Local Columns

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 ...

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 ...