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Local Columns

David Prelip helped chronicle Fort Dodge history

One of the finest and most devoted chroniclers of Fort Dodge’s rich history has now become a part of that history with the death Oct. 25, 2020, of David George Prelip at the age of 90. Shagging the drag. Dining at Treloars Inn, Constantines, Tony’s. Movies at the Strand, Rialto, Dodge and ...

Celebrate Silver Linings

When Teresa Jackson first pointed out to me my writing style was ….um, interesting, it sparked a curiosity in me that I would spend my life exploring. That was a long time ago, we both had different last names then but found each other in the same classroom. She as my teacher and me as a ...

New CFR staffer is a master at soothing the soul

“She does not judge, and many times people who come to treatment feeling broken and unloved get the chance to feel loved instead of judged for their past mistakes or for the choices they have made.” “She” represents one of Community and Family Resources’ latest full-time staff ...

Learn about mental health to spread awareness

Nearly half of all Americans will experience a mental health challenge at some point in their lifetime, and taking steps to take care of yourself and others is vital in helping to prevent and minimize these challenges.While Mental Health Awareness Week may be over, mental health is something ...

Iowa’s 4th District: Don’t settle for “Not Steve King”

Though a few months remain in 2020, it’s safe to say that this will be a year we won’t soon forget. Problems that are often ignored have been placed directly under the spotlight, and Iowa has not been immune to the nationwide reckoning. There are numerous issues plaguing rural Iowa. We ...

My COVID symptoms

COVID-19 is not like a cold. Sure, many of the symptoms are the same. The commonly posted, but not exhaustive, low-risk list reads: fever, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. On the high-risk list are shortness of ...

Constantine’s, Melody Grill — memories of city’s Greek past

The black convertible carrying a smiling and waving John F. Kennedy crept slowly down Central Avenue, passing by Constantine’s restaurant at Ninth Street and the Melody Grill in the City Square, as thousands of Fort Dodgers craned for a view of the Democratic presidential ...

Your heart is in the right place

Being recognized for giving excellent patient care is the greatest honor a hospital can receive. Which is why I’m extremely proud to share that UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center has recently been recognized by two separate entities for the outstanding heart care we ...

The toll of COVID-19 hits home

I felt my stomach drop the Sunday night my dad called me and told me my grandma — my only living grandparent — had been diagnosed with COVID-19 after a mass-testing effort at the nursing home where she lived. “I just talked to her and she isn’t showing any symptoms,” he reassured ...

Ensure your child is always buckled up in the right car seat

The most important task of a parent or caregiver is to keep their child safe. Part of that responsibility is ensuring that children are safely buckled up in the correct, and properly installed, car seats for their ages and sizes. Using the correct car seat could mean the difference between ...

Thank truck drivers for their essential work

Over the last several months we have all been touched by the global coronavirus pandemic. Together we are facing truly unprecedented times which have dramatically impacted our families, our communities, our businesses and, most importantly, our way of life. While those in positions of ...

Iowa Central fire training expands

In cooperation with many key public and private partners, local and state, the Iowa Central Fire Science Program is continuing to innovate and leverage the regional fire training center located at 1521 Ave. O in Fort Dodge. With support of local and national businesses, more than $200,000 has ...

­­For Victor Gordon, the ministry trumped career in baseball, law, politics

When Victor Gordon left Fort Dodge for Stanford University in 1969, months after leading the Dodgers to their first and only state baseball championship, his intention was to study law with an eye toward politics and to continue his baseball career at the college level – and maybe ...

Trump puts a nail in the coffin on Social Security

Make no mistake — Social Security is on the ballot this fall. Its future is being threatened, and with it, the future of every American. Approximately 660,000 Iowans receive a monthly Social Security benefit. An estimated 1.6 million Iowa workers pay in to the system with the promise that ...

A disappearing American Dream

For those from here, the phrase “Dirty Dodge” means scrappy underdogs who overcome adversity despite our disadvantages. We wear it as a badge of honor. Others across the state use it as an insult and assume that anyone wearing “Dodgers” across their jersey is dangerous. I remember once ...

Fort Dodge schools are prepared for unique year

Education is essential for our kids in this community. It is the great equalizer that allows all children, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, an opportunity for a better future. This core belief that I have has been on full display since March. As a school district, we are trying to ...

UnityPoint Health introduces new plans, partnerships

While many of us never imagined we’d be battling a global pandemic and recovering from a derecho in August 2020, here we are pushing forward. I am beyond thankful and proud of the UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge team and community of Fort Dodge. I am inspired by our team’s strength to ...

Iowa’s longest-serving magistrate to retire

One wintry Fort Dodge morning, Bill Thatcher was shoveling snow out front of his law office on North Ninth Street when a car skidded to a stop on the other side of the street. A large man climbed out and walked directly toward him. “My initial thought was that this was not going to have a ...

Wheels for Work helps families get to jobs, appointments

Almost every day going to work, our staff will see Maria walking her 7-year-old daughter, Angie, to the DART bus station on Central Avenue every morning. Angie takes the DART bus to school every day. Maria then picks Angie up there after school and they walk back home together. It’s about a ...

The Fort Dodge education crisis

Recently The Messenger ran an editorial discussing the education funding increase passed in the 2020 legislative session. This funding increase was necessary, and I applaud our state lawmakers for managing to continue increasing the K-12 budget given the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on ...