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Opinion

Appreciates trail maintenance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The city of Fort Dodge, Webster County Conservation, and trails maintenance personnel (especially Kyle), have done an excellent job with bike trail maintenance. When part of the Orchard Glen gravel trail was washed out by a rainstorm, it was repaired quickly. When the 15th ...

Iowa Senate addresses child care, property taxes

Local Columns

Last week was the 12th week of the legislative session. It included the next important legislative deadline of the year. In order to be considered for the rest of the year, policy bills needed to be out of their original chamber and through committee in the second chamber. In other words, we ...

Feenstra: I’ll travel to all 39 counties in my district

Local Columns

When I was sworn in as a member of Congress, I promised 4th District Iowans that I would work tirelessly to bring their voices to Washington. It has always been a top priority to ensure my constituents have a seat at the table when decisions are being made that affect our farmers, families, and ...

Outdoor projects offer exciting future

Editorial

A lot of exciting things are in the works for anyone who wants to get outside and have some fun in Fort Dodge and Webster County. Fishing, running, bicycling and just hanging out by the river would all get a boost from an ambitious set of projects unveiled this week. The list includes ...

Thanks to Beatles, Fort Dodge became hotbed for garage bands

Local Columns

“Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles!” With those five words of introduction from Ed Sullivan, the Beatles - John, Paul, George and Ringo - took the stage of The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, and sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and four other hits to a live audience of screaming ...

Fort Dodge visitor thankful for first responders

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While visiting Fort Dodge a week ago it became necessary for me to use your emergency services. The first responders were not only highly professional, but kind. To my surgeons, thank you. In addition, the care extended to me by the excellent nursing staff is greatly ...

Says Biden’s border policy is threat to U.S.

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Remember the chant “no border, no wall, sanctuary for all”? It has become a reality. President Biden has opened our southern border to perhaps millions of illegal immigrants, making our border a magnet for drugs, criminals, human and sex trafficking, threatening the safety ...

Community Health Center is vital

Editorial

Since 2006, the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge has been taking care of thousands of people from north central Iowa and doing so in a way that won’t bankrupt their patients. The center is dedicated to providing care to everyone regardless of their financial status or what kind of ...

A salute to heroes at Anamosa State Penitentiary

Editorial

For more than one year now, we have been talking about the superheroes who are our front-line workers. We paid tribute to their sacrifice and showed our gratitude for their service. They faced the challenge of working where they were needed through a global pandemic. And then, just as we ...

Local families are making a difference

Editorial

Recently, the world has often seemed like a dark and scary place. COVID-19 still remains a threat, mass shootings strike fear in the soul of America and economic uncertainty burdens too many people. In the midst of all these grim developments, it can be easy to forget that goodness still ...

Thanks Eric Pratt for coverage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I really enjoyed Eric Pratt’s March 22 article spotlighting Spencer Lee’s NCAA wrestling title; but I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize his outstanding reporting of area athletics. My own arsenal of athletic knowledge is woefully inadequate, but I appreciate Pratt’s ...

False claims surround gun legislation

Local Columns

We have now been here for 11 weeks. The first day of spring has come and gone. And Easter is just around the corner. The first funnel week has passed by and the second funnel date is next week. As you recall the first funnel killed any bills that were not out of the chamber where they ...

Corrections workers are unsung heroes

Editorial

Everyone is well aware that law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel risk their lives every day to protect us. On Tuesday, Iowans received a horrifying reminder that there is another group of people that risk their lives every day to protect the public. ...

In Congress, Iowans show how things should get done

Editorial

Amid the endless and often meaningless bickering in Washington, a representative and a senator from Iowa have introduced measures that would actually do some good for the public. In a move that shows bipartisanship is still possible, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, a Republican who represents ...

Has a solution to daylight saving time

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Every spring we are required to adjust the clocks 1 hour. This causes half of our fellow citizens to complain. Likewise, in the fall, comes the requirement to adjust the clocks 1 hour. This seems to cause great distress to the other half. One possible compromise would be to ...

Help celebrate National Ag Day

Editorial

As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. The council designates the week within it falls as National Ag Week. One goal of National Ag Day is to recognize the contribution agriculture makes in the lives of all of us. The ...

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Local Columns

One in 25 people in the U.S. will develop colon or rectal cancer at some point during their lifetime. Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths. Fortunately, colon cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancers due to increased awareness, prevention, and ...

End daylight saving time

Editorial

Here we go again. The weekend of March 13-14 marked the biannual changing-of-the-clocks ritual known as daylight saving time. Why do we do this, again? Sure, we’ve all had more on our minds in 2020-2021 than getting Congress to abolish daylight saving time (or permanently stick with it). ...