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Hawkeye Community Theatre: Comedy mystery to premier March 29

The Hawkeye Community Theatre will bring mystery and comedy to the stage during its five performance run of “A Haunting We Will Go.” Director Michael Shoopman said the play was written by Tim Kelly and described it as “a dark mystery-comedy that borders on farce and that is where we ...

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Emma Simpson, 18, a freshman at Iowa Central Community College, finishes a recent rehearsal with her teammates at Decker Auditorium recently.

‘A perfect 10’: Iowa Central presents Curtain Call

The 10th anniversary of Curtain Call at Iowa Central Community College will feature a variety of performances to help commemorate the occasion. During Curtain Call, the annual presentation of Iowa Central’s dance team, audience members can expect to see every performance the dancers have ...

Striking up the band, one last time

The third and final indoor concert for the Karl L. King Municipal Band’s 2017 winter season will be held next Sunday. The concert will be held at Decker Auditorium, on the Iowa Central Community College campus, starting at 3:30 p.m. The final concert has multiple purposes every year. One ...

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Noon Kiwanis Pancake Day is Saturday

The Noon Kiwanis Club will hold its annual Pancake Day from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Community Christian School gym. The menu includes a beverage, sausage and all the pancakes you can eat. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. Community Christian School is located ...

River Valley Rockhounds to meet Tuesday

The River Valley Rockhounds Inc. will meet for its monthly business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave.

Family Artmaking at the Blanden

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum will host First Free Saturdays — Family Artmaking from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 920 Third Ave. S. On a come and go basis, family groups of adults and children together can visit an area set up for social and creative fun. Cost is a ...

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Valentine’s warning: Affectionate action poses risk, reward

Little Amber blasted through the door separating her TK class from the big wild kingdom that is the school playground. That apple of her eye may as well have had a target on his face. His radiant freckles and gingered blonde hair glimmering in the sun; the little girl bounded toward the ...

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Baum — Pearson

Mary Baum and Jeremy Pearson, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Janet Baum, of Ozark, Missouri; LeRoy Baum, of Duncanville, Texas; Bob and Karen Martin and Roger Pearson, all of Fort Dodge. A June 24 wedding is planned. Baum is a graduate of Iowa Central Community ...


Jensen — 80 years old

WEBSTER CITY — Darrel Jensen, of Webster City, celebrated his 80th birthday on March 21. Cards may be sent to him at Crestview Nursing and Rehab, 2401 Des Moines St., Webster City, IA 50595.



WEBSTER CITY — Shelly Sjoberg and David Bergeson, both of Webster City, were married Dec. 3, 2016, at Faith United Methodist Church in Webster City. Parents of the couple are Linda McFarland, of Webster City, and the late Chuck McFarland; and Jim and Kay Bergeson, of Webster ...


Hebert — Leadley

Tiffany Hebert and Jerry Leadley, Jr., both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Chris Hebert and Carol Theriot, of Abbeville, Louisiana; Lynnette Romero Hebert, of Abbeville, Louisiana; and Jerry Leadley, Sr. and Joann Grossnickle, of Fort Dodge. An April 29 wedding is ...

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Farrand — 70 years old

Mary Farrand, of Fort Dodge, celebrated her 70th birthday on Saturday. Cards may be sent to her at 810 N. 24th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes special friend Bernie Monahan; Wendy Wallace and Rod Jordison, of Coalville; Diane Macek, of Fort Dodge; Dawn and Jeff Struecker, ...

Marsh — 80 years old

CALLENDER — William Marsh, of Callender, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Tuesday. Cards may be sent to him at P.O. Box 244, Callender, IA 50523. His family includes Terri Halstead, of Fort Dodge; Bill and Jamie Marsh, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Kevin Marsh, of Pierre, South Dakota; ...


Abrams — 90 years old

Claude Abrams, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Monday. Cards may be sent to him at 2214 240th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. His family includes his wife Evelene; Pam Abrams, Julie and Larry Hughes, JoAnn and Rollie Hunter, and Marlene Nelson, all of Fort Dodge. He has ...


Witt — 70 years old

Douglas Witt, of Fort Dodge, is celebrating his 70th birthday today. Cards may be sent to him at 2011 Second Ave. N., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. His family includes his wife Susan; Laurie and Mark Sharpe, of Fort Dodge; Jodi Fawcett, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Dan and Laura Witt, of Chapman, ...

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Four generations of Lewis family gathers

Four generations of the Lewis family recently gathered. Pictured from the left: Mary Lewis, great-grandmother; Jess Lewis, great-grandfather; William Lewis, grandfather; and mother Chelsey Anfinson holding Drew William Anfinson.

Five generations of Bieges gather

Five generations of Bieges gather

Five generations of the Biege family gathered in Fort Dodge recently. Pictured, from left to right, in the front row are: John Biege, great-great grandfather; and Ella Harvey. Back row, from left to right, are: Paige Copenhaver, aunt; Sue Witt, great-grandmother; Callia Witt, mother; Laurie ...


Four generations of Bergs gather

Four generations of Bergs recently gathered. Pictured in the front row from the left: Carson Fevold, great-grandchild, Norfolk, Nebraska; Nola Cardona, great-grandchild, Sioux City. Second row: Seth Fevold, father, Norfolk, Nebraska; Brenna Peterson, aunt, Ames; Brittney Fevold, mother, ...


Four generations of Keelers gather

Four generations of Keelers recently gathered. Pictured in the front row from the left: Bob Keeler, great-great-grandfather, Callie Keeler, great-great-grandmother, holding Jaxon Schultz. Back row: Sheila Juncker, great-grandmother, Brian Crotts, grandfather, Ashley Crotts, mother.

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Bracket Snacks

There is a good amount of madness in March! Chances are you are going to munch on food while watching those games. Did you know there are some foods that you could choose that would benefit your health? Below you will find some tasty yet healthy tips for game days. Typically, during ...


National Nutrition Month – Put Your Best Fork Forward

The 2017 National Nutrition Month theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” You may have heard put your best foot forward, but what does put your best fork forward mean? One bite at a time, one forkful at a time, one snack/meal at a time, one step at a time. All these small changes add up to ...


St. Patrick’s Day Shake

Shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, seas of green clothing and various beverages of the same color: whether you are 100 percent or 0.1 percent Irish, many of us enjoy partaking in St. Patrick’s Day traditions and festivities. If you’re looking to keep the “new you” from the beginning ...


The Power of Protein

When it comes to sports nutrition, there are several nutrients you need in your diet. One of those important nutrients is protein. One important function of protein is to build and repair all the tissues in our body, which our muscles need when it comes to sports and exercise. Protein is ...