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Master of the blues

HUMBOLDT — He bought his first drum kit for $15 at a Fort Dodge pawn shop with money he saved mowing yards. He was 11 years old. Now, after more than 50 years as a drummer with some of the biggest names in music, Ardie Strutzenberg is the newest member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. The ...

River Valley Rockhounds show dedicated to Hugh Carroll

This year’s River Valley Rockhounds Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show at the Webster County Fairgrounds is being dedicated to longtime club member Hugh Carroll who died shortly after last year’s show. Carroll was 90. According to club President Robert Wolf, Carroll joined the ...

FD Choral Society celebrates 50 years

“Music of the Future” will conclude the Fort Dodge Choral Society’s 50th anniversary celebration at 3 p.m. today at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Admission to the concert, located at 239 N. 11th St., is by season ticket or $10 at the door. All students are admitted free. For more ...

‘Transforming their world’

Creating a better world will be the theme when Iowa Central Community College students take the stage at Decker Auditorium for the Spring Showcase Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. “These kids are genuinely hard-working students and the idea we have, ‘transform your world,’ they ...

JunqueFest 2018 planned for Memorial weekend

WEBSTER CITY — Junquefest 2018 is just around the corner and organizers are expecting a large turnout for the weekend event in Webster City. “Junquefest 2018 will be held over Memorial Day weekend in downtown Webster City and will feature the best in primitive, vintage, repurposed, ...

‘The Butler Did It’

The latest performance from Hawkeye Community Theatre is a comedy that parodies “every English mystery play ever written,” but with an American flair. “The Butler Did It” is written by Tim Kelly, and is being directed locally by Michael Shoopman under authority of Samuel French, NY, ...

Jason Dent will be at Tuff-N-Nuff Rodeo

The Tuff-N-Nuff rodeo will have a special guest this year when bull riders of all ages gather at the Webster County Fairgrounds for the 21st annual competition. “This will be one of the largest events in our 21 years doing this because we have a celebrity coming,” Johnny Hopkins, whose ...

Go Big, Go Dodgers

Organizations like the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation play an important role in helping to fund educational materials within a school system, according to Molly Nelson, the director of the FDCS Foundation. “Foundations are more vital than ever across the nation to help enhance ...

King Band indoor concert is April 8

The third and final indoor concert for the 2018 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on April 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. There is no admission charge. This April ...

Harmony Brigade presents ‘That’s Life’ on Saturday

“That’s Life,” the 72st annual Harmony Brigade Barbershop Chorus Show, is a parody of the daily television soap opera genre. The first half of the show moves through a series of events using a dozen songs including “Come Fly With Me,” “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad,” ...

A tale as old as time

Spring is not the only beauty Fort Dodge Senior High will see in April. FDSH will present the childhood story with its own spin: “Beauty and the Beast.” You can catch the performance of “Beauty and the Beast” from April 25-28 at Fort Dodge Middle School. Curtain is at 7 p.m. ...

Welcome spring, Welcome Easter

Although eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth, in Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus resurrected, according to Wikipedia. In addition, one ancient tradition was the staining of Easter ...

Brown Bag Briefings will be held in April

Brown Bag Briefings return to the Fort Dodge Public Library in April. Each Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., a different program will be presented. The programs are held in the large meeting room at the library, 424 Central Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and eat while ...

‘Utopia’: The Iowa Musical Revue

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City will be the first stop on the tour of “Utopia — The Iowa Musical Revue,” as Epic Stage Productions kicks off a 2018 tour of several Iowa communities. In partnership with Webster City Community Theatre, and in conjunction with the Iowa Community Theatre ...

American Legion to hold women veterans forum

BREDA— A women veterans forum will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 25 at the American Legion in Breda. Denise Rohan, national commander of the American Legion, will attend. Rohan’s slogan for this year is “Family First.” All veterans and their families are encouraged to attend, ...

Iowa Central dance team ready for ‘Curtain Call’

The 11th annual Iowa Central Community College Curtain Call will take place Thursday and Friday at Decker Auditorium. On both nights, the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for Iowa Central students. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the door ...

Do you remember Billy Sunday?

Discover “Billy Sunday: Baseball Evangelist” at Central School in Lake City on Friday, March 16 It almost sounds too unbelievable to be true. A Civil War orphan born in central Iowa grows up to become a major-league baseball player, but he gives up a promising career as a pro athlete ...

Fur Ball will celebrate A Pet’s Purrrrrpose

Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa promises its guests an unforgettable, fun evening for the 10th Annual Fur Ball “A Pet’s Purpose,” sponsored by Nestle Purina PetCare. The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. March 17 at Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, 2725 Fifth Ave. S. Tickets ...

Going green again:

Irish Iowan traditions, plus some new activities, start today and then begin again next Friday in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Emmetsburg’s Jr. Miss and Miss Shamrock pageant begins today at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., featuring the talent of young women from age 5 to 16 from throughout ...

King Band will perform March 18

The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on March 18 in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided free of charge to everyone by the ...