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Children’s Forest features a new crawly friend

Visitors to the Children’s Forest at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park will now be greeted by a giant black, white, and yellow caterpillar sculpture. “We’re trying to make it more user friendly and kid friendly. We want people to come out here and utilize it a little bit more. It’s not ...

Pursuing a purpose

ROCKWELL CITY — Find a purpose. That’s the advice Joan Thomas, 85, offers while bolting pieces into place on a frame of an airplane she is helping to rebuild. “I really feel youth need a direction, a path,” she said. “There’s too many kids out there without an idea of what they ...

Community conversation focuses on mental wellness

For all who live with, love or work with families are invited to attend a Mental Wellness Conversation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 838 N. 25th St. The workshop is free, but preregistration is required by Oct. 20 at https://bit.ly/MW18497. Topics and ...

‘Stay Independent’ helps adults age 60 and older

Register now for ‘Stay Independent’ nutrition and wellness program “Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series” is a new nutrition and wellness program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for adults age 60 and older. The program begins November 3, 2021 in ...

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KYL Baby Time storytime in October

WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library, Webster City, is holding Baby Time Storytime at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 30. This program is a new storytime for babies 3 to 24 months old. This is an interactive, energizing storytime where you will meet other caregivers, learn about baby sign ...

CDA Swiss steak dinner Oct. 23

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Swiss steak dinner is 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Corpus Christi Parish Center, 405 N. Eighth St. The meal includes Marie Zakeer’s Swiss steak recipe, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and dessert. The dinner will be eat-in or takeout. Tickets are ...

FDPL brown bag briefing Thursday

Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave., is holding a Brown Bag Briefing at noon Thursday. Matt Cosgrove, director of Webster County Conservation, will give progress updates on trail construction and the new riverfront park and nature center. Bring your lunch, coffee and water will be ...

CCS trunk or treat Oct. 23

Community Christian School, 2406 9 1/2 Ave. S., is hosting a trunk or treat night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct 23 in the school parking lot. The family event will include a bonfire, s’mores, hot chocolate and a hay ride, with the decorated trunks and treats. Children should be accompanied by an ...

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Summer is time for outdoor concerts

LAKE VIEW —After recently being recognized as Iowa’s 2019 “Outstanding Event” by the Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa, the Stone Pier Summer Concert Series is once again ready to rock the boats this summer on Black Hawk Lake. In its ninth season, the concert series ...

Downtown is alive with the sound of music

There might be one fair question to ask about the new space occupied by the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association at 921 Central Ave. in the Permanent Collections Gallery. What exactly is it? The answer to that is a number of things: Gallery, studio, office, meeting space, gift shop, classroom ...

Village Square Theatre

LAKE CITY — Village Square Theatre will present “Doc, Doc ... Goose!” as this year’s summer theatre. Showing in the high school auditorium in Lake City, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. on July 15. Tickets are available from cast members or at the door: $5 for adults and $3 for students. ...

‘Hopelessly devoted’

Grease is the word this Spring at Iowa Central Community College when the Performing Arts Students bring the much-loved, iconic musical “Grease” to the stage for the second time in twenty years. “This show is a memory marker for many people. I can remember seeing it for the first time ...

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Sundermeyer-Netz

SOMERS — Tauni Sundermeyer and Elias Netz, of Somers, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Anne Quinlan, of Fort Dodge, and Roger and Shari Netz, of Manson. A November 13, 2021, wedding is planned. The couple are both graduates of Fort Dodge Senior High. The bride to be is employed ...

Bruening-Schmitz

DECORAH — Sabrina Bruening and Gannon Schmitz, of Decorah, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Jeremy and Vicki (Kaufman) Bruening, of Decorah; Scott Schmitz, Decorah; and Traci Helgeson, of Cedar Rapids. The wedding is planned for Oct. 9. The bride is a sales rep at Stanley ...

Ortiz

WEBSTER CITY — Katie Dellachiesa, of Lehigh, and Brian Ortiz, of Webster City, were married on June 19, 2021, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fort Dodge. Parents of the couple are Doug and Mary Kay Dellachiesa and Efrain Ortiz and Virginia Vazquez. The bride and groom graduated from ...

