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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 ...

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Josie Laufersweiler, 2, of Fort Dodge, concentrates on her brush strokes Saturday morning during the Blanden Memorial Art Museum Summer Arts Festival. Painting was one of several activities for budding young artists to try out.

Annual Blanden Arts Festival kicks off with 4K run/walk Saturday

This June the Blanden will be celebrating its 85th anniversary and the art featured this year includes painting, ceramics, metal works, photography, live music, etc., and to mark this amazing accomplishment, the museum will be co-hosting an “Art & Sole” 4K run/walk with the Fort ...

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Jimmie Hurley, of Fort Dodge, looks for bargains among the vendors at the 2016 Lehigh River Days flea market. Other events included mud volleyball and a log rolling competition.

River Days returns

LEHIGH — The 36th annual Lehigh River Days, scheduled for June 16-18, is just around the next bend in the Des Moines River and features a few changes. Lehigh River Days committee chairman Dan Smith said the biggest change this year is the Saturday morning parade has been moved away from ...

Opportunity Living hosts events

LAKE CITY — Opportunity Living will host a Special Olympic Iowa Challenge Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Opportunity Acres in Lake City. Activities start at 8:30 a.m. with the parade of athletes and will conclude mid-afternoon with the awarding of ribbons and a Gold Medal ...

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With an nice parasol to help keep her cool, Ruth Bennett portays Cornelia Bagg, 1821-1896, during the 14th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk Saturday afternoon. Bagg's husband designed the cemetery but is ironically, buried at sea.

Oakland Cemetery Walk set for Saturday

The 15th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. During the 80 minute walk, a host or hostess will greet guests and guide them to several grave sites. At each grave site, an actor or actress portraying the person buried there will introduce themselves and entertain the ...

Pedal for a Purpose set for Saturday in FD

The second annual Pedal for a Purpose bicycle ride fundraiser for Opportunity Village, a nonprofit organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities, will be held Saturday in Webster County. Two routes will be offered this year. One will be a 30-mile route with four stops. ...

Live Today. Love Tomorrow. Unite Forever.

The Frontier Days Committee wants to invite everyone to attend the 2017 Frontier Days Parade so everyone can be part of the excitement of this weekend event that is fun for all ages and brings together thousands of people. This is the showcase parade of Fort Dodge and North Central Iowa for ...

Donkey Daze Celebration is Saturday

RENWICK — Renwick’s 29th annual Donkey Daze celebration will begin with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the fire shed on Main Street. The drawing for the winner of the Henry Golden Boy 22lr rifle will be during the breakfast. City Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on the ...

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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 ...