News and Events

Webster County employment study is progressing

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

JOE SUTTER The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance will be working with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a laborshed employment study for Webster...
Rejoining Main Street Iowa makes sense

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

For 35 years, Main Street America has helped historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts address the challenges of successful evolution in a rapidly changing society....
SSMID board says yes to Main Street program

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BILL SHEA An effort to get Fort Dodge back into the Main Street Iowa program was endorsed Tuesday by a group that represents downtown property owners. The...
Cleanup effort enhances Fort Dodge

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

EDITORIAL This week Fort Dodgers have the opportunity to help improve the appearance of their hometown. The 12th annual FOD walk, where participants spend an hour cleaning...
Main Street Iowa

Thursday, April 13, 2017

JOE SUTTER Business leaders and the city of Fort Dodge are looking into joining the Main Street Iowa program again. Carissa Harvey, Fort Dodge senior city planner,...
Outdoor scene tops photo contest

Friday, March 03, 2017

BILL SHEA An image of a snowy scene along a tree-lined road captured top honors Thursday in a photography contest conducted by the Image Committee of...
PICA honored for keeping FD beautiful

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PETER KASPARI A local group dedicated to keeping up Fort Dodge’s appearance was honored Tuesday with an award from a statewide organization. Pride in Community Appearance, known...
Inside Friendship Haven’s new Memory Center

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

CHAD THOMPSON A memory center designed to support those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will require more than 50 new employees at Friendship Haven when the...
Thiess farm duplex proposal advances

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BILL SHEA A series of duplex homes on the north side of Fort Dodge inched closer to reality Monday when the City Council approved the second...
Hometown Heroes

Thursday, March 23, 2017

HANS MADSEN Dr. Matt Maggio might not have been able to attend the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way and Serving Our Servants Heroes Luncheon...
Ready to grow

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

JOE SUTTER Kevin Black sees a lot of potential at the corner of Webster Street and Riddle Street in Gowrie. Three empty lots sit there, platted and...
New scan technology in use at FD airport

Sunday, March 05, 2017

CHAD THOMPSON The latest checkpoint screening technology is in use at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration. AIT-2 next-generation technology screens passengers...
United Way honors businesses

Friday, March 03, 2017

BILL SHEA The Messenger and three other businesses were honored Thursday night for their contributions to the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge. Randy Kuhlman, the chief...