Local Columns

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 ...

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 ...