Local Columns

It’s time to think about financial aid

For most of us, Oct. 1 means the changing of seasons, pumpkin spice, and Halloween. For high school seniors, Oct. 1 also means it’s time to begin filling out college applications and applying for financial aid. The 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available on ...

In the rearview, there’s a giant pothole

In the rearview, there’s a giant pothole. Well, actually a sinkhole. Every Wednesday, in the early afternoon, I meet with my colleague, Anne Blankenship, who is the Daily-Freeman Journal’s managing editor. At those meetings we sit at a conference table, make plans and share ...

Charles Clayton shares his lessons

Charles Clayton is the first to admit that he learned life’s lessons the hard way. He was a member of the Dodgers’ 1988 state championship basketball team coached by Tom Goodman but his playing time was limited by an attitude problem, he said: “I thought I could buck the system and just ...

United Way campaign kicks off

The 2018-2019 United Way campaign has kicked off with a campaign theme of “Offering our Kids a Brighter Future.” This year’s goal is $425,000. National research by United Way of America shows 25 percent of the youths in our community live at or close to poverty and more than 50 percent ...

Lost & found

The ups and downs of a newsroom’s week are the rollercoaster of the events it reports. And just like a rollercoaster, there are lulls that our readers would probably cast as boring. I suppose the coverage of budget season would cruise into that territory. But then there are weeks like the ...

ICCC announces Hall of Fame nominees, Homecoming activities

Alumni from across the country will soon gather at Iowa Central Community College to celebrate its annual Homecoming. One of the highlights of the weekend is inducting the 2018 Hall of Fame nominees. “Iowa Central serves as the catalyst for thousands of students who go on to achieve great ...

Stroke awareness is important

Do you know how to prevent a stroke, how to identify symptoms, or know what to do if one occurs? Today, I would like to talk to you about how to prevent strokes, act F.A.S.T. when they occur, and spread hope to victims. Strokes are a leading cause of death and disability in the United ...

Iowa Central offers health science options

Iowa Central has many Health Science program opportunities that allow students to learn in the classroom, in lab settings, and through various hands-on experiences at the college and in our area communities. The following includes information about the many opportunities within our Health ...

Meet the O’Leary twins

Their lives began minutes apart in 1946 at Mercy Hospital in Fort Dodge and were intertwined through their first 22 years. Jim and Bill O’Leary grew up on Fourth Avenue North where they ran a neighborhood candy store and enjoyed the outdoors, shared a Messenger paper route, attended the ...

That password is taken

So I thought I’d sign up for Medicare today before I came to the office. First, I decided to create an online Social Security personal page. It went something like this: “Enter your user name.” Jane Curtis “Do not use your name.” OK. How about She Retires? The website gave ...

Supervisors: matrix needs updates

As Labor Day approaches, signaling the closing phase of the election cycle and the subject matter for the next state legislative session begins to formulate, we believe now is the time to address the updating of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources matrix application for the siting of new ...

A little girl named Valerie also came to harm

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready to kick last week to the curb. It was a bad week all around, but it was a particularly bad week for Iowa. It was the week when we were reminded that going for a simple run alone in our state can end in devastating results. I’m talking ...

An open letter to the community

It is an honor to be welcomed back to our community and region as your new superintendent of Fort Dodge Community Schools. With the excitement of a new school year upon us, I wanted to take a moment to share some core values I have, and together, hope to instill in our schools and ...

A town counted on a hospital’s promise

It appears that young mothers who wanted their babies to be born at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City will have to look elsewhere. That is, unless the VDMC board and the hospital’s management, MercyMedical Center, of Des Moines, have a sudden change of heart. VDMC announced in the ...

Preparing tomorrow’s workforce

Iowa Central Community College will host its annual career day, “The Game of Life,” on Oct. 25 for high school students in our area. The day is designed to be an interactive day for students to learn and explore various career opportunities available in our region. We anticipate ...

Incontinence Q&A

As a urologist, one main things I deal is incontinence for both men and women. The following is a basic question and answer guide about incontinence, the misconceptions and how treatments today can make a big difference in someone’s life. What is incontinence? Incontinence is simply the ...

Fort Dodge Police Department shows it has the spirit we need

In case you missed it, the Fort Dodge community rose up this week and shined. I’m talking about the Lip Sync Challenge video in which the Fort Dodge Police Department redefines the iconic rock band Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Thank you, Officer Matt Weir. If you missed his ...

Remembering the school patrol

Wearing distinctive shoulder harnesses, bright yellow helmets and shiny badges, Fort Dodge school patrol boys and girls once were responsible for the safety of their fellow students crossing streets at the beginning and the end of each school day. Hundreds of youngsters — chosen by teachers ...

Summer dwindles, and we say good-bye

It’s that point in the summer when I don’t want to let go. Too soon, evenings are cooling and locusts are calling. With the Fourth behind us, back to school has returned to the collective vocabulary. It also means we say good-bye to our summer intern this week. Olivia Hanson, of ...

It’s time to get screened for lung cancer

We all know of a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer, which is why there is such an emphasis on screening and early detection for a variety of cancers. In 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) implemented lung cancer screening recommendations for ...