Opinion

I don’t think you could have gotten him on that plane

Local Columns

Today, my Dad would be 107. He would have loved the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, though I don’t know if you could have actually gotten him on the plane. Dad was an Air Apache, part of the 345th Bombardment Group of the United States Air Force. They served in the Southwest Pacific ...

Here’s to academic achievements

Editorial

The Fort Dodge Noon Rotary Club has been a part of this community for a century. Its many worthy activities and community-improvement projects contribute to making this town a place anyone would be proud to call home Helping young people succeed and taking the time to acknowledge and honor ...

Iowa Central is an educational treasure

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. Not only does the college provide affordable educational opportunities, but it also helps make certain that workers with the right technical skills are available to present and future employers. Today, about 600 ...

Webster County Museum needs support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing in regards to the Webster County Museum located in Otho. I was unable to attend the meeting at the VFW when Phyllis Stewart was asking for suggestions on what to do with the museum because of the leaking roof. This museum does not receive county funding and relies ...

Friends of St. Edmond Ball a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As co-chairs of the 36th Friends of St. Edmond Ball we would like to send a tremendous thank you to the community for making the 2019 ball a record setting one. Our theme this year was “Together We Can” and together we did! With your help and support we were able to raise ...

Support LWCF funding bill

Editorial

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Remembering the Holocaust

Editorial

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tell about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Let’s reduce government waste

Editorial

Anyone who has ever worked for a federal government agency knows that during the last few weeks of the fiscal year making sure that no approved funding is left unspent becomes a priority. This occurs because of the way Congress processes agency appropriation requests. Typically, what the entity ...

Warden Plaza project is complex, but showing progress

Local Columns

A few years back, the city of Fort Dodge took title to the Warden Plaza at 908 First Ave. S., through the Abandoned Buildings section of the Iowa Code. Located along the recently constructed crosstown connector in downtown Fort Dodge, this iconic historic building has been a focal point of ...

Reynolds’ agenda moves forward

Editorial

In January, Gov. Kim Reynolds set out an ambitious agenda for Iowa lawmakers. With the 2019 legislative session now over, the governor can look back on what was accomplished with a good deal of satisfaction. Not everything she advocated was approved but major progress in moving toward the goals ...

She lived a life of love and learning

Local Columns

Life brings us what we call “teaching moments” — and from the time Phyllis Bush began her teaching career as a 22-year-old until she drew her last breath in March at the age of 75, she provided plenty of such moments to her students, family, friends and fellow educators. Over her ...

May is National Egg Month

Editorial

Egg production is big business in Iowa. The state’s roughly 60 million laying hens generate a remarkable 16 billion eggs each year, making Iowa the No. 1 egg-producing state in the nation. The Iowa egg industry is a big purchaser of Iowa’s other agricultural products. The state’s layers ...

Biodiesel industry needs help

Editorial

Congress needs to act promptly to reinstate important tax provisions that assist the biodiesel industry. A biodiesel tax incentive that originally became law in 2005 was allowed to expire at the end of 2017. That tax benefit helped biodiesel producers grow nationally from generating a mere 100 ...

What collaboration can accomplish

Editorial

Iowa Central Community College is on track to get a big increase in state aid in the fiscal year that begins July 1. A bill awaiting action by Gov. Kim Reynolds includes a $6 million boost in state aid to be divided between the 15 community colleges in Iowa. For Iowa Central, that means an ...

It’s Beef Month in Iowa

Editorial

Gov. Kim Reynolds has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with beef. That’s been true for generations and the ...

Preservation has a history, and an importance

Local Columns

The first National Preservation Week was celebrated May 6-12 in 1973. The Trustees Advisory Board in Washington, D.C., proposed the idea of the National Preservation Week as a “means of relating local and state preservation progress to the national effort for mutual benefits of ...

When St. Edmond wins, so does Fort Dodge

Editorial

Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. After all, the first Catholic school got underway in 1862. The succeeding 157 years have witnessed countless changes and progress. One such progressive change is the impressive ...

Let’s make the road safe for motorcycles

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: April has been designated as Motor Awareness Month. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. These two things go very much hand in hand. Spring is upon us and motorcycles will be out and about. Motorists, having put up with a very cold and snowy winter, are also anxious to be out and ...

Mexico, US need to work together

Editorial

Give Mexican officials some credit for working with the United States to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...

In the swim for a cause

Editorial

When is a fundraiser more than simply a fundraiser? When that fundraiser starts as a 4-H citizenship project by a 12-year-old. That 12-year-old was then-sixth-grader Morgan Border, of Fort Dodge, who thought that swimming would be one good way to help raise money for the breast cancer ...