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Editorial

Jerry and Marva Rowe made an impact on Oakland Cemetery

Atop a hill in historic Oakland Cemetery there is a stone bench with the inscription ‘‘In Memory of Jerry & Marva Rowe’’ etched into its side. A few steps away is a hefty boulder bearing a plaque that’s also dedicated to the Fort Dodge couple who, perhaps more than any other ...

Shellabration Inc. does it again

The all volunteer group that is Shellabration Inc. recently produced another masterpiece. Even with the skies threatening rain throughout the day on Sept 21, about 3,800 people crammed into the intersection of Central Avenue and Ninth Street for a few hours of live country music called the ...

Biden can’t get free ride in probe

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Some much-needed good news

America’s economy is strengthened when our nation is able to increase its sales internationally. The export of agricultural products has long been one of the most robust and successful parts of the trade picture for the United States. The foreign demand for what is produced in farm country ...

On Sundays Judge Brown is a key man at Friendship Haven

For more than a decade, Judge Brown has been helping residents of Friendship Haven get to church. The Fort Dodge man doesn’t live at the retirement community. But a woman he knew through his own church lived there and a visit with her ultimately led to him being a fixture at Sunday services ...

Trump, Ukraine fallout will hurt U.S. foreign affairs in the future

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Fort Dodge area residents show how to appreciate veterans

Real patriotism and real appreciation for area veterans were on full display in Fort Dodge Saturday night. That patriotism and appreciation was demonstrated by some 200 people who gathered at Fort Dodge Regional Airport to welcome home the 19th edition of the Brushy Creek Area Honor ...

Trade pact gets key backers

Canada and Mexico are immensely important markets for U.S. farmers. According to data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the value of U.S. exports of food and agricultural products to these two neighboring nations amounted to $39.7 billion in 2018.The USDA estimates that these ...

Gov. Reynolds’ voice is being heard nationally

Gov. Kim Reynolds has made economic development a key part of her strategy for making Iowa’s future bright. She understands that having the right workforce to meet tomorrow’s needs is one of the keys to long-term prosperity for the Hawkeye State. The governor has put particular emphasis on ...

Mayo Clinic partners with Google to enhance health care data

In 1966, Dr. Leonard T. Kurland could only have imagined a world in which his employer, Mayo Clinic, would team up with a technology company named Google to mine health care data in hopes of finding new treatments and cures. But Kurland, the health-data visionary who founded Mayo’s ...

Sen. Joni Ernst protects taxpayers

There aren’t many members of the U.S. Senate who are stronger advocates of a strong military than Sen. Joni Ernst. The Iowa Republican is also is among the best-informed federal officials about defense matters. She served in the U.S. military for nearly a quarter century before being elected ...

Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight to take local heroes to Washington

Sixteen million Americans served in this nation’s military forces during the most horrific war in history – World War II. The nation’s official memorial paying tribute to their sacrifices was a long time coming. It finally was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, in Washington, D.C. ...

Mersch volunteers to make a difference for children

Darci Mersch, of Clare, appears to have a full plate with work and family life. But she still has space in her schedule and in her heart for kids who are facing some tough circumstances. That’s why she volunteered two years ago to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Court ...

Heart of Iowa Housing Trust Fund makes an impact

It didn’t take long for a new housing fund to start making an impact in Webster and Hamilton counties. The Heart of Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund was organized in late 2018 thanks to $217,108 from the state plus matching funds from local governments and banks. It started putting that ...

This is National Farm Safety and Health Week

Farms can be seen as quiet, peaceful places where the crops grow and animals graze in the pastures. Farms can indeed be such tranquil spots. But as all Iowans know, farming is an industry. And like all industries, there are certain hazards associated with it. Tractors can be in crashes on ...

Education is a key ingredient

Making sure that our state’s schools enable students to achieve up to their potential is absolutely vital to the Hawkeye State’s future. That’s why Gov. Kim Reynolds and her team have made making and keeping Iowa’s educational system the envy of the nation a top priority. Setting ...

Trump was right to scrap Taliban talks

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had ...

Iowa project gains national recognition

Protecting and enhancing the quality of our nation’s water resources is are vital goals. That’s why the Iowa Water Quality Initiative was created in 2013. It has been backed enthusiastically by Gov. Kim Reynolds and her predecessor, Gov. Terry Branstad. Among its major objectives is ...

Bolton’s departure was overdue

The departure of John Bolton as national security adviser on Tuesday — President Trump said he fired him, and Mr. Bolton maintained that he quit — was logical and overdue. A rigid ideologue, Mr. Bolton has a long record of championing military action against U.S. adversaries, which Mr. ...

Sen. Joni Ernst works hard

Some members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives get so involved in their duties in Washington that they lose touch with the folks back home. Others spend time relentlessly courting their constituents but don’t accomplish much in Congress. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is both a ...