Local Columns

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 ...

Goodman’s career leads to country’s biggest stages

When Terry Goodman met a traveling puppeteer as a fourth-grader at Duncombe Elementary School in the late 1950s, he caught the show business fever that carried him from Fort Dodge to performing on the country’s biggest entertainment stages. Getting to assist in shows by Lewis Parsons, a ...

Leave a legacy

What is a legacy? John Maxwell, author of numerous books on leadership, said, “What you do with the future means the difference between leaving a track record and leaving a legacy. ” Legacies are the result of accomplishment. They are more or less what someone is remembered for, to leave ...

Beat the winter blues

As winter kicks into full gear, less sunlight and colder weather can leave many of us feeling tired and less enthusiastic for completing normal activities. For around 500,000 Americans, these factors can lead to a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which can require medical ...

Helping students succeed is the goal

Iowa Central Community College provides quality educational opportunities in the classroom and outside of the classroom. As we continue to work toward our mission and increase our continual improvement processes, Iowa Central Community College is going above and beyond to ensure our students ...

Thorson learned lessons as coach’s daughter

A coach’s daughter, Julie Thorson has applied lessons learned from her father and from her family’s lifelong love of athletics to lead Friendship Haven, a retirement community in its 70th year of service to residents of the Fort Dodge area. Thorson enters her sixth year as president and ...

Iowa Central contributes grandly

Iowa Central Community College, with approximately 5,686 students from Iowa, 42 additional U.S. states, and 25 foreign countries, is a valuable contributor to the economic well-being and vitality for the Fort Dodge and regional communities in the college’s nine-county service area and for the ...

Great American Smokeout is Thursday

An estimated 5,100 Iowans die from tobacco-related illnesses annually — 1,770 from lung cancer alone, which are reasons why the fight against big tobacco continues strong in the state. Every year since 1976, the third Thursday in November marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American ...

Greg Sells

Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday for Greg Sells.Giving thanks is a lifelong process for the Fort Dodge native - giving thanks to family and friends who lifted him from the depths and helped him to a life well lived after he was involved in a tragic auto accident 50 years ago.Sells was a ...

United Way and ‘community’ are synonymous

United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is all about "community" - building connections and leveraging resources to achieve real impact in improving the quality of life and well-being for all people in our community.Hundreds of thoughtful and generous people donate to United Way every year because ...

Judicial retention election — what is it?

Iowa voters often wonder how they should vote when they see the names of state judges on the ballot. To help guide them, the Iowa State Bar Association surveys lawyers who have regular contact with those judges in the courtroom.Practicing lawyers are asked to rate judges they appear before on a ...

Early detection is the key

Breast cancer is a terrible disease that unfortunately many of us are too familiar with.Whether through a family member, friend, co-worker or personally, breast cancer has in some way impacted many of our lives. Every day scientists continue to work on finding the causes and cures; yet the ...

Looking ahead to the 2017 legislative session

As the campaign season heats up we thought it would be good to give voters and taxpayers a comparison on how state funding for Iowa's community colleges has been provided versus local school districts, other public and private four-year colleges and why now more than ever Iowa's community ...

What would Walt Stevens think?

In the 60 years he served as managing editor, editor and editor emeritus of The Messenger, my dad - Walter B. Stevens - witnessed 11 presidential election seasons and interviewed many of the candidates who came through Fort Dodge during the Iowa caucuses.But none were like the current campaign ...

Meet Bev and Greg Baedke

High school romances rarely last after graduation, they say. Spouses working together in their own business often leads to conflicts and should be avoided, they say.Then there's Bev and Greg Baedke.The co-owners of the Community Orchard, one of Fort Dodge's most popular and well-known ...

Partners in workforce development

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance recognizes that workforce is a critical component to our existing industry and also plays a major role in attracting new companies to our region. In the past 36 months alone we have added nearly 1,100 jobs in the area, which heightens an already critical ...

Discover the healing possibilities

UnityPoint Health - Trinity Wound Healing Center has once again been recognized as a top performer amongst the nation's wound centers. Having achieved high marks in the categories of patient satisfaction, percentage of patients healed and the average number of days to heal, the Trinity Wound ...