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Rail cars used for road repair

DAKOTA CITY — On roads with lower weight requirements, counties have a way to save on bridge replacement costs — thanks to recycling and rail cars. Humboldt County will keep a road open after its bridge failed using a culvert made from an old railroad tank car that may have once carried ...

Webster County opens bids to fix leaking skylight

The Webster County Board of Supervisors opened bids for an upcoming project to repair the skylight located at the county-owned bank building on First Avenue South in Fort Dodge. Two bids were received for the project, and they were publicly revealed for the first time at the supervisors’ ...

VA asks for raise in mostly unchanged county budget

The Webster County Board of Supervisors began hearing proposals this week from every county department for the fiscal year 2020 budget. Departments began presenting their budget proposals Monday, and they continued Tuesday. Each department goes through its budget line by line and is ...

Humboldt hires its first school resource officer

HUMBOLDT — A school resource officer will debut in the Humboldt Community School District next fall. The Humboldt City Council on Monday unanimously approved the hiring of Susan Rutz, of Dakota City, for the position. The city and the school district will share Rutz’s services and split ...

A legacy bigger than barriers

When Jesse Ulrich was an elementary student in West Bend, his lunch ticket was a different color than most. “My lunch ticket was a different color because I was free and reduced,” Ulrich, the Fort Dodge Community School District superintendent said Monday night during a community ...

Fort Dodge fire budget includes marshal, new radios

At least one new position would be added to the Fort Dodge Fire Department and a major investment in new digital radios would be made under the proposed 2019-2020 budget for the agency. The proposed budget totals $2,068,815, according to information presented to the City Council ...

Parks, rec budgets reviewed by FD council

The budget for fun things to do in Fort Dodge will apparently remain steady under the proposed 2019-2020 city spending plan. The City Council on Monday reviewed most of the various components that make up the proposed budget for the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. “We do a lot ...

Braving the cold

Bitter cold temperatures that have been felt across the state are expected to stick around for a few more days, according to the National Weather Service. Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said temperatures at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport were ...

A whole new beginning

A local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which will work to bring awareness to health and wellness, among other things, is returning to Fort Dodge. Sherry Washington, of Fort Dodge, will serve as president of the recently-formed board. Charles ...

Snow (not) pocalypse

For Fort Dodge and Webster County residents who stocked up on milk, bread and frozen lasagna in anticipation of a major snowstorm Friday night and Saturday morning — they now have a lot of milk to drink and toast to eat. What should have been between 3 to 7 or 8 inches of the white ...

Fort quilting bees will recall stitching traditions for a good cause

An upcoming series of quilting classes at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village in Fort Dodge might be just the ticket to keep participants in stitches. Misty Mackay, with the Fort Museum, said the while the classes offer an opportunity to have some fun, the finished quilt will also ...

Growing the mall

The past few months have been busy at the Crossroads Mall. Not only did the mall welcome two brand-new businesses among its tenants, but another mall business relocated to a larger space inside the building. All of that, according to Melissa Verschoor, the mall’s general manager, goes ...

Foot Locker at Crossroads Mall to close

Foot Locker, the specialty athletic retailer, is closing its longtime store at Crossroads Mall, a store employee confirmed. The company, which specializes in athletic footwear and apparel, has had a presence at the mall since at least 1985, according to Messenger records. At one time ...

Jazzed

Triton Jazz Festival results The 2019 Triton Jazz Festival was held Jan. 10 and 11 at Decker Auditorium on the main campus of Iowa Central Community College. Below are the results of the festival. Team results Class 1A First: South O’Brien Second: Newell ...

Bowdens to be honored

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City couple is among the honorees to be recognized by the Iowa 4-H Foundation at the 2019 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. The event celebrates Iowa 4-H and recognizes those who have made an important impact on the program. Dean and Adele Bowden, of Webster City, ...

They say it’s your birthday

Part of Lavonne Anderson’s job as a food service worker at Cooper Elementary School is writing the day’s dishes on the menu board by the kitchen. On Thursday, someone put her on the menu. Not to have for lunch, but rather to celebrate at lunch. “Happy Birthday Lavonne,” it ...

In FD, crime is on the decline, with one exception

Overall, crime is going down in Fort Dodge. But there is an exception: financial offenses. There was an increase in counterfeiting, forgery and fraud in Fort Dodge in 2018, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter. There were 64 counterfeits and forgeries reported in 2017. ...

Weighing in on King

U.S. Rep. Steve King’s recent remarks about white supremacy and white nationalism have elicited scorn and even calls for his resignation from Republicans in the region with experience in government and politics. Perhaps the harshest words for the veteran Republican from Kiron who ...

For ag, ‘shutdown stories are pouring into’ hotline

United States farmers have already taken a hit from the trade war with China and are now facing additional financial strain thanks to the government shutdown that looms as the longest in U.S. history. Chinese tariffs on U.S. ag products were imposed in response to U.S. duties enacted upon ...

Award nominations open

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is now accepting nominations for the annual Catalyst Award, which will be presented at the group’s dinner next month. The award, which will be presented Feb. 28, honors a business leader who has contributed to the growth of the Fort Dodge ...