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Home, Garden & Lifestyle show starts Friday

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It is time to get moving on projects around the house and the upcoming Home, Garden & Lifestyle show sponsored by The Messenger will provide plenty of ideas for doing just that. The show will be Friday and Saturday at a new location: the Webster County Fairgrounds at 22770 Old Highway ...

Rock N’ Rail canceled for 2021

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The annual Rock N’ Rail 1850 competitive bike races in Fort Dodge have been canceled for 2021, Meg Beshey, the organizer of the event announced on Wednesday. Beshey said a combination of factors led to the cancellation. She said there’s sponsors and volunteers who remain concerned ...

Youth group tackles mall cleanup

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With their large dust mops aligned so that no bit of grime could escape them, Jole Waldschmidt and Eliza McCullough advanced down a corridor of Crossroads Mall Wednesday evening. Not far away, Leah Fisher, Zoe Mcluckie and Zoey Wacholtz cleaned all the glass in the doors and windows at an ...

Cultural exchange

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World Link Inc. is searching for three more Fort Dodge families to host foreign exchange students and give them the opportunity to experience American culture. World Link is a nonprofit exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. ...

Road closure announced on North Third Street

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Effective immediately, until work is completed, Public Works crews have closed North Third Street between Ninth and 10th avenues north for concrete patching repairs. This road closure will be in effect through Thursday. The street will be closed to through traffic until work is completed. ...

News of Record: April 28, 2021

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Police Logs FORT DODGE Monday Two domestic calls were reported. A civil problem was reported in the 800 block of South 31st Street. Criminal mischief was reported in the 800 block of North Seventh Street. Downed power lines were reported in the 600 block of Eighth Avenue North. A ...

Pendleton convicted of killing pastor

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DAVENPORT — It was a lesson in grace. Just moments after a Scott County jury convicted Joshua Pendleton of first-degree murder in the October 2019, killing of the Rev. Al Henderson, the pastor’s widow approached the defendant’s father, who had also been watching the trial from the ...

Investigator may be added to County Attorney’s Office

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An experienced investigator may soon be added to the staff of the Webster County Attorney’s Office. The investigator would assist the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Dayton Police Department and the Gowrie Police Department. County Attorney Darren ...

Northwest to close downtown bank

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Northwest Bank will close its downtown branch late this summer, and consolidate its Fort Dodge operations at its North 29th Street location. John Taets, the bank’s regional president, described the move as a good and exciting one. ‘‘Our banking operation and team is growing,’’ ...

Steck is new Webster County deputy

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Thomas Steck, a Fort Dodge Police Department detective, was hired as the newest Webster County deputy sheriff Tuesday. Steck, who has been a Fort Dodge officer for 12 years, will begin working for the county on May 12. He fills one of two vacancies that originated with the retirements of ...

Railroad crossing safety upgrades coming

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Safety features will be added to a railroad grade crossing on a rural Webster County road. Webster County Engineer Jamie Johll said gate arms, flashing lights and bells will be added to the spot where Union Pacific Railroad tracks cross 260th Street between Fairbanks and Garfield ...

FDCSD continues search for superintendent

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Finalists for the position of Fort Dodge Community School District superintendent will be brought in for interviews on May 19. The FDCSD Board of Education provided an update on the search to replace current Superintendent Jesse Ulrich at its regular board meeting on Monday night. Ulrich ...

Reaching for the stars

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Growing up, Michaela (Spaulding) Hemming loved looking at the stars and staring at constellations through her telescope. She was fascinated by astronomy and the complexity of science. That thirst for knowledge helped recently lead Hemming to a trifecta of national ...

News of record: April 27, 2021

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FORT DODGE Friday An unknown problem was reported in the 1000 block of First Avenue South. Criminal mischief was reported near North 10th Street and Sixth Avenue North. Harassment was reported in the 1200 block of Sixth Avenue North. Fraud was reported in the 100 block of North ...

Mental health experts disagree in Pendleton trial

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DAVENPORT — Mental health experts brought in by the state and the defense disagree on whether Joshua Pendleton was insane when he attacked and killed the Rev. Al Henderson at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Oct. 2, 2019. The final day of testimony in Pendleton’s first-degree murder trial was ...

Real change

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A leadership summit will soon be held in Fort Dodge that organizers hope will be a first step in creating real change when it comes to racial and cultural understanding. The summit, called A Week in Dodge, will consist of a series of conversations and training centered around the issues of ...

Road, trail contracts awarded by FD council

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Parts of two Fort Dodge streets will be rebuilt this year. The City Council on Monday awarded contracts for that work, plus two other infrastructure jobs. South 21st Street between 14th and 15th avenues south will be rebuilt. Nearby, 15th Avenue South between Oleson Park Avenue and South ...