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Tom Harkin's aide coming to Fort Dodge to hear your concerns about health reform

Tom Harkin's mobile office will swing through Webster County in 2 weeks to hear residents' concerns about health reform.

The "Listening Post on Health Reform" will be hosted by aide Amy Campos at the Fort Dodge Community Health Center.

The Iowa senator heads the Senate committee that is working on the prevention and public health parts of the health reform bill.

According to Iowa senator's office, the upcoming… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 10, 2009 at 8:39am — No Comments

Fort Dodge Trisport Club

I'm always looking for new blogs about Fort Dodge, and this one came up on the radar screen today.

I know tri-sports have become more popular in our area recently, and remember that we had an event connected to Fall Fest when I was the event chairman last year. If you're into tri-sports, or mildly curious, check out this blog.

Iowa State Criterium Championship - Cedar Rapids

The state criterium championship race… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 9, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Mobil 1 Brings The World Dirt Racing League to Mineral City Speedway

It should be a barn-burner! On Monday, July 13, Mobil 1 is sponsoring the popular WORLD Dirt Racing League's appearance here at Mineral City Speedway in Fort Dodge Iowa.

The race, billed as the Mobil 1 40, will highlight a full night of racing action for the Midwest-based dirt track touring series for Late Models.

"Mobil 1 has come on board in a big way to help promote this race," said Jim Wilson of the WDRL, "adding $5,000 to… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 8, 2009 at 8:23am — No Comments

Class reunion brings back memories of youth

Going to a class reunion creates worries for some folks. Will people make childish comparisons of success? Will people revert to the popularity contests? Will people treat others as silly as they did in high school?

Not my class. There’s no reason to worry about those things.

I graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1989. Pomeroy Community School District is, er, was a small school district in Calhoun and Pocahontas counties in… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 7, 2009 at 9:13am — No Comments

Fort Dodge ties raises to budget cuts

There's only one way department managers in this city will get a raise this year: by cutting their budgets.

The city's top 13 managers will have to perform what one city councilman called "kaizen," Japanese for continuous and incremental improvements in efficiency and productivity.

"We want to improve services - but we have to find ways of doing it cheaper," said City Manager David Fierke.

The program appears to be… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 5, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Bye-Bye Miss American Pie - The Year The Newspaper Died

When you add up all the newspapers that have closed so far for 2009 and put them on a single list, you can clearly see how the newspaper industry has suffered this year. And it's not going to slow down for a long time either.

Early mornings in the summer with the birds chirping and the dew on the grass while delivering the Fort Dodge Messenger are some of my favorite memories as a boy. I would sometimes take my radio and earphone… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 4, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Chamber Friday Fax - July 3, 2009


Business After Hours

Gadbury Plumbing, Heating & Sheet Metal @ 216 North 12th Street

Thursday, July 9th 2009 @ 5:00 p.m.

All Chamber members and their employees are invited to attend.

Stop by and show them your support! Come see Neil’s new sheet metal shop!


The Chamber’s Ag Committee sponsors the Sweet Corn Feed at the Webster County Fair. It will be held… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 3, 2009 at 5:59am — No Comments

A Conversation with Dr. Dan Kinney from Iowa Central Community College

Dr. Dan Kinney began his duties as the new president of Iowa Central Community College this week.

Dr. Kinney, who previously served as vice president of student services at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska before coming to Fort Dodge, talked to KQWC News Director Pat Powers about his new position as president of Iowa Central Community College.

Audio courtesy of… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 2, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

ESPN awards Lisa Koll Top Honor

Fort Dodge native Lisa Koll has been named the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year.

It’s the second consecutive year the ISU cross country runner has made the Academic All-American Team and her first time earning the top national award. She was also honored as the 2008 Athlete-Scholar of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

“Each year she comes in with high goals… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on July 2, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

No Failure in Falling

Falling isn't the issue.

The problem occurs when you don’t get back up and try one more time. Throughout our lives we'll find ourselves in situations that requires getting back up—sometimes again and again and again. What works for me when in a bind or a situation that requires me to "get…


Added by Bill Grady on July 1, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

You versus Train...Train Wins

Operation Lifesaver, Inc was through Fort Dodge as part of their campaign not only to reduce the number of car and train accidents, but to reduce the number of pedestrians who are killed and injured when trespassing around tracks and trains.

