Opinion

Grassley holds VA’s feet to the fire

Editorial

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Natural Playscape is good news for kids

Editorial

A ribbon cutting last week celebrated the completion of a much-anticipated Natural Playscape at Kennedy Park. It is an exciting new way for kids to connect with nature. According to Matt Cosgrove, Webster County Conservation director, the park uses natural materials and appeals to the senses ...

Market on Central is back

Editorial

Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. During the last several years, storefronts up and down Central Avenue and on nearby streets that have too long been vacant are once again coming to life commercially. The city’s historic business district is becoming the home to an impressive array of ...

Relay For Life is Saturday

Local Columns

From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. We don’t face cancer alone and neither should you. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Dodge City Square, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Webster County will ...

NATO needs broader financial support

Editorial

Last month, after President Donald Trump suggested European countries should start paying their fair share of the cost of NATO, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out at Americans. Europeans no longer can rely on other nations standing by them in times of military peril, Merkel said in a ...

A Crossroads thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We at the Crossroads Mall would like to say thank you to everyone that participated in the Lunch Laps at the Mall, Feb. 2 through Apr. 27. This year Active Health partnered with us and we truly appreciated their support. A special thank you to Shoe Sensation for hosting the ...

CDBG is the wrong target

Editorial

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

A MAGWED thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: MAGWED 42 is in the books. Another shout out to all who helped make it a great event. It’s the best day of the year (accept for Christmas). From the committee, volunteers, and the participants it was a great weekend for fishing. The weather was perfect but the fish were not ...

Preserve Iowa Summit convenes today

Editorial

A statewide conference known as the Preserve Iowa Summit convenes in Fort Dodge today and will run through Saturday. It brings together an eclectic collection of Iowans who will share their knowledge and perspectives on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and sites. The ...

Trail memorials project deserves support

Editorial

The extensive system of trails that is being developed in Fort Dodge and Webster County is of enormous benefit to our community. It has proved immensely popular with walkers, runners and bikers. Improvements and enhancements are constantly making the already superb system better as the ...

New governor picks Katie Averill

Editorial

Katie Averill, who is the senior vice president at Fort Dodge-based Citizens Community Credit Union, has been chosen by Gov. Kim Reynolds to serve as superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions. This will put a well-respected Fort Dodger at the head of a key state regulatory agency. ...

World Pork Expo is worth a look

Editorial

The 2017 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets underway in Des Moines Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. This annual event brings together pork producers, exhibitors and visitors not just from across Iowa, but also from throughout the nation. Among the 20,000 to ...

Gary Ray: Part of the Hormel story

Local Columns

Working the night security shift at the old Hormel meat-packing plant in Fort Dodge, Gary Ray would have been hard-pressed to imagine that one day he would: Work through four more positions in the Fort Dodge plant, before it closed in 1981, transfer to Hormel corporate offices in Austin, ...

Ron Newsum recognized for his efforts

Editorial

On Veterans Day, Americans paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our nation’s armed forces. Locally, officials also chose that day to honor a local veteran who has done much to make certain that living veterans are shown the appreciation of their fellow ...

Fundraiser succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: First United Methodist members accomplish so much with the semi-annual rummage/bake sale: financial support for missions, sharing with other organizations and having fun as a congregation. The ripple effect of the sale is amazing because not only do we raise money for our ...

Frontier Days 2017 kicks off summer

Editorial

Starting today, there is a sure sign that the summer season is truly at hand — Frontier Days 2017 kicks off. The gates open at the Fort Museum at noon today and an exciting and diverse agenda of entertainment will commence soon after. The three-day festival continues a Fort Dodge tradition ...

Lord’s Cupboard deserves applause

Editorial

The brutal storm that passed through Fort Dodge in mid-May wreaked widespread havoc. Many residents were without electric power for sufficiently long periods of time that food spoilage became a real concern. Refrigerators and freezers had to be emptied. For those with low incomes, it could have ...

Intelligence leaks must stop

Editorial

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. Consequently, the anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable. ...

Helping to restart lives

Editorial

When the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility began operations in 1998, expectations were high that what had been built here would add innovative capabilities to strengthen significantly the state’s prison system. Those expansive hopes are being fulfilled admirably. Some prisons are little more ...

Take 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 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 ...