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Today our kids are living in a cocoon

August 31, 2014 Parents, we’ve given our kids everything — haven’t we? And in the process, we’ve watched something be taken away, too. Call it freedom, call it innocence, call it sense of safe well-being. more »»

80-year-old jumps again

August 31, 2014 Janice Parker first tempted fate 20 years ago when she made a tandem skydive jump during the Dollar Daze Couch Freak Boogie at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. more »»


August 31, 2014 LAKE CITY — Phyllis Griggs, 88, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. more »»

Trott trial to start

August 31, 2014 CLARION — The man accused of shooting and killing a Rockwell City police officer almost a year ago is set to stand trial beginning Tuesday in Clarion. more »»


August 31, 2014 Gary Dean Rossmanith, 65, of Fort Dodge, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge. more »»

Polka appreciation starts when young

August 31, 2014 HUMBOLDT — Polka gets in the blood when you’re young. Just ask Phillip Brueggen. A sixth-grader from Cashton, Wisconsin, he’s already adept at spinning a lady about the dance floor. more »»


August 31, 2014 Jessie “Janet” Hanrahan, 87, of Fort Dodge passed away Wed­nes­day, July 2, 2014 at Pourde Valley Hos­pital in Fort Collins, Colorado. more »»

Folks flock to Fonda Fun Days

August 31, 2014 FONDA — Jill Reis, of Fonda, was among the many folks having fun and being fond of Fonda during the annual Fun Days celebration. more »»


August 31, 2014 WEST BEND — Funeral services for Dwaine Schmidt, 81, of West Bend will be 10 am Tuesday at the Apostolic Christian Church in West Bend. more »»

Fun, thrills and spills, all at the Dayton Rodeo

August 31, 2014 DAYTON — For the second night of rodeo action at the annual Dayton Championship Rodeo, nature was much kinder to the hillside covered with seated fans cheering on their favorite cowboys and cowgirl. more »»


August 31, 2014 Clarence “Bud” Rice, 93, of Fort Dodge, died Aug­ust 27, 2014 at Simp­son Health Center surrounded by his loving family. Visit­ation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. more »»


August 31, 2014 TWIN LAKES — A.J. “Jim” Murphy, 73, of Twin Lakes, IA passed away at his home on Thursday August 28, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.. more »»


August 31, 2014 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Georgeann Louise Gillman Osam, 85, of Little Rock, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord and her parents, Howard F. more »»


August 31, 2014 Earl J. Underbrink, 92, of Fort Dodge, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the Simpson Health Center. A service honoring Earl’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. more »»


August 31, 2014 WEBSTER CITY — Tom Halder, 87, of Webster City, died Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. more »»

ICCC offers logistics, transportation management options

August 24, 2014 What are logistics, transportation and supply chain management? Have you ever wondered how everyday items like a loaf of bread, hamburger, gasoline, appliances, clothing, restaurant and medical... more »»

Managing your health online just got easier

August 17, 2014 UnityPoint Clinic is proud to announce we are transferring to the same electronic health record system as UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center and our area critical access hospitals... more »»

Backpack Buddies program helps area young folks

August 10, 2014 When thinking about hungry children, you generally think about distant, poverty-stricken, third-world countries miles away from home, right? You don’t think that your friends, co-workers, neighbors... more »»

Celebrating our Trails community event is set for Friday

August 10, 2014 On Friday, our community will be celebrating the completion of a number of trails and connections in the Fort Dodge area. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. more »»

How The Messenger got the Pat Matter story

August 3, 2014 I get a lot of emails as the managing editor of The Messenger and — like most people — the majority of them don’t really interest me. more »»



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