A fitting tribute to a leader we lost


Cindy Litwiller was a person who helped make worthwhile things happen. Sometimes she was at the helm of important undertakings. On numerous occasions she also was a dedicated collaborator who could work easily with others to accomplish important objectives as a team member. No matter what her ...

Iowa’s fruit and vegetable growers deserve recognition


There’s more than corn and soybeans growing in Iowa’s rich soil. Iowa’s farmers grow staggering amounts of corn and soybeans, so it makes sense that those crops are the first ones many people associate with the state’s farms. But there is also a surprising amount of fruits and ...

Patience needed on FD streets today


Fort Dodge is going to welcome a lot of visitors today — probably more than 15,000 people. There were a lot of folks in town last week for the girls state softball tournament, but the number of visitors rose and fell a little every day as the tournament progressed. Today will be different. ...

Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight is back


When a 737 roars into the sky above Fort Dodge Regional Airport in the pre-dawn darkness of Aug.28, one of the most unique and heartfelt tributes to area veterans will be back in action. There will be 132 veterans aboard that plane. They will be going to Washington, D.C., for free to see the ...

Objects to beverage garden plan

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was appalled when reading this mornings paper (Thursday) in the article about the “beverage garden” for RAGBRAI. How about that committee diverts traffic to other eating establishments that are hurting? Have you not heard about local eateries having to close early ...

Passing policies to support our rural communities

Local Columns

Since I was sworn-in just six months ago, I have made it a priority to advance policies that will benefit our farmers, students, Main Street business owners, and veterans. A number of efforts that I helped lead have passed the House — including legislation that expands STEM education ...