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Escaping boredom during the break

The presents are opened. Now what are some fun activities to do with kids until school resumes? Malisa Rader, human sciences specialist, family life for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said there are several activities families can do together to help make the best out of the ...

Webster County 4-H’ers hold 2020 awards banquet virtually

The annual Webster County 4-H Awards & Volunteer Recognition Banquet program was recorded and shared virtually this year. The program is sponsored each year by the Webster County 4-H Foundation and the Webster County Extension and Outreach Office. The 4-H County Council thanked 4-H ...

‘It was a super God wink’

ALGONA – The baby Jesus; his mother, Mary, father, Joseph and others that make up the Christmas story are often displayed in nativity scenes. Although nativity scenes are a popular decoration at Christmastime, there is nothing like the one in Algona. This one- of- a kind recreation ...

Candy for Christmas

For Arlyn Goraczowski, spending time in the kitchen is one of his favorite pastimes. But when the Christmas season rolls around, he switches his focus from his usual baking, cooking meals and grilling to making candy. Goraczowski takes his candy making seriously – making over 3,000 ...

Christmas collections

Whether you enjoy multi-color lights or white lights, one Christmas tree or several, decorating for the holidays can bring joy to your home. For Angie Lambert, of Dayton, Christmas is her favorite time of year and she shows her love for the holiday with the decor she uses in her ...

Solid gifts

From cutting boards, to games and toys – there is a wide range of handmade items to consider for your holiday gift giving. Bret Davis, a member of the Nokomis Woodworking Club, is joined by approximately 30 other members who not only make things for themselves, but for the community, ...

Online class will help deal with loneliness

AMES — As the pandemic continues, Iowans may feel as if the isolation and loneliness will never end. However, there are ways to make these challenging times feel as “normal” as possible and to stay connected with others while social distancing. Iowa State University Extension and ...

A look back: Nov. 28

Boston Store This Fort Dodge retail establishment began in 1898 as Davidson Brothers’ Store. It was first located at 526 Central Ave. In 1900, Adolph Tuerke purchased the Davidson Brothers’ Store in Fort Dodge and renamed it. The store was doing so well that in 1902, it expanded to have ...

Preparing the perfect Thanksgiving

For Doc Shivers, owner of TC Mae’s in Fort Dodge, Thanksgiving is more than just food – although there is never a lack of savory and sweet items at any holiday, leaving no one in attendance hungry. “Our tradition is about family. Being together, food and fun – that’s what we do,” ...

Story time

The weather has turned and what a better time to sit down with a good book — especially one from a local author. “Winter’s Delight at Papa’s House” Lori Lea Carlon, of Gowrie, has recently published what could be considered a 20-year-long project. Carlon, who has retired from 33 ...

Fort Dodge features variety of public art

Sculptures, murals, paintings and more grace the Fort Dodge landscape to be enjoyed by all. “In general, I think Fort Dodge has plenty of wonderful works spread throughout the community,” said Eric Anderson, director at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum. Anderson said Fort Dodge has ...

FDSH to perform Shakespeare

The students at Fort Dodge Senior High are bringing Shakespeare to the Gail Niceswanger Theater next week – with a twist. The FDSH fall play is William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but the setting will be a bit more modern than the 16th century. “The text that ...

Headin’ to Manson

MANSON – Two families feuding? What can be more entertaining than that? Manson Northwest Webster high school students will perform the play “Headin’ For the Hills’ Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium each evening at 7 p.m. Director Kimberly Keller said ...

Go on down to the ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

BURNSIDE — Competition will be at an all-time high next weekend during the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Promised to be “one heck of a show,” according to director and Southeast Valley high school English teacher Britney Geisler; this year’s fall musical will be held ...

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 ...