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Local Columns

Tackling our nation’s most pressing yet overlooked crisis

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan famously remarked that “we don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” Exactly 40 years later, these words still ring true as Washington’s addiction to spending has only ...

Melanie Rosales: She’s got the music in her

The Kiki Dee Band may not have known of Melanie Rosales when it sang “I’ve Got the Music in Me,” but its 1974 hit song could have well been written just for her. When she was growing up in Kalo, a small town between Otho and Coalville, “My parents always had music going in the ...

Meet Sharon Stroh, executive director of Main Street Fort Dodge

Tell us about yourself. I grew up in a military family and have lived around the world. I went to kindergarten in Taiwan and high school in Honolulu. I am the mother of twin daughters attending Central College, where they are juniors majoring in engineering and computer science respectively. ...

The holiday shopping season

With the holiday shopping season upon us there are a number of things we should be appreciative of, but also aware of. The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is proud of our members and the strength they bring to the area. Most goods and services we need are available within our region. In ...

Our commitment to our community

While there are many familiar sounds when walking through UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center – monitors beeping, people talking, sirens coming and going – today we will let those fade into the background and focus on our heroes. Each and every team member we have ...

Thanksgiving trimmings have a different meaning this year.

Pecan or pumpkin pie? Dark or light meat? Green bean casserole or mashed potatoes? These are typically the “tough” choices Iowans are forced to make each Thanksgiving. This year’s trimmings refer to the items being cut from the menu due to rising prices. With the cost of Thanksgiving ...