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Dayton Expo is Wednesday

February 17, 2014 The trials of a hard Iowa winter are a preoccupation for everyone just now. The many pleasures of the Dayton Expo are a good way to take one’s mind off the less than optimal weather. more »»

100 Women Who Care launch new philanthropy

February 16, 2014 Fort Dodge is a community blessed with a wide assortment of charitable endeavors. This is a town where showing concern for people in need of a hand up is a widely shared value. more »»

Let’s preserve religious freedom

February 15, 2014 Recently, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama insisted freedom of religion “is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. more »»

FFA Week starts Saturday

February 14, 2014 FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agricultur. more »»

Time to build this pipeline

February 13, 2014 Throughout his term as president, Barack Obama has insisted his administration could not allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the U.S. more »»

This outrage requires action

February 13, 2014 Members of Congress are beginning to hear about an outrageous scheme that may have cost taxpayers as much as $100 millio. more »»

Economy is still sluggish

February 11, 2014 Manufacturing has rebounded in the United States, President Barack Obama assured us earlier this year. Not really. more »»

Friendship Haven capital campaign is great success

February 9, 2014 Friendship Haven has been an important part of Fort Dodge for more than six decades. It offers a variety of living options for seniors. more »»

This change has consequences

February 8, 2014 Assuming President Barack Obama means what he says Americans are about to get a lot less for the tax dollars they send to Washingto. more »»

Congress should rethink this

February 7, 2014 An important test of whether Congress really can get important things done — or, alternatively, is mired in the gridlock critics claim — affects purchasers of federal flood insurance. more »»

Obama outlines his game plan

February 6, 2014 If President Barack Obama does not get what he wants from Congress this year, he will take the desired action on his own, White House aides have warne. more »»

Better oversight is needed

February 5, 2014 A now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale was at one time the agency’s highest-paid employee. more »»

Let’s preserve the Monitor

February 3, 2014 After nearly a century and a half at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a treasure of American history was raised in 2002. more »»

Commercial air service is vital to Fort Dodge

February 2, 2014 The decision by Great Lakes Airlines to suspend temporarily service to Fort Dodge Regional Airport is distressing. more »»

Corn fuels Iowa’s economy

February 2, 2014 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 »»

Goodbye to ‘just say no’

February 1, 2014 Americans have gone from a White House with a “just say no” attitude toward illegal drugs to one recommending, in effect, “just say mayb. more »»

Iran policy seems confused

January 30, 2014 Recently, U.S. officials announced some economic sanctions against Iran are being eased because that country says it is complying with an agreement not to build nuclear weapons. more »»

Catholic schools serve area well

January 28, 2014 There has been a Catholic School System in Fort Dodge for almost as long as this town has been in existence. There are other Messengerland towns that can make a similar claim. more »»

Iowa Power Farming?Show starts Tuesday

January 27, 2014 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 Iowa... more »»

‘Progress 2014’ starts today

January 26, 2014 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 »»



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