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City Council members to be sworn in

Fort Dodge faces challenges and opportunities in days ahead

Today, the members of the Fort Dodge City Council elected in November will be sworn in.

The one newly elected member of the council is a familiar face. Andy Fritz, who served as an at-large member of council from 2010 to 2017, was chosen by the voters of Ward 2 on the city’s south side to replace Councilman Dean Hill, who decided not to seek another term in office.

The councilmen who were re-elected are Neven Conrad (at-large), Terry Moehnke (Ward 1), Dave Flattery (Ward 3) and Kim Alstott (Ward 4).

Fort Dodge has powerful assets, including an emerging biofuels industry, a top-notch medical center and the remarkable educational resources of Iowa Central Community College and Buena Vista University. Like all towns and cities it has problem areas that must be addressed.

Deploying the community’s strengths with creativity is the key to a splendid future. The members of the City Council play an important role in making sure that happens.

Those individuals who serve on City Council — working in harmony with Mayor Matt Bemrich — can help Fort Dodge face the new decade with determination and wisdom.

The Messenger congratulates these public servants for their willingness to help shape the future of our community. Their service is much appreciated.

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