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Sweet as honey

Local News

  Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Hometown Pride, published June 30, featuring people and organizations from Fort Dodge and the surrounding area who are giving back to their communities. Britta McCollum is a typical 16-year-old with a ...

Little Crusaders Daycare receives grant

Education

Little Crusaders Daycare, located at Community Christian School, opened its doors in January 2019. The daycare has received a grant of $9,798 from Linking Families and Community to expand the space and have a separate 3’s and 4’s childcare room. The grant included monies to pay for ...

Area students graduate from Wartburg

Education Briefs

WAVERLY — Wartburg College awarded diplomas to 276 students during a virtual Spring Commencement on May 24. Those receiving diplomas include: Brock Miller, of Fort Dodge, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in computer science. He is the son of Jason and Susan Miller. Erica Rittgers, of ...

In an instant

Local News

“It feels so fast, then it feels so slow,” Savena Cox said as she scanned, frame by frame, through the images that were burned into her mind the night she watched the love of her life taken by a bullet. “I can still see his face,” she said, bearing witness to the moment she believes ...

Two Fort Dodge intersections to be closed

News Brief

Two Fort Dodge intersections will be closed next week while city crews replace a water valve and fire hydrant, according to an announcement from the Public Works Department. The intersection of Second Avenue North and 10th Street will be closed Tuesday. The intersection of Second Avenue North ...

Treating emerald ash borer

Local Business

Driving along 10th Avenue North on a recent summer day, Jaime Brinkman’s eyes were drawn to a trio of ash trees next to the Dodger Tennis Courts. “It’s like if you’re looking for a red car, you start seeing red cars,” Brinkman said. “Once you start seeing ash trees, you see ...

Humboldt’s Sheri Mortiz among the employees recognized

Business Briefs

HUMBOLDT — Sheri Moritz from Bank Iowa’s Humboldt office was the recipient of the Be People Centered award given by Bank Iowa at its annual summit event in Des Moines. Mortiz was recognized for her ability to lead with compassion while celebrating effort as often as outcomes. Mortiz has ...

News of Record: Aug. 1, 2020

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Thursday Four domestic calls were reported. Trespassing was reported in the 10 block of North 25th Street. Trespassing was reported in the 100 block of North 10th Street. Theft was reported in the 1500 block of Second Avenue North. Fraud was reported in the ...

Diocese staffers get new roles

Religion Briefs

Two employees of the Diocese of Sioux City have new roles. Dawn Prosser is now the director of communication. She will continue as media director for The Lumen newspaper and social media platforms. Susan O’Brien is now the director of stewardship and development. She will continue to ...

Hill starts as Fort Dodge Police Department chaplain

Local Religion

As the lead pastor at First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Austin Hill, along with the rest of the staff, has made it a priority to invest in the greater Fort Dodge community over the past several years. In fact, part of the job description for the staff now includes spending at least 10% ...

On target

Local News

Like many 10-year-olds, Andy Douglass-Newburn has an abundance of energy. But Douglass-Newburn, who lives with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, has struggled at times to focus and find a target for that energy. His mother, Crystal Newburn, of Otho, wanted to find one for him. ...

Walding honored as Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisor

Business Briefs

Cierra Walding, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Fort Dodge, was named to the list of “Forbes Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” published by Forbes Magazine. The list recognizes “next-generation” financial advisors who have demonstrated high levels of ethical ...

LCMS VBS is Tuesday and Wednesday

Religion Briefs

The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod of Fort Dodge is holding a walk-through vacation bible school at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Ave. N., on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sign-up at www.goodshepherdfortdodge.org or on Facebook pages for Good Shepherd Fort Dodge or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Webster County hits 700 COVID-19 cases

Local News

Webster County surpassed 700 COVID-19 cases Friday, according to Webster County Public Health, ending the week at 701. Webster County surged 510 positive cases over the month of July. On July 1, the county’s cases totaled 191. Friday’s new total is an increase of 29 from Tuesday’s ...

WCF Bancorp announces financial results

Business Briefs

WCF Bancorp, Inc., the parent holding company of WCF Financial Bank, today announced its results of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019. The company’s approximate net income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 was $145,100, compared with approximate net income ...

‘We didn’t see this coming at all’

Local News

For the majority of producers in the state of Iowa, spring planting came and went as fast as it started with little to no issues. Was it all too good to be true? For the past few months, conditions have taken a turn for the worse. The lack of rain and high temperatures have put a large ...

Speaking up about human trafficking

Local News

“It just shows you how fast it can happen — in the blink of an eye,” said a Fort Dodge woman who is a survivor of human trafficking. The Messenger is withholding her identity in this story for the victim’s protection. The woman was kidnapped twice by two different women when she ...