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Board members Deb Johnson, left, and Darcy Lee help set up the place cards with a little help from Matt Johnson, right, during 19th annual Webster County Sweetheart Gala at the Best Western Startlite Village Inn & Suites Saturday evening.

Sweetheart Gala: A long held tradition

The upcoming 20th Annual Sweetheart Gala will offer a fun and purposeful evening raising money to fight heart disease. The event will begin at 6 p.m. March 4 in the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. Tickets cost $50. Guests will be able to dance the night ...

Upcoming events to expand regional historical perspectives

Tales of a Civil War general and a massacre of settlers that happened 160 years ago will be highlighted during two upcoming events sponsored by the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. A 200th birthday party for Lewis Armistead will be held on Saturday. A bus tour to sites related to the ...

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Brent Meyer gets in some practice during a recent rehearsal for Sonshine Singers at Fort Dodge Senior High recently.

We Believe: Sonshine Singers to perform in FD

by HAILEY BRUESCHKE hbrueschke@messengernews.net Sounds of beautiful hymns will fill the sanctuary when the Sonshine Singers gather together to share their faith during the 18th annual musical ministry entitled, “We Believe.” During the Feb. 16-18 concerts, the audience will hear a ...

Humboldt Community Chorus presents variety show

There will be a variety of pop, secular, and patriotic songs featured during the annual Humboldt Community Chorus variety show, “If We All Sing One Song” to be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Humboldt Community Chorus is made up of 70 singers from the Humboldt area, accompanied ...

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FD Coin Club Show is Saturday, Sunday

The Fort Dodge Coin Club Show will held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Crossroads Mall, 215, S. 25th St. There will be a variety of coins, paper money, stamps, postcards and other collectables. Free parking, free admission. the public is welcome to ...

Annual luncheon is March 26 in Burt

BURT — The Burt Summer Celebration’s Annual Chicken and Buscuits Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 26 at the Burt Activity Complex.

Gardening symposium planned at Iowa Lakes

Start preparing the home, lawn and garden for spring and enjoy the beauty of the season through the Gardening Symposium class planned at Iowa Lakes Community College. This class is to be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes. Cost is $29, ...

K of C Fish Fry is Friday

WEST BEND — The West Bend Knights of Columbus will have a fish fry from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the West Bend Golf and Country Club.

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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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Kari Becker  and Jake Malz

Becker — Malz

Kari Becker and Jake Malz, both of Madison Lake, Minnesota, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Brian and Darcy Becker, of Fort Dodge; and Randy and Marge Malz, of Farmington, Minnesota. A July 28 wedding is planned. Becker earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education ...

Olivia and Taylor  Huseman

Huseman — Johnson

MANSON — Olivia Grace Johnson and Taylor Ryan Huseman, both of Okoboji, were married Oct. 8, 2016, at Arnolds Park. Parents of the couple are Terry and Eileen Johnson, of Milford; and Frank and Brenda Huseman, of Manson. The bride is an Okoboji High School graduate and a Marquette ...

Nicholas Siek and Lisa Moeller

Moeller — Sieck

Lisa Moeller and Nicholas Sieck, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Gene and Janet Moeller, of Fort Dodge; and Gary and Kelly Sieck, of Grinnell. An April 22 wedding is planned. Moeller is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree ...

Cassie Kavanaugh and Dominique Windfield

Winkfield — Kavanaugh

LOHRVILLE — Cassie Kavanaugh and Dominique Winkfield, both of Gainesville, Florida, were married Oct. 22, 2016, at the Lohrville United Methodist Church. Parents of the couple are Chris and Kris Kavanaugh of Lohrville; and Ken and Linda Winkfield, of Versailles, Kentucky. Matron of honor ...

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Rick and  Cynthia Meek

Meek — 40 years

Rick and Cynthia Meek, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Cards may be sent to them at 1816 Charmill Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes Luke and Andrea Meek, of Culver City, California; and Sam Meek and Stephanie ...

Betty Vorrie

Vorrie — 90 years old

Betty Vorrie, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday. Cards may be sent to her at 1612 Williams Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes her husband Lorelle; Dennis and Sallie Vorrie, of Fort Dodge; Duane and Deanna Vorrie, of Humboldt; and Diane and Roger ...

Paula and Lance 

Olson — 40 years

HUMBOLDT — Lance and Paula Olson, of Humboldt, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today. Cards may be sent to them at 2737 Iowa Ave., Humboldt, IA 50548. Their family includes Joe and Amber Olson; and Lisa and Justin Nolting. They have three grandchildren. Paula Meyer and ...

Myron Huyser

Huyser — 85 years old

BADGER — Myron Huyser, of Badger, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Friday. Cards may be sent to him at P.O. Box 202, Badger, IA 50516. His family includes his wife, Nancy; Vicki and Lindy Eatwell, of St. James, Minnesota; Greg and Melissa Huyser, of Indianola; Dan and Monica Huyser, of ...

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Five generations of Deals gather

Five generations of Deals gather

Pictured from the left: Desiree Dornbusch, mother; Terrie Deal, great-grandmother; Sara Dornbusch, grandmother; Brooklin Dornbusch; Colleen Deal, great-great-grandmother.

Four generations of Deals gather

Four generations of Deals gather

Pictured from the left: Sherry Moritz, grandmother; Bethany Wentink, mother, holding Boone Alan Wentink; Colleen Deal, great-grandmother.


Four generations of Hartmans

Four generations of the Hartman family recently gathered. Pictured from left to right are great-grandmother Rozella Hartman, young Tatiana Clark, grandmother Denise Clark and mother Jamie Clark. The Hartman family, originally from Palmer, moved to the Pomeroy area in 1967.

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One Fish, Two Fish…Heart Healthy Hero’s

February is American Heart Month. Your heart health is dependent on your lifestyle habits. One of the most important behaviors is diet. One specific dietary habit in need of improvement in Americans’ eating patterns is increasing consumption of seafood. Current advice from our ...


Help your Pulse with Pulses!

Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. The most common pulses are dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and dried peas. Both economical and sustainable, pulses are a great way to add filling protein and fiber to your diet. Pulses’ unique fiber makeup has been linked to ...


Five Foods for Heart Health

Along with Valentine’s Day, February also marks American Heart Month. Heart health deserves attention because heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. – about one in every four deaths. Several medical and lifestyle choices may put people at a higher ...


Cauliflower’s Most Convenient Form

When people think of vegetables that are superfoods, seldom does cauliflower come to mind. However, it really is one of the greatest superfoods, not only in nutrition, but also in taste. It is part of the same family that broccoli and cabbage belong to and is considered a cruciferous vegetable. ...