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Klee, Amhofs will join King Band

Tonight’s concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Admission is free, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson. There will be an ice cream social, starting around 6:30 pm, ...

‘Beauty and The Beast Jr.’

Stage Door Productions is going big this year. The annual youth musical will feature a cast of 85 as it brings the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” to the Fort Dodge stage. With young performers from kindergarten all the way up through 12th grade, directors have had to rely ...

Hometown guy to bring rock and roll art to the Blanden

Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Jay Christensen will showcase his collection of rock and roll photographs he’s taken at many concerts throughout the United States in an exhibit at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum called, “This One Goes to 11: Images of Rock.” The exhibit will be in ...

Jake McVey to headline Veterans Appreciation Concert in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — An Iowa-born country music artist will headline the third Veterans Appreciation Concert this weekend, which will raise money for veterans across the state. Jake McVey, a 1999 graduate of Mediapolis High School in Mediapolis, will take the stage at the Veterans Appreciation ...

King Band hopes to offer something for everyone

Each week during June and July, the Karl L. King Municipal Band presents its Sunday evening concerts in Oleson Park at the Karl L. King Band Shell. Each week they present a wide variety of band music to appeal to all ages and musical tastes. This week’s concert on today is no exception ...

Ben Ahlers gets a taste of the big time in ‘The Closet’

It may not be Broadway, but it’s certainly in the right neighborhood. Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Ben Ahlers is living out his dream, not to mention stepping closer to his career on the stage, this summer as he appears on-stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Tony ...

Bicyclists will race through downtown FD for second Rock N’ Rail 1850

Bicyclists from around the country will be racing through historic downtown Fort Dodge on Saturday for the second annual Rock N’ Rail 1850. “Expect to see speed, expect to see color and teams working together to help their team members win the race,” Meg Beshey, the race organizer, ...

Hawkeye Community Theatre

Hawkeye Community Theatre will perform “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” on July 11-14. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, this play focuses on Cora Flood, whose husband, Rubin, travels around selling harnesses. After the two have an enormous fight, Cora plots on how best to leave the marriage, if ...

‘Seussical, the Musical’

WEBSTER CITY — The iconic characters of Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, will come to life on the Webster City Community Theatre stage beginning tonight as “Seussical the Musical” opens in Webster City. The production will run July 11-15. The cast is an exuberant blend of young ...

How does your garden grow?

Among the hostas and raised flower pots, Al and Jean Helmers’ garden is full of stone angels. “My wife calls it our memorial garden,” Al Helmers said. “Each angel represents a loved one who has died.” The Helmers garden is one of six that will be featured on the 17th annual ...

U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus coming July 10

Musical representatives of the U.S. Army are coming to Fort Dodge. The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform beginning at 7 p.m. July 10 in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College. Free tickets are available at The Messenger, 713 Central Ave. There is ...

King Band celebrates Independence Day

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 be held Sunday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the ...

7 Minutes ’till Midnight

ROCKWELL CITY — It’s a sold out arena packed with thousands of alternative rock fans. The crowd is singing along to every note that guitarist and lead vocalist Lauren Villarreal belts out. That’s the dream that Villarreal, 17, of Rockwell City, is on her way to realizing. She ...

Vincent Fireman’s Ball is an annual tradition

VINCENT — The music of Salty View’s Acoustic Review will be featured during the Vincent Fire and Rescue 61st annual Fireman’s Ball. This Friday night, the annual celebration will be held starting with dinner at 5 p.m. at the Vincent Community Hall. “It’s been quite a ...

King Band concert salutes American composers

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will present a special concert this evening starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, with these concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge. There will be an ice cream social preceding ...

Army band coming to Fort Dodge

Musical representatives of the U.S. Army are coming to Fort Dodge next month. The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform beginning at 7 p.m. July 10 in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College. Free tickets are available at The Messenger, 713 Central ...

Badgerfest is fun, memorable

BADGER — Memories of carrying a banner for the Badger Public Library as a kid during the Badgerfest parade and later watching adults try to climb a greased pole with a $100 bill at the top always stuck with Mandy Gascho. So when she found out Badgerfest was not going to continue a few ...

Heritage Days brings community together

POCAHONTAS — For one weekend a year, Heritage Days brings people from the Pocahontas area back together — even those who have moved away, according to Carmella Schultes, director of the Pocahontas Chamber of Commerce. “It just really pulls the community together and it brings people ...

King Band concert is today

The second concert for the 2018 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. today in the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the city of Fort Dodge. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has ...

Lehigh River Days returns

LEHIGH — A new veterans memorial will be dedicated this weekend during the 37th annual Lehigh River Day. Dan Smith, chairman of Lehigh River Days, said the memorial will consist of a flagpole at the ballpark, a pedestal and a plaque. “We’re having a dedication there for the ...