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Webster County Public Health provides senior health program

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Webster County Public Health has services available for senior citizens. “We have received phone calls from out-of-state children who are concerned about parents or grandparents during the pandemic. We also know that there are seniors who are afraid to leave their homes. We will be the ...

Virtually distanced art

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While the Blanden Memorial Art Museum is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not only is the staff continuing to work behind the scenes, but artists are continuing to work. A new online exhibit, “Art as Medicine; Artists react to the current state.” is available to ...

First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Webster County

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Webster County's first positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was confirmed on Thursday, according to the Webster County Public Health. The individual has recovered from the virus, the Health Department reported. The Webster County resident is in the 18-40 age group, according to ...

Webster County Public Health warns of scams targeting seniors

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Webster County Public Health continues to receive reports from seniors in the county who are receiving phone calls and messages that free meals and supplies will be provided to them if they give the person on the telephone their Social Security number and/or Medicare/Medicaid number. These ...

New deputy sheriff on the job

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The streets of Webster County were graced with a new presence this week as Deputy Tyler Holbrook assumed his new position with the Sheriff’s Office. A former staffer at the Webster County Jail and reserve police officer in Dayton from 2017 to 2019, Holbrook said he’s excited to be back ...

Blood donors still needed

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In times of uncertainty and fear, the world looks toward the helpers — the people trying to make everything even just a little bit better. With many folks stuck working from home, practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, some may be wondering of ways ...

Kossuth County seeks supplies for first responders

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ALGONA — Supplies like disposable gloves and masks for first responders and health care workers are needed in Kossuth County amid the spread of COVID-19, according to David Penton, Kossuth County emergency management coordinator. The first positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Kossuth ...

Teachers to students: We miss you

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MANSON — Amanda Sigler parked her van in a driveway along Main Street in Manson Tuesday afternoon and waited with her children, Hadley Sigler, 7 and Easton Sigler, 10. The pair did summersaults, wrestled and blew off some steam in the grass along the street. Nearby, a mother and her ...

Pope invites all Christians to pray at noon

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Through the direction of Pope Francis, Bishop Walker Nickless invites all Christians to pray at noon today. Today marks the day when many Christians commemorate the annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary with the announcement that she would be the mother of the Son of God. “I invite ...

UnityPoint opens respiratory clinic

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A clinic dedicated to serving patients with respiratory illnesses amid the potential spread of COVID-19 is open at 1428 Second Ave. N. The clinic opened on Monday. It is located in the same building as UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine — Second Avenue North. All patients, whether ...

Road closures announced

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Weather permitting, today, the 1500 block of Fourth Avenue North will be closed to through traffic to replace the sewer. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use an alternate route and caution in the construction area. Local traffic will have access. In addition, traffic on South 21st ...

Messenger readers warned of scam

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Readers of The Messenger need to be aware of an apparent telephone scam targeting them. Some people have reported receiving phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as a representative of the local newspaper. The caller claims that the newspaper could not process the person’s ...

Today’s tornado drill canceled

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and the call of social distancing by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Weather Service has canceled Iowa’s 2020 tornado drill. The drill was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. today. Most sheltering locations are in confined ...

Gowrie grocery store moves toward reopening

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GOWRIE — Soon, the mirage of an old grocery store in a food desert will be transformed into a place where Gowrie residents can buy things they haven’t been able to for months. Almost two months after an event launched $250,000 in donations in 10 days, Gowrie Grocery LLC has started the ...