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Dave Hearn, of Fort Dodge, holds up a copy of his latest album, "Now & Again" that was recently released. The album, which features several The HAWKS songs, also features plenty of new material and a guest appearance by singer Shelly Bottorff, of Fort Dodge.

Now & Again

For those who attended the annual Shellabration concert this year — where besides headliner Huey Lewis and the News — the Fort Dodge based group The HAWKS played a set together for the first time in a gig situation since 1982. Providing backup vocals and playing keyboard was Fort Dodge ...

King band to feature Jive for Five

The Karl L. King Municipal Band, conducted by Jerrold P. Jimmerson and assisted by David Klee, will perform its weekly concert tonight. Before the main concert starts, the popular area brass quintet, Jive for Five, will do a pre-concert performance, starting at 7 p.m. Group members ...

Comedia Musica marks anniversary

Rehearsals have been underway for a special 50th anniversary concert on Saturday by the Comedia Musica Players. This anniversary concert is a way to commemorate providing quality musical theater productions every fall since the troupe was founded in 1968. The group was founded by ...

Dan Cassady, at left, the former Director of Bands at St. Edmond, sat in for a few minutes during a Karl King Honor Band at St. Edmond Catholic School to prank his friend Kathy Yoakam, of Humboldt, who was directing the group. Alex Tiernan, 11, reacts to his prank, center. Cassady will be the featured soloist at tonight’s show.

King Band summer concert series continues

The Sunday concerts by the Karl L. King Muncipal Band are set to continue at 7:30 p.m. today at the Oleson Park Bandshell. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Bell Choir will again be holding a homemade ice cream social before the concert beginning around 6:30 p.m. Conductor Jerrold P. ...

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Clever Together at Blanden is Thursday

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum will hold Clever Together for children 2 to 5 year olds and their parent/guardian from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the museum, 920 Third Ave. S. Make an original work of art with guided instructions from one of the art instructors. Cost is $3 for members and ...

KYL hosts movie for adults Tuesday

WEBSTER CITY — The Kendall Young Library will host a movie for adults at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the library. The movie will be “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” popcorn and beverages will be provided.

Federated Garden Club to meetTuesday at the Lions Den in Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club will meet at noon on Tuesday at the Lion’s Den, 731 Exposition Drive, for a potluck lunch followed by a presentation. The presentation “Companion Designs Workshop” will be given by Nancy Phillips and Barb Gollob; Jan Krass and Barb Messerly. Roll call ...

Breakfast at the Moose is July 23

The Moose Lodge will hold its next all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., July 23 at the Moose Lodge, 424 First Ave. S. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. The breakfast is cooked to order.

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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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Albright — Plunkett

GOWRIE — Katie Albright, of Gowrie, and Ryan Plunkett, of Maxwell are engaged. Parents of the couple are Mike and Linda Albright, of Gowrie; and Brad and Karmen Plunkett, of Maxwell. An Oct. 7 wedding is planned. Albright is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College and works for ...


Naylor — Edwardson

CHURDAN — Patti Edwardson and George Naylor, both of Churdan, were married June 3 at the Naylor farm near Churdan. Children of the groom are Dylan Naylor, of St. Louis, Missouri; and Jackson Naylor, of Churdan. The bride is a graduate of Iowa State University, Ames. The groom is a ...


Esdohr — Meyer

PALMER — Nicole Meyer and Adam Esdohr, both of Coon Rapids, were married May 13 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Coon Rapids. Parents of the couple are Bill and Brenda Meyer, of Palmer; and Duane and Robyn Esdohr, of Coon Rapids. Maid of honor was Heather Hartley, of Flowery Branch, ...


Moritz — Stumpf

OTHO – Megan Moritz, of LeMars, and Matthew Stumpf, of Otho, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Rich and Sherrie Moritz, of LeMars; and Kurt and Julie Stumpf, of Otho. An Aug. 5 wedding is planned. Moritz earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education from the ...

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Hanson — 85 years old

POCAHONTAS — Carolyn Hanson, of Elk Point, South Dakota, formerly of Pocahontas, is celebrating her 85th birthday on Saturday. Cards may be sent to her at 31745 473rd Ave., Elk Point, SD 57025. Her family includes her husband Adrian Hanson; Wayne and Shao Wei McCoy, of Peoria, Arizona; ...


Clark – 90 years old

LeRoy D. Clark, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 23 at the Lions Den, 731 Exposition Drive. Cards may be sent to him at 1790 Scenic Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. His family includes his wife Rosamond; Leanne and Darrel Orwig, of Lu ...

Wichtendahl — 65 years

WHITTEMORE — Delbert “Deb” and Elaine Wichtendahl will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Thursday. Cards may be sent to them at P.O. Box 312, Whittemore, IA 50598. Their family includes Vern and Twila Wichtendahl, of Lotts Creek; Rev. Steve and Cheryl Wichtendahl, of Guthrie ...

Hoffert — 100 years old

POCAHONTAS — Marge Hoffert, of Pocahontas will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the American Legion Building in Pocahontas. Cards may be sent to 218 Second Ave. S.W., Pocahontas, IA 50574. Her family includes Steve and Karen Hoffert, and ...

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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.


5 generations of Rogers gather

Five generations of the Rogers family recently gathered. Pictured seated in the front is Ruth Rogers, great-great-grandmother. Standing from the left: M. Bruce Rogers Jr., great-grandfather; Justine Grove Rogers, mother; Kaden Dean Hart, son; and Jonathan Rogers, grandfather.


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 ...

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Munch on Melons for Healthy Hydration

It’s that season of the year when hot morning temperatures grow hotter with each passing hour. The pavement permeates heat. Lawns scream for moisture. Keeping cool is priority one. Health and Hydration: The Important Connection Hydration helps regulate body temperature. After all, our ...

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Facts, no Fear on Agriculture

We hear a lot in the media about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) vs. non-GMO. Hy-Vee dietitian Hailey Boudreau provides some facts about the differences: What is the difference between GMOs, hybrid and heirloom plants and seeds? Genetically modified organisms, or genetically modified ...


Power Up the Protein in Your Diet

Now is a great time to talk about new research on protein and good health. There are a number of recent studies that suggest protein may have health benefits such as weight loss and maintenance, retaining muscle mass as we age and even helping lower risk of disease. Studies are looking at ...


Fiber is Your Friend!

If you’re looking for a way to lose weight or reduce your cholesterol, perhaps fiber should become your friend. Fiber is a complex carbohydrate; however, it does not give our body energy thus additional calories. Instead, fiber is simply eliminated from our body. The current dietary ...