The Messenger (newspaper)

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Not to be confused with Messenger Newspapers.
The Messenger
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The September 12, 2001 front page
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Ogden Newspapers Inc.
Publisher Larry Bushman
Editor Barbara Wallace Hughes
Founded July 31, 1856 (as Fort Dodge Sentinel)
Political alignment neutral news coverage
Headquarters 713 Central Avenue
Fort Dodge, IowaIowa 50501-3813
 United States
Circulation 18,788 Daily
21,161 Sunday
Website www.messengernews.net

The Messenger is a newspaper that is printed and delivered to the Fort Dodge, Iowa, area. That area covers Buena Vista, Calhoun, Green, Hamilton, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster, and Wright counties. It was founded on July 31, 1856. It is printed 7 days a week. The Messenger′s slogan is: "Spend a few minutes with us ... 7 days a week!" The Messenger′s current circulation is 18,788 Monday through Saturday and 21,161 Sundays. It is printed with soy ink.

Brief history[edit]

"Fort Dodge Messenger and Chronicle"

The Messenger of Fort Dodge, Iowa, came into existence as the Fort Dodge Sentinel on July 31, 1856, as a weekly poetry and prose publication. Selling for $2 per copy, The Sentinel had a circulation of 1,200 at the time. In 1868, the name changed to The Fort Dodge Republican and increased its size to eight pages. In 1874, the name changed once again to Iowa Northwest to reflect the expanded coverage of the newspaper. In fact, the publication at the time was the only newspaper between Sioux City, Iowa, and Fort Dodge. In 1884, the newspaper went daily as the population and news in the Fort Dodge region increased. In 1917, the newspaper merged with The Chronicle, another Fort Dodge newspaper, and the name became The Fort Dodge Messenger and Chronicle. In later years, the "Chronicle" title was dropped and the newspaper was officially known as The Fort Dodge Messenger. In 1963, The Messenger was purchased by Ogden Newspapers of Wheeling, West Virginia, a newspaper group with more than 40 newspaper holdings. In 2006 The Messenger celebrated its 150th anniversary.

Sections[edit]

"The Messenger 150th Anniversary Logo"
  • Classifieds
  • Comics
  • Education
  • Lotteries
  • Obituaries
  • Opinion
  • Region
  • Sports
  • Weather

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