Frontier Days 2023 kicks off summer


This weekend there will be a sure sign that the summer season is truly at hand. What is that sign? Frontier Days 2023, of course. Frontier Days is the annual Fort Dodge event that draws thousands to the downtown parade and the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. The gates open at the Fort ...

The crisis-in-caring is becoming a catastrophe

Local Columns

A crisis ignored eventually leads to catastrophe, and that’s what we’re witnessing. The word crisis was first used in 1990—33 years ago—by the Bipartisan Commission of the United States Congress to describe the challenges the nation faced in providing long-term care services to ...

Take the time to remember


Monday is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend time relaxing with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a ...

Garden Club expresses thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to all who supported the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club’s recent annual plant/ garage sale. An amazing crowd of enthusiastic shoppers bought a large percentage of our plants during the first two hours. Congratulations to Linda Sorenson, who won the raffle for the ...

We can build a vital community

Local Columns

We all want to see Fort Dodge thrive and prosper. We want our community to be a vital and vibrant place that we take pride in and call our home. But what is a vital community? It depends on how we look at ourselves and our community and the vision we have for the future. Every community is ...

Community effort will bring Safe Haven Baby Box to Fort Dodge


People passing by the Fort Dodge firehouse at 1515 Central Ave. this summer may notice something a little different on the building’s northeast wall. They will be seeing a new method to save the lives of babies that would otherwise be abandoned. It will be the first of its kind in Iowa, and ...