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Club Roundup — Week of Oct. 12

Sororities P.E.O., Chapter JX: 1 p.m. Wednesday, First Congregational Church, 1611 Williams Drive. Support groups Alcohol dependency Codependency Anonymous: 6 p.m. Saturday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Families and parenting DivorceCare: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran ...

Free women’s self defense seminar is Saturday

Faiferlick Martial Arts is offering a free Women Empowered Self Defense Kickoff Seminar on Saturday. The seminar will cover techniques on how to neutralize the 20 most common attacks. Ages 13 and older are welcome. Class begins at 1 p.m. One participant will win a free Women Empowered ...

Webster County Public Health reports 48 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County Public Health has reported 48 new COVID-19 cases in the last five days, bringing the county’s total to 1,484. Of the total cases, 94 remain open under public health monitoring. The cases fall into the following age categories: • Children (age 0-17): 87 • Adults (age ...

St. Edmond participating in USDA food program

The United States Department of Agriculture has issued nationwide waivers which allow school districts and community organizations to extend the operation of the Summer Food Service Program into the current school year through Dec. 31 or until available funding runs out. St. Edmond Catholic ...

Election forum Oct. 5

Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is hosting an election forum at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S. Webster County Sheriff candidates Luke Fleener and Tony Walter will speak from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Iowa House of Representatives candidates Charles Clayton and Ann Meyer will speak ...

General election important dates announced

Oct. 5 — Absentee ballots will be mailed out. Oct. 5 — First day to vote early in person at the Absentee Precinct located in the Department of Human Services building, 330 First Ave. N., Fort Dodge. Oct. 19 — Worry-free postmark deadline for mail in voter registration. Oct. 24 — ...

Flu shot clinic today

Webster County Public Health’s annual drive-thru flu shot clinic is being held today from 9 to 11 a.m. The clinic is located at WCPH’s downtown Fort Dodge office, 723 First Ave. S. Most insurance plans are accepted, otherwise the cost is $25.

Fort Dodge OfficeMax will close in November

Fort Dodge’s OfficeMax will permanently close on Nov. 14, according to local manager Jonathan Latham. The office supply chain’s local store started liquidating its merchandise on Sept. 17, with current sales ranging from 5% to 40% off regular prices. Latham said prices should drop further ...

Closure announced on North Seventh Street

Weather permitting, beginning Monday for approximately one month, North Seventh Street from 15th Avenue North to 170th Street will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will have access and detours will be in place. The detour will direct traffic to North 15th Street/Nelson Ave. ...

Fort Dodge Police Department outlines Homecoming Parade route

The Fort Dodge Senior High School will hold its annual Homecoming Parade in downtown Fort Dodge on Friday, with some changes from last year. The parade will still be held on Central Avenue, but with a different staging area to be considerate of daily traffic flow. The staging area for the ...

Flu shot clinic set

Webster County Public Health’s drive-thru flu shot clinic has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at 723 First Ave. S. Most insurance is accepted. Cost is $25.

First United Methodist to hold three-day rummage sale this week

First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St., is holding a rummage sale from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Items will be $3 per bag or half price on Saturday. Masks are required to attend the sale.

Farm Bureau endorses Meyer

State Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge, has been endorsed by the Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee. That committee has named her a Friend of Agriculture. Meyer is seeking her second term. She faces Democrat Charles Clayton, of Fort Dodge, in the November election. Meyer represents ...

Club roundup — Week of Sept. 28

Families and parenting DivorceCare: 6 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Clubs and nonprofit organizations can have meetings and events announced in Club Roundup by getting the information to The Messenger newsroom by 5 p.m. the Wednesday the week before the event. ...

Road closure announced along First Avenue North

Weather permitting, beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, traffic on First Avenue North between15th and 16th, 18th and 19th, 20th and 21st streets will be closed until work is completed. City crews will be installing three new water main insert valves at the intersections of First Avenue and 15th ...

Drive-thru flu shot clinic rescheduled to Oct. 3

Webster County Public Health’s drive-thru flu shot clinic has been rescheduled to 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 3. The annual clinic will be in the drive-thru at Webster County Public Health’s downtown location, 723 First Ave. S., in Fort Dodge. Most insurance is accepted, otherwise the cost is ...

First United Methodist to hold rummage sale

First United Methodist Church, First Avenue North and 10th Street, will hold its fall rummage sale for missions Thursday through Oct. 3. Furniture, linens, jewelry, toys, kitchen appliances, household goods, clothes and more will be for sale. Hours of the sale are: ∫ Noon to 6 p.m. ...

Teen charged in Pocahontas County stabbing

ROLFE — A teenager has been charged with stabbing a man in the face and body Sunday in rural Pocahontas County. The victim, an 18-year-old from Welcome, Minnesota, was initially treated at Pocahontas Community Hospital before being airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South ...

Webster County sees 35 new COVID-19 cases

Webster County Public Health said on Tuesday that the county’s COVID-19 positive case number has increased by 35 since Friday, for a cumulative total of 1,241. Of the 1,241 cases, most have met the CDC’s requirement for public health release from isolation and are considered recovered, ...

Manson Meridian Singers rehearsals to begin Oct. 1

Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to attend the Manson Meridian Singers’ first rehearsal of the season, as the group begins preparations for its 50th anniversary show. Rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Manson Mennonite Church, 1310 Eighth St., Manson. Director ...