Take advantage of summer programs at Fort Dodge Public Library


For too long, the stereotype image of a library is one of row upon row of bookshelves watched over by stern librarians who scowl and hiss at anyone who dares to speak above a whisper. Rita Schmidt, the director of the Fort Dodge Public Library, laughs at that concept of a library. She ...

Historical adventure can be found close to home


Now is the time when families are considering how to spend their summer vacations, and after COVID-19 basically wrecked last summer the open road is beckoning. But what if there was something really cool close to home that the whole family could enjoy? Well, there is such a thing. It’s ...

World Pork Expo is worth a look


The 2021 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets under way in Des Moines today at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. This annual event brings together pork producers, exhibitors and visitors not just from across Iowa, but also from throughout the nation. More than 20,000 people ...

New scholarship honors the legacy of Don Schnurr

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Some people achieve success in their careers and enjoy the fruit of their labor; and then there are others that achieve success and give of the time, talent and treasure to help others and make a difference in their community. Don Schnurr was one of those people. Unfortunately, Don unexpectedly ...

Frontier Days, car cruise launch summer season


Locally, the summer season got started in a big way this past weekend. After a one-year break imposed by the pandemic, Frontier Days returned with a full slate of activities. It all started on Friday evening with an opening ceremony that gave special recognition to the staff of the Webster ...

Attack on U.S. Capitol was deadly serious


Some of the defendants facing charges in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol deserve points for creativity. Among the defense arguments emerging in court documents: “I got caught up in the mob” and “Trump told me to do it.” But the “mob” and the individuals charged in the ...