Local Columns

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 ...

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 ...