Keep the buses rolling safely


Riding the big yellow bus is an essential part of the school day for thousands of local children. Those school buses do more than take kids to and from class. They are also the transportation to field trips, sports events and other activities. With so many buses on the road carrying ...

Every state is now a border state

Local Columns

In August alone, Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 208,000 people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally—an increase of 318 percent during the same exact time just one year ago. And the harsh reality is the situation shows no signs of improving. Recently, I led a ...

Support Coats for Kids


It’s hard to imagine facing an Iowa winter without a warm coat. Sadly, some area youngsters could be confronted with just that prospect if their families are facing a challenging economic situation. Fortunately, however, through the combined efforts of Shimkat Motor Co. and the Community ...

Organization helps others find their happy place


Perhaps the scariest words a person can hear from their doctor are ‘‘you have cancer.’’ For the patient, what follows that diagnosis is a whirlwind of physical illness and emotional anguish that only a person who has survived it can properly describe. Fortunately, there is hope and ...

New council will give young people input on local arts


Local teenagers with an interest in the arts and music now have an opportunity to make a bigger impact in the cultural life of their community. They can do that by applying for a seat on the Youth Advisory Council being formed by the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association. ”I think it’s ...

Endorses Sen. Grassley

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In Iowa, your word is your bond, but actions speak louder than words. Sen. Chuck Grassley is a lifelong family farmer who understands the value of hard work, community, education, and family. He grew up on a farm in New Hartford. Iowa values run bone deep and through every ...