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Fort Dodge teen charged with sex abuse

A Fort Dodge teen is facing a felony sex abuse charge in Webster County District Court. According to Iowa Court records, Adam Trowbridge II, 16, allegedly admitted in a recorded phone call and to officers that he had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl between December 2021 and January ...

Serving Fort Dodge together

Editor's note: This story first appeared in The Messenger's annual Hometown Pride publication on June 24, 2022, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are making a difference in their communities. Fort Dodge Police Officer Dylan Samuelson grew up ...

School Board OKs attendance consultant agreement

The Fort Dodge Community School District is making an investment in discovering the root causes of chronic absenteeism among some students. “We’ve always had some issues with chronic absenteeism,” said Kirsten Doebel, director of secondary education services for the district. “And ...

Making memories

GOWRIE — Students from Leah Applebee DeBaun’s Spanish class at Southeast Valley High School waited for two years to use the skills they learned first-hand and in the Dominican Republic recently. Eight students and two chaperones joined DeBaun on an eight-day adventure delayed from ...

More security cameras coming to FD

A security camera system installed in downtown Fort Dodge last year has helped city police make some arrests and investigate traffic crashes. Building on that success, the City Council on Monday awarded a contract for more security cameras in an area by two schools that have been the site of ...

City deer hunt plan advances again

A proposed deer hunt in the Fort Dodge city limits next year was again advanced by the City Council Monday. The council approved the second reading of a measure establishing the archery hunt on a 5-2 vote. Councilmembers Kim Alstott, Dave Flattery, Quennel McCaleb, Cameron Nelson and Lydia ...