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Healthy lawns

When Neil Barringham said “the grass is greener where you water it,” he might not have been referring to lawn care, but if he was, he wasn’t wrong. Now is the time to be giving your lawn some attention in order to give it the best start it can, in hopes for a healthy turf all season ...

ISU Extension offers classes for food preservation

AMES — Spring is coming and many families are planning their gardens. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy your home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness, like botulism, with your home preserved foods, say nutrition and ...

WHODUNIT?

GOWRIE — Murder, mystery and the classic question of “whodunit?” goes live on stage next weekend at the Southeast Valley High School gym in Gowrie. Southeast Valley High School students will be performing “Clue” Friday April 16 and Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m. and the audience will ...

EGGceptional ways to decorate your Easter eggs

If you are still planning on decorating Easter eggs, why not try some unconventional ways to the ever so popular way of decorating for the holiday? Meg Beshey, museum assistant for the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, said there are several ways to consider decorating your eggs ...

New exhibits at the Blanden

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, 920 Third Ave. S., has new exhibitions for the spring of 2021. The new exhibits transfer the mind into a colorful array of lineal details using common, everyday objects by Roger Feldhans to the ethereal, soft tones mixed in with the heritage from family images ...

Just the facts

For the first time in two decades, the Nutrition Facts label found on all packaged foods is getting an update. The new label, which started appearing on Jan. 1 is expected to be on all packaged foods by the end of the year. “There are concerns that have been raised over the years with ...

Easter egg hunts

FARNHAMVILLE — Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. April 3 at Farnhamville Park, Farnhamville. The hunt is for children up to third grade. GOWRIE — Easter egg hunt is 12:30 p.m. April 3 at the Gowrie City Park, Gowrie. In the event of rain, the hunt will be held at the Gowrie Fire ...

Celebrating National Ag Week

For the past 40-plus years, one day has been set aside to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture. National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America. The ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber ...

Making the Farm-to-Fork connection:

Anyone who eats has a connection to agriculture three times a day. While it’s easy to think that food comes from the grocery store, there’s so much more to the story. That’s why the Calhoun County Farm Bureau’s board of directors has published a new, full-color, 8-page booklet called ...

Beautiful and maddening

For Iowa Central Director of Theater Teresa Jackson, the stars had aligned perfectly when she was in the throes of trying to find a suitable theater production to put on for the college’s annual fall play last year. For starters, Iowa — and the rest of the world — was in the middle ...

For the good of others

“Investing in our community, today, tomorrow…forever” – those words are what the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way stand behind. The organization is also following its mission statement of “to serve as a catalyst for charitable giving – developing charitable ...

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 ...

Microgreens and honey are all the buzz

With more and more farmland being placed into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), this has also provided land for habitat for honey bees and other pollinators. Seeing these converted acres sparked an interest for rural Webster County resident, Scott Croonquist. “We saw all of this ...

Stressed out

A pandemic and derecho, a drought, markets – just one of those events can cause a farmer or anyone living in rural Iowa stress, let alone a combination of them all. To help out with this, COVID Recovery of Iowa has been developed. “These are issues being addressed through COVID ...

Taking care of Fort Dodge

The answer to the question of what the Fort Dodge Parks Recreation and Forestry department does, could best be answered by asking what don’t they do? “To describe what Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry is that we have a little bit of something for everyone,” said Lori ...

Winter ready

Is your car ready for winter driving? Are you prepared for winter driving? And in all reality, do you know when you should and when you should not be out traveling? Winter travel Before hitting the roads this winter, it is advised to be aware of current and upcoming weather and road ...

From rags to rugs

BARNUM – For Denny Dunbar old clothing and materials aren’t for the trash, but rather as an opportunity to create something not only useful for the home, but attractive as well. Denny Dunbar, owner of Rag Rugs by Denny has been using fabrics to make an assortment of products. “I take ...