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Lighting of the Luminaries is June 11

Local Columns

The Paula J. Baber Hospice Home and Trinity Foundation will host the inaugural Lighting of the Luminaries on June 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, to lovingly remember those patients that have passed away and to recognize the caring UnityPoint Hospice ...

US defense secretary spoke the truth

Editorial

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's assessment of why the Islamic State terrorist army took Ramadi - "the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight" - probably destroyed his popularity in Baghdad.But, as they say, truth can hurt.Analysts have pointed out the fall of Ramadi is no signal Iraq's ...

Saudis move to counter Iran’s influence

Editorial

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who commands U.S. special operations forces, said recently the withdrawal of American troops from Yemen hampers action against al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. U.S. special operations forces were pulled out of Yemen in March, when the government collapsed under an ...

Appreciates all the help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Tuesday evening, April 21, the Fort Dodge Senior High pool was full of people swimming the breaststroke for breast cancer at the 2015 Stay A-Breast fundraiser. The turnout that night was amazing and a testament to the goodness,generosity, and desire of so many wanting to help ...

‘Help support our youths’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Do the citizens/businesses know that the fairgrounds is a facility that exists for the local 4-H clubs/youth of Webster County? Please help support our youths.Do you know we have events/rentals and even flea markets/Hillbilly sales each month?We, the new board members and families ...

Spring into Fort Dodge is a splendid event

Editorial

As the local economic boom accelerates, more and more new people are becoming part of our community.That's why the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, city of Fort Dodge and Fort Dodge Young Professionals partner to host what has become an annual event - Spring into Fort Dodge.This year's ...

Iraq strategy requires a reappraisal

Editorial

Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists' conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. They merely emphasize that a worry present for many months is growing.Many Iraqi troops abandoned weapons, ...

Procrastination harms the nation

Editorial

Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue - highway and bridge funding - that lawmakers' toes must be getting sore.It happened again, when for the 12th time in six years the House of Representatives approved a temporary approach to the dilemma. If ...

Take the time to remember

Editorial

Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family.It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about.Beginning soon after the Civil War, a day in ...

Out-of-towners can help FD prosper

Editorial

It's often difficult to appreciate blessings close at hand. Hawkeye State tourism may well be in that category for many Iowans.The truth is, however, that tourism is an extremely important factor in Iowa's economy.It generates more than $7.2 billion annually in spending according to the Travel ...

MAGWED succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Another MAGWED has come and gone. This year was the 40th anniversary of Bob Brown's annual event. The weather was beautiful and the fishing was fair. There was a good crowd of approximately 330 people signing up. You know you have a popular event when celebrities participate. Levi ...

Dedication is Memorial Day

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:At 1 p.m. on Memorial Day at the Fort Museum, "Gone but Not Forgotten" will be dedicating a bench to the 21 Webster County veterans killed in Vietnam. This was made possible with the assistance of The United Way and the generous donations of the Fort Dodge community.The colors ...

Puzzled by ‘Deflate Gate’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I cannot understand the Deflate Gate and why it is a scandal. Apparently it is newsworthy though.First off, the league admits they do not have definite evidence of an infraction.Secondly, each team furnishes their own football. The only sport I know of that does this. There is no ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

Editorial

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe.Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Has praise for Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:To the board of directors, medical staff, guardians, volunteers, sponsors and everybody connected to the area Honor Flights, I salute you for a job well done.It was great to see all the people at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport before we boarded the plane to D.C.It was ...

Appreciates article

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I really enjoyed your article on O.J. Fargo, aka Thomas Goodfellow, in the Tuesday edition of The Messenger.I came to know O.J. when my son became interested in the Civil War and re-enacting at the age of 13. He would go with the group for a weekend and they took him under their ...

EPA actions overstep its authority

Editorial

Environmental Protection Agency officials are admitting they made some mistakes with their "waters of the United States rule.""I want to tell you up front that I wish we had done a better job of rolling out our clean water rule,"?EPA?Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union ...

Run to Honor succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We want to thank all the participants that ran our "Run to Honor" run. Your time and donations allowed us to raise over $2,000 in one afternoon to help our Vietnam Veterans.These men deserve to see the respect that everyone displayed. We will continue our effort until every ...

Proud and humbled by support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We at the Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa would like to take a moment to thank our supporters again for all of their help. We just had the seventh annual Fur Ball on April 25 and were touched by all of the contributions from individuals, businesses, institutions ...

Lauds Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I want to thank the Brushy Creek Honor Flight Committee and anyone involved with the recent May 9 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will remember.Also, a thank you for the notes from the Fort Dodge and surrounding area school children ...