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Letters to the Editor

Hopes for more at grain silos

To the editor: We have been back to Fort Dodge a number of times since we left in 2017. It has been so satisfying to see positive happenings continue to build on wise choices made by city and civic leadership. When we arrived in June of 2000 there seemed to be a prevalent attitude of ...

Democrats are the ones obstructing

To the editor: Democrat Representative Adam Schiff insisted for over two years that he had “direct evidence” of Trump’s interference in the 2016 election, evidence that he has never produced nor did Special Counsel Robert Mueller after a two-year investigation. Schiff is noticeably in ...

Congratulates Fire Department for Guns and Hoses win

To the editor: After reading the hilarious recap of the Guns and Hoses game of last year, I looked forward to another write-up of this year’s event. I heard from a reliable source (the mom of a fire lieutenant) that the sheriff department was brave (?) enough to join in on serious and ...

Congratulations

To the editor: After learning that Messenger sports editor Eric Pratt will be receiving the Dan McCool Media Award for his work covering wrestling, two things left me unsurprised. One was the fact that a journalist as hard-working, talented and thoughtful as Eric would be honored for his ...

Need new home for museum

To the editor: Webster County residents can take a walk down that proverbial memory lane at the Webster County Museum in Otho. Today. But possibly not tomorrow. Time and Iowa weather are taking their toll on the museum’s thousands of historical items, destroying our very heritage. ...

Family offers thanks

To the Editor: The family of Chandra (Hendrickson) Krogman would like to thank our community for your sympathy and support during this extremely difficult time. We are truly blessed by the outcome of the benefit with all the donations for the silent auction, the PSA from our local radio ...

Thanks Twin Lakes

To the editor: There were155 people registered for this year’s competition in the 13th Annual Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon, 6th Annual Duathlon and 2nd Annual Youth Triathlon: eight teams (22 people), 65 adults in triathlon, 23 in duathlon and 45 youth. Our youngest registered ...

Skeptical of gun ban in stores

To the editor: I heard on the news that some stores will no longer allow guns to be brought into their stores, I don’t think that will prevent a person who has plans to do a mass shooting in a store from bringing their gun into a store, but if guns are allowed in stores and a shooting ...

Family fun event succeeds

We would like to thank the public for coming and making our JOURNEY OF HOPE such a big success. On June 22, we had a family fun event. We had a bike, walk/run to raise money to help local families with uninsured expenses when their child is seriously ill and child loss support. In addition, ...

Tribute to a bur oak

An arborist from ISU recently reminded me of the vital lifesaving importance of trees, a fact that is frequently underestimated. This is especially true of long-lived oak trees and the most majestic of the oaks, the bur oak. Consequently, it hurt to see a stately and healthy bur oak removed ...

Back to school event succeeds

To the editor: Back to School event was a Success! This being our 16th annual Back to School Bash, we were pleased to partner with the Fort Dodge Middle School on the location this year. It was the perfect place to bring the families together before school starts for a fun evening of ...

Thanks donors and golfers

To the editor: On behalf of the Fort Dodge Athletic Department, I would like to thank all the individuals involved with our FDSH Athletic Booster Golf Outing. It is the generosity of the donors and golfers that make events such as this fantastic. With your support we can provide our students ...

Candidates need to address the issues

To the editor: On Sunday’s (8/11) Opinion page, Mr. Bill Horan comments on the lack of discussion regarding agriculture and science by the Democrat presidential hopefuls during their recent debates. His thoughts are informed, timely and valid, but do not go far enough. I am 87 years old, ...

Who deserves more from their representative?

To the editor: U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, reacted to U.S. Rep. Steve King’s question, “If not for rape and incest, would there be any population” by tweeting, “ ... it’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District deserve better.” King, R-Kiron, has been ...

Neither party has a monopoly on shaming

To the editor: In “The Shaming of America” in the Opinion section of The Messenger on Aug. 13, Kathleen Parker writes of how shame has become part of the 2020 presidential race. Even though Parker suggests some Democrats contribute to the shaming, I believe Democrats look at Trump and his ...

Suggestions for silo mural area

To the editor: I grew up in Fort Dodge and now live in Sioux City. Over the last couple of years I’ve followed the development of the grain elevator mural with interest. This week, I finally had an opportunity to stop by and see it in person. The mural is, indeed, impressive. What was not ...

Shag the Drag was a success

To the editor: Thank you to the 50-plus participants, 20 volunteers, and local sponsors who helped make the 2019 FD Shag the Drag run/walk event successful. We were able to donate $500 to Meals on Wheels thanks to the generous participants. It would not have been possible without all of ...

A RocknRail1850 thank you

To the editor: You cannot put on a competitive bike race without the help of many. Our thank you is a wide course of help, from our amazing volunteers that day to the local businesses who knew this niche event was going to be a reality in downtown Fort Dodge. There was much to do: planning, ...

Impressed by Webster County Fair

To the editor: WOW — Really impressive Webster County Fair and it was run like a well-tuned machine. A high five to everyone involved. Linda Herschberg Farnhamville

Kudos to Webster County Fair Board

To the editor: The Webster County Fair Board went above and beyond this year in planning the 2019 fair. They did an amazing job and deserve big kudos from our Webster County communities. The Fair Board, which is made up of all volunteers, brought in a new local carnival which was much ...