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Local Columns

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 ...

Eating disorders are misunderstood, and the consequences can be deadly

“They were asking for diet tips as my heart was giving out.” “They” were not just friends or strangers whom author and anorexia nervosa survivor Carrie Arnold is referring to in her quest for recovery from anorexia nervosa that began in the 1980s. “They” were also the doctors and ...

Bills target Iowa Supreme Court chief justice

Iowans should be aware that bills have been introduced in the Iowa House and Senate (HF503 and SSB1101) to change the selection process and term of the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice and change the nomination process of Iowa judges from a balanced merit-based process, to a political ...

SSB 1190 is met with emotion

Occasionally, a piece of legislation sparks a tremendous amount of emotion on a given topic, but the real underlining issue is not the highlight of the debate. Reflecting on the development and progress of SSB 1190 in the Iowa Legislature provides a perfect example. This bill would repeal the ...

Examining judicial selection post-Varnum

Every winter as the temperature dips down and the snow piles up, the Iowa Legislature convenes with old and new faces as well as old and new ideas. For years, an undercurrent of skepticism and questioning of the Judicial Branch has buzzed along due to differing views lawmakers may have had ...

February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month. At UnityPoint Health our goal is to keep you young at heart and help you “Do What You Love.” Whether you recently have experienced a cardiac event or know someone who has, UnityPoint Health is here to help. After a cardiac event, it can be nerve-racking to think ...

Opinion from yesteryear: Tragedy and history

Editor’s note: This Messenger editorial was published on Saturday, Feb. 5, 1994. The immediate communitywide reaction to the devastating Eilers Hotel fire is sympathy for the family of the victim, the 15 injured, those left homeless and for the owners — the Joe McMahons, father and son ...

The heart never forgets

The heart never forgets. “My top five moments when my Dad was in hospice care . . . 5. Dad offering candy from a boxed sampler to each of the many hospice workers who came to his home. 4. My husband, Craig, cluing Dad in on what was happening for the day; hospice appointments, news ...

Change for the better

Since 1966, individuals with disabilities could work in a segregated setting and earn less than minimum wage through LifeWorks Community Services. As of 2019, this segregation ends. “Times have changed. In 1966, it was revolutionary to offer a place just for individuals with disabilities to ...

Where to go for health care?

In today’s world, it can be confusing to decide where to goto receive appropriate health care for your circumstance; Urgent Care, Family Medicine, ER or a specialist. As a provider in the Fort Dodge area, I wanted to take this opportunity to describe some differences and maybe clear up ...

The Fort Dodge Lions Club has a long history of local service

On Aug. 19, 1921, the Fort Dodge Lions Club was chartered with 33 people present to sign the charter. The club first met at the Wahkonsa Hotel, then the Warden Hotel, then the Eilers Hotel, then back to the Wahkonsa until moving to Treloars Inn for many years. Many prominent Fort Dodgers ...

There’s a pilot shortage.

Air service is critically important to each of our state’s key economic drivers. Iowa’s largest employers rank commercial air service in the top three factors influencing expansion and relocation decisions. Recently, major business relocations in other parts of the country have supported ...

Why the pilot shortage matters to Fort Dodge

Pilots used to need 250 hours of flight time to get hired by a regional airline. Now, they need 1,500 hours. The genesis of the 1,500-hour rule, as it came to be known, can be traced to Feb. 12, 2009, when Colgan Air Flight 3407, operating as Continental Connection, crashed into a house on ...

Mean girls are after Melania Trump

The media, including magazines that purport to empower women, are behaving as “mean girls” when it comes to their deplorable treatment of first lady Melania Trump, who is a class act by any standards. Women’s magazines that never missed an opportunity to heap lavish praise upon Michelle ...

Remember ‘Uncle Dick’s Fun House’?

For years, Dick Johnson put smiles on the faces of hundreds of Fort Dodge girls and boys and helped many of them usher in another birthday — made all the more special by celebrating it on live television. Those lucky kids who appeared on “Uncle Dick’s Fun House” are now in their 60s ...