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On a Sunday

Whether work or play, area residents fill the day

February 28, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

Whether Sunday starts the week or is the second day of the weekend at the end of a work week, it's a day of relaxation for most people.

It may start at church or be a day for sleeping late. It may be a day of solitude, tucked away from the world, or a day to do the fun stuff in life.

Little Keaton Seltz, 2, goes where his parents take him, of course, but he makes the most of his time, wherever it is. On Sunday, that was at the 2011 Outdoor Expo in the Career Education Building on the Iowa Central Community College campus. He stood quietly, pole in hand, at the side of the fishing tank, where tilapia raised by the Manson Northwest Webster FFA swam back and forth.

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-Messenger photo by Sandy Mickelson
For Keaton Seltz, 2, son of Erica Seltz and Tony Crabb, of Badger, getting too close to the fish he just caught didn’t seem like a good idea. The youngster fished in the tank filled with tilapia during the 2011 Outdoor Expo in the Career Education Building at Iowa Central Community College. With his daddy to keep him safe and Steven Roose, a volunteer from the Iowa Centra agriculture club, left, to take the fish off the hook, young Keaton did muster the courage to touch the fish. His family attended the annual show for something to do on a Sunday afternoon — and because Erica Seltz’s father, Kirk Seltz, worked with Pheasants Forever, which had a booth at the show.

Finally he hooked a big one - well, a big fish for a little guy - and waited almost patiently while Steven Roose, a volunteer with the Iowa Central agriculture club, netted the fish and gently removed the hook. Then, with his dad's arm around him for courage, his finger reached out to touch his fish.

Keaton, son of Erica Seltz and Tony Crabb, of Badger, also made a pine cone birdfeeder at the Pheasants Forever booth, where his granddad, Kirk Seltz, worked.

And all the while, 10-year-old Corbin Saathoff, of Cylinder, kept fishing, watching them swim and waiting for a bite.

Corbin was on a guys-day-out excursion with his mother's boyfriend, the boyfriend's father, uncle and nephew.

Another family outing brought Jodi and Brian Harms, of Duncombe, to the Expo with their three sons, Brandon, 8; Ethan, 3; and Carter, 2. They stopped by the Department of Natural Resources booth for a free bag to keep in the car for picking up trash.

"This will be good for when we go geocaching," Jodi Harms said. "We like to do things outside as a family."

While the Expo filled with visitors, homeowners along 160th Street continued the cleanup from ice jam flooding that started a week ago. Many of the homes were dark, but some families were at work, either saving more items from the home or getting rid of the yard mess.

A roughly painted sign at one home set the tone of the day: "Trespassers will be shot."

At Grace Lutheran Church, an afternoon meeting took place in the Fireside Room, while Lori and Kevin Kerns, of Palmer, scoped out the sanctuary to see how the youth puppet ministry from Faith Lutheran Church of Palmer would set up shop next Sunday.

"We're trying to figure out how we're going to do it," Lori Kerns said. "There are 23 kids in the ministry and two instructors. Beth Butcher is the other instructor."

She said the ministry will be small skits "sharing Jesus' love."

While the Kerns spent their Sunday afternoon figuring out how to present the puppet ministry, Cody Olson, of Humboldt, an airline passenger just setting down in Fort Dodge, was glad to be home.

"I'm coming back from a dental convention in Chicago," he said after tossing his suitcase in the car. Part of North Park Family Dentistry, Olson said he liked flying out of Fort Dodge and would continue to do so.

Sometimes, a Sunday is a quiet time for reflection, even with family around.

Delores Larson, of Fort Dodge, likes to sit and watch her daughter and granddaughter, whether they come to see her on a Saturday or a Sunday. When it comes to getting a hug from the people you love most, the day doesn't matter.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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