I talked with Brenda Mainwaring, Director of Public Affairs in Iowa and Nebraska for the Union Pacific Railroad about their visit to Fort Dodge.…


Added by Bill Grady on June 30, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Former Iowan Barringer leaves no doubt with easy win in USA championships

Jennifer Barringer, a former Webster City, Ames and Fort Dodge resident led from start to finish Sunday and ran away from the field to win the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track and Field National Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

Barringer won by more than five seconds over Anna Willard (9:35.01), who had won last summer's Olympic Trials with a time of 9:27.59. Barringer, who posted a winning time of… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 29, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Learning the Political Ropes and Important Informational Websites of Fort Dodge

There is a plethora of information on the web about Fort Dodge. Important information whether you have a vested interest in Fort Dodge, or a passing interest, you can find almost everything you need to know on the web.

For starters, the City of Fort Dodge website HERE. All departments are listed and you can find plans for the new aquatic center, minutes and agendas for city council meetings, as well the city newsletter, the… Continue

Added by Underblog! on June 28, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Manson, Iowa Tornado Damage - June 1979


Manson, Iowa (AP) -- Tornadoes that raked the Iowa Plains wiped out neighborhoods and forced evacuation of a small town where two tanks holding a toxic chemical ruptured. Four persons were killed and about 70 others injured, authorities said.

About 40 twisters spotted Thursday night uprooted trees, knocked out power and telephone lines and ripped through homes and businesses in six… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 28, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Chamber Friday Fax - June 26, 2009


Business After Hours

Gadbury Plumbing, Heating & Sheet Metal @ 216 North 12th Street

Thursday, July 9th 2009 @ 5:00 p.m.

All Chamber members and their employees are invited to attend.

Stop by and show them your support! Come see Neil’s new sheet metal shop!


The Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce has a solution for you! As a service to our… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

About Us

In 1970 a group of friends started an underground newspaper called the "Underdog." It seemed fitting today to use technology as it now exists to create an underground blog, so Underblog was born.

The purpose of the Underblog is to share facts, thoughts, ideas, opinions on the issues that confront our city of Fort Dodge in a constructive, but honest way. Positive news is important, but if we see information that is false, reckless, or dishonest that paints Fort Dodge in a negative… Continue

Added by Underblog! on June 26, 2009 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Grady Meets the Wolfman

The Wolfman and I crossed paths a couple of times in our careers.

The first time was back in 1979 when radio station 92.1 KTGA-FM (a station I would later manage as KUEL-FM) brought in Wolfman Jack for Frontier Days. It was a great publicity deal for the station; they carried the Wolfman's show on the station, and he was hosting "The Midnight Special" on NBC at the time. Needless to say we didn't (still don't) have many celebrities come to…


Added by Bill Grady on June 26, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Here to Save the Day?

Well, that is a bit of an overstatement, but not for long! I am here to bring a fresh and positive reaction to the good things that are happening in Fort Dodge. The loud minority of perpetually disgruntled people who see nothing but negatives and rely on second hand information, rumors, and the like now have a formidable foe. A person with a positive outlook. As I look around Fort Dodge at all the wonderfully positive people who are trying to improve our quality of life in Fort Dodge through… Continue

Added by Underblog! on June 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Raids on Swift, Agriprocessors highlighted in immigration policy critique

A national commission investigating immigration enforcement under the Bush administration has released a comprehensive new report documenting the impact immigration raids have had on families, workplaces and communities across the country.

The report, released last week, was drawn directly from investigations into several immigration raids, including two at Iowa workplaces: Agriprocessors in Postville and JBS-Swift in… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 23, 2009 at 10:57am — No Comments

Ducks Against Disaster brings fun and raises funds for the local Red Cross

The Brushy Creek Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will host the 12th annual “DUCKS AGAINST DISASTERS” this Saturday, June 27th.

This important fundraising event and Children’s Festival on will be held at the Hy-Vee Fort Dodge parking lot ,115 South 29th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th. In addition to “the lucky duck pond” the event will include children’s carnival games & inflatables. At 2:00pm, the… Continue

Added by Bill Grady on June 23, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments

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