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Celebrating our Trails community event is set for Friday

August 10, 2014 On Friday, our community will be celebrating the completion of a number of trails and connections in the Fort Dodge area. The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. more »»

How The Messenger got the Pat Matter story

August 3, 2014 I get a lot of emails as the managing editor of The Messenger and — like most people — the majority of them don’t really interest me. more »»

Promoting peaceful partnerships

August 3, 2014 The Webster County Cultural Diversity Team proudly presents Fort Dodge and Webster County’s ninth-annual National Night Out and Back to School Bash celebration taking place on Tuesday from 5 p.m. more »»

POET volunteers for Mission Greenhouse in Kenya

August 3, 2014 By GARY?EISCHEID While many of you may know what POET does on a day-to-day basis, it’s likely you are unaware that for the second year, POET team and family members are traveling to Kenya, Africa. more »»

There’s a storm a-brewing in Iowa

July 27, 2014 On Saturday at precisely noon, after a late night of nearly working, the peace and quiet of chirping birds and the gentle rhythmic beer-belching of the neighbors is shattered by the sound of the... more »»

Iowa will miss out on solar power opportunity

July 27, 2014 By Lu Nelsen Center for Rural Affairs Last week, the state of Iowa gave up a $1 million grant that would have helped the state take steps to become a national leader in solar power, just as it has... more »»

Giving up tobacco is a realistic goal

July 20, 2014 Tobacco (nicotine) addiction is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United State. more »»

Suing Obamacare is a summer rerun

July 20, 2014 On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming. more »»

The limits of corporate citizenship

July 20, 2014 Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills. But they’ll be leaving the country only on paper. more »»

Vacation feels like job with kid

July 20, 2014 Dear Annie: My significant other of 20 years is a great guy, and he’s been wonderful to me. Here’s the problem: “Bob” has an 11-year-old autistic grandson. more »»

No cause for discrimination

July 14, 2014 “New analyses of the human genome establish that human evolution has been recent, copious and regional,” writes Nicholas Wade in his recently published book, “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race... more »»

A bridge too far

July 14, 2014 Increasingly, across this city, the “I” word is being heard. Impeachment is being brought up by Republicans outraged over Barack Obama’s usurpations of power and unilateral rewriting of laws. more »»

Iowa Central offers night programs

July 13, 2014 In an effort to meet the continued needs of individuals seeking an education in our region, Iowa Central Community College has been developing different distance-education offerings for those... more »»

Korean War historian to speak at Ruthven

July 6, 2014 It is often called our “forgotten war,” but the fortitude of the men who fought in the Korean War and the positive longer-term result of their effort will be highlighted at this year’s Bully Bullhea... more »»

Take-a-pill politics

June 29, 2014 President Obama recently fulfilled one of his 2008 campaign promise. more »»

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 »»



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