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Iowa Central needs your support Feb. 6

Iowa Central Community College and the Area V region is at a crossroads. Decisions that we make today will have an impact both to the area economy and the education opportunities of our children and grandchildren. On Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College will ask for voters in the nine ...

Webster County Courthouse has seen much history

Whenever Kathleen Hay is asked where she works, her answer is simple: “Look for the building with the big green clock on top,” she says. “That’s how we tell people how to find us on Central Avenue.” As Webster County deputy treasurer, she has had lots of company. Thousands of ...

Public openness could be more open

Compared to most other states, Iowa has pretty good laws and administrative rules requiring openness concerning public meetings and public records. A few significant situations, however, still await remedy. Section 21 of the Iowa Code governs open meetings, and Section 22 handles public ...

Here’s some useful health advice

Your mom always told you not to go outside in the cold with wet hair and to bundle up when heading out in the bitter temperatures — otherwise, you’d end up with an illness. So, do you really get sick from being cold? Let’s answer this age-old question and find out which of your mom’s ...

Iowa’s community colleges stand ready to help

Iowa Central Community College supports the general goals and recommendations of the Future Ready Alliance Task Force that Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dan Houston, chairman chief executive officer of Principal Financial Group co-chaired. In addition, we stress that the Legislature needs to maintain ...

The true meaning of Operation Christmas

It is hard to imagine Christmas time without the mouth-watering food, nuzzling up by the fire with loved ones, eagerly hanging up Christmas decorations, and, of course, the anticipation of the long-awaited presents. All of these things are aspects that help make Christmas so wonderful. ...

Honor Flights have been a huge success

With a military precision befitting their mission, volunteer organizers of the Brushy Creek Honor Flights have virtually every minute of a 19-hour day accounted for when they transport their precious cargo of area veterans to view national landmarks in Washington, D.C. They’ve done it 14 ...

Our mental health problem

I worked for a psychiatry practice when I was in graduate school in Connecticut in 1989. The practice was based on the town line between Hartford and its affluent sister, West Hartford. From that vantage point, I became used to mental health services and how they were — or weren’t — ...

Diabetes: America’s newest health epidemic

An American is diagnosed with diabetes every 19 seconds, making it one of today’s fastest growing health challenges. The American Diabetes Association projects that one in three Americans living today will eventually develop diabetes. By 2050, the number of diagnoses is expected to increase ...

Iowa Central has embraced STEMM

Iowa Central has committed to an innovative and exciting approach to STEMM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical Sciences. The idea of STEM is not new. My colleagues and I have been attending STEM conferences for the past 15 years. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dr. Chris ...

Three princesses and a platypus

Three princesses and a platypus came to my door Tuesday night. That’s two Ariels and a Rapunzel. I know she was a Rapunzel because she announced it several times while her hand was stuck in the candy bucket. Also, the long blond wig was a hint. The Ariels were quieter, I suspect in ...

Larry Mitchell is a true ‘Music Man’

Larry Mitchell has the opening role in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” that will be performed this week at Decker Auditorium by the Comedia Musica Players. “Board, all aboard!” he will call out as conductor of the train entering River City Junction. A fitting line, considering ...

What’s in a name?

Before I begin, it’s important to say this is not about finger-pointing. And it sure as heck isn’t about finding fault. Let me explain. A few weeks back Sherry Washington, a local community leader, invited the community — and I mean this community, as in Fort Dodge — to join her ...

Take part in Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day ...

LifeWorks Community Services is special

LifeWorks Community Services is an extraordinarily special place. I have a cupcake sitting on my desk. Someone snuck into my office while I was away and set it at my workspace. Why would someone sneak into my office to leave a tasty treat? It’s because a person, who has a disability, ...

Let’s beat breast cancer

This year, more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed, making it one of the most common and feared malignancies for women in the United States. However as awareness, technology and research advances, breast cancer is becoming more and more treatable. Today, with the ...

Financial aid advice from Iowa Central

For many high school seniors, October marks the beginning of the college application season. October has always been a month for students to focus on filling out college applications and planning college visits, but in recent years another extremely important task was added to the October to-do ...

Remembering the ‘Lionel Bridge Caper’

What started as a high school prank nearly 50 years ago has remained a landmark of Fort Dodge for years — and now the perpetrators are ready to come forth and “fess up” to their deed. The six teenage boys who stole into Crawford Park in the middle of the night in 1969 and painted ...

United Way: Building a Brighter Future

Many factors help make a community a great place to live, work and play. Yet, communities are often measured by the commitment it makes to its youth, its senior citizens and its underprivileged. At United Way, we strive to address issues that impact the quality of our community including ...

Dying in good health

Dying in Good Health, what? That sounds like an oxymoron. If you’re dying, how can you be in good health? What I mean is making your finals days, weeks and months the best that they can be. We are all born into this physical world and we are all going to leave it. We have no control over ...