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Eric Anderson, director of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, test fits one of artist Richard Black’s works recently while helping to put up the new exhibit.

Here to stay

Blanden Memorial Art Museum Director Eric Anderson has a variety of art in his office. A few pieces are part of the Blanden’s permanent collection. Much of it is his own, and for visitors who sit down for a chat, the front of his desk is a gallery dedicated to displaying the work of ...

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HENRY PLINER, RIGHT, AND HIS WIFE MARION are shown Friday at Henry Pliner’s 100th birthday party on Friday in Dubuque.

‘How do you get to be 100?’

DUBUQUE — Born in a farm house near Moorland. His first car a 1930 Model A Ford. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II whose ship rescued sailors of the USS Indianapolis from shark-infested waters. A 30-year employee of Sears in its building in downtown Fort Dodge. Henry Pliner has ...

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Olivia Mitchell, 17, a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High, captures a photo of 4-H award winners during the 2017 Webster County 4-H volunteer recognition and awards banquet at the Best Western Starlite Village Sunday night.

Saying thank you

One of Olivia Mitchell’s first travel experiences in Webster County 4-H was climbing a 50-foot rock wall three times during junior camp in Boone, she said. She was in fourth grade at the time. Mitchell, 17, is now a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High. She belongs to the Washington ...

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Michelle Taylor, left, and Jacob Alvarez serve Jaymes Stark at the front of a line of men at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility for the annual Thanksgiving dinner put on by Agape Kingdom Dominion Ministries. The volunteers said these men are like family, since they are all part of the family of God.

Sharing humanity for the holidays

Armed with roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce and even macaroni, volunteers from Agape Kingdom Dominion Ministries made their annual trip into the prison to meet with family. They have a very big family. The members of the church, who hold weekly services in the Fort Dodge ...

AFES concert combines the blues with a cause

On any given day, the sound you’re most likely to hear in the Athletics For Education and Success MLK Rec Center are the joyful sounds of youth playing basketball in the gym. But on Friday night the sound of basketball will be replaced by some great live Blues music performed by Iowa Blues ...

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Lydia Schuur, left, outreach coordinator for Community Health Center of Fort Dodge, Ed Shimkat Jr., co-owner of Shimkat Motor Company, and TJ Pingel, general sales manager for Shimkat Motor Company, pose with items that have been donated for the Coats for Kids coat drive.

Coats for Kids supplies warmth for children

An annual clothing drive is now under way to help children who can’t afford winter clothing stay warm this holiday season. Coats for Kids is a collaborative effort between Shimkat Motor Co. and Community Health Center of Fort Dodge. It collects jackets, warm clothing and other items for ...

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Morgan Fitzgerald, owner of Real Deals, looks over some gift bags recently in her shop. Her store is one of many that will particpate in a Shopping on Central event Wednesday.

HOLIDAY VIBE

Downtown Fort Dodge businesses will be offering deals and sales this week during a Shopping on Central event. Black Wednesday, which is being held in partnership with 20 downtown businesses and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. John ...

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Artist Richard Black explains how to organize his prints and paper colle art pieces to Blanden Director Eric Anderson, as they prepare for the gallery which will open to the public in December.

Abstract thoughts take on physical form

Alongside the finished prints at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum’s new display, visitors will be treated to something more intimate and unusual — the artist’s unfinished thoughts in rough form, held down with scotch tape. “Normally these are pieces I don’t show. They’re very ...

CJ Bio gets $1 million incentive offer

CJ Bio America has been awarded about $1 million in tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority for a proposed expansion project that would add a new manufacturing line to the Fort Dodge facility. The plans for expansion were announced last week, and depended upon securing state ...

Jamie Johnson resigns from Homeland Security

A former chairman of the Webster County Republican Party has resigned from a high ranking position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after negative comments he made about blacks and Muslims were revealed. Jamie Johnson, formerly of Stratford, resigned Thursday. ‘‘Acting ...

Sen. Grassley bill helps informants in anti-trust cases

A bill co-authored by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley that protects workers who provide information on anti-trust violations has been approved by the Senate. Grassley, a Republican who is Iowa’s senior senator, wrote the bill with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. The Criminal Anti-trust ...

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This display, from the Badger Lake Dragon Boat Association, lights up John F. Kennedy Memorial Park during the 2015 Lights at Kennedy event. This year’s event begins Dec. 8.

Coming soon: Lights at Kennedy

As the season turns snowier, a few volunteers are already hard at work to fill the woods with lights for Christmas. Preparations are under way for the 14th annual Lights at Kennedy at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, where once again businesses and community organizations will sponsor ...

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 A fire that started in the garage in the foreground spread up the rear wall of the house at 519 S. 16th St. Thursday morning. The house also sustained some interior damage. The sheets of plywood were placed on the house Thursday afternoon to cover broken windows and a door. The fire also melted some siding on a house across the alley to the north.

Garage fire damages FD homes

When Scott Dow, of Fort Dodge, looked out a window of his house Thursday morning after hearing an unusual noise, he spotted flames coming from a corner of his neighbor’s garage. “It looked like a Christmas tree,” he said late Thursday afternoon. “I watched it for about two seconds ...

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Fort Dodge Middle School students Alexander Hansen, 13, at left, along with Cooper Johnson, 13, work on getting the right solution to a math question Thursday morning while working with their fellow TAG students to answer questions during the annual Quiz Bowl.

Quiz Bowl

Many of the questions presented to a group of Fort Dodge Middle School seventh-grade Talented and Gifted students Thursday morning during the annual Iowa Quiz Bowl could easily stump an adult. Especially if that adult is decades away from their last algebra text book or if they just can’t ...

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Police, Patrol urge care in traffic

As people prepare to hit the roads this holiday season to reunite with friends and family for Thanksgiving, local law enforcement is reminding drivers to take suitable precautions. Fort Dodge Police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said there is always plenty of travel during the holiday season, ...

ICCC Career Academy proposed

Iowa Central Community College may establish a career academy to teach things like welding in a new high school being considered in Jefferson. College President Dan Kinney said Friday that he was approached by some representatives of the Jefferson community and asked if he would consider ...

Go & Do

In Fort Dodge FORT DODGE — Shoe Sensation, Crossroads Mall, is holding a fundraising event for Humane Society of North Central Iowa from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. SATURDAY. Donations of paper towels, cat litter, puppy pads, copy paper, pet food, treats, toys and cash will be accepted during the ...

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A group of Students in the Arts Program participants work on their Doing the Arts My Community project Thursday afternoon on the Iowa Central Community College Campus.

Students in the Arts

A group of Students in the Arts stood in front of three large blank white canvasses in a classroom at Iowa Central Community College Wednesday afternoon that would soon be part of their Doing the Arts in My Community project. Their instructor for the afternoon, BG Smith, of Fort Dodge, ...

UnityPoint warns of possible change for Amerigroup patients

UnityPoint Health, which includes Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, is notifying area residents who receive Medicaid services managed by Amerigroup Iowa Inc. that the contract between the two organizations may end on Dec. 31. If the contract ends, patients will have two choices, ...