Local Lifestyle

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 ...

King Band indoor concert is April 8

The third and final indoor concert for the 2018 winter season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held on April 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. There is no admission charge. This April ...

Harmony Brigade presents ‘That’s Life’ on Saturday

“That’s Life,” the 72st annual Harmony Brigade Barbershop Chorus Show, is a parody of the daily television soap opera genre. The first half of the show moves through a series of events using a dozen songs including “Come Fly With Me,” “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad,” ...

A tale as old as time

Spring is not the only beauty Fort Dodge Senior High will see in April. FDSH will present the childhood story with its own spin: “Beauty and the Beast.” You can catch the performance of “Beauty and the Beast” from April 25-28 at Fort Dodge Middle School. Curtain is at 7 p.m. ...

Welcome spring, Welcome Easter

Although eggs, in general, were a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth, in Christianity, for the celebration of Eastertide, Easter eggs symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus resurrected, according to Wikipedia. In addition, one ancient tradition was the staining of Easter ...

Brown Bag Briefings will be held in April

Brown Bag Briefings return to the Fort Dodge Public Library in April. Each Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., a different program will be presented. The programs are held in the large meeting room at the library, 424 Central Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and eat while ...

‘Utopia’: The Iowa Musical Revue

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City will be the first stop on the tour of “Utopia — The Iowa Musical Revue,” as Epic Stage Productions kicks off a 2018 tour of several Iowa communities. In partnership with Webster City Community Theatre, and in conjunction with the Iowa Community Theatre ...