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Spotlight Articles


These Spotlight articles highlight interesting stories about people, places and events that are part of the culture of Fort Dodge and Webster County.  Spotlight articles are published by the Messenger and we thank the Messenger for allowing us to post them on this website.


These articles are written by Paul Stevens. Paul is a highly respected journalist who grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, as the son of the iconic Messenger newspaper editor, Walt Stevens, who wrote more than 1,000 Spotlights during his 50-year career.  Now retired, Paul Stevens spent 36 years with the AP, including 19 years as AP's Chief of Bureau in Kansas City and six years as AP's regional vice president for newspapers.

*Articles are organized by newest to oldest publication date*

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