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For all who watch ‘Downton Abbey’

March 4, 2012 “That’s the girliest column you’ve ever written,” a co-worker said to me after I wrote about a decoupaging class that turned into a discussion of current and classic soap operas. Perhaps. more »»

Successful farming and the Cancer Center

March 4, 2012 North central Iowa is proud of the successes of area farmers and related agricultural industrie. more »»

Sweetheart Gala promises to be a fun night

February 26, 2012 On Saturday, at the Fort Dodge Country Club, the 15th annual Webster County Sweetheart Gala will be celebrated. more »»

Home visiting helps families and Iowa’s economy

February 26, 2012 With Iowa still feeling the negative impact of the Great Recession, many of the state’s policymakers and business leaders rank increasing Iowa’s competitive business climate as a top priority. more »»

YouthNet — Creating a future full of hope

February 19, 2012 One of our community’s most precious resources is our children, but much of their potential is going unrealize. more »»

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week starts today

February 12, 2012 “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart — pursue those.” — Michael Nolan I can say I have pursued things in life which have caught my heart. more »»

‘Living Healthy in an Unhealthy World’

February 5, 2012 On Feb. 16, Joe Piscatella will be in Fort Dodge for a special heart event. more »»

Cancer Center fundraising is succeeding

January 29, 2012 Grateful ... humbled ... delighted ... honored — these are all words that describe the emotions that we as co-chairs of the Every Option, Every Hope Capital Campaign are feeling right now. more »»

Hawkeye state is on a journey to wellness

January 29, 2012 Last August, Gov. Terry Branstad announced a bold plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years. more »»

When a river runs through it

January 22, 2012 By now most Messenger readers are probably familiar with University of Iowa Professor Stephen Bloom’s 9000-word, fightin’-words diatribe on Iowa for the Atlantic, and the resulting flap it has caused. more »»

Losing a universal language

January 15, 2012 Today, there will be no telecast of “One Life to Live” on ABC television stations. Its final episode aired Friday. more »»

Trinity selected for major health care initiative

January 14, 2012 On Dec, 19, 2011, it was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — CMS — that Trinity Health Systems, which includes Trinity Regional Medical Center, Trimark Physicians Group,... more »»

A new semester is starting at Iowa Central

January 7, 2012 The start of the second semester is just right around the corner and as always it brings excitement to the air. more »»

If this were your last day ...

December 31, 2011 New Year’s resolutions. We all make at least one, whether we like it or not. “I’m going to exercise more” or “I’m going to finally take that trip. more »»

Lawmakers will soon head back to Des Moines

December 31, 2011 The 2012 session of the Iowa General Assembly will commence Jan. 9. This will be my 10th year as your voice, advocate and senator. more »»

Big changes are ahead for FD Regional Airport

December 17, 2011 “The globe will be linked by flights, and nations so knit together that they grow to be next-door neighbors. ... What railways have done for nations, airways will do for the world. more »»

Hope and support during the holidays

December 10, 2011 The holidays are a time when we gather with friends and loved ones, celebrating the season and counting our blessings. more »»

Annual Holiday Lighting event is Monday

November 27, 2011 2011 is nearing its completion. So much transpires during a year, some good, some bad. We never know what each day will bring, let alone each year. more »»

You can make a difference in a child’s life

November 20, 2011 If you are like me, every morning you roll out of bed, sit at your kitchen table and have a warm cup of coffee. more »»

Stopping diabetes is the goal of the ADA

November 20, 2011 Members from the community of Fort Dodge can attest — diabetes education works. You have the service at your fingertips, it is in your backyard, but it does not work unless you use it. more »»



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