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FDCSD renews with Taher for food service

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Taher will continue to provide its food services for the Fort Dodge Community School District. The FDCSD board approved a contract with Taher at its meeting Monday night. “The state requires districts that employ a food service management company to do a full competitive bid every five ...

Heating units to be replaced at FDSH

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Fort Dodge Senior High will see some upgrades to its heating and ventilation systems this summer. The Fort Dodge Community School District board approved plans for HVAC projects at its meeting Monday night. “We have a push to get some projects on the docket for summer,” Travis Filloon, ...

Resident rips city’s purchase of Fort Dodge house

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A Fort Dodge resident unhappy with the City Council’s recent purchase of a vacant house accused elected officials Monday of ‘‘giving away money’’ while raising the water bills. Richard Higgins, of 1661 Ninth Ave. N., took issue with the council’s April 22 purchase of the house ...

Astor honored at FDCSD board meeting

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Dr. Gary Astor, the director of Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, was honored at the Fort Dodge Community School District’s board meeting Monday night. “He’s been a lifelong public servant,” Dr. Jesse Ulrich, FDCSD superintendent said. “A lifelong supporter of the Dodgers and a ...

From our files: May 14, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: May 14, 2009 NEWS: St. Paul Lutheran Church marked the 10th anniversary of a fire that destroyed the 113-year-old building. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High senior Nate Moeller was highlighted in The Messenger’s Timeout With feature. 25 Years ago: May 14, 1994 NEWS: Iowa ...

News of Record: May 14, 2019

News of record

Magistrate Court WEBSTER COUNTY Friday Driving under suspension — Shaheed Bell, 20, New Hope, Minnesota, $566.25; Scott A. Worrick, 42, 1407 Ninth Ave. S., $397.50. Fourth-degree theft — Zachary A. Andrews, 24, no address provided, sent to District Court; Megan R. Madison, 35, 1547 ...

Rolfe man faces attempted murder charge

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ROLFE — A Rolfe man is accused of trying to kill his wife by stabbing her, authorities in Pocahontas County said. William Andrew Clark, 35, faces an attempted murder charge, according to the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department. He is also charged with willful injury, going armed ...

Water slide upgrades, new trail connection coming to Fort Dodge

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The slides at the Rosedale Rapids aquatic center will be restored to their former luster as a result of a contract awarded by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday. The council also moved to create a new way to access the Fort Dodge Nature Trail from North 22nd Street. Water ...

Unoccupied FD house damaged in early morning fire

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A Fort Dodge house was significantly damaged after an early morning house fire Monday, according to Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. The house, located at 1414 Eighth Ave. S, was vacant at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. Firefighters were dispatched at about 4 ...

Reynolds signs law legalizing sports betting

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed a bill into law that will allow some legal sports betting in Iowa. The law, which establishes a legal way to bet on professional, collegiate and international sporting events, also legalizes fantasy sports contests and internet fantasy sports ...

Hartley will head to FDMS

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Bruce Hartley, who has served as the Cooper Elementary School principal for the past seven years, will be taking his leadership experience to the Fort Dodge Middle School next fall. Hartley will serve as an assistant principal at the school. He will be paid an annual salary of $114,962. ...

Dodger Tennis Courts to be resurfaced

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The Dodger Tennis Courts will be getting a facelift this summer. At its meeting Monday night, the Fort Dodge Community School District board approved plans for the courts to be resurfaced. “Tennis courts are down to a state where they are slippery when being played on,” Travis ...

Downtown facade grant sought in Fort Dodge

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A $500,000 grant is being sought to spruce up the exteriors of several buildings in downtown Fort Dodge. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to submit a grant application to the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The money would come from the Community Development Block Grant ...

Chromebooks, virtual reality OK’d by FDCSD board

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Continuing with its 1:1 initiative, the Fort Dodge Community School District will add hundreds of new Google Chromebooks for its students to use next year. The FDCSD board approved the purchase of 700 Chromebooks at its meeting Monday night. The cost per device is $350.13. The total cost ...

Fort Dodge moves toward new fire code

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Architects and developers working on buildings in Fort Dodge may soon have to comply with an updated fire code. The City Council on Monday approved the first reading of a measure that would switch the community from the 2012 version of the International Fire Code to the 2018 version. The ...

An emotional journey

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The roughly 160 veterans who boarded the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight jet in the pre-dawn darkness in Fort Dodge Saturday were told that perhaps 50 people would greet them when they landed near Washington, D.C. They were unprepared for what they encountered when they stepped into the ...

Four area students honored by governor

Education

Four area students were recently honored by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg for their academic accomplishments. Those students are Emily Asay, from Fort Dodge Senior High School; Savannah Michalski, from Manson Northwest Webster High School; Anthony Wagner, from Fort Dodge Senior ...

From our files — May 13, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: May 13, 2009 NEWS: Dan Kinney was named president of Iowa Central Community College. SPORTS: Fort Dodge beat Marshalltown 6-0 in boys tennis. 25 Years ago: May 13, 1994 NEWS: Emergency response personnel from 16 Webster County agencies participated in a mock plane crash ...

CCS Student Art Show is Thursday

Education Briefs

Community Christian School will be having their Student Art Show 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the CCS gym, 2406 9 1/2 Ave S. The come-and-go program will showcase the art work completed this school year by kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Students have studied several ...