Local Columns

Incontinence Q&A

As a urologist, one main things I deal is incontinence for both men and women. The following is a basic question and answer guide about incontinence, the misconceptions and how treatments today can make a big difference in someone’s life. What is incontinence? Incontinence is simply the ...

Fort Dodge Police Department shows it has the spirit we need

In case you missed it, the Fort Dodge community rose up this week and shined. I’m talking about the Lip Sync Challenge video in which the Fort Dodge Police Department redefines the iconic rock band Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” Thank you, Officer Matt Weir. If you missed his ...

Remembering the school patrol

Wearing distinctive shoulder harnesses, bright yellow helmets and shiny badges, Fort Dodge school patrol boys and girls once were responsible for the safety of their fellow students crossing streets at the beginning and the end of each school day. Hundreds of youngsters — chosen by teachers ...

Summer dwindles, and we say good-bye

It’s that point in the summer when I don’t want to let go. Too soon, evenings are cooling and locusts are calling. With the Fourth behind us, back to school has returned to the collective vocabulary. It also means we say good-bye to our summer intern this week. Olivia Hanson, of ...

It’s time to get screened for lung cancer

We all know of a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer, which is why there is such an emphasis on screening and early detection for a variety of cancers. In 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) implemented lung cancer screening recommendations for ...

Iowa Central is making career connections

Iowa Central Career Connections is a work-based learning program designed to help prepare students to be successful as they transition into the workforce. By connecting them to local businesses to explore an assortment of fulfilling career options through work-based learning.We partner with ...

A tornado puts a T-shirt in perspective

The focus of this column was going to be the unfortunate choice Iowa City’s softball team made in applying the words “Dirty Dodge” to their competition shirts. But then an EF-3 tornado hit downtown Marshalltown and life, once again, came into a meaningful perspective. So this column is ...

Here’s to that first Dodger softball team

Back when I was in high school, girls state sanctioned competitive sports were not on my radar. Heck, it wasn’t on a lot of people’s radar. In 1971, when I graduated high school, few area schools fielded girls teams in any sports. So I suppose I come by my ignorance ...

‘You have diabetes’

There are many things we do not want to hear when we go to a medical appointment, and the three words, “You have diabetes” are among them. The diabetes diagnosis is based on lab numbers, but the impact of the diagnosis means major changes to the person who hears those words. Better ...

Summer learning loss

Summer is a wonderful time for kids. There is more play time, fewer schedules, and more time with family and friends. For kids, summer can be a carefree time and a chance to just be a kid. It’s easy for children and their families to get caught up in the less disciplined routine of ...

We wager our lives on hope

I’m not sure what to say here. I feel strangely numb to the shooting of five newspaper employees in Maryland late last week. After reading the coverage and hearing people deplore the violence, I still feel numb. I feel numb because this is the risk journalists take. We report things that ...

A lifetime of service

Rich Lennon bleeds Army green. The U.S. Army has been a part of the Fort Dodge man’s life for 48 of his 66 years — and the retired colonel has no plans for that to end anytime soon — continuing to serve his country as commander of a rifle squad for military funerals and as a driver to ...

That, folks, is hometown pride

John Hawkins, Webster City’s mayor, popped in while I was getting my hair done Saturday. That’s not unusual. His wife is my stylist. I’ve known John Hawkins for a bunch of years now. It stretches back to when he began dating my friend, Marcia, and I wanted to make sure he was good ...

It’s anything but slow at Iowa Central

Summer at Iowa Central Community is usually everything but slow. This year especially. Thank you to the voters for the passage of our general obligation bond back in February. That showed the great support we have as a college. Since the vote, we have been busy finalizing plans for the upgrades ...

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 ...