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Lake View man dies after being trapped in grain bin

LAKE VIEW (AP) — Western Iowa authorities say a 58-year-old man died after becoming trapped in a grain bin. Firefighters, medics and Sac County deputies were sent to the Lake View location around 3:40 p.m. Thursday. Officials say Garry Leonard became stuck after he entered the partially ...

State releases audit of Pocahontas County

Auditor of State Rob Sand released an audit report on Pocahontas County for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. During that fiscal year, the county had $21,201,160 in tax revenue, which included $1,760,611 in tax credits from the state. The county forwarded $14,038,183 of that revenue to the cities, ...

Parts of two Webster County roads being repaved

Sections of two Webster County roads north of Fort Dodge are being repaved. Those roads are: • P56 from the Fort Dodge city limits to C56. • C56 between P56 and U.S. Highway 169. The work is expected to take six weeks, according to the Webster County Engineer’s Office. Traffic ...

County adds one location to No Snow Removal list

Webster County Engineer Jamie Johll has added one new mile on Hayes Avenue, from 100th Street to 110th Street, to the county’s list of unpaved roads that will not receive snow removal in the winter. Webster County Supervisors approved the new list Tuesday. The list of 88 locations totals ...

Catigbe earns blue ribbons at State Fair

Nanette Catigbe took home four ribbons at the Iowa State Fair on Monday. Catigbe, of Fort Dodge, makes specialty cakes including portrait cakes through her business called Mucchio di Bella Pastries and Art. She was featured in The Messenger on July 28. Catigbe competed in the Cake ...

FDPD to be topic at Lunch & Learn

Two Fort Dodge police officers will talk about the Police Department’s operations during a Lunch & Learn event on Wednesday. Capt. Ryan Gruenberg and School/Community Resource Officer Joelyn Johnson will be the guest speakers at the lunch. Lunch & Learn will be from 11:30 a.m. to ...

Open house to be held for Callender’s library director

CALLENDER — A farewell celebration will be held on Aug. 16 for Tina Twito, the director of the Callender Heritage Library. The open house will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library. Twito has served as director for 16 years. Cards may be sent to: Tina Twito, Callender Heritage ...

Lane closures returning to Fifth Avenue South

Traffic restrictions will return to a section of Fifth Avenue South on Monday so that new street lights can be installed. The eastbound lanes of Fifth Avenue South between 31st and 32nd streets will be closed Monday and will remain closed for two to three days, according to the Fort Dodge ...

Part of Williams Drive to close

Williams Drive between 15th and 17th avenues north will be closed to traffic beginning today for concrete patching repairs, according to an announcement from the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. Detours will be in place.

Expansion at landfill in Fort Dodge is moving forward

Construction is moving slowly but surely for the new landfill cell construction to serve north central Iowa. The North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency received brief updates regarding the Phase 2 Expansion Project from HLW Engineering Group of Story City. The agency approved a payment ...

Memorial Park Cemetery is in state supervised receivership

Memorial Park Cemetery is in a state supervised receivership, the city of Fort Dodge has announced on its social media page. The city said it is acting on behalf of the state during this period. The city is not handling any sales or purchases of lots at this time. For further questions ...

Fireside Chat at Camp WaNoKi Thursday

Webster and Hamilton County Conservation Boards are holding a Fireside Chat at Camp WaNoKi, 2400 WaNoki Camp Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Bring the family and friends for some fun throwing primitive weapons at targets. Learn how people long ago used them for hunting and other means of ...

KidZone receives grant

KidZone Christian Childcare Center and Preschool has received a $1,300 grant to help complete short-term projects at the center, in First Presbyterian Church on Fifth Avenue North. The grant from Linking Families and Communities, applied for in April, has helped improve the center in the area ...

KidZone sponsors food program

KidZone Christian Childcare Center announces its sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides meals to child care and adult care participants. Those who are members of FIP or Food Assistance households, or who are Head Start participants are automatically eligible. Adult ...

Patriot Guard Riders is theme of Lunch and Learn

The Lunch and Learn on Wednesday will be with the Patriot Guard Riders at Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1615 N. 15th St. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. The program will feature the history of the Patriot Guard Riders and an explanation of how they operate. There will be a ...

Man walks away from FD halfway house

The Iowa Department of Corrections is looking for Lennox VanVacter after they say he walked away from the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility early Sunday. According to the DOC, VanVacter, 26, left the facility without authorization and did not return. He is described as a Native ...

Maker of Fort Dodge sculpture to give presentation tonight

Dan Perry, the artist who is making a sculpture for downtown Fort Dodge, will give a presentation this evening about the role of public art in communities, its impact and how it defines a place. The presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 201 at Citizens Central, 617 Central Ave. As ...

Part of 12th Avenue South to be closed

The section of 12th Avenue South between 24th and 25th streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. today, according to the Fort Dodge Public Works Department. City crews will be replacing a fire hydrant. Detours will be posted.

Meet, greet for FD Country Club GM is today

A meet and greet for David Boles, the recently hired Fort Dodge Country Club general manager and head golf professional, is today at the Fort Dodge Country Club, 370 Country Club Drive. The meet and greet is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. Boles, ...

Entries to Open Quilt Show being accepted

The Webster County Fair is accepting entries for its Open Quilt Show. Entry fee is $1, which will be collected at Tillies Quilts in Fort Dodge with your entry, by 4 p.m. on Friday. Judging will be done prior to the fair and ribbons will be awarded. All entries will be on display during the ...