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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 »»

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 »»

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 »»

“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 »»



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