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My involvement in Twist & Shout these past 20 years has been a pleasure, and a whole lot of fun as well. My thanks to the advertisers and you, the reader, for helping this paper become such a fun part of Fort Dodge. It’s been a wild ride; we plan to continue bringing you more of the same great entertainment in our area in the coming years.





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It’s a tremendous historical glimpse into the stories of the people who have made a difference in Fort Dodge, since it was first founded in 1850. Featuring people such as John Duncombe, Karl King and Ed Breen, it gives a brief overview of the people that helped Fort Dodge become the city it is today.

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Frontier Days

The stories and interviews bring back some great memories. Whether it be the afternoon spent with writer Robert Waller in his Cedar Falls home, the visits with artist Sumner Heman over coffee in the first few years, or the many high school and Iowa Central musicals we’ve brought to you-what a great job this has been! ‘Voted’ our best story is the feature written by Beth Conklin and published in January of 2000 , entitled ‘The People Who Made a Difference’.


rooted in our past, growing our future

The graphic design of Michelle Colshan, in the early years, and now Nick Manwarren has brought the paper up to the standard you see today. His creativity is second to none, and kudos to him for his countless hours spent every month making your story, and your ad look good- (and if your story looks good, we look good!)

A paper like this doesn’t get published every month, year after year, without the help of many people. We have had – and continue to have, fabulous writers that contribute to the paper. We are blessed with the photography of Steve Kersten, who has taken countless photos- of many different people- over the years, with many on our covers.



A Boomer’s Story a trio of music greats gone


A Look Back

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Twist & Shout turns 20!


t’s hard to believe that we’ve been sharing entertainment news with the Fort Dodge area for 20 years. It was great fun to go over past issues, and read some of the feature stories. Also- it’s a bit crazy to realize that some of the people featured in high school musicals in those early years are now approaching 40-!

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Celebrating 20 years of Entertainment News!


t was June, 1992 when Anne Kersten and Dave Haldin published the first of what would go on to be nearly 240 issues of Twist & Shout Entertainment monthly. After borrowing $5000, they set up shop in Anne’s house and began selling ads and writing the first cover story focusing on The Hawks, a local band well known in the 1960’s.

They had met at an opportune time for both. Anne had just finished a run as Editor of Fort Dodge Today, when she met Dave, who had already picked out the name and was looking for help with advertising and editorial. “When Dave and I started Twist & Shout, we hardly knew each other. But, we brought different talents, as it were to the publication, and the rest is history.” She said, “I know I couldn’t have done it without his years of radio as well as his music knowledge. It was a combination that worked.” With similar ideas in line they decided to give it a try, feeling strongly that the Fort Dodge area should have something like Twist & Shout. The area needed something to tell it what was going on and where- and more importantly, they needed to give advertisers a reason to be part of it all. “If you give readers something interesting to read- then the advertisers have a super opportunity for their information as well,” said Anne.



In the beginning they both wanted to keep the editorial and advertising as even as possible, to keep the content the highest caliber. In the spring of 1996 Dave and Anne sold the publication to Ogden Newspapers out of Wheeling, West Virginia, and Dave left to follow other endeavors as Anne stayed with Twist & Shout as managing editor. While some of the features have expanded over the years, the basic premise of the paper remains the same as it was in the beginning: to give entertainment information, from live music features to interviews to regular columns. Cover stories over the years have included events and interesting people such as the Citizens of the Year in Fort Dodge, the musicals at both of the high schools, and the performances at Iowa Central Community College. One of the many stories Twist & Shout has covered throughout the years has been the Annual Buddy Holly Tribute in Clear Lake and in Fort Dodge a 50 year old event to which readers seem to respond. “One of my most vivid memories early on is visiting Clear Lake and attending the Buddy Holly tribute,” Anne says, ”Meeting Maria Elena Holly, Peggy Sue and the Crickets- visiting the crash site, and visiting with the many people that remembered Buddy Holly. Funny to think he’s been on the cover more than any other one person.” While Anne does many of the main stories herself, she has had talented writers to help her as well. “I have to give huge

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Columnist Tom Tourville is one of those columnists. He traditionally covers the rock and roll stories and his work has helped the magazine to be recognized by the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for helping to preserve Iowa’s rock and roll history. Of all the contributors to Twist & Shout, Tom has had the longest run. “I was living in Winona, Minnesota as the Chamber Director when Dave contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in writing a monthly column on the history of Fort Dodge, Iowa and Midwest rock. It seemed like a natural for me, as I had been writing books on the subject. It’s been pure fun. I love doing the columns.”

When asked about his role in the paper Nick said, “My job is never the same , it’s always changing. The design aspect is a really fun job, but it is demanding in the sense that you always have to be creative and do new things, it never gets stale.” Two years ago, Nick and Anne started a ‘new’ section in Twist & Shout, the Pulse, which includes the Live Entertainment section as well as comments from readers on various fun subjects. “We also have a story on a fun event or concert coming up in the Pulse,” Anne said. “I leave most of the content in the Pulse to Nick, who does a fabulous job with it.

i’m forever amazed at the talent we have here, whether it’s music or theater, Fort Dodge can be proud.

Another columnist over the 20 year period has been Julie Thorson, who is currently the Director at Friendship Haven. Thorson has written about Fort Dodge events, family and random reflections and observations of the area. “I write like I talk, direct- and it isn’t always pretty”, she says. “I write from the hip- and I’m glad Anne has let me do that,” she says. Cover stories have included interesting people, and interesting events. There has been an interview with the Citizen or Citizens of the Year every spring – which are selected on or around Frontier Days. Both High school musicals are included every year as well as all the entertaining events that take place at Iowa Central Community College. “I am amazed at the talent we have here in Fort Dodge,” says Anne. “Whether it’s music or theater, Fort Dodge can be proud.” She added that the twenty years has flown by; “When I look at past issues from the 1990’s and realize that those students we

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“I love the magazine and the growth we’ve experienced with the Pulse. I’m excited to see us cover more things that young professionals would enjoy, and I’m always trying to make it a little more hip each month, appealing to the younger people.” He added, “I think we have something great going on and we are getting better every year.” Anne added, “I couldn’t do what I do without the help of someone like Nick. He brings a great flair to the paper!”

At the end of the day the editor gets the final call, but Anne Kersten’s motives to continue are simple. To bring the best in entertainment news and events to the readers of Twist & Shout. Through the progression of the paper over the years many things have changed, faces have come and go, articles have been submitted, printed, and then it’s time for a new deadline. But, one thing has never changed. Without any formal journalism or marketing training, Anne has been at the helm of the paper since it’s first inception and she

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of the wonderful stories, columns- and fabulous entertainment information we’ve been able to share.”

featured are now in their late 30’s…wow!” With so many different writers comes many different writing styles for Anne to corral, but she has great help in graphic designer Nick Manwarren. He sits down each month to lay out the magazine, designing the look and feel of the paper.

kudos to the many great columnists and writers we’ve had over the years,” Anne said. “This paper is only as good as some

( 20 Years ) continues to be a driving force in the local entertainment scene. She has spent the last twenty years doing everything from selling ads, to snapping pictures of political hopefuls reading the paper. “Anne’s great, “ says Nick. “she’s a lot of fun. She listens to ideas and input when it comes to the magazine, plus she gives me a lot of creative freedom.” The magazine continues forward with a new website, a facebook page, and all that brings with it. Twist & Shout doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Julie Thorson sums up why the paper is still around; “Twist & Shout is the local connection for entertainment in Fort Dodge. Anne is dedicated to keeping people in tune and on top of what’s going on. She’s a hidden talent in Fort Dodge that does more behind the scenes ‘connecting’ than most people realize. She and everyone connected to Twist & Shout should be proud. People read it, like it and appreciate it.”



