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Two charged with willful injury

Two men who identified themselves as football players for Iowa Central Community College have been charged with willful injury for allegedly assaulting a Fort Dodge man. The incident happened either late last night or early this morning, according to criminal complaints. Jesse Driver Jr., 19, ...

Hubbell urges: Turn out the vote

Speaking about his goals for the future of the state, candidate for governor Fred Hubbell encouraged Webster County Democrats to get out the vote at a meeting Sunday noon. “Let’s get a lot of people out to vote,” Hubbell said at the county Democratic Party headquarters in Fort ...

Delaney decries division

Another Democratic candidate in town Sunday has much more than 10 days to work on his own campaign. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland, is running for president in 2020 and is the first Democrat to file for that race. What does he focus on so early in the race? Right now, his number ...

Barnaby becomes young adult author

A local attorney recently wrote her first novel, a young adult book inspired by her love of fantasy novels. Laura Barnaby, who is a partner with the Johnson, Bonzer and Barnaby law firm, of Fort Dodge, called her debut novel “Witches’ Quarters.” Barnaby, who wrote the book under ...

Pederson strives for quality in all things

What is important to you? Family, service, quality. Family is always first. Nothing means more to me than my wife Jennifer, and our sons Gavin and Kyle. They influence all of my decisions. Service to my community is also very important to me. That’s why I’m a member of groups like the ...

13 Days of Halloween

This skeleton dog with a bone is right at home in a yard filled with witches, skeletons, and “It” and “Thing” from the Addams Family at 709 S. 17th St. The Messenger’s 13 days of Halloween continues with the house at 709 S. 17th St.

A great BIG canvas

There are big canvases to paint on, and then are BIG canvases. Artist Guido van Helten, of Brisbane, Australia, is working on the biggest one available in Fort Dodge — an 80-foot-tall abandoned concrete silo along Hawkeye Avenue. He’s recently started putting brush to concrete after ...

1-2-3 FAMILY

When Drew Ruby went to drop his kids off at day care about a year ago, he quickly found himself in a predicament after he learned the day care had closed. “I went to the door of the day care and it was locked,” Ruby, of Fort Dodge, recalled. “I usually get to the day care 10 minutes ...

How — and why — does this garden grow?

Two years after it was founded, the Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary School garden is becoming a hub for monarch butterflies. Thanks to a $10,000 grant the school received this month, it will have a year-round habitat for the important insects to live in, and will help spread monarch ...

Inmate failed to return to Fort Dodge facility

Authorities are looking for an inmate who failed to return to the Fort Dodge Residential Facility Saturday morning. Timothy Warren Pittman Sr., was convicted of second-degree robbery, second-offense domestic abuse assault and willful injury — causing bodily injury in Marshall County, ...

King charged in double murder

An arrest has been made in the deaths of two brothers who were found shot to death north of downtown Fort Dodge early Monday morning. Tanner J. King, 28, of Fort Dodge, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, both Class A felonies, and one count of attempted murder, a Class B ...

Seeking spooky stuff

The list of materials still needed by the Fort Dodge Senior High students putting on the Haunted High haunted house on Wednesday is pretty scary on its own. It includes: fake body parts, fettuccine to simulate intestines, fake blood, mannequin heads, hospital gowns, a meat grinder, surgery ...

A run for rare diseases

Amber Gambill’s son has a disorder so rare, only a handful of people in Iowa have it — because it only occurs in one out of 10,000 people. But thanks to the Gene Giraffe Project, Gambill doesn’t feel alone in Fort Dodge. Gene Giraffe is holding a 5k Run/Walk for rare diseases this ...

Into the world

“So what do you want to be when you’re grown up?” A common question posed to children by adults. How about this question: “So what are you going to be now that you’re almost grown up?” For high school students that are trying to answer that, or have already decided and ...

Applebee’s robbery suspect arrested

A suspect in the late September robbery of a local restaurant has been arrested. Cletio R. Clark, 28, of Fort Dodge, is facing one count of first-degree robbery, a class B felony. He’s accused of robbing the Fort Dodge Applebee’s, 2810 Fifth Ave. S., early in the morning on Sept. ...

Decision on 911 dispatch center looms for Webster Co.

Members of the Webster County Telecommunications Board on Thursday heard from two different firms interested in helping to improve the management of the 911 dispatch center within the Webster County Law Enforcement Center. The meeting was held in the Fort Dodge City Council Chambers at the ...

Hours-long standoff ends peacefully in Stratford

STRATFORD — A standoff in Stratford that lasted a little more than five hours Wednesday night ended peacefully with a suspect being arrested on multiple charges. Law enforcement officers responded to 1472 350th St. in Stratford at 6:47 p.m. Wednesday after a woman reported that her son, ...

Kidnapping, robbery suspect faces additional charges

A man already in the Webster County Jail on robbery and kidnapping charges is now facing an additional robbery charge in an unrelated incident. Keaton R. Collins, 28, of Fort Dodge, is facing new charges of third-degree robbery and first-degree theft. Criminal complaints, filed with the ...