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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 ...

‘And Then There Were None’

The Hawkeye Community Theatre will bring crime and mystery to the stage during its August play, “And Then There Were None.” Based on the mystery novel by English write Agatha Christie, the story made its writer a best-selling novelist. “This is my favorite Agatha Christie novel ...

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Greg Merritt, of Manson, on guitar, left, and Nick Ehrhardt, of Humboldt, on bass, perform together recently in Rockwell City. Their band, Riddled With Class, is playing at The Pour House in Humboldt Aug. 5.

Jam session

HUMBOLDT — Riddled With Class is bringing their 90s alternative rock music to The Pour House in Humboldt Aug. 5. The cover band, made up of four men from The Messenger region, is focused on attracting enthusiastic crowds to their shows. “That’s our goal,” Nick Ehrhardt, the band’s ...

King Band wrapping up the summer season

The final concert of the 2017 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held tonight at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Preceding the concert will be a monologue at 7 p.m. by local Fort Dodge resident Larry Mitchell about the life and travels of ...

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The Misty Misfits dragon boat team makes it across the finish line a few feet ahead of the Lysine Lizards team Saturday morning during the CJ BioAmerica Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash in John F. Kennedy Park. The Misty Misfits are sponsored by Misty Harbor Boats, the Lysine Lizards are one of several teams sponsore by CJ Bio America.

Bring on the boats

The 21st annual CJ BioAmerica Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash will be returning to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park with a few changes to its schedule. Barb Michaels, co-chair of the Dragon Boat Bash, said the event, held in Badger Lake, will begin Aug. 11 with the gates opening at 5:30 p.m. as ...

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Frank Wiewel, of Fort Dodge, holds up a copy of the album he recently released that he recorded with fellow musician Keith Brown. The songs have been written and recorded by the two artists over the past 20 years.

The Road Not Traveled

Fort Dodge musician Frank Wiewel knows well the toll that a life on the road can have on the personal, spiritual and mental health of an artist. He’s seen it first hand and almost got to go down the road himself when the Fort Dodge based band The HAWKS — he was the lead singer ...

Laith Al-Saadi

Hot blues and shady trees will be the theme again this year during the annual Blues Under the Trees Festival on Saturday. “This blues festival is very laid back,” Nate Gibson, president of the Lizard Creek Blues Society, said. “All you have to do is bring a lawn chair and hang out ...

King Band features nationally known conductor

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will feature a variety of marches, classical works, and popular selections during its hourlong concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the Oleson Park Bandshell. Marches will include “The University of Chicago” and “The Melody Shop,” both by Karl L. King, along ...

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Dave Hearn, of Fort Dodge, holds up a copy of his latest album, "Now & Again" that was recently released. The album, which features several The HAWKS songs, also features plenty of new material and a guest appearance by singer Shelly Bottorff, of Fort Dodge.

Now & Again

For those who attended the annual Shellabration concert this year — where besides headliner Huey Lewis and the News — the Fort Dodge based group The HAWKS played a set together for the first time in a gig situation since 1982. Providing backup vocals and playing keyboard was Fort Dodge ...

Comedia Musica marks anniversary

Rehearsals have been underway for a special 50th anniversary concert on Saturday by the Comedia Musica Players. This anniversary concert is a way to commemorate providing quality musical theater productions every fall since the troupe was founded in 1968. The group was founded by ...

King band to feature Jive for Five

The Karl L. King Municipal Band, conducted by Jerrold P. Jimmerson and assisted by David Klee, will perform its weekly concert tonight. Before the main concert starts, the popular area brass quintet, Jive for Five, will do a pre-concert performance, starting at 7 p.m. Group members ...