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Union head questions governor’s priorities

July 7, 2013 When elected officials make decisions about spending public dollars, they reveal their priorities and values. Gov. more »»

Comments on a new Messenger policy

June 30, 2013 As a community newspaper, The Messenger strives to engage with its readers. We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the lives of thousands who turn to us for the latest local news. more »»

Aging mom was able to stay positive amid loss

June 30, 2013 Norene Hale, of Collins, died on April 13 at the age of 89. Here are comments made at her funeral by her son John. more »»

There is a silent health crisis for men

June 23, 2013 Mark Twain said, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. more »»

Are you selling your senses short?

June 23, 2013 Tonight I was looking through some amazing photographs by George Holz, his artistic attempt to capture the various senses in his images. It is a subject that strikes a chord in me. more »»

Market on Central is the place to be this summer

June 16, 2013 “Look! I have June 22, the second Market on Central on my phone’s calendar” was a greeting I received a couple of weeks ago. more »»

A once empty parking lot sees life again

June 9, 2013 The growth and development of business and industry in Fort Dodge and the region has sparked a need for a qualified and skilled work force. more »»

Iowa Health System is now UnityPoint Health

June 2, 2013 You are probably aware that on April 16 Iowa Health System became UnityPoint Health. This is much more than a name change. more »»

Summer sunshine is welcome, but poses risks

May 26, 2013 Skin cancer is one of the most common skin problems seen by dermatologists and the most common cause of skin cancers is exposure to ultraviolet light, found in sunlight and tanning bed. more »»

Do you ‘talk turkey’ or ‘talk twaddle’

May 19, 2013 Since the dawn of people speaking, no one is born with the ability to “talk turkey,” or has the “gift of gab” because explicit, expressive and effective speaking is a learned skill. more »»

Keep graduation celebrations free of alcohol

May 12, 2013 It is hard to believe that another school year is drawing to a close. With that, parents and seniors around the area are busy planning graduation parties to celebrate this chapter of their lives. more »»

Friendship Haven dares to imagine

May 5, 2013 When you cease to dream, you cease to live. Nowhere are dreams more vibrant — and life more full of faith, passion and purpose — than at Friendship Haven. more »»

Iowa Central is more than a college

April 28, 2013 Iowa Central is more than a college. In fact, the very term “community” better describes the campus atmosphere, because community is what makes our institution shine. more »»

Immunizations are critically important for disease prevention

April 21, 2013 This is topic that causes a great deal of concern for many parents — both new, as well as “old, experienced” ones. Many parents wonder specifically: 1. more »»

18th annual Cake Auction is Saturday at county fairgrounds

April 14, 2013 Cake walk Noun: An absurdly or surprisingly easy task. Verb: Achieve or win something easily. Neither of those definitions accurately defines the D/SAOC Cake Auction. more »»

Wearing our hearts on our sleeves

April 7, 2013 Oh, my gosh. Hey, I read the papers. Of course, I’ve heard of the foreign sweatshops and the drain of our industry overseas for the sake of escaping taxes and getting cheap labor. more »»

No debate — colon cancer testing saves lives

March 31, 2013 You have probably heard the debates about the value of early detection testing for some cancers such as prostate cance. more »»

March is National Kidney Month

March 24, 2013 March is National Kidney Month and I would like to take this opportunity to discuss kidney health and what you can do to protect your kidneys. more »»

Some things are harder to explain

March 17, 2013 My ancestors left the Roman Catholic Church and Ireland behind when they came to America in 1896. more »»



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