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Frank Wiewel, of Fort Dodge, holds up a copy of the album he recently released that he recorded with fellow musician Keith Brown. The songs have been written and recorded by the two artists over the past 20 years.

The Road Not Traveled

Fort Dodge musician Frank Wiewel knows well the toll that a life on the road can have on the personal, spiritual and mental health of an artist. He’s seen it first hand and almost got to go down the road himself when the Fort Dodge based band The HAWKS — he was the lead singer ...

Laith Al-Saadi

Hot blues and shady trees will be the theme again this year during the annual Blues Under the Trees Festival on Saturday. “This blues festival is very laid back,” Nate Gibson, president of the Lizard Creek Blues Society, said. “All you have to do is bring a lawn chair and hang out ...

King Band features nationally known conductor

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during its hourlong concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Oleson Park Bandshell. Marches will include “The University of Chicago” and “The Melody Shop,” both by Karl L. King, along ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Music Association Hall of Famer Denny Read performs in this submitted photo.

Denny Read rocks on

In the late 1950s and early 60s, the rock ‘n’ roll genre gained momentum in Iowa. Soon every radio station was playing this new music all over the airwaves. Every town and city had at least one rock ‘n’ roll band. It wasn’t until 1997 that the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Music ...

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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Skip Thompson, of Fort Dodge, kneels in one of her flower gardens at her home, 701 Crest Ave., recently. Her gardens are part of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club annual tour of gardens July 7.

Color all year

All throughout the year, variations of colors can be seen in Skip Thompson’s flower gardens. “We try to keep color at all times,” Thompson said. “We have spring flowers and then as they no longer bloom then something else comes in.” “Out on the corner there is always color,” ...

Shag the Drag event to raise funds for local Meals on Wheels

If you are a Fort Dodge native, you might have your own definition of what ‘shag the drag’ means: driving down Central Avenue, windows down, singing along with the radio with friends. It’s time to bring it back, in a new way with a run and walk event on Saturday to benefit Meals on ...

King band to honor patriotic roots

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is planning a special concert to celebrate this year’s Independence Day holiday. This concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the historic Karl L. King Bandshell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the city of Fort Dodge. ...

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Tom Ubben, Fort Dodge firefighter, holds a sparkler away from his body at the Fort Dodge Fire Station recently.

FD firefighter offers tips on safely using fireworks

With fireworks legal in Fort Dodge and around the state, it’s important to remember how to use them safely, according to Fort Dodge Firefighter Tom Ubben, who also serves as the Region V Hazmat coordinator. Being aware of surroundings is the No. 1 piece of advice Ubben offered. “Safety ...

King band presents favorites today in Oleson Park

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will present a special concert starting at 7:30 p.m. today at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson and Assistant Conductor David Klee will lead the band in a special program of all-time favorites selected by ...

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Merle Nelson, of Manson, lets his grandson, Westen Robert, ride with him in the 2015 Manson Greater Crater Days parade.

Manson Greater Crater Days

MANSON — As the town of Manson celebrates its 145th birthday, Lonnie Nimke is preparing for a big celebration on the 150th. This year Greater Crater Days will feature a historic movie of Manson, showing scenes and details from its founding until today. The celebration will kick off ...

King concert to highlight Father’s Day

The summer concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will continue at 7:30 pm, today at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. A wide variety of music is planned to appeal to all musical tastes during this special Fathers Day presentation. The concert will open with Henry Fillmore’s ...

Eagle Grove to host Summerfest celebration Saturday

By CHAD THOMPSON cthompson @messengernews.net EAGLE GROVE — Bath tub races, mud volleyball, and a bags tournament, are just a few of the events that will be offered during Eagle Grove’s 2017 Summerfest. The fun will start on Friday, but the majority of events take place Saturday, ...

Heritage Days coming soon to Pocahontas

POCAHONTAS – Pocahontas Heritage Days will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Major events will include a 5K race, parade, fireworks and a softball tournament. At 6:30 p.m. Friday there will be a Kiddie Parade at Courthouse Square. At 7 p.m. Friday the Community Band will perform at ...

Titonka Indian Days is Friday through Sunday

TITONKA — Indian Days 2017 will begin on Friday with Magic by Mr. Jayes at 4 p.m. at Titonka Public Library; 5 p.m., face painting at Pocket Park; 5:30 p.m., Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull on Main Street, register at Pocket Park; 5:30 p.m., Walking Taco Fundraiser at Pocket Park; 8 p.m., BaffaGLO ...

Karl L. King Band Salutes Flag Day

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge opens its 2017 summer concert series on today with a concert at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. This concert will feature patriotic selections to celebrate the Flag Day observance on June 14. Marches on the evening program ...

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Lexi Groat, 6, of Badger, modeled the latest in pink firefighting gear as she rode on one of the Badger Fire Department's trucks during a previous Badger Fest parade.

Badgerfest returns!

BADGER — Badgerfest will return for its fourth consecutive year on June 17, according to Mandy Gascho, who is organizing the event. Badgerfest made a comeback in 2014 after a 10-year hiatus. Gascho said the event continues to grow. “There is a lot more activities than there was ...