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May’s Honor Flight rescheduled

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The May 9, 2020, Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight is rescheduled for Aug. 22. The suspension is in response to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. All veterans who were scheduled to go on the May 9 flight leaving from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport will be invited to go on the Au. 22 ...

Online ball

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You are cordially invited to not attend the 37th annual Friends of St. Edmond Ball on May 2. This disinvitation comes courtesy of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. However, St. Edmond Catholic School is making lemonade with the lemons it’s been dealt by hosting a “no show ball” ...

June primary absentee voting extended

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DES MOINES — Secretary of State Paul Pate has extended the absentee voting period to 40 days for Iowans who choose to vote by mail in the June primary. Pate encourages Iowans to cast ballots by mail, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This change will allow voters more time to ...

No serious injuries reported in semi, van crash

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POCAHONTAS — No one suffered any serious injuries when a semitrailer hit a van on a highway east of Pocahontas Tuesday morning. The semitrailer jacknifed and the van rolled over several times. It happened at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Pocahontas County Road N65 and Iowa ...

City announces yard waste information

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The city of Fort Dodge has announced that the yard waste site at Central Garage will remain closed until further notice. Curbside yard waste pickup begins April 3. To encourage social isolation and smart shopping, orange stickers are not required until further notice. Requests need to be ...

Walter seeks Democratic nomination for Webster County sheriff

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A sergeant in the Webster County Sheriff’s Office who has been its canine handler for 13 years has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for sheriff. ‘‘I’m one of the longest serving deputies with the department at this point,’’ said Tony Walter. ‘‘Since 2004, ...

Keeping the cupboard stocked

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Cleanliness may be next to godliness during a public health emergency, but new donations to The Lord’s Cupboard might help ensure that a full belly is high on the list, too. And while the local economy is feeling the effects of the coronavirus, with schools and many critical businesses ...

Webster County Treasurer’s Office announces extensions

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The Webster County Treasurer’s Office confirmed that property taxes have been temporarily suspended until the governor’s proclamation ends on April 16. Regarding Iowa Department of Transportation issued extensions, vehicles purchased after Feb. 17, 2020, are not required to be titled ...

Lunch is served

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When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her recommendation that all Iowa schools close for four weeks to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many parents across the state worried about how they would keep their children fed during this time. More than 40 percent of the state’s ...

Youth Empowerment Association postpones awards

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The Youth Empowerment Association has postponed its Kids’ Choice Awards, scheduled for April 26 at Fort Frenzy, until further notice. No new date has been selected. The awards open nominations to those 18 and under to nominate deserving mentors in their lives for a night on the “red ...

Mayor: All key Fort Dodge services operating

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Although in-person contact between Fort Dodge residents and several city government offices have been suspended because of the threat of COVID-19, all essential services are continuing as normal, according to Mayor Matt Bemrich. That means all the police officers, firefighters and paramedics ...

Honor Flight rescheduled

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The May 9, 2020 Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight is rescheduled for August 22, 2020. The suspension is in response to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. All veterans who were scheduled to go on the May 9 flight leaving from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport will be invited to go on the ...

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 ...

FD council OKs $93M budget for 2020-21

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The roughly $93 million budget for Fort Dodge in 2020-2021 was approved by the City Council Monday. Totalling $93,699, 279, the budget maintains local government services at their current levels. It also trims the property tax rate slightly, to $20.17 per $1,000 of taxable value. The ...

‘Ahead of the curve’

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Though there hasn’t been a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Webster County yet, leaders across the spectrum have been meeting twice a day for nearly two weeks in preparation for when it lands — but they can’t do it alone. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is asking for all ...

FD district to pay employees during school closure

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All employees of the Fort Dodge Community School District, will continue to be paid during the school closures due to COVID-19. On Monday night, the FDCSD Board of Education voted to pass a resolution to allow the district to continue to pay its staff during this time. One of the factors ...

Humboldt names new superintendent

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HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt Community School District announced its next superintendent following a special school board meeting on Monday night. Jim Murray will begin his duties as superintendent on July 1, 2020. “Jim’s authenticity, educational experience, community mindedness and his ...

Railroad netting knocks out power for nearly 450 in FD

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Netting failure from a railroad bridge caused a power outage late Monday morning, affecting nearly 450 MidAmerican Energy customers through a wide swath of Fort Dodge. MidAmerican Energy Co. said that 446 customers lost power at 11:35 a.m. after protective netting used to contain falling ...