Local Columns

Cancer screenings save lives

You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health, just ask Louis “Sue” Wolff. Sue asked for another opinion when she didn’t feel like she was getting the help she needed when she experienced some hearing loss in her left ear. It was like her ear wouldn’t pop after a pressure ...

Gambling has widespread impact

There is an issue still alive in our state’s Legislature that could have a major impact on many lives in Iowa. My perspective on this is arguably as deep as any over the last 30 years. Our company, Consumer Credit of Des Moines, has done debt counseling for over 150,000 in that time period. ...

Here’s one way the flag raising at Iwo Jima connects with Fort Dodge

Joe Rosenthal’s photo of that iconic event on Feb. 23, 1945, taken in his role as an Associated Press combat photographer, is considered by many to be the greatest and most influential image of World War II — and one of the best photographs ever taken. The negative of his photo depicting ...

Kidney stones and how to keep your kidneys healthy

UnityPoint Health Center for Urology provides comprehensive treatment for disorders affecting the male and female urinary tract. Our team treats conditions such as prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy, erectile dysfunction, urinary ...

What I miss about Iowa

The old cottonwood still stands, towering over the circle driveway of the acreage I grew up on, just outside of Fort Dodge on the old Badger blacktop. There used to be a long row of walnut trees bordering the front ditch. Along the other deep ditches were row upon row of wild roses. I miss ...

Don’t abolish the Electoral College

When I hear politicians talk about abolishing the Electoral College, it immediately makes me think about the impact on the state of Iowa. It would be devastating. The ripple effects would render Iowans’ voices moot in the general election and bring an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation ...

More than 350,000 Iowans have a disability

Did you know that more than 350,000 Iowans have a disability? Did you know that over 48,000 of those individuals have a mental or physical disability acquired before they turned 22? Did you know a disability acquired before the age of 22 is known as a “developmental ...

County attorney’s office states position on CBD oil

In the weeks and months immediately preceding this release, the Webster County attorney’s office has become aware of multiple individuals and businesses engaged in marketing, selling and distributing cannabidiol oil throughout the Fort Dodge and Webster County area. In ...

Changing Iowa’s judicial selection process is bad for business

I have seen dozens of opinion letters in publications across the state about the proposed legislative changes related to the selection of judges in Iowa. But there is one perspective I have not seen expressed, so I want to share it with your readers. I spent my professional career at AEGON ...

Matt Breen follows family tradition

Back in November, Matt Breen found himself awash in memories as he and a television camera crew from KTIV-TV in Sioux City visited the Warden Plaza in his hometown of Fort Dodge. The now-vacant building at the corner of Ninth Street and First Avenue South once was the home of KVFD-AM radio ...

Remembering Dave Durian

Dave Durian, one of the finest journalists to come out of Fort Dodge and beloved in Baltimore where he was a former anchor for WBAL radio, was a friend and classmate of mine when we attended Fort Dodge Community College back in the 1960s. I join many of his friends in mourning his loss. Dave ...

A fair judicial process

Our judicial-nominating process was created with good intentions. But it needs improvement to better reflect our state and its people. Seventeen members of the state judicial-nominating commission select judges to serve on our court of appeals and supreme court. Eight members of the ...

Eating disorders are misunderstood, and the consequences can be deadly

“They were asking for diet tips as my heart was giving out.” “They” were not just friends or strangers whom author and anorexia nervosa survivor Carrie Arnold is referring to in her quest for recovery from anorexia nervosa that began in the 1980s. “They” were also the doctors and ...

Bills target Iowa Supreme Court chief justice

Iowans should be aware that bills have been introduced in the Iowa House and Senate (HF503 and SSB1101) to change the selection process and term of the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice and change the nomination process of Iowa judges from a balanced merit-based process, to a political ...

SSB 1190 is met with emotion

Occasionally, a piece of legislation sparks a tremendous amount of emotion on a given topic, but the real underlining issue is not the highlight of the debate. Reflecting on the development and progress of SSB 1190 in the Iowa Legislature provides a perfect example. This bill would repeal the ...

Examining judicial selection post-Varnum

Every winter as the temperature dips down and the snow piles up, the Iowa Legislature convenes with old and new faces as well as old and new ideas. For years, an undercurrent of skepticism and questioning of the Judicial Branch has buzzed along due to differing views lawmakers may have had ...

February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month. At UnityPoint Health our goal is to keep you young at heart and help you “Do What You Love.” Whether you recently have experienced a cardiac event or know someone who has, UnityPoint Health is here to help. After a cardiac event, it can be nerve-racking to think ...

Opinion from yesteryear: Tragedy and history

Editor’s note: This Messenger editorial was published on Saturday, Feb. 5, 1994. The immediate communitywide reaction to the devastating Eilers Hotel fire is sympathy for the family of the victim, the 15 injured, those left homeless and for the owners — the Joe McMahons, father and son ...