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Manson Greater Crater Days

MANSON — This year’s Manson Greater Crater Days celebration will see a number of new events that organizers hope visitors to the festival will enjoy. Among the new events at Greater Crater Days, which goes from Friday through Sunday, is a skid loader rodeo. Justin Widlund, president ...

‘Fiancee of danger’

Marie Marvingt was not one to sit still for very long. Her resume seems better suited for a character in an action movie than a French woman who was born in 1875. It includes flying planes and balloons, riding the Tour de France bike route, climbing mountains and dominating winter sports. ...

King Band concert will include patriotic music

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will continue the 2019 summer concert season at 7:30 p.m. today with a concert at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the cCity of Fort Dodge. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be ...

A river runs through it

LEHIGH — It’s almost time to head to Lehigh and enjoy the annual River Days Celebration along the Des Moines River. This year’s dates, for the 38th celebration, are Friday, Saturday and June 16. River Days committee chairman Brett Smith grew up with the celebration. His parents, ...

The Steinway Victory Vertical Piano Project

The Victory Vertical Piano Project is coming to Fort Dodge Friday at 7 p.m. at Tompkins Celebration Center at Friendship Haven. Rural Humboldt native Dr. Garik Pedersen will present this historical tribute. The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association is bringing the event to town. It is free, ...

Joy of Beethoven comes to Jewell

JEWELL — On Wednesday, internationally distinguished concert pianist, Stephan Moller, will join Jewell music teachers, Don and Delayna Beattie to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, opus 125 “Ode to Joy.” They will perform on two grand pianos in the sanctuary of the United Church of ...

How dads shape us will be topic at Lifetree Cafe

The impact of fathers on children will be examined noon Tuesday at Lifetree Cafe at Cana, 18 S. Third St. The program, titled “A Father’s Power: How Dads Shape Us — for Better or Worse,” includes a filmed interview with former gang member and current father Mark DeEsparza. “I ...

Shellabration

Sammy Hagar & the Circle, with special guest Vince Neil, singer for the band Motley Crue, are coming to Fort Dodge on Saturday for Shellabration, the annual concert at Harlan & Hazel Rogers Sports Complex. Hagar, known as The Red Rocker, is noted for his song “I Can’t Drive 55” ...

Oakland Cemetery walk

The Friends of Oakland Cemetery are ready for the 17th annual Oakland Cemetery Walk next weekend. This year there will be one outdoor event and two indoor events. On Friday, the event is at the historic Oakland Cemetery at 7 p.m. It is an informal stroll through the cemetery where the ...

Blanden Arts Festival

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum has filled its canvas with activities for the annual Blanden Arts Festival. The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The works of a wide variety of artists, who focus on diverse mediums, will be on display. There will be a large artist’s tent and ...

Karl King Band will hold first summer concert June 9

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will open its 2019 summer season on June 9 with a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge. There is no admission charge, with these concerts being provided by the City of Fort Dodge. Jerrold P. ...

Calhoun County Relay For Life set for Thursday

ROCKWELL CITY — The Calhoun County Relay For Life Committee will hold the American Cancer Society’s 2019 Relay for Life at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Calhoun County Courthouse Square in Rockwell City. This year’s Relay For Life features a superhero theme with the slogan “Heroes of ...

Buckskinners are back

The annual Frontier Days celebration is just up the trail a bit with a host of events scheduled for the upcoming weekend both in downtown Fort Dodge and at the Fort Museum & Frontier Village. This year’s Frontier Days kicks off Friday at 4 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. Saturday ...

Hidden wonders

Located along the Des Moines River just south of Fort Dodge, Dolliver Memorial State Park is packed with hidden gems and unique natural history. With the help of Park Manager Kevin Henning, here’s six surprising facts about Dolliver worth knowing before visiting: 1. The Lead Tablet that ...

Memorial Day

The origins of the holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May go back to a time just after the Civil War. Until 1970, the holiday was observed on May 30. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan was the second commander of the Grand Army of the Republic GAR an organization of Civil War veterans who ...

Illegal immigration will be Lifetree Cafe topic

Possible responses to illegal immigration will be discussed at noon on Tuesday at Lifetree Cafe , 19 S. Third St. The program, titled “An Immigrant in the Sanctuary: When Faith and Politics Collide,” features a filmed interview with the Rev. Mike Morran, whose church offered sanctuary to ...

The good old days

Al Nelson spent about 10 years digging up the facts about the past of Fort Dodge. The Fort Dodge historian’s work took him out of the city to about 200 different places around the country. The result of his labor is a book titled “Fort Dodge: America’s Frontier Town.” It debuted ...

Junquefest is returning to Webster City Memorial Day weekend

WEBSTER CITY — Volunteers are still needed for this year’s Junquefest coming up on Memorial Day weekend, according to Webster City Chamber of Commerce officials. Junquefest is Webster City’s annual vintage and antiques show held downtown May 24-26. Officials with the Chamber of ...

Stage Door Productions presents SPRING CABARET A Night of Musical Theatre

Stage Door Productions is set to perform “Spring Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre,” its latest offering, at the historic Ringland-Smeltzer House May 16 and 17. Shelly Bottorff, the show’s director, is grateful to be able to host the production at the Ringland-Smeltzer House, located ...

McSweeny’s School of the Performing Arts will usher in spring in songs

McSweeny’s School of Performing Arts is springing into music as it plans two whimsical recitals this month. “A Million Dreams,” a voice recital, will be presented on Saturday at 7 p.m. This spring recital will feature vocal soloists, a vocal ensemble, and the Fort Dodge Area ...