Local Columns

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 ...

Iowa Central gets ready for tomorrow

During the past year we have celebrated 50 years of providing service to our region. In December we will bring to a close the celebration by asking our local constituents for their help in building our future. Voters in Iowa Central's service region will be asked to approve a $29.5 million bond ...

why not Heed the call to help?

With the first couple of weeks of school behind us, the students are now settling into a routine. Some have gained new confidence, others remain shy and quiet, and still more are working hard to learn new things and master new skills.For a kindergarten student, being in school all day means ...

‘Thank you for your service!’

For Jim Gill, it happened in 2004 when he walked into the VA Hospital in Des Moines, just diagnosed with cancer caused by Agent Orange.For Tom Dorsey, it happened in 2005 when he attended funeral services for Iraq War veterans.For Darrell Condon, it happened on Memorial Day 2012 when he woke up ...

Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is thriving

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association has expanded almost exponentially.In January 2015, it had 11 members. Today it has 34 members, six supporting artists (i.e., for profit members) and four patrons. With an average of 35 events each month, there is something for everyone to enjoy.The Fort ...

Providing quality health care from a distance

There is a severe shortage of practicing psychiatrists in the state of Iowa which makes it difficult to ensure that Iowans get the services they need. However, UnityPoint Health has been an innovator in utilizing technology to provide quality health care services, even in rural locations. In ...

We’re expanding student success

Iowa Central Community College takes pride in its curriculum standards and capacity to offer high levels of academic and personal support for students. As an institution of higher learning, we are dedicated to student success and continue to grow in support of our mission to offer a meaningful ...

Dapper has built a career in advertising

August is a big month for Dallas advertising executive Steve Dapper.With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just under way, his Publicis Hawkeye agency has produced commercials for one of the official Olympic partners - Bridgestone, the world's largest manufacturer of tire and rubber ...

It’s the time of year to get physicals

Have you ever wondered why your child needs an annual physical? It's because a lot can change in a child's or teen's health within a year's time. By scheduling an annual physical, you are able to monitor the growth, health and development of your child in addition to safeguarding against ...

Palliative care initiative needs legislative support

If you have watched, as I have, someone suffer with a serious, chronic illness, you know how challenging it can be. Maybe you have been a patient yourself and worried about how you and your family would cope with treatment. There is fear and anxiety. There can be pain. The expense can be costly ...

Trinity Ambulance Service is ready to serve

In May, UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center was named one of iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the U.S. Then just recently Trinity's Ambulance Service received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its ...

There’s something new at Iowa Central

On June 24, the federal Department of Education announced that 67 colleges and universities were selected to participate in a new Second Chance Pell pilot program to offer high-quality education programs to incarcerated individuals. This program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to ...

Here’s some advice to help you stay healthy

You've probably seen plenty of people whose daily routine includes a plastic bottle containing a metal mixing ball. The blended beverage-of-choice inside often is a protein product or nutritional supplement aimed to help athletes, weekend warriors and average Joe's alike improve their health ...