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Opinion

Let’s protect our children

Editorial

It wasn’t so many years ago that parents could say with confidence that the schools their children attended were among the safest places in the community. Sadly, that’s not the world we live in anymore. Schools in all types of locales have become a frequent target for unspeakable, lethal ...

Fort Dodge meal packing event was big success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The people of Iowa help feed the world, and the people of Fort Dodge and Webster County proved it once again! On Dec. 7, 2019, almost 500 volunteers came together at Community Christian School for Fort Dodge MobilePack to help pack nutritious meals for some of the neediest ...

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

Editorial

What organizers say is the third largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The 2020 Iowa Power Farming Show features nearly eight acres of indoor exhibit space featuring 88 new ...

Catholic schools serve area well

Editorial

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. Catholic education got underway in Fort Dodge about158 years ago. The first Catholic school came ...

Climate change: destiny or legacy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Science tells us climate change is a proven national emergency: 10 years or less to avoid a tipping point. Caucus voters, please vote for the candidate you feel addresses this issue. Believe like it’s the crisis it is! For young voters, it’s your destiny: older voters, ...

Hospice ball to remember loved ones; honor caregivers

Local Columns

“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” -Helen Keller Please join us on Feb. 1, 2020, for an important, memorable and fun evening. This event recognizes support and love; compassion and excellence, and most important, ...

Smithsonian democracy exhibit coming to Fort Dodge

Editorial

Most Fort Dodge residents know that the Smithsonian – sometimes called the Nation’s Attic – is a collection of museums in Washington, D.C., that houses everything from Archie Bunker’s chair to an Apollo space capsule. But not all local people have been there. Soon, the Smithsonian ...

Eggs and Issues is democracy in action

Editorial

Interaction between citizens and the officials they elect to represent them is crucial to a democracy. Citizens must be able to tell the officials what they want and what they don’t want. They must also be able to hold the officials responsible for their actions. The elected officials ...

Supporting Mayor Pete

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After reading information on his background and meeting him in person, I’ve have decided to caucus for former South Bend, Indiana Mayor, Pete Buttigieg on February 3rd. There are several outstanding qualities he possesses that are noticeable. He is very intelligent as is ...

Says Soleimani was imminent threat

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m really miffed at people calling the terrorist Soleimani a revered government official. He was a terrorist and a leader in a country known to be the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Terrorists are cowards. They don’t stand up and fight military entities, ...

2020 should be a good year

Editorial

Action that Iowa’s farmers have awaited for far too long has finally occurred. Both houses of Congress have passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. That means that as 2020 unfolds this crucial trade measure should quickly be ready for implementation. This new pact is expected to ...

Service projects, fun activities mark Lutheran Schools Week

Editorial

Students at St. Paul Lutheran School are scheduled to participate in an awards chapel and a geography bee today. Those Faithful-Character Day events are part of the Fort Dodge school’s observance of Lutheran Schools Week. In honor of the annual observance, St. Paul students are doing some ...

Pork Congress is worth a visit

Editorial

Each year the Iowa Pork Producers Association holds a remarkable event – the Iowa Pork Congress. For more than four decades it has been a much-anticipated opportunity for pork producers and assorted experts to come together to share views and information about one of the Hawkeye State’s ...

Helgerson made big impact on Beacon

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Today there was a wonderful article about the Beacon. I was disappointed that the name Rob Helgerson didn’t appear. On March 13, 2013, I received a phone call from Rob asking to rent an apartment I had available. After showing him the apartment, he asked if he could move in ...

Today we honor a dream of justice

Editorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, being observed today, is an appropriate time to recall an exceptional person. But more importantly, it’s a time to recommit the nation to the cause for which King died and the legacy he left for all of us. The famed civil rights leader, assassinated April 4, ...

Progress 2020 sections begin today

Editorial

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 are shaping tomorrow. While every issue of this newspaper is filled with articles, features ...

Time to wait out the storm safely

Editorial

To paraphrase a popular song often heard during the holidays, the weather outside is in deed frightful. We Iowans, however, are a hardy bunch. We’re used to some heavy duty winter storms. And many of us know that the best way to deal with terrible winter weather is to not deal with it at ...

Long wait is finally over

Editorial

Producing a trade relationship between the United States and China that is fair to both countries and puts an end to Chinese practices that have harmed the American economy has been a major goal of President Donald Trump. During the last two years, the ongoing negotiations regarding an improved ...

Lady is valuable asset to students at Manson Northwest Webster

Editorial

Students in the Manson Northwest Webster Community School District have a new source of support for those days when homework, tests and just about everything else seems overwhelming. Lady is ready to help on those days. Lady doesn’t come to the job with a wall full of degrees and ...

Says fireman comforted her

Letters to the Editor

I went to Hy-Vee on Jan 10, picked up a few things and left to the parking lot pushing a cart a about 2:35 p.m. I was walking down the car lane over on the pharmacy side when out of no where a white new truck backed up within inches of me. Hit the cart and it took it out of my hands. I jumped ...