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Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

February 12, 2016 Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversit. more »»

Voters show confidence in Fort Dodge’s future

February 11, 2016 Fort Dodge voters decisively backed the two general obligation bonds on the ballot Tuesday. more »»

The blame game was in full swing

February 10, 2016 The blame game was in full swing as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Michigan, water fiasco. more »»

Obama’s war strategies have failed

February 9, 2016 At least President Barack Obama was politically smart enough not to declare “mission accomplished” in Iraq and Afghanista. more »»

Email controversy isn’t going away

February 8, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s defense against growing evidence she may have broken the law requiring her to keep national security information secret amounts to what a teenager might say after getting a parking... more »»

Let’s keep Fort Dodge’s schools strong

February 7, 2016 Due to the snowstorm on Feb. 2, the vote in the Fort Dodge Community School District to determine the fate of two general obligation bond requests had to be postponed. It will now take place Tuesda. more »»

Deficit spending is a major threat

February 6, 2016 Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported not long ag. more »»

Hillary’s campaign may be in trouble

February 5, 2016 After Democratic voters caucused in Iowa Monday night, Hillary Clinton told reporters she breathed “a sigh of relief” at the results. She won, the Democratic contender for president noted. more »»

Iran policy remains a concern for US

February 4, 2016 President Barack Obama wants us to believe anti-American Iranian officials are our friends, now. They can be trusted, he insist. more »»

Spending more isn’t the answer

February 3, 2016 Federal student loan and grant programs have not made college more affordable. They have merely provided billions of dollars in taxpayer money to help pay for i. more »»

A classic vehicle may be returning

February 2, 2016 Millions of military veterans remember the famous Jeep, which made its mark as a light military vehicle that never seemed to meet terrain it could not conquer. more »»

It’s vital to keep FD schools strong

January 31, 2016 Voters in the Fort Dodge Community School District go to the polls Tuesday to determine the fate of two general obligation bond requests. more »»

‘Progress 2016’ sections start today

January 31, 2016 As the holiday season draws to a close each year, The Messenger’s writing staff embarks on a challenging adventure — producing a comprehensive look at how a wide array of developments in our region... more »»

It’s almost time to caucus in Iowa

January 30, 2016 Iowa’s presidential nominating caucuses get enormous attention from the national news media and respected political pundits because they come at the very start of the presidential campaign. more »»

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

January 29, 2016 What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest — and the third largest in the United States — kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa... more »»

Distracted drivers endanger everyone

January 28, 2016 Cellphones are everywhere. The notion of a telephone that could be instantaneously available anywhere was the stuff of science fiction in the quite recent past. more »»

Screening measure blocked in Senate

January 27, 2016 Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States has been blocked by a procedural vote in the U. more »»

Obamacare’s woes are persisting

January 26, 2016 Like shady sales people who need to meet quotas, federal officials in charge of the Obamacare program are far more concerned with numbers than quality care for customers. more »»

Kurds deserve prompt US assistance

January 25, 2016 Leaders of the Kurdish people in Iraq, who have battled Islamic State terrorists more courageously and effectively than the Iraqi army, say they are in desperate need of money. more »»

Plan to attend the Pork Congress

January 24, 2016 For more than four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been an event where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an... more »»



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