Local Lifestyle

Almost Homecoming is almost here

It’ll be homecoming season for the Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa as it prepares for a new event to help raise money for the shelter. Almost Homecoming will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S. Chad Hammar, executive director ...

Cruise to the Woods is Oct. 7

The 35th Annual Cruise to the Woods will be held Oct. 7. The car show will be held at Sunkissed Meadows in Fort Dodge. The cruise will leave Stratford at 10:30 a.m. that day and travel through Lehigh, Dolliver Park, and down Hawkeye Avenue past Amigos. Organizers expect more than 1,200 ...

He’s coming to the Opera House

The Neil Diamond song “America” contains a lyric quite familiar to his many fans: “They’re coming to America.” For fans of the iconic singer, Neil Diamond tribute singer Keith Allynn will be performing in Fort Dodge on Tuesday. “He’s coming to the Opera House.” Mysty ...

Troubled Paradise

Summer for some is a time of vacations and relaxation, but for Teresa Jackson, director of theater for Iowa Central Community College, it is a time for planning future productions. Her latest production is “Trouble in Paradise Junction,” the college’s fall performance. This 2017 ...

Pumpkin Days comes to Manson

MANSON — Pumpkins, gourds, squash and apples, little white pumpkins, swan gourds, Indian corn — Manson is ready to celebrate the fall season. All these items will be available Saturday and Sept. 30 during the annual Pumpkin Days event at 833 Main St., Manson. The event is open 9 ...

‘Fort Dodge: America’s Frontier Town’

From the time humans first traveled up the Des Moines River valley, to the first coming of European settlers and soldiers, to the development of a frontier town that became Fort Dodge, much of the past has been lost to history. Much of that history, though, isn’t lost at all — it just ...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be at FDMS Saturday

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which aims to raise money to help find a cure for the progressive disease that affects the mind, will be this Saturday in Fort Dodge. The annual walk will be held at the Fort Dodge Middle School with registration starting at 9 a.m. Alex Barton, ...

Humboldt County Museum to host talk on wrestler Frank Gotch

DAKOTA CITY — The Humboldt County Historical Museum will host a presentation on Frank Gotch’s wrestling career — specifically his 1904 championship match in Bellingham, Washington. The event will be 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the museum, 905 First Ave. N., Dakota City. Jerry Johnson, who ...

Doodle Bugs return

WEBSTER CITY — Doodle Bugs, the motorized red scooters that were built in Webster City during the late 1940s, have gained enthusiasts from throughout the country. Many of them each year find themselves back in the little Iowa town of the scooters’ inception. This year the 32nd anuual ...

Second annual BBQ Battle

Fort Frenzy will be the site of grills, music and tasty barbecue as the second annual BBQ Battle will be coming to town. The battle, which is put on by the Rural Iowa BBQ Society, will be held Sept. 15. The gates and beer garden open at 10 a.m. Saturday, with opening band Blue Ribbon ...

Returning to a ball diamond near you: Guns and Hoses

The friendly rivalry between the fire services and law enforcement is going back on the diamond Sept. 9 when members of the Fort Dodge Fire Department play members of the Fort Dodge Police Department in the annual Serving Our Servants Guns & Hoses event. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at the ...

Humboldt Wine Walk

DAKOTA CITY — It’s not often that many of Iowa local wineries are in one location and offer free taste testing, but when Wine Walk rolls around, they will be. The sixth annual Wine Walk will take place this year on Sept. 15 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Humboldt County Historical Museum, ...

Downtown Country Jam

Shellabration will welcome Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., as well as Cody Hicks and Fort Dodge’s Salty View Acoustic Review to the Downtown Country Jam this fall. The Downtown Country Jam will be staged at the corner of Central Avenue and Ninth Street on Sept. 22. “The ...

TRMC Auxiliary to hold fundraising bridge marathon

Trinity Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is holding a fundraising bridge marathon the fourth Monday of each month beginning Sept. 24 through May, skipping December. Participants will play 20 hands of bridge each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Kenyon Place dining room at Friendship Haven. Cards, ...

Wiegert Prairie Fall Fest will be Aug. 26

POCAHONTAS COUNTY — Songs on the Prairie is the theme for the 35th annual Wiegert Prairie Fall Fest. The event will be held Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Wiegert Prairie Farmstead in southeast Pocahontas County. Visitors can see an original 1900 farmstead and prairie and ...

Homer threshing bee returns

HOMER — The West Central Region Cockshutt & Co-op Club will hold the annual Antique Threshing Bee at Homer, located eight miles north of Stratford on Hamilton County Road R21. The event will feature Minneapolis Moline, Depression-era tractors and Cockshutt 40, antique demonstrations and ...

Faces of Iowa

Beginning in the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, Iowa State University made it a priority to commission and paint portraits. The commemoration of presidents, deans, accomplished faculty and heralded alumni strove to honor the college’s heritage and legacies. This tradition ...

‘No one had written a book about Iowa’s role in the war’

HUMBOLDT — A Humboldt native who authored an award-winning book about Iowa’s role in the American Civil War is returning to the area for a book signing. Tom Baker, 1978 Humboldt High School graduate, will be at the Humboldt County Historical Museum on Aug. 25 to answer questions about ...

Patriot Day bus trip set for Sept. 11

SAC CITY — A bus trip from Sac City on Sept. 11 offers a chance to see two of Iowa’s best attractions. The trip includes a tour of the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston and a visit to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. The trip is being organized by Peggy Dettmann, of Sac ...