Opinion

October is National Pork Month

Editorial

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...

Backs Niki Conrad

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m enthusiastically supporting Niki Conrad for Webster County Supervisor, District 4. Niki is my aunt and godmother. She has been an amazing role model for me my entire life. She helped me with almost everything in my life: from school projects to helping me decide on a ...

Vote for Ann Meyer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s always around election time that we get inundated with candidates from all over the place. You can look at the July contributions report of Megan Srinivas. Go to https://webappiecdp.iowa.gov/PublicView/search.aspex?d=statewide, which is the Iowa Ethics Campaign and ...

A message from Helen Miller

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A big “thank you”to everyone who has been so gracious, appreciative and thoughtful in wishing me all the best as I retire from the Iowa House of Representatives. Serving all of you has meant the world to me and has been a challenging, interesting and worthwhile ...

Re-elect state Rep. Rob Bacon

Editorial

State Rep. Rob Bacon, of Slater, has was first elected to the Iowa House of Representative in 2010 and is now completing his third term. He brought to the House substantial legislative experience having previously served one term in the Iowa Senate. Bacon understands well the multitude of ...

Early detection is key in beating breast cancer

Local Columns

Mammography is the process of using low energy X-rays to make pictures of human breast tissue, looking for nodules, masses or clustered calcifications. This year more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and at least 40,000 women will die from their breast cancer. ...

Keep good judges on the bench

Editorial

Iowa’s judiciary is recognized as among the best in the nation. In surveys conducted for the United States Chamber of Commerce, our state judiciary has consistently ranked among the top five state court systems in terms of impartiality and competence. This high standing is due to Iowa’s ...

Iowa Central honors its alumni

Editorial

Many alumni of Iowa Central Community College made admirable contributions to the college community during their student days and have distinguished careers in the years that follow. The college honors some of these alumni each fall by inducting them into the Triton Hall of Fame. That annual ...

Symphony’s season starts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to extend a warm welcome to all to the first concert of the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, which is entering its 69th year. The concert, entitled ‘‘The Sound of Water,’’ will be held this Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Fort Dodge Middle School ...

FD Fine Arts

Local Columns

Supporting artists and donors, the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is able to fulfill its mission of strengthening our community by fostering creativity and celebrating life through the arts. FDFAA is nearing the end of its second full year with Executive Director Shelly Bottorff. Shelly has ...

Almost Home fundraiser succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our first annual Almost Homecoming event October 6th was a great success, and we have many people to thank for making that possible. A special thank you to Shimkat Motor Company for hosting us. In addition thank you Bruce & Sally Shimkat for helping to coordinate the ...

Highway 20 is ready at last

Editorial

For more than a half century residents of this part of Iowa have worked hard to promote the conversion of U.S. Highway 20 into a four-lane thoroughfare that spans the Hawkeye State from Dubuque to Sioux City. That goal has been achieved at last. Today the finished project will be celebrated ...

Supports Niki Conrad

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have known Niki Conrad my entire life and probably know her better than most anyone. That is because I am her brother. Much like other siblings, we have times when we do not see eye to eye and I may have even been a little overprotective when it came to an ex-boyfriend or ...

Backing Megan Srinivas

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We have an unusually unique opportunity with this election. Native Fort Dodger, Megan Srinivas is running for the 9th district House seat; she is exceptional in her scholarship, experience as a physician and her common sense approach to many problems. I knew Megan when I was ...

The long and winding road to four-lane Highway 20

Local Columns

It has been a project 60 years in the making, since the first four lane section was opened in Moville in 1958. But in 2018, a day we have waited six decades for is finally here. We’ve reached the end of the long and winding road leading to the opening of a four lane Highway 20 through Iowa. ...

Intermodal hub is a step forward

Editorial

The Fort Dodge City Council has authorized the city to apply for a $7.63 million federal grant to pay much of the $11.5 million cost of building an intermodal hub in the heart of our city’s downtown. This is a wise decision. It deserves the strongest possible community support. The ...

Supports Ann Meyer for House

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to support Ann Meyer to represent us in the Iowa s tate House. I believe Ann’s dedication to the care of her community is the reason form support. Her years as a nurse gives her first hand knowledge and experience with the America’s troubled healthcare system. ...

Not endorsing Steve King

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ethanol is under attack. The EPA gave out “hardship waivers” to “small” refineries. This undermined the RFS without doing so legislatively. Ethanol margins have reached disastrous levels with two plants in King’s district dialing back or temporarily shutting down. ...

Backs Ann Meyer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have been a resident of Fort Dodge for over 40 years including 30 years as CEO of Trinity Regional Medical Center. During my time at Trinity I was fortunate to work with an excellent staff, board of directors and physicians. One of those physician leaders was Jim Meyer, ...

Responds to Hamilton County supervisors

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to a letter recently written by Hamilton County supervisors and published by the paper. They are correct, changes need to be made and this election cycle is the time to think about which candidate is willing to make changes to the large scale livestock feeding ...