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Party on the Lawn, Saturday, June 23rd The Blanden Memorial Art Museum will celebrate their 80th Anniversary on Saturday, June 23rd. There will be outdoor activities for children of all ages, under the tents on the East and South Lawn. They include the Elsenpeter marionettes, youth face painitng, spin art and tie dye, and many other arts and crafts. Food will also be served. Entertainment Inside! Pianist Jonathan R. Thomas will perform in the East Gallery at 11:00 am. Originally from the West Coast, Jonathan moved to Fort Dodge at the age of 8 and began to play the piano. He looks forward to furthering his music education with plans to attend Lane Community College and the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Plan to attend and enjoy the work of this talented young musician. Also performing during the celebration is Ejanae Hume, from Council Bluffs. Her performances will be at 1:00 and 3:00 pm, in the East Gallery. Ejanae plays the violin, guitar, enjoys singing and composing her own songs. She is also passionate about dance and was selected to be a member of the All Iowa Dance Team.

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The top story for the past twenty years is ‘The People Who Made A Difference”, which was printed in the January, 2000 issue. The story was written and researched by Beth Conklin, and divided into 25 year segments beginning in 1850 and ending in 1975. It listed the 100 people that affected Fort Dodge with their innovative ideas, imagination, philanthropy and attention to the city. They were profiled in the time period in which they were most active in the city. This story was the longest ever printed in Twist & Shout, and therefore cannot be re-printed in its entirety. Part of the story follows. From Anne Kersten, “Twist & Shout is proud to bring you a historical glimpse of the people that have made a difference in Fort Dodge since it was first founded in 1850. It is important to remember that all those profiled were worthy of consideration. The difficult part is those that were a part of Fort Dodge’s history, that we may have omitted. Thanks to Roger Natte and Walt Stevens for their assistance, and to Beth Conklin for her insightful look at the people that have become a part of our cities’ history.”

Jonathan Dolliver 1858-1918 Jonathon and his brother, Robert opened a law firm in Fort Dodge and in 1888 he was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives and served until 1900. He was later appointed to the U. S. Senate to fill a vacancy. In 1900, there was talk of Senator Dolliver running for vice president With William McKinley, who was elected president. Had he been nominated he would have filled the presidency after McKinley was assassinated in 1902. His times was cut short when he died at the age of 52. Dolliver Park was named in his honor.

of the State University. He married Mary Williams, the daughter of Major William Williams, founder of Fort Dodge , and together they had seven children. His daughter Mary was active in Fort Dodge circles and married Senator Kenyon. The Duncombe family lived in the mansion known as Fair Oaks, which used to stand

William Williams 1796-187 A young and optimistic frontiersman, Major William Williams became the founder of Fort Dodge and its first mayor. In March 1842, Williams, along with 141 others, headed west for Iowa. Soldiers were stationed at Fort Clark (Later named Fort Dodge) to deal with conflicts involving native American tribes. After the soldiers left, Major Williams opened a sutler’s store to trade with Native Americans. Major Williams was involved in many movements that kept the community alive and well until his death in Fort Dodge in 1874.

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Charles Duncombe 1864-1918 Charles Duncombe was born in Fort Dodge in 1864 and was the son of Senator John Duncombe and Mary Williamsn. His interest in journalism prompted him to start the Fort Dodge Daily Chronicle, which was highly regarded around the state. He filled the position of Mayor in Fort Dodge from 1906 to 1908. John Duncombe 1832-1902 John F. Duncombe was a prominent attorney and senator who settled in Fort Dodge in 1855. He was well known for his clarity and expression in the courtroom and practiced in 25 counties around the state. He was elected to the state senate by the senatorial district which then consisted of one fourth of the state. In 1872, he served as chairman of the Iowa Delegation to the National Democratic Convention in Baltimore. He also served as a regent



where Fair Oaks Middle School is located. Conrad Laufersweiler 1832-1903 Arriving in Fort Dodge via the Des Moines River in 1857, Conrad Laufersweiler was a pioneer of Fort Dodge, and opened Fort Dodge’s first furniture store. He made all of the furniture himself out of black walnut. He also started an undertaking business in Fort Dodge. The furniture business was discontinued in 1929, but the undertaking business has continued since its establishment.

Other’s from this period include: S. J. Bennett John Haire Jerry Lenihan Franz Thiede A. J. Haviland David Fessler George Pearsons Wahkonsa Dr. Sara Kime Issac Garmoe J. W. Kime Henry Platt Cyrus Carpenter General Lewis Armistead Lorenzo Coffin 1875-1900 C.G. Blanden 1857-1933 Charles Granger Blanden arrived in Fort Dodge in 1874, to live with his uncle Colonel Blanden who lived in the home where the Carver building now stands. Charles Blanden was mayor of Fort Dodge from 1887 – 1889- when he was 30 years old, the youngest at the time. He left Fort Dodge in 1890 and wrote for some years for the Chicago Tribune. Mrs. Elizabeth Blanden passed away in 1929 and Charles built the Blanden Art Museum in her memory. O.M. Oleson A native of Norway, Oleson arrived in Fort Dodge to establish his career as a pharmacist. He gave back to the community in many ways. He gave Fort Dodge land to build Oleson Park and Leif Erickson park. He was the prime benefactor of the Lutheran Hospital and he organized the Grieg Male Chorus and directed it in the 1890’s.

Others from this period include: Frank Gates Michael Healy Frederic Larrabee A. R. Loomis Captain. W. H. Johnston 1900-1925

William Squire Kenyon William Kenyon spent 31 years serving the public as lawyer, judge and senator. He entered the business of law with John Duncombe, and also married John Duncombe’s oldest daughter, Mary. He later became a district judge and in 1912 was elected to the Senate to fill out the term of Jonathon Dolliver. President Harding named him judge of the United States Circuit Court for the eighth judicial circuit.

Adeline Morrison Swain 1882-1899 In a time when women were not even allowed to vote, Ms. Swain blazed a trail of social reform and was a women’s rights activities. She married James Swain and together they built what is now known as the Vincent House. She became very interested in the spiritualist movement and created her own spiritualist community in Fort Dodge.

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Karl King 1891-1971 Karl King was one of Fort Dodge’s most influential and inspiring citizens. He was born in Ohio and was forced to quit school so he could work. It was during the time that King worked in a printing shop that he learned how to play so many different instruments. At the age of 17 he had his first composition published. This allowed him to quit the print shop and work for the Neddermeyer Band in Columbus, Ohio. His career led him to Barnum and Bailey where he worked as a bandmaster. King fell in love with and married Ruth Lovett, who played the calliope in King’s Band. Leon Vincent There are many early Fort Dodge businesses that Leon Vincent helped mold. He found his way into the gypsum mill business in 1899 and managed the Blanden mill in 1902. He helped design St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Oleson Park. Leon went into business with family members Harry and Donald Vincent in 1911, founding Vincent Clay Products. Leon invented many of the machines used there. Others from this period include: Mary Crawford Armstrong Dr. Daniel Baughman E. O. Damon John Ford C.V. Findlay R. O. Green

1950-1975 Msg. Gerald Kelly Msg. Kelly was St. Edmond’s first superintendent and one of the Catholic community’s most remembered leaders. He came to Fort Dodge in 1954, and assisted in the building of St. Edmond Catholic High School. After facing many road blocks, construction was completed and students entered the high school in the fall of 1955. In 1965 he became the pastor of sacred Heart Parish. Dr. Bill Ryan Dr. Bill Ryan’s hard work and community concern have helped to build the Fort Museum, Frontier Days and the Fort Dodge Dragoons. He came to Fort Dodge in 1961 to work for Fort Dodge Laboratories as a sales promotional manager. Dr. Ryan’s concern for the community liveliness and joy allowed him to develop Frontier Days and his active role within the Dragoons allowed the club to make Frontier Days a reality. Walt Stevens For 23 year Walt Stevens has brought a tremendous amount of attention to active members in the Fort Dodge community through his ‘Spotlight’ column in the Sunday Messenger. He came to Fort Dodge as Managing Editor of the Messenger in 1954. He has been named the 1985 Iowa Master Editor Publisher, received the Lions Community Service Award, The Noon and Sundowner Sertoma Club Awards and the Masonic Awards.

