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Deuces WIld! Dueling Pianos

HUMBOLDT — Deuces Wild, Dueling Pianos will take the stage for the third consecutive year at the Humboldt County Events Center at the fairgrounds as part of the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 14th annual Founders event. The popular traveling entertainment show, featuring ...

Today marks MLK birthday

Born Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most iconic leaders in the Civil Rights Movement was born on this day in 1929. From southern roots, King was born and raised in rural Georgia. Son of a Baptist minister, he was raised the middle child in a family with three children. King excelled ...

‘Dogfight’ presented by Stage Door Productions

Love and compassion win in Stage Door Productions’ upcoming musical, ‘‘Dogfight’’ on Friday and Saturday. ‘‘Dogfight’’ carries its audience on a romantic journey with music and lyrics written by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul and a book written by Peter Dunchan. ...

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Laurie Hotz, director of youth services at the Fort Dodge Public Library, arranges some of the books she recommends for young readers this winter.

Fort Dodge Public Library: Making the list with all the best books

With the January weather causing freezing across the state, it may be a good time to stay at home and read a book to pass the time. But which book? According to the staff of the Fort Dodge Public Library, there were popular books in 2016 for all age groups that they would ...

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Kendall Young Evening Book Club to meet Monday

WEBSTER CITY — The Kendall Young Evening Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Kendall Young Library. This months read is the Pulitzer Prize winning Civil War novel “Andersonville” by MacKinlay Kantor.

Al Welsh Orchestra to play Jan. 22 in Perry

PERRY — The Perry Fine Arts is sponsoring the Al Welsh Orchestra in a program of “Big Band” ear music as they perform at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 in the Perry High School’s Performing Arts Center. Fine Arts Concerts are free and open to all. Donations are accepted. The Performing Arts Center ...

Chicken noodle dinner served at the Moose Lodge on Friday

The Women of the Moose Lodge are hosting a chicken noodle dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Moose, 424 First Ave. S. Dinner includes chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, bun and dessert for $10. Open to the public. Tickets are now on sale at the bar or at the door.

KYL movie for adults is Tuesday in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — The Kendall Young Library will show the movie “Florence Foster Jenkins” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library meeting room. Popcorn and beverages will be provided. Heiress Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) longs to become an opera star in 1940s New York, despite ...

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Watters — Nation

Jacqueline Nation and James Watters, both of Oakdale, Minnesota, were married on Oct. 8, 2016, at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Parents of the couple are Hal and Terri Nation, Dennis Watters and Jackie Watters, all of Fort Dodge. Matron of honor was Paige ...

Harbin — Westphal

BADGER — Ann Westphal, of Badger, and David Harbin, of Staten Island, New York, were married on Nov. 5, 2016, in Arvada, Colorado. Parents of the couple are Rita Wessels, of Badger, and the late Ben Westphal; Dwight and Pam Harbin, of Staten Island, New York, and the late Wendy Harbin. An ...


Schuttler — Scherer

WEST BEND — Maggie Schuttler and Michael Scherer, both of West Bend, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Dennis and Pam Schuttler, of Algona; Kevin and Kim Moulin, of Grimes, and the late Robert Scherer. A Jan. 21, 2017, wedding is planned. Schuttler is a graduate ...


Newman — Anderson

Nicole Newman and Paul Anderson, both of Aurora, Colorado, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Richard and Michele Newman, of Fort Dodge; and Randy and Sue Anderson, of Clear Lake, Minnesota. A June 17, 2017, wedding is planned. Newman is a graduate of Iowa State University where she ...

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Linda and Mike Stotts in 1967

Stotts — 50 years

LAKE CITY — Mike and Linda Stotts, of Lake City, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 22. Cards may be sent to them at 220 S. West St., Lake City, IA 51449. Their family includes Jennifer Holloway, of Waukee; and Jason and Jecque Stotts, of Urbandale. They have five ...

Don Mericle

Mericle — 90 years old

EAGLE GROVE — Don Mericle, of Eagle Grove, celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 14. Cards may be sent to him at 18 Spruce Drive, Eagle Grove, IA 50533. Mericle was born Jan. 14, 1927.

Joe and Elaine Lawler in 1967

Lawler — 50 years

Joe and Elaine Lawler, of Fort Dodge, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan 14. Cards may be sent to them at 2739 N. 13th Place, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes Angela and Chad Smeins, of West Des Moines; Diane and Tim Pohlmeier, of Woodland Park, Colorado; James ...

Norma Erickson

Erickson — 70 years old

Norma Erickson, of Fort Dodge, is celebrating her 70th birthday today. Cards may be sent to her at 422 N. 19th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes Annette Erickson, of Ames; Laura Erickson and Kelly Erickson, both of Fort Dodge. She has five grandchildren and four ...

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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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5 Secrets to Becoming the Best Version of You in 2017!

You may have pictured it in your head numerous times – the best version of you. The best could mean the healthiest version, the happiest version, the smoke-free version or the less-stressed version of you. Whatever your best version means, the following 5 secrets can help you reach your ...



Spiralizing is a new way to eat healthy. It’s making “noodles” out of any and every vegetable, from zucchini to beets to carrots. It’s a simple process to transform produce into long, thin noodles or wide, curly pasta-like ribbons that would be challenging to duplicate by hand. How ...


Stay on Track with Healthy Holiday Goals

The holiday season is here, which means family, friends, presents, traditions and - of course - food. Eating healthy can be a challenge when the aroma of Grandma’s cookies is in the air. The average American gains weight over the holidays, but this does not have to be the case for you with ...


Entertain Your Way to Health

Perhaps you’ve been working on eating healthier and want healthy choices for that yearly holiday party. This 2016 holiday season, bring some dazzle to your holiday parties with healthier snack platters, tasting plates and side dishes. Your Hy-Vee dietitians are here to help with wellness tips ...