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Celebrate Independence Day next weekend

June 29, 2014 Fort Dodge is going to have a fantastic fireworks show and event this year thanks to a communitywide endeavor. more »»

Rewind the montage

June 22, 2014 Watch a movie. Many, including myself, grow up wanting to be part of the entertainment world so we too can make people laugh, or I guess ... more »»

Life after Iowa’s political Brangelina

June 22, 2014 How in the world does one cover an Iowa open Senate seat race? I’ve been in the newspaper business since the days when they used typewriters, but it occurs to me that in my entire career, I’ve never... more »»

Honor Flight memories

June 15, 2014 A flood of fond memories was triggered when I visited Washington, D.C. more »»

Relay For Life of Webster County is Friday

June 15, 2014 We don’t face cancer alone and neither should you. On Friday at 6 p.m. more »»

Downtown Parking Study set to begin

June 8, 2014 Downtown Fort Dodge was built during a time where parking was not provided on private property. more »»

2014 legislative summary

June 8, 2014 Iowa Central Community College serves a population of just over 130,000 in north central and northwest Iowa. Our college is the engine for economic development and growth in our region. more »»

Silver lining to the darkest stories

June 1, 2014 Her coppery hair shone like a new penny in the raw light streaming through the open window. more »»

Right versus wrong, life’s choices and consequences

June 1, 2014 Life is full of choices from positive to negative. There are choices that you think will only affect you, but that actually affect those around you as wel. more »»

It’s National Stroke Awareness Month

May 25, 2014 Do you know how to prevent a stroke, how to identify symptoms or what to do if one occurs? National Stroke Awareness month is designated every May to increase public awareness of strokes in effort t... more »»

Of Mouse and (wo)Man

May 18, 2014 People live in the country. Mice live in the country. It is inevitable that, at some point, their paths with intersect. Usually, it ends badly for the rodent. I love animals. Almost all animals. more »»

May is National Mental Health Month in U.S.

May 18, 2014 Since 1949, May has been officially recognized as National Mental Health Month. more »»

Iowa Central to offer youth summer camps

May 11, 2014 Iowa Central Community College is building upon its successful summer camp offerings of the past few years by offering a series of camps aimed at both boys and girls ranging in ages from third grade... more »»

Our home, our community, it is all of our business

May 11, 2014 When is the right time to start a new business? When is the right time to leave an existing business? These are just a couple of questions that are on the forefront of the small business owner of... more »»

Making sure I didn’t wait too long

May 4, 2014 People die every day. It’s that simple. People die too young. They die too healthy. They die too inconveniently. Lots of people spend their lives waiting to do the things they really want to do. more »»

A new generation of thought

May 4, 2014 A new study came out about me, and I learned some things I never knew. Pew Research released its latest study of America’s four, “named,” generations. more »»

You can pay me now, or pay me later

May 4, 2014 Would it come as a surprise to you if I told you we as Iowans are spending more to house people in prisons than we are to educate people in our colleges and universities? Or that it costs more... more »»

Scouting is thriving in north central Iowa

April 27, 2014 There are currently 15 Cub Scout Packs and eight Boy Scout Troops in Twin Lakes District, which serves more than 500 Scouts and 200 adult volunteer leaders in Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Pocahontas,... more »»


April 27, 2014 About 25 years ago, I heard farmer/storyteller Mike Cotter of Austin, Minn., tell about having to put down Davy, the family dog who was in poor health due to his old age. more »»

Never seen end of ‘Sound of Music’

April 27, 2014 You read the title of this correctly. In my mind the movie stops after the Von Trapp family sings a song to a big room filled with their enemies and the family escapes. more »»



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