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‘Come Together’ for youth activities today

Harp’s Outlet will be hosting the first “Come Together” event today that organizers hope will bring the community together again. “We as local business owners, feel that it is necessary to bring safety back into the community and to also bring back unity,” said Patty Harp, owner of ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Fort Dodge Fire Department probationary firefighter Ashley Jochum holds a pair of tickets to the upcoming Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball featuring the Johnny Holm Band. The event is on Nov. 22 from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at the Best Western Starlite.

Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball

The Fort Dodge Firefighters Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 622, will be holding the annual Fort Dodge Fireman’s Ball on Wednesday. “The Fireman’s Ball one of the two fundraising events we hold throughout the year to help raise funds for the ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Wendy Mills takes in a Charles Dickens tale. The Fort Museum and Frontier Village Opera House will kick off this holiday season with their first event, “A Dickens of a Christmas at the Fort,” a free event to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

A Dickens of a Christmas

Shop, play, and feast in the Fort Museum and Frontier Village Opera House this holiday season during the first annual “A Dickens of a Christmas at the Fort” holiday market on Saturday. Come and join the many “shoppe keepers” where attendees will discover countless treasures as the ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Mary Kay Daniel, at left, and Carly Hewitt, with the Junior Women’s Club, sample their candied bacon chocolate chip cookies during Gateway to Discovery’s inaugural “It’s a Chocolate Thing” fundraiser in 2014. This year’s event will be held on Nov. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge.

It’s a Chocolate Thing

An afternoon full of sweets will help a local cause during Gateway to Discovery’s fourth annual fundraiser, It’s a Chocolate Thing. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy scrumptious sweets, bid on the silent auction items, learn about addiction, meet women of Gateway and hear their ...

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Beta Sigma Phi to meet Monday

The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Beta Beta Master Chapter, will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, at the home of Carol Rhodes, 2504 22nd Ave. N.

FD Federated Garden Club to meet

The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lion’s Den, 731 Exposition Drive. Peggy Moody will present the program “Flower Show Handbook Basics”. Roll call will be “Favorite Garden Magazine”. Diane Larson will give a five minute report on the Clematis.

AFES, Blues Society co-host fundraiser

Enjoy a night of Blues music with Lizard Creek Blues Society at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the MLK Rec Center, 712 Third St. N.W. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds go to AFES.

KYL to be closed on Thanksgiving

WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library will be closed for Thanksgiving. The library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and will be closed all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The library will resume normal hours on Nov. 27.

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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. ...

Freeman benefit to be held Saturday

EMMETSBURG — A benefit for Kort Freeman will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds. A bean bag tournament will begin at 1 p.m., warm up at 12:30 p.m., to register call Stephanie Mehan at (712) 480-0252 or Ashley Green at (712) 304-4159; meal and silent auction ...

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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Baileigh O’Brien and Lukas Ashbrook

O’Brien — Ashbrook

Baileigh O’Brien, of Fort Dodge, and Lukas Ashbrook, of Otho, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Dave O’Brien, of Fort Dodge; Diana Smith, of Lake View; Russ Ashbrook, of Manson; and Deb Fox, of Otho. A Dec. 31 wedding is planned. O’Brien is a 2008 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior ...

Genevra Spinnato 
and Andy Flattery

Spinnato — Flattery

Genevra Spinnato and Andy Flattery, both of Kansas City, Missouri, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Joe and Maria Spinnato, of Maryville, Missouri; and Dave and Debbie Flattery, of Fort Dodge. A Jan. 6, 2018, wedding is planned. Spinnato earned her bachelor of science degree in ...

Andrew Samelson and Carissa Steinkamp

Steinkamp — Samuelson

Carissa Steinkamp and Andrew Samuelson, both of Maxwell, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Bob and Julie Steinkamp, of Arcadia; Brenda and Randy Spencer, of Fort Dodge; and Eric and Kristy Samuelson, of Fort Dodge. An Oct. 28 wedding is planned. Steinkamp graduated from Kuemper ...

Chris Taylor and 
Lindsey Strait

Strait — Taylor

Lindsey Strait and Chris Taylor, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Rod and Nancy Strait, of Fort Dodge; and Debbie Rossmanith and Lloyd Reed, of Fort Dodge. An Oct. 14 wedding is planned. Strait earned her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Iowa State ...

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Dennis and Norma Panbecker

Panbecker — 40 years

Dennis and Norma Panbecker, of Fort Dodge, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today. Cards may be sent to them at 3102 N. 15th St., Lot 73, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes Cindy and Vishal Dave, of Palm Coast, Florida; and Jason and Erin Panbecker, of Palmer. They ...

Lyle and Mary Carlson

Carlson — 50 years

MANSON — Lyle and Mary Carlson, of Manson, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday. Cards may be sent to her at 2120 Walcott Ave., Manson, IA 50563. Their family includes Lynn Marie and Kent Abrahamson, of Winterset; Shelley and Todd Louwagie, of Algona; and Tom and Sara ...

Donna Levine Savery

Levine Savery — 80 years old

Donna Levine Savery, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday. Cards may be sent to her at 856 N. 20th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes her husband George Savery, Steve and Joy Levine, Susan Levine, Kathy Blome and Garry and Brenda Savery. Donna Ennen was ...

Donald and Marilyn Lauver

Lauver — 60 years

LAKE CITY — Donald and Marilyn Lauver, of Lake City, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Cards may be sent to them at 815 N. Lincoln, Lake City, IA 51449. Their family includes Kevin and Linda Lauver, of Ames; and Alan Lauver, of Indianola. They have four ...

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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 ...


Four generations of Lankfords gather

Four generations of Lankfords gathered recently. Pictured from the left:Haylie Emery; Bobbi Jo Potts-Harrison, mother; Sharon Lankford-Potts, grandmother; Donna Lankford, great-grandmother.

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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 ...