Local Lifestyle

Shellabration has announced LOCASH as the headliner of the inaugural Downtown County Jam in downtown Fort Dodge. The event takes place Sept. 23 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

LOCASH to headline Downtown Country Jam

Country music stars LOCASH are set to headline Shellabration’s first ever Downtown Country Jam this Saturday. This new venture will replace the organization’s annual fall Oktoberfest themed event that took place at Oleson Park each of the past eight years. “In our present desire to ...

Groovy ’70s

Grab those platforms, break out that polyester suit and get ready to boogy because this year’s theme for the annual Masquerade for Your Health Ball is the Groovy ‘70s. “Since this year is Shimkat’s 70th anniversary, we decided to tie that into the theme,’’ said Lydia Schuur, ...

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The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is holding an exhibit of works by Daniel Rhodes, a Fort Dodge native.

Blanden show features FD ceramic artist

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is exhibiting the work of American ceramic artist and Iowa native Daniel Rhodes. Rhodes was born in Fort Dodge in 1911. As a youth, his ability was honed through summer courses at the Art Institute of Chicago, and by the age of 18, he left home to pursue a ...

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Teams work together in the grape stomping contest in the 2016 Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival.

Good ‘Vine’brations

Soldier Creek Winery will celebrate the end of the year-long grape growing season during its annual Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival this Saturday. Events will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the winery, 1584 Paragon Ave. To celebrate the grape harvest, Soldier Creek will be ...

A taste of history

DAKOTA CITY — Guests will be able to take a stroll through all the unique historical buildings at the Humboldt County Historical Museum during the fifth annual Wine Walk on Saturday. Not only will the walk offer wine to the guests, but there will also be entertainment and a wide range of ...

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The Fort Dodge Municipal Band is pictured in 1928. The band played at the fair in Spencer that year and is pictured in front of the band’s tent camp with the cook. Conductor Karl L. King is in the center of the photo, between the two sousaphone players.

Celebrating heritage with music

The nationally-known Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Clay County Fair on Sunday in Spencer. Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band were regular fixtures at that fair each year, beginning in 1922 and continuing to ...

Storytelling festival in Story City

STORY CITY — It is time again for the storytelling festival in Story City. On this 12th year, organizers have decided to expand what storytelling means. To reflect this, the event is being called The Story Festival and More! The festival will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The ...

A common vision

During this year’s Benefit Walk, One Vision wants to celebrate everyone who is part of our community and the common vision that brings people together. “This is the 48th annual Benefit Walk to raise awareness and critical funds for the organization,’’ said Jennifer Pinske, development ...

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Fort Dodge firefighter Zach Rickman, along with Fort Dodge Police Officer Cody Harris, demonstrates the squaring off that will occur on Sept. 10 during the Guns & Hoses softball game at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. 
The Serving Our Servants-hosted game is a fundraiser to benefit D/SAOC and the 133rd Test Squadron. The first pitch is at 5 p.m.

Guns & Hoses: Softball tourney facilitates friendly rivalry

Fort Dodge Police Officer Cody Harris remembers well the last time the friendly rivalry between the police and fire services made its way onto an athletic field. It was in 2015 when local police officers battled the Fort Dodge Fire Department in a game of touch football that still lives on ...

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The Fort Museum and Frontier Village will host the first in a concert series Wednesday.

Direction, for those craving a little history

Webster County Fort Museum & Frontier Village 1 Museum Road, Fort Dodge Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Contact the museum by calling (515) 573-4231. Webster County Museum 515 School St., Otho Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays ...

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Jon Ragatz, of Beetown, Wisconsin, jumps off his horse during his run in the calf wrestling event at the Dayton Rodeo in 2016.

Yee-haw! Ropes and spurs to converge in Dayton

DAYTON — Action and excitement will erupt once again during the 80th annual Dayton Championship Rodeo Friday through Sept. 4 at the Dayton Rodeo Arena. “This two hours of fast, thrilling family entertainment,” said Kendra Breitspecher, a member of the Dayton Rodeo Celebration ...

Festival celebrates traditional dance, music

HUMBOLDT – Guests will be able to show off their best dance moves during this year’s 28th annual Midwest Polka Fest to be held over Labor Day weekend at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. The festival will bring five different bands to provide live music while the guests polka, foxtrot, ...

Lake View hosts Labor Day festivities

LAKE VIEW — Lake View will celebrate the Labor Day holiday weekend with a variety of activities. Saturday begins with Chalk the Walk from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Main Street, participants are invited to draw chalk art on the sidewalks of downtown Lake View; the farmers market will be open at the ...

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Allison Devereaux, of Pomeroy, adds some pancake syrup to her goat's grain, to keep the goat happy while it's being milked, at a past Weigert Prairie Fall Fest

Celebrating the past on the prairie

POCAHONTAS — This year at Wiegert Prairie, the theme is ‘‘Preserving the Past.’’ That has a double meaning, said Corinne Peterson, naturalist with Pocahontas County Conservation. “They’ve renovated the smokehouse,” Peterson said. “This summer they were able to lift it ...

Rare tractors on display Aug. 26-27

HOMER — The annual Threshing Bee, under the auspices of the West Central Region Cockshutt and Co-op Club hosting Orphan Tractors and Implements, will also be highlighting the Cockshutt 30 Demonstrator during the Aug. 26-27 event at Homer. “For the first time we will be featuring a ...

Cruise to Callender harvest celebration is Aug. 26

CALLENDER — Classic cars of all ages will be on display during the Garden Winery’s annual harvest, craft, music, and car show on Aug. 26 in Callender. Starting at 10 a.m., guests will be able to register for the car show. The first 50 people who register will receive a dash plaque, ...

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The Fort Museum and Frontier Village will host the BBQ Battle on Saturday and Aug. 20.

Bring it on

The first BBQ Battle to be held by Rural Iowa BBQ Society (RIBS) will take place on Saturday and Aug. 20 as a community event at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. “This is the first battle held by RIBS,” said Tim Mapel, member of RIBS. “In previous years, it was presented by the ...

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Community Health 
Center COO Colleen Koester, left, talks with nurse practitioner Lisa Chase in one of the new administrative “pods”, which let staff all work together in the same room. Chase said the patients appreciate the new building.

Run for the health of it, benefit CHCFD

The Community Health Center of Fort Dodge brings a walk/run to the community on Saturday to help celebrate National Health Center Week. “This year the theme is ‘Key to Healthier Communities,’ and we thought holding a family 5K walk/run would be a perfect way to celebrate, along with ...

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Betty Sweet looks at a photo of her daughter Abby finishing the Boston Marathon with Emily Markert in 2007, about a year after Markert had a lung transplant. Markert passed away in  2014, and the annual run to honor her and raise awareness of organ donation will be Aug. 12.

Emily’s fight, Emily’s legacy

MANSON — Betty Sweet has helped her friend Liz Markert put on the “Emily’s Fight — Donate life” event for the past four years. This year, the two made plans to honor those who have died and donated organs by putting blue ribbons on the t-shirts. They didn’t realize Sweet’s ...

Old Settler’s Day

FARNHAMVILLE — Old Settler’s Day is getting ready to make its return to Farnhamville. The annual celebration will be held Aug. 12. The newest change to the town’s celebration will be what co-chair Shari Everhart described as a “Bike Ride and Fun Walk with Karilyn.” Everhart said ...