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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 ...

Trail system expansion continues with Phase II

“If you build it, they will come.” This infamous quote from the movie “Field of Dreams” is reflective of the Fort Dodge – Webster County Regional Trail System. Since the completion of Phase I of our trail system, we have seen significantly expanded use of our trails by people of all ...

Finances impact cancer survivors’ use of medications

Many cancer survivors can’t afford to take all their medications the way they were prescribed, which can lead them to make changes that include skipping doses or delaying filling prescriptions. This problem appears to mainly affect adults younger than age 65, according to a recent study by ...

It’s time to get screened for cancer

You probably don’t hear the words “good news” and “cancer” in the same sentence very often. Luckily for you, it’s true. While there is no way to completely prevent cancer from occurring, several head and neck cancers that cause death are actually preventable and even more are easily ...

Iowa Legislature is close to adjourning

The 2017 Legislative Session has been very busy and hectic. Issues that affect Iowa community colleges have included midyear budget cuts of $4.75 million, collective bargaining changes, Workforce Training funding and a second round of midyear budget cuts. The midyear budget cuts were required ...

Learning from the land

Spring planting will soon arrive here in Iowa, but planting our Calhoun County fields isn’t the only thing on my mind. My family is always looking for ways to embrace conservation and better manage our land, because we understand the benefits of improved water quality and soil sustainability ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Retired judge
Al Habhab poses
in one of the Webster County Courtrooms. Habhab served as a district court judge and was chief judge of the state appellate court.

As soldier, mayor and judge, Al Habhab has lived a life of service

Al Habhab doesn’t believe in sitting on the sidelines. The son of Lebanese immigrants, the Fort Dodge native has devoted a lifetime of service to his fellow man — as an Army private in World War II, as the city’s mayor for 14 years, and as a district court judge and state appellate ...

How to prevent colon cancer

What is colon cancer? Before discussing how to prevent it, we should begin with what colon cancer is. The colon is also called the large intestine and begins at the end of the small intestine. The first part, located in the right lower abdomen, is called the cecum. The colon then curves up ...

Meta Majors: A Path to Completion

Heading to college can be an overwhelming experience. Deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life is sometimes confusing, incomprehensible, and just plain frustrating. College can be scary because of the decisions students must make and the impact those decisions will have on the ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen


A public reception
to bid Jane Burleson farewell is planned for 4 p.m. on
Saturday at Cricket’s Lounge, 512 Central Ave., according to her niece, Stephanie Spicer, whose mother was Jane’s sister. Burleson, 88, was the first woman and first African-American to serve on the Fort Dodge City Council. No one has served longer than her 24-year tenure.

A venerable local supporter and ‘diva’ is about to leave Fort Dodge

Jane Burleson will soon say goodbye to the city she loves and has served so well. But when she departs her native Fort Dodge for the warmer climate of Arizona, where she will live with relatives, it will be with the promise that she will one day return. “It’s going to be kind of ...

In defense of the judiciary

No matter your political beliefs, there can be no doubt that we are living in incredibly polarized times. Friends and family, whether Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Green Party members, have all commented on the erosion of basic civility in public discourse. I certainly share their ...

Hormones and heart disease

Women who are premenopausal actually have a lower risk than men of developing heart disease. However as women’s hormones change after menopause and their estrogen levels decrease, they increase their risk for heart disease. According to a study published in the Journal of the American ...

Shared vision

At the turn of the 20th century, the renowned American philosopher and sociologist, W.E.B. DuBois, made a compelling case for the future of all citizens of America. He claimed that in every society there was always a “talented 10th” or a top 10 percent who are leaders and have tremendous ...

Print wrestling coverage sidelined

Terril is a town of 364 residents and it seemed like most of them were looking on from across the street as four fire departments tried to get a blaze under control the night of Oct. 12, 2015. Tim and Michelle Roth spent 15 years at 306 State Street. They moved there when their oldest sons, ...

At 86, Dave Prelip populates Fort Dodge Facebook sites with photos old and new

Shagging the drag. Dining at Treloars Inn, Constantines, Tony’s. Movies at the Strand, Rialto, Dodge and Iowa movie theaters on Central Avenue. The Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps. The Harvest Festival at Dodger Stadium. Buddy Holly performing at the Laramar. All are among the rich history of ...

Fine arts are thriving in Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is growing and expanding its reach. With 35 members, seven supporting artists and 18 patrons, our audience and supporters are increasing. Three years ago, there were 11 members. The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association board realized that there was a myriad of ...

It’s time for Iowa to take action

When mental health issues become visible, it often happens explosively and tragically. The shootings at Newtown and Virginia Tech, along with countless other deadly crimes, were carried out by mentally unstable individuals. About a year ago, an Iowa veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress ...

Trinity Hospice Ball is Feb. 4

I am forever changed — you will not be forgotten. As co-chairs of the 25th annual Trinity Hospice Ball, we invite you to participate in a very important event. The 2017 Hospice Ball is about recognizing loss, thanking caregivers and providing support for UnityPoint Hospice. This program not ...