News and Events

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...
Greater FD Growth Alliance: Growing the area

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BILL SHEA   The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance exists to pursue economic development and quality of life efforts to improve the entire region. Dennis Plautz, the alliance’s...
‘All About Greater Fort Dodge’ debuts

Sunday, January 15, 2017

TERRENCE DWYER, Editorial Page Editor Ensuring that there is a prosperous future for Fort Dodge and Webster County is at the heart of the mission of...
Artistic endeavors

Saturday, January 14, 2017

HANS MADSEN After going over 16 design proposals for a mural to be painted on a long abandoned grain elevator sitting along Hawkeye Avenue near Loomis...
Governor, Lt. Gov speak at PDI conference

Friday, September 30, 2016

By PETER KASPARI (pkaspari@messengernews.net) , Messenger News The governor and lieutenant governor had praise for Fort Dodge Thursday during a lunchtime speech at the 2016 Fall Conference of...
Air Choice One releases flight schedule

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By CHAD THOMPSON (cthompson@messengernews.net) , Messenger News Air Choice One has released a new flight schedule following an announcement that the Fort Dodge Regional Airport will once again...
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...
CSBank is now Availa Bank

Saturday, February 25, 2017

  BILL SHEA A Fort Dodge bank adopted a new name on Friday. The former CSBank is now Availa Bank, leaders of the financial institution announced Friday. ”We are...
Decker names Grand Champion Driver of the Year

Saturday, February 25, 2017

JOE SUTTER Decker Truck Line Inc., has a new way of showing appreciation to its drivers. The organization held a companywide celebration Friday, awarding a brand-new Harley-Davidson...
New housing ahead

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BILL SHEA Five duplexes may be the first new homes built on the former Theiss farm property in Fort Dodge. Those duplexes would be located at the...
Elanco joins FD community

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BILL SHEA Another major player in the animal medicine industry arrived in Fort Dodge in January. Elanco U.S. Inc. purchased the manufacturing and research complex at 800...
The face of downtown changes

Sunday, February 12, 2017

TERRENCE DWYER   New businesses are just one indicator that at community — or a commercial district — is vibrant. Positive changes in existing enterprises also demonstrate...
FD Regional Airport: Third destination

Sunday, February 12, 2017

CHAD THOMPSON   The Fort Dodge Regional Airport is flying high with Air Choice One as its carrier. Since taking over Feb. 23, 2015, Air Choice one has...
AML Riverside exceeds jobs goal

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BILL SHEA   The local community’s global presence in the animal pharmaceutical market grew in early 2016 with the arrival of a new company. AML Riverside LLC, a...
Decker Development Park: 2016 debut

Sunday, February 12, 2017

BILL SHEA A few years ago, Fort Dodge officials and local economic development leaders were facing a dilemma. They were getting more and more inquiries from industrial...
Downtown Fort Dodge Renaissance

Sunday, February 12, 2017

TERRENCE DWYER Fort Dodge’s downtown business district was once the heart of commerce in the community. After decades in the doldrums, Central Avenue and nearby venues...
Messenger earns Mark Twain Award

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Messenger was given the Mark Twain Award Friday, bestowed by The Associated Press for being the Iowa Associated Press Member of the Year 2016. Jane...
AFES is growing into its gym

Sunday, January 29, 2017

HANS MADSEN With a new gym building completed in November of 2015, the Athletics For Education and Success program has been expanding and growing its service...
Trombino becomes McClure Engineering president

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Paul Trombino, the former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, is now the president of McClure Engineering Co. Trombino replaces former Fort Dodge Mayor Terry...
Planned Parenthood issue heats up Eggs and Issues

Sunday, January 29, 2017

BILL SHEA JAN 29, 2017 BILL SHEA City Editor bshea@messengernews.net Legislators serving Webster County were alternately cheered and jeered as they tackled hot button issues such as funding for Planned...
Friendship Haven continuing to expand

Sunday, January 29, 2017

CHAD THOMPSON Friendship Haven, which encompasses 60 acres of residences, community and health venues, continues to expand its services in Fort Dodge. In 2016, Friendship Haven, 420...