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All of us should help prevent fires

October 10, 2014 Three house fires in Fort Dodge on Wednesday are a powerful reminder that fire prevention should always be a priority. Nobody knows when the first preventable fire took plac. more »»

Wounded U.S. veterans need help

October 9, 2014 Brian Keaton made history recently in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. more »»

U.S. signs pact with Afghanistan

October 8, 2014 With headlines about Ebola, the Secret Service and Islamic State terrorists monopolizing the news, some Americans may have missed an extraordinarily significant report this week. On Sept. 30, U.S. more »»

Newspapers make U.S. stronger

October 7, 2014 Here at The Messenger, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Wee. more »»

4-H is about helping youths achieve

October 6, 2014 National 4-H Week is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. more »»

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

October 5, 2014 There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members... more »»

Intelligence failings threaten U.S.

October 4, 2014 President Barack Obama admitted on Sept. 28 what most observant Americans already knew:?Once again, U.S. intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” on a terrorist group. And once again, U.S. more »»

Drug abuse remains a huge problem

October 3, 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder, who is stepping down, will not be missed by Americans worried about the drug abuse epidemic. more »»

Let’s celebrate Manufacturing Day

October 2, 2014 It will come as no surprise to even the most casual student of American history to learn that manufacturing has contributed mightily to our nation’s economic prosperity. more »»

Arming Syrian rebels has real risks

September 30, 2014 Most of President Barack Obama’s game plan for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.. more »»

American forces are again at war

September 29, 2014 When our armed forces go to war — and make no mistake about it, they have — Americans rally in support. more »»

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

September 28, 2014 Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. more »»

This security breach is inexcusable

September 27, 2014 Omar J. Gonzalez was carrying a knife when he stormed into the White House recently. What if he had been equipped with a bomb? Gonzalez, a military veteran, clearly is mentally unbalanced. more »»

Tom Latham deserves strong praise

September 26, 2014 Numerous Fort Dodgers have worked hard during the last few years to make sure this is a town with a great future. Those efforts are generating a booming economy. more »»

Parking study points the way for FD

September 25, 2014 Anyone who visits downtown Fort Dodge regularly knows that finding a place to park is not often a problem. more »»

Keeping America safe is a challenge

September 24, 2014 Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat that requires careful attention. more »»

Gypsum City OHV Park expands

September 23, 2014 Last week the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park celebrated a major expansion. The second phase of this remarkable recreational area is now open. more »»

Fort Dodge school board acts wisely

September 22, 2014 The quality of the school system is among the most important determinants of a community’s long-term prospects. Excellent schools can have an enormous impact on economic development. more »»

Make your voice heard at the polls

September 21, 2014 It’s still more than six weeks until Election Day. The upcoming election will afford those citizens who choose to vote the opportunity to shape the future of our community, state and nation. more »»

Livestock thefts raise new concerns

September 20, 2014 In those old Westerns that were so popular with movie-goers not so many years ago, cattle-rustling was a recurring theme. Anyone who supposes that is a crime that disappeared ages ago would be wron. more »»



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