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An ‘essential’ wedding

When Karisha Summers and Nick Eggers walk down the aisle in October 2022, they’ll do it without the heavy financial burden weddings can place on couples’ shoulders. Summers, a certified nursing assistant at Friendship Haven, was the recipient of a wedding giveaway for essential workers ...

Public Health aims for Phase 1B within two weeks

Webster County Public Health, currently in Phase 1A, is hoping to enter Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout within the next two weeks, former Board of Health chair Linda Opheim said at a Thursday meeting. The county is currently vaccinating nurses, dental providers, therapists and other ...

CFR: Meth at the top of substance abuse issues

Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in Webster County, according to information from Mickie Shubin, of Community & Family Resources. Speaking about plans to combat the issue locally, Shubin, who is the Strategic Initiatives to Prevent Drug Overdoses coordinator and a certified prevention ...

Big plans

With a $2.5 million project, Community Health Center of Fort Dodge is planning to expand its behavioral health and dental services with a renovation of its downtown building. With 8,000 additional square feet of space after the renovation, capacity for dental services will increase 50% ...

Mall, housing discussed during webinar

A center that could house existing Crossroads Mall tenants could be built on the new Corridor Plaza development site, according to Fort Dodge City Manager David Fierke. “That’s under consideration and could be under construction next year,” said Fierke during a Greater Fort Dodge ...

Police on scene of crash

Fort Dodge police are on scene between 12th Street and Eighth Street along Fifth Avenue South after the driver of an SUV apparently crashed, knocking down a power line before coming to rest against a building. The crash appeared to be the result of a police chase, according to a Messenger ...

Lights…Camera…Prevention!

With all of the other activities going on at Fort Dodge Middle School, Jamarria Davis, 14, a seventh-grader, had doubts that her group would finish their entry for a prevention awareness campaign contest. Davis and three other students participated in a contest called ...

Kraayenbrink, Meyer to head key committees

Two lawmakers from Fort Dodge will lead key committees when the Iowa Legislature begins its 2021 session on Monday. State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, a Republican, will be the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which writes spending bills. State Rep. Ann Meyer, also a ...

Former MIDAS Council embraces new name, initiatives in 2021

Pathfinders Strategic Partners has left its old name behind in 2020 as it seeks to continue providing a variety of services and start new ones with its rebranding in 2021. The intergovernmental agency, formerly known as the Mid-Iowa Development Association Council of Governments (MIDAS), is a ...

Supervisors confirm 2021 appointments

Webster County Supervisors confirmed several appointments and hires for county organizations Tuesday in the first meeting of the year. For the Board of Supervisors, Mark Campbell and Keith Dencklau will continue to serve as chairperson and vice chairperson, respectively. Supervisors ...

Casey’s robbery suspect pleads not guilty

The Fort Dodge man charged in the Oct. 29 robbery of the Casey’s General Store on North 15th Street has pleaded not guilty, according to a written arraignment filed Monday. Aries McGee, 24, was charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, and fifth-degree theft, a simple ...

FD fire, ambulance budgets remain steady

No big changes in the Fort Dodge Fire Department are envisioned in proposed budgets introduced to the City Council Monday night. The department actually has two budgets: one for the general fire and rescue operations that is funded with property tax money and one for the ambulance service ...

FD council seeks better animal control service

Faced with complaints from citizens frustrated by long waits for assistance from the animal control officer, Fort Dodge City Council members are talking about finding new ways to provide that service, even if it requires spending more money. “I think we’re all aware that there’s been a ...

Man arrested for robbery Monday

A man has been taken into custody for first-degree robbery after the Webster County Sheriff’s Office responded to a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the Coleman District Monday morning. Tyler W. Rosburg, 29, was arrested following a chase after deputies responded to the call at about 8 ...

Public Health in first phase of vaccine distribution

Webster County Public Health (WCPH) is still in Phase 1A of the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the agency said in a news release Monday. Since UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center health care workers began to get vaccinated last month, WCPH said that health care workers ...

Fort Dodge man arrested after chase

A Fort Dodge man was arrested on three charges Sunday night after leading police on a low-speed, but reckless chase through the city in a 2002 Ford Taurus. The chase began after Fort Dodge Police initiated a traffic stop on Understanding B. Marshall, 37, after police said he was driving ...

FD man arrested for dousing victim in gasoline

A Fort Dodge man was charged with first-degree arson after police said he doused a victim with gasoline and attempted to trap her underneath a mattress on Dec. 17. Patrick McGuire, 40, made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Saturday. He was arrested Friday. After ...

In the hunt

Six weeks after former Iowa Central Community College President Dan Kinney announced he was accepting a position as president of Iowa Western Community College, the Iowa Central Board of Directors is hard at work finding his replacement. Unlike when the board hired Kinney 11 years ago, it ...