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An ag education

Ask a child where their food comes from. Do they know? One organization has made it their goal to educate children about Iowa agriculture and help their schools and teachers deliver that message and most recently have begun making that possible in Webster County. North Central Iowa Ag ...

A look back

The original Webster County Courthouse was built on the same site where today’s courthouse stands. It served its purpose for about 40 years before being replaced. In addition to its official functions, the courthouse provided space for entertainment. An editorial in the Oct. 12, 1893, ...

ISU Extension has tools to help you plan your finances

The current period of job loss and reduced income has affected people in different ways. The result? Different households face different financial challenges at this point. Whatever your situation, now is a good time to assess your financial situation, evaluate your priorities, and take ...

A rare collection

CLARION — Larry Maasdam just doesn’t collect your typical antique tractor. In fact, the majority of his collection is made up of tractors that were never part of a farm in Iowa. After several years of collecting model toys, Maasdam began collecting what he calls “antique ...

A look back

This photo shows a gathering of many of the original pioneers of early Webster County. The Fort Dodge Messenger article on Aug. 20, 1908, talked about the event. “Wednesday was Pioneer Day at the Chautauqua assembly. Accordingly pioneers from all parts of the county, and in some ...

Inside the Vincent House

Located in the historical Oak Hill District in Fort Dodge stands a home rich with history that tells a narrative of the very beginnings of the city. The Vincent House was built in 1872, just three short years after the city of Fort Dodge was incorporated and is considered the oldest ...

Sculpting with power

If you have driven down U.S. Highway169 south of Fort Dodge, you may have noticed some peculiar chainsaw activity. It’s not just your typical trimming of trees, however, but sculptures of bears, pumpkins, eagles and more are being created. Lynn Anderson, of Fort Dodge, has been ...

It’s pumpkin time!

Community Orchard For many in the Fort Dodge area, a trip to Community Orchard, 2237 160th St., is an autumn tradition. From picking apples in the orchard to selecting that perfect orange pumpkin in the pumpkin patch to laughing and having fun on the Back 40 playground, there’s something ...

FDSH choirs don ‘singers masks’

No, those aren’t ducks on stage at the next Fort Dodge Senior High a cappellaCQconcert — they’re students, they just kind of look like ducks. To help choir students avoid spreading the novel coronavirus, while still allowing them to sing mostly unhindered, the Fort Dodge Community ...

Dig into Iowa’s Remarkable Ag History in Somers on Tuesday

SOMERS — If you eat, you have a connection to farming every day. Iowa has long been an epicenter of agricultural productivity and innovation. Author Darcy Dougherty Maulsby from Lake City will bring stories of that productivity and innovation to life on Tuesday at the Somers Public Library ...

“Broadway and Beyond” coming to Oleson Park

The Karl King Bandshell at Oleson Park will soon be alive with ‘‘The Sound of Music’’ — as well as other stage favorites, courtesy of the Iowa Central Community College Music Department. The ‘‘Broadway and Beyond’’ concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The concert ...

‘We are creative people’

In the age of COVID-19, schools and colleges around the country and around the world have had to adapt. For many, this meant finding ways to deliver instruction electronically, often through video conferencing for virtual classes. This was easier for some programs than others. For ...

Farm to Fork continues

Farm to Fork will continue its annual celebration in a slightly modified manner on Sept. 12 to make it safer with COVID-19, allowing diners to sample exquisite selections from a variety of local producers in a five-course, farm-fresh meal. This year, instead of the traditional long table ...

‘Farm to town, life retold’

CLARION —Where can you find an original soda fountain, a replica of a 1950s kitchen, a small town garage, teddy bears, a hat collection and tractors all under one roof? The answer is the Heartland Museum in Clarion. Those displays and several more have been a part of the museum since it ...

Fresh produce

Farmers markets are always busy places in the summer. Local farmers and gardeners set up to sell their fresh vegetables and fruits, but shopping at a farmers market is more than just picking out tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchinis. The Fort Dodge Area Farmers Market, the city’s ...

Kadens Kloset helps foster children

HUMBOLDT — A video shared by a Facebook friend and a little nudge from God inspired Karen Clark to help foster families and families in need in her community. In 2016, Clark established a Kadens Kloset location at Faith United Methodist Church, 107 N. Fourth St. in Humboldt. Kadens ...

Helping couples with tips, strategies during COVID-19

AMES — Sometimes too much of a good thing can be stressful. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, couples and families may be facing a surplus of quality time. Adults may have to work from home or be on leave and children may not be able to attend school or go to childcare. So, what can ...

Preserve summer bounty with Food Preservation 101 Virtual Course

AMES — Your spring gardens are flourishing with wonderful produce. Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy 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 wellness ...

Staying sharp

Keep your mind active and engaged and you may be better equipped to handle the stress of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This is true for people of all ages, but becomes increasingly important for older adults, says Jeongeun Lee, an Iowa State University assistant professor and ...

Getting crafty

From ales to lagers to stouts to IPAs, getting into craft beer in hopping local scenes can be quite a ride to the novice domestic drinker. But if Busch Light is your go-to choice, don’t be afraid to try something new: take a flight with The Messenger to learn more about some of the quality ...