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PROMISE RINGS

Roxanne Kuhlman had all but given up hope. The Fort Dodge resident was playing in the 40th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament at Lakeside Golf Course when she noticed a precious piece of her past was suddenly missing. Three rings previously worn by her late ...

COUNTY CHAMPS

Ryan Reeder put an exclamation point on his second Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County men’s open division title in three years, draining a 25-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole at Lakeside to seal a three-stroke victory over defending champion Austin Morrow. Reeder emerged from a ...

Emotional return to the top for Conrad

Delaney Conrad’s year has been anything but normal. On Sunday, she found a little peace and a lot of smiles at the place she knows best: the golf course. The recently-graduated Southeast Valley High School senior returned to the winner’s circle after a one-year absence, earning her ...

County golf tourney time has arrived

A number of former champions will be on the tee this weekend trying to recapture the moment at the 40th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament, presented by The Messenger. Austin Morrow (men’s open division), Randy Stults (men’s senior) and Roxanne Kuhlman ...

Quartet of Dodgers first team all-CIML

Fort Dodge’s Mason Bockoven took all of the necessary steps when no one was looking to make sure he shined in the spotlight. Bockoven recently swept through a number of postseason baseball awards, garnering first team all-CIML Iowa Conference honors to go along with first team all-district ...

Par-3 contest again adds to the festivities

Justin Faiferlick’s family has been as invested as any in the 40th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament, presented by The Messenger. Faiferlick and his wife, Deann, have been tournament regulars through the years. Their daughter, Kelsey Felch, is a seven-time ...

Six Gaels earn all-NCC honors

After battling back from a torn ACL, all Jocy Timmerman wanted was to have one final chance at wearing a St. Edmond softball uniform. Timmerman was given that, earning second team all-North Central Conference honors, the league announced recently. “I am so grateful that we got to play,” ...

Countdown to County Tournament: Ault tandem swept in 2010

It was a family affair at the end of the 2010 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament. Husband and wife tandem of Kevin and Andrea Ault claimed first in the open divisions. Kevin Ault fired a 165 total to capture his fifth consecutive men’s open division ...

Gibb’s major dream about to come true

SAN FRANCISCO — Judd Gibb thought he was practicing by himself on the putting greens at TPC Harding Park when he suddenly felt a presence. “I got kind of a weird feeling, looked up, and there was Tiger Woods,” said Gibb, who is making history this week as the first Fort Dodge resident ...

Kolacia, Scott named all-NCC

Like most around the state, Cael Kolacia held out hope for weeks of a summer baseball season. Kolacia and St. Edmond were able to get on the field for a limited run, but that didn’t stop the junior from being named a first team all-North Central Conference selection. “It’s a great ...

Countdown to County Golf: Kinseth stretched titles across decade

Ryan Kinseth’s memorable run to the 2005 title at the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament, presented by The Messenger, cemented his status as one of the top golfers in the area. However, it would be almost a full 10 years later before Kinseth would return swing his ...

Drake Stadium to host special track event this month

DES MOINES — The Blue Oval at Drake University will get used this summer after all. Blake Boldon announced that a special one-of-a-kind professional track and field competition will take place on August 29 from the home of the Drake Relays. The Blue Oval Showcase presented by Mediacom ...

IN ALLI’S HONOR

When Alli Huss began fighting her courageous battle with cancer over six years ago, her community formed a united front to support the St. Edmond graduate and her family. The relationships Huss built growing up in Fort Dodge weren’t restricted by school districts, churches or neighborhoods. ...

Clark headed to Loretta Lynn’s

HURRICANE Mills, Tenn. — For nine years, Izaih Clark has competed at one of the most prestigious racing events in the country. This time around, the Fort Dodger will have his pro license in tow. Clark, a 2019 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, competes this week in the 39th annual Rocky ...

Orres has big things in mind for Tennessee trip

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Ronnie Orres wants to be one of the fastest racers on the track, and this week, the St. Edmond sophomore-to-be will have the chance to prove it. Orres will compete in the 39th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by ...

BITTERSWEET

They took turns hugging each other, one by one. Long embraces. Sharing a lot of tears, meaningful words and even a few smiles. It wasn’t as much the championship loss that had the Fort Dodge softball team feeling particularly emotional, but rather, the reality of the finality. The 2020 ...

Hosting state a challenge in COVID world

Lori Branderhorst will readily admit this has been a challenging week at the state softball tournament. Given the chance to take a step back and reflect as the week draws to a close, though, the Fort Dodge parks and recreation director is taking a glass half-full approach to being the host ...

GO FOR GOLD

The little team that could is all grown up and making history. Top-ranked Fort Dodge took a groundbreaking step into uncharted territory at the state softball tournament on Wednesday, defeating Ankeny Centennial by a 5-3 final on a sweltering afternoon at Rogers Park to reach the championship ...

One win away

Fort Dodge will attempt to reach the state championship round for the first time in school history on Wednesday, when the Dodgers face Ankeny Centennial in a Class 5A state softball semifinal on Dodger Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. On one hand, it’s a huge situation for ...

ARM STRENGTH

Peyton Driscoll shrugged it off. It was just one pitch, nothing to sweat about. But that one pitch was all that stood in the way of the Williamsburg freshman tossing a no-hitter in her state debut on Veterans’ Diamond on a steamy and breezy Tuesday afternoon. Still, she’ll take a ...