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Manson business owners irked over unfinished downtown project

MANSON — Main Street is anticipated to reopen on Friday, but the project to redesign and reconstruct the city’s downtown district is not a finished product. Two blocks of Main Street have been closed since the last week of June. The downtown improvements were originally to be completed ...

School locked down after gas line is struck in EG

EAGLE GROVE — Multiple people were evacuated from their homes Tuesday afternoon after a gas leak was reported on the west side of Eagle Grove, according to Bryce Davis, city administrator. No injuries were reported. Eagle Grove emergency crews were called to the area of North Hewitt ...

Health Department would add bed bug assistance to existing program

Webster County may be able to provide help for places with a creepy crawly problem without adding to the budget this year. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved adding “infestation assistance” to the general assistance budget, after a request from Webster County Health ...

Webster City is losing its Shopko Hometown

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City Shopko Hometown will close its doors by the end of February, according to officials with Shopko's corporate office. Michelle Hansen, manager of public relations for Shopko Stores Operating LLC, said Tuesday that liquidation sales at the Webster City store ...

It’s a good season for Goodwill

It’s been a few years since the Goodwill store in Fort Dodge has held one of its annual shoe and mitten parties. But across the region, this holiday giveaway has been a tradition since 1941 for Goodwill of the Great Plains. “Our headquarters is in Sioux City. We do it in all of our ...

Jolly Trolley Christmas is today

Reminding Fort Dodge that the season is for all ages, today’s Jolly Trolley Christmas will offer a night of wine tasting, snacks and holiday shopping downtown. The staff at AXA Advisors and Bloomers on Central coffee shop, both located in the Trolley Center, came up with the idea to give ...

Iowa Central to host Sounds of the Season

An annual tradition of music and holiday spirit will return to Iowa Central Community College Wednesday. The Sounds of the Season will be held from Wednesday through Friday at Decker Auditorium on Iowa Central’s campus. Admission is free. The concert will feature performances by Iowa ...

Nativities tell stories

Around October, Deb Dreyer starts getting out the Nativity sets. It takes some time to properly place the hundreds of donated decorations all throughout three stories of the Lutheran Family Services building at 230 Ninth Ave. N. All that work creates just the right holiday atmosphere ...

Car, truck collide east of Fort Dodge

A car and pickup truck collided on an icy patch of road shortly after dark Sunday about three miles east of Fort Dodge. Shortly after this, one car lost control and crashed into the ditch near Moorland, west of Fort Dodge. More information wasn’t available Sunday night about the ...

‘We leave our fingerprints on every heart we touch’

What is important to you? The things in my life that are of great value are the elements of importance. They form the pillars of structure in my life that are faith, family and others, which are of great value to me. How do you balance your work and family life? Two areas of great ...

Winter Wonderland

Fallen snow makes Soldier Creek look a little more magical Sunday afternoon in Fort Dodge.

Honorable guests

Brent Nelson, head coach of the Triton Rugby team, expects his players to be honorable guests — whether they just won a match on the road or finished a meal in the school cafeteria. “When we leave, we clean up,” Nelson said. “We don’t leave something for someone else to pick up ...

100,000 meals

A group of about 400 volunteers turned the contents of several huge bins of rice, soy, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables into 108,864 meals all packed up and ready to go Saturday during the Crossway Church-organized Fort Dodge MobilePack at Community Christian School for Feed My Starving ...

Meyer picked for House Human Resources panel

Republican Ann Meyer, who was elected to the state House of Representatives last month, has been named the vice chairwoman of a legislative committee that handles health programs. Meyer, of Fort Dodge, was appointed to the No. 2 position on the House Human Resources Committee by House Speaker ...

Writing to Santa 101: The Messenger is helping out this year

“Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus.” He spends his time at the North Pole where he supervises a workforce of highly trained elves. Santa delivers the toys they make to children on Christmas Eve using a sleigh that, for one brief evening, gets a special dispensation from the known ...

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?

There was a lot of huffing, puffing and blowing down of houses Friday afternoon on the stage at Duncombe Elementary School. All set to music. “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.” the first-graders sang as they presented ‘‘The Three Piggy Opera’’ to ...

UnityPoint names new FD CEO

A health care administrator who once managed the hospital in Lake City was named the new leader of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge on Friday. Leah Glasgo will become the organization’s president and chief executive officer on Jan. 28. She is currently the chief operating officer of ...

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

Fort Dodge and Webster County officials are coming together to help combat a problem with a creepy insect that makes skin crawl. The Webster County Health Department led a meeting on Friday discussing how to combat bed bugs in residential properties in Fort Dodge, and how to educate the public ...