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Foreign sales boost the ag economy

February 15, 2015 Selling products abroad can benefit for all parts of the U.S. economy. In recent years, however, it has been especially important to American agriculture. more »»

Farmland ownership is in transition

February 14, 2015 Farmland is frequently passed from generation to generation. The large number of Heritage and Century farms in the Hawkeye State is testimony to that tradition. more »»

Foster care helps children thrive

February 13, 2015 When youngsters lack a loving and supportive home life — even if that is just a temporary circumstance — they are put at an enormous disadvantage. more »»

Fort Dodgers help combat hunger

February 12, 2015 Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit organization composed of volunteers who package meals for delivery to starving people around the world. more »»

Asset forfeiture policy needs review

February 11, 2015 When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the mov. more »»

Gov. John Kasich is on a mission

February 10, 2015 It is no wonder that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been received so favorably in his multi-state tour on behalf of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more »»

Iowa benefits from USDA initiative

February 8, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced more than $370 million in funding for what it characterizes as “100 high-impact projects” as part of its Regional Conservation Partnership Program. more »»

More government isn’t the answer

February 7, 2015 More and more of what Americans work hard to produce is being taken out of our pockets and sent to Washington. more »»

Reflections on ‘American Sniper’

February 7, 2015 The second-most jarring scene in “American Sniper” takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle’s home in Texas. more »»

The destruction of Ukraine

February 7, 2015 In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touted his Ukraine strategy as a demonstration of “the power of American strength and diplomacy. more »»

Congress should resist spending hikes

February 6, 2015 Barely had “sequestration,” the government spending limits Congress put in place Jan. 1, 2013, celebrated its second anniversary when President Barack Obama urged throwing any restraint to the wind. more »»

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

February 5, 2015 Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversit. more »»

Lawmakers save ‘529’ savings plans

February 4, 2015 Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about — and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author. more »»

Auschwitz must be remembered

February 3, 2015 Seventy years ago, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. What they found stunned many of the battle-hardened soldiers. more »»

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

February 2, 2015 What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest — and the third largest in the United States — kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa... more »»

Parks Department wins an award

February 1, 2015 The Girls State Softball Tournament has become a major feature of the summer sports season in our town. Fort Dodge has been the host city for this competition for four decades. more »»

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 »»



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