesses selling fireworks would not have to get a license or pay additional fees to Fort Dodge under a measure that won initial approval from the City Council Monday. A development in a federal court case that does not directly involve Fort Dodge prompted the council to make the ...

Storm water fees, townhouse measures advance

An increase in the storm water utility fees paid by Fort Dodge property owners advanced Monday on a 6-1 vote. The base fee paid by most homeowners would rise from $3 a month to $5 a month under the proposal. The fees paid by apartment owners, businesses and industrial properties would ...

FDCSD settles contracts with custodial maintenance, bus drivers

The Fort Dodge Community School District has reached agreements with two of its employee bargaining units. The FDCSD board unanimously approved the ratification of agreements between the maintenance employees bargaining unit — custodial maintenance, and the maintenance employees bargaining ...

Contract awarded for FDSH library project

The Fort Dodge Senior High library will have a new look when students return to class next fall. The Fort Dodge Community School District board awarded a contract to renovate the library at its meeting Monday night. Kolacia Construction Inc. of Fort Dodge, submitted a low bid of $416,000 ...

Doebel will become FDCSD director of secondary education

Kirsten Doebel, an instructional coach in the Fort Dodge Community School District, has been appointed to a new position that involves the oversight of curriculum and instruction for secondary education. Doebel will become the district’s director of secondary education, effective July 1. ...

Daniel confirmed as public works director

Not long after he started working for Fort Dodge in 2006, City Manager David Fierke was in his office when a water meter reader came in. That meter reader was Brett Daniel. He was an entry-level employee who walked into the city manager’s office and informed Fierke that he wanted to do more ...

Body found in Fort Dodge

A body has been discovered in a metal shed on property in Fort Dodge, Bill Shea, The Messenger's city editor reports. The body was apparently found at about 7:30 p.m., along First Avenue North. The Fort Dodge Police Department and Fort Dodge Fire Department are on scene.

Mission accomplished

WASHINGTON, D.C. — James Graham, of Webster City, a U.S. Air Force veteran, found the name he was looking for on the 2-acre wall that makes up the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Graham visited the memorial as part of the 16th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight Saturday. About ...

Otho/Duncombe police chief saves pair from home

OTHO — Jenny Randleman, the Otho/Duncombe police chief, may have saved the lives of two people early Sunday morning after a carbon monoxide alarm was triggered inside an Otho home, according to a press release from the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. Randleman and Otho volunteer ...

FDFD to assume responsibility for UnityPoint ambulance service

Update: Full story ___ The Fort Dodge Fire Department will assume responsibility for the ambulance service now provided by UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center in a transition that hospital and city officials say will provide outstanding care in a financially sustainable ...

FD Casey’s robbed early Monday

The Casey's General Store located at 1230 Third Ave. N.W. was robbed early Monday morning. Assistant Fort Dodge Police Chief Cory Husske said the robbery was reported at 5:15 a.m. According to Husske, a man walked into the store and handed the cashier a note, where he demanded money. He ...

Airborne and honor-bound

A chilly breeze blew across the tarmac at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport Saturday morning as the veterans going on the 16th Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight made the short trek from the hangar to the Sun Country 737-800 waiting for them on the apron. The light of the sun revealed a steel ...

FD businessman plans to develop McGregors building downtown

A Fort Dodge businessman plans to buy the McGregors furniture building and develop it into multiple retail stores to help revitalize downtown Fort Dodge. McGregors Furniture & Mattress announced the closure of its Fort Dodge store in February. Dave Madsen told The Messenger that he ...

Daniel picked for FD Public Works director

A man who started his city government career as a water meter reader has been nominated to be the new Public Works director in Fort Dodge. Brett Daniel, who is currently an operations manager in the department, has been selected for the job by City Manager David Fierke. The City Council will ...

Otho/Duncombe police chief saves pair from home

Jenny Randleman, the Otho/Duncombe police chief, may have saved the lives of two people early Sunday morning after a carbon monoxide alarm was triggered inside an Otho home, according to a press release from the Webster County Sheriff's Department. Randleman along with Otho volunteer ...

Painting with light

If you were to visit the abandoned bridge near Lake City known locally as the Rainbow Bridge, you wouldn’t find a multicolored glowing orb of light in the middle of it after dark. You will, however, see a bright glowing orb of light if you look at a recent photograph photographer Roger ...

Humboldt County Supervisors

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a wind tower ordinance at Monday’s meeting. The reading came after months of work and meetings by the board and following a period for public comments Monday which went on for 90 minutes. The meeting was ...

Supervisors OK animal shelter purchase

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors purchased property for a future animal shelter at Monday’s meeting. The county had been leasing a building located west of Humboldt at $100 a month from Denise Johnson for use as an animal shelter. Backers have been looking for a ...

Humboldt council chips in for animal shelter site

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt City Council agreed to donate toward the purchase of property for the proposed Humboldt County animal shelter at Monday’s meeting. Earlier in the day, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed to purchase property in Humboldt as the site for an animal shelter ...