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Sports Columns

IN MEMORIAM

The late Nan Brown still personifies everything Fort Dodge’s Pride In Community Appearance (PICA) organization stands for to this day. Through six decades of marriage, Nan and her husband — Hall of Fame Messenger Sports Editor Bob Brown, who passed away in 2012 — emphasized the ...

LOCAL GROWTH: Teske to partner with Brown’s Shoe Fit

The first official Name Image Likeness partnership in city history comes with a familiar name and a fitting local connection. Four-time Fort Dodge Senior High state wrestling champion Brody Teske has inked a deal with Brown’s Shoe Fit Company, as the University of Northern Iowa wrestler is ...

BALL SECURITY

We are in the golden era of college football scoring, where programs from across the country put up video-game like totals for points and yardage on a regular basis. Average team scoring eclipsed 30 points per game for the first time ever five years ago and hasn’t looked back since. In 2004, ...

Heavyweight showdown

The focus for Saturday’s historic Iowa-Iowa State football game is on everything these Hawkeyes and Cyclones are. The narrative makes sense, given this will mark the first time in the history of the rivalry both programs are ranked in the Top-10 at kickoff. The buzz is both justified and ...

A LESSON IN BENEVOLENCE

Customer service has almost become a lost art in today’s society. Companies rely on technology and automation to make experiences “easier” for the consumer. In reality, businesses often turn their backs on what built them in the first place: taking care of workers and clientele, first ...

Dream big

The Field of Dreams game was an absolute spectacle. A living, breathing painting. For one night, Iowa was the center of the baseball universe. And in many ways, Thursday may be identified as another turning point in the ebbs and flows of the sport’s popularity. It has the potential to be that ...