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The Original Wild West Frontier Days

An old celebration is going back to its roots as the Fort Museum and Frontier Village presents a family fun extravaganza of Fort Dodge history. The Original Wild West Frontier Days will be held Friday through Sunday at the museum, featuring the buckskinner’s camp and Ghost Garrison of ...

What’s new at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village? Video

Any time the Fort Museum and Frontier Village is open, visitors can walk into the historic buildings and see costumed actors explaining fun historical facts about each one. That is, as long as the visitors bring their smartphones. Thanks to a video project last year, there are now ...

Stage Door, WCCT, Old Creamery Theatre to offer Camp Creamery

Stage Door Productions and Webster City Community Theatre are each teaming up with The Old Creamery Theatre to bring Camp Creamery back this summer. Stage Door Productions is hosting its second annual Camp Creamery Theatre camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 through 29 at First United ...

4-H and Pocahontas County Extension to hold summer activities

POCAHONTAS — All youths in fourth through 12th grades are welcome to participate in the following 4-H activities throughout the summer months. The day camps and activities fill up quickly and are available on a first-come first-served basis. If you would like your child to participate in ...

They say it’s your birthday, Happy Birthday to you

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s 86th birthday will be celebrated in June. The Blanden’s annual art festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9. Eric Anderson, the Blanden’s executive director, said this event celebrates the start of the museum in June 1932, when the ...

Junque fever

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City residents can expect some guests from all over the Midwest during Memorial Day Weekend this year. Last year, visitors to the annual Junquefest vendor show came from 84 communities in Iowa and six states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, ...

The art of the sale

COALVILLE — Patsy Chalstrom, along with her daughters, Darci Mersch, of Clare and Cherri Miller, of Otho, have been spending the last few weeks sorting and sizing clothing, organizing household items and sticking the classic garage sale price tag — a piece of masking tape — onto a huge ...

Cemetery walk to feature Civil War re-enactors

LAKE CITY — Civil War re-enactors will be featured at the upcoming cemetery walk at Cottonwood Cemetery near Lake City. Members of the Light Artillery Civil War Reenactment Group, of Lake View, will be present. The men will be wearing uniforms of the Union and Confederate armies while ...

A new celebration begins: Genesis Music Festival

Sixteen bands, three stages, tractor pulls, stock car races and possibly the biggest arena tribute band in the Midwest — event organizers say the Genesis Music Festival is going to be big, and it’s going to be something new for the area. “It’s definitely new. It’s an expansion of ...

‘13,000 Nights: Kossuth County Men in Axis POW Camps in WWII’

ALGONA — A new book telling the stories of the Kossuth County men who were prisoners of war during World War II is now available for purchase. The book, “13,000 Nights: Kossuth County Men in Axis POW Camps in WWII,” tells the stories of the 29 Kossuth County men who were POWs during ...

Friends of St. Edmond will turn up the heat

The Friends of St. Edmond Ball on May 5 will provide an opportunity to wine, dine and dance while also supporting Catholic education. The very first ball was held on April 28, 1984. This year, is the 35th annual ball. It will be held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in ...

Registration open for fall Master Gardener training

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers. The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No ...

Master of the blues

HUMBOLDT — He bought his first drum kit for $15 at a Fort Dodge pawn shop with money he saved mowing yards. He was 11 years old. Now, after more than 50 years as a drummer with some of the biggest names in music, Ardie Strutzenberg is the newest member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. The ...

River Valley Rockhounds show dedicated to Hugh Carroll

This year’s River Valley Rockhounds Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show at the Webster County Fairgrounds is being dedicated to longtime club member Hugh Carroll who died shortly after last year’s show. Carroll was 90. According to club President Robert Wolf, Carroll joined the ...

FD Choral Society celebrates 50 years

“Music of the Future” will conclude the Fort Dodge Choral Society’s 50th anniversary celebration at 3 p.m. today at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Admission to the concert, located at 239 N. 11th St., is by season ticket or $10 at the door. All students are admitted free. For more ...

‘Transforming their world’

Creating a better world will be the theme when Iowa Central Community College students take the stage at Decker Auditorium for the Spring Showcase Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. “These kids are genuinely hard-working students and the idea we have, ‘transform your world,’ they ...

JunqueFest 2018 planned for Memorial weekend

WEBSTER CITY — Junquefest 2018 is just around the corner and organizers are expecting a large turnout for the weekend event in Webster City. “Junquefest 2018 will be held over Memorial Day weekend in downtown Webster City and will feature the best in primitive, vintage, repurposed, ...

‘The Butler Did It’

The latest performance from Hawkeye Community Theatre is a comedy that parodies “every English mystery play ever written,” but with an American flair. “The Butler Did It” is written by Tim Kelly, and is being directed locally by Michael Shoopman under authority of Samuel French, NY, ...

Jason Dent will be at Tuff-N-Nuff Rodeo

The Tuff-N-Nuff rodeo will have a special guest this year when bull riders of all ages gather at the Webster County Fairgrounds for the 21st annual competition. “This will be one of the largest events in our 21 years doing this because we have a celebrity coming,” Johnny Hopkins, whose ...

Go Big, Go Dodgers

Organizations like the Fort Dodge Community Schools Foundation play an important role in helping to fund educational materials within a school system, according to Molly Nelson, the director of the FDCS Foundation. “Foundations are more vital than ever across the nation to help enhance ...