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Teachers to students: We miss you

MANSON — Amanda Sigler parked her van in a driveway along Main Street in Manson Tuesday afternoon and waited with her children, Hadley Sigler, 7 and Easton Sigler, 10. The pair did summersaults, wrestled and blew off some steam in the grass along the street. Nearby, a mother and her ...

UnityPoint opens respiratory clinic

A clinic dedicated to serving patients with respiratory illnesses amid the potential spread of COVID-19 is open at 1428 Second Ave. N. The clinic opened on Monday. It is located in the same building as UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine — Second Avenue North. All patients, whether ...

UnityPoint Clinic – Fort Dodge postponing non-essential clinic visits

As the number of COVID-19 cases increase statewide, UnityPoint Clinic and Berryhill Center are postponing all non-essential visits and procedures. That decision became effective Tuesday, the hospital announced. "At this time, we have determined it is appropriate for some patients to stay ...

Messenger readers warned of scam

Readers of The Messenger need to be aware of an apparent telephone scam targeting them. Some people have reported receiving phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as a representative of the local newspaper. The caller claims that the newspaper could not process the person’s ...

Gowrie grocery store moves toward reopening

GOWRIE — Soon, the mirage of an old grocery store in a food desert will be transformed into a place where Gowrie residents can buy things they haven’t been able to for months. Almost two months after an event launched $250,000 in donations in 10 days, Gowrie Grocery LLC has started the ...

Online ball

You are cordially invited to not attend the 37th annual Friends of St. Edmond Ball on May 2. This disinvitation comes courtesy of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. However, St. Edmond Catholic School is making lemonade with the lemons it’s been dealt by hosting a “no show ball” ...

No serious injuries reported in semi, van crash

POCAHONTAS — No one suffered any serious injuries when a semitrailer hit a van on a highway east of Pocahontas Tuesday morning. The semitrailer jacknifed and the van rolled over several times. It happened at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Pocahontas County Road N65 and Iowa ...

Walter seeks Democratic nomination for Webster County sheriff

A sergeant in the Webster County Sheriff’s Office who has been its canine handler for 13 years has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for sheriff. ‘‘I’m one of the longest serving deputies with the department at this point,’’ said Tony Walter. ‘‘Since 2004, ...

Keeping the cupboard stocked

Cleanliness may be next to godliness during a public health emergency, but new donations to The Lord’s Cupboard might help ensure that a full belly is high on the list, too. And while the local economy is feeling the effects of the coronavirus, with schools and many critical businesses ...

Webster County Treasurer’s Office announces extensions

The Webster County Treasurer’s Office confirmed that property taxes have been temporarily suspended until the governor’s proclamation ends on April 16. Regarding Iowa Department of Transportation issued extensions, vehicles purchased after Feb. 17, 2020, are not required to be titled ...

Lunch is served

When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her recommendation that all Iowa schools close for four weeks to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many parents across the state worried about how they would keep their children fed during this time. More than 40 percent of the state’s ...

Mayor: All key Fort Dodge services operating

Although in-person contact between Fort Dodge residents and several city government offices have been suspended because of the threat of COVID-19, all essential services are continuing as normal, according to Mayor Matt Bemrich. That means all the police officers, firefighters and paramedics ...

Honor Flight rescheduled

The May 9, 2020 Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight is rescheduled for August 22, 2020. The suspension is in response to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. All veterans who were scheduled to go on the May 9 flight leaving from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport will be invited to go on the ...

Messenger readers warned of scam

Readers of The Messenger need to be aware of an apparent telephone scam targeting them. Some people have reported receiving phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as a representative of the local newspaper. The caller claims that the newspaper could not process the person's ...

FD council OKs $93M budget for 2020-21

The roughly $93 million budget for Fort Dodge in 2020-2021 was approved by the City Council Monday. Totalling $93,699, 279, the budget maintains local government services at their current levels. It also trims the property tax rate slightly, to $20.17 per $1,000 of taxable value. The ...

‘Ahead of the curve’

Though there hasn’t been a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Webster County yet, leaders across the spectrum have been meeting twice a day for nearly two weeks in preparation for when it lands — but they can’t do it alone. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is asking for all ...

FD district to pay employees during school closure

All employees of the Fort Dodge Community School District, will continue to be paid during the school closures due to COVID-19. On Monday night, the FDCSD Board of Education voted to pass a resolution to allow the district to continue to pay its staff during this time. One of the factors ...

Humboldt names new superintendent

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt Community School District announced its next superintendent following a special school board meeting on Monday night. Jim Murray will begin his duties as superintendent on July 1, 2020. “Jim’s authenticity, educational experience, community mindedness and his ...

Railroad netting knocks out power for nearly 450 in FD

Netting failure from a railroad bridge caused a power outage late Monday morning, affecting nearly 450 MidAmerican Energy customers through a wide swath of Fort Dodge. MidAmerican Energy Co. said that 446 customers lost power at 11:35 a.m. after protective netting used to contain falling ...

When it comes to weather, official says be prepared

In an unprecedented time when Iowans are being encouraged to stay inside as much as possible, the weather outside — good and bad — will continue. That means staying alert to severe weather is as important now as ever to weather the storm. Here’s what you need to know about severe ...