Soybeans are big business in Iowa


Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians seem quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

Sports pavilion plan offers exciting options for area


Shooting hoops or playing a vigorous game of pickleball will be possible late next year in a new sports pavilion to be built at Corridor Plaza. And after working up a thirst and an appetite on the playing floors, people will be able to enjoy the offerings of a planned microbrewery/restaurant ...

Wonders what happened to unity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9-11-2001? I will never forget that day. We were all Americans that day. We cried together and hugged each other and were so grateful we didn’t lose a loved one. Look at us today. We are so divided. Why? What has ...

33 trillion reasons to restore fiscal responsibility in Congress

Local Columns

Roughly three months after our country exceeded $32 trillion in debt, we have surpassed another grim milestone and broken another unfortunate record. Our national debt has officially eclipsed $33 trillion, which is now the highest debt burden in American history. To put this figure into ...

Expresses thanks for Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank everyone involved in this 24th Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. It was great to go back as I was there for a short time during my service in the Army many years ago. I was happy to see all the memorials and was especially moved by the changing of the guard, ...

133rd Test Squadron plays vital role in national defense


The sign in front of a brick building near Fort Dodge Regional Airport identifies it as the home of the 133rd Test Squadron. An old jet fighter sits nearby. Anyone passing by the place might notice an antenna or two reaching toward the sky. But for many, what the members of that Iowa Air ...