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Other’s from this period include Harold Bergmen Alice Hackett Fred Cooper Dennis Kelleher Dr. E. M. Kersten

E. M. Klapka Robert Merryman John Mitchell C. L Rubenstein Ann Smeltzer

Others from this period include: Clarence Thompkins Dr. Edwin Barbo7ur Dr. Earl Berg Herb Bennett Jane Burleson Steve & Demetra Constantine Carl Feelhaver Paulyne Dawson Catherine Vincent Deardorf Edward “Rusty’ Garst Gus Glaser Albert Habhab Sumner Heman


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Edward Breen 1899-1978 He started his career as a reporter for the Messenger Newspaper. After marrying Elizabeth Loomis, Mr. Breen sold stock for the Central Iowa Power and Light Company. He then attended Drake Law School, later becoming an announcer for WHO. He practiced law for many years and was elected county attorney in 1932 and 1932. He was remembered for his work in tightening the law to fight drunk drivers. He was elected to the Senate and served on the minority floor.


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and The Beat Goes On!

The second top story is the interview with well known writer Robert Waller, which was printed in the March 1993 issue. Here is a partial reprint of the story.

irritates interviewers but its’ truye. This country is so linear and left brained and technically oriented everybody thinks there needs to be a step-by-step outline. I just write. This book was just there.

“America Loves Iowa’ Love Story” By Dave Haldin and Anne Kersten

T&S: How long did it take you to write? Waller: It took me two weeks, it was like an alien coming out of me.

In February 1993, we had the opportunity to spend 4 hours with Robert James Waller and his wife Georgia Ann in their secluded Cedar Falls home. The Bridges of Madison County had just reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list, where it was to remain for longer than any other book up until that time. A major motion picture was in the works. Waller, now a multi-millionaire, has since moved to a ranch in Texas. That interview was by far one of Twist & Shout’s most interesting experiences.

T&S: Is this a true story? Waller: It’s fiction. I’m Robert Kincaid. It’s a composite of people and experiences. I used an old 19th century literary device known as ‘the found journal’. In this case, it was the children of Francesca Johnson calling me with the story. It’s a novel. But it feels so real, and people need for it to be real. It is real if you let it be.

T&S: Where did this story come from? Waller: It was magic. I retreat to magi all the time, It

T & S: How did you get the book published? Waller: This book was karma. My editor says it’s a

publishing phenomenon, that it’s a first in publishing history. I had no intention of selling it. In “Bridges:” Robert Kincaid talks about the virtues of amateurism. That’s something I really believe in. You’ll do your best work when you’re not thinking about the market. I just wrote the damn thing for fun. Robert James Waller grew up in Rockford, Iowa and was educated at the University of Northern Iowa and Indiana University. His first novel, ‘The Bridges of Madison County” was published by Warner Books in April, 1992. On August 16th, 1993, it made its first appearance on the New York Times bestseller list, reaching the #1 spot in January, 1993.

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Riding a wave of momentum following last year’s record setting REO Speedwagon, Attendance of over 5500 people, the Shellabration Board of Directors decided to do it all again. The event will return to Fort Dodge’s historic Oleson Park Bandshell for a second straight year after having taken place from 2006 through 2010 at the Fort Dodge Soccer Association Fields located at Roger Sports Complex. According to Jim Reed, Shellabration President, the group informally polled the public and the Bandshell won out based on a majority vote. “There’s an atmosphere and intimacy at the Bandshell that’s incredibly uncommon,” said Reed. “I’ve attended a ton of events around Iowa and surrounding states, and we offer something special.” Reed said that the festive, party-like atmosphere taking place in the adjacent neighborhood. “It was really cool to see the yard parties and social gatherings. People grilling out with friends and family leading up to the show gave it a feel reminiscent of a tailgate party at a college football game,” he said. Given the impressive catalog of hits they sport, Foreigner may well be the perfect choice to build on last year’s event. Reed said he has seen the band four times in the

last five years, and said he can attest to the energy and strength of their live performance. “It’s a high octane live set. And what’s striking about a Foreigner concert is the sheer number of hits they have,” he said.

Foreigner Hits Some of their well known songs include Jukebox Hero, Feels Like the First Time, Hot Blooded, Cold as Ice, Urgent, Waiting for a Girl Like You and Double Vision. Their catalog boasts an impressive sixteen Top 30 hits including nine Top 10 singles, said Reed. “Sold-out shows on a recent world tour demonstrate the band’s formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel album sales, which now exceed 70 million.” At Foreigner’s core is founder Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence more thn 30 years into the game. In addition to Jones, Foreigner’s dynamic lineup includes lead vocalist Kelly Hansen from the 80’s rock band Hurricane, former Dokken bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist and twenty year Foreigner band member Tom Gimbel. There is also keyboardist Michael Bluestein and drummer Mark Schulman.

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In 2009 Foreigner released a new CD entitled ‘Can’t Slow Down’ which entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30 and had great success on radio with two Top 20 singles. In 2011 they joined forces with music contemporaries Journey and Night Ranger for an extensive US summer tour. Tickets for Foreigner are $28 on or before Sunday, June 3rd and will increase to $32 beginning June 4th . Tickets can be purchased online at, wwwticketweb. com or by phone at 866-468 3401. Tickets are also available locally at HyVee, HyVee Drug Store, CSBank, Choice Printing, First American Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, Northwest Bank and Wells Fargo. Kids 12 and under are admitted free, and all tickets are general admission with festival style seating, (Bring your own chair).

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Headlining Shellabration 2012 • June 15th • Oleson Park Bandshell

he iconic rock band Foreigner will headline Shellabration 2012, on June 15th at Oleson Park Bandshell.


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CITIZENS YEAR Mike & Cindy Mulroney of the

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the honor and their many years of involvement with Frontier Days.

Congratulations, How does it feel? “We are very honored,” said Mike. “When you look at past parade Marshalls, I don’t know if we’ve done anything to deserve this.” Cindy added, “ I remember Doc Ryan, Jane Burleson, Kenn Patterson… some very deserving people.” When asked what it will be like to be on the ‘receiving’ end of the parade this year they both said…”we don’t know!” They both agreed it will be fun to see the parade, and sit on the reviewing stand. Their involvement in Frontier Days goes back many years. “We were on the steering committee, and when Doc Ryan and the Dragoons stepped down from their role in the parade, we stepped in,” Said Cindy. “We did not do the parade by ourselves all those years,” added Mike. “We had lots of great help;. There’s no

What was that like? “I worked for Vice-president George H. Bush, who was fantastic to work for, “Said Mike. “I remember thinkinghere I am, a boy from Fort Dodge, Iowa, working in the White House.” Mike’s job was leading a communication team for the Vice President. He said he met President Reagan many times, “He was down to earth and very open. He allowed the west wing to be open for private tours by all white house staff and support personnel.” Mike said he and Cindy spent many weekends taking friends and family on tours of the area, in particular the White House. “I remember vividly one time when my cousin Kathy was visiting with her family. Her two young boys were dressed in their cub scout uniforms, and while we were there, President Reagan was returning from Camp David. His helicopter landed on the south lawn, and we were standing there with the two boys saluting. The President came over and greeted them. It was quite a moment.”

