Local Columns

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 ...

2016 Career Fair will be Feb. 26

The Iowa Central Career Services office will host its spring 2016 Career Fair on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Career Education Building on the main campus.Representatives from approximately 100 for-profit, government, and nonprofit organizations will be available to meet with ...

Duncombe strong!

It has been a tremendous honor to serve the Fort Dodge Community School District as an administrator for almost 14 years, with the past 6 1/2 spent as the principal of Duncombe Elementary. You can imagine my surprise, anxiety and sadness when our beautiful old building was found to have ...

‘Go Red Day’ is Friday

We are a special breed, us women. Some may call us complicated. I like to think of us as complex and intricate works of art. We can be warm and loving in one moment, yet strong and courageous the next. In handling conflict we can be diligent and wise, yet also remain sensitive and caring. We ...

Who will love the United States?

On a day back in the middle of the 1920s, a man traveling by train in China looked down at his boy, who was probably 5 at the time, and said: "Son, you can serve God or you can serve mammon, but you can't serve both."That son, D.D. Harvey, was destined to be my mentor.Born in 1922 in Hankow, ...

Attend 2016 Hospice Ball on Feb. 6

As the 2016 Hospice Ball co-chairs, we invite you to come out for a night of great food, dancing, and entertainment. Join us on Feb. 6, for the 24th annual Hospice Ball, held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites in Fort Dodge.Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with a delicious ...

I had a dream

I am not merely borrowing from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when I say I had a dream, though I must say first and foremost that my dream was heavily influenced by his.I had just turned 10 when he delivered his moving speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on ...

Habitat for Humanity — our story

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry seeking to put God's love into action. With the utilization of volunteer labor, we build houses and sell them at no profit whatsoever to families who could not otherwise afford a home. Once the home is built, the Habitat homeowner will have a ...

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 ...