Opinion

This achievement deserves praise

Editorial

Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver made history recently. They became the first women to make it through the Army's rigorous Ranger training program.Now, they may be part of making even more history as the Army studies whether combat tasks still off-limits for women, such as ...

Webster County Fair succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Webster County Fair Board would like to thank everyone that helped with the 2015 Webster County Fair. Volunteers are what make this fair possible.We appreciate the work that PICA did at our fairgrounds this year. Thanks to all 4-H/FFA kids/families, leaders, superintendents, ...

Wants ‘sensible’ postal reform

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:At the beginning of the Internet age, some predicted that the United States Postal Service would be rendered obsolete. As more people communicated online, the Postal Service - funded by earned revenue, not by taxpayers - would face declining revenue.During the Great Recession of ...

Planning for tomorrow is crucial

Editorial

The local economy is booming. Fort Dodge and Webster County are poised to make the early decades of the 21st century a time of remarkable positive transition.Making certain that tomorrow turns out to be everything it can be requires careful planning. Fortunately, local governmental and private ...

Standing tall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It was a privilege to spend 18 years as the principal of Duncombe School. The Duncombe community is a source of pride and was something I was eager to share. Most people do not associate "tour guide" as part of a principal's duties, but to me it was the best part of the job. A ...

Angel Ride succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The ninth annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas was a huge success on July 11. Close to 500 riders went on the ride, plus many other showed up later to participate in the fun activities at Amigos.We would like to thank Mark and Crissann Campbell and the staff at Amigos for help ...

This case underlines a key concept

Editorial

An Ohio resident is lucky his stupidity cost him only $200, and not an arm.A certain percentage of idiots always have been part of the human race. But use of social media to brag about reckless behavior and to encourage others to take risks is a growing concern.So is blaming someone else for ...

Turkey has good reason to worry

Editorial

President Barack Obama and his administration are giving America's allies one more reason to distrust us.This month, the Pentagon revealed U.S. Patriot missiles are being withdrawn from Turkey. The pullout is because the Syrian regime, which still possesses a few Scud missiles, no longer is ...

It’s time to get this memorial built

Editorial

Frank Buckles is smiling. And, reunited in the hereafter with his fellow doughboys, he may well be telling them, "See, fellas! I told you they wouldn't forget us."Let's hope Buckles keeps smiling as the dream he pursued for so many years - national memorial to America's World War I service men ...

A proposal for museum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have been reading several articles in The Messenger about the Hydro-Electric dam on the Des Moines River. It seems that no one is quite sure what to do with it. I know that there are several people in the community that enjoy the area, both on the Hydro-Electric Park side, and ...

The origin of Scouting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Scouting's interesting/unique history dates back to the early 1900s in South Africa. Robert Baden-Powell, a young British Army officer, was stationed in remote South Africa. His assignment was to make the new English soldiers proficient at the skills of wilderness living, ...

Schools are starting — drive safely

Editorial

The fairs are over or soon will be. It won't be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception - summer is drawing to a close.Even though the calendar shows another month of summer to be enjoyed, for students vacation days are about to end. All across Iowa young ...

Legends Tailgate succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Sometimes two words don't seem to be enough but they still need to be said. Thank you for all of your generous support for our seventh annual Legends Tailgate event Friday, Aug. 14. What an amazing evening.One of the things I love most about this event is there is a great mix of ...

Grateful for community support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you to everyone that attended and helped with Community Health Center of Fort Dodge second annual Community Appreciation Picnic celebrating National Health Center Week. Webster County Pork Producers' Gregg Hora grilled 350 pork patties and CHCFD staff served beans, chips, ...

Event proves successful

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:National Night Out was another great success. Community Health Center of Fort Dodge wants to say "thank you" to the people and organizations that collected and donated: Shimkat Motor Co., St. Olaf Church, First Covenant Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian, A1 Home ...

Women play a vital role in agriculture

Editorial

For as long as human beings have engaged in the assorted pursuits referred to collectively as agriculture, women have been key players in the success of those undertakings. Over the centuries, the specifics have varied from era to era and community to community, but women have remained central ...

We’re going places in Fort Dodge

Local Columns

Recently, we completed a week in Fort Dodge that brought activity and visitors to the community. RAGBRAI and the Iowa High School State Softball Tournament both showcased many of the positive changes occurring in Fort Dodge as well as provided an opportunity to market the community to visitors ...

She deserves the Medal of Freedom

Editorial

American Kayla Mueller went to the Middle East because she wanted to help people. As a result, she was captured by Islamic State terrorists. For many months she was a sex slave to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Enduring horrors simply unimaginable to most people, Mueller still tried to help. ...

Enthusiasm for Clinton is declining

Editorial

Rumors recently that former Vice President Al Gore was considering another run for the White House said something about Hillary Clinton's candidacy - and it was not good.Gore, 67, narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. A substantial number of admirers have hoped since ...

Century Farms celebrate history

Editorial

It's more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans - agriculture is at the very heart of ...