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Hawkeye state is on a journey to wellness

January 29, 2012 Last August, Gov. Terry Branstad announced a bold plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation within five years. more »»

When a river runs through it

January 22, 2012 By now most Messenger readers are probably familiar with University of Iowa Professor Stephen Bloom’s 9000-word, fightin’-words diatribe on Iowa for the Atlantic, and the resulting flap it has caused. more »»

Losing a universal language

January 15, 2012 Today, there will be no telecast of “One Life to Live” on ABC television stations. Its final episode aired Friday. more »»

Trinity selected for major health care initiative

January 14, 2012 On Dec, 19, 2011, it was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — CMS — that Trinity Health Systems, which includes Trinity Regional Medical Center, Trimark Physicians Group,... more »»

A new semester is starting at Iowa Central

January 7, 2012 The start of the second semester is just right around the corner and as always it brings excitement to the air. more »»

If this were your last day ...

December 31, 2011 New Year’s resolutions. We all make at least one, whether we like it or not. “I’m going to exercise more” or “I’m going to finally take that trip. more »»

Lawmakers will soon head back to Des Moines

December 31, 2011 The 2012 session of the Iowa General Assembly will commence Jan. 9. This will be my 10th year as your voice, advocate and senator. more »»

Big changes are ahead for FD Regional Airport

December 17, 2011 “The globe will be linked by flights, and nations so knit together that they grow to be next-door neighbors. ... What railways have done for nations, airways will do for the world. more »»

Hope and support during the holidays

December 10, 2011 The holidays are a time when we gather with friends and loved ones, celebrating the season and counting our blessings. more »»

Annual Holiday Lighting event is Monday

November 27, 2011 2011 is nearing its completion. So much transpires during a year, some good, some bad. We never know what each day will bring, let alone each year. more »»

You can make a difference in a child’s life

November 20, 2011 If you are like me, every morning you roll out of bed, sit at your kitchen table and have a warm cup of coffee. more »»

Stopping diabetes is the goal of the ADA

November 20, 2011 Members from the community of Fort Dodge can attest — diabetes education works. You have the service at your fingertips, it is in your backyard, but it does not work unless you use it. more »»

YWCA Holiday Showcase starts Friday

November 13, 2011 I really love Christmas. I mean I love it because it’s Christ’s birthday and my faith is affirmed by that knowledge. more »»

American Education Week celebrates schools

November 13, 2011 This week, today through Saturday, is the 90th American Education Week. Sponsored by the National Education Association. more »»

Cuts in Social Security and Medicare opposed

November 13, 2011 On Jan. 3, 2012, Iowa Republicans will be the first voters in the nation to choose who should be their party nominee for president. more »»

Help us ‘Bridge the Gap’ in Fort Dodge

November 6, 2011 The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way recently launched the Community Connections Volunteer Center. more »»

Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to quit

November 6, 2011 The 36th annual Great American Smokeout is Nov. 17. This will be the perfect day to make a plan to quit smoking for good. more »»

‘I’m glad I was distracted when I signed up’

October 30, 2011 Just this once, I’m glad I was distracted when I signed up for something. Normally, I’m a bit cautious about committing to anything that requires me to show up more than onc. more »»

FD Public Library just keeps getting better

October 30, 2011 Not many people can say they slept in City Hall, but in Klemme, Iowa, in the 1960s, City Hall was in my bedroom. more »»


October 30, 2011 Survivor: Somebody who remains alive despite being exposed to life-threatening danger. Someone with great powers of endurance. Someone who overcomes traumatic experiences. more »»



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