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Entertaining the masses

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CHICAGO — Mike Schminke’s acting career was nearly derailed before it could ever get on track. “I moved to Los Angeles right after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa and one of my first jobs was background acting, being an ‘extra,’” said Schminke, a 2001 Fort Dodge ...

Victims identified in Bancroft murder-suicide

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BANCROFT - The ex-boyfriend of a Bancroft woman shot and killed her and another man at a Bancroft home before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. All three bodies were found at a home located at 524 S. Morehouse ...

‘Do all the good you can’

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Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are working hard for their communities. In 1995, RaeAnne Marner’s husband, Dr. Mark Marner, was diagnosed with ...

Hot dog!

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For Cole Lundgren, 12, of Lehigh, the hot dog eating contest at the Webster County Fair wasn’t his best food experience ever. “I ate four,” he said after walking off the stage. “I feel like I might hurl.” Cody Tucker, 15, of Niangua, Missouri, had a few last words before he ...

Factory externship gives teacher an edge

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PATON — Andy Peterson, an industrial technology manufacturing teacher at Southeast Valley Middle School in Burnside, is excited to get back to school in the middle of July — even after he sacrificed his summer off. That’s because he can’t wait to bring back everything he’s ...

KidZone sponsors food program

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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 ...

Kitchen on wheels

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It’s common for some workers in the Fort Dodge area get about 30 minutes for a lunch break, according to Brandon Farrand, part owner of The Grub Hub. And Farrand, who knows firsthand, said oftentimes those workers don’t have that many different food options available to them. “I ...

McCrary Rost Clinic welcomes Halbur

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LAKE CITY — The medical staff at McCrary Rost Clinic welcomes Liz Halbur, physician assistant. Halbur, an East Sac County High School graduate, will begin seeing patients at McCrary Rost Clinic in Gowrie and Lake City this month. Halbur began her career as a certified nursing assistant, ...

From our files: July 14, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: July 14, 2009 NEWS: John Daniel, owner of Daniel Pharmacy, along with his family, established a scholarship for University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students. SPORTS: The Fort Dodge and St. Edmond softball teams each won in semifinal action: The Dodgers beat Waterloo East ...

UnityPoint Health — TRMC receives award

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UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart ...

Heading to 4-H Hall of Fame

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CLARION — While neither Rick or Sue Hammen were 4-H club members as youth, they were both honored as Honorary 4-H’ers from Wright County in the past. He received the honor in 2004; she received it in 2009. Now they will be inducted in the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at the Iowa State Fair ...

There’s definitely value in tradition

Local Business

POCAHONTAS — Genevieve Schoon said she and her late husband, Ernie, looked forward to the time when their farm would reach the status of Century Farm and they could apply for the award. All of that happened, but unfortunately, without Ernie. Schoon said her husband passed away in ...

UnityPoint At Home office transitions

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LAKE CITY — UnityPoint At Home Homecare and Hospice has transitioned to Storm Lake and Fort Dodge as the home office for leadership and administrative support. That included the closing of the Lake City office space for home care and hospice. Any new hospice referrals residing in the ...

Clarion airport to get upgrades

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CLARION — The runway at Clarion Municipal Airport will be getting some needed repairs, and a federal grant will pay most of the cost. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded Clarion a $517,000 grant for the project. The city is providing a 10% match of about $51,000. ‘‘That makes ...

Agriculture counts

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Want to know how many farms there are in the U.S.? Curious about American farmers’ average income? What’s the average age of an American farmer? You can find these answers and much more, thanks to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture, whose roots date back to the presidential ...

Wright County Fair carries on 4-H tradition

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EAGLE GROVE — In the hustle and bustle of the annual fair, it’s easy to forget why it happens every year. But Wright County 4-H’ers remember why they take stubborn goats, squealing pigs and reluctant sheep around the ring each year. “If you don’t keep them busy, they’ll get ...

From our files: July 13, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: July 13, 2009 NEWS: Karen Ervin was named Webster County’s court-appointed special advocate. SPORTS: Winners of the 29th annual Kemna Auto of Fort Dodge City Tournament, presented by The Messenger, were: Kevin Ault (men’s open), Heather Frye (women’s open), Dean ...

Holy Trinity Parish to hold Totus Tuus Sunday through Friday

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Totus Tuus is a Latin phrase meaning “totally yours,” and was the motto of Pope John Paul II. This motto signifies a True Devotion to Mary and our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through Mary. The mission of this summer Catholic program is to inspire in young people a ...

Three found dead in Bancroft home

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BANCROFT — Three people were found dead in a Bancroft home Friday morning, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Officers with the Bancroft Police Department responded to 524 S. Morehouse St., a short time after 8:13 a.m. when it was reported that two people were found ...