Local Columns

50 years of theater at Iowa Central

Iowa Central rings in the new year with a landmark anniversary - our 50th year of educating students and offering the community a wide range of fine art venues. As a faculty and staff, we have been enjoying the beauty of reminiscence that comes with five decades of existence.Our spring musical ...

More progress lies ahead in 2016

2015 was another year of exciting changes in Fort Dodge, but also brought challenges to our fair city.Crosstown connectorAs we moved around town this year avoiding road-closed signs and orange cones it seemed as if it would never end. Then late this fall, the signs started to disappear and the ...

Dale and Donna Decker leave a legacy

Dale D. Decker, former owner of Decker Truck Line Inc. and his wife of more than 70 years, Donnabelle, were always generous and active supporters of the Fort Dodge community during their lifetimes. The longtime Fort Dodge residents were so passionate about their beloved community that they left ...

Healthy Weight 4 Life can help you

People often start a diet after the holidays or make a New Year's resolution to start eating healthier in the new year. Many times they start dieting after the holidays because they have put on an additional 10 to15 pounds just through the holidays. Then they work hard all year to get that ...

We’re helping students succeed

The majority of students in K-12 public education attend schools defined by traditional notions of teaching and learning that involve attending school for a set number of hours each day and progressing through grade levels based on age. For many students, this model works. However, for students ...

Celebrate the season in downtown FD

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is excited to be continuing the holiday tradition with Holiday on Central and including a new event called Shopping on Central. This free event is Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and will take place in downtown Fort Dodge at the Trolley Center as well as ...

It’s time to talk about men’s health

It's that time of year again - Movember.Clean-shaven men begin to look scruffy, and bearded men reach for their razors.Movember is a light-hearted way to raise awareness for some serious issues. Moustaches aren't the only thing unique to men - certain health problems are, too. Diseases such as ...

Great American Smokeout is Thursday

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday is the perfect time to quit smoking. No matter how old you are or how long you've smoked, quitting can help you live longer and be healthier. By quitting, you can add up to 10 years onto your life. Here are eight great things that ...

Cellulosic ethanol is good for Iowa

Iowa is widely known for our first-rate hospitality, first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses and first-class production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs.Fewer people may realize that our state also is a rising star in America's clean energy renaissance.In fact, Iowa is leading America's ...

Iowa Central is an enormous asset

Earlier this year, Iowa Central Community College made the decision to have an impact study conducted on the region we serve and engaged Dr. Ernie Goss of Goss and Associates to conduct the study. We are in the final stages of completing the study, but I want to provide a preview of Iowa ...

YouthNet — helping students thrive

YouthNet is an innovative partnership with the Fort Dodge Community Schools and St. Edmond Catholic Schools and the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way. YouthNet is a coalition of schools, organizations and agencies in Fort Dodge focused on helping youths reach their full potential ...

‘Building Hope — Changing Lives’

Let's take a moment and put ourselves in a place where hundreds of children in our community are today. Picture yourself born into a family in poverty. You only have a mother. Your father is not around or in your life. You have two other siblings. Your family lives in a small two bedroom ...

A brief history of breast cancer

Approximately 2.8 million women in U.S. have a history of breast cancer. While some of them are still actively receiving treatment, many have finished treatment and are living full lives.For years women and men have successfully been treated for breast cancer. Over the years breast cancer ...

Gov. Terry Branstad visits FD Wednesday

Iowa Central Community College is happy to host Gov. Terry Branstad for a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Triton Cafe Conference Room.The town hall could not be better timed for the college, our students, regional workers and businesses, since the Branstad-Reynolds administration ...

‘She tried to escape’

There was a woman named Mrs. Thatcher. In 1857, she was kidnapped, along with three other women, near Spirit Lake. Having witnessed the murder of her newborn, and learning that each of the other captives had lost most of their loved ones in the murderous rampage we call the Spirit Lake ...

Gypsum City OHV Park is a huge asset

This past week I was in Chicago with Gov. Terry Branstad and a representative from the Iowa Economic Development Authority visiting the corporate headquarters of United States Gypsum. We met with nine of the top management of the USG and talked about their company as well as the direction of ...

A $4.2 billion change is a big deal

Any time an entity decides to do something different with something worth $4.2 billion, that's a big deal. When it involves a program that's funded by taxpayer dollars, when it affects health care and when it's in our own state of Iowa, that's a really big deal.So, what's going on? The state of ...

Iowa Central launches new search tool

Iowa Central Community College is pleased to announce that it has launched Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and community members to explore potential careers.Career Coach is designed to connect Iowa Central's programs with reliable, local data for more than 800 careers in ...

Let’s all stay safe this holiday weekend

This Labor Day weekend signifies the winding down of summer. Children and young adults return to their respective schools or venture off to new buildings and surroundings. It always seems like a rushed weekend as we all try to squeeze a few more days out of summer. Unfortunately, feeling rushed ...