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Lead actors Olyvia Selby, left, and Collin Ellsbury, both sophomores, run through a scene before rehearsal of Fort Dodge Senior High's production of 'The Pajama Game'. Every musical romance starts in conflict, especially when the leader of the workers' grievance committee falls for the new factory superintendent.

FDSH Spring Musical premiers Wednesday

The upcoming Fort Dodge Senior High spring musical takes its audience back to the ‘50s, in the romantic comedy, ‘‘The Pajama Game.’’ ‘‘The Pajama Game" is a musical based on the novel ‘‘7 1/2 Cents’’ by Richard Bissell. The book is by George Abbot and Richard Bissell; ...

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Jeff Becker, of Becker Florists and Garden Center, prepares an Easter lily from the greenhouse for a customer. Easter lilies are easy to care for and can be planted outside as a perrenial bulb once its blooms are finished.

Easy-to-care-for Easter lilies can continue beyond the holiday

The Easter lily is a seasonal icon, one that can be found filling places of worship throughout the area. Its trumpet-shaped white flowers have come to represent purity, hope and life everlasting. Throughout history, lilies have been used in poems, scripture and art to commemorate the ...

ICCC Spring Showcase

Icons of Music will be the theme during Iowa Central’s upcoming Spring Showcase running from Wednesday through Friday. The free concerts will be held in Decker Auditorium at the Fort Dodge campus. Concert Band will lead the showcase and its musical numbers this year are quite challenging. ...

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American folk performer Jill Cohn will play Vineyard Vibrations Friday at Soldier Creek Winery.

Seattle’s Jill Cohn to share American Folk vibe at Vineyard Vibrations

A singer and songwriter whose music has been described as folk Americana will perform at Soldier Creek Winery near Fort Dodge Friday. Jill Cohn will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Vineyard Vibrations at the winery, 1584 Paragon Ave. Admission is free, Infinity Restaurant Group, of Fort ...

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Tony Lennon, of Fort Dodge, at right, looks over his cards during a game of duplicate bridge with Eileen Carroll, at left, Larry Probst and Peggy Wyatt. The four are members of the Fort Dodge Duplicate Bridge Club which meets regularly at Citizens Central for games.

A bridge to friendship: Fort Dodge Duplicate Bridge Club

Eileen Carroll, of Fort Dodge, began taking duplicate bridge lessons with members of the Fort Dodge Duplicate Bridge Club in the fall of 2016. She found out that duplicate bridge isn’t the easiest card game to learn. There is, in fact, a steep learning curve. “There’s lots of ...

FD Area Easter egg hunts and candy dash schedules

Easter 2017 Editors note: There is still time to get your Easter egg hunt added to the list. Email your information to lifestyle@messengernews.net or fax to 574-4529. The Fort Dodge Moose Lodge annual Easter egg hunt will be April 15 with registration from 10:45 a.m. to noon. The hunt will ...

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Potential buyer walk up and down the rows of cakes available in the silent auction during the 21st annual Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center Cake Auction held in 2016 at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus Saturday evening.

Cakes for a cause: D/SAOC Cake Auction to host 22nd annual event Saturday

An annual fundraiser in support of a local domestic violence shelter will feature tasty treats plus live and silent auctions. The 22nd annual Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center’s cake auction will be Saturday at Iowa Central Community College East Campus. Leah Bair, program ...

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Participants play a game of Jumbo Jenga during the 2016 Go Big, Go Dodgers event held at Fort Frenzy.

Go Big, Go Dodgers event to support FDCSD

At the annual Go Big, Go Dodgers fundraiser, adults can participate in jumbo-sized games such as Jumbo Jenga, Connect Four, and giant checkers, according to Andrea DeJong, president of the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation. “Our theme Go Big, Go Dodgers is a play on the games ...

Youth Honors Recital is Friday

Young musicians will take the stage during the 31st annual Youth Honors Recital on Friday night. The recital will begin at 7 p.m. at McSweeny’s School of the Performing Arts, 1633 N. 29th St. The program began 30 years ago when four teachers came together and decided to do a joint ...

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Emma Simpson, 18, a freshman at Iowa Central Community College, finishes a recent rehearsal with her teammates at Decker Auditorium recently.

‘A perfect 10’: Iowa Central presents Curtain Call

The 10th anniversary of Curtain Call at Iowa Central Community College will feature a variety of performances to help commemorate the occasion. During Curtain Call, the annual presentation of Iowa Central’s dance team, audience members can expect to see every performance the dancers have ...

Striking up the band, one last time

The third and final indoor concert for the Karl L. King Municipal Band’s 2017 winter season will be held next Sunday. The concert will be held at Decker Auditorium, on the Iowa Central Community College campus, starting at 3:30 p.m. The final concert has multiple purposes every year. One ...

Hawkeye Community Theatre: Comedy mystery to premier March 29

The Hawkeye Community Theatre will bring mystery and comedy to the stage during its five performance run of “A Haunting We Will Go.” Director Michael Shoopman said the play was written by Tim Kelly and described it as “a dark mystery-comedy that borders on farce and that is where we ...

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This friendly PAW Patrol dog made himself at home in the silent auction basket donated by the Webster County Attorney’s Office for the 2016 “Bets for Pets” Fur Ball fundraiser for the Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa  at Fort Dodge Ford Toyota. The event, sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare, raises funds for the Almost Home shelter in Fort Dodge. The evening also featured a live auction, bingo, casino games and appetizers.

‘A Pet’s Purpose’

Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa promises its guests something different this year for the ninth annual Fur Ball on Saturday, including live music, dancing and games. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, 2725 Fifth Ave. S. “For the first eight ...

E’burg to host week of St. Patrick’s festivities

EMMETSBURG — The annual St. Patrick’s Day week-long celebration in Emmetsburg will feature locally crowned royalty, an annual Pops concert and traditional Irish fare. The events begin today with the Jr. Miss and Miss Shamrock Pageants beginning at 3 p.m. in the Emmetsburg Community School ...

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Framed by a large painting of Karl L. King, Larry Mitchell, of Fort Dodge, portrays King in a presentation held Saturday to honor King's 125th birthday at the Fort Dodge Public Library. The event featured a display of King's career and the 50 years he spent in Fort Dodge.

Kings of Spring: King Band to hold Irish concert March 12

The second in the series of indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 12. The show will begin at 3:30 p.m., in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College and is the band’s traditional Irish concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s ...

‘The Rat Pack is Back’

Iowa Central Community College students will be holding a fundraiser full of gambling and entertainment on Saturday at the Willow Ridge Golf Course. “The Rat Pack is Back” will be a ‘60s themed party filled with casino games for the guests to enjoy,” Bailey Porter, Iowa Central ...

Cast members are gearing up for the upcoming production of “Scarlet Pimpernel.”

‘Scarlet Pimpernel’: ICCC musical debuts Wednesday

Romance, betrayal, and courage will be the key elements during Iowa Central Community College’s spring musical, ‘‘The Scarlet Pimpernel.’’ The story, inspired by the novel of the same name, is a humorous precursor to today’s spy fiction and superhero genres, where a champion hides ...