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Humboldt supervisors set date for selling Oxbow Park

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided on July 30 as the date for the sale of Oxbow Park at a public hearing during Monday’s meeting. Oxbow Park comprises 1.2 acres just west of Humboldt north of Iowa Highway 3 and along the West Fork of the Des Moines River. It ...

Jurors see video of shooting in Gibbs trial

Jurors viewed a surveillance video that showed Shane Wessels getting shot during the first-degree murder trial of Levi Gibbs III in Webster County District Court Wednesday. Stills from the video were also shown to the jury. Gibbs is accused of shooting and killing Wessels on Sept. 3, 2017. He ...

Search launched after witnesses say they saw a man in the river

First responders searched Monday evening for a male who was initially reported as face down in the Des Moines River, near the Kenyon Road Bridge. Fort Dodge police officers and paramedics were called to Avenue B and Avenue C, on the hospital side of Avenue C shortly after 4:38 p.m. ...

Jury selection underway in Gibbs murder trial

Jury selection has begun in the first-degree murder trial of Levi Gibbs III. The process began Monday, but no jury had been seated by the time court adjourned Monday afternoon. Court will reconvene this morning to narrow down the pool to 12 Webster County residents. Once the jury is ...

New faces in the ranks

The Fort Dodge Fire Department is ready to assume full responsibility for ambulance service in the city and surrounding areas with the addition of 11 people to its ranks. The City Council approved the new hires on Monday. The department will assume the responsibility for the ambulance ...

12-year-old girl, driver die when tractor rolls near Rolfe

ROLFE — A Rolfe man and a 12-year-old girl were killed in a tractor rollover Saturday evening north of Rolfe. Glenn Winthers, 46, and the female passenger on the tractor he was driving were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s office. The girl was ...

More traffic restrictions coming to First Avenue South and 29th

Traffic at the intersection of First Avenue South and 29th Street will only be able to go east beginning Thursday as a major construction project there continues. The new traffic restriction was announced Monday as City Engineer Tony Trotter briefed the City Council on several projects now ...

Sold out

General admission tickets to ZZ Top for Shellabration at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex are all sold out, according to Jim Reed, Shellabration president. The three-piece band from Houston, Texas, will perform Saturday on the Fort Dodge Soccer Association fields. According to Reed, ...

Golf tournament to raise money for diabetes programs

An annual golf tournament on Friday aims to raise money for programs that support those who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The 13th annual Swing for a Cure golf tournament, which is put on by the Trinity Diabetes Center at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center, has raised ...

Man charged with Gowrie hit-and-run

A 19-year-old man is facing charges in connection with a hit and run from earlier this month in Gowrie. Nathan H. Godfrey, 19, of Gowrie, is charged with one count of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, an aggravated misdemeanor. He is also charged with failure to maintain a ...

Gibbs jury seated

The jury has been seated in the trial of Levi Gibbs III, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shane Wessels. The 13-person jury, which includes one alternate, was sworn in around 11:45 a.m. The prosecution is set to begin its case with opening statements shortly after 1 p.m.

To the skies

POCAHONTAS — Aerobatic aircraft filled the skies north of Pocahontas for a fast-moving finale to Pocahontas Heritage Days Sunday morning. Stunt planes from the Vanguard Squadron, of Tea, South Dakota, were the special attraction, swooping through the air to the delight of the crowds ...

Report of man in Des Moines River

Authorities are searching after a reported sighting of a man in the Des Moines River. Stay with The Messenger for more information as it becomes available.

Hometown leaders: proud to contribute

ALGONA — In 1993, Vicki Mallory was on a search committee to hire a new executive director for the Algona Chamber of Commerce. But after the committee conducted between five and seven interviews, the right candidate never emerged, she said. That’s when one of the other members had ...

Putting art and soul into service

ROCKWELL CITY — Rusty Farrington doesn’t just build a toolbox to hold a small part of his collection of lovingly cared for hand tools. Farrington creates, instead, a finely crafted work of art. Each chisel has a slot with an internal divider to protect it from its neighbor. Planes ...

Business leader now welcomes visitors to FD

Helping to let visitors know about the interesting and fun things to do in Fort Dodge keeps Connie Lind-Fraher on the go. Since last year, she has been the visitor services director at the Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau. When a group is planning a trip to Fort Dodge and when ...

Fort Dodge Fireworks Celebration is July 3

Fireworks will fill the night sky in Fort Dodge following a rock concert at Fort Frenzy for the fifth annual Fort Dodge Fireworks Celebration on July 3. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. The event is free. Fort Dodge Fireworks Celebration and Fort Frenzy is hosting. About ...

Area communities outline fireworks rules

With Independence Day coming up, people all across Iowa are getting ready to experience fireworks displays, and, in some instances, may be launching their own fireworks. Following a 2017 change to state law, fireworks are now legal to purchase for the first time since 1938. Under state law, ...

Keeping busy at Greater Crater Days

MANSON — With the truck pull Friday night followed by a parade Saturday morning, Manson Greater Crater Days hit all the old highlights, while also adding in new events. One of those especially popular with kids was a bicycle rodeo. For more photos of the event, see our CU gallery. ...