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Editor’s Note: As we enter a new year, the staff at The Messenger took the opportunity to ask some of our community leaders to share a personal resolution for 2022 and a resolution for Fort Dodge. Here’s what they said:

Luke Fleener, Webster County Sheriff

The New Year’s resolution for yourself: “Continue to promote and encourage self-well-being, both physical and mental health. “

For Fort Dodge: “To continue to provide excellent service to the citizens of Webster County with respect to law enforcement and corrections, and to continue to plan for the future growth of our county.”

Leah Glasgo, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge

The New Year’s resolution for yourself: “Take the time each day to focus on all the good, positive things that are happening in the world. “

For Fort Dodge: “Everyone will take the health crisis seriously and do their part to keep themselves and those around them (physically, mentally and spiritually) healthy. “

Steve Roe, Director of the Beacon of Hope Men’s Shelter

New Year’s Resolution for Yourself: “Mine would be God using me to help more people this year than last year. The needs are growing. And someone who is getting old, Lord, give me the stamina to continue the mission to which I have been called.

For Fort Dodge: “That we have more control over drugs and the downtown streets running from place to place.” The bad thing is that a lot of people believe they are Beacon of Hope people but they are not. They will not seek help. It is their right to be on the streets and not to receive medical or mental help. My wish would be that these people can get the help they need.

Shelly Bottorff, Executive Director of the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association

The New Year’s resolution for yourself: “I hope to continue to connect artists, musicians, non-profit organizations and art enthusiasts and supporters from our region with relevant and professional experience.”

For Fort Dodge: “An ongoing goal of the FDFAA is raising awareness of artistic and cultural opportunities and celebrating our uniqueness and raising funds to support all of our initiatives. Another goal is to secure the last $ 60,000 needed for a big curtain to put the icing on the cake, so to speak, at North Junior High, Phillips Auditorium.

Jesse Ulrich, President of Iowa Central Community College

New Year’s Resolution for Yourself: Personally, I will focus on improving my health and prayer life.

For Fort Dodge: As an organization, Iowa Central will update our strategic plan and create goals for the next 5 years.

Mark Campbell, Webster County District 2 Board of Supervisors

My favorite New Years quote is from CS Lewis:

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”

Niki Conrad, Webster County Board of Supervisors, District 4

New Year’s Resolution for Yourself: “For me personally, my resolutions include more self-care. I’m a workaholic, and this often manifests as worrying in the middle of the night or straining too much. I would like to prioritize rest and movement as two crucial sides of the same coin.

“Professionally, I look forward to playing a more proactive role on the board. There is still so much I can learn to help make the county a great place to live, play and work. As I enter my fourth year on the Board of Directors, I look forward to increasing my involvement and continuing to serve the people of Webster County and District 4 with the same passion and responsibility that I had on day one.

For Fort Dodge: “My wish is that we grow in areas that need improvement and that we continue to thrive with our strengths. I hope for good health for my neighbors and many more happy moments. We could all use more joy in our lives, I believe.

State Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, R-Fort Dodge

New Year’s Resolution for Yourself: “My resolution for myself is to exercise more and eat less. “

For Fort Dodge: “My resolution for the community is to continue working in a non-partisan and productive manner for the citizens of Fort Dodge. “

State Representative Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge

The New Year’s resolution for yourself: “Honestly, I don’t make New Years resolutions for myself. I try to hold myself accountable throughout the year.”

For Fort Dodge: “My resolution for the community and the state as a whole is that we could be more civil to each other, show ourselves more grace and not have so many divisions. “

Linda Cline, Program Coordinator, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Webster County

The New Year’s resolution for yourself: “Stay in touch with the people who matter.”

For Fort Dodge: “Kiwanis has put on such an event by donating items to those in need along with five other service groups, that I would love to see the collaboration between the service groups continue. Imagine the good things that could happen.

Roger Porter, Police Chief of the Fort Dodge Police Department

The New Year’s resolution for yourself: “Family is very important to me. Years ago, when my wife and I started a family, people always said that the time would go by quickly. They weren’t joking, so it’s important to make an effort to enjoy it. of my time before they all left the nest and started their own families, so get in good shape so that I don’t get out of breath by the time I reach the third floor of the courthouse.

For Fort Dodge: “To continue on the same path where we come together as a community, build new relationships and continue to strengthen the ones we have. One of the biggest barriers we face, not only in this community, but across the state, is the lack of mental health services. I look forward to continuing to work with state and local lawmakers, as well as other stakeholders to try to build this service in our community. I hope we get over all of these COVID issues so that we can safely start many of the community events we hosted at FDPD prior to the pandemic. Fort Dodge is a great place to live and raise a family, and anything I can do to make this community better, I am all for it.

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