Working together in Real Estate For the last year and a half, Mike and Cindy have been working as a ‘team’ for Iowa Realty.

way we can name them all, but on the day of the Parade, we had up to 100 volunteers “It was one of the best moves we made, when we joined in one capacity or another.” They recall a forces in real estate,” said Cindy. few years back when Charles Clayton stepped

Twist & Shout congratulates Mike and Cindy up to do the event, he said, ‘I’ll only do it on the condiMulroney, who are the Parade Marshalls for the tion that Cindy and Mike do the parade.” 2012 Frontier Days Parade, and the 2012 Citizens of What did they enjoy most about their time working the Year. Mike and Cindy have been tireless volunteers over the as coordinators of the Parade? past 20 years in Frontier Days and all the various activities, in particular – the parade. The Mulroney’s just recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, and have one son, Michael, who is married to Ashlee. Mike and Cindy work together as real estate agents at Iowa Realty. Mike is a graduate of St. Edmond High School, then spent 20 years with the Army. Cindy is a graduate of St. John’s in Bancroft. They met in Fort Dodge while Mike was home on leave, and were married in April 1972. Prior to moving back to Fort Dodge, they enjoyed living in Washington D. C. for over 13 years, both working at the Pentagon at one point, then Mike going to work at the White House in the Communications Agency for over five years. Twist & Shout met with Cindy and Mike to talk about



“We loved hearing the positive comments from peopleespecially those that said the parade was their favorite part of the weekend,” said Cindy. Cindy and Mike are involved in the community, very busy and active in their church, New Covenant Christian, and Cindy has been busy with Community Christian school as well. Both are members and Directors in the Fort Dodge Board of Realtors. Mike is an active member in the Lions Club.

She admitted that at first they weren’t sure if it would work, being together all day in one office. “But it’s been super- we can share clients, help each other out, it’s been a great move.” Both Mulroney’s love living in Fort Dodge. “We’ve met so many people, we don’t go anywhere that we don’t see someone we know,” shared Cindy. Mike added that he is excited about the path Fort Dodge is taking with the different changes and improvements. “I just hope we keep moving forward and progress continues,” he said.

Washington D. C. and the White House Before ‘coming back’ to Fort Dodge; the Mulroneys said they really enjoyed their years in the nations’ capital. “We both enjoyed working at the Pentagon,” said Cindy. “Then Mike moved over to the White House.”

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Frontier Days “Rooted in our Past, growing our Future”

Co-chairs of Frontier Days, ‘38’, are Michelle Wendt and Kerk Friday.They both stepped forward to volunteer their time and talents so that the weekend could continue. And – they invite you to join them! They promise that there will be a parade, great music in the big top, a talent show, fabulous food and something for everyone to enjoy throughout the three days. “We were afraid that if we hadn’t stepped up to the plate, it might not have happened,” explained Wendt. “It draws people from surrounding communities along with those from Fort Dodge,” added Friday. Friday added that this year there will be several new bands coming as well as familiar traditions.

The theme for this year’s weekend is “Rooted in our Past, Growing Our Future.” They explain that Frontier Days offers a look into our past , and in some cases the amazing details of how Iowans lived and survived as they settled the area. Kicking off the weekend are the Frontier Days Pageant’s, under Wendts’ direction. The Little Miss and Mr. Frontier Days and the Miss Frontier Days Pageants will be held on Tuesday, May 29th at the Crossroads Mall.

The gates to the Fort will open at 10 am on Saturday with activities planned for the whole family. “There will be various vendor stands with a variety of food and drinks,” said Wendt. The Fort Museum building will be open as well, with music heard throughout the day. Some of Saturday’s events include children’s’ inflatables, the Hole in the Sock Gang, Buck Skinner Camp, Hollingsworth school of Dance & Gymnastics and under the big top; the Fabulous Uniques at 2:00 pm; Scotty Roxstar Unplugged at 4:00 pm; and The Breakfast Club at 7:00 pm.

“Frontier Days offers a vivid picture into our past...” The doors to the Fort will open at 10 am on Sunday morning, with more food vendors, children’s inflatables, and Shadric Smith and the Smith family band under the big top at 1:00 and the Bill Riley Talent Show at 2:00 pm in the Opera House. Entry into the events all weekend is the $5 Frontier Days button, soon to be a collector’s badge. “Many people tell us this is the best entertainment value they see all summer,” said Friday.

On Friday, June 1st, the gates to the Fort will open at 4 pm. Featured entertainment under the big top on Friday night will be Saucy Jack, under the Big Top. There will also be the Buck Skinner camp, many crafters and Scotty Roxtar Unplugged from 4:00- to 6:00- also‘under the bigtop’.

Friday stressed that volunteers are needed for the week-end in all capacities.

Inside the Opera House there will be a special version of country and pop karaoke- brinigng area singers of all types together.

Entry Forms for the Frontier Days pageants can be found at, or by calling Michelle Wendt at 955-8557.

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“We can use people at the gates, for the parade-helping at the Fort- in all kinds of ways,” said Friday. If interested, he said to contact Michelle at 955-8557.

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This year is no different.

Saturday morning will start off with the traditional Frontier Days parade down Central Avenue, led by Parade Marshalls, Mike & Cindy Mulroney. Wendt is also serving as parade coordinator and said entry forms are available at the Crossroads Mall office or at

Frontier Days weekend, held the first weekend in June for almost 40 years, has been woven into the fabric of Fort Dodge history, thanks to the many hours and efforts of countless volunteers.


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n celebration of Twist and Shouts 20th Anniversary, we thought it would be fun to bring you a column with twenty random facts about our furry friends. As always, if there is a topic you’d like to see as a column, or if you have any dog-related questions, please email Sarah; mailto:

14.Rin Tin Tin was a wounded stray adopted by an American soldier during WWI. He (Rin Tin Tin) signed his contracts with his paw.

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16.Dog nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be (and actually are in cases) used to identify the dog.

1. Best reason to “fix” your dog: One female dog and her offspring will produce 4,372 dogs in seven years. Please, spay and neuter your dog! 2. The oldest dog on record passed away at age 29. “Bluey” was an Australian Cattle Dog mix living, appropriately, in Australia. 3. Dogs’ sweat glands are located in their paws. Because of this, many dogs have died from heat stroke after being left on blacktop during summer months. 4. Ticks can cause at least six illnesses/diseases: paralysis, Babesiosis, Hepatozoon Canis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease (just to name a few). While flea/tick preventative (Advantix, Frontline, etc.) will kill the ticks once they break skin and access your dog’s blood, preventative will not deter ticks from crawling around your dogs’ fur, getting on your furniture and eventually settling on you. Do “tick checks” frequently after your dog is exposed to high-tick areas (woods, horse pastures, parks, areas with several trees, etc.)

15.The average dog can run 19 miles per hour. Greyhounds can run much faster, upwards of 35-40 miles per hour.

17.The pitbull (American Staffordshire terrier) was originally bred in England as a children’s nanny. The pitbull and pitbull mixes have been called by many the most loyal, affectionate and intelligent breeds. 18.Petting a dog lowers your blood pressure. Some scientists and doctors believe dog owners live longer than non-dog owners. (I do!) 19.The most popular breed in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom is the Labrador Retriever. Interested in this playful, affectionate and loyal breed? I promise you there are thousands at shelters across the country, including many at the Ft. Dodge shelter, go adopt one! 20.Thirty-three percent of dog owners admit to talking to their furry on the phone and/or leaving them voicemails! Are you one of the 33%?

