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Wild Rose to open temporary offices

JEFFERSON - Wild Rose Jefferson will open temporary offices next month to assist with construction, hiring and preparation for the opening of the $40 million casino and events center.Wild Rose has leased office and warehouse space at 300 Microsoy Drive. The office will open Monday. It will ...

Casey Frederiksen trial starts Monday

WEBSTER CITY (AP) - The trial of a 35-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a northern Iowa girl's stabbing death is set to begin next week.Prosecutors said Casey Frederiksen was watching the 5-year-old girl at the time of her disappearance in July 2005. She was the daughter of his ...

W.C. hospital victim of wire fraud

WEBSTER CITY - The hospital in Webster City is reportedly the victim of a wire fraud.The incident, which occurred Feb. 2, involved Van Diest Medical Center, according to a Webster City Police Department report.The amount of money affected was $33,150, the police report said.VDMC Chief Executive ...

Webster County Democrats to meet

The Webster County Democratic Party will hold its off-year caucus/organizational meeting on Saturday at the Lion's Den, 731 Exposition Drive.There will be a potluck dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. with the caucus starting at 7:30 p.m. Election of Central Committee members will take place.All ...

State tree nursery closing proposed

WEBSTER CITY - Owners of commercial nurseries and landowners who purchase trees from the state forestry nursery in Ames will gather at 2 p.m. today at the Webster City Municipal Airport, 1524 240th St., Webster City, to discuss the proposed closing of the nursery.The Iowa Department of Natural ...

Small fire burns chicken coop

A chicken coop caught fire in Fort Dodge Tuesday night.The fire at 933 S. 24th St. ruined the chicken coop and melted the vinyl siding on a nearby garage. Four chickens were killed, according to Fire Department Lt. Jeff Hill.Hill said a heat lamp used to keep the chickens warm apparently caused ...

Credit union land sale on FD agenda

A real estate sale that will lead to the construction of a new credit union building is on Monday's agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council.The council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.At that time, the council will consider selling city-owned property in ...

‘Back to School Gardens’ webinar in W.C.

WEBSTER CITY - Hamilton County ISU Extension will host a webinar on "Local Foods: Back to School Gardens," which will focus on the role of Master Gardeners partnering with school gardens.The webinar will explain how Master Gardeners are engaging in school gardens and supporting systems change ...

Two-car accident

Two cars that collided sit at the intersection of Fifth Avenue North and North 16th Street Wednesday morning. According to the Fort Dodge Police Department accident report, a 1999 Buick Park Avenue, driven by Crystal Henderson, of Fort Dodge, was going south on North 16th Street. She told the ...

Panel approves broadband expansion bill

DES MOINES (AP) - A House panel has approved a bill aimed at expanding broadband in Iowa, a step needed to advance one of Gov. Terry Branstad's top legislation priorities this session.Members of a commerce subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday. It now advances to a full committee for ...

Woman dies in Waterloo house fire

WATERLOO (AP) - Authorities have confirmed that one person died following a house fire in Waterloo.The Waterloo Police Department said the identity of the elderly woman who was found dead at the residence has not yet been released.Fire Chief Pat Treloar said a passerby reported the fire and ...

Bills on minimum wage, wage theft OK’d

DES MOINES (AP) - A Senate committee has approved bills that would increase Iowa's minimum wage and create a more detailed system for preventing wage theft.The committee on labor and business relations voted Wednesday to advance both bills. The full Democratic-controlled Senate can now debate ...

Operation Christmas seeks space

Operation Christmas needs storage space for equipment, new clothing and toys.The space should be approximately 1,000 square feet.It can be cool, but must be above freezing.Contact Ruth Reed, co-chairman of Operation Christmas, at 576-4613. Operation Christmas has a 501(c)(3) status as a project ...

Former Messenger employee earns honor

Larry Peterson, sportswriter for the Creston News Advertiser and former employee of The Messenger, received a Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Newspaper Association Feb. 6 at its annual convention in Des Moines.The 1975 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High attended Iowa Central Community ...

Larson wins writing awards

Dana Larsen, editor of the Pilot-Tribune in Storm Lake and a former employee of The Messenger, earned Master Columnist and Excellence in Editorial Writing honors, as well as a Harrison "Skip" Weber Investigative Reporting Award at the Iowa Newspaper Association's annual convention in Des Moines ...

Holiday closings

What's closed or open for Presidents Day?FinancialCitizens ClosedCS Bank - ClosedFirst American - OpenFirst State Bank - OpenGreat Western OpenUnited Bank of Iowa - ClosedWells Fargo - OpenNorthwest ClosedPost officeClosed.Webster County ExtensionOpen.City sanitationRefuse normally collected ...

Free radon test kits nearly gone in FD

The Webster County Health Department is on track to be out of free radon test kits by this morning."We will have a limited amount of free ones tomorrow morning," Brandi Alexander, environmental health services, said Thursday. "I will not be surprised if they are gone by 10 in the morning."Kits ...

Gargano honored with INA award

HUMBOLDT - James Gargano, publisher of the Humboldt Independent newspaper, was named as one of two Master Editor-Publishers during the 2015 Iowa Newspaper Association convention awards banquet.Gargano has spent nearly three decades in the newspaper industry. He began his career operating a ...

Growth Alliance award nominations due

Nominations for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's Small Business of the Year Award and Rookie of the Year Award are due by Friday.The Small Business of the Year Award is awarded to an established small business that has been in existence for five or more years. The Rookie of the Year ...

Rockwell City boil advisory lifted

ROCKWELL CITY - The boil advisory for Rockwell City has been lifted, and it is no longer necessary to boil water before use.The city reported Tuesday morning that repairs have been completed and tests came back containing no bacteria. The advisory had been in place since Saturday, when a water ...