Local Columns

The heart truth

Can women get heart disease? Are only older people at risk for heart disease? What is heart disease? There are many questions and misconceptions about heart disease. The month of February is dedicated to bring awareness to multiple areas of heart disease. Heart disease is responsible for over ...

Iowa Central expands on 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 plan and grow in support of our mission to offer a ...

The Bill Goodman story

Bill Goodman was just 7 years old when he moved into his step-grandmother’s home in Fort Dodge to live with her and 10 of her children. His mother, Carrie, had died in an auto accident two years earlier. His father, Louis Goodman, who worked for a steel company, believed Fort Dodge would be ...

Giving hope to our kids

With every new year there is often a feeling of new beginnings and renewed hope. Hopefully, this is true for most people, and especially our youths. A well-known quote from Helen Keller addresses the concept of hope very well: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be ...

Do not count the days, make the days count

As co-chairs for the 26th annual Trinity Hospice Ball, we invite you to attend an important and memorable evening on Feb. 3. This event recognizes support and love; compassion and excellence, and most important, people; the ones we have lost and the ones who hold us up. We will begin our ...

Iowa Central needs your support Feb. 6

Iowa Central Community College and the Area V region is at a crossroads. Decisions that we make today will have an impact both to the area economy and the education opportunities of our children and grandchildren. On Feb. 6, Iowa Central Community College will ask for voters in the nine ...

Webster County Courthouse has seen much history

Whenever Kathleen Hay is asked where she works, her answer is simple: “Look for the building with the big green clock on top,” she says. “That’s how we tell people how to find us on Central Avenue.” As Webster County deputy treasurer, she has had lots of company. Thousands of ...

Public openness could be more open

Compared to most other states, Iowa has pretty good laws and administrative rules requiring openness concerning public meetings and public records. A few significant situations, however, still await remedy. Section 21 of the Iowa Code governs open meetings, and Section 22 handles public ...

Here’s some useful health advice

Your mom always told you not to go outside in the cold with wet hair and to bundle up when heading out in the bitter temperatures — otherwise, you’d end up with an illness. So, do you really get sick from being cold? Let’s answer this age-old question and find out which of your mom’s ...

Iowa’s community colleges stand ready to help

Iowa Central Community College supports the general goals and recommendations of the Future Ready Alliance Task Force that Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dan Houston, chairman chief executive officer of Principal Financial Group co-chaired. In addition, we stress that the Legislature needs to maintain ...

The true meaning of Operation Christmas

It is hard to imagine Christmas time without the mouth-watering food, nuzzling up by the fire with loved ones, eagerly hanging up Christmas decorations, and, of course, the anticipation of the long-awaited presents. All of these things are aspects that help make Christmas so wonderful. ...

Honor Flights have been a huge success

With a military precision befitting their mission, volunteer organizers of the Brushy Creek Honor Flights have virtually every minute of a 19-hour day accounted for when they transport their precious cargo of area veterans to view national landmarks in Washington, D.C. They’ve done it 14 ...

Our mental health problem

I worked for a psychiatry practice when I was in graduate school in Connecticut in 1989. The practice was based on the town line between Hartford and its affluent sister, West Hartford. From that vantage point, I became used to mental health services and how they were — or weren’t — ...

Diabetes: America’s newest health epidemic

An American is diagnosed with diabetes every 19 seconds, making it one of today’s fastest growing health challenges. The American Diabetes Association projects that one in three Americans living today will eventually develop diabetes. By 2050, the number of diagnoses is expected to increase ...

Iowa Central has embraced STEMM

Iowa Central has committed to an innovative and exciting approach to STEMM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical Sciences. The idea of STEM is not new. My colleagues and I have been attending STEM conferences for the past 15 years. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dr. Chris ...

Three princesses and a platypus

Three princesses and a platypus came to my door Tuesday night. That’s two Ariels and a Rapunzel. I know she was a Rapunzel because she announced it several times while her hand was stuck in the candy bucket. Also, the long blond wig was a hint. The Ariels were quieter, I suspect in ...

Larry Mitchell is a true ‘Music Man’

Larry Mitchell has the opening role in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” that will be performed this week at Decker Auditorium by the Comedia Musica Players. “Board, all aboard!” he will call out as conductor of the train entering River City Junction. A fitting line, considering ...

What’s in a name?

Before I begin, it’s important to say this is not about finger-pointing. And it sure as heck isn’t about finding fault. Let me explain. A few weeks back Sherry Washington, a local community leader, invited the community — and I mean this community, as in Fort Dodge — to join her ...

Take part in Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day ...

LifeWorks Community Services is special

LifeWorks Community Services is an extraordinarily special place. I have a cupcake sitting on my desk. Someone snuck into my office while I was away and set it at my workspace. Why would someone sneak into my office to leave a tasty treat? It’s because a person, who has a disability, ...