Vinson — Barber

Emile Vinson and Spencer Barber, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Doug and Angie Vinson and Kyle and Brooke Barber, all of Fort Dodge. An Aug. 14, 2021, wedding is planned. Vinson is a 2016 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High and a 2020 graduate of the University ...

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Kirby — 50 years

VINCENT — Tom and Mary Lou Kirby, of Vincent, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday. Their family includes Chad and Renea Kirby, of Overland Park, Kansas; Matthew and Brooke Kirby, of Overland Park, Kansas; and Greg and Jobina Kirby, of Fort Dodge. They have nine ...

Den Hartog — 60 years

Dennis and Eleanor Den Hartog, of Fort Dodge, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. Their family includes Michael and Grace Den Hartog, of Anaheim, California; Robert and Patricia Den Hartog, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; and Stuart and Corrina Den Hartog, of Arvada, ...

Cook — 90th birthday

Alma S. Cook, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Oct 20. Cards may be sent to her at 2736 Second Ave. No. F6, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes Allan and Linda Cook, of Ottumwa; and David and Janet Cook, of Carroll. She has three grandchildren and six ...

Johnson — 65 years

JOLLEY — Jim and Marlene Johnson, of Jolley, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary and her birthday on Oct. 14. Cards may be sent to them at P.O. Box 374, Jolley, IA 50551. Their family includes Roxanne and Wright Smith, of Council Bluffs; Rod and Annette Johnson, of Jolley; Russell ...

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Arrivals: Oct. 9, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WIRTZ — Allie and Derek Wirtz, West Bend, a girl, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. BLAIR — Tiffany Blair, Fort Dodge, a girl, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. VALENZUELA — Jessica Valenzuela, Fort Dodge, a boy, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. RAYMOND ...

Arrivals: Sept. 23, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ALDRICH — Melissa and Christian Aldrich, Fort Dodge, a girl, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. CONSTABLE — Gabby Constable, Fort Dodge, a boy, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. PEHLER — Meredith and Eric Pehler, Fort Dodge, a boy, Tuesday, Aug. 10, ...

Arrivals: Sept. 18, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HARMS — Ashley and Mitch Harms, Fort Dodge, a girl, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. ROETHLER — Heather and Philip Roethler, Fort Dodge, a boy, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. HAMMEN — Victoria and Tyson Hammen, Fort Dodge, a boy, Saturday, Sept. ...

Arrivals: Sept. 11, 2021

IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL ISOM — Lanie Nelsen and Tony Isom Jr., a girl, Maliyah Marie Isom, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Grandparents are Connie Strain, Brad Strain, Connie Zamarripa and Tony Isom, all of Fort Dodge. Great-grandparents are Wendelin Nelsen, Lehigh; Oli Isom, Fort Dodge; Mary ...

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American Legion donates to Norma Schmoker Center

The American Legion Post 0323 in Dayton recently donated $400 to Breast Cancer Services at the Norma Schmoker Cancer Center located at Trinity Regional Medical Center. Funds were raised during the Dayton Rodeo and will assist individuals with breast cancer. Pictured from left are Patty ...

Graham Tire honors FDCSD employee

Twenty years ago Graham Tire started a program called “The Extra Mile Award” to recognize an outstanding employee of the Fort Dodge Community School District who goes above and beyond the job description for their position. Past winners have included cooks, bus drivers, teachers to ...

MidAmerican donates to Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association

The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association has received a $10,000 grant from MidAmerican Energy. These funds will be used to continue the renovation of the Phillips Middle School Auditorium in Fort Dodge. Projects included in the renovation include repairing the stage floor, installing new carpet, ...

Webster County 4-H members compete at 4-H Shooting Sports State Match

Recently, 12 4-H members participated in various disciplines, including smallbore rifle, shotgun, air rifle, and archery, at the 4-H Shooting Sports State Match in Searsboro. They are listed in no particular order. Jared Geis: smallbore rifle, second place, and shotgun, fourth place; Jacob ...

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Four generations gather

Four generations of Breedens are pictured. From left are Noah, Noah's father Cody, Great-grandfather Dan Sr., and Grandfather Dan Jr.