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Editorial

Join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel scourge that robs its victims of their very personality. While scientists work to find a cure for this terrible affliction, thousands of other people throughout the country have been supporting their efforts through fundraisers like the Walk to End ...

Keep Iowa’s roads safe during harvest

This is the time of the year when big, slow-moving farm vehicles rumble out onto roadways dominated by faster-paced traffic. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who lives in farm country. Even so, all of us should pay special heed to safety considerations as we share the roads with ...

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 ...

EPA provides welcome news to Iowa corn growers

In a year marked by drought and a derecho, Iowa’s farmers, especially corn growers, recently got some good news from what could be considered an unlikely source. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed course and denied a number of waivers that would allow oil companies to ...

New academy provides gateway to good jobs

An academy that opened late last year to teach welding and the skills needed to work in manufacturing is on track to become a key element in training the region’s future workforce. It’s called the Northwest Iowa Career Academy, and it’s located in Laurens. The academy was created ...

Support Go Big, Go Dodgers event

Our public schools are among the most important institutions in our community. Quite simply, the educational work they undertake shapes the children who will be the future of our city, state and nation. Funding the school system is an expensive undertaking. Unfortunately, the monies available ...

Flu shots provide potentially lifesaving protection

Just about everyone has called in sick at some point, saying they had the flu when they were sniffling, sneezing, maybe running a fever and generally feeling lousy. Those symptoms definitely add up to an illness, but the problem is not really the flu. Influenza, as it is properly known, is ...

Military newspaper must continue

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the ...

Congress must move on relief

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

Federal relief money is put to good use supporting renewable fuels

As Congress grapples with the possibility of passing another COVID-19 relief bill, some money from an earlier such measure is being put to good use to support Iowa’s renewable fuels industry. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig have launched the Renewable Fuel ...

CJ Bio America remains committed to community

At a time when wearing masks is increasingly viewed as key to helping stop the spread of coronavirus, many local school students will be appropriately outfitted thanks to the generosity of a company with international reach that has a plant in Webster County. CJ Bio America has donated about ...

Census must continue through October

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, they indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to ...

FD man’s time, woodworking skills help children

Fran Long claims he doesn’t "sit very well." Because Long isn’t happy sitting still, some kids in Fort Dodge will be able to sleep well at night. Long, a retired educator, has been using his spare time to make bed frames for children. He said he was inspired to do so by a story he read ...

Federal Reserve should keep interest rates low

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

It’s a good day to recall past struggles for economic fairness

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an especially important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us, it has little additional ...

Vote in Tuesday’s FD school election

An important election will be held in Fort Dodge Tuesday. The upcoming school election is understandably overshadowed by the November general election in which voters all across the United States will pick a president. The school election, however, will help set the direction of the Fort ...

Bicycle ride supports Fort Dodge police, fire programs

More smoke detectors may be going into Fort Dodge homes and more crime prevention programs may be held as a result of a recent bicycle ride. That Aug. 8 ride was called the Prairie Rivers Trail Ride, and it was dedicated to the memory of the late Rev. Al Henderson, the senior pastor of St. ...

There are still lots of dedicated public servants

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed ...

Fort Dodge company volunteers to help in storm-ravaged cemetery

The Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry took a beating from the Aug. 10 derecho storm. Trees were toppled and some 400 headstones were blown over. Caretakers of the cemetery faced with the daunting task of getting the site back into a good state of repair received a helping hand from Fort ...

World War II ended 75 years ago

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of this Wednesday. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in ...