Local Columns

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 ...

Iowa Central’s Health Sciences Department

Iowa Central Community College has many program opportunities throughout the college that allow students to get the training they need to become dedicated employees. The students have the opportunity to learn in the classrooms, lab and various hands-on experiences throughout the college and ...

Al Redenius makes a life change

Allan Redenius has experienced three careers in his 67 years — starting out as an X-ray technician, operating his own accounting business and now engaged in what he believes is his final calling — as a pastor. “I loved being a CPA and doing tax returns,” he said of his nearly 40 years ...

Fine arts are thriving in our area

The summer has been full of the celebration and making of arts in our region. Thank you to the Fort Dodge Fine Arts 37 members, 10 supporting artists, generous patrons, and the support of the city governments, civic groups and community members for recognizing the importance of arts and culture ...

Vaccinations — timing is everything

It’s hard to believe summer is already coming to an end and children will soon be going back to school. When helping get your child ready for school, don’t forget to make sure they are up to date with vaccinations. This is especially important for seventh- and 12th-graders this year, as it ...

Saving money on college

Iowa Central Community College offers two opportunities for families to save on the cost of their children’s college education; Senior Year Plus Programming and our North Central Career Academy. In 2008, the state of Iowa created Senior Year Plus as a way to provide increased and more equal ...

Filice builds farming success in California

Kay Filice faced a life-changing decision nearly 20 years ago when her husband died after a three-year battle with cancer. Her husband, Chuck Filice, was a second-generation vegetable farmer in the Central California county of San Benito and Kay, his wife of 21 years, was immersed in raising ...

Meals on Wheels in Fort Dodge

A nutritious meal, friendly face and safety check can make a world of difference for elderly and other homebound individuals in our community. Meals on Wheels in Fort Dodge delivered its first meals on March 1 of this year and since that time has delivered over 2,000 meals to the homebound and ...

Be safe in the sun this summer

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays puts people at greater risk for all the common types of skin cancer. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays, but you don’t have to avoid the sun completely. There are common sense steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays. Dr. Carey ...

Integrated Education and Training

Anticipated growth in the Wright County industry sector has opened the door for new programming offered through Iowa Central Community College’s Adult Education and Literacy Program and the Workforce partners. Integrated Education and Training (IET) is not a new concept, but it will be new to ...

12 safety commandments to live by this summer

It’s summer. And that means spending time outdoors with your family and friends, grilling, swimming, sports and just playing in the yard. Find out how to keep your kids safe with these summer safety tips and still have fun. 1. Be the master of water safety. Swimming safety • Children ...

If Dodger Stadium bricks could talk …

Oh, if those old bricks at Dodger Stadium could talk. Think of the history they’ve seen, the people they’ve touched, the memories they evoke — and the lives they continue to impact today. Think of the stories they could tell. Perhaps just as many stories as there are bricks — some ...

Iowa Central fuel lab continues to grow

Iowa Central Fuel Testing Laboratory came into being through direct appropriations from the Iowa Legislature led by state Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, and U. S. Department of Energy via direct appropriations led by former U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, former U. S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, ...

A Positive Life After Cancer

On Saturday, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Cancer Center will be partnering with Cops Against Cancer to offer cancer patients, survivors and their families a free cancer retreat. ‘There is a Positive Life After Cancer’ will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UnityPoint Health — ...

Relay For Life is Saturday

From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. We don’t face cancer alone and neither should you. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Dodge City Square, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County will ...

Gary Ray: Part of the Hormel story

Working the night security shift at the old Hormel meat-packing plant in Fort Dodge, Gary Ray would have been hard-pressed to imagine that one day he would: Work through four more positions in the Fort Dodge plant, before it closed in 1981, transfer to Hormel corporate offices in Austin, ...

Lighting of the Luminaries is June 8

UnityPoint Hospice and Trinity Foundation will host the annual Lighting of the Luminaries on June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. Ultimately, death is the natural progression, but how it is faced is what gives meaning to patients and families. Hospice care is provided ...

HPV vaccination

Vaccines are among the few medical interventions that can virtually eliminate a disease. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) vaccination is the answer for many types of cancer. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with high-risk types of HPV, and the virus also is ...

William G. Smith Simulation Center

Can you imagine how it would feel to be responsible for the care of a community member, family or friend and not know how to respond? Have you found yourself in a situation that you haven’t seen in a while, needing more time to react to emergent needs, feeling a little “rusty” in those ...

Living the Alaska dream

The distance from Willow, Alaska, to Fort Dodge is 5,600 miles — a bit far for Jeff Hemann to mush his team of Alaskan huskies for a return to Iowa to visit his family and friends in his old hometown. But there is little else that the 37-year-old Hemann hasn’t tried since moving in 2001 ...