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E’burg to host week of St. Patrick’s festivities

EMMETSBURG — The annual St. Patrick’s Day week-long celebration in Emmetsburg will feature locally crowned royalty, an annual Pops concert and traditional Irish fare. The events begin today with the Jr. Miss and Miss Shamrock Pageants beginning at 3 p.m. in the Emmetsburg Community School ...

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Framed by a large painting of Karl L. King, Larry Mitchell, of Fort Dodge, portrays King in a presentation held Saturday to honor King's 125th birthday at the Fort Dodge Public Library. The event featured a display of King's career and the 50 years he spent in Fort Dodge.

Kings of Spring: King Band to hold Irish concert March 12

The second in the series of indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 12. The show will begin at 3:30 p.m., in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College and is the band’s traditional Irish concert in celebration of St. Patrick’s ...

‘The Rat Pack is Back’

Iowa Central Community College students will be holding a fundraiser full of gambling and entertainment on Saturday at the Willow Ridge Golf Course. “The Rat Pack is Back” will be a ‘60s themed party filled with casino games for the guests to enjoy,” Bailey Porter, Iowa Central ...

Cast members are gearing up for the upcoming production of “Scarlet Pimpernel.”

‘Scarlet Pimpernel’: ICCC musical debuts Wednesday

Romance, betrayal, and courage will be the key elements during Iowa Central Community College’s spring musical, ‘‘The Scarlet Pimpernel.’’ The story, inspired by the novel of the same name, is a humorous precursor to today’s spy fiction and superhero genres, where a champion hides ...

Local collaboration to bring ‘big set of voices’ to stage

In a far from ordinary performance, the Fort Dodge Area Symphony is joining up with the Fort Dodge Choral Society and Fort Dodge Senior High a capella choir next Sunday for a celebration of vocal masterpieces. “It’s going to be a big set of voices on stage,” said Symphony Conductor ...

FDSHS hosts Open Mic Night

A night of entertainment has been set up on Saturday to help raise funds for the Fort Dodge Senior High School Theater. “Open Mic Night” is an event presented by the Fort Dodge Senior High School Speech and Drama Booster Club members. Anyone can sign up to perform during the night. ...

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Board members Deb Johnson, left, and Darcy Lee help set up the place cards with a little help from Matt Johnson, right, during 19th annual Webster County Sweetheart Gala at the Best Western Startlite Village Inn & Suites Saturday evening.

Sweetheart Gala: A long held tradition

The upcoming 20th Annual Sweetheart Gala will offer a fun and purposeful evening raising money to fight heart disease. The event will begin at 6 p.m. March 4 in the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. Tickets cost $50. Guests will be able to dance the night ...

Upcoming events to expand regional historical perspectives

Tales of a Civil War general and a massacre of settlers that happened 160 years ago will be highlighted during two upcoming events sponsored by the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. A 200th birthday party for Lewis Armistead will be held on Saturday. A bus tour to sites related to the ...

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Brent Meyer gets in some practice during a recent rehearsal for Sonshine Singers at Fort Dodge Senior High recently.

We Believe: Sonshine Singers to perform in FD

by HAILEY BRUESCHKE hbrueschke@messengernews.net Sounds of beautiful hymns will fill the sanctuary when the Sonshine Singers gather together to share their faith during the 18th annual musical ministry entitled, “We Believe.” During the Feb. 16-18 concerts, the audience will hear a ...

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Deb Cook, at left, of Moorland, along with her daughter, Jen Cook, of Iowa City, look over some silent auction items with her dad, Gary Cook, at the 2015 Trinity Hospice Ball at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites.

Making a difference

An evening of dancing, socializing, and food will all be part of the 25th Annual Hospice Ball on Saturday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m. “You will want to save room for the ...

Manson Meridian Singers

MANSON — The Manson Meridian Singers have been busy during the month of January preparing for this year’s production titled “All You Need is Love.” This year’s show features many familiar melodies as the Meridians unfold the theme of “All You Need is Love.” This show is planned ...

Humboldt Community Chorus presents variety show

There will be a variety of pop, secular, and patriotic songs featured during the annual Humboldt Community Chorus variety show, “If We All Sing One Song” to be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Humboldt Community Chorus is made up of 70 singers from the Humboldt area, accompanied ...

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Satyrus Jeering’s debut touring performance of “The Nitch” will be presented 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hawkeye Community Theatre in Fort Dodge.

Iowa Vaudeville tour

A show featuring a rabbit, a fox and a badger trying to read a book will hit a local stage soon. Humanities Iowa, in association with Iowa Business Growth, will be holding an annual vaudeville tour presenting Satyrus Jeering’s debut touring performance of ‘‘The Nitch,’’ ...

Arts at the Ridge presents ‘A Night of Cabaret’

“A Night of Cabaret” will be an evening of dining and entertainment, with a singing waitstaff that you will not want to miss on Friday and Saturday . The doors and the bar Willow Ridge Golf Course will open at 5:30 p.m. on both days, then beginning at 6:30 p.m. guests will be ...

Deuces WIld! Dueling Pianos

HUMBOLDT — Deuces Wild, Dueling Pianos will take the stage for the third consecutive year at the Humboldt County Events Center at the fairgrounds as part of the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 14th annual Founders event. The popular traveling entertainment show, ...

Today marks MLK birthday

Born Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most iconic leaders in the Civil Rights Movement was born on this day in 1929. From southern roots, King was born and raised in rural Georgia. Son of a Baptist minister, he was raised the middle child in a family with three children. King excelled ...

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Laurie Hotz, director of youth services at the Fort Dodge Public Library, arranges some of the books she recommends for young readers this winter.

Fort Dodge Public Library: Making the list with all the best books

With the January weather causing freezing across the state, it may be a good time to stay at home and read a book to pass the time. But which book? According to the staff of the Fort Dodge Public Library, there were popular books in 2016 for all age groups that they would ...

‘Dogfight’ presented by Stage Door Productions

Love and compassion win in Stage Door Productions’ upcoming musical, ‘‘Dogfight’’ on Friday and Saturday. ‘‘Dogfight’’ carries its audience on a romantic journey with music and lyrics written by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul and a book written by Peter Dunchan. ...