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Badger Lake bridge project nearly complete

A new bridge crossing over part of Badger Lake near Veterans Memorial Park has recently been completed, providing trail users a scenic view of the lake and the parks that surround it. The 180-foot-span bridge connects Veterans Memorial Park with the rest of the trail that loops around ...

Two charged with drug conspiracy after raid

Two Fort Dodge residents have been charged with conspiracy to deliver multiple drugs after a search warrant was executed by the Webster County Drug Task Force Wednesday morning. Officers and members of the Special Emergency Response Team raiding 1406 Eighth Ave. S. Wednesday morning found ...

Walter seeks sheriff’s position

Background Sgt. Tony Walter came to Fort Dodge in 1999 to attend Iowa Central Community College, where he earned a degree in criminal justice. Recently, he has taught at Iowa Central as an adjunct instructor. Walter began his law enforcement career with Humboldt Police Department in ...

Four more COVID-19 cases in Webster County Wednesday

Four additional COVID-19 cases were added to Webster County's count by Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total to 19. The age categories of the most recent cases were not immediately available. The 15 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday fell into the following age categories: • Child (age 0-17): ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases now up to 15

Webster County Public Health confirmed two additional COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the county to 15 cases total. The two new cases fall into the adult (age 18-40) and middle age adult (age 41-60) categories. COVID-19 cases fall into the following age categories: • Child (age 0-17): ...

Man arrested in high-speed chase given maximum sentence

The Des Moines man arrested in Webster County after a high-speed chase ended at Brushy Creek Lake in February has been sentenced to two years in prison. Sypraseuth Keothammakhoun, 40, pleaded guilty to eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor, in a written plea dated April 30. He received the ...

Shining a light on hospital workers: Jennifer Maguire

Jennifer Maguire Lehigh What’s your job at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center? I am an American Society of Clinical Pathologist board certified medical laboratory technician. (I work in the Lab) How long have you worked at the hospital? 5 years What’s the ...

MIDAS to resume limited transit services

MIDAS Council of Governments announced on Tuesday that it will resume limited transit services for its two transit systems. The Dodger Area Rapid Transit (DART) transit system and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which serves the six-county region of Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, ...

Dangerous animal order upheld in Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE — A dog put on notice by the City of Eagle Grove will now need to be kept in a fenced area or on a leash while outdoors after the City Council voted to uphold an order against him. Lucas, a “cock-a-tzu” cocker spaniel and shih tzu mix owned by Nicole Nicoletti, had a ...

Pen Pals: Connecting through generations

A group of fifth- and sixth-graders and Fort Dodge retirees got a leg up on the life of social distancing. Students at Community Christian School and Fort Dodge residents who are part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program became pen pals at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school ...

Wright Co. sees 14 new COVID-19 cases

CLARION — The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Wright County has increased from six to 20 as of Monday morning, Wright County Emergency Management announced on Monday. The additional 14 cases come from an effort to increase testing at large employers in the county, according to Wright ...

Webster County COVID-19 cases now up to 15

Webster County Public Health confirmed two additional COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the county to 15 cases total. The two new cases fall into the adult (age 18-40) and middle age adult (age 41-60) categories. COVID-19 cases fall into the following age categories: -Child (age 0-17): ...

FD council OKs police contract

A new one-year contract with unionized police officers was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The pact with Public Professional and Maintenance Employees Local 2003 goes into effect July 1 and runs through June 30, 2021. Union members will receive a 1.5 percent raise on July ...

On the way up

Carson Aden knows where he wants to end up, but getting there has been an adventurous ride in the process of building his dream. Aden, a 2008 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, currently works for FOX Studios in Los Angeles. “I am a stage coordinator for FOX Studios,” Aden said. “I ...

Taylor supports tax cuts, lower spending

Editors note: In the most recent in a series of articles introducing candidates on the June 2 primary election ballots, Jeremy Taylor, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the Fourth Congressional District, answers some questions from The Messenger. He faces state Sen. Randy ...

Shining a light on hospital workers: Adrianne Peters

Editor’s note: In honor of National Hospital Week, The Messenger is delighted to feature seven people who work at our local hospital, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. One person will be featured a day over the course of the next seven issues of The Messenger. Each one ...

FD school board pays tribute to Springer

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education paid tribute to one of its own — board member Steve Springer, who is battling esophageal cancer — by dedicating a school bell in his honor. “Steve has made service to others an art form,” board President Stu Cochrane said ...