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Pandemic twins

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The idea of having twins is something Cheyenne Peck, of Fort Dodge, has been fond of since she was a little girl. And on the morning of April 3 that idea became a reality when she gave birth to Declan and Dawson, identical twin boys. “I’ve always wanted twins ever since I was a ...

Concrete patching repairs to take place on North 22nd

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Weather permitting, beginning Monday, until work is completed, traffic on North 22nd Street between Floral Avenue and 15th Avenue North will be closed to through traffic for concrete patching repairs. Detours will be in place. Please use alternate routes if possible.

Our businesses: Century Financial & Insurance Services

Local Business

Business name: Century Financial & Insurance Services. Locations: 130 N. 25th St. in Fort Dodge, 513 Sumner Ave. in Humboldt and 931 Main St. in Manson. When was it founded? I’ve been an independent financial advisor for 8 years and in the insurance industry for over 13 years now. ...

America’s SBDC Iowa announces small business challenge

Business Briefs

AMES — America’s SBDC Iowa has announced a social media campaign to support small businesses across the state. Their campaign, Support Small Businesses 5 Day Challenge, is a way that everyone can support small businesses from the safety of their home. The 6-part video series will consist ...

Former Family Dollar employee alleges discrimination, retaliation

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A former assistant manager at Family Dollar in Fort Dodge has filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission after he said he experienced discrimination for being gay and retaliation for reporting it. What started as a blunt shock eventually developed into cold shoulders, Eric ...

GreenState’s Give & Grow program to benefit schools

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GreenState Credit Union is supporting area schools with a matching program for credit union members. Available through May 15, GreenState members are invited to donate to partnering school foundations in markets where GreenState has a branch location. GreenState will match the donation ...

Fire damages trailer home in Fort Dodge

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A trailer home in a Village Green lot was damaged by smoke and fire early Saturday morning, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched at 6:48 a.m. to 3102 N. 15th St., Lot 110. Initial reports indicated a female was ...

Economic impact of COVID-19 on farmers

Local Business

The impacts of COVID-19 on agricultural assets and lending markets were the topic of a webinar held by the University of Illinois as part of their Coronavirus and Ag series. Jackson Takach, chief economist and head of strategy, research and analytics for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage ...

Park project on tap for Fort Dodge council Monday

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Work at Armstrong Park and a proposal to dispose of some land near Amigo’s are on the agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held electronically, with only a few officials present in ...

Happy 25th anniversary to Farm News

Local Business

Editor’s note: Farm News, a sister publication of The Messenger dedicated to covering agriculture in northern Iowa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In this column, Farm News Editor Kriss Nelson reflects on the paper's history. Farm News has embarked on their 25th year and ...

What about our best friends?

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A pair of local veterinarians is advising pet owners that COVID-19 isn’t likely to be a big threat to their dogs and cats. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in two house cats in ...

‘One last reminder’

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Protective gowns that will be used by patients, guests and health care workers are still needed at nursing homes and other care facilities across the state. And that’s why Iowa Central Community College and the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility are hoping to make one more push in the effort ...

Parade of friendship

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With precious little time left, social distancing is more than a temporary inconvenience to pancreatic cancer patient Ramona Weins — it could be a reality for the rest of her life. She has Facebook, FaceTime, the telephone and “air hugs,” but has only been able to see close family in ...

Woman evaluated after striking property with broomstick

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A woman was evaluated for mental health problems after reportedly swinging a broomstick and striking property with it on Thursday, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department. Officers were called to the 500 block of North 12th Street at about 11:30 a.m. for an assault in progress. The ...

FDCSD releases graduation plan

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Fort Dodge Senior High students who were passing a class on the last day school was in session will be given a pass for that class, the Fort Dodge Community School District announced Thursday night, releasing its plan for graduation requirements. “We didn’t want any of our students to be ...

Prestage COVID-19 positives total 25

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EAGLE GROVE — After five days of testing nearly 900 employees at Prestage Foods of Iowa, a total of 25 positive test results for the COVID-19 coronavirus were received, Wright County officials said on Thursday. Over the weekend, 62 Prestage employees who commute from Black Hawk County were ...