Letters to the Editor

Lauds King Band

To the editor: I was able to attend the Karl King Band Concert on April 1. The musical selections were entertaining and very well played. It was a pleasure to have the 11 applicants for the three scholarships presented to the audience and to listen to them play with the band. It is so nice to ...

Wants bingo hall

To the editor: Last bingo hall closes in Fort Dodge. I don’t know how many of you are aware that the last bingo hall in Fort Dodge has closed. To some this may not seem like a bad thing. I can only speak for myself although I truly believe others will agree that the city of Fort Dodge ...

Connections matter

To the editor: Did you know that simple moments with the kids in our lives — like cooking with them, playing a board game with them, even singing with them — makes a big difference? It helps them grow up feeling safe and secure, filling our communities with compassionate, caring people ...

Garden seminar succeeds

To the editor: It’s spring. Yes, it’s spring again, and the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners presented our annual garden seminar on March 4. Our two speakers had great topics for beginner and experienced gardeners. Steve Wright, Extension Council member and Master Gardener talked about ...

Whispers of the past

To the editor: I grew up in Fort Dodge on an acreage on “the Badger blacktop.” Although I left Iowa after graduation from the University of Northern Iowa, the 27 years I was in that state are so deeply ingrained within me. I keep finding pieces of thread that tie me to Iowa. Mom lives ...

Pancake Day achieves goals

To the editor: Thank you to all who supported the Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day. It was a great success. Funds will be used to support scholarships, provide dictionaries to third-graders, give books and a meal to participants of the Dodger Academy Afterschool program, support our ...

St. Edmond Ball is May 6

To the editor: While fundraisers are a common occurrence in Fort Dodge, the St. Edmond Ball has been providing enthusiastic fun for 34 years supporting Catholic education. This year’s ball is shaping up to be a fantastic event that will cater to young and old alike. Saturday evening May 6 ...

Duncombe’s Fun Night a success

To the editor: Duncombe Elementary Booster Club’s annual Fun Night event, held March 25, was once again a great success and an opportunity for Duncombe Families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youths of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary Boosters ...

14th Honor Flight approaches

To the editor: Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight has announced its 2017 spring Honor Flight, May 6, 2017. This will be Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight No≥ 14, and it will leave Fort Dodge Regional Airport at 6:20 a.m. on May 6. There will be 12 World War II veterans, 33 Korean War veterans, ...

Hospital valets provide a great service

To the editor: My friend Linda Taylor started chemo again at the cancer center in Fort Dodge. I want to thank the valets for all their help. I didn’t realize how much they really do until I had to take her for chemo on a Saturday. No valets. I parked in front, went in and found a ...

Questions City Council

To the editor: There is nothing wrong with multi-family housing but the city should move with caution when considering the duplex proposal reported in (the March 14) Messenger. I wonder if the city has an actual plan for the 60 acres of just plans to open it up for new housing. Typically, a ...

Old doesn’t mean frail

To the editor: I am writing to respond to a recent letter questioning the wisdom of the dress-up activity at Butler School on the 100th day of school. The writer expressed concern that students were being encouraged to see older people only as frail, silly and handicapped individuals. While ...

Thanks Elks for support of grandmother’s family

To the editor: I have a story to tell. Both wonderful and sad. My grandmother, then with her first husband — Theodore Farnam — and children moved from Perry to Webster City in 1913. Why they moved here away from their home, I don’t know. He was really sick by then. Even though he ...

Thanks for support of Hospice Ball

To the editor: We extend a heart-felt “thank you” for your support of UnityPoint Hospice and quality end-of-life care. On Feb. 4, approximately 325 people gathered at the Starlite Village to attend the 25th annual Hospice Ball. Many others we were with us in spirit — they supported us ...

Duncombe Boosters hold event

To the editor: The Duncombe Elementary Booster Club invites all families to come and enjoy the Annual Duncombe Elementary Fun Night on March 25 from 3-6 p.m. The event will take place at Duncombe Elementary (old Fair Oaks Middle School) located at 416 S. 10th St. in Fort Dodge. We will be ...

Easter Egg Hunt approaches

To the editor: The men and women of the Fort Dodge Moose Lodge are preparing for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is scheduled for April 15, 2017, at Dodger Stadium, Fort Dodge. Registration will begin at 10:45 a.m. until noon. The cost will be 50 cents per child and they must be ...

King sponsors education bill

To the editor: In January, Rep. Steve King sponsored the Choices in Education Act of 2017 (H.R. 610) to develop a voucher program for private school and home-schooled students. To pay for the voucher program, this act gets rid of programs designed to improve education, especially for students ...

Thanks for support

To the editor: The people of Iowa help feed the world, and the people of Fort Dodge and Webster County proved it. On Dec. 3, more than 500 volunteers came forward to help pack nutritious meals for some of the neediest children in the world. In just one day, the volunteers packed 108,864 meals ...

Rare diseases need attention

To the editor: Happy Rare Disease Day 2017 to my fellow Iowans. I’m sure you’re asking what is Rare Disease Day and how does it affect me? Rare Disease Day occurs every year on the last day in February. It was created by NORD (National Organization of Rare Diseases) to raise awareness ...

Fundraiser is a success

To the editor: The Webster County Agricultural Association, which maintains your Webster County Fairgrounds, would like to thank everyone for their part in making the 2017 pancake breakfast fundraiser a success. Thanks to the 4-H club leaders and members that volunteered their time to help ...