Editorial

Take the campaign signs down now

In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 General Election signs and posters touting various candidates and causes began to appear in yards and vacant lots, on lampposts and in just about any spot where they might catch the eye of passers-by. While the clutter could be viewed as offensive from a ...

Congratulations, Gov. Reynolds

After a hard-fought, closely contested election, voters chose Kim Reynolds to serve an additional four years as our state’s governor. That’s good news for all Iowans because she has proved herself to be a skilled leader who is helping the Hawkeye State thrive. Reynolds came to the ...

More Iowans are voting

More Iowans voted in this year’s midterm election than did so four years ago in 2014. That was also the pattern nationally. The New York Times estimated that 114 million Americans voted in this year’s midterm election. That’s up from 83 million in 2014. According to unofficial ...

It’s time for some harmony

A raucous and acrimonious election season is now behind us. Some of our readers are no doubt pleased with the outcomes. Others, are disappointed. For many, the election results are a mix of “good” and “not-so-good” news. There can’t, however, be many among us who will miss the ...

Trump boosts ethanol industry

For some years, the Environmental Protection Agency has banned the sale of gasoline with a blend of 15 percent ethanol — E-15 — during the summer. This regulatory rule was based on the claim that this more-ethanol intensive product than the 10 percent blend sold all year long might result ...

CJ Bio America is booming

Two major construction projects are under way at the CJ Bio America Webster County plant. Both illustrate why this major manufacturing facility is destined to play an important role in the economic future of our community and region. A $53 million addition to the huge main plant is being ...

Make your voice heard at the polls

Election Day is almost upon us. On Tuesday, those citizens who choose to vote have the opportunity to shape the future of our community, state and nation. Given the impact American policies have almost everywhere in the world, it is really no exaggeration to say that the voices of this ...

Preventing illness is easier than treatment

It’s that time of year again — cold, flu, seasonal allergies ... the “crud.” It seems as though there is constantly something going around, whether at school, work, church, or even within families. Early estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that more ...

Who are the kids who care?

Who are the kids who care? They’re kids like 9-year-old Azy Felix, of Manson, who witnessed homelessness and yearned to do something about it. So she did. By collecting cans, with the help of family members, she is saving up money to help provide a tiny house from someone in need. They’re ...

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 ...