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Letters to the Editor

Master Matrix needs to be revised

To the editor: Unless you already know the Master Matrix is a set of 44 criteria. It’s used for the determination of approval for the construction application of a CAFO, a confined animal feeding operation. Imagine you’re still in school and the teacher gives you a test where you need ...

Thankful for all the help with MAGWED

To the editor: The MAGWED foundation would like to thank everyone for making this year another great success. What we consider a “great success” is when we see all the youth that signed up. The youth winning bass was almost as big as the winner. It was another beautiful weekend with lots ...

It’s time to consider lowering the voting age

To the editor: The voting age is a topic that has received national attention over the last few years. However, that has not translated into a push to lower the voting age in Iowa. I think it should. I interviewed Iowa senators Tim Kraayenbrink and Janet Petersen to get their opinions on ...

AFES is asking for community’s support

To the editor: Athletics for Education and Success (AFES), has been in existence since 2004, serving youth and families of Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. I am writing this letter to ask for community support in helping us continue to “develop better athletes, stronger students and ...

Thanks goes to garden seminar supporters

To the editor: Gardens Alive! The annual garden seminar, held on April 6 by the Fort Dodge Area Gardeners was all about growing things! We had two really great speakers. Dr. Ajay Nair, associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, spoke on growing vegetables, and gave us ...

We should reflect on the true purpose of Memorial Day

To the editor: As we approach Memorial Day 2019, we should reflect on its purpose and how it began. Back on May 5, 1868, after the Civil War, General John A. Logan, Commander In Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, set his General Order No. 11. General Logan’s Order began: “The 30th ...

Political cartoon is an insult

To the editor: The political cartoon on the opinion page of today’s May 16th paper is an insult to every senior citizen. First off young people are not sponsoring the old guy on social security. We have paid into social security for the last 50-60 years. We did not have a choice. The ...

Thank you for supporting plant sale

To the editor: Thank you to all who supported the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club’s annual plant and garage sale. Even on a cool, cloudy day, we had many customers. At the close of the sale, unsold perennial plants were donated to PICA, Pride in Community Appearance. Congratulations to ...

Help save the Webster County Museum

To the editor: When I was a little girl, my grandpa, Jack Stanberg, would take me to the Webster County Museum in Otho. When I walk into this building I feel at home. A long white dress with rhinestones running down the front, a long white veil so beautiful and profound. White shoes with a ...

Rockhounds say thanks for recent support

To the editor: We wish to thank Hans Madsen and The Messenger for the great story prior to our 2019 Gem Mineral and Fossil show. Attendance far surpassed that of recent previous shows and it was one of most successful shows ever. We are already planning next years show and keeping a ...

Webster County Museum needs support

To the editor: I am writing in regards to the Webster County Museum located in Otho. I was unable to attend the meeting at the VFW when Phyllis Stewart was asking for suggestions on what to do with the museum because of the leaking roof. This museum does not receive county funding and relies ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball a success

To the editor: As co-chairs of the 36th Friends of St. Edmond Ball we would like to send a tremendous thank you to the community for making the 2019 ball a record setting one. Our theme this year was “Together We Can” and together we did! With your help and support we were able to raise ...

Let’s make the road safe for motorcycles

To the editor: April has been designated as Motor Awareness Month. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. These two things go very much hand in hand. Spring is upon us and motorcycles will be out and about. Motorists, having put up with a very cold and snowy winter, are also anxious to be out and ...

Veterans event was a success

To the editor: On April 11, the Webster County Veterans Affair Commission held two sessions for veterans, spouses and widows, to give them valuable information and current details concerning Veterans Administration benefits for which they may be eligible. We had an excellent turnout, with ...

Webster County Museum board seeks public’s help finding new building

To the editor: The board of the Webster County Museum are inviting all the citizens of the county to a open forum to discuss the future of the museum. This meeting will be on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the VFW in Fort Dodge. There will be someone at the meeting who can give you a ...

Pancake Day success will fund Kiwanis projects

To the editor: Thank you to all who supported the Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day. It was a great success. Funds will be used to provide dictionaries to third-graders, give books and a meal to participants of the Dodger Academy Afterschool program, support our international project of ...

ACA helps people with pre-existing conditions

To the editor: The anniversary of the ACA marks a milestone for those with pre-existing conditions. Prior to the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, people with pre-existing conditions could be denied healthcare coverage or charged more for healthcare coverage. So, who does the ACA ...

First Duncombe Fun Night in new building

To the editor: The Duncombe Elementary Booster Club invites everyone to attend our annual Duncombe Elementary Fun Night on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 3-6 p.m. The event will take place at Duncombe Elementary located at 1620 Sixth Ave. N., Fort Dodge. We will be featuring many ...

It would be nice to drive through parks again

To the editor: As my son and I watched the big dam removal process, along with 10 or more other cars, we noticed huge dump trucks being loaded up and surprisingly, drive south along the river and down to the silos and Amigo’s, from Loomis Park. I said, “Great news, maybe the road would ...

‘We do not want more politics in the selection of judges’

To the editor: I was appointed by Governor (Terry) Branstad to serve on the committee to select candidates for judges for District 2B years ago. At that time the governor selected the short half of the committee of lay citizens and the other half were lawyers selected by the law association. ...