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The Democratic debate season begins

October 17, 2015 When Democrat candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Vermont Se. more »»

We owe our veterans a great deal

October 16, 2015 Brian Keaton made history recently in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. more »»

Cameras also reveal police heroism

October 15, 2015 What would you do if you were a policeman who —î fortunately wearing a ballistic vest —î had just been shot by a suspect? Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and... more »»

Kunduz presents a tragic reminder

October 14, 2015 Methods of hitting specific, sometimes small, targets with bombs, rockets and artillery fire have improved dramatically during the past several years. more »»

Are we being foolish — once again?

October 13, 2015 We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. And why not? We strike trust-us deals with an Iranian regime operating under the motto, “Death to America. more »»

Younkers Bridal Spectacular is today

October 11, 2015 Getting married is a time for celebration. Making certain that a wedding day will be a treasured memory for a lifetime requires substantial planning. more »»

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

October 10, 2015 Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. more »»

VW’s cheating raises major issues

October 9, 2015 Environmental Protection Agency officials and members of Congress should be asking themselves this question: How did Volkswagen executives think they could get away with cheating on emissions... more »»

Russia’s Putin makes a move in Syria

October 8, 2015 How do you say “get real” in Russian? One wonders whether the answer might have been had recently, when President Barack Obama met Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the United Nations. more »»

Space exploration should be a priority

October 7, 2015 The decision to scrap the U.S. space shuttle program was a mistake, one that may have set exploration of the great beyond back by years. more »»

All of us should help prevent fires

October 6, 2015 Nobody knows when the first preventable fire took place. Knowledge of that event has long since been lost in the mists of time. more »»

Fort Dodge Ward 2: It’s time to vote

October 5, 2015 There are exciting things afoot in Fort Dodge. While the U.S. economy is still sluggish, agriculture and related industries are a bright spot. more »»

Newspapers make US stronger

October 4, 2015 Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Wee. more »»

4-H is about helping youths achieve

October 3, 2015 National 4-H Week, which starts Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. more »»

Is more imperial behavior coming?

October 2, 2015 The Associated Press emphasized in a recent story: “It is unheard of for a U.. more »»

In Syria, there are only bad options

October 1, 2015 Moscow has a new military assistance program for Syria. One objective is to help keep Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in power. The other is to defeat the Islamic State. more »»

Misconduct at VA has not been halted

September 30, 2015 Inspectors general can be godsends for people who have to rely on the government, as well as for taxpayers. more »»

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

September 27, 2015 Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. more »»

It’s once again time to get a flu shot

September 26, 2015 If you are like most people, you buckle your seat belt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there’s no sense taking chances. more »»

North Korea is resuming its old game

September 25, 2015 For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea’s supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. more »»



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