Editorial

AFES to the rescue of Christmas

We’ve said it before, but it certainly bears a repeat: Athletics For Education and Success is saving an important Fort Dodge holiday tradition: Operation Christmas. For more than six decades a volunteer project in Fort Dodge made Christmas a bit merrier with gifts for youngsters and ...

Let’s keep Halloween fun

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It’s primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

Iowa Central takes a step forward

Generous financial donors often make it possible for colleges to undertake important projects that otherwise would have been difficult to fund. That’s exactly what has just taken place at Iowa Central Community College. Former Fort Dodger Bill Greehey’s family foundation has made it ...

Wright County gets ready for tomorrow

When things are going well, successful people aren’t complacent about the future. Instead, they see today’s good fortune as an opportunity to build an even better tomorrow. That’s exactly the philosophy that has motivated the Wright County Board of Supervisors to acquire 80 acres of ...

Support Kim Reynolds for governor

Iowa is doing well. The economy is healthy and growing. State government is well-managed. Taxpayers are seeing their money spent wisely and with frugality. Unemployment is at a historic low. Assorted national rankings put our state ahead of most other states in a diverse assortment of ...

King is good for the northwest corner

The 50 American states send 435 men and women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most of them are little-known to anyone who doesn’t live in the district that sent them to Washington. Steve King, a Republican from Kiron who has been in the U.S. House for more than a dozen years, ...

Let’s keep Mike Naig on the job

When Iowans go to the polls next month, they have a chance to show their support for a superb secretary of agriculture. Mike Naig was appointed on March 5 by Gov. Kim Reynolds to succeed Bill Northey, when that outstanding predecessor became an undersecretary in the U.S. Department of ...

Re-elect Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink

State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink has served a single term in the Iowa Senate. He has done a fine job and should be returned for a second term. Kraayenbrink has the diverse experience that makes his service in the Senate especially valuable. As a successful member of the Fort Dodge business ...

Keep Mike Sexton on the job

The voters in House District 10 — all of Calhoun, Pocahontas and Humboldt counties and six townships in western Webster County — have the opportunity to keep an outstanding Republican legislator on the job in the Iowa House of Representatives. Mike Sexton, a business owner from the rural ...

Ann Meyer is our choice

National surveys put concerns about various aspects of our nation’s health care system at or near the top of voter concerns this election year. In District 9, there is an opportunity to elect to the Iowa House of Representatives a health care professional with more than three decades of ...

October is National Pork Month

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

Re-elect state Rep. Rob Bacon

State Rep. Rob Bacon, of Slater, has was first elected to the Iowa House of Representative in 2010 and is now completing his third term. He brought to the House substantial legislative experience having previously served one term in the Iowa Senate. Bacon understands well the multitude of ...

Keep good judges on the bench

Iowa’s judiciary is recognized as among the best in the nation. In surveys conducted for the United States Chamber of Commerce, our state judiciary has consistently ranked among the top five state court systems in terms of impartiality and competence. This high standing is due to Iowa’s ...

Iowa Central honors its alumni

Many alumni of Iowa Central Community College made admirable contributions to the college community during their student days and have distinguished careers in the years that follow. The college honors some of these alumni each fall by inducting them into the Triton Hall of Fame. That annual ...

Highway 20 is ready at last

For more than a half century residents of this part of Iowa have worked hard to promote the conversion of U.S. Highway 20 into a four-lane thoroughfare that spans the Hawkeye State from Dubuque to Sioux City. That goal has been achieved at last. Today the finished project will be celebrated ...

Intermodal hub is a step forward

The Fort Dodge City Council has authorized the city to apply for a $7.63 million federal grant to pay much of the $11.5 million cost of building an intermodal hub in the heart of our city’s downtown. This is a wise decision. It deserves the strongest possible community support. The ...

October is Co-op Month across US

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who “use the ...

US must restore its space capabilities

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards recently, when a ...

Nikki Haley does a great job at UN

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed last ...

International sales help America

America’s exceptionally strong economy would be even more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are grown here. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, exports already produce about 20 percent of farm income. The ...