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Opinion

Mentors can make a huge difference

Editorial

Some of the young folks attending our schools are not progressing as well as they could be. That’s true even though the educators at the Fort Dodge Community School District do an excellent job. Some young people, however, need a little more special attention than can easily be provided in a ...

Messenger salutes 10 under 40

Editorial

Fort Dodge is blessed to be the home of a lot of people who go the extra mile to make their community a great place to live. And when it comes to giving Fort Dodge a boost, age is really just a number. People of all ages have something to contribute. Today, The Messenger, the Greater Fort ...

Don’t fall for political trickery

Editorial

Well, they’re at it again, trying to pit Americans against each other and thus, disrupting the upcoming presidential eletion. The Russians? We don’t know, although it is certain that the Kremlin’s online campaign of inciting dissention among us never stopped. Someone decided ...

Terrorist watch list tramples rights

Editorial

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Family fun event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

We would like to thank the public for coming and making our JOURNEY OF HOPE such a big success. On June 22, we had a family fun event. We had a bike, walk/run to raise money to help local families with uninsured expenses when their child is seriously ill and child loss support. In addition, ...

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

Editorial

The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an end. For the countless Iowans and others who love county fairs, however, one big event remains — the Clay County Fair. The fair that ...

Tribute to a bur oak

Letters to the Editor

An arborist from ISU recently reminded me of the vital lifesaving importance of trees, a fact that is frequently underestimated. This is especially true of long-lived oak trees and the most majestic of the oaks, the bur oak. Consequently, it hurt to see a stately and healthy bur oak removed ...

Law officers to visit doughnut shop for a great cause

Editorial

Cops and doughnuts have been the subjects of bad jokes longer than anybody can remember. So upon learning that a bunch of law enforcement officers will be converging on Dunkin Donuts in Fort Dodge on Friday, one could be forgiven for groaning and waiting for the inevitable bad ...

Senate must approve qualified Supreme Court nominee

Editorial

If a seat on the United States Supreme Court opens up, President Trump must nominate a judge and the GOP-majority Senate must, if the nominee is qualified, confirm him or her. Undoubtedly, there will be a loud and raucous chorus of voices decrying such a maneuver and we are already hearing ...

Today America celebrates its workers

Editorial

To most Americans in 21st-century America, Labor Day is not an important holiday. It marks the unofficial end of summer. As such, it affords a three-day weekend to pursue summertime passions one last time before the weather cools. For most of us, it has little additional meaning. It may ...

Building for a better tomorrow

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds is determined to get our state prepared for the rapidly changing workplace challenges of the 21st century. The governor’s strong commitment to the Future Ready Iowa initiative is part of her game plan for accomplishing that important goal. Future Ready Iowa seeks to make ...

Decker trucks represent Fort Dodge on nation’s highways

Local Columns

Decker Truck Line Inc. is Fort Dodge’s ambassador to travelers on the nation’s highways. Along the millions of miles of U.S. interstates and roadways, the bright red-and-gold semi-trailer trucks operated by its drivers make no secret that they’re from Fort Dodge. The city’s name is ...

Dayton Rodeo fun starts today

Editorial

The 2019 incarnation of the Dayton National Championship Rodeo will attract large crowds this Labor Day weekend – deservedly so. What began more than eight decades ago as the dream of three young cowboys – Allen Porter, Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson – has grown to a four-day event ...

Back to school event succeeds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Back to School event was a Success! This being our 16th annual Back to School Bash, we were pleased to partner with the Fort Dodge Middle School on the location this year. It was the perfect place to bring the families together before school starts for a fun evening of ...

Thanks donors and golfers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the Fort Dodge Athletic Department, I would like to thank all the individuals involved with our FDSH Athletic Booster Golf Outing. It is the generosity of the donors and golfers that make events such as this fantastic. With your support we can provide our students ...

Dogs are making hospital rounds

Editorial

When the medical staff at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has a particularly distraught child to care for, the doctors and nurses have a specialist they can call upon. When she gets the call, Sarah comes into the patient’s room on all four legs. Her friendly and furry ...

Recycling is easy, but rules must be followed

Editorial

Recycling is a beneficial thing to do. It reduces the amount of material that gets buried in landfills and is left to decay for decades to come. It also reduces the demand for our natural resources by enabling certain materials to be used over again. Over the years, people in Fort Dodge ...

This trade pact is good for America

Editorial

The push to get congressional approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiated in 2018 by the Trump administration is at a crucial stage. It’s imperative that lawmakers promptly back USMCA. This pact has some similarities to the North American Free Trade Agreement it succeeds, but ...