Local Columns

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

"Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and ...

A celebration of parks

On Aug. 25, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday. The National Park Service is made up of 22,000 employees and 221,000 volunteers that watch over our country's greatest national treasures. The Park Service manages 411 areas and national historic sites on over 84 million ...

Sexton reports on 2016 legislative session

I'm proud that for both years I have been here and the sixth consecutive year we were able pass a responsible, balanced budget. The enacted budget spends less than the state collects in revenue and doesn't use one-time funding to pay for ongoing needs.We were also able to increase funding for ...

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer

Memorial Day is the official unofficial kickoff weekend for summer. This is the holiday that we meet with family and friends to enjoy what summer has yet to offer us.About 700,000 more people will travel on Memorial Day weekend than did last year. This is a 1.8 percent increase over the ...

Area legislators report on the 2016 session

We recently concluded the 2016 Legislative session. Although it was a fiscally challenging year, I feel we addressed issues in a fair and nonpartisan manner.Funding for education is an ongoing challenge. I feel good about the compromise met between political parties. Almost 80 percent of this ...

Area legislators report on the 2016 session

After over a week of overtime, we wrapped up the 2016 legislative session with some progress having been made toward helping working families.Unfortunately any real progress on education, job training, and health care that could have helped hard-working families was held up by the House ...

Data is important at Iowa Central

An important component of Iowa Central Community College is data. We collect data from multiple sources and work to evaluate each piece and base our decisions off what the data tells us. As the institutional effectiveness executive director, my job consists of collecting, analyzing and ...

Are you at risk for having a stroke?

"Numbness and tingling sensation started annoying my left arm, so I tried to move my fingers and hands to relieve the feeling. Why wasn't my arm moving? Something just didn't feel right, something is wrong. I tried to explain to my family that something was wrong but my words were not coming ...

Medicaid in our state has changed

Iowa modernized its Medicaid program on April 1, and has experienced no major systemic issues with this important transition. And, I'm pleased to report that we've been able to rapidly address questions and concerns to quickly meet the needs of our members and Iowa's dedicated providers.By ...

Promoting youth literacy is vital

One of the most important things parents, schools and communities can do is help their youths become good readers. It can be the difference between a child's success or failure. We know that proficiency in reading is essential to fully developing a sense of well-being amongst our youth. ...

Going to college can be expensive

Applying for financial aid can be an overwhelming undertaking for students and parents, especially if it's your first time applying. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) asks questions about your taxes, assets, retirement accounts and uses jargon that sounds like a foreign ...

Fulfilling a vital community role

The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center - D/SAOC - is the Crisis Based Shelter for 20 north central Iowa counties - Boone, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Kossuth, Marshall, Mitchell, Story, Tama, Webster, Winnebago, Worth and ...

Learn about colorectal cancer

What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer develops in the tissues of the colon and/or rectum.Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates for 2016 there will be 95,270 new cases of colon cancer ...

Chicken wing contest kicks off Relay season

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota will be hosting its sixth annual American Cancer Society "Wing It for Relay" kickoff event on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. to support the fight for a cancer-free world. Local restaurants will be providing their delicious chicken wings for the public to taste, judge and vote ...

A free press must be preserved

During the week that ended Saturday as we were celebrating the free press in the United States - "Sunshine Week: Your right to know" - the formerly free, secular and constitutional Turkish government was becoming increasing authoritarian and is killing a free press and civil freedoms. Earlier ...

Marking a half century of progress

In 1965. there were three junior colleges in the area - Fort Dodge, Webster City and Eagle Grove. Then in 1966, the Iowa Legislature took the national trendsetting action of transforming the junior colleges into a system of community colleges. On Feb. 18, 1966, the State Board of Education ...

Preparing young women for the future

I've been a chief executive officer for just over two months, but I've been a parent for nearly a decade.When I think about why I chose to work at Girl Scouts, and you strip away the agenda and the titles and the career that I have, I'm here because I'm a parent. A really worried parent - ...

Courtesy — Service — Protection

The Iowa State Patrol has always been an historic and tradition-rich organization. We take great pride in, not only who we are, but where we began. It is critical that we never forget the sacrifices, struggles, dedication and commitment of those who have worn this uniform prior to us ever ...

Sweetheart Gala 2016 is March 5

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 March 5 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn ...

A look into a woman’s heart

Heart disease is often thought of as a man's disease, but did you know more women die of heart disease per year than any other cause of death, including breast cancer? Each year, 455,000 women die of heart disease as compared to 410,000 men. Moreover, heart disease causes one in three women's ...