Opinion

Help save the Webster County Museum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I was a little girl, my grandpa, Jack Stanberg, would take me to the Webster County Museum in Otho. When I walk into this building I feel at home. A long white dress with rhinestones running down the front, a long white veil so beautiful and profound. White shoes with a ...

Swing for a Cure

Local Columns

Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Swing for a Cure golf outing! This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, June 7th at the Fort Dodge Country Club. The day will kick off with lunch beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12 p.m. for the 4-person best-shot, flighted ...

Rockhounds say thanks for recent support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We wish to thank Hans Madsen and The Messenger for the great story prior to our 2019 Gem Mineral and Fossil show. Attendance far surpassed that of recent previous shows and it was one of most successful shows ever. We are already planning next years show and keeping a ...

New Trump rule helps consumers

Editorial

For a great many Americans, finding the money to pay for the health care they and family members need is a major problem. Even people with excellent insurance coverage are finding that the copays and large deductibles they must fund out of their own pockets are an increasing burden. U.S. Sen. ...

Transportation Week

Editorial

National Transportation Week began Sunday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. An annual observance taking note of this vital industry’s importance to the nation dates back to the 1950s. That makes this an ...

Mothers deserve our thanks

Editorial

If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. Giving thanks to mothers has been a part of many cultures for as far back as history has been recorded. In the United States, the tradition is frequently traced to ...

My mother, the early years

Local Columns

The photo you see here is of my mother in the early years on our farm. That tractor she’s on? It’s the first thing I learned to drive. Our farm was northeast of Webster City, in Blairsburg Township, in Hamilton County. I think the photo shared here is probably from the beginning of ...

Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to reflect

Local Columns

All of us believe we can spot a person with mental health issues. We picture crazy Uncle Charlie who still wears his leisure suit from the ’70s, the cat lady who lives down the block, or the stranger who walks around town arguing with himself. While these scenarios provide excellent ...

We are grateful for your sacrifice

Editorial

We all likely know someone who has served in this nation’s military. After all, 16 million Americans served during the most horrific war in history — World War II. More than six million served in the Korean War. Almost nine million GIs were on active duty during the Vietnam War, from ...

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 ...