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Aquilla France, left and above, served as a private for the Union Army in the Civil War in two differentcompanies of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Murfreesborough, Tennessee, andreturned home during one of theprisoner exchanges that predatedthe horrific AndersonvilleConfederate prisoner of war camp.He re-enlisted and subsequently served the Union Army in Virginia.He is buried in rural Hamilton County.

This is why we decorate.

The worn old man pictured here in the sagging jacket is my great-great-grandfather, Aquilla France. The photograph was taken at a studio in Marshalltown. Shortly before his death, he boarded a train accompanied by his two sons on his way to the Old Soldier’s Home in Marshalltown where ...

Memorial Day celebrations

Area 2017 Memorial Day celebrations are as follows: Fort Dodge — The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will perform at 10 a.m., at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies again this year on Monday, May 29. This event, sponsored by the Fort Dodge Veteran’s Council, will again be held at ...

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Jerry Yocum, vice president of the Camp Algona POW Museum, shares information about artwork created by German prisoners of war during World War II. The artwork to the far left in green is a caricature Harry Schippman drew of himself. Schippman was one of 10,000 German prisoners that made their way through the camp in Algona.

A walk through the past at Camp Algona

ALGONA — The Camp Algona POW Museum shows its visitors how German prisoners lived in the United States during World War II in addition to the prisoners’ importance to the American economy, according to Jerry Yocum, vice president of the Camp Algona POW Museum Committee. It’s a story ...

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According to Ashley Garst, people aren't just seeking decorations for the partyÑthey also need signs to show that the party is here.

As school year winds to close, parents prepare for graduation party time

A graduation party is a time for high school graduates to commemorate and reminisce on the last four years with their friends, celebrate all their achievements, and see some classmates one last time before starting their new journey in life. From invitations to decorations to what kind of ...

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Charlene Ferguson, of Otho, helps arrange and hang the Fort Dodge Area Camera Club's show at Shiny Top Brewery in downtown Fort Dodge recently. The show features images the club members took at the Warden Plaza during several photo safari and will be on display through May.

Warden in focus: FD Area Camera Club shows its darker side

Like so many cave explorers, members of the Fort Dodge Area Camera Club have made several spelunking safaris into the deep, dark corners of the once majestic Warden Plaza in downtown Fort Dodge. The best of the best of those images can now be seen hanging on the wall of Shiny Top Brewing, ...

The cars of the Hemken Collection in Williams are polished and ready for visitors. The museum’s 16th season began Wednesday.

Hemken Collection is open for the season

WILLIAMS — The Hemken Collection in Williams opened for its 16th season on Wednesday. A new display includes a hand-crank music box donated by Ernst Ramsden of Fort Dodge, a member of the Northern Iowa Association for the Preservation and Restoration of Antique Autos, said museum ...

St. Ed’s ball is Saturday

The annual fundraiser for Fort Dodge's local Catholic school will feature new technology to help raise money for education. The 34th annual St. Edmond Ball will be Saturday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. Tom Miklo, St. Edmond’s director of ...

Kinky Friedman to play Byron’s in Pomeroy

POMEROY – It was only a few years ago when Kinky Friedman was just hanging out watching “Matlock” reruns when he received a call from Willie Nelson. The country music legend told him that was a sure sign of depression. “He told me to turn off ‘Matlock,’start writin,” Friedman ...

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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 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 ...