5. Ancient Egyptians so loved their dogs they grieved tremendously: the Egyptians shaved their eyebrows and outwardly (talking in tongues, wearing traditionally grieving garb) mourned the dog’s loss for days. 6. “Raining cats and dogs” comes from 17th-century England when homeless animals drowned and were seen floating down streets during heavy rainstorms and floods. 7. Most popular dog names of all time? Max and Jake for males, and Molly and Maggie for females. (Guess I wasn’t too original with my Max, huh!?) 8. Plato said “A dog has the soul of a philosopher.” 9. The Taco Bell Chihuahua was a rescue dog named Gidget. 10.Dalmatians are completely white when born. (No spots!) 11. It is believed that dogs interpret smiling people as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression to them. 12.Tail-docking (seen now as unnecessary, cruel and inhumane) originated in A.D. when it was believed that tail docking prevented rabies. 13.Along with German Shepherds and Labs, even Dachshunds were part of relief efforts searching for survivors after 9/11 attacks.



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Hawkeye Community Theatre Opens 2012 Summer Series It’s June, school is out, and summer is upon us. What do you have planned for the summer? The Hawkeye Community Theatre in Fort Dodge would like to invite you to their summer theatre series. Three amazing shows, one each month in June, July and August.

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In the beginning of June the theatre opens its doors for the comedy, “The Big Five Oh”, by, Iowa native, Brian Mitchell. Directed by local talent, Jeff Bluml, “The Big Five Oh” opens on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 PM and runs nightly through June 9th before it concludes on Sunday, June 10th with a matinee at 2:00 PM. Whoever said life is better after fifty had better be right! George Thomas is turning fifty on Saturday, and it has been a terrible week. His dog is sick, his son is a slacker, and his daughter wants to marry a Republican. With a neurotic wife and a widowed neighbor providing more challenges than even George can overcome, this may be the worst week of his life. Through these trying days, George will discover the wonders of family, the responsibilities of parenthood, and the results of his latest physical. The Big Five-Oh is a hilarious, sometimes touching account of a grown man coming to terms with his age, his relationship with his son, and his future. It is the story of a middle-aged man finally growing up.

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s e i v o M e h t o t o g l l a s ’ t e L Years of Movie Reviews 20

While looking back at past issues, it has been fun to read all the different columns and reviews. We thought it would be interesting to mention just a few of the many movies we’ve reviewed for you over the past 20 years, with just a few sentences of the published review. We think you’ll want to hit the video store after reading. Malcom X- reviewed by Dave Hearn, January, 1993 four and a half stars “Malcom X presents in detail a philosophy of life and a religion that most of us know nothing at all about. It carefully and devastatingly attacks prejudice and cultural preconceptions of the film-goer at ever turn.” “The terrible cost of racism is that the victims of it are taught to believe the stereotypes are true, just as the perpetrators are. The profound achievement of this film is the clarity with which Director Spike Lee personifies and demonstrates this phenomenon within the character of Malcom X.” Schindler’s List Review by Dave Hearn; February, 1994 5 stars “Schindler’s List tells the unblinking true story of Oskar Schindler, a German playboy and industrialist, a war profiteer who used Jewish slave labor to make his fortune during World War II. It is also the story of many of the Jews who can in contact with him, worked in his factories and ultimately were saved from death by him.” “Liam Neeson is a revelation as Schindler, but Ralph Fiennes gives the performance of a lifetime as the Nazi Officer Amon Goeth. Ben Kingsley, who already has a best Oscar to his credit for Ghandi, is at his peak here as the Jewish accountant who helps Schindler run his factories. The other actors and acresses, all little known, are uniformly excellent.”

Gladiatorreviewed by Sarah Estlund in July 2000; “Russell Crowe gives an extraordinary lead performance in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator’, a historical look at the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the warriors and soldiers who fought to their death for the crowd’s entertainment. Gladiator is a compelling and riveting look at the Roman Empire and its’ volatile nature. Crowe gives a highly physical performance as Maximus, a Roman general. Joaquin Pheonix plays the mad emperor Commodus who enslaves and tries to have Crowe killed…the history and scenery are beautifully and truthfully portrayed.” Finding Forrester; reviewed by Sarah Estlund, March 2001; 3. 75 stars This movie tells of the relationship between Jamal Wallace, played by Rob Brown, who is a high school student from the Bronx and famous author and recluse, William Forrester, played by Sean Connery. The movie revolves around the experiences of a writer and his pupil – and the close bond that forms between them. Forrester is a feel-good movie about friendship, touching on the issues of race, and the fine-lines in high school peer pressure. And- a final thought to those who are literature lover’sis it possible that Director Gus Van Sant was seeking out comparisons to Sallinger in this story? A Beautiful MindReviewed by Sarah Estlund; March 2002 3 and a half stars

Mission Impossible- reviewed by Dave Hearn, July 1996 4 stars

“ Director Ron Howard has turned a tedious and monotonous novel into possibly the best movie of the year. The movie tells of famed mathematician John Nash, and his time at Princeton university as he is looking desperately for an original idea, a solution to a problem. The movie reveals a nice, saintly side to Nash, inducing sympathy as his schizophrenia sets in.

“Missions Impossible’s rather murky spy plot has been deliberately submerged under the elements of high suspense, opulent visual excitement and the slyly wonderful performances from a number of actors, despite almost every role amounting to little more than a cameo appearance. “ “Fans of Brian De Palma’s early work, particularly Carrie, Obsession, The Fury, and Body Double will recognize the great American master of visual suspense in top form here.”



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Star Wars: Episode II reviewed by Laurel Gonzales; July 2002 “Daring lightsaber duels, racing spaceships and an array of aliens make up this summer’s blockbuster hit. Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones continues the epic tale of Anakin Skywalker, Hayden Christensen, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor, Padme Amidala, Natalie Portman, and the adorable yet venerable Yoda.” “The lavish costumes, ingenious effects, and beautiful scenery were fantastic but at times caused a sensory overload with everything thrown together into one unorganized and chaotic scene….in the end, it’s quite obvious why they spent so much time on the effects: to take the viewers’ mind off the dull storyline.”

The Pursuit of Happiness reviewed by Angela Trevino. January, 2007 4 stars “Based on the true story of Stockbroker Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happiness’ tells of his personal fight to make it in his career. Gardner was a struggling salesman in the 1980’s who had reached the depths of financial despair. Gardner and his son are eventually homeless, while he tries to make a career for himself as a stockbroker. The movie shows that the pursuit of happiness is truly a journey and not something that happens overnight.” The Illusionist reviewed by Rory Berg. October, 2006 2 .5 stars

Chicago reviewed by Laurel Gonzales, February- 2003

Starring Edward Norton as Eisenheim, the Illusionist, a magician of sorts, the movie takes place at the turn of the century in Vienna. I thought the special effects for this film were exceptional and the illusions were phenomenal. The film did move slowly at times, and the ending was confusing. Norton did an excellent job playing Eisenheim and Paul Giamatti did well as the Policeman.”

Set in a 1920s Chicago- where jazz ruled the nightclubs and the city was a sweltering hotbed for crime and violence, the movie tells of Roxie Hart, a former chorus girl, who is a crime of passion, shoots her lover as he tries to leave her. The story continues with viewers seeing for the first time how many of their favorite actors and actresses can do more than act- they can sing and dance. Based on the musical of the same name, you’ll see Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah and others prove they’ve got the razzle-dazzle on the stage and in the courtroom.

