Editorial

Kudos for the Buddy Bench

A black metal bench near the playground at Cooper Elementary School stands as a lasting tribute to a teacher who believed a child should never be left out by their peers. It’s a called a Buddy Bench. It serves a purpose beyond just being a place to sit for awhile. When a child takes a ...

A salute to EMS providers

In Webster County and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others, it is a volunteer undertaking that is performed in addition to their normal employment. It’s impossible to ...

Fort Dodge financial practices earn high marks

When the Fort Dodge City Council turned to the bond market Monday to borrow about $11.2 million to pay for various projects and purchases, a sometimes bewildering amount of numbers was discussed. As the various facts, figures and percentages were reviewed, it would have been easy to overlook ...

More US beef will be sold in Japan

When the sale of American agricultural products internationally grows, it makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for Iowa. According to estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 million ...

Honor those who help children

Childhood should be a time of joy. During those formative years, the exciting possibilities of adulthood should be unfolding as a wonderful vision on the horizon. For that to occur, young folks need a loving home where their development is a priority. When youngsters lack that type of ...

Congratulations, graduates

All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

Fort Dodge trail system is expanding

To draw people, a community has to have something in addition to good-paying jobs, nice houses and quality schools. People are looking for something to do away from work, something that will enhance their quality of life. Recreation opportunities are what they’re seeking. Walking or ...

One life at a time, one day at a time

One life at a time, one day at a time. That’s the approach the staff of Community & Family Resources takes to helping those with subtsance abuse issues, mental illness and gambling addiction. Now the organization has a new, spacious facility to provide the most up-to-date care to ...

Working together to help others

Producing a bumper crop of vegetables in the garden is a source of immense pride for many area residents. Planting in the spring, weeding and watering through the summer, and picking the ripe tomatoes and other goodies later in the growing season are all part of their yearly routine. Some ...

Legislative session was good for ag

Agriculture long has been at the heart of our state’s economic well-being. The state’s farms and those industries related to agriculture remain absolutely vital to the Hawkeye State’s continued prosperity. Whenever the Legislature convenes issues pertinent to agriculture get especially ...

New Trump rule helps consumers

For a great many Americans, finding the money to pay for the health care they and family members need is a major problem. Even people with excellent insurance coverage are finding that the copays and large deductibles they must fund out of their own pockets are an increasing burden. U.S. Sen. ...

Transportation Week

National Transportation Week began Sunday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s. That makes this an ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded. In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to ...

We are grateful for your sacrifice

We all likely know someone who has served in this nation’s military. After all, 16 million Americans served during the most horrific war in history — World War II. More than six million served in the Korean War. Almost nine million GIs were on active duty during the Vietnam War, from ...

Here’s to academic achievements

The Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club has been a part of this community for a century. Its many worthy activities and community-improvement projects contribute to making this town a place anyone would be proud to call home Helping young people succeed and taking the time to acknowledge and honor ...

Iowa Central is an educational treasure

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does the college provide affordable educational opportunities, but it also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. Today, about 600 ...

Support LWCF funding bill

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Remembering the Holocaust

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tell about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Let’s reduce government waste

Anyone who has ever worked for a federal government agency knows that during the last few weeks of the fiscal year making sure that no approved funding is left unspent becomes a priority. This occurs because of the way Congress processes agency appropriation requests. Typically, what the entity ...

Reynolds’ agenda moves forward

In January, Gov. Kim Reynolds set out an ambitious agenda for Iowa lawmakers. With the 2019 legislative session now over, the governor can look back on what was accomplished with a good deal of satisfaction. Not everything she advocated was approved but major progress in moving toward the goals ...