To the editor:
As a community, Fort Dodge has received its fair share of negative publicity so when we have an opportunity to focus attention on something positive it's a good thing. We are very fortunate to have Helen Miller representing us in the state Legislature. When Helen first ran for the Legislature, she promised her supporters that if she was fortunate enough to be elected into office she would make sure everyone knew about Fort Dodge.
This month Rep. Miller continued to make good on her promise by organizing the first annual Urban/Ag Academy. The academy brought legislators, corporate sponsors, educators and minority farmers together to begin bridging the gap between urban and rural communities. Rep. Miller is the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee and recognizes the important role agriculture plays in the future of Webster County's economic development. Her goal was to help attendees understand that urban communities and rural communities need not have an adversarial relationship. Through the work of the academy, attendees were engaged in identifying common concerns and solutions regarding public policy.
The important work Rep. Miller has been conducting on our behalf has been recognized by the Iowa African American Hall of Fame. Helen is one of six Iowans who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday. Good for you Helen and good for Fort Dodge.