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Editorial

Lights at Kennedy makes season festive

As Christmas approaches, the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is once again being transformed into a holiday wonderland. The 17th annual Lights at Kennedy will help make the season more festive for area residents and visitors. Additionally, the event raises money to support the ...

Trail will lead kids into magical world of books

Children walking in the woods around John F. Kennedy Memorial Park may come face-to-face with The Lorax. That’s nothing to be concerned about, however. The Lorax is completely harmless. In fact, it is not even alive. The critter from a Dr. Seuss tale has been recreated as a wooden sculpture ...

New relationship needed with Native Americans

President-elect Joe Biden is being urged by some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, possibly as secretary of the Interior Department. If he does that, the person named would be the first Native American ever to serve in the Cabinet. Proponent of such action have a person in mind: ...

Take an icy plunge for Special Olympics Iowa

A bunch of hardy souls, often dressed in costumes, have plunged into the chilly waters of Badger Lake at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park every year at around this time. To many, this may seem like insanity. But this bit of craziness has a serious purpose – raising money to support Special ...

COVID measures should be limited to pandemic relief

Federal CARES Act assistance has been invaluable for many American families and businesses. Without it, what appears to be a record-setting recovery from the financial crisis caused by COVID-19 would not be occurring. Millions of families with laid-off breadwinners would be in desperate ...

Koch Fertilizer project will be economic bonanza

On the south side of Webster County Road D20 about halfway between Fort Dodge and Duncombe is a sprawling maze of tanks and pipes that is the local Koch Nitrogen plant. Every year this facility churns out hundreds of thousands of tons of nitrogen-rich fertilizer. It is a key element in the ...

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday

About a decade ago, American Express launched an event designed to support small businesses all across the United States. It was named Small Business Saturday, and the first Saturday following Thanksgiving was designated as the day for its celebration. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday ...

Let us give thanks

Sometimes in America, it seems as if we actually enjoy advertising our trials and difficulties. And, yes, we have had plenty of them this year. There really were trying times in the early days of our nation also. That is why America’s first formal Thanksgiving observance had far more ...

Don’t forget safety in rush for COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a raee against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

Remodeling will help The Lord’s Cupboard serve people

Iowa may well be the food-producing capital of the United States, but even here there are always people who need help to put nutritious meals on the table. For decades, The Lord’s Cupboard in Fort Dodge has been the key source of support for those folks in the area. It supplies eggs, ...

Federal bureaucracy remains entrenched

More than a few people who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. Trump calls it “the swamp” — and there is ample ...

People need to take responsibility for their health

There appears to be a growing cry for the state and local governments to require people to wear masks to combat the surge of COVID-19. Whether or not the government has the power to issue such mandates seems unclear. It’s also unknown how such mandates could be enforced. What is clear, ...

Grassley is voting record-holder in U.S. Senate

Iowans are well aware that U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is a hard worker. The fact that he visits all 99 Iowa counties every year is ample evidence of that. But few probably know that Grassley, a Republican, is a record-holder within the United States Senate. He holds the record for the ...

Coming together to help at Thanksgiving

It turns out there is something to be thankful for even when a global pandemic eliminates some cherished local Thanksgiving traditions. For decades, The Salvation Army has offered a Thanksgiving meal in Fort Dodge for anyone in need or anyone who just didn’t want to be alone on the ...

Biden should receive national security briefings

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

It’s time for Americans to come together

Not since the Vietnam War era have we Americans been so divided. Some observers believe the anger — sometimes running to very real hatred — runs even deeper now. But we have elected a new president, Joe Biden. He will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, less than three months from now. Many of ...

Big turnout shows Iowans know how to vote

The 2020 general election was a blockbuster. American voters turned out like they hadn’t in recent memory, casting a record amount of votes. Iowa voters participated in a big way via absentee balloting or going to the polls. Secretary of State Paul Pate reported a statewide voter turnout ...

FD woman’s love of Oleson Park is reflected in her gift

It was clear to many who knew her that Donna Monkelien really liked Oleson Park. The rest of the city just found out how much she loved that park. It was recently revealed that Monkelien, who died in December 2019 at age 89, had bequeathed $183,412.93 to the city specifically to maintain ...

Sexton continues in leadership role

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, has been chosen by his fellow Republican lawmakers to once again fill a key leadership role in the House of Representatives. They recently re-elected him to be the House majority whip. In that role he will be the right hand man for House Majority ...

Another lockdown cannot be considered

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...