Ernst, Grassley urge federal support of local news media

Local Columns

Editor’s note: U.S. senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley, Republicans from Iowa, joined a bipartisan group of 74 senators who recently wrote to Russell Vought, acting director of the federal Office of Management and Budget, asking that the agency do what it can to support local newspapers ...

Celebrating transportation


National Transportation Week began Sunday and runs through Saturday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the ...

Paycheck Protection Program needs oversight


When the history books are written on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, there ought to be a chapter devoted to the Paycheck Protection Program. It will make for fascinating and, in many respects, disappointing reading. Part of the $2.2 trillion federal CARES Act, the ...

Fort Dodge stimulus plan deserves support


The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and is likely to linger. Faced with that prospect, Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich and the city staff have put together a local stimulus package to give commerce a boost. The City Council will consider three elements of the ...

Supports mayor’s stimulus plan

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I favor getting the economy back up and running in the most responsible way possible. If we consider the low levels of transmission in Webster County and the precautions people can and are taking, we should weigh what we are presently doing against unintended consequences of ...

Supermarket provides needed assist during COVID-19 pandemic


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic extends beyond the toll of deaths and illnesses. The virus has also infected the American economy, throwing millions out of work and leaving millions more with smaller paychecks due to reduced working hours. There are people in the Fort Dodge area who are ...