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Reimagining ghost towns

At one time, it was not uncommon for Iowa to have a town every five miles or less. As time progressed several of those towns became practically uninhabited and eventually becoming ghost towns. Dave Baker, historian, not only operates the Facebook page “The 29th State” but for several ...

Have you failed at your New Year’s resolutions?

We are now 50 days into the New Year – have you stuck to those New Year’s resolutions? If not, it is not too late to hop back onto the journey to wellness. Colleen Peace, owner of the Wellness Project in Fort Dodge said it all starts with pinpointing what it is you want to change and ...

Love that lasts

It is often said that true love is hard to find. Here we share the stories of three Fort Dodge area couples who found love and haven’t let it go. Each of these couples have been together for at least 65 years. Bob and Donna Pearson It’s been a lot of laughter for Bob and Donna Pearson ...

Ice, ice…fishing

The sport of ice fishing is yet another outdoor activity that has picked up in popularity as people seem to be seeking alternative pastimes these days. Aaron McKinney, manager of the Iowa Outdoor Store in Fort Dodge, said they are beginning to see a shortage of ice fishing equipment available ...

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Pony Express Dance Feb. 20

Dayton Wranglers Pony Express Dance is Feb. 20 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. NW. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys will play from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be raffles and a live auction. Tickets are $5 for adults and ...

Blanden exhibitions announced

Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., announces two new exhibitions. New California Views, photographs from the Blanden’s permanent collection, is in the east gallery. This exhibit will run until March 13. Iowa Watercolor Society, a showcase of Iowa talent, will be on display in ...

Blanden to hold virtual class Feb. 20

Blanden Memorial Art Museum. 920 Third Ave. S., is holding a virtual art class for children, Oil Pastel on Paper. Register online at www.blanden.org by Feb. 18. Students will explore the process of oil pastel drawing. Inspiration for this project comes from the work “Golden Root” by Louise ...

TRMC offers health screenings

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is holding health screenings Feb. 8 and 11. Stroke and vascular screenings will be held on Feb. 8. Community blood work screenings will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Feb. 11. Appointment times are required for both screenings. Call ...

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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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Hillman

WEST DES MOINES — Emily Hollman and Drew Hillman were married on Nov. 21, 2020, in Ankeny. Parents of the couple are Karl and Pat Hollman, of Burnside, and Doug Hillman, of West Des Moines, and the late SueAnn Hillman. Jess Hilbert was maid of honor. Quinton Smith was best ...

Tharp

WEBSTER CITY — Brianne Mensing and Matthew Tharp, both of Richfield, Minnesota, were married July 25 at Woodlake Lutheran Church, Richfield, Minnesota. Parents of the couple are David and Debra Mensing, of Bloomington, Minnesota, and Brad and Julie Tharp, of Webster City. Maid of honor ...

Petersen — Wolvington

Julie Lynn Petersen, formerly of Rockwell City, and Michael Raymond Wolvington, of Chadron, Nebraska, are engaged An April 10, 2021, wedding is planned. The couple’s parents are Mark and Dawn Williamson, of Rockwell City and the late Ralph Petersen of Ida Grove; and Randy and Donna ...

Moritz — Lindner

Alyson Moritz and David Lindner, both of Fort Dodge, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Shawn and Sherry Moritz and Dana and Paula Lindner, all of Fort Dodge. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned. Moritz is employed at Iowa Heart Center, Fort Dodge. Linder is employed at Midstate, Fort Dodge.

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Singer — 50 years

Bob and Janet Singer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today. Congratulations may be emailed to bobjansinger@gmail.com. Their family includes three children and six grandchildren. Janet Betz and Robert Singer were married on Feb. 27, 1971, in Aurelia.

Mundt — 70th birthday

STRATFORD — Carol Mundt, of Stratford, will celebrate her 70th birthday Tuesday. Cards may be sent to her at P.O. Box 260, Stratford, IA 50249. Her family includes mother Doris Mundt, of Stratford; brothers, Allan and Sharon Mundt, of Gowrie; Dave and Diane Mundt, of Callender; three ...

Rhodes — 85th birthday

HUMBOLDT — Darlene Clark Rhodes will celebrate her 85th birthday on March 1st. Cards may be sent to her at 1234 Itaska Ave., Humboldt, IA 50548. Her family includes Denise and Todd Eilers, Winnebago, Illinois; Dr. Rob and Lora Rhodes, Lincoln, Nebraska; Angie and Greg Copper, Humboldt. ...

Olson — 90th birthday

EAGLE GROVE — Shirley Hayek Olson, of Eagle Grove, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Thursday. Cards may be sent to 905 SW First St., Eagle Grove, IA 50533a Her family includes Barbara Olson, of Helena, Montana; Eldean and CherylAnn Olson, of Eagle Grove; Lori Olson, of Eagle Grove; ...

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Arrivals: Feb. 27, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER BRONDYKE — Anna Brondyke, Manson, a girl, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. SMITH — Holly and Jason Smith, Goldfield, a boy, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. BAARDSON — Samantha and Jacob Baardson, Fort Dodge, a girl, Tuesday, Feb. 23, ...

Arrivals: Feb. 20, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER PRADO RODRIGUEZ — Ashley and Victor Prado Rodriguez, Fort Dodge, a boy, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. DERRIG — Morgan Derrig, Fort Dodge, a girl, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. RUIZ — Olivia and Marcus Ruiz, Humboldt, a girl, Thursday, ...

Arrivals: Feb. 13, 2021

IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL YAHYAOUI — Mollie and Hssine Yahyaoui, a boy, Zayne Eddin Yahyaoui, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Grandparents are Dan and Anna Tague, Webster City; Jeanne Heller, Webster City; and Fatma Yahyaoui, Tataouine, Tunisia. Great-grandparents are George and Kathy Heller and Dan ...

Arrivals: Jan. 28, 2021

IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL LARSON — Christina and Adam Larson, Callender, a boy, Alecxavier Eugene Larson, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Grandparents are Candy Hanus and Mich Thomason, Goldfield; Michelle and Shane Lock, Fort Dodge; Marlon Larson, Callender; and the late Doug Schultz. ...

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United Bank donates to FD Fire Department

United Bank of Iowa in Fort Dodge recently donated $500 to the Fort Dodge Fire Department. This was part of United Bank of Iowa’s bankwide effort to show appreciation and thanks to local frontline emergency responders. Each UBI location gave a $500 donation to their local first responders to ...

Iowa Central cross country team donates to Trinity Foundation

The cross country team from Iowa Central Community College recently presented Trinity Foundation a check for $2,600 for the Trinity Cancer Center. The cross country team has been fundraising for the Trinity Cancer Center since 2009. They have now contributed over $24,000 through selling ...

Warren Coleman awards received

Luke Laufersweiler holds a Warren Coleman Honorary award at Ja-Mar Drive In Restaurant. Laufersweiler accepted the award on behalf of Laufersweiler Sievers Funeral Home. The award was presented by Iowa Lions Administrator Tim Wilson. Also pictured are Laufersweiler’s children: Max, Kash and ...

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