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Quilts of Valor

With the wind blowing cold gusts of air around outside and the mercury staying low in the thermometer, Saturday’s weather was the perfect backdrop for honoring a group of veterans with nice warm quilts. Not just any quilt either but carefully handmade Quilts of Valor crafted by the ...

Police identify suspects, victim in homicide

Fort Dodge police have arrested a 16-year-old and are looking for a 19-year-old suspect in connection to the shooting death of a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man, according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg. The shooting was reported at 8:05 p.m. Friday in the 1400 block of A Street West. A short ...

‘We will keep America great and keep Iowa moving’

WEBSTER CITY — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds lauded the state’s low unemployment rate and ability to attract new businesses during the Hamilton County Republican Chili Supper Saturday night. “We constantly rank in the top five for providing job creators the lowest cost of doing business,” ...

FD council to consider upgrades near grain silo mural

A project that will make it easier to visit the mural painted on old grain silos on Hawkeye Avenue is expected to be launched by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. A proposed contract to be presented to the council for action would result in the construction of a 20-stall parking lot by ...

Donney receives Saab award

A 750 cc engine isn’t really all that big of a powerplant for a car. It’s not even considered a large engine for a motorcycle. In spite of that, Tom Donney, of Fort Dodge, managed to use every one of those cubic centimeters in 2018 to set a new land speed record in a Saab at the ...

Taking the scenic route

Behind the Sunkissed Meadows Disc Golf Course, a kayaking trio pulled into town this week on their way through Iowa. They’re taking the road less traveled — in this case, the river less traveled — from Lake Talcot, Minnesota, to Keokuk, on the Iowa-Missouri border where the Des ...

Man shot, killed on west side of Fort Dodge

UPDATED at 1:15 a.m. Fort Dodge police are investigating a homicide after a man was shot and killed on the city’s west side Friday night, according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg. Police were called to the 1400 block of A Street West at 8:05 p.m. for a report of a man who had been ...

Police identify suspects, victim in homicide

Fort Dodge police have arrested a 16-year-old and are looking for a 19-year-old suspect in connection to the shooting death of a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man. The shooting was reported at 8:05 p.m. Friday night the 1400 block of A Street West. Officers and paramedics with the Fort Dodge ...

Dayton Elementary’s Blue Ribbon

DAYTON — The Dayton Elementary School has recently been recognized for its academic achievements with a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School award. Part of the Southeast Valley Community School District, Dayton Elementary is one of four Iowa schools given the honor this ...

Iowa Central to hold STEAMfest

The one thing that visitors probably won’t find when they go to the Iowa Central Community College STEAMfest on Saturday is anything actually powered by steam. What they will find instead are displays and hands-on activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and ...

Benefit to be held for Webster City man

WEBSTER CITY — Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City will be hosting two benefit meals to raise money to help relieve some of the financial burden a Webster City family is facing following a series of medical expenses it endured over the past year. Seth Rowse was diagnosed with ...

My College Journey: Sara Albright

Name: Sara Albright Hometown: Fort Dodge Age: 25 What is your major or specific area of interest at Iowa Central? A.A. in Business Why did you choose to attend Iowa Central? I chose to attend Iowa Central because of the convenience of it being where I live, they have great ...

Council candidates sound off

With the community still stunned by the violent death of a beloved pastor at his church, six candidates for the Fort Dodge City Council were quickly confronted by questions about fighting crime during a forum Thursday evening. Their responses varied. Councilman Neven Conrad said the ...

Epworth to hold Luncheon and Fall Bazaar

The Women of Epworth United Methodist Church will hold our Salad Luncheon and Fall Bazaar on October 12th in the Fellowship Hall at 2025 11th Ave So. The bazaar will begin at 10 am and lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm. We will be serving all different kinds of salads along with a ...

‘This is not a done deal’

By KELBY WINGERT kwingert@messengernews.net The agreement announced last week between the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture that was negotiated by President Donald Trump is by no means a “done deal,” according to Monte Shaw, executive ...

Man shot, killed on west side of FD

Fort Dodge police are investigating a homicide after a man was shot and killed on the city's west side Friday night, according to Capt. Ryan Gruenberg. Police were called to the 1300 block of A Street West at 8:06 p.m. for a report of a man who had been shot. Officers and paramedics with ...

Bridal show now bigger than ever

As it enters its 11th year, the North Central Iowa Bridal Event offers more opportunities than ever for couples tying the knot to tie up some loose ends in their wedding planning, according to Cory Bargfrede, director of advertising for The Messenger, and planner of the extravaganza. This ...