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FD City Council supports day care expansion plan

Faced with an ongoing shortage of available day care in the community, the Fort Dodge City Council moved on Monday to help finance a planned expansion of the Community Early Childhood Center. Leaders of that facility at 1314 S. 24th St. plan to expand to accommodate 56 more children. The ...

FD council sets 2020 paving program

A fresh coat of asphalt will be applied to several Fort Dodge streets this summer as a result of a contract awarded Monday by the City Council. The council hired Fort Dodge Asphalt Co. to do the work at a cost of $542,158.47. These streets will be repaved: ∫ 14th Street between Sixth ...

FD Community School board OKs budget, union agreements

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education adopted its 2020-2021 certified budget during an electronic meeting on Monday night. Board members, members of the media, district staff and community members attended the meeting via the video conferencing service Zoom. The ...

Confidence

Dr. Megan Srinivas, of Fort Dodge, has been named a Confidence Award finalist for the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa’s Inspiring Women of Iowa event. Srinivas, an infectious disease and internal medicine physician at the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, is one of four finalists for ...

Kossuth Co. confirms first COVID-19 case

On Sunday, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed the first positive COVID-19 coronavirus case in Kossuth County, in north central Iowa. The patient, whose location and gender is not being released, is an adult between the ages of 18 and 40, according to Bob Jennings, public ...

‘We will all get through this’

As he sat thousands of miles from home, Jake Heidenreich was reassured that everything would work out. Heidenreich, a St. Edmond graduate and current Loras College student, was in Spain on a study abroad trip when the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, was just starting to spread ...

10 Under 40: Luke Hugghins

  Editor’s note: This feature highlights one of 10 individuals under age 40 who make a difference in their business and their community. This spotlight first ran in the Sept. 8, 2019, special section of The Messenger, presented in conjunction with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance ...

Humboldt CSD names new superintendent

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

Blessings on the curb

When the Rev. Emily Sauer put on her vestments Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, the first two items were just like any other service. Her Alb, the long white robe. Her Stole, purple for the season of lent. Then came the new items. A surgical mask and a pair of blue latex ...

New relief fund established in Fort Dodge

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way wants to be in a position to help struggling families. It has established a new Disaster Response Fund and is pledging to provide 50 cents to match every dollar donated, up to $80,000. The ...

Senior year scare

From winning a match in tennis to dancing with her friends at prom, Jerri Evans, 17, has no shortage of memories she cherishes from her high school years. “Looking at photographs from prom, it gives you chills because you didn’t realize at the time it was one of the best moments of ...

True colors

The gym at Athletics For Education and Success is pretty quiet. Racks of basketballs and a pump to inflate them sit idle. In response to the governor’s State of Public Health Disaster Emergency this week and other recommendations to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, sports there ...

FD City Council to consider $93M budget

A roughly $93 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets Monday. The spending plan maintains city services at the current levels and includes a small decrease in the property tax rate. The new property tax rate will ...

Hy-Vee to raise money for local food banks

Hy-Vee, Inc. has set a goal to raise $1 million to help local food banks restock their shelves during the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. Starting on Monday, Hy-Vee will launch a campaign to raise money and awareness for food banks across its eight-state region. When customers check out, ...

Kossuth County confirms first COVID-19 case

On Sunday, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed the first positive COVID-19 coronavirus in Kossuth County, in north central Iowa. The patient, whose location and gender is not being released, is an adult between the ages of 18 and 40, according to Bob Jennings, public information ...

Lunch line

DAYTON — As restaurants around Webster County this week suddenly found themselves limited to drive-thru, delivery or carry-out service during a public health emergency, the hottest new spot for lunch in Dayton saw its big opening. Dayton Elementary, the town’s exclusive drive-thru ...

Webster County budget

Two Webster County levies are set to increase for fiscal year 2021, but one major expenditure category will see a decrease. Rural Basic Property will see an increase, from $3.66 per $1,000 of taxable value to $3.95. General Supplemental will go from $1.589 to $1.598 per $1,000. General Basic ...

Walmart makes hiring push

Walmart is hiring thousands of new associates in Iowa in response to the strong demand in stores during a state public health emergency brought on by the spread of COVID-19. The American multinational retail corporation announced it is hiring 2,300 new hourly associates through the end of May ...

Sanitizing smartphones

Smartphones are often an extension of people’s hands, making phones one of the dirtiest items people are likely to come in contact with throughout the day, according to Tony Smith, store manager at U.S. Cellular in Fort Dodge. And as people are being advised to wash their hands regularly ...

County Jail visitation suspended

New rules from the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, in response to COVID-19, will immediately impact jail visitation, licensing and access to the Webster County Law Enforcement Center on First Avenue South. Inmate visitation at the Webster County Jail has been suspended immediately as the ...