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Bringing the learning home

Jenny Litwiller, a teacher who specializes in English Language Learning, asked kindergarten student Bryan Perez who was going to read to him tonight. “My papa,” said Perez, 5, on Wednesday at Duncombe Elementary School. Reading to Perez at home will be made easier thanks to an ELL ...

Planning group honors dam removal project

When a series of public meetings was held about four years ago to get public input on the future of the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, it usually took less than 10 minutes to get sharply different opinions about what to do with the two dams. Eventually, a plan adopted by the City Council ...

2 taken to hospital after brawl at Amigos

Fort Dodge police are investigating after a brawl unfolded at Amigos Bar early Thursday morning, resulting in two people suffering laceration injuries. Police were called to Amigos at 1:21 a.m. for a report of a large number of people fighting inside the establishment. Once on scene, ...

Green, Paschen face off in Senate District 24

Jesse Green, a Republican from Harcourt, and Cynthia Paschen, a Democrat from Ames, are running for state Senate District 24, which includes Story, Boone, Greene, Webster and Hamilton Counties, plus the community of Sheldahl in Polk County. With the election just weeks away, The Messenger ...

Southeast Valley teacher resigns

GOWRIE — “I am not an object,” Haley Studyvin told the school board Tuesday evening, as her voice broke and tears welled. “I am not an object,” the 18-year-old reiterated, buttressing her voice with emphasis on each word as she recounted her first response to sexual, degrading ...

Trick or Treat?

This year, trick-or-treaters will have a new tool to find candy. On the first Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic, Webster County Public Health (WCPH) is asking residents to participate — or not — by using one of the green flyers inserted into today’s edition of The Messenger. A ...

Clayton: Iowans deserve government that cares

Editor’s note: In the latest in a series of articles introducing candidates on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, Charles Clayton, the Democratic candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives in House District 9, answers some questions from The Messenger. Clayton, of Fort Dodge, faces ...

FDCSD addresses Timberline data security incident

The network of a billing service company used by the Fort Dodge Community School District was accessed by an “unknown actor” earlier this year, the FDCSD announced on Tuesday. On Sept. 2, Timberline Billing Service LLC informed the district of data that was accessed. The firm immediately ...

Representing America

Terry Branstad had been the American ambassador to China for just a few days when he arrived at a city along the border with North Korea to learn more about the tense situation there. North Korea had recently test-fired some missiles, and neither the United States nor China was happy about ...

Southeast Valley teacher resigns after allegations of inappropriate misconduct

GOWRIE — “I am not an object,” Haley Studyvin told the school board Tuesday evening, as her voice broke and tears welled. “I am not an object,” the 18-year-old reiterated, buttressing her voice with emphasis on each word as she recounted her first response to sexual, degrading text ...

Defendant pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

The Fort Dodge man accused of shooting an innocent bystander in a car after missing his target has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, according to a written arraignment filed Monday. Denharrio Lewil, 18, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of JLynn Beason, 18, after ...

Meyer vows to improve mental health services

Editor’s note: In the first of a series of articles introducing candidates on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, state Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge, answers some questions from The Messenger. Meyer faces Democrat Charles Clayton in House District 9, which includes Badger, Clare, Duncombe, ...

Webster Co. COVID-19 cases rise by 109 this week

As Fort Dodge Senior High students stayed at home for a week of virtual learning, Webster County Public Health (WCPH) announced Monday that 109 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed over the last week, bringing the county’s caseload to 1,750. In the last month, the county has surged 544 ...

Preregistration, absentee ballot mailing deadline is Saturday

Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner announced deadlines for preregistration and absentee ballot requests for voters wishing to have their voice heard in November’s general election. Preregistration deadline The deadline to preregister to vote for the general election is Saturday, Oct. 24, ...

‘Keep on touching the lives of those beautiful souls’

EAGLE GROVE — Judy VanAlstine’s bedroom at her Eagle Grove home hadn’t changed a whole lot in 40-plus years. The dresser, in particular, had been there since she married her husband, Bruce, about 44 years ago. “They have always put us girls first,” said Emmy, one of Judy and ...

FDSH goes all remote this week

All Fort Dodge Senior High School students will be learning from home this week because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the building. The students will have their classes via the internet today, Tuesday and Wednesday. No classes will be held Thursday and Friday due to previously scheduled ...

On-ramp crash injures FD man on scooter

A man riding an electric scooter on a U.S. Highway 169 on-ramp Saturday night suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car, according to a state trooper. Jacob Berube, 23, of Fort Dodge, was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines with “pretty significant leg ...

Kinney is finalist at Iowa Western

Iowa Central Community College President Dan Kinney has been named a finalist for the presidency of a community college in southwestern Iowa. The Daily NonPareil in Council Bluffs has reported that Kinney is one of three finalists in contention to become president of Iowa Western Community ...

Gowrie is home

GOWRIE — Chelsey Worrel isn’t just a resident of Gowrie. The 28-year-old is also a business owner and has taken the initiative to volunteer in order to help improve her community. Worrel owns and operates Chelz Salon. She and her husband Glen have two children, Brantley and Lesley. ...

Man found dead inside Kossuth County Jail

ALGONA — An inmate was found unresponsive inside his private cell at the Kossuth County Jail on Saturday morning, according to the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office. Jail staff attempted life-saving measures on the man at about 7:12 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported. Algona EMS ...