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‘Community, love and reflection’

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Day conversation When: Monday at 7 p.m. Where: via Zoom Who: Julia Naylor and Jane Burleson Two longstanding members of Coppin Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will share their experiences during the era of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights ...

Bridges that fascinate

Editor’s note: One day after returning from an assignment to photograph a small tree along the Fort Dodge Nature Trail, April wanted to know more about the history of the trail. She soon discovered that not much is known about its history. However, while looking up facts about the Nature ...

A happy and hopeful new year

Editor’s note: As we embark on a new year, The Messenger staff took the opportunity to ask some of our community leaders to share a personal resolution for 2022 and a resolution for Fort Dodge. Here is what they said: Luke Fleener, Webster County sheriff New Year’s resolution for ...

How we connect

Many millenials recall their first cellphone as a flip phone or a slide phone. In the case of Tony Smith, UScellular Fort Dodge store manager, the first cellphone he remembers using was a Nokia flip phone. “I remember a time when there was a bag phone people used to carry in their ...

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2022 Pocahontas County 4-H scholarship applications are open

POCAHONTAS — Applications are available for the 2022 Pocahontas County 4-H Scholarships. Due to the generous support of the Pocahontas County 4-H Endowment up to 10 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to senior 4-H members. The applications are available at the ISU Extension and Outreach ...

St. Paul Youth Group holding shoe drive Sunday

The St. Paul Lutheran Church Youth Group is holding a shoe drive until March 10. New and gently used shoes will be collected and funds for the shoes will be used to send the Youth Group to the national youth gathering in Texas this summer. There will be a drive by drop off event from 10 a.m. ...

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church soup supper Jan. 30

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1007 First Ave. S., is holding a drive-thru soup supper from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 30. The meal is a choice of chicken and wild rice soup or chili with crackers and dessert. Ticket are $10 per meal with proceeds going to The Lord’s Cupboard. Those attending should ...

MNW team trivia night Feb. 5

CLARE — The Manson Northwest Webster Electraton Team is holding a team trivia night Feb. 5 at the Clare Community Center, Clare. Teams will be comprised of six to eight players. The cost is $10 per person. Social begins at 6 p.m. with trivia at 7:30 p.m. The Clare Volunteer Fire Department ...

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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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Lippens — Poldervaart

CEDAR RAPIDS — Samantha Lippens and Tyler Poldervaart, both of Cedar Rapids, are engaged. The couple’s parents are Doug and Heidi Lippens, of Miles, and Steven and Ronica Poldervaart, of Fort Dodge. The wedding is planned for April 29, 2022. Lippens is a graduate of Wartburg College and ...

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 ...

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Sorenson — 85th birthday

POMEROY — LaVonne Sorenson, of Pomeroy, will celebrate her 85th birthday Jan. 29. Cards may be sent to her at P.O. Box 73, Pomeroy, IA 50575. Her family includes Brenda and Denny Smith, Doug and Martha Sorenson, Kim Hutchinson and Dave Holder. She has 10 grandchildren and one ...

Schoon — 80th birthday

MANSON — Marlys Schoon, of Manson, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday. Cards may be sent to her at P.O. Box 836, Manson, IA. 50563. Her family includes Lori and Bill Habben, of Humboldt; Lynn and Patty Schoon, of Palmer; Lisa and Greg Saal, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and ...

Ewing — 90th birthday

Ralph Ewing, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Jan. 26. Cards may be sent to him at 22641 Circle Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. His family includes Debbie and Calvin Bickford, Dan and Kim Ewing, Dave and Diana Ewing, Donald and Jae Ewing, Diana Ewing, Ron and Nicole Ewing, ...

Thielmann — 90th birthday

Lois Thielmann, of Fort Dodge, formerly of Manson, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Dec. 30. Cards may be sent to her at Friendship Haven, Journey Neighborhood, No. 5115, 420 Kenyon Road, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Her family includes Lee and Jan Thielmann, of Ankeny; Max and Robert Dodds, ...

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Arrivals: Dec. 31, 2021

IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL SPELLMEYER — Sarah and Andy Spellmeyer, Woolstock, a girl, Lenore Jayne Spellmeyer, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. Grandparents are Rick and Yvonne Taylor, Lehigh; Jane Berry, Webster City; and the late Kenneth (Spud) Spellmeyer. HAMAN — Melody and Dane Haman, Webster ...

Arrivals: Dec. 24, 2021

IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL BERTRAN — Ariel and Bryce Bertran, Webster City, a boy, Landry Dean Bertran, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. HARTLEY — Kelsey Olson and Cameron Hartley, Humboldt, a girl, Aria Jade Hartley, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. Grandparents are Kim Olson, Dakota City, and Jason and ...

Arrivals: Dec. 18, 2021

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER POMMER — Amara Pommer, Fort Dodge, a girl, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. HAUBRICH — Samantha and Aaron Haubrich, Fort Dodge, a boy, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. JOHNSON — Jennifer Johnson, Bode, a boy, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. LANSMAN — ...

Arrivals: Dec. 11, 2021

IOWA SPECIALTY HOSPITAL FROTH — Annelease Lynn Marie Froth, Vincent, a girl, Angel Jay Anderson, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Grandmother is Kimberly Day, Duncombe. VANDERHOFF — Audra and Tony Vanderhoff, Fort Dodge, a boy, Oliver Joe Vanderhoff, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Grandparents are Dawn ...

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Sac County 4-H Council named

The Sac County 4-H Awards Banquet was held on Dec. 12 at the Odebolt Community Center. OA Richland Robins hosted this year. Awards included First Time Record Books, Junior Members, State Recognition, Intermediate Members, Senior Members, County Award Winners, 4-H Leader Recognition and Top ...

Sac County 4-H’ers for 4-H Award winners named

Sac County 4-H’ers for 4-H Awards are pictured here: Luke Steinkamp, Innovative Pioneers; Addie Mohr, OA Richland Robins; Mason Wolf, Early Achievers; Cale Niehaus, Jacksons’ Sydney Hurd, Nemaha 4-H; Mya Henningson, Schaller Shamrocks; Kaydon Erpelding,WLB/VV; and Connor Naberhaus, County ...

4-H Long Time Records Award winners named

The Sac County 4-H Awards Banquet was held on Dec. 12 at the Odebolt Community Center. OA Richland Robins hosted this year. Long Time Records Award went to Katie Pickhinke, Logan Pickhinke, Cale Niehaus and Levi Steinkamp.

Randy Davis receives quilt

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 216’s retired naval commander, Marie Sheeder, presented four veterans honor quilts on Nov. 11. Current active Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Davis received a quilt made by Jean Konvalinka.

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Five generations gather

Five generations got together for Thanksgiving. In back are Grandmother Barb Copenhaver, mother Madison Copenhaver, Jossen Reyes, and Great-grandmother Laurie Lagerstrom. Josiah Reyes and Great-great-grandmother Loretta Brundige are sitting.

Four generations of Beck family

Four generations are pictured. At left, Grandfather Scott Beck is holding Millie Grace Chavez. In the middle is Great-Grandmother Nancy Lee Beck. At right, mother Kelsey Beck is holding Emmilynn Mae Chavez.

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.