News Brief

Red Cross greeting card event is today

The Brushy Creek Chapter of the American Red Cross is asking the community to sign greeting cards for military veterans and their families today.Red Cross volunteers will be at the Crossroads Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with cards available for the public to sign. The cards will be shipped to a ...

CCS Preschool accepting enrollment

Community Christian School Preschool is now accepting applications for its preschool program for the 2014-15 year.CCS Preschool offers classes for both 3- and 4-year-olds. It is state licensed and offers a learning experience of faith and fun. Students are given opportunities to learn through ...

Eggs and Issues forum set for Saturday

There will be an Eggs and Issues legislative forum Saturday in Fort Dodge, and this time there will be some actual eggs to accompany the issues under discussion.The forum, and others to follow in the annual series, will be held at the East Campus of Iowa Central Community College, which will ...

FD accepting preschool registrations

Preschool registration for the 2014-15 school year is underway. To be eligible to attend preschool in the fall of 2014, children must be 4 years old by Sept. 15. The following preschools in Fort Dodge are taking registrations and can be contacted for further information:Fort Dodge Community ...

St. Edmond schedules school concerts

St. Edmond has scheduled Christmas entertainment, and its students have been practicing and are eager to perform.Here is the schedule:Dec. 13: 10:30 a.m., morning preschool, Mrs. Junkman; 10:45 a.m., morning preschool, Mrs. Oswald; 2:30 p.m., afternoon preschool, Mrs. Junkman; 2:45 p.m., ...

FD man charged in burglary

A Fort Dodge man was charged with second-degree burglary Saturday, after police found him allegedly burglarizing a residence.According to the Fort Dodge Police Department, officers received a report of a burglary in progress at 1025 S. 21st St. The call was made at 3:34 p.m., and officers ...

Sixth Avenue North to be closed

Sixth Avenue North between Eighth and Ninth streets will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, according to Fort Dodge officials. It will be closed through Tuesday for water line repairs.

FD school board to hear updates

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the district's Central Administration Building, 104 S. 17th St.The board will hear a presentation on Iowa Teacher Leadership, discuss the Iowa Association of School Boards 2013 Convention, and accept ...

Comfort Inn of FD offers free stay

The Comfort Inn of Fort Dodge is offering a free night's stay on Thanksgiving Day to travelers visiting family members having to spend the holiday in local nursing homes, hospitals and treatment centers."Home with family for the holidays is not always possible. We hope we can help by providing ...

Salvation Army seeks bell ringers

The Salvation Army is seeking individuals and community groups to volunteer to ring bells in support of its general funds monetary campaign.The campaign carries the bulk of The Salvation Army's operational expenses through the year, allowing the agency to serve Webster County through the Social ...

FDCSD to hold garage sale Monday

The Fort Dodge Community School District will hold a garage sale Monday at the former Phillips Middle School, 1015 Fifth Ave. N. The public may arrive to view and purchase items from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. All funds collected will go to the district's general fund.Items available include lunch ...

FD explosion’s cause is likely fireworks

A commercial-grade fireworks mortar was the likely cause of an explosion Saturday afternoon at 1433 First Ave. N.The Iowa Fire Marshal's Office was called in to assist in investigating the explosion, according to a statement from the Fort Dodge Police Department. Their search of the house ...

‘Where were you?’ JFK stories sought

Millions of Americans, including thousands of The Messenger's readers, recall exactly where they were when they heard that President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on Nov. 22, 1963.As the 50th anniversary of his death approaches, The Messenger would like to compile memories from our ...

FDCSD to honor students, staff Monday

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the district's Central Administration Building, 104 S. 17th St.Students and staff of the month will be recognized, and the board will hear presentations on students services. The board will also approve ...

Free rides for veterans

Veterans can ride the DART route bus service or Para-Transit service for free on Monday.In the MIDAS county system, veterans also can ride in town for free on Monday.

LIHEAP offers heating assistance

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the 2013 to 2014 winter heating season.Applications will be taken through April 30, 2014.This program is not designed to ...

Food drive set to benefit D/SAOC

Non-perishable food items are being collected at the Ameriprise Financial office, 1400 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, Tuesday through Nov. 15 to be donated to the Domestic and Sexual Assault Outreach Center.Aligned with its giving priority of Meeting Basic Needs, Ameriprise Financial began a ...

Two vehicles destroyed in FD fire

Two cars were destroyed and a garage damaged in an early Friday morning fire at 1417 Seventh Ave. N.According to Fort Dodge Fire Department Fire Marshall Doug Ostbloom, a Ford minivan belonging to Malinda Mericle had a fire break out in the engine compartment, which spread to the interior.Heat ...

Loretta Lynn concert postponed

The Loretta Lynn concert scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer has been postponed. A rescheduled date has yet to be announced. All tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date, or ticket holders may obtain a refund at the original ...

FD school board to meet Monday

The Fort Dodge Community School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the boardroom of the district's Central Administration Building, 104 S. 17th St.Board members are scheduled to hear an update of the Fort Dodge Middle School, as well as conduct their annual asbestos ...