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Terrorists strike once again in France

August 2, 2016 Two Islamic State terrorists invaded a church in France during morning Mass on July 26. Before they were shot down by police, they forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees and slit his throa. more »»

Sen. Tim Kaine’s record is troubling

August 1, 2016 Iowans would be exceedingly upset if they learned their governor had accepted more than $200,000 in gifts from deep-pocket donors. more »»

Happy birthday to us!

July 31, 2016 Today, this newspaper is celebrating its 160th birthday. The Messenger is the lineal descendant of the Fort Dodge Sentinel, launched by Azariah S. more »»

Democrats have made many promises

July 30, 2016 Democrats who gathered in Philadelphia for their party’s presidential nominating convention heard tons of promises. more »»

Community outreach is vitally important

July 29, 2016 In many communities, there is a need to improve the communication between some of the people who live there and the police and other public officials charged with keeping residents safe. more »»

Trump’s NATO goals draw criticism

July 28, 2016 President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, probably are the last people who should be lecturing Donald Trump about the United States keeping its commitments to other... more »»

Islamic State is No. 1 on the target list

July 27, 2016 The Islamic State is the politically incorrect terrorist organization of the year. more »»

Cleveland survives GOP convention

July 26, 2016 Remember the lead-up top the Republican National Convention in Cleveland? For weeks before it opened, there was speculation about violent demonstrations and confrontations among competing protesters... more »»

Killing of police officers is deplorable

July 25, 2016 Another police officer was murdered recently. He was Capt. Robert Melton of Kansas City, Kansas, gunned down as he was approaching suspects in a drive-by shooting. more »»

Preserving our wetlands gets a boost

July 24, 2016 One of the keys to keeping our natural environment healthy is making certain that water resources are appropriately protected. The U.S. more »»

Democrats are set to back Clinton

July 23, 2016 Democratic Party leaders no doubt are gloating about this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where the party nominated Donald Trump for president. more »»

Law enforcement is under attack in US

July 22, 2016 Adopting the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye reaction to violence accomplishes nothing except, perhaps, to leave everyone involved blind. more »»

The terror threat must be confronted

July 20, 2016 How is it that a few small terrorist groups with relatively limited resources have been able to kill so many people in so many different places? We know the answer to that, but it raises another... more »»

Tighter security is absolutely vital

July 19, 2016 It turns out Hillary Clinton had an option she did not use, probably wisely, in defending her use of personal email servers for official business while she was secretary of state: Everyone else is... more »»

Hillary Clinton didn’t follow the rules

July 18, 2016 Hillary Clinton and her supporters continue to gloat over FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend she be charged with crimes related to her illegal use of private e-mail servers while... more »»

Girls softball is back in Fort Dodge

July 17, 2016 One of summer’s most enjoyable events begins Monday. The Girls State Softball Tournament will be the highlight of the season for the 40 teams that made it to state-level competition. more »»

Justice Department position is wrong

July 16, 2016 Secrecy over technology is unacceptable when the prosecutors need evidence, government lawyers argued in the Apple cellphone situation a few months ago. more »»

Leaders play a vital role in agriculture

July 15, 2016 From the earliest days, the emergence of successful farms and related industries in the American Midwest depended on the hard work and vision of people who played leadership roles in these vital... more »»

Linda Cline helped 4-H thrive locally

July 14, 2016 It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H. This organization helps young people develop skills and values that will serve them well for a lifetime. more »»

Are Americans doing our share?

July 13, 2016 On Monday, Dallas, Texas Police Chief David Brown expressed worries about what is being expected of police in our nation. “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country,” he said. more »»



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