Opinion

It’s once again beef month in Iowa

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the ...

Limit ATV use on paved county roads

Editorial

The Webster County Board of Supervisors is considering a change regarding the use of off-highway vehicles on county roads. An existing ordinance allows OHVs on gravel roads, and permits them to travel a “reasonable distance” on paved roads. The proposed ordinance as currently drafted would ...

For Stitt family medicine is a way of life

Local Columns

Medicine is firmly implanted in the DNA of the Stitt family. And the Stitt family is equally implanted in the city of Fort Dodge where there’s been a Doctor Stitt on duty for the past 71 years. Like his father, Dr. Mike Stitt was a physician — each of them engaged in family practice ...

Terrorism must be fought everywhere

Editorial

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met recently at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and security.
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Kids Choice event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Sunday April 8, Youth Empowerment Association Incorporated, despite the snowy weather, held its fifth annual Kids Choice Awards at the beautiful Cardiff Center in Fort Frenzy. Nomination boxes had been offered to surrounding school districts of north central Iowa for the ...

He stood tall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Abraham Lincoln stated, ?o man stood so tall as when he stoops to help a child. Thomas O. Dunbar, passed away On April 5t. Tom Spent 30-plus years working for children. He was a volunteer for the Parents Anonymous Program Child Abuse Prevention for the state Of Iowa, in Fort ...

‘What will I do after high school?’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As graduation nears, high school students everywhere face big decisions about their futures. The biggest question remains, “What will I do after high school?” College Signing Days, a designated celebration for seniors to announce their college plans, will be held across ...

Americans must trust the FBI

Editorial

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, ...

What game is Kim Jong Un playing?

Editorial

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer recently, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he plans to ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is Saturday

Editorial

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The 156 years since have witnessed many changes and stupendous progress. The impressive educational complex that is today’s St. Edmond is a ...

Don’t provide alcohol to minors

Editorial

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

Grassley singled out for praise

Editorial

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization is a trade organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. It has members not only all across the United States, but also in more than 30 nations around the world. BIO ...

Opposes ordinance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing this letter to voice my opposition to the proposed ATV ordinance that will allow off-road vehicles to use paved county roads. As an employee of Decker Truck Line, I am especially concerned about the use of County Road P-59. This road is one of the busiest entry and ...

Appreciates the support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation, I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser. The fourth annual Go Big, Go Dodgers event was held on April 6 at Fort Frenzy. Not only did we raise more money for the schools than in ...

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

Editorial

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. In the 21st century agriculture is just one component — albeit a very important one — of the commercial activity that keeps Iowa ...

Fun Night succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Duncombe Elementary’s annual Fun Night event, held Saturday, April 7, was once again a tremendous success and an opportunity for Duncombe families and the community to come together, have fun, and support the youth of Fort Dodge. On behalf of the Duncombe Elementary ...

Prairie Rivers Trail System continues to expand

Local Columns

This past week the Fort Dodge City Council and the Webster County Board of Supervisors voted to support the “Hike and Bike Webster County” trail system plan. This plan was a collaborative effort between the city of Fort Dodge, Webster County Conservation, the Trails Advisory Board, and ...

Appreciates courage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was grateful to read the story of Ashley Vaala’s heart-wrenching journey through the cycle of dependency and homelessness (Back from the Bottom, Messenger (4/22/18). I am mindful of how brave this young woman is to share the depths of her brokenness and despair and her ...

Lost in Younkers

Local Columns

Twelve days ago, Bon-Ton Stores took a devastating turn when it was bought by liquidators who almost instantly announced that all of the chain’s brick-and-mortar stores and their online presence were officially in shutdown mode. That meant every Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, ...

An ounce of prevention

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the fifth annual Free Oral Head and Neck screening a success. The annual event was held on April 19 in collaboration with UnityPoint Health Trinity Cancer Center and Iowa Central ...