Local Columns

Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is thriving

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association has expanded almost exponentially.In January 2015, it had 11 members. Today it has 34 members, six supporting artists (i.e., for profit members) and four patrons. With an average of 35 events each month, there is something for everyone to enjoy.The Fort ...

Providing quality health care from a distance

There is a severe shortage of practicing psychiatrists in the state of Iowa which makes it difficult to ensure that Iowans get the services they need. However, UnityPoint Health has been an innovator in utilizing technology to provide quality health care services, even in rural locations. In ...

We’re expanding 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 grow in support of our mission to offer a meaningful ...

Dapper has built a career in advertising

August is a big month for Dallas advertising executive Steve Dapper.With the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro just under way, his Publicis Hawkeye agency has produced commercials for one of the official Olympic partners - Bridgestone, the world's largest manufacturer of tire and rubber ...

It’s the time of year to get physicals

Have you ever wondered why your child needs an annual physical? It's because a lot can change in a child's or teen's health within a year's time. By scheduling an annual physical, you are able to monitor the growth, health and development of your child in addition to safeguarding against ...

Palliative care initiative needs legislative support

If you have watched, as I have, someone suffer with a serious, chronic illness, you know how challenging it can be. Maybe you have been a patient yourself and worried about how you and your family would cope with treatment. There is fear and anxiety. There can be pain. The expense can be costly ...

Trinity Ambulance Service is ready to serve

In May, UnityPoint Health - Trinity Regional Medical Center was named one of iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the U.S. Then just recently Trinity's Ambulance Service received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its ...

There’s something new at Iowa Central

On June 24, the federal Department of Education announced that 67 colleges and universities were selected to participate in a new Second Chance Pell pilot program to offer high-quality education programs to incarcerated individuals. This program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to ...

Here’s some advice to help you stay healthy

You've probably seen plenty of people whose daily routine includes a plastic bottle containing a metal mixing ball. The blended beverage-of-choice inside often is a protein product or nutritional supplement aimed to help athletes, weekend warriors and average Joe's alike improve their health ...

Partnering with area high schools

There are many aspects in the way that Iowa Central Community College reaches out to communities in its nine-county service area. Offering college credit courses at one of the nearest centers is the most popular and visible options, but there are many others. One example is the non-credit ...

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. ...