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United Way Community Campaign: Better Together

January 5, 2014 When it comes to charitable giving, there are many important and wonderful causes and organizations to support. more »»

Let’s make some healthy New Year’s resolutions

December 29, 2013 People often make New Year’s resolutions that they are unable to stick with for very long. A person needs to be ready to make a change and be invested in i. more »»

Blanden Memorial Art Museum is a FD treasure

December 22, 2013 Sometimes it’s easy to forget what treasures we have in Fort Dodge. It is no one’s fault. Life is busy. It gets away from you in the blink of an eye. more »»

Giving patients ‘the gift of honesty’

December 15, 2013 Thinking of others. It is that time of year when our thoughts, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, orientation, sickness or health, turn toward what is, what has been and what shall be. more »»

More tools in the work-force training toolbox

December 8, 2013 Iowa Central Community College serves a population of just over 130,000 in north central and northwest Iowa. Our college is the engine for economic development and growth in our region. more »»

Wheels for Work needs your support

December 1, 2013 Can you imagine being a parent with a very sick child and not having available transportation to take your child to Rochester or Iowa City to get the specialized health care he or she needs? Or,... more »»

Typhoon Haiyan yields massive devastation

November 24, 2013 Sitting back, watching and reading the news about Typhoon Haiyan’s victims in the Philippines left me speechless and numb, crying and praying, until one day the phone rang. more »»

An open letter to a meth suspect

November 24, 2013 Dear Lyndsey, I don’t know you, but in a way I kinda do — as a reporter in this part of Iowa I’ve written up scores of stories about young people who have been arrested in some drug-related mess or... more »»

Harvard reacts to JFK’s slaying

November 22, 2013 Editor’s note: In the fall of 1963, Terrence Dwyer, a 1963 graduate of Humboldt High School who is today the editorial page coordinator at The Messenger, was a freshman at Harvard University. On Nov. more »»

Great American Smokeout is Thursday

November 17, 2013 It can be hard to remember a time when smoking was accepted nearly everywhere — in homes, businesses, and restaurants. more »»

Philanthropy is important nationally and in FD

November 17, 2013 National Philanthropy Day was Nov. 15. The purpose of this day is to recognize and pay tribute to those individuals who have been philanthropic to our communities and worl. more »»

Veterans, service members are a top priority

November 10, 2013 As Veterans Day nears, I am proud to say that Iowans pay particular attention to respecting and honoring our soldiers, sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and airmen — all of our veterans and their... more »»

UnityPoint Hospice celebrates care and compassion

November 3, 2013 What does hospice mean to you? Hospice means many different things to many different peopl. more »»

Care for a little crisis with that diploma?

October 27, 2013 You’ll back me up on this, parents. more »»

Nowhere to hide? Fall allergy season is here

October 20, 2013 Most of us associate seasonal allergies with springtime, but just as many people endure months of congestion and itchiness during the fall months. more »»

GAP Tuition Assistance Program meets a need

October 13, 2013 Iowa’s community colleges, including Iowa Central Community College, have been given an opportunity to assist low-income individuals and families. more »»

This is Homeless Awareness Month

October 6, 2013 The Beacon of Hope Shelter reaches out with love to those on the fringes of society, those who have nowhere else to turn, and those whom others have forgotten. more »»

Iowa Central hosts Manufacturing Day

October 1, 2013 Manufacturing Day is Friday and is a day designated to address common misperceptions about manufacturing by educating the public about manufacturing. Manufacturing is the backbone of Americ. more »»

This is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 29, 2013 In Iowa in 2013, 350 men will die from prostate cancer. Nationally, the number is nearly 30,000. more »»

WCCTA’s vision minimizes FCC’s impact locally

September 29, 2013 For Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association, a recent rule change by the Federal Communications Commission may not be having as strong an impact as other communities in Iowa, but it is... more »»



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