WELCOME to the New Year

Local leaders weigh in with their resolutions

KEVIN DOTY, Chief of Police, Fort Dodge: “I guess my hope for the new year is that people learn to get along. It’s real easy to jump to conclusions before you know the full picture.”
ERIC ANDERSON, Director, Blanden Memorial Art Museum: “I want to be able to notch out a portion of my day to get back in the studio and work on my art and make sure I continue to be a good father.”
STEVE ROE, Director, Beacon of Hope: men’s shelter “I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions. I make day resolutions. I like the new year, and it’s always a fresh new beginning. But I think sometimes we get hung up with it being a new year’s resolution, and then if we don’t follow through or meet our expectation we kind of give up. I think our spiritual life is something we need to work out just like we do our muscles. ... I would say seeking out more wisdom and knowledge how to help the mentally ill. that’s a huge thing for us. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. And not getting stuck in my own plans, but more what God has for me.”
MAGGIE HANRAHAN, Owner at Spice Shack: “Definitely to be healthier. But I’m going to try and incorporate a couple new recipes into the business to do more gluten-free, Whole 30 types of recipes, so people who are looking to get a little bit healthier can incorporate some of the spices. ... When people try to lose weight, the food is kind of bland, so it’ll try to spice up the food. .. And, be able to give back more to the community; when you first open up a business, it’s hard, but, December was very good to me. The community was very supportive, so I want to be able to give back to the community.”
RHONDA CHAMBERS, Director of Aviation, Fort Dodge Municipal Airport: “My goal is to drink water out of reusable containers and not plastic water bottles.”
BOB SINGER, Outgoing Webster County Supervisor: “Minimize the intake and increase exercise. ... My New Year’s wish would be that the Growth Alliance, the city, the county organizations continue to work hard together and cooperate with one another to improve the quality of life in our community.”
MATT COSGROVE, Director, Webster County Conservation: “I usually don’t set myself up for failutre that way, if I were to make a resolution, I plan to spend more time outside and more time with family and friends.”
DOUG VAN ZYL, Superintendent, Fort Dodge Community School District: “2016 was a great year for the Fort Dodge Community School District and 2017 has the promise of even more great things! We will keep working to improve on the educational opportunities we have to offer students and families, along with completing the promises we made as a district when the bond passed. Happy New Year!”
TERRY MOEHNKE, Fort Dodge City Councilman: “Read a book a week, walk the dog more, learn to play Stairway to Heaven on the guitar and not impede progress in our community.”