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A little about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister who pushed for social change through non-violent protest, was the best known leader of the civil rights movement of the late 1950s and the 1960s. He rose to prominence in December 1955, when he led a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Members of the Pleasant Valley Awareness Committee meet recently at Coppin Chapel Church to finalize plans for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner. This year’s event also includes free haircuts for children and cosmetic products before the dinner. The group members are, from left, Helen Gully and her great-grandson Darius Hampton, 4, Sherry Washington, Charles Mosley, Councilman Neven Conrad, Jameel Hameed, Councilman Terry Moehnke and Lori Branderhorst. Not pictured: Charles Clayton, Chris Crooks and Deb Edwards.

Remembering the dream

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered today during a special gathering in Fort Dodge. A MLK Community Dinner featuring soul food is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m at the Coppin Chapel AME Church, 329 First Ave. S. “This is a celebration dinner in honor of Dr. ...


Deuces Wild

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation will host two shows featuring The Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos for guests to enjoy while supporting the hospital and its foundation. The shows will be the highlight of the 15th annual Founders Event to be held Jan. 20 at the ...

Triton Jazz Festival brings competition to town

High school bands from across the state of Iowa will be performing at Decker Auditorium during the annual Triton Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival will begin on Jan. 11 with classes 1A and 3A performing starting at 8:30 a.m. Some of the bands performing include St. Edmond, Webster City, Storm ...

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Chamber Coffee to honor Chief Hanson

EMMETSBURG — The Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at City Hall. Retiring Police Chief Eric Hanson will be honored for his years of service.

Stroke Club to meet Wednesday

The Stroke Club will meet from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center in conference room 8, door No. 5, first door west of the main entrance. Handicapped parking available or valet parking at the main entrance.

TRH retirees to meet Thursday

The Trinity Regional Hospital retirees will meet for coffee at 9 a.m. Thursday at Hy-Vee, 115 S. 29th St.

Emmetsburg Chamber Board to meet

EMMETSBURG — The Emmetsburg Chamber Board of Directors will meet at 7 a.m. on Thursday at the Welcome Center in Emmetsburg.

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COMING SOON: ‘Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical’

Stage Door Productions is about to present “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical” as its annual adult, small cast musical. “Mid-Life” gives audiences a glance at the joys of growing older and will show a series of scenes and sketches that poke fun at the frustrations of mammograms, love ...

Come & Go Activities at KYL

WEBSTER CITY — The Kendall Young Library will host Come & Go Activities for children 5 years old to fifth grade from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Thursday at the library.

LifeWorks to feature music, comedy at annual fundraiser

Guests attending the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation’s annual fundraiser will be entertained by both music and comedy. Musician Brent Ferguson, singer Josh Gibbons and comedian Matthew Jacobsen will be competing to earn the People’s Choice Award, according to information provided by ...

Color Your World at the FD Public Library

Come explore your creative side and hang out with fun, imaginative, and interesting people at the Fort Dodge Public Library. The next adult coloring sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the library’s large meeting room, 424 Central Ave. ...

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Grant Smith and Theresa Compart

Compart — Smith

Theresa Mae Compart, of Fort Dodge, and Grant Sheppard Smith, of Algona, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Marc and Peg Compart, of Lehigh; and Steve and Deb Smith, of Algona. A March 17 wedding is planned. Compart is a 2000 graduate of Southeast Webster High School. She earned her ...

Brianna and Michael Ivory

Ivory — Weber

CEDAR FALLS — Brianna Weber and Michael Ivory, both of Cedar Falls, were married Nov. 4, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls. Parents of the couple are Ken and Jayne Weber, of Cedar Falls; and Tim and Brenda Ivory, of Fort Dodge. Matron of honor was Hilary Iehl, of Cedar ...

Kylee Jones and 
Tanner Lundberg

Jones — Lundberg

Kylee Jones, of Fort Dodge, and Tanner Lundberg, of Pilot Mound, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Jim and Rhonda Jones, of Fort Dodge; and Mike and Leanne Lundberg, of Pilot Mound. An Aug. 4, 2018, wedding is planned. Jones graduated from Iowa Central Community College and received ...

Haley Kapustka 
and Collin Hefley

Kapustka — Hefley

Haley Kapustka and Collin Hefley, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Pete and Renee Kapustka, Sheila Hansen and Jamie Hefley, all of Fort Dodge. A May 19, 2018, wedding is planned. Kapustka is a graduate of St. Edmond High School. She is a nurse at UnityPoint — ...

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Geneva Hiveley

Hiveley — 90 years old

Geneva Hiveley, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate her 90th birthday with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Covenant Church fellowship hall, 201 Ave. H. Cards may be sent to her at P.O. Box 772, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes three children, 14 grandchildren and 26 ...

Joel and Jody Shanks

Shanks — 40 years

Joel and Jody Shanks, of Fort Dodge, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today. Their family includes Jason Shanks, of Fort Dodge; Nathan and Sarah Platt, of Newhall; and Chad and Kristan Giddings, of Fort Dodge. They have three grandchildren. Jody Lindner and Joel Shanks were ...

Robert Gruver

Gruver — 90 years old

WINTERSET — Robert Gruver, of Winterset, formerly of Fort Dodge, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rides Bar & Grill, 723 S. 31st St. Cards may be sent to him at 2969 214th Trail, Winterset, IA 50273-8146. Gruver was born Jan. 25, 1928.

Tom and Linda Sefcik

Sefcik — 40 years

POCAHONTAS — Tom and Linda Sefcik, of Pocahontas, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29, 2017. Their family includes Tighe and Liz Sefcik, of Lakeland, Florida; Brad and Angie Sefcik, of Manson; Scott Sefcik, of Humboldt; Stephanie Sefcik, of Pueblo, Colorado; and Sara and ...

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-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson

Johnnie Kennell feeds Billy an apple. Billy is a 1,900-pound 4-year-old Plains bison bull, which is anticipated to grow up to 2,700 pounds at full size.

Bison are gracing Iowa’s landscape once again

VAN METER — Bison are known as the largest hooved mammal in North America. These large animals once used to be a very prominent part of the continent and even throughout Iowa. According to the Polk County Conservation website, the largest concentrations of bison were in northwestern and ...

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Taboo No Longer – Happy, Healthy Hearts Love Beef!

Wait a minute...beef is okay to eat AND keep my heart healthy too? Yes, you read this correctly. No longer “taboo” for healthy, active lifestyles, nutrient-rich lean beef such as top sirloin steak can be enjoyed again without guilt. In fact, top sirloin meets the American Heart Association ...


Do Good for Your Gut with Probiotics

One of the more recent health crazes is adding more probiotic-rich foods into our diet… and for good reason. Probiotics help increase the amount of good bacteria in our gut flora, the space where millions of both good and bad bacteria live in our gut. Recent research is showing how the health ...

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Taboo No Longer – Happy, Healthy Hearts Love Bee

Wait a minute...beef is okay to eat AND keep my heart healthy too? Yes, you read this correctly. No longer “taboo” for healthy, active lifestyles, nutrient-rich lean beef such as top sirloin steak can be enjoyed again without guilt. In fact, top sirloin meets the American Heart Association ...


Introducing Performance Inspired Nutrition: Whey More Than You Think

Do you want protein from a company that puts its customers’ needs first? Then check out newcomer Performance Inspired Nutrition. Performance Inspired Nutrition was started when entrepreneur, actor and producer Mark Wahlberg and former 25-year EBP/CMO/GM at GNC, Tom Dowd, were inspired to ...