Local Columns

Paradise, still lost

In the mornings, there was Milton. Dr. Pi, as my brother and I called him, favored structured classics that most people would consider stilted. Chekhov — he loved “Uncle Vanya.” Shakespeare — light reading. But Milton held his attention. The 17th century English poet is probably ...

Swing for a Cure is June 29

Mark your calendars for the 13th annual Swing for a Cure golf outing. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 29 at the Fort Dodge Country Club. The day will kick off with lunch beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at noon for the four-person best-shot, flighted ...

American Cancer Society 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. Local cancer survivors and their caregivers will take the celebratory first lap at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County event on Saturday at Fort Dodge ...

The gun conversation moves on to accountability

Perhaps last week you read the column of responses to my invitation to join the conversation. The conversation centers on solving the issues that lead to gun violence, particularly the kind that results in mass deaths. It began with the story, “Gun ownership 101,” that laid out what should ...

Gun ownership comments come from around the US

And we’re back. If you didn’t read the column “About that ‘Gun ownership 101’ story” last week, you might want to take a stab at it. In it, we began what I anticipate will be a long, and hopefully fruitful, conversation in search of solutions to this country’s conflicted ...

Remembering the theaters we loved

The Strand. The Rialto. The Iowa. The Dodge. The Astro. Once among the most popular destinations on Central Avenue, they brought Hollywood to generations of Fort Dodge movie-goers, young and old. Now they are fond but distant memories of those who plunked down the 35-cent admission fee to see ...

About that ‘Gun ownership 101’ story

About that “Gun ownership 101” story a week ago. Some of you were alarmed that we dared to so openly talk about guns on the front page of The Messenger. Perhaps you thought that we took a side that you found repugnant. Maybe you thought we didn’t go far enough. Or too ...

Trinity Wound Healing Center can help

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Wound Healing Center recently marked its 10th year of providing advanced wound care to Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities. In that 10 years the Wound Healing Center has gained national recognition for its outstanding service and patient outcomes. While this ...

I look forward to being part of the solution

I found out last week that you really can pull the wool over my eyes. We can thank the wiley Bill Shea, The Messenger’s city editor, and the ever-positive Terry Christensen, The Messenger’s publisher, for this learning experience. They had been slinking around here for months knowing ...

Join us for Lighting of the Luminaries

UnityPoint Hospice and Trinity Foundation will host the Annual Lighting of the Luminaries from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 14 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. “For all the comforting philosophies we can offer, the most powerful thing we can give each other in the face of death is ...

Dearly deported

Stop me if I’ve told you this: I was deported from another country. But before you judge me, let me tell you the circumstances. First, a disclaimer: Among other things, I was naive as a younger woman and, second, I had unrealistic expectations in those days, which were the 1980s. If ...

Iowa Central Fuels Lab will be moving

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

For Stitt family medicine is a way of life

Medicine is firmly implanted in the DNA of the Stitt family. And the Stitt family is equally implanted in the city of Fort Dodge where there’s been a Doctor Stitt on duty for the past 71 years. Like his father, Dr. Mike Stitt was a physician — each of them engaged in family practice ...

Prairie Rivers Trail System continues to expand

This past week the Fort Dodge City Council and the Webster County Board of Supervisors voted to support the “Hike and Bike Webster County” trail system plan. This plan was a collaborative effort between the city of Fort Dodge, Webster County Conservation, the Trails Advisory Board, and ...

Lost in Younkers

Twelve days ago, Bon-Ton Stores took a devastating turn when it was bought by liquidators who almost instantly announced that all of the chain’s brick-and-mortar stores and their online presence were officially in shutdown mode. That meant every Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, ...

Why would you not?

I have been a nurse for over 35 years and it continues to amaze me when I hear the question, “should I go get that done?” I am talking about routine check-ups, immunizations, lab work and screenings that can catch medical problems early, or help to decrease the risk of that acquiring that ...

Fulfilling a promise to our community

We know “practice is the best of all instructors” and the William G. Smith Simulation Center provides a welcoming and innovative practice environment. Since its debut in January 2016, the center has provided students studying to be a nurse, emergency medical technician or paramedic, medical ...

April is an important time for D/SAOC

When you think of the Domestic Sexual Assault Outreach Center (DSAOC), you may picture a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. What most do not realize is it is much more than that. As advocates, we work with individuals of all genders, not just females. DSAOC ...

The Lanciers: Fort Dodge’s young ambassadors

Their drums and their bugles have been silent now for nearly 50 years. Teenagers when they marched together as one, these Baby Boomers are now in their 60s and 70s. But for the many alumni of the Fort Dodge Lanciers who are spread throughout the country, the memories of marching in the drum ...

Every community needs heroes

If you look up the word “hero” in a dictionary, you will find it is defined as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character; a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model. The word hero can ...