Iron Man Reviewed by Angela Trevino June 2008- 4.5 stars

“A murder at the Louvre sparks a mystery that takes symbology professor Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, throughout Paris and into London with his traveling companion, government agent Sophie Neveu , as the two embark on one of the greatest journeys to discover the best kept secret in Christianity. “ “I though the novel by Dan Brown was better than the movie , directed by Ron Howard, but nonetheless this picture was very entertaining.” The Departed Reviewed by Rory Berg November 2006- 5 stars “ The Departed is a gritty story about the Irish mob in Boston run by a madman named Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson. But more than another mob movie by Martin Scorsese, it’s a film about the men in law enforcement of this country who risk their lives everyday, some more than others, as in the case of Billy Costigan, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. (The movie also features, Martin Sheen, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg) Throughout the movie, it’s a cat and mouse game that keeps Costello seeing advice from his colleagues, and you’re not really sure who’s side everyone is on. This is the most gripping and entertaining American film made in years and each performance is more masterful than the next.”

Breaking Dawn reviewed by Angela Trevino December 2011- 4.5 stars “We are finally coming to the end of the infamous ‘Twilight’ movies that have been surrounding us from the first movie released in 2008. The Twilight franchise has taken over the entire teenage world, and for you baby boomers, (or anyone else not in sync with a teenage girl) think The Beatles times ten for this generation! The material in this film is the most mature of any of the previous movies. There is a wedding, a honeymoonand a baby.” “My sister Maria and I really did enjoy this movie, and there are even a few tear-jerker moments. It is also neat to see the actors from all of the previous films get better and better with age. The movie is a little long at times, but was worth it.”

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The DaVinci Code reviewed by Rory Berg; June 2006- 4 stars

“In this Marvel Studios production of the infamous comic hero Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. is back with a vengeance. Downey is Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist, who runs one of the top U. S. weapons manufacturers. After being captured by Afghanistan insurgents, he creates a armored suit that shoots fire, bullets, missiles and flies- helping him escape from captivity. His problems have just begun. Add in ‘loyal’ assistant played by Gwyneth Paltrow and his hidden nemesis, Jeff Bridges, and you’ve got a great story.


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Oakland Cemetery Walk Voices from the Past

historicfigures: Egbert Bagg, Jr. 1850-1915


backdrop of swaying limbs, a stage of rolling hills and a set comprised of tombstones…together these stand ready for a theatrical performance like no other. Fort Dodge’s Tenth Annual Oakland Cemetery Walk will take place Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th. Saturday’s walking tour will begin every 10 minutes beginning at 1:00, with the last tour departing from 1436 21st Ave. North at 3:00. Sunday’s seated indoor performance is set for 3:00 at the Bio/Health Sciences Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus. As groups shuttle to the cemetery on the day of the walk, a host or hostess will greet them and guide them to each gravesite included on the tour. At the sites, actors in period attire will introduce themselves, portraying nine spirits from the past, regaling visitors with tales of old. Susan Ahlers Leman, veteran performer, is coordinating this year’s actors, offering script development and rehearsal assistance. The performers recently shared reactions and insights into the lives of the early citizens they will recreate:

Plan to attend - Parking is not permitted in Oakland on the day of the walk. Please park at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1436 21st Avenue North (look for signs), where shuttle buses will depart every 10 to15 minutes to take visitors to the cemetery. Walking tours last about 80 minutes. While the route is considered an easy walk, it is not handicapped or stroller accessible, however chairs are available for guests at each stop. Tickets are $7 per person (with children 10 and under admitted free), and can be purchased the day of the walk. DVDs of past and present performances will also be available for $10 each. Proceeds from this event assist with the preservation of Oakland Cemetery. The walk is a joint project of the Friends of Oakland Cemetery, Fort Dodge Historic Preservation Comission and the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. Attend the Oakland Cemetery Walk and meet these amazing historic figures from Fort Dodge’s storied past.

Educated at Cornell and a well-known ornithologist, writing articles for magazines & periodicals, including the book Birds of Oneida County. He was the son of Egbert Bagg who designed Oakland Cemetery. Bagg will be portrayed by two performers: Sat. - Kevin Rogers and Sun. - Jerry Schnurr.

Robert Durian 1920-1982 Navy Air Corps torpedo bomber pilot, awarded two Navy Crosses and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Durian will be portrayed by Fred Kesten who shared, “Robert Durian is an example of the courage and sense of duty that America has when our country calls. Portraying Mr. Durian has been an opportunity for me to become more versed on Naval history.”

Anna Scott Meservey 1850-1900 Susan Helling will recreate the wife of Mayor Stillman Meservey, prominent figure in the gypsum industry. “Anna and Stillman T. Meservey, helped to shape the future of Fort Dodge as ‘pioneer’ residents of the town,” Helling explained. “She is remembered for her sincere and unpretentious manner, and her influence over Fort Dodge society in the late 1800s. Mrs. Meservey supported her husband's business and political efforts in city and state government, and even hosted a breakfast for President Theodore Roosevelt.

Samuel Rees 1817-1897 Fort Dodge businessmen, mayor and judge, who came to this city at the opening of the United States Land Office. Rees will be presented by Steve Kersten who noted, “Samuel Rees was a man of many talents and abilities – a diverse but representative businessman in Fort Dodge who in the last half of the 19th Century was a banker, realtor, broker, insurance agent, merchant, elected state representative, elected Mayor of Ft. Dodge, and elected Iowa District Judge in Webster County.

Mack Hurlbut 1870-1933 This Fort Dodge jeweler, who operated his store in the former Central Ave. location of Kirkberg Jewelers, will be played by Jesse Helling. “For more than 40 years Mack Hurlbut was a pillar of the Fort Dodge business community,” Helling commented, “His contributions to the community were many and his reputation was one of kindness and generosity.”

Elizabeth R. Butler 1896-1984 – school administrator in Pennsylvania and New York. AND Dr. Margaret K. Butler 1889-1971 – high school teacher and school physician who served on the staff of the American Committee for Devastated France. Elizabeth’s story will be retold by Cheryl Sherry. Sherry explained, “Elizabeth Butler was one of the first female administrators and led a full and exciting life in her younger years traveling with her sister to France to see the continent.  Susan Ahlers Leman will portray Margaret and added, “I am always intrigued by historical women who pursued education, at a time when most women were not pursuing post-high school academics. After graduating from Fort Dodge High School, Margaret Butler attended Grinnell College for one year, graduated from Vassar in 1912, and then graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1929.”

Webb Vincent 1841-1930 The role of this Civil War soldier and active leader in the gypsum industry will be portrayed by Ted Hugghins. “Webb Vincent came to Fort Dodge at age14 from Pennsylvania and lived here 75 years,” noted Hugghins.

Dr. Harley G. Ristine 1838-1917 John Bonner will recall the life of this Civil War soldier and long-time Fort Dodge physician. Bonner commented, “Dr. H.G. Ristine grew up near Crawfordville, IN, in the 1830's. After the Civil War he attended Rush College in Chicago and received his medical training. Immediately after the Great Fire in 1871 he left Chicago and headed west to Fort Dodge. Dr. Ristine lived a varied and exceptionally productive life from providing supplies to Civil War troops, to reviewing pension applications from Civil War veterans, to providing medical care as a well-respected doctor in Fort Dodge.”



