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Federal debt poses a grave risk to U.S.

January 31, 2015 Many Americans are finally waking up to the damage being done by the $18 trillion national debt, both now and to future generation. more »»

Higher taxes are not the way to go

January 30, 2015 One reason recovery from the “Great Recession” has been so lackluster is that job creators — investors and companies with money to expand the economy — have been worried about what the federal... more »»

Website discloses sensitive data

January 29, 2015 E ven as President Barack Obama was using his State of the Union speech to recommend stronger cybersecurity for Americans, his administration was engaged in perhaps the most massive exchange of... more »»

President’s ISIL plans need scrutiny

January 28, 2015 One of President Barack Obama’s most important requests of Congress —made during his State of the Union address earlier this month — seemed to draw relatively little notice by lawmakers and the press. more »»

Catholic schools serve area well

January 26, 2015 There has been a Catholic School system in Fort Dodge for almost as long as this town has been in existence. There are other towns in the area The Messenger serves that can make similar claims. more »»

Plan to attend the Pork Congress

January 26, 2015 For more than four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been an event where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an... more »»

“Progress 2015” starts today

January 25, 2015 As the holiday season draws to a close each year, The Messenger’s writing staff embarks on a challenging adventure — producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region... more »»

Paris police officers were also killed

January 23, 2015 Much has been written, and rightly so, about freedom of the press and the 10 French journalists killed in the Jan. 7 massacre at the Paris office of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspape. more »»

Bigotry remains a problem in America

January 22, 2015 During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. more »»

Pentagon budget includes much waste

January 21, 2015 When he warned Americans about what has come to be called the “military-industrial complex” in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower left out a vital component — politician. more »»

Keystone XL pipeline is good for America

January 20, 2015 Members of the House of Representatives have approved a measure that would force President Barack Obama to allow construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipelin. more »»

Remembering Fort Dodge’s past

January 19, 2015 Hollywood has its famous Walk of Fame honoring legends of the movie industry. Stars on the walkway permanently preserve the names of performers long after their careers have become largely forgotte. more »»

Charles Grassley assumes a major new role

January 18, 2015 With Republicans now the majority party in the United State Senate, all of that body’s committees are now chaired by members of the GOP. more »»

It’s out of the headlines — for now

January 17, 2015 Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. more »»

MLK Remembrance Ceremony is Saturday

January 16, 2015 On Saturday the local Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony will take place in Fort Dodge at the First Presbyterian Church, 111 Fifth Ave. N., commencing at 9:45 a.m. more »»

Branstad announces agenda for 2015

January 15, 2015 Gov. Terry Branstad announced a bold plan for action Tuesday in his Condition of the State Address in front of a joint session of the Legislature. more »»

An unfettered free press will survive

January 13, 2015 We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate — even encourage — severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. more »»

John Boehner will remain speaker

January 12, 2015 Much is being made in the press — and in Democratic circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November — about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives. more »»

International Year of Soils is underway

January 11, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced early this month that it had begun its observance of the International Year of Soils. more »»

Torture report warrants dialogue

January 10, 2015 Release of a report on CIA use of torture to get information from a few captured Islamic terrorists raises more questions than it provides answer. more »»

Annual purse drive

January 10, 2015 To the editor: On behalf of It Gets Better — FD and myself, I want to thank each and every one of you personally for the purses and toiletries. more »»


Frostbite Olympics January 31, 2015

ALGONA — Algona Chamber of Commerce is holding its Fifth Annual Frostbite Olympics today and Saturday. On Friday a chili cook off will be held at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1501 E. Walnut St. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the doo. more »

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