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Donkey Daze Celebration is Saturday

RENWICK — Renwick’s 29th annual Donkey Daze celebration will begin with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the fire shed on Main Street. The drawing for the winner of the Henry Golden Boy 22lr rifle will be during the breakfast. City Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on the ...

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Aquilla France, left and above, served as a private for the Union Army in the Civil War in two differentcompanies of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Murfreesborough, Tennessee, andreturned home during one of theprisoner exchanges that predatedthe horrific AndersonvilleConfederate prisoner of war camp.He re-enlisted and subsequently served the Union Army in Virginia.He is buried in rural Hamilton County.

This is why we decorate.

The worn old man pictured here in the sagging jacket is my great-great-grandfather, Aquilla France. The photograph was taken at a studio in Marshalltown. Shortly before his death, he boarded a train accompanied by his two sons on his way to the Old Soldier’s Home in Marshalltown where the ...

Memorial Day celebrations

Area 2017 Memorial Day celebrations are as follows: Fort Dodge — The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will perform at 10 a.m., at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies again this year on Monday, May 29. This event, sponsored by the Fort Dodge Veteran’s Council, will again be held at ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Jerry Yocum, vice president of the Camp Algona POW Museum, shares information about artwork created by German prisoners of war during World War II. The artwork to the far left in green is a caricature Harry Schippman drew of himself. Schippman was one of 10,000 German prisoners that made their way through the camp in Algona.

A walk through the past at Camp Algona

ALGONA — The Camp Algona POW Museum shows its visitors how German prisoners lived in the United States during World War II in addition to the prisoners’ importance to the American economy, according to Jerry Yocum, vice president of the Camp Algona POW Museum Committee. It’s a story that ...

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PAC Hospital book sale is Thursday

EMMETSBURG — The Palo Alto Community Hospital auxilliary will have a book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Health Education Room at the hospital in Emmetsburg.

Honor Flight omelet breakfast is June 4

ROCKWELL CITY — Amvets Post No. 41 and PAWS are hosting an omelet breakfast fundraiser for the Honor Flight from 9 a.m to 12:30 p.m. on June 4 at the Rockwell City Community Center on the square in Rockwell City. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 from children 10 and younger.

Hillbilly Sale Saturday, Sunday

The monthly Webster County Fairgrounds Hillbilly Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds, 22770 Old Hwy. 169. Gate admission is $2 per person 12 and older. There will be a kids 4-H fundraiser breakfast and lunch each day.

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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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Lawler — Gansz

CLARE — Kristin Lawler, of Clare, and Levi Gansz, of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Denny and LeAnn Lawler, of Clare; Kenneth Gansz and Clara Gansz, both of Fort Dodge. A July 8 wedding is planned. Lawler earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State ...


Hess — Tvrdik

GOWRIE — Amber Hess and Josh Tvrdik, both of Lake Waukomis, Missouri, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Kim Adkins and Rick Hess, both of Kansas City, Missouri; and Sam and Deb Tvrdik, of Gowrie. A July 28 wedding is planned. Hess is a graduate of Central Missouri State University ...

Birnbaum — Lynn

Jacquelyn Birnbaum and Ryan Lynn, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Christopher and Janell Birnbaum, of Fort Dodge; Barbara Lynn, of Vincent, and the late Richard Lynn. An Aug. 12 wedding is planned. Birnbaum earned her radiology degree from Iowa Central Community ...


Twait — Collison

MANSON — Kristen Twait and Michael Collison, both of Iowa Falls, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Kevin and Cathy Twait, of Manson; and Dave and Judy Collison, of Ankeny. A June 24 wedding is planned. Twait is a graduate of Briar Cliff University with a bachelor of arts degree in ...

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Thilges — 50 years

Duane and Karen Thilges, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Cards may be sent to them at 1402 N. 24th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes Denny and Amy Thilges and Dan Thilges. They have four grandchildren. Karen Collins and Duane ...


Kroll — 60 years

EAGLE GROVE — Harlan and Marilyn Kroll, of Eagle Grove, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday. Cards may be sent to them at 615 S. Waddell Ave., Eagle Grove, IA 50533. Their family includes Terri Stier, of Waltham, Minnesota; and John Kroll, of Kasson, Minnesota.


Soppeland — 80 years

BADGER — Deloris Soppeland of Badger, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Friday. Cards may be sent to her at 2705 Ohio Ave., Badger, IA 50516. Her family includes Ronald and Mary Soppeland, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Lora Lehrkamp and Jane Soppeland, both of Fort Dodge. She has seven ...


Ruben — 60 years

CALLENDER — Ernest and Julia Ruben of Callender will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 29. Their family includes DeWayne and Robin Newell, of Twin Lakes; Kriss and Crystal Haglund, of Ogden; Ernest and Patty Ruben, of Roland; and Brian and Judith McIntosh, of Stratford. They ...

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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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Fresh from the Grill

Fire up that grill! May is Nation Barbecue Month and what better way to kick off the warmer weather than getting outside and grilling up your favorite foods? Think outside the burger and hotdog box. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association, the most common grilled foods are ...


Five Foods for Heart Health

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 risk for heart disease, including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ...


Milk by the Glass

Walk down a grocery aisle today and you will find a lot of competition for cow’s milk. Whether customers have a specific food allergy or just prefer the taste of one over another, customers are exploring their options. Let’s take a closer look at some of the competition. Soy: You’ll ...


5 Habits You Need to Know to Improve Your Metabolism

Metabolism is a word we hear often. But do we actually know what it does and how to take care of our own? The human body is truly amazing. Our body can take the food we eat and the beverages we drink and give us energy. Our bodies then use that energy to perform necessary functions such as ...