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KK A R L KK I N G Karl King Plans busy summer


he months of June and July will be busy and exciting ones for the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge. The band will be performing each Sunday evening, beginning June 10 through July 29, with special events planned for each of the Sunday evenings. Conductor of the King Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson. Dr. David Klee is the assistant conductor. Duane “Oley” Olson is planning to serve as the band’s announcer again, as he has for many years. All concerts start at 7:30 pm, and there is no admission charge, courtesy of the City of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church also sponsors an ice cream social prior to and during the concerts, featuring homemade ice cream and baked goodies for sale. Persons attending these concerts are urged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, since no seating is available. On June 10, the King Band will begin their summer season with the annual Flag Day Concert. Many well-known patriotic selections will be featured, including “Land of Liberty Overture” by C.L. Barnhouse. Marches on the program include John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, Karl King’s “Salute To The Colors”, and “Emblem of Unity” by J.J. Richards. In addition, each branch of our Armed Forces will be recognized with the “Armed Forces Salute”. Guest soloist will be Bob Patton from Gowrie. Mr. Patton attended the University of Northern Iowa before joining the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. During his twenty years  in the military, Patton soloed with the National Symphony and the Boston and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. He also performed with the  Washington Civic, Baltimore, Wolf Trap,

Northern Virginia and Annapolis opera companies. He will be singing several patriotic selections with the band in keeping with the holiday. The summer concerts continue on Sunday, June 17, when the King Band performs a special Father’s Day Concert to celebrate the occasion. Special guest soloist will be former Fort Dodge resident, Dan Cassady, on the trombone. He will perform two selections with the Band. The first will be a traditional trombone solo by Harlow titled “The Old Home Down On The Farm”. His second selection will be a medley of Big Band-era songs by Tommy Dorsey, titled “T.D. – That Sentimental Gentleman”, as arranged by former conductor, the late Reginald R. Schive. On Sunday, June 24, the King Band will feature gust conductor Dr. Timothy B. Rhea, from College Station, Texas. Dr. Rhea has been the director of bands at Texas A & M University since 1993. He serves as the administrative head of the instrumental music department, is conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and is the director of the nationally-famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Marching Band”. He will lead the King Band in von Suppe’s classic overture, “Light Cavalry”, along with Karl King’s march, “Robinson’s Grand Entrée”. And that’s only the first three concerts! There will be five more in July as well. Plan now to be in attendance at the Karl L. King Band Shell in Oleson Park each Sunday evening during June and July. In case of inclement weather occurring at the posted starting time, a concert may be cancelled. ®



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he last couple of months have been unusually cruel to the music world with the loss of three extremely important individuals who were monsters of influence to Boomer generation music fans. Dick Clark, Earl Scruggs and Levon Helm were three very different people, but each in his own way was an irreplaceable piece of American music history. I am not going into the biographies of any of these people. It’s hard enough to get used to the idea that Scruggs was 88 years old, Clark 82 and Helm 71. These were all people I still pictured in their prime years. I will include the disclaimer here too that the passing of Whitney Houston earlier this year was a major blow to the music industry because she was a mega star in the pop music world, but at 48 she didn’t factor into the Golden Era (1963-75). So I will dwell here on the three who did.


By Bill McIntyre

Earl Scruggs wasn’t as universally well known as Clark, but if you ever had even a passing interest in bluegrass music or the fusion of bluegrass with folk and rock music, then you knew he was considered the greatest five-string banjo player the world has ever known. Bill Monroe may have invented bluegrass music, but it was Scruggs, as a member of Monroe’s band in the 1940s who introduced three-finger picking and the cascading breakdown runs to the bluegrass stylebook. In other words he made the banjo the signature instrument of bluegrass music.

Plenty has been written about the passing of Clark from his ongoing fame as entertainment and production mogul to his annual appearances in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. But, that’s not the Dick Clark that was important to the development of popular music. Oh, it’s the same guy, it’s just not the same talent scout that introduced the world to Bill Haley and The Comets, the Jackson Five, Janis Joplin and countless three very different people, was an other music greats who changed the face of popular music American music history. forever after appearing on his American Bandstand show in the 50s and 60s. When Scruggs teamed up with Lester Flatt in the late 40s they formed the nucleThe Dick Clark that gave us us of the first true bluegrass supergroup outside of Monroe’s famed Bluegrass $25,000 Pyramid and New Boys. (Note: The Stanley Brothers were every bit as influential as Flatt and Year’s Rockin’ Eve was the Scruggs, but their style was different. More about that another time). later version, less influential, and more successful. Clark, Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown (made universally popular in the known forever as the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde) and the Ballad of Jed Clampett (the theme song world’s oldest teenager from TV’s Beverly Hillbillies) are still to this day, two of the most recognizable because he somehow man- bluegrass songs ever recorded (you can add Eric Weisberg’s timeless Dueling aged to maintain his 20- Banjos to that list, too). something looks into his 70s, was a kingmaker in the first In the instrumental Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Flatt and Scruggs’ frenetic guidegree when it came to the tar and banjo interplay screamed to a younger generation and became a touchformative years of pop rock stone piece for a wild concoction of bluegrass, country, hillbilly, folk and rock that music. American Bandstand emerged in the 60s. We’ll explore that next time in this space. Scruggs influenced maybe wasn’t Ed Sullivanthousands of younger esque because it wasn’t on in pickers and was held prime time and didn’t give in iconic status even us the Beatles or the Doors, but if you got Clark’s endorsement and one of your among the most celerecords was a dance feature on his weekly hullabaloo then there’s a good chance brated of the Golden you had punched your ticket for pop stardom. Era rockers.

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It would be difficult to overstate Dick Clark’s role in the development of the pop culture. One of the reasons for Clark’s trans-generational appeal is that he never got stuck in time. Because he embraced all changes in popular music he was as cool to the Madonna and Britney Spears generations as he was to the Chubby Checker and Fats Domino generation. He always breezed forward, never looked back, never considered one generation’s music more important than another’s. After his debilitating stroke in 2004, Clark battled back and soldiered on every New Year’s Eve right up until the ball fell on 2012. So here’s to Dick Clark, without him the juke box would have been a less pivotal piece of American history.



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Levon Helm is the very essence of the music we consider today to be Americana. As drummer, mandolinist and one of three lead vocalists for the seminal rock group The Band, his influence during the •

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(A Boomer’s Story)

Golden Era was enormous. Again, I’m not going to detail the life of The Band, but suffice to say the group of four Canadians and Helm (who was from Arkansas) enjoyed a level of superstardom and critical acclaim saved mostly for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, the guy The Band supported off and on throughout their marvelous run in the late 60s and early 70s. Helm’s vocals somehow captured a timeless America. It allowed The Band to sing songs about the Civil War, the Old South, farmers, medicine shows, and countless other historic back woods themes when the rest of the rock music world was deep into psychedelics, anti-war anthems and jam sessions. Their albums, Music from Big Pink (1968) and The Band (1969) are considered by critics across the board as two of the very greatest albums ever made in the rock and roll canon. It was Helm who sang lead on The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and Up On Cripple Creek, three of The Band’s most recognizable classic songs. Raised in the rockabilly tradition of the great Memphis artists, Helm never wandered from his roots. One of the great records I own features Levon Helm as the outlaw Jesse James, in the late 70s production by Paul

Kennerley entitled the Legend of Jesse James. It’s a musical trip through the life and times of the notorious Missouri bank and train robber and features music and vocals by Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Emmy Lou Harris and others. It’s a wonderful piece of music and would convince you that if you could sit down and talk to Jesse James today, he would sound like Levon Helm. Helm bravely battled throat cancer the last 10 years of his life and had even made a comeback in the last few years with the albums Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt. Like the other two individuals we’ve spoken of in this piece, there is really no way to overestimate the respect the music community had for a class act like Levon Helm.

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Without Dick Clark, Earl Scruggs and Levon Helm, the music world is a sadder place. But without their contributions it would be a much less appealing place.

Note:The last few days of May brought even more sadness to the music world with the passing of disco music icons Robin Gibb, 62, of the Bee Gees and Donna Summer, 63. Regardless of what you thought of the late 70s disco craze, Gibb and Summer were international pop stars. The Bee Gees were a very good English pop group with a string of hits in the late 60s and early 70s before their transformation into disco kings later on. Also wanted to note the recent passing of banjo superstar Douglas Dillard, 75. Some of this piece was devoted to Earl Scruggs, and Dillard was a student of Scruggs' three-finger picking style. With his band, the Dillards, Doug Dillard helped bridge the bluegrass masters generation with the younger newgrass era of the 60s. Look for much more on this subject in the coming months.

