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King Band previews upcoming winter season

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge is getting set to begin its 2020 winter season. Three concert dates have been scheduled on Sunday, Feb. 23; Sunday, March 15; and Sunday, April 19. All concerts begin at 3:30 p.m. The February concert will be held at the Fort Dodge Middle School ...

Manson group will ‘Sing On’

MANSON — This year, the Manson Meridian Singers wants to show audiences just how much of a role music plays in their everyday lives. This year’s theme, Sing On, will touch on the versatility of music for every purpose — happy and sad — with a fresh perspective brought by Mary Jo ...

Picturing the past

WEBSTER CITY— Precious pictures of the past. We all have them. But too many are simply discarded or consigned to a sloppy pile in an antique store, their family connections gone, their stories lost forever. Can they be saved? Yes. In Iowa, an ambitious undertaking launched by ...

‘Showstoppers’ brings a bright spot to winter

HUMBOLDT — Over 50 years since the Showstoppers started and many decades since it was transformed into a variety show, Showstoppers is adding adding another twist to its annual winter lineup. “The title of the show is ‘Showstoppers,’ so we’re trying to live up to that name,” ...

‘Forever Plaid’

What has wigs, an accordion player and a fire-eating man? The answer to that perhaps strange question is Stage Door Productions’ winter small cast musical “Forever Plaid.” According to Alyssa Sparks, the director of the play, the show revolves around four young men: Jinx, Sparky, ...

Chasing the memories

In the ever-changing world of auto body repair, Curt Bacon, a former motorcycle racer, has to keep up. And though it might seem like a paradox, it’s fixing the kinds of motorcycles he pulled the throttle on for decades that relaxes him the most at age 66, providing an anchor through ...

An elegant evening for a worthy cause

The 28th annual Trinity Hospice Ball will be Feb. 1 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 Third Ave. N.W. The ball begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. and dancing at 8:30 p.m. A silent auction will run throughout the ...

Luther College Nordic Choir to perform in Fort Dodge

One of the United States’ premier choral ensembles will be touring through Fort Dodge to showcase its vocal talents Jan. 26 as part of its 2020 Winter Tour. Under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Luther, the program will ...

Dueling Pianos

Among the goals of the Webster County Fair Board is making sure that not only is the fair a fun event, but a fun event that keeps getting better every year. To help achieve that, the board is hosting a night of Dueling Pianos featuring Andy Anderson and Mike Leeds, whose act is described as ...

‘Analog It’ highlights film photography

Several area photographers are being featured in an exhibit at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum that will run through March 7. “Analog It” is a film-based juried photography exhibit that currently occupies the second floor gallery at the Blanden. The idea for the exhibit came from a ...

Responding with comedy and music

HUMBOLDT — Laughter and live music will be featured during an upcoming evening of entertainment that will help raise the money needed to buy a new ambulance for Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Bob Stromberg, who coauthored the theatrical show ‘‘Triple Espresso (A Highly Caffeinated ...

Alpaca author spreads love for learning

ROLFE — In retirement, author and former educator Denise Wasko has taken up a less conventional hobby. After 30 years working as a teacher for area schools and as an educator at Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, the teacher’s ideal pet turned out to be an alpaca. “Well, you have ...

Do you want to read a book?

I am an avid reader. That saying may not do my habit justice. When I finish a book, I often start right into another one. Sometimes I immediately start rereading the one I just finished. I currently in the middle of reading four books, three of which I have already read. But I enjoy ...

The magic of Christmas

Prairie Lakes Church is working to bring the magic of Christmas and the love of Jesus to dozens of local children who might need an extra boost to get through the holiday season. For the third year, PLC is participating in the ministry of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree to provide ...

Gingerbread ambitions

When I was given the task of building a gingerbread house with my 6-year-old nephew and writing about it, my first thoughts were, “That’ll be too easy.” Boy, was I wrong. Let me start off by saying that I have not built a gingerbread house in nearly 20 years. The last time, I was ...

Go Christmas Caroling through History

Christmas carols, hot chocolate, Santa Claus and history will all come together next weekend for the third annual Christmas Caroling Through History event on Dec. 15 in the Oak Hill Historic District of Fort Dodge. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. at the Ringland-Smeltzer House, 1019 ...

Choral Society, Jive for Five to perform

Fort Dodge Choral Society and Jive for Five! brass quintet will share the joy of Christmas music at 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St. The concert, entitled “Silent Night,” is preceded by a 2 p.m. reception and the opportunity for audience members to join in ...

Sounds of the Season

Take a journey through a variety of Christmas music, including classics and contemporary songs, this year at Iowa Central Community College’s holiday concert. Will Lopes, director of vocal music, and Paul Bloomquist, director of instrumental music, describe the concert to be performed ...

Christmas around the world

Every family has its own Christmas traditions. Many of these come from ancestors from other countries. Here are a few of these traditions and where they came from. Germany From Germany we get the traditional Christmas tree. The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree was brought here by ...

Just add water?

If a disclaimer can be attached to the Thanksgiving turkey cooking directions given by a small sampling of Cooper Elementary School students, it’s this. “Actual results may vary,” and “Don’t try this at home.” Noah Simon, 5, knew to put the bird in the oven. His time and ...