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Editorial

Corn still fuels Iowa economy

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state's 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn't as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The ...

Working on mental health, childcare issues

Week 2 was a short week as we celebrated Martin Luther King Day on Monday. I was happy to join a Zoom call on Monday evening coordinated by Sherry Washington, and including wonderful remarks from Jane Burleson and Julia Naylor, two leaders in Fort Dodge’s African-American community. Their ...

Progress 2022 sections begin today

As the holiday season draws to a close each year, The Messenger’s writing staff embarks on a challenging adventure — producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region are shaping tomorrow. While every issue of this newspaper is filled with articles, features ...

It’s time to honor a local leader

Do you know anyone who has worked hard, perhaps out of the public view, to make Fort Dodge and Webster County a better place to live, work and play? If so, a unique opportunity to honor them is at hand. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is seeking nominees for its Catalyst ...

Mental health bills introduced by Meyer should be passed

Thousands of Iowans suffer every day from the hidden pain that is mental illness. Many suffer in silence; a few are driven to the extreme action of taking their own life. All those who are afflicted with mental illness deserve the best care that modern medicine can provide. Sometimes, perhaps ...

A thank you for a job well done

During a big winter storm, lots of people like to stay inside, sipping their favorite hot beverage while they watch the white stuff pile up outside. But one group of people goes out in every storm, and the work of these unsung heroes makes it possible for everyone to travel in snowy ...