Iowa Central students show spirit of giving


The cynics in our world are quick to assert that college students live in a self-indulgent, self-centered world where truly being a part of the community where the college is located is simply not a priority. For some students, that may be true. It’s certainly not the case, however, for the ...

Shared Thanksgiving is fine tradition


Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that features family, food, and yes, the occasional football game. In the spirit of the holiday, thousands of people in the Fort Dodge region gathered around tables with relatives and friends for a traditional feast on Thursday. Dining room tables ...

4-H gives youths opportunities


There’s a lot more to 4-H besides doing projects for the annual county fair. Sure, raising an animal to show at the fair or doing any of the other projects is a lot of fun and, yes, a lot of hard work. The member projects that are a key component of the 4-H program help young people ...

United Way support is important to youths in our community

Local Columns

The quality of any community is often measured by the commitment citizens in that community make to support their youth. According to the recent 2020 Census, one out of five children and adolescents in Fort Dodge live in homes that are at or below the poverty level. In total, 60 percent of our ...

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday


More than a decade ago, American Express launched an event designed to support small businesses all across the United States. It was named Small Business Saturday, and the first Saturday following Thanksgiving was designated as the day for its celebration. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday ...