Local Lifestyle

Life Lessons

MANSON — Emily Markert was only a senior in high school when her lungs began to fail. Over two lung transplants and multiple complications, her faith and positivity inspired others around her, prompting her and her close friend to write a book. “Life Lessons: The Emily Markert ...

Home in on the lifestyle you love

A popular lifestyle artisan will lead with lifestyle energy at The Messenger’s annual Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show, telling audiences about what she calls “the art of every day.” Michele Brown, of Des Moines, is a locally- and nationally-known personality who specializes in ...

MANSON MERIDIANS

MANSON — The upcoming Manson Meridian Singers production, “For Every Season, A Song,” has nothing to do with the weather. Instead, Director Lori Erkenbrack said, it’s about life. “The songs are about the seasons of our lives,” she said. “We have selected songs about birth, ...

Stories of Fort Dodge

February is Black History Month and in that spirit a program honoring local African American history will be on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Fort Dodge Public Library. Black History month is a good time to walk down memory lane, Sherry Washington, president of the Pleasant Valley Awareness ...

The 27th annual Trinity Hospice Ball

An upcoming social event will enable people to have fun while raising money to help those facing a life-limiting or terminal illness. The 27th annual Trinity Hospice Ball will be held Feb. 2 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. The co-chairs of the ...

Karl L. King Municipal Band will warm up winter

The Karl L. King Municipal Band’s 2019 winter season opens with three Sunday concert dates, the first of which will be in February. The concerts will be on Feb. 17, March 17, and April 7. They begin at 3:30 p.m. in Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort ...

The ultimate battle of the genders for a good cause

The number of children in the Fort Dodge community who need nutritious food on the weekends continues to grow, according to Terry Moehnke, program director for Backpack Buddies. “We have added more kids in the last few weeks than what we have had in the past,” Moehnke said. “There’s ...

There’s still time to enter the Festival of Chocolate

WEBSTER CITY — Here’s an idea to beat the post-holiday January blahs — whip up a batch of chocolate goodies and enter Kendall Young Library’s seventh annual Festival of Chocolate, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. It’s a chance to share with fellow chocoholics, support ...

‘This is The Greatest Show’

HUMBOLDT — Directed by Terry Nelson, the Humboldt Community Chorus will continue its longstanding tradition of performing an annual variety show Feb. 1-3 at the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium in Humboldt. This year’s program, entitled “This is The Greatest Show,” will include a wide ...

WCCT will stage ‘The Trouble With Cats’

WEBSTER CITY — An experienced house-sitting couple get more than they bargain for when a Minnesota homeowner intentionally double-books her lakefront domicile through HouseSitters.com in order to ensure she can get away from it all for an entire month. But when the second house-sitting ...

‘[title of show]’

Stage Door Productions is preparing for its annual winter show, “[title of show],” under the stage direction of Alyssa Sparks and musical direction of Shelly Bottorff. “[title of show]” was written by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell and takes moments from their lives as writers and the ...

Fort Dodge Regional Bridal Association Extravaganza is Jan. 13

The Fort Dodge Regional Bridal Association will hold its 22nd Annual Wedding Extravaganza at Crossroads Mall on Jan. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Vendors offering services range from bridal relaxation, hair, and make-up, to gowns, tuxedos, DJ services, photographers, videographers, caterers, and ...

Happy New Year!

First Day hike set at Dolliver OTHO — A First Day hike will be held on the Copperas Beds Trail at Dolliver Memorial State Park on Tuesday. Hikers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Copperas Beds Trail Head by South Lodge, 2757 Dolliver Park Ave., Otho. The hike will be 1 to 1.5 miles and is ...

Spiritual Christmas traditions to embrace

The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more commercial aspects of the holiday season, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with shopping for gifts that will show your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them. For those ...

Local man’s book details adventures of Civil War drummer boy

George A. Tod was a teenager living in Webster County when he enlisted in the Union Army in 1862 when the federal government sought 300,000 volunteers for the Civil War. He was assigned as a drummer boy, survived combat and was captured. He escaped twice from Confederate prisons, including ...

Grain bin acoustics

Will Lopes, the Iowa Central Community College director of vocal music, always wondered what it would sound like to sing in a grain bin. “I wanted to come up with a project where I would engage the students right away in something that they never experienced,” Lopes said. “I am ...

Ben Ahlers

You may recognize Fort Dodge native Ben Ahlers from the many school and community theatre productions he has been in over the past several years. He often shared his talents in acting and singing with the Fort Dodge community, starting at the age of six. Even at that young age, he had dreams ...

In an open sleigh

DAYTON — It’s easy enough to hear and sing about going for a winter sleigh ride. Just cue “Jingle Bells” on whatever device you listen to music on or sing the part of the lyrics that you can recall. “Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh.” For those who want ...

Ringland-Smeltzer hosts Holiday Open House

The Ringland-Smeltzer House, located at 1019 Second Ave. S. in the historic Oak Hill District of Fort Dodge, will again open its doors for its Holiday Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The main focus of the Holiday Open House is not just to share in the beauty of the holidays. “We ...

Fort Dodge Choral Society to perform Dec. 16

The sounds of Christmas will fill the air as Fort Dodge Choral Society presents “A Living Tradition” at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Conductor Bruce Perry has chosen a program of sparkling arrangements familiar Christmas carols. “Silent Night”; “Still, ...