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United Way Campaign 2021-2022 : Building hope, changing lives

Today, there are too many children living with little or no hope for their future. What can be sadder that that? Yet, there is something that can be done to help these kids so they can thrive and have a brighter future. The quality of a community is often measured by its commitment to its ...

Honoring veterans, preserving their stories

From Valley Forge to Vietnam, the Battle of the Bulge to the Battle of Fallujah, America’s sons and daughters have put their lives on the line for freedom since the Revolutionary War. More than 41 million Americans in U.S. history have served in the armed forces, including 16 million World ...

Pieces of Seven: Remembering Rosalie Maggio, A Beloved Sister

In her book “Pieces of Eight: Still Best Friends After All These Years,” Rosalie Maggio shared stories told through the voices of each of the eight Maggio siblings and their favorite memories of growing up in Fort Dodge. With the Sept. 18 death of the woman who was a world-renowned ...

State Senate addresses redistricting, vaccine mandate

On Oct. 21, the Legislative Services Agency released the second map proposals for Iowa’s redistricting process. The first maps were rejected because several of the districts at the congressional, Senate and House level did not meet the criteria for compactness and the population deviation ...

Halloween treats

With Halloween at our doorstep, it would behoove us all to lay in provisions that will satiate the hungry horde of ghastly ghouls who might land on our doorsteps. But so much for unexpected visits from the in-laws. We must also prepare for an onslaught of under-tall door-to-door marauders, ...

Let’s save our servicemembers

Serving our nation in uniform was one of the greatest honors of my life. It left me with countless experiences, lifelong friends, and lessons that I carry with me every day. It also provided me with a deep appreciation and understanding for the unique challenges our servicemembers and veterans ...