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Opinion is on trial all across America

September 28, 2014 Tuning into ESPN one morning, I noticed that no one had much to say about anything. Questions were met with mumbled, mamby-pamby, noncommittal answers. It’s no shock that there’s no shockers. more »»

Iowa Central to celebrate rich heritage

September 21, 2014 In Iowa and across the country, there is little doubt that a college degree is still the best path to prosperity. Did you know that by 2018, according to the Iowa College Student Aide Commission, 1. more »»

2014-2015 United Way Campaign kicks off

September 14, 2014 The 2014-2015 United Way campaign has kicked off with a goal of $435,000. This year’s campaign theme is “Building Hope for a Brighter Future. more »»

This is Baby Safety Awareness Month

September 7, 2014 September is Baby Safety Awareness Month. One of the most crucial areas of baby safety is the baby’s sleeping area — the crib. more »»

Celebrating the contributions of Earl Underbrink and Clarence Rice

September 3, 2014 One of the ironies we found in The Messenger last week is the death and celebration of life for both Clarence Rice and Earl Underbrink. more »»

Today our kids are living in a cocoon

August 31, 2014 Parents, we’ve given our kids everything — haven’t we? And in the process, we’ve watched something be taken away, too. Call it freedom, call it innocence, call it sense of safe well-being. more »»

ICCC offers logistics, transportation management options

August 24, 2014 What are logistics, transportation and supply chain management? Have you ever wondered how everyday items like a loaf of bread, hamburger, gasoline, appliances, clothing, restaurant and medical... more »»

Managing your health online just got easier

August 17, 2014 UnityPoint Clinic is proud to announce we are transferring to the same electronic health record system as UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center and our area critical access hospitals... more »»

Backpack Buddies program helps area young folks

August 10, 2014 When thinking about hungry children, you generally think about distant, poverty-stricken, third-world countries miles away from home, right? You don’t think that your friends, co-workers, neighbors... more »»

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 »»



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