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Editorial

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 ...

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 ...

Iowa is poised to thrive

Some of our nation’s states are struggling to recover from the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their local economies. Fortunately, Iowa is isn’t one of those states. We are well-situated to return quickly to a level of prosperity that equals or exceeds the levels experienced ...

October is National Pork Month

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of the ...