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Opinion

Keep Bill Northey at USDA

Editorial

The deep divisions between our two major political parties have made it difficult for Congress to function. All too often, needed policy decisions are left unmade because lawmakers find it difficult to work with colleagues with whom they disagree to craft compromise solutions. President-elect ...

Thanks Dr. Kinney for leading Iowa Central

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For a little over 11 years, Dr. Dan Kinney has been at the helm of Iowa Central Community College. In those 11 years he has done an outstanding job in helping to lead Iowa Central in its mission to be the premier learning community, and college of choice, preparing the best ...

Grants provide welcome boost to Otho, Lohrville fire departments

Editorial

Mention the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and for many people the first thing that comes to mind are the state parks. Fishing licenses and efforts to stop pollution are other things the department is well known for. But few probably realize that it has a role in supporting rural and ...

Says Trump delivered on promises

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I just wish to express a couple of thoughts. I want to say that I agree 100% with what Chuck Peterson wrote on his letter of Dec. 9. We have much to thank Donald Trump for as Mr. Peterson pointed out. President Trump promised us a lot of things and he delivered on just about ...

A UnityPoint Health year in review

Local Columns

I am proud of our amazing UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge team members today and every day. During this unprecedented year, they have kept the care of our patients and communities first and have accomplished so many great things. As the New Year approaches, I wanted to do a quick year in ...

General deserves credit for admitting mistake

Editorial

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword ...

New grant will help bring computer science to local schools

Editorial

For rural school districts, recruiting teachers that can lead classes in highly specialized or technical subjects is often an uphill battle. A grant just received by the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency will help ease the struggle to get teachers who can lead computer science ...

Introducing youth problem gambling through gaming

Local Columns

Problem gambling is not only an issue to adults who visit the casino or bet on sports teams, but is also very prominent in the youth demographic. Video game companies are increasingly implementing gambling-like systems within their games, which can pull their younger audiences into addicting ...

A day for Christmas thoughts

Editorial

Some 2,000 years ago, an event took place that changed the course of history. No singular event has focused the attention of man on himself to the degree that the story of Bethlehem has, for it is the story of man. Kingdoms have risen and fallen, and great nations have perished from the ...

Appreciates support of Lights at Kennedy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With the 2020 Lights at Kennedy season behind us, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the volunteers, sponsors, and businesses who all helped make Lights at Kennedy a tremendous success this year! Specifically, we would like to thank the ...

Silent night, holy night …

Editorial

All across the nation, a feeling of anticipation is in the air. It is Christmas Eve, a time when those whose jobs do not demand that they be at work complete preparations for tomorrow, the biggest day on most of our calendars. Once the packages are all wrapped, the last decorations are adjusted ...

Appreciates support for Coats for Kids

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge and Shimkat Motor Co. would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for the Coats for Kids coat drive. This joint project collects coat donations both new and gently used as well as other winter items to distribute ...

Lights at Kennedy set new records

Editorial

Going to see Lights at Kennedy has been a holiday tradition for many Fort Dodge area families for almost 20 years. Each Christmas season, businesses and civic groups have assembled colorful displays full of lights and other decorations in a section of John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of ...

Thanks community for drive-thru Christmas

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The team and residents at Friendship Haven would like to send out a huge thank you to the community for the gift and card drive that was done for the benefit of our residents on Dec. 20. Your outpouring of support, in this time that has been especially difficult for long term ...

Calls to harm others are not protected speech

Editorial

We Americans treasure our freedom of speech. We defend it staunchly. As the old saying goes, we may not agree with what some people say, but we defend their right to say it. Unless it is intended to incite violence to harm people otherwise. There, we draw the line. In August 2019, a ...

Celestial event is tonight

Letters to the Editor

On Dec. 20-22 of 2020 the celestial event of a lifetime will occur. The planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear to come together to form a bright object in the southwestern sky, most pronounced on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. Jupiter and Saturn will appear 14 degrees above the horizon in the ...

We need to keep up with the other vaccines, too

Editorial

We’re all eagerly awaiting the full rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, but there was some separate news last week about vaccines that ought to worry all of us. We’ve known for months that the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in fewer inoculations, particularly among children, as school and ...

Area residents must take advantage of new air service

Editorial

United Express is bringing passenger jet service back to the Fort Dodge Regional Airport next March. It is up to the rest of us to make sure that service stays at our local airport. To do that, local people need to make an effort to use that airline and the airport for all their flight needs. ...

Responds to ‘Not on the Biden Bandwagon’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Being the hardcore Republican that you are, no one ever expected you to become a Biden fan. Apparently, you believe clean air, water and the preservation of our planet are just “stifling regulations.” Late-term abortions are between the 21st to 24th weeks of gestation ...

UnityPoint continues to provide palliative care

Local Columns

UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge is proud to be celebrating 10 years of providing palliative care within our region this year. In that time, we have grown from a three-person inpatient team to a team of 16 providers. However, if you haven’t heard of palliative care, or often confuse it ...