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Get your sewing machines ready

If you can sew a straight line, you can quilt. That’s Cindy Kaufman’s philosophy. Kaufman, owner of the Family Quilt Shop, 1200 A St., said learning how to make a quilt is easy. “There are classes they can take,” Kaufman said. “Most classes in most shops, they find an easy ...

Preparing your spring garden

Spring is in the air and folks are getting ready to plant their spring gardens over the next month. Master Gardener Doug Brightman, of Fort Dodge, is anxious to get out and start his spring gardens. “I’ve gone out and did some clean up here and there and walked around the yard and ...

Connecting with the animal world

ROLFE — With school closures extended and the lingering possibility of a finished school year due to coronavirus, children’s author Audrey Simonson says reading is more important than ever to allow a child’s mind to explore even while they’re cooped up by social ...

Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association Shining Star: Maggie Lennon

This appeared in the April 2020 issue of Twist and Shout. Maggie Lennon is a junior at St. Edmond High School. What are your plans after high school? I plan to attend a college in Iowa, though I haven’t made a final decision yet as to which one. I am currently considering becoming a ...

Playing around

With the spring weather starting and families getting stir-crazy being stuck in the house while isolating during this COVID-19 pandemic, it may be time to go outside for a while. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines do allow for outdoor recreation, so long as ...

Artist Spot: Heather Kelly

In what ways were you involved in the arts in Fort Dodge growing up? I graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High in January of 1993. I had always been interested in music so I began in 4th grade with the violin under the instruction of James Ellerston. When I went to middle school, I decided ...

Spreading cheer, from a distance

With schools closed and many adults working from home for the foreseeable future, families are looking for ways to pass the time and keep their spirits up. With the help of social media, families across the country are coming together to brighten their neighborhoods by decorating their ...

Celebrating music in schools

Music is a lifelong connection. “It’s something that you will always have,” said Joan Ascherl, choir director at Fort Dodge Middle School. “Once you’ve found that love of music, you will never lose that.” March is Music in Our Schools Month, a time to “raise awareness of ...

Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association Shining Star: Zoe Fiddelke

This appeared in the March 2020 issue of Twist and Shout. Zoe Fiddelke is a senior at Manson Northwest Webster High School. When did you first become interested in music? I had always had an interest in music for as long as I can remember. I remember that music class was always my ...

A ‘Peanuts’ gallery

WEBSTER CITY — Nearly 45 years ago, Webster City City Clerk Karyl Bonjour received a gift while performing in a musical at Dows Community High School. The musical was “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and the gift was a ceramic egg featuring Snoopy — the character played by ...

Rising above

EAGLE GROVE — Wayne Fuhlbrugge was angry when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “I was mad at the doctor,” said Fuhlbrugge, of Webster City. “I said, ‘Who the hell are you to tell me this?’” And then, slowly, he began to accept his life with Parkinson’s as the ...

Tell me a story

Julie Thorson, president/CEO of Friendship Haven, will be the first person sharing a story with an audience from a comfortable seat in a big purple chair. Those who gather around to hear her in the Tompkins Center will hear a story from her childhood. “It involves a stick, a box and a ...

King Band Concert is March 15

The second in a series of three indoor concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will be held at 3 p.m. March 15 in the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College. There is no admission charge, with these concerts being provided free of charge to everyone ...

Sen. Joan Freeman to visit Emmetsburg as 2020 Irish dignitary

EMMETSBURG — Joan Freeman, a senator in the Irish Parliament, will preside over the St. Patrick’s Day festivities today through March 15 in Emmetsburg. The public is invited to meet Freeman at an open house from 3 to 5 p.m.. Thursday at St. Pat’s Headquarters. Irish Coffee and treats ...

Miss Shamrock competition is today

EMMETSBURG — The 60th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicks off today with the Miss Shamrock and Junior Miss Pageants at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. This year’s special guest at the Miss Shamrock Pageant is Miss Iowa 2019 Emily Tinsman. Three young ...

Coming soon to Decker Auditorium

Our Iowa Central team has been chomping at the bit for years to bring a Disney musical to the stage — and this year, we were thrilled to find the perfect match for our students and the iconic production mogul in the form of ‘‘Newsies.’’ We love so many elements of this show. First ...

‘Creating Unity: A Centennial Celebration’

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Museums and cultural institutions all across the nation are showcasing exhibits celebrating and honoring women that fought for the right to be heard and have a say in ...

‘Breaking the Silence’

The Fort Dodge Choral Society will present “Breaking the Silence,” a concert showcasing the partnership between music and community needs, at 3 p.m. March 8 at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Guest soloists Collin Ellsbury and Hallie Ehn will join the choir as it unites voices to ...

It’s finally birthday time!

When Jordana Price makes a wish over her birthday cake on Saturday, there may only be seven candles to blow out. That’s because the 28-year-old Fort Dodge woman has something in common with very few other people — she ages faster than she has birthdays. Price was born on Feb. 29, ...