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Bushman gets Top Gun Award

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   John Bruner, executive committee chairman for the Webster County Crime Stoppers group, presents The Messenger Publisher Emeritus Larry Bushman, right, with their Top Gun award Tuesday afternoon at The Messenger’s offices in downtown Fort Dodge.   Bushman was recognized for his ...

Fort Dodge man charged with murder Monday

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A Fort Dodge man was arrested on a first-degree murder charge after Fort Dodge police say he killed a woman, previously believed to be his girlfriend’s mother, Monday morning. Mark D. Russell, 28, was detained at 21 N. 14th St. after police responded to a call regarding an altercation at ...

Living the dream

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More than 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, those in Fort Dodge, young and old, haven’t forgotten him. Despite the lapse in traditional breakfasts each Martin Luther King Jr. Day and no events scheduled at the library, as ...

Humboldt superintendent placed on leave

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HUMBOLDT - Greg Darling, the superintendent of the Humboldt Community School District, has apparently been placed on administrative leave. A district-wide email was sent out on Tuesday stating that Darling has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, pending an investigation. The ...

$1.7 M proposed for parks, rec budget

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A $1,716,925 budget is proposed for the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But much of that money will come from the fees paid by people who play recreation sports, tee off at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course or swim at the Rosedale ...

City to take over Memorial Park Cemetery in July

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Fort Dodge Memorial Park Cemetery, which was essentially abandoned by its owner last year, will become city property on July 1. ‘‘It’s ours, so we’re going to embrace it,’’ Lori Branderhorst, the city’s director of parks, recreation and forestry, told the City Council ...

FD police identify murder victim

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The Fort Dodge Police Department has identified 45-year-old Angela K. McLeod as the victim of a murder on Monday morning. Police were called to 21 N. 14th St. around 9:14 a.m. on Monday after reports of an altercation between a man and a woman. At the scene, they found McLeod unresponsive ...

Pratt honored

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Diane Pratt spent the last 20 years of her teaching career dedicated to educating gifted learners in the Fort Dodge Community School District. In recognition of her years of dedication to gifted learners, the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and ...

Fort Dodge man charged with murder in Monday homicide

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Fort Dodge man Mark Russell, 28, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder following an incident at 21 N. 14th St. Monday morning. At approximately 9:14 a.m., police received a call regarding an altercation at the home. When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive woman inside the ...

CCS preschool round-up set for Feb. 4

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Community Christian School will have a 3-and 4-year-old Preschool Round-Up on Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school located at 2406 9¢ Ave. S. Parents and students can come and learn about the preschool program, get acquainted with the teachers and the classrooms. CCS has limited ...

There’s an app for that

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AMES — Josh Carlson was well into his senior year at Iowa State University when he received unexpected news that made him smile. Carlson, a Southeast Valley High School graduate, was honored alongside three of his fellow Cyclones for the completion of a smartphone app over the summer ...

WC doctor sentenced to 2 months

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WEBSTER CITY — Dr. Joseph X. Latella, 76, of Webster City, was sentenced on Thursday to two months in federal prison and fined after previously pleading guilty to making false statements related to health care matters. As part of the plea agreement, Latella also agreed to pay $316,438.96 ...

Education that works for them

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HUMBOLDT — The traditional environment and pace of a high school classroom didn’t work for Christian Hernandez, 17, a junior at Humboldt High School. But a program called ALPHA has allowed him to tailor his education in a way that has helped him find success. And it has kept him on a ...

FD City Council budget work continues

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The Fort Dodge City Council will meet on Monday to continue working on the proposed budget for 2020-2021. The council will meet at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Proposed budgets for the Human Resources/Human Rights Department and the Parks, Recreation and Forestry ...

Change at the top

Local Business

Keenan Schuur, who has been an agent at Coldwell Banker Associated Realtors for five years, has joined Troy Anderson as co-owner of the Fort Dodge brokerage. Schuur, a 2007 St. Edmond High School graduate, obtained his broker’s license about a year ago. He became a co-owner on Jan. 2. ...

Pearson joins Iowa Specialty Hospital

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Michelle Pearson, advanced nurse practitioner, has joined the Iowa Specialty Hospital Fort Dodge Clinic, 2700 First Ave. S. Pearson is an Iowa Central Community College graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Iowa. She obtained her MSN Leadership from ...