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Playing around

With the spring weather starting and families getting stir-crazy being stuck in the house while isolating during this COVID-19 pandemic, it may be time to go outside for a while. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines do allow for outdoor recreation, so long as ...

Artist Spot: Heather Kelly

In what ways were you involved in the arts in Fort Dodge growing up? I graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in January of 1993. I had always been interested in music so I began in 4th grade with the violin under the instruction of James Ellerston. When I went to middle school, I decided to ...

Spreading cheer, from a distance

With schools closed and many adults working from home for the foreseeable future, families are looking for ways to pass the time and keep their spirits up. With the help of social media, families across the country are coming together to brighten their neighborhoods by decorating their ...

Celebrating music in schools

Music is a lifelong connection. “It’s something that you will always have,” said Joan Ascherl, choir director at Fort Dodge Middle School. “Once you’ve found that love of music, you will never lose that.” March is Music in Our Schools Month, a time to “raise awareness of the ...

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FDPL has preschool storytime

The Fort Dodge Public Library will hold preschool Storytime on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2 to 6 years old are eligible to attend. Parents may call the library at 573-8167, ext. 6224, to register their child.

KYL Movie for Adults Tuesday

WEBSTER CITY — Movie for Adults at Kendall Young Library, Webster City, is 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library meeting room. “Bombshell” will be shown. Popcorn and beverages provided. No registration is required.

KYL preschool storytime is Wednesday

WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library will hold preschool storytime from 10:05 to 10:35 a.m. Wednesday at the library for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

‘Are You Smarter Than A K-Kid?’

Kiwanis K-Kids are holding “Are You Smarter Than A K-Kid?” game show on March 27 at Butler Elementary School, 945 S. 18th St. A meal will be served from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. with the game show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 per person and tickets at the door are $15 per person. ...

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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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Lentsch — Johnson

Alyssa Lentsch, of Clare, and Jay Johnson, of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Timothy and Michelle Lentsch, of Clare; Mark Johnson, of Fort Dodge; and Gale Johnson, of Denver, Colorado. A June 27, 2020, wedding is planned in Fort Dodge. Lentsch has a bachelor’s ...

Donahe — Boland

Katie Donahe and Ryan Boland, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Jody and Jim Donahe, Robin Boland and the late Gene Boland, all of Fort Dodge. An June 20, 2020, wedding is planned. Donahe is a 2013 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School and received a ...

Chamness

Katie Ann Evans and Stephen Leonard Chamness were married on Aug. 31, 2019, in Clarion. Parents of the couple are Brian and Sue Evans, Wellington, Colorado, Joni and Tim Caufield, Webster City; and Gary and Nicole Chamness, Blairsburg. Maid of honor was Brooke Evans, Lehigh, sister of the ...

Becker — Schrodt

Tasha Becker, of Fort Dodge, and Adam Schrodt, formerly of Des Moines, are engaged. A Jan. 11, 2020, wedding is planned. She works as a office manager for Twin Rivers Habitat for Humanity in Fort Dodge. He is a conductor with Canadian National Railroad in Fort Dodge.

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Anderson — 80th birthday

Larry O. Anderson, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Wednesday. Cards may be sent to him at 1313 N. 31st St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. His family includes wife Jackie; Shelly and Mark Wheaton, of Janesville, Wisconsin; Susette and Terry Tracy, of Clive; and Brad and Tiffany ...

Pedersen — 80th birthday

LAURENS — Shirley Pedersen, of Laurens will celebrate her 80th birthday on Friday. Her family includes her husband; Myles Pedersen; Dean and Kristi Pedersen, of Laurens; Kenny Pedersen, of Havelock; Bruce Pedersen, of Fort Dodge; and Scott Pedersen, of Boone. She has two granddaughters, ...

Flaherty — 50 years

J. Mick and Alyce Flaherty, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Cards may be sent to 1163 Colonial Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes Tim and Jodi Flaherty, Lisa and Ryan Reisner, Susan and Mark Laufersweiler, all of Fort Dodge; ...

Becker — 70 years

Ed and JoAnn Becker, of Fort Dodge, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 19. Cards may be sent to them at 3213 Fifth Ave. N., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes Sandy and Ed Warden, of Edwardsville, Illinois; Brian and Darcy Becker, of Fort Dodge; Bruce and Deb ...

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Arrivals: April 5, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER JONES — Lauren and Alex Jones, Webster City, a boy, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. LENNON — Mackenzie Lennon, Fort Dodge, a boy, Thursday, March 19, 2020. MILLER — Carissa and Ray Miller, Fort Dodge, a girl, Monday, March 23, ...

Arrivals: March 29, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH— TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER LOCKNER — Courtney and Jess Lockner, Fort Dodge, a girl, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. VASQUEZ — Yesenia and Walter Vasquez, Fort Dodge, a girl, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. DOYLE — Kylia and Brian Doyle, Coalville, a boy, Friday, March ...

Arrivals: March 15, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER HERRERA — Jordyn Herrera, Fort Dodge, a girl, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. HANSCH — Jennifer and Troy Hansch, Fort Dodge, a girl, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. SMITH — Casandra Smith, Fort Dodge, a girl, Thursday, March 5, 2020. ZUSPANN ...

Arrivals: March 8, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER REIMERS — Halie Reimers, Fort Dodge, a boy, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. UTLEY — Adriana and Ryan Utley, Fort Dodge, a boy, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. REYNOLDS — Ashley and Jason Reynolds, Fort Dodge, a boy, Wednesday, Feb. 26, ...

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