Tackling our nation’s most pressing yet overlooked crisis

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In 1982, President Ronald Reagan famously remarked that “we don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” Exactly 40 years later, these words still ring true as Washington’s addiction to spending has only ...

A Time for Angels helps those who mourn


The death of a loved one is the emotional equivalent of getting hit by a train. There’s almost nothing that can create the bewildering range of emotions that the death of a loved one can generate. The range of emotions can include anger, fear, sadness, loneliness and other feelings that ...

Melanie Rosales: She’s got the music in her

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The Kiki Dee Band may not have known of Melanie Rosales when it sang “I’ve Got the Music in Me,” but its 1974 hit song could have well been written just for her. When she was growing up in Kalo, a small town between Otho and Coalville, “My parents always had music going in the ...

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive


As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again being transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 19th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

Meet Sharon Stroh, executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge

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Tell us about yourself. I grew up in a military family and have lived around the world. I went to kindergarten in Taiwan and high school in Honolulu. I am the mother of twin daughters attending Central College, where they are juniors majoring in engineering and computer science respectively. ...

The holiday shopping season

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With the holiday shopping season upon us there are a number of things we should be appreciative of, but also aware of. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is proud of our members and the strength they bring to the area. Most goods and services we need are available within our region. In ...