Local Columns

For Stitt family medicine is a way of life

Medicine is firmly implanted in the DNA of the Stitt family. And the Stitt family is equally implanted in the city of Fort Dodge where there’s been a Doctor Stitt on duty for the past 71 years. Like his father, Dr. Mike Stitt was a physician — each of them engaged in family practice ...

Prairie Rivers Trail System continues to expand

This past week the Fort Dodge City Council and the Webster County Board of Supervisors voted to support the “Hike and Bike Webster County” trail system plan. This plan was a collaborative effort between the city of Fort Dodge, Webster County Conservation, the Trails Advisory Board, and ...

Lost in Younkers

Twelve days ago, Bon-Ton Stores took a devastating turn when it was bought by liquidators who almost instantly announced that all of the chain’s brick-and-mortar stores and their online presence were officially in shutdown mode. That meant every Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, ...

Why would you not?

I have been a nurse for over 35 years and it continues to amaze me when I hear the question, “should I go get that done?” I am talking about routine check-ups, immunizations, lab work and screenings that can catch medical problems early, or help to decrease the risk of that acquiring that ...

Fulfilling a promise to our community

We know “practice is the best of all instructors” and the William G. Smith Simulation Center provides a welcoming and innovative practice environment. Since its debut in January 2016, the center has provided students studying to be a nurse, emergency medical technician or paramedic, medical ...

April is an important time for D/SAOC

When you think of the Domestic Sexual Assault Outreach Center (DSAOC), you may picture a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. What most do not realize is it is much more than that. As advocates, we work with individuals of all genders, not just females. DSAOC ...

The Lanciers: Fort Dodge’s young ambassadors

Their drums and their bugles have been silent now for nearly 50 years. Teenagers when they marched together as one, these Baby Boomers are now in their 60s and 70s. But for the many alumni of the Fort Dodge Lanciers who are spread throughout the country, the memories of marching in the drum ...

Every community needs heroes

If you look up the word “hero” in a dictionary, you will find it is defined as a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character; a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model. The word hero can ...

A kidney stones Q & A

UnityPoint Health Center for Urology provides comprehensive treatment for disorders affecting the male and female urinary tract. Our team treats conditions such as prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy, erectile dysfunction, urinary ...

Iowa Central supports agriculture

According to the Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers and the on the most recent U.S. census data (2012), Iowa is home to 88,637 farms, 97.5 percent of which are family owned. With all the talk of “Big Ag” coming to dominate agriculture, the average farm size in Iowa has held steady since the ...

Katie Averill has deep roots in Fort Dodge

Katie Averill’s message to a leadership group from Fort Dodge visiting the State Capitol was straight from the heart. “I walked into the room and told them, I have been looking forward to this,” she said. “I am a Fort Dodge girl. You can take the girl out of The Dodge, but you can’t ...

Sweetheart Gala is March 3

Join us for one of the community’s most anticipated annual events: The Webster County American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Gala. This is a wonderful chance to have a fun-filled evening supporting a great cause. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 3 at the Best Western ...

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 ...