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Honeymoon in Baghdad

When Heidi Radkiewicz got married in 2002, a honeymoon was not in the budget. “For us, a honeymooon wasn’t even in the works,” she said, after they paid a justice of the peace $25 to marry them. But lucky for them, they got to spend the first months of their marriage on the U.S. ...

Fort Dodge Area Symphony opens season

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. today at the Fort Dodge Middle School, 800 N. 32nd St. Tickets are by season membership or $10 for adults. Students are admitted free. The concert will begin with “Toward a New Life” by Joseph Suk. This was written for the 1932 ...

Fort Dodge Choral Society opens new season

Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “The Sounds of Silence” at 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 838 N. 25th St. For the opening concert of the new season, conductor Bruce Perry has selected music that focuses on times of silence in daily lives. “During times ...

Radon gas awareness presentation set

A scheduled presentation of information on radon and radon gas testing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Webster County Extension and Outreach office, 217 S. 25th St., Suite C12, to better help communities comprehend the dangers of radon and ways to mitigate the danger. Radon is a ...

Cardiff Giant turns 150

Get ready to party with Fort Dodge’s most infamous hoax on his 150th birthday this Wednesday at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village. From 5 to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy a giant cake, decorate paper maches and make their own “humbug,” such as a “jackalope,” which was invented by ...

Almost Home to hold fundraiser Saturday

In a perfect world, every dog would have a home with a family to protect at night and every cat would have a loving family to own. Sadly, there are many dogs and cats that aren’t living this luxurious lifestyle. For those pets without a home, Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa ...

Pumpkins and ponies: A celebration of fall

HUMBOLDT — A simple question 14 years ago led Lonnie and Bob Larson, of Humboldt, to a long tradition of hosting the annual Pumpkins and Ponies at their Springvale Farm near Humboldt. It began with ponies. “My husband and I gave pony rides to kids,” she said. “Then one year Bob ...

Ride for Raiders gears up for inaugural event

SAC CITY — A new charity bicycle ride is coming to East Sac County School District. The 30-mile, family friendly route will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the East Sac County Elementary Building, 400 S. 16th St. in Sac City. For the first time, Ride for Raiders will meet to ...

‘Falling Awake’

By TERESA JACKSON I am incredibly excited about the play I have selected for our Iowa Central Community College fall production. What makes this year’s selection even more exciting for me, though, is that it is the first show I’ve ever directed which has been written by a former ...

Fresh and healthy

In just four short months, the new Webster County Growing Together Donation Garden in Fort Dodge has produced more than 140 pounds of fresh produce, which were given to the Lord’s Cupboard food pantry and the Salvation Army. The garden, located at Fourth Avenue South and South ...

Going the Distance keeps moving

A charity run that started three years ago has seen rapid growth with registrations this year. The second annual Going the Distance 5K Color Run, started by organizer MaKenzie Hawley, has more than tripled its registration from its first year, one year since it added some color to the ...

Between sleep and awake

The state between awake and asleep has served as inspiration for artists for many years. The digital photo composites created by photographer Denis Hagen, of Hiawatha, capture some of that essence, according to Blanden Memorial Art Museum Director Eric Anderson. “They share a lot with ...

Otho chili cook-off is Saturday

OTHO — Attendees to the fourth annual Otho Betterment Committee chili cook-off will have a chance to test their skills on the softball diamond, watch children stuff their faces with pie, and of course, find out who has the best chili. The cook-off is Saturday at the Otho city park. Cost is ...

Fort Dodge Public Library Brown Bag Briefings for October

The Friends of the Fort Dodge Public Library will hold Brown Bag Briefings on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the library meeting room, 424 Central Ave. The programs are free. Bring a sack lunch, coffee and water will be provided. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 3: Veterans Day ...

‘California Suite’ coming soon to Hawkeye Community Theatre

Four comedy scenes located in four major cities are at the heart of ‘‘California Suite,’’ the next play coming to the stage of Hawkeye Community Theatre Oct. 2-4. Written by Neil Simon, who has received more Oscar and Tony award nominations than any other writer, ‘‘California ...

Sacred Sounds concert comes to Crossroads Mall

The annual Sacred Sounds fall concert for Iowa Central Community College’s vocal music ensembles will be 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Crossroads Mall. “The Sacred Sounds is kind of the kickoff of our music season,” said Will Lopes, director of vocal music at Iowa Central. “It’s the ...

Iowa Central hosting choral clinic for young men

Iowa Central Community College will be welcoming dozens of young men in grades five through 12 for a first-of-its-kind choral clinic at the college on Saturday. “Real Men Sing” is part of a nationwide movement to reinvigorate boys’ and young mens’ interest in vocal music ...

Legacy Learning to hold Fall Weekend

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is hosting its annual Fall Weekend, Sept. 27-29 at Briggs Woods Park. Participants will have a chance to immerse themselves in nature while exploring their creative side. Five different workshops, ranging from a watercolors to blacksmithing, will offer a ...

Award-winning quilter coming to Sac County Quilt-A-Fair

SAC CITY — The seventh biennial Sac County Quilt-A-Fair is SAturday and Sept. 22 at the Sac County Fairgrounds. The Quilt-A-Fair committee strives to plan a fun-filled experience for man, woman, and child who comes to the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. The 2019 show will include a ...

Party for the pets at Almost Homecoming

In a perfect world, every dog would have a home with a family to protect at night and every cat would have a loving family to own. Sadly, there are many dogs and cats that aren’t living this luxurious lifestyle. For those pets without a home, Almost Home Humane Society of North Central Iowa ...