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Grassley talks rural health care during Lake City Visit

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LAKE CITY — Rural hospitals across the nation have been closing their doors more frequently and at higher rates than urban facilities in recent years, but Stewart Memorial Community Hospital (SMCH) in Lake City is bucking the trend. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley learned about SMCH’s new $30 ...

Missing Emmetsburg man found dead in submerged vehicle

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EMMETSBURG — An Emmetsburg man who was reported missing almost two weeks ago was found dead in a submerged vehicle in an incident that investigators are saying is not suspicious. Colton Johnson, 19, was reported missing in the early morning hours of June 22. Emmetsburg Police Chief Ryan ...

Cut cable knocks out Mediacom services

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A severed fiber optic cable knocked out phone, television and internet service to between 5,000 and 10,000 Mediacom Communications customers in the Fort Dodge area for several hours Wednesday. The service interruption started at about 11:05 a.m. Service was fully restored to most customers ...

It’s a no go, for now

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ROCKWELL CITY — A planned fire station in Twin Lakes may have been stopped, at least for now, as a result of action by the Calhoun County Planning and Zoning Board. The board voted 3-2 Tuesday to recommend rejecting a proposed change to the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan to allow ...

From our files: July 3, 2019

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10 Years ago: July 3, 2009 NEWS: Thousands of bikers attended the ABATE motorcycle rally in Algona. SPORTS: St. Edmond beat Iowa Falls-Alden 8-2 in softball. 25 Years ago: July 3, 1994 NEWS: Ca Thi Nguyen was named Employee of the Month at Friendship Haven. SPORTS: Webster City beat ...

News of Record: July 3, 2019

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Police Log FORT DODGE Monday A burglary was reported in the 1900 block of Fifth Avenue South. A theft was reported in the 200 block of South Eighth Street. A burglary was reported in the 900 block of South 28th Street. A theft was reported in the 700 block of First Avenue South. A ...

Two languages

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As a child, Desiree Pineda, of Fort Dodge, would answer her parents’ questions a little differently depending on who was asking. That’s because her dad’s questions were in a different language than her mom’s questions. “My dad would talk to me in Spanish and my mom would talk ...

Trump signs Grassley IRS bill

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An Internal Revenue Service reform measure co-authored by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Monday. It is called the Taxpayer First Act. It contains a number of provisions the Iowa Republican said will protect taxpayers. ‘‘This bipartisan, ...

Remme held on bond

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A Fort Dodge man accused of robbing the New Star Mini Mart has been ordered held on bond. Dakota J. Remme, 19, had his bond set at $40,000 cash-only during his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Tuesday. He is charged with first-degree robbery, trafficking in a stolen ...

New reporter joins The Messenger

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Hi there, Fort Dodge. I’m your newest reporter at The Messenger. I’m looking forward to getting to know you by finding the stories you care about. I come to The Messenger from the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, where I got my start in the field as a general assignment reporter over the last ...

Midterm update to Comprehensive Plan coming

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A midterm update to Webster County’s Comprehensive Plan will be coming soon after the Board of Supervisors approved the signing of an agreement with a Des Moines-based design firm. The agreement between the county and Confluence Inc. is for $13,920. Supervisor Keith Dencklau was absent ...

County buys land for water trail access

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After more than a year of discussions with the property owners, the Webster County Board of Supervisors has agreed to purchase land in Kalo to build a water trail access point on the Des Moines River. The supervisors voted to buy a 2.73 acre parcel of land from Dean and Sharon Henderson for ...

Head East concert postponed to July 13

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Due to the heavy rains in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, the Head East concert scheduled at Fort Frenzy tonight has been postponed to July 13. The fireworks show, set to begin around 10 p.m., will continue as planned, Fort Frenzy stated in a post on social media. The concert will be held July 13 ...

Broken fiber line cuts FD phone service

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A broken fiber optic cable has interrupted phone service for parts of Fort Dodge. According to Phyllis Peters, a spokeswoman for Mediacom Communications, a contractor who is not doing work for Mediacom was setting up new utility poles north of Mallard. While the pole was being installed, it ...

Second chances

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ROCKWELL CITY — A pilot program being administered by Iowa Central Community College, which allows inmates to earn a college education, could be one solution to Iowa’s workforce challenges, according to Gov. Kim Reynolds. “That’s the number one concern I hear when I talk to business ...

News of Record: July 2, 2019

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Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Driving under suspension — Alana L. Eatinger, 29, Barnum, trial set for July 26. Failure to respond to steady red light — Alana L. Eatinger, 29, Barnum, trial set for July 26. No insurance — Alana L. Eatinger, 29, Barnum, trial set for July ...

FD man arrested in connection to New Star robbery

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Police have made an arrest in connection to an early Monday morning robbery at New Star Mini Mart, 1923 Fifth Ave. S., the Fort Dodge Police Department reported. Dakota J. Remme, 19, of Fort Dodge, is charged with first-degree robbery, a class B felony; going armed with intent, a class C ...