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EPA decision on RFS disappoints

December 14, 2015 We share concerns expressed within Iowa and the renewable fuels industry about the Environmental Protection Agency’s final decision on the Renewable Fuel Standard for next year. more »»

Annual USDA report is available

December 13, 2015 The annual report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service — “Rural America at a Glance, 2015”— has just been published. more »»

Donald Trump’s proposals are simplistic

December 12, 2015 Criticism of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States is absolutely right on ethical grounds. As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. more »»

US adopts needed education reforms

December 11, 2015 Public schools in the U.S. have left millions of children behind during the nearly 13 years since then-President George W. more »»

China’s record requires close scrutiny

December 10, 2015 Chinese leaders came in for lavish praise from President Barack Obama during the climate change conference in Paris. more »»

Bill Gates makes an important move

December 9, 2015 If billionaire Bill Gates is as serious about clean, economical energy as he claims, he will direct some of the $7 billion research and development fund he announced recently toward finding better... more »»

The seasonal bells are tolling again

December 8, 2015 The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. more »»

Let’s shop locally for the holidays

December 6, 2015 The holiday shopping season is upon us once again. In the quest to find just the right gifts, seeking out bargains is part of the fun. more »»

This is truly the season for giving

December 5, 2015 It can be easy during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to overlook the fact that for the less fortunate among us, there will be no holiday from need. more »»

Let’s celebrate 4-H achievements

December 4, 2015 The Webster County 4-H Leaders Recognition and 4-H Awards Banquet was Sunday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. more »»

The Santa Cops are back in FD

December 3, 2015 The Santa Cops project is a delightful annual effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as merry as it should be. more »»

Israel constantly confronts terrorism

December 2, 2015 Terrorism tends to gain attention when single, large-scale attacks claim many victims, as in the Paris massacre of 130 people by Islamic State operatives. more »»

More bad news from Washington

December 1, 2015 Two high-ranking Department of Veterans Affairs officials bullied managers lower on the bureaucratic totem pole into accepting job transfers so they could take the vacated jobs —î with less work but... more »»

America’s influence is declining

November 30, 2015 President Barack Obama’s bluster toward Russia after one of that country’s warplanes was shot down by Turkish fighters Tuesday will not cause Vladimir Putin to lose any sleep — and that is a proble. more »»

Farm News Ag Show is the place to be

November 29, 2015 Even those with the most casual interest in agriculture will want to be on hand when the 14th annual Farm News Ag Show kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the 2031 Quail Ave. more »»

Today is Small Business Saturday

November 28, 2015 Five years ago, American Express launched an event designed to support small businesses all across the United States. more »»

Shared Thanksgiving is fine tradition

November 27, 2015 Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that features family, food, and yes, the occasional football game. more »»

It’s a day we should all give thanks

November 26, 2015 Sometimes in America, it seems as if we actually enjoy advertising our trials and difficulties. There really were trying times in the early days of our nation. more »»

Grateful on behalf of community

November 25, 2015 In this season of gratitude, we are particularly thankful for a generous gift recently bestowed on our communit. more »»

Nations must work together against IS

November 24, 2015 Leaders of both France and Russia want a military alliance against Islamic State terrorists. But thus far, it appears air strikes against IS targets in Syria by those two nations and U.S. more »»



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