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Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association Shining Star: Alex Tiernan

Editor’s note: This Q&A was first featured in the July issue of Today Magazine. Alex Tiernan Age: 15 School: St. Edmond Tell us about some of the cultural experiences you have had growing up in Fort Dodge. There are many ways to escape our day to day lives here in Fort Dodge. I ...

Finances of Caregiving workshop will be held in Fort Dodge

Finances of Caregiving, a five-session workshop from ISU Extension and Outreach, will be offered Tuesdays, August 18, 25 and September 1, 8 and 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Webster County Extension, 217 S. 25th St., Suite C-12, Fort Dodge. The program focuses on tools and strategies to assist ...

FD service clubs make impact

Kiwanis focus on youth Kids are the future and this is why the Noon and Golden K Kiwanis clubs put their focus toward children in the community. “We’re very passionate about the youth in our community,” said Jason Fitzgerald, Noon Kiwanis president. “There’s nothing more important ...

Palo Alto County Conservation holding prairie hike Tuesday

RUTHVEN — Palo Alto County Conservation Board is holding a prairie hike at Huston Prairie, Ruthven, at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Learn about some of the prairie species while hiking the trails. Feel free to bring your dog. Pre-registration is required by calling 712-837-4866. Space is limited to ...

Structure and opportunity

What started as an idea to get area youth involved sports and out of trouble has manifested into more than its founder ever imagined. Athletics For Education and Success (AFES) stands by a mission statement of offering “positive sports, arts and after school programs” for the youth of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Being more than a dad

Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs once said “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” On Sunday, millions of dads across the country will be celebrating Father’s Day with their families. Some dads will be celebrating with kids they didn’t ...

Artist’s Spotlight: Troy Schroeder

This appeared in the June 2020 issue of Twist and Shout. Troy Schroeder owns Memories in Focus Photography Age: 41 Hometown: Fort Dodge Known for: Photography When you hear the words “Fort Dodge,” what does it make you think of? When I hear Fort Dodge I think of Home, Safety, ...

Proper flag etiquette

To every American, the U.S. flag, “Old Glory,” means something a little different. To some, it symbolizes the victory for liberty from a tyrannical monarch. To some, it symbolizes the sacrifice and bravery of millions of American men and women who have served in the United States ...

Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association Shining Star: Ella Champagne

This appeared in the June 2020 issue of Fort Dodge Today. Ella Champagne attends Fort Dodge Middle School. What instruments do you play? I play alto saxophone, piano, ukulele, and I’m starting to teach myself guitar. How often do you practice? I practice 4 times per week on both ...

Cruise with safety

During the summer months, tens of thousands of Iowans are going to be cruising down the highway on motorcycles. While on their hogs, riders will need to pay close attention to their surroundings to stay safe, and other drivers on the road will need to watch carefully for motorcycles around ...

Creating a community

HUMBOLDT — As a retired industrial arts teacher, Dean Clasen has long had an appreciation for designing, creating and seeing a project become tangible and useful. “The biggest thing is I like the aspect of being able to design something and figure out the problem solving and what goes ...

Meatless meals

Though living with less meat is an adjustment some are just getting used to, local chef Sarah Small has had more practice living with it. The local pescatarian started learning how to incorporate alternatives to meat in her recipes months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Pescatarian diets ...

Building bridges

For most students, being successful in school is more than reading, writing and arithmetic — it’s learning how to form the social and emotional connections that will carry them to successes in life, no matter the subject. And while there’s no shortage of opportunity for social time ...

Around the world during a pandemic

Editor’s note: Since retiring, Neil Gadbury, of Fort Dodge, has pursued his passion for sailing and has traveled around the world. In his travels, he has met and befriended many people. As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, he reached out to many of those friends to see how they were ...

Buy.Eat.Live Healthy

Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems like there’s just no time to go grocery shopping and cook dinner after a long, hard day at work. Most of us turn to quick and easy options at the store like frozen pizza or a TV dinner, full of sodium and fat. Or maybe we run through the drive-thru for ...

Providing a helping hand

How can we help those that are dealing with such a high level of stress, due to the uncertainty within the agricultural economy, that they may be considering ending their own lives? David Brown, behavioral health state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ...