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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 ...

‘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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

WCCT to stage ‘Making God Laugh’

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City Community Theatre prepares for the first show of its 51st season with “Making God Laugh,” a play written by Sean Grennan. “‘Making God Laugh’ is one of the funniest comedies currently trending in community theaters across the country,” said Loween ...

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Grace Champagne, 15, playing the character Glenda Spears, argues with her character's husband, Conrad Spears, as played by Sawyer Springer, 14 in the Fort Dodge Senior High production of "You Can't Beat the House."

‘You Can’t Beat the House’

The Fort Dodge Senior High Drama Department will present the family-friendly comedy “You Can’t Beat the House” as the fall play during the first week of November. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Gail Niceswanger Little Theatre at the school, 819 N. ...

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Frontier Village Assistant Curator Jessica Einwalter works on making spooky candles and bloody
handprints Wednesday that this will used during the Haunted Museum Tour: Lott’s Revenge. The spooky event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m.

Haunted Museum Tour

An upcoming Halloween event will give visitors a chance to explore the Fort Museum and Frontier Village like never before. Called ‘‘Lotts Revenge. Horror Awaits,’’ the event promises thrills and scares, according to organizers. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and ...

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Kristin Kuhlman is pictured with her brother, Joe Kuhlman.

HOPE for healing

A new fund aimed at helping lower income families with sick children is being developed by the Fort Dodge Community Foundation, according to Randy Kuhlman, chief executive officer of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge. “We want to be able to ...

Downtown FD will get creepy

Stores in downtown Fort Dodge are coming together Thursday for Ghouls Night Out. “This is a great community event that helps bring more people downtown to the local businesses, while offering different special sales at each location,” said Amanda Bush, the co-owner of Rush Hour Clothing ...

Sac City Quilt-A-Fair car show winners announced

SAC CITY — The winners of the classic car and truck show held as part of the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair held Sept. 23-24 have been named. They are: • Pre-1940 — Ron Ehrp, Ford • 1951 through 1960 — First place, Bud Vote, Chevrolet; second place, Steve Bode, Chevrolet Bel Air • ...

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Bobby Awe, of Fort Dodge, performs in his studio recently.

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As a teenager in the 1950s it wasn’t uncommon for Bobby Awe to stay up late on a Saturday night, waiting for his favorite country shows to hit the airwaves. “Years ago I used to stay up late listening to country music on the radio,” Awe, a longtime country music artist, said. “There ...

Wedding Registries: Keeping up

Weddings are a very joyful time that bring friends and family together to celebrate the union and love of two people. Over time, the wedding registry has changed, and what couples now register for are not just china, silverware, and items that help fill a new home. Amanda Manke, gift ...

Curtain Up!

Get ready for plenty of laughs during Hawkeye Community Theatre’s upcoming comedy by Peter Quilter, “Curtain Up!” The show will be performed Wednesday through Saturday at the theater, 521 N. 12th St. Based on the author’s earlier ‘‘Respecting Your Piers,’’ ‘‘Curtain ...

Fort Dodge braces for the Fear Factory

Get ready for plenty of scares at this year’s new haunted house downtown, Fort Dodge Fear Factory, during the Halloween season. The doors of the haunted house will creak open for the first time on Thursday. Brooke Bickford, creator of the Fort Dodge Fear Factory, has wanted to do ...

This stagecoach, built in 1893, will return to the Pumpkins and Ponies event Saturday at SpringVale Farm in Humboldt County. People visiting the fall festival will be able to climb aboard for an 1890s style ride across the farm. The vehicle is provided by Mile High Stagecoach Co., owned by D.W. Koss of Lacrosse, Wisconsin.

Pumpkins & ponies

HUMBOLDT — The 12th Annual Pumpkins and Ponies celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the SpringVale Farm, 2603 Lone Tree Road, near Humboldt. “Pumpkins and Ponies is always held on the second Saturday of October,’’ said Lonnie Larson, who owns the farm ...

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When ‘‘The Election’’ opens this week as Iowa Central Community College’s fall play, the cast will include Michael Coates, front, and Thutam Nguyen, Zoey Aune and Leah Lierman in the second row. Andrea Rosendahl, Nathan Bentz and Peyton Sickler are in the next row while Brenden Hansen, Jonathon Schaffer and Dan Mindermann are in the back.

ICCC presents ‘The Election’

Iowa Central Community College students will present their fall play taking on 21st century politics. ‘‘The Election’’ is a comedy by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Don Zolidis, and produced with special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc. It will be performed at 7 p.m. each day ...

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Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ‘‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’’ Oct. 12-13 at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge.

‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’ in a historic setting

Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ‘‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’’ this fall at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge. The show will be held Oct. 12-13 at the home at 1019 Second Ave. S. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. each day, with the show beginning ...

Honor Flight FUNdraiser is Saturday

People will be able to hit the road and raise money for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight on Saturday. Crickets Lounge in Fort Dodge is holding the fundraiser ride with registration beginning at 10 a.m. “We are holding this fundraiser as a way to raise awareness for the Honor Flight,” ...

Community Orchard to celebrate Apple Fest

Bring family and friends out to the Community Orchard to enjoy fall food, experience the Back 40 Playground, explore the corn maze, and pick your favorite pumpkin in the pumpkin patch during the 33rd annual celebration of fall during Applefest. “Apple Fest is a fall tradition for family ...

During the 2016 Cruise to the Woods car show, Robin Marler, of Omaha, climbs on board a 1955 Chevrolet School Bus that a group of 10 friends built and customized. The bus has a 460 engine making 480 horsepower, and has been on power tours all across the country.

Cruise to the Woods

There will be plenty of vintage cars on display during the first Sunday in October during the annual car show called Cruise to the Woods. The cruise will begin at several spots across the state, and all of the classic cars will end up at the former Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course in Fort ...