Editorial

Leaders play crucial role in agriculture

From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital enterprises. That was true when pioneers first cultivated the vast prairies, and it is increasingly ...

Keep renewable fuels industries strong

It’s important to the Hawkeye State’s economy that the federal government’s support for ethanol and biodiesel remain strong. A recent study conducted by ABF Economics, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, concludes that the state’s ethanol and biodiesel producers contribute greatly to ...

Ross Perot was towering figure in American business, politics

Ross Perot was not a large man: barely 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and maybe 150 pounds. But he was a giant. Perot died in Dallas (July 9) at age 89. A family spokesman said the cause was leukemia. He led an amazing life serving his country, amassing a fortune on his own and ultimately launching ...

Grassley makes progress in Washington

Some politicians go to Washington and are rarely heard from again until it’s time to campaign for re-election. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is not one of those nearly invisible and mostly inconsequential officeholders. His hard work to influence for the better our nation’s future is often in ...

Nurse showed what a real hero is

Capes and masks are for comic book heroes. Real heroes don’t need them. For an example of a real hero, look no farther than Fort Dodge native Ashley Hanrahan Sunderman, a pediatric nurse who was in the right place at the right time to help save the life of a 5-year-old boy who nearly ...

Area towns take welcome steps to improve downtowns

Add Humboldt to the ranks of American communities ready to revitalize its downtown core. The City Council there has awarded a $1.35 million contract for a major downtown project. The work includes improving storefronts, installing new streetlights, replacing a worn-out traffic signal with ...

Taking care of our own

When most people head off to work every day, they’re fairly certain that they’ll be back home safe and sound later on. But there’s one group of people who enter a world full of danger every single time they report to work. They are the people who protect us: police officers, deputy ...

Be sure to attend your county fair

Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye State. For as far back as anyone who now lives in this part of Iowa can remember, these summer festivals have been ...

Naig leads regional ag association

When Mike Naig was appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds to succeed Bill Northey as Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, it was clear he was accepting a major challenge. Northey’s appointment as under secretary for farm production and conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture followed just ...

Cuba travel ban isn’t bringing change

Our continent-spanning country is large — and we contain multitudes, as Walt Whitman had it. Since we are so big, we sometimes fall into the habit of thinking we are all that there is. The reality is we are just a part of the world, and we are a better people making better decisions when we ...

Trump executive order will benefit all

Health care is expensive. There was a time when people who had excellent health insurance coverage didn’t pay much attention to what hospitals and health care providers charged. Those days are becoming just a memory. Insurance coverage increasingly comes with hefty copays and deductibles. ...

In support of Second Chance Pell

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg traveled to the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City recently to meet some inmates who are working to create a better life for themselves after they’re released. The inmates they met are participating in a program that’s different ...

Floyd is not just a pig

Before he was famous, the pig who would be known as Floyd of Rosedale was just another hog waddling around a farm east of Fort Dodge. Then there was a high profile college football game. Not long after the fnal whistle blew on that game, the governor of Iowa took Floyd to Minnesota and the ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on this country’s enduring experiment in constitutional ...

From our files: July 4, 2019

10 Years ago: July 4, 2009 NEWS: Steve Ingram, of Fort Dodge, received the Legion of Merit award in honor of his 27 years of military service. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High senior Ricky Sandquist was highlighted in The Messenger’s Timeout With feature. 25 Years ago: July 4, ...

Let’s take special care on the roads

All across the Hawkeye State, people will be taking advantage of the Independence Day holiday to pursue fun summer activities. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Keeping agriculture thriving is the goal

Getting ready for tomorrow is a key to success in any long-term endeavor. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has long had an eclectic array of programs that stimulate scientific research and technological innovation that has potential to benefit farms and ranches. Each year the ...

The law belongs to the people

No one owns the law, because the law belongs to everyone. It’s a principle that seems so obvious that most people wouldn’t give it a second thought. But that’s what is at issue in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, a case about whether the State of Georgia can assert copyright in its ...

Strengthening rural Iowa

Iowa is a great place to live. Its economy is strong and the quality of life it affords has few equals anywhere in the nation. Even so, some of our state’s rural communities aren’t fully sharing the generally upbeat prognosis for the Hawkeye State’s future. Gov. Kim Reynolds is ...

Potential changes coming to Eagle Grove

A fresh, new look may be coming to the main street of downtown Eagle Grove. Leaders of the Wright County community are considering upgrades to West Broadway Street that include better sidewalks and lighting. The construction of the new wastewater treatment facility to serve the recently ...