Local Columns

Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to reflect

All of us believe we can spot a person with mental health issues. We picture crazy Uncle Charlie who still wears his leisure suit from the ’70s, the cat lady who lives down the block, or the stranger who walks around town arguing with himself. While these scenarios provide excellent ...

I don’t think you could have gotten him on that plane

Today, my Dad would be 107. He would have loved the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, though I don’t know if you could have actually gotten him on the plane. Dad was an Air Apache, part of the 345th Bombardment Group of the United States Air Force. They served in the Southwest Pacific ...

Warden Plaza project is complex, but showing progress

A few years back, the city of Fort Dodge took title to the Warden Plaza at 908 First Ave. S., through the Abandoned Buildings section of the Iowa Code. Located along the recently constructed crosstown connector in downtown Fort Dodge, this iconic historic building has been a focal point of ...

She lived a life of love and learning

Life brings us what we call “teaching moments” — and from the time Phyllis Bush began her teaching career as a 22-year-old until she drew her last breath in March at the age of 75, she provided plenty of such moments to her students, family, friends and fellow educators. Over her ...

Preservation has a history, and an importance

The first National Preservation Week was celebrated May 6-12 in 1973. The Trustees Advisory Board in Washington, D.C., proposed the idea of the National Preservation Week as a “means of relating local and state preservation progress to the national effort for mutual benefits of ...

Foster Grandparents make a difference

Many people look forward to retirement and the chance to do everything that they didn’t have time for while working full time. Once those projects are finished, the days get a little longer and the need for a new purpose sets in. The isolation of a winter like we just survived can also ...

Cancer screenings save lives

You are your own best advocate when it comes to your health, just ask Louis “Sue” Wolff. Sue asked for another opinion when she didn’t feel like she was getting the help she needed when she experienced some hearing loss in her left ear. It was like her ear wouldn’t pop after a pressure ...

Gambling has widespread impact

There is an issue still alive in our state’s Legislature that could have a major impact on many lives in Iowa. My perspective on this is arguably as deep as any over the last 30 years. Our company, Consumer Credit of Des Moines, has done debt counseling for over 150,000 in that time period. ...

Here’s one way the flag raising at Iwo Jima connects with Fort Dodge

Joe Rosenthal’s photo of that iconic event on Feb. 23, 1945, taken in his role as an Associated Press combat photographer, is considered by many to be the greatest and most influential image of World War II — and one of the best photographs ever taken. The negative of his photo depicting ...

Kidney stones and how to keep your kidneys healthy

UnityPoint Health Center for Urology provides comprehensive treatment for disorders affecting the male and female urinary tract. Our team treats conditions such as prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy, erectile dysfunction, urinary ...

What I miss about Iowa

The old cottonwood still stands, towering over the circle driveway of the acreage I grew up on, just outside of Fort Dodge on the old Badger blacktop. There used to be a long row of walnut trees bordering the front ditch. Along the other deep ditches were row upon row of wild roses. I miss ...

Don’t abolish the Electoral College

When I hear politicians talk about abolishing the Electoral College, it immediately makes me think about the impact on the state of Iowa. It would be devastating. The ripple effects would render Iowans’ voices moot in the general election and bring an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation ...

More than 350,000 Iowans have a disability

Did you know that more than 350,000 Iowans have a disability? Did you know that over 48,000 of those individuals have a mental or physical disability acquired before they turned 22? Did you know a disability acquired before the age of 22 is known as a “developmental ...

County attorney’s office states position on CBD oil

In the weeks and months immediately preceding this release, the Webster County attorney’s office has become aware of multiple individuals and businesses engaged in marketing, selling and distributing cannabidiol oil throughout the Fort Dodge and Webster County area. In ...

Changing Iowa’s judicial selection process is bad for business

I have seen dozens of opinion letters in publications across the state about the proposed legislative changes related to the selection of judges in Iowa. But there is one perspective I have not seen expressed, so I want to share it with your readers. I spent my professional career at AEGON ...

Matt Breen follows family tradition

Back in November, Matt Breen found himself awash in memories as he and a television camera crew from KTIV-TV in Sioux City visited the Warden Plaza in his hometown of Fort Dodge. The now-vacant building at the corner of Ninth Street and First Avenue South once was the home of KVFD-AM radio ...

Remembering Dave Durian

Dave Durian, one of the finest journalists to come out of Fort Dodge and beloved in Baltimore where he was a former anchor for WBAL radio, was a friend and classmate of mine when we attended Fort Dodge Community College back in the 1960s. I join many of his friends in mourning his loss. Dave ...

A fair judicial process

Our judicial-nominating process was created with good intentions. But it needs improvement to better reflect our state and its people. Seventeen members of the state judicial-nominating commission select judges to serve on our court of appeals and supreme court. Eight members of the ...