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Market on Starting June 9th!


In less than two weeks, Fort Dodge area residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of a “Market atmosphere”, as Market on Central begins July 9th in downtown Fort Dodge.

Running for 6 Saturdays from 8 am to 2:00 pm; the Market is the ‘brainchild’ of a group of people from the Chamber. According to Cheryl O’Hern, who is a member of the committee, months of preparation have been spent by a very diverse group of community volunteers to bring the project to ‘Historic” Downtown Fort Dodge.

Sharon Tilton, also a committee member, added that there isn’t anything like this within 60 miles of Fort Dodge. “Remember, this is Iowa, and if we built it, they will come!” She said that after researching the event, the committee feels there could be as many as 4000 attendees each Saturday- “and that’s a conservative estimate.”

like this within 60 miles of Fort Dodge.

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O’Hern went on to say that during the Iowa Great Places application process, a Farmers Market type event was identified as something good for Fort Dodge. “Vendors will be coming from all over our region and include a wonderful mix of produce and baked goods vendors, arts and crafts and entertainment,” said O’Hern. She said there will also be a music group featured the weekend of July 16th, ‘Vocal Trash. “Tours and activities at our Historic Buildings in the Downtown area are planned by the Historic Preservation group as well,” said O’Hern.

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The first disclaimer of my article is that I do NOT intend to write a book entitled “The Girls From Fort Dodge” as a copycat to the popular book “The Girls From Ames”. But if I did, I would write about my wonderful friends. Every one has a different gift and a blessing they bring to my life. Some of my girlfriends and I took a trip to Minnesota last month (see photo). We had a blast. My second disclaimer is what goes on with the girlfriends stays with the girlfriends. Whether you are from Fort Dodge, Ames or New York City, the sentiment is the same…Girlfriends are an important part of a woman’s life. The author of “The Girls From Ames” explained how he came about writing this book: Having observed how my mother, sister and wife built lovely friendships over the years, I naturally hope that my daughters can be as fortunate. When I think about their futures, I want them to feel enveloped by people who love them, and I know they’ll need close, loving friends at their sides. (I’m also aware that men’s friendships are completely different. I’ve been playing poker with a group of friends every Thursday night for many years. About 80% of our conversations are focused specifically on the cards, the betting, the bluffing. Most of the rest of the chatter is about sports, or sometimes our jobs. For weeks on end, our personal lives – or our feelings about anything — never even come up.)

But as a journalist, I know there’s great power in honest stories about real people. So, over time, I found myself intrigued by the idea of asking one articulate group of longstanding friends to open their hearts and scrapbooks, to tell the complete inside story of their friendship. I had a real sense that a nonfiction narrative – the biography of a friendship, meticulously reported — could be a meaningful document for female readers. Theirs is the story of 11 little girls and the women they became. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to tell it. So if you are looking for a good summer read, try The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. I have been personally blessed to have many girlfriends in my life. I truly don’t know what I would do without them! We laugh, we cry, we vent, we dance, we read, we play, we eat, we drink and then we do it all over again! Take this opportunity to tell your girlfriends (and boy friends too) how important they are to you. If you are my girlfriend and you are reading this…Thanks, I truly appreciate your kindness and friendship!

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By Katie Averill

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(A Look Back )



wenty years ago this Spring, Twist and Shout’s founder, Dave Haldin, called me and asked if I’d be interested in doing a column for Twist & Shout. My answer was an immediate yes.

Now, I’m much slower to react on such calls. The best part of this experience, is I got to share it step by step with the readers of Twist & Shout. One of my favorite parts of the columns, was to learn about the great bands that have played Fort Dodge, and the many incredible musicians that they brought with them. Most of these musicians were yet unknown, but would go on to greatness. Here are a few of those discoveries. Dale Hawkins Featured guitar legend, Roy Buchanan.

I have enjoyed looking back at some of the great surf music groups that came through and appeared in Fort Dodge. Such groups as the Marketts, the Rip Chords, the Hondells, Ronny & The Daytonas, the Astronauts, and the T-Bones.

A Patch Of Blue This Sioux City band would feature a teen aged Tommy Bollin, who would go on to play with Deep Purple and The James Gang. Those are but just a few

One of my favorite “leads” that I got was about fifteen years ago. Out of the blue a gentleman calls and tells me he is the “real” J. Frank Wilson of “Last Kiss” fame. I knew that J. Frank Wilson had already passed away in his home state of Texas. I told myself this was going to be interesting.

Last but not least, stories on our own Fort Dodge rock stars. Such groups as Dale & The Devonaires, West Minister, The Hawks, Buckeye, Brian Wilson recording in Otho, and the Ski Band, to name a few.

I had a sit down with the “real” J. Frank Wilson, and it was quite a story. But, with the more research that I did his story started to unravel.

It has been a fun rock and roll ride for all of us in Fort Dodge. Let’s keep looking back.

My column was titled “Will the Real J. Frank Wilson Please Stand Up”. In a later column I shared my insight of this gentlemen that believed he was J. Frank Wilson, but that was not to be. I still get calls with the topic being “I was once somebody”.



Until Next Month Take Care & Remember The Music

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Surf music has always been a favorite type of music for me. If you were a kid growing up in the Midwest during the 60's and listened to Top 40 radio, and listening to those great songs of sun, sand, surf, and sidewalls, would leave a real impression

One of favorite group of 60's bands were the artists Mid Continent Productions of Lawrence Kansas created and set out across the Midwest. Besides playing some incredible music for us, they have afforded me some very interesting columns. Such groups as; the Fabulous Flippers, The Roarin’ Red Dogs, the Blue Things, Spider & the Crabs, and the Young Raiders have all been featured.


There are so many memories that I have held on to these past twenty years. Here are but just a few:


Joey Dee & The Starlighters It might be hard to believe, Dee used on a short Midwest tour, the incredible Jimi Hendrix!!


The staff at Twist & Shout have always allowed me to explore any and all groups that I have written about. That freedom has been greatly appreciated.


Chameleon Their keyboard player would go on to be the #1 New Age artist, Yanni,


Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks His backing group was “The Band” who would go on to be Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Sadly we just lost their drummer and voice, Levon Helm.

I really understand the real reason this column has lasted twenty years, is because you enjoy reading it. I appreciate all the e-mails telling me so. Thanks!!

By Tom Tourville


I thought it would be great fun, while bringing back some great Fort Dodge rock and roll stories,. Find some long lost artists, and reminding everyone how lucky they have been to be to living in Fort Dodge and hear some incredible live rock and roll.

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Family • Grandma and Grandpa Moser are now my folks; they have become my children’s special hands to hold. We have fantastic memories and look forward to creating more. Fort Dodge has become our place to come home to. We still have oyster stew and chili on Christmas Eve. We always have our family. In some ways it’s become smaller because of t hose we’ve said goodbye to. In other ways it’s grown as we have new children enter the picture. Traditions based on love are the best ones to hold onto. • After a few minutes of silence I could hear my youngest crying. I asked him why he was crying and he said very matter-of-factly, “I wish I were dead.” I was shocked by his statement – after all he was only 4 years old. “Honey, why would you say that?” “Because if I were dead I would be in heaven and I would be able to play with Grandpa again and tell jokes and laugh.” • Since I was in Mrs. Nelson’s first grade class at Hawley School and he was in Mrs. McCartney’s class, Tjeran has been my friend. Now he’s my best friend. He’s the one Lehr and Asle climb like a jungle gym that has time outs to give hugs and kisses. He’s the one who has made “sweets” my favorite nickname ever. • Teague Marcