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Reaching their full potential

Jay Johnson moved into his first apartment 10 years ago, with support from LifeWorks Community Services. “When Jay first associated with LifeWorks, he lived in a (group home),” said Curt Duffield, LifeWorks vocational director. “(LifeWorks) helped him gain the skills to which he was ...

Antique tractor show coming to Webster Co. Fairgrounds

The 32nd annual Des Moines River Valley Antique Tractor and Engine Club’s Antique Tractor Show will run alongside the Webster County Fair at the county fairgrounds this week. The festivities kick off on Thursday and run through Sunday. Admission is free and guests are welcomed to enjoy ...

Enjoying the finer things…

The word through the grapevine in Fort Dodge is that you don’t have to travel long distances to get a great variety of wine. In fact, the vineyard is right in Webster County’s back yard at wineries like Soldier Creek Winery. There, a local family grows 10 different grapes that make 16 ...

Light up the Fourth

With Fort Dodge’s fireworks show cancelled this year and many looking for a pandemic outlet for fun, lighting up the party this Independence Day only takes a trip to one of the local fireworks tents. But with a variety of fireworks having been legal in Iowa for several years, Fort Dodge ...

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KYL Dress Up Day is Friday

WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library, Webster City, will be hosting Friday Dress Up Days for children and teens every Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. This Friday is Pajama Day. Come to the front of the library to show your outfit and get a small prize.

FDPL children’s summer reading logs

The Fort Dodge Public Library children’s summer reading logs are now available in the children’s department of the library. Children birth through 14 years of age are invited to participate with their families. Children and families can read books and participate in a variety of activities ...

KYL Craft Grab Bags for kids and teens

WEBSTER CITY — Kendall Young Library, Webster City, is offering weekly craft grab bags for kids and teens. Children and teens can pick up one bag per week on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pick up will be ...

Music at the Park in Dayton Wednesday

DAYTON — Music at the Park will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at Cadwell Park in Dayton. The Larry Davis Band will perform. The event is free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and practice social distancing.

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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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Mensing — Tharp

WEBSTER CITY — Brianne Mensing and Matt Tharp, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota, are engaged. Parents of the couple are David and Debra Mensing, of Bloomington, Minnesota, and Brad and Julie Tharp, of Webster City. A July 25, 2020, wedding is planned. Mensing is a graduate of Bloomington ...

Baardson

WEST DES MOINES — Molly Schminke and Taylor Baardson, of West Des Moines, were married on Aug. 17, 2019, in New Virginia. Parents of the couple are Kevin and Sarah Schminke of Fort Dodge, and David and Kristen Baardson, of Fort Dodge. Maid of honor was Alex Schminke, of Willowa, Oregon, ...

Darr — Bax

MANSON —Cassie Darr and Zachery Bax, both of Manson, are engaged. Parents of the couple are Leanne and Brian Darr of Manson and Dianne and Vince Bax of Sweetwater, Texas. A Sept. 19, 2020 wedding is planned at Briggs Woods Conference Center in Webster City. Darr is a 2018 graduate of ...

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 ...

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Murphy — 80th birthday

William Murphy, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Friday. Cards may be sent to him at 928 S. 18th St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. His family includes Landra Carroll. His wife, Carol Murphy, is deceased. Murphy was born on July 17, 1940. He was a farmer and rural mail carrier ...

Larson — 80th birthday

Mary Larson, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate her 80th birthday on July 20, 2020. Cards may be sent to her at The Marian Home, 2400 Sixth Ave. N., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Peterson — 60 years

John and Paulette Peterson, of Fort Dodge, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday. Cards may be sent to them at 1603 N. Seventh St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Their family includes John and Michelle Peterson, of Le Mars; Brian and Robin Peterson, of Troutdale, Oregon; and Jim ...

Swaroff — 40 years

DAYTON — David and Susan Swaroff, of Dayton, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on July 13. Cards may be sent to them at 408 Second St. NE, Dayton, IA 50530. Their family includes Alex Swaroff, of Des Moines. Susan Katuin and David Swaroff were married on July 13, 1980, at ...

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Arrivals: July 12, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER JORGENSEN — Kimberly and Mason Jorgensen, Fort Dodge, a boy, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. PRINCE — Cearra Prince, Fort Dodge, a boy, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. SEWARD-PHILLIPS — Belecia and Dustyn Seward-Phillips, Fort Dodge, Thursday, ...

Arrivals: July 5, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER JOHNSON — Christine Johnson, Fort Dodge, a girl, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. CHRISTENSEN — Courtney and Jason Christensen, Humboldt, a boy, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. MARTINEZ — Azmirah Martinez, Fort Dodge, a girl, Thursday, June ...

Arrivals: June 28, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FREESE — Hannah Freese, Fort Dodge, a boy, Sunday, June 14, 2020. CONELL — Maria and Eric Conell, Fort Dodge, a girl, Sunday, June 14, 2020. KRAMER — Christina and Kamden Kramer, Rockwell City, a boy, Monday, June 15, ...

Arrivals: June 21, 2020

UNITYPOINT HEALTH — TRINITY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER ASCHE — Mallory and Jacob Asche, Humboldt, a girl, Monday, June 8, 2020. BRUESCHKE — Hailey Brueschke, Callender, a girl, Monday, June 8, 2020. WORDEN — Alexis and Cory Worden, Duncombe, twin boys, Wednesday, June 10, ...

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