Local Lifestyle

Army band coming to Fort Dodge

Musical representatives of the U.S. Army are coming to Fort Dodge next month. The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform beginning at 7 p.m. July 10 in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College. Free tickets are available at The Messenger, 713 Central ...

Badgerfest is fun, memorable

BADGER — Memories of carrying a banner for the Badger Public Library as a kid during the Badgerfest parade and later watching adults try to climb a greased pole with a $100 bill at the top always stuck with Mandy Gascho. So when she found out Badgerfest was not going to continue a few ...

Heritage Days brings community together

POCAHONTAS — For one weekend a year, Heritage Days brings people from the Pocahontas area back together — even those who have moved away, according to Carmella Schultes, director of the Pocahontas Chamber of Commerce. “It just really pulls the community together and it brings people ...

King Band concert is today

The second concert for the 2018 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. today in the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the city of Fort Dodge. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has ...

Lehigh River Days returns

LEHIGH — A new veterans memorial will be dedicated this weekend during the 37th annual Lehigh River Day. Dan Smith, chairman of Lehigh River Days, said the memorial will consist of a flagpole at the ballpark, a pedestal and a plaque. “We’re having a dedication there for the ...

McCann will talk about two of her books at Bode, Livermore libraries

An Iowa author will be visiting two area libraries on Thursday to discuss and sign copies of two of her books. Linda Betsinger McCann will be at the Bode Library at 2 p.m. and at the Livermore Library at 7 p.m. McCann will be discussing her book, “The Civilian Conservation Corps in ...

A reverence for the past

Among all the gravestones of various shapes, sizes and styles dotting the hills of Oakland Cemetery are tree-shaped monuments that mark the final resting places of some people. The folks whose graves are marked by those trees will be featured in this year’s Oakland Cemetery Walk. But ...

A mother’s perspective

Four women will take the stage at Hawkeye Community Theatre this weekend to portray the ups and downs of being a mother in today’s society. “It’s a sequel to last year’s momologue,” Amber Rouse, play director, said. “This is more about elementary-aged students and challenges with ...

Garden Club showcases ‘Memories of Mama’

The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club will host its annual garden show at the Crossroads Mall from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on June 10. The members of the Garden Club that organized this event are Second Vice President Rita Milberger and Third Vice President ...

The Original Wild West Frontier Days

An old celebration is going back to its roots as the Fort Museum and Frontier Village presents a family fun extravaganza of Fort Dodge history. The Original Wild West Frontier Days will be held Friday through Sunday at the museum, featuring the buckskinner’s camp and Ghost Garrison of ...

What’s new at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village? Video

Any time the Fort Museum and Frontier Village is open, visitors can walk into the historic buildings and see costumed actors explaining fun historical facts about each one. That is, as long as the visitors bring their smartphones. Thanks to a video project last year, there are now ...

Stage Door, WCCT, Old Creamery Theatre to offer Camp Creamery

Stage Door Productions and Webster City Community Theatre are each teaming up with The Old Creamery Theatre to bring Camp Creamery back this summer. Stage Door Productions is hosting its second annual Camp Creamery Theatre camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 through 29 at First United ...

4-H and Pocahontas County Extension to hold summer activities

POCAHONTAS — All youths in fourth through 12th grades are welcome to participate in the following 4-H activities throughout the summer months. The day camps and activities fill up quickly and are available on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like your child to participate in ...

They say it’s your birthday, Happy Birthday to you

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s 86th birthday will be celebrated in June. The Blanden’s annual art festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9. Eric Anderson, the Blanden’s executive director, said this event celebrates the start of the museum in June 1932, when the ...

Junque fever

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City residents can expect some guests from all over the Midwest during Memorial Day Weekend this year. Last year, visitors to the annual Junquefest vendor show came from 84 communities in Iowa and six states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, ...

The art of the sale

COALVILLE — Patsy Chalstrom, along with her daughters, Darci Mersch, of Clare and Cherri Miller, of Otho, have been spending the last few weeks sorting and sizing clothing, organizing household items and sticking the classic garage sale price tag — a piece of masking tape — onto a huge ...

Cemetery walk to feature Civil War re-enactors

LAKE CITY — Civil War re-enactors will be featured at the upcoming cemetery walk at Cottonwood Cemetery near Lake City. Members of the Light Artillery Civil War Reenactment Group, of Lake View, will be present. The men will be wearing uniforms of the Union and Confederate armies while ...

A new celebration begins: Genesis Music Festival

Sixteen bands, three stages, tractor pulls, stock car races and possibly the biggest arena tribute band in the Midwest — event organizers say the Genesis Music Festival is going to be big, and it’s going to be something new for the area. “It’s definitely new. It’s an expansion of ...

‘13,000 Nights: Kossuth County Men in Axis POW Camps in WWII’

ALGONA — A new book telling the stories of the Kossuth County men who were prisoners of war during World War II is now available for purchase. The book, “13,000 Nights: Kossuth County Men in Axis POW Camps in WWII,” tells the stories of the 29 Kossuth County men who were POWs during ...

Friends of St. Edmond will turn up the heat

The Friends of St. Edmond Ball on May 5 will provide an opportunity to wine, dine and dance while also supporting Catholic education. The very first ball was held on April 28, 1984. This year, is the 35th annual ball. It will be held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in ...