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Letters to the Editor

Garden Club appreciates support

To the editor: The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club expresses appreciation and thanks to all who supported our recent 18th annual garden tour. To the homeowners and gardeners who so graciously displayed your gardens to the public, thank you. We know that you lovingly tend your gardens ...

Appreciates help with Stay A-Breast event

To the editor: Over $7,600 was raised after expenses from this year’s Stay A-Breast making the six-year total at almost $60,000 raised with the funds being evenly split between the Trinity Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. We did it! Together, we are making a difference. Thank ...

Votes not there to impeach

To the editor: Since the effort to prove collusion has failed after two and a half years, many Democrats have moved on to “obstruction” and the call for impeachment. Those Democrats seem to think impeachment on a charge of obstruction is a slam dunk. It will be interesting to see the ...

Oakland Cemetery Walk was a success

To the editor: The 17th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk was a great success thanks to several people and businesses. We would like to take the time to thank them: DART bus, Iowa Central Community College, Friendship Haven, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gunderson Funeral Home, Graham Tire, The ...

Disappointed at Oakland Cemetery

To the editor: When I visited Oakland Cemetery where some of my relatives in the five Haviland families that settled here decades ago and planted the huge apple orchard south of North Lawn are buried, I was saddened to find the flag I had left in the ground (because there was no flag holder ...

Volunteers work at Memorial Park

To the editor: I would like to give a shout out to the good people of Fort Dodge. On May 23, my wife and I went to Memorial Park Cemetery to decorate family graves. I was very upset that the grass was 8 to 10 inches tall and a lot of headstones were covered with grass. I vented on Facebook. ...

Here’s a way to show we care for our youth

To the editor: On Sunday, April 28, Youth Empowerment Association Inc. held its sixth annual Kids Choice Awards banquet. This event gives our community youth opportunity to nominate individuals that have made their lives more positive and beneficial. This year we had teachers, coaches, ...

Honoring Nancy Stanek’s memory

Who was Nancy Stanek? A devoted wife to Gilbert, a loving mother to Marshall, Keith and Sarah, a caring grandmother to her grand children. And, a humanitarian with a golden heart to help the downtrodden and oppressed people in America and the whole world. She indeed practiced what Jesus ...

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 ...