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Local Lifestyle

Downtown Country Jam

Shellabration Inc. will host Downtown Country Jam 2019 on Sept. 21 at Central Plaza in historic downtown Fort Dodge. Headlining this year is Chris Janson. “Chris Janson is going to rock Fort Dodge,” said Shellabration board member Melissa Hansen. Hansen was part of the ...

Bringing back the memories

WEBSTER CITY — It happens every September: Just like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the Doodle Bugs return to Webster City. This year is the 33rd annual Doodle Bug Reunion, sponsored by the Doodle Bug Club of America, and it runs from Wednesday through Sept. 15. The ...

Enjoying the great outdoors

Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove took a trip through the campground at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park recently to check and see how everyone was doing. A bit more than half the spots had campers or tents in place. He offered a prediction. “This will be full by ...

Good ‘Vine’brations

Soldier Creek Winery will host its fourth annual Good “Vine”brations Harvest Festival on Saturday. While some may see “winery” and think this is just for the 21+ crowd, it is definitely not. It’s actually fun for everyone in the community. There will be many activities throughout ...

Dayton Rodeo returns

DAYTON — Daring cowboys will see how long they can stay on top of raging bulls during the upcoming Dayton Championship Rodeo. Watching people atop 2,000 pounds of hopping mad hamburger will be far from the only attraction during the four days of events. Barrel racing, steer wrestling, ...

‘Present/Tense’

A Fort Dodge native recently came home to exhibit his sculptures in his hometown for the first time. “Present/Tense” is a joint exhibit of works from artists Tom Gormally and his wife, Malayka Gormally. Though the couple now resides in Seattle, Washington, Tom Gormally grew up in Fort ...

Wheat from chaff

HOMER — While the majority of the tractors seen on local fields in the area are now green or red, once upon a time, many of them sported other colors and could be purchased at the local Gambles Hardware or co-op. Some restored examples of those fine old machines can be seen on Saturday ...

Remembering the past

PALMER — This year’s Fall Fest on the Wiegert Prairie Farmstead will remember “Stories of the Past” with a reenactment — both the traditional Civil War one and the less seen variety commemorating the 1969 moon landing. Next Sunday, visitors can hear stories of the past through a ...

Manson Meridian Singers board announces new director

MANSON — The Manson Meridian Singers board is pleased to announce that Mary Jo Laupp has accepted the director position for the 2019-2020 season, with Trish Mernka serving as the new accompanist. Laupp comes to the group with an extensive musical background. A Michigan native, she moved ...

Tackling hunger one bag at a time

The percentage of children in Fort Dodge schools who are eligible for free and reduced lunch has not changed significantly in 10 years, according to Dr. Terry Moehnke. “Unfortunately, the number of free and reduced meals in this city is about 60 to 65 percent,” Moehnke said. “That ...

Grace Kraushaar

What is your name and age? Grace Kraushaar and I am 9 years old. Where do you go to school and what grade are you in? I go to Feelhaver Elementary and I will be in 4th grade. What do you most enjoy about performing? Either in musicals, church, piano etc…. When I do summer musicals, I ...

Auditions scheduled for ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Comedia Musica Players will conduct auditions for its fall production of the musical “Catch Me If You Can” in August. Auditions will be held on Aug. 20 and on Aug. 21. The auditions are open to anyone entering ninth grade as of fall 2019 or older. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. at First ...

‘The Movie Game’

Hawkeye Community Theatre will round out its trio of summer shows with ‘‘The Movie Game,’’ written by Adam Hummel. It will be performed at 7 p.m. Aug. 14-17, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Aug. 17. Tickets are $10 for all ages. See www.hawkeyetheatre.com or visit the ...

‘The Last Five Years’ showing Friday, Saturday in Fort Dodge

‘‘The Last Five Years,’’ a musical by Jason Robert Brown, will come to life on a Fort Dodge stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Collin Ellsbury and Cornelia Hayes bring the characters of Jamie, a young successful author, and Cathy, a struggling Broadway actress, to life as each ...

Days of fun in Gilmore City

GILMORE CITY — When the city of Gilmore decides to have some fun, it’s not just for a day. The annual Gilmore City Fun Days 2019 is on Aug. 23, 24 and 25. Chris McKee, Gilmore City city clerk said she’s excited about this year’s. She said that among the highlights, there’s a ...

Dragon boats return

The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Association continues with 23 years of dragon boating in Webster County Aug. 9-10. The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is a fun filled, family friendly weekend that includes everything from the biggest dance party the beach at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park has ...

Badgerfest aims to amuse all ages

BADGER — For one organizer of this year’s Badgerfest, there is one event that she’s looking forward to the most. The greased pig competition. Suzanne Bast, who helped organize this year’s Badgerfest and is in her first year of helping with the annual festival, said the event will ...

King Band to perform final summer concert tonight

The final concert of the 2019 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held this evening at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park. Admission is free, courtesy of the city of Fort Dodge. Conductor of the Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with David Klee serving as ...

Blues Under the Trees

The Lizard Creek Blues Society helps to preserve, promote, and educate music lovers about an American original — the blues. The society helps to bring blues to a population that may not otherwise have the opportunity to see live blues artists perform. As more people are able to discover ...

Fonda Arts Center presents ‘Growing Magic’ on July 28

FONDA — The Fonda Arts Center will present the documentary “Growing Magic: The Mickey Mouse Cornfield Story” on July 28. The screening begins at 3 p.m. with a question and answer panel discussion to follow the documentary. The Fonda Arts Center screening will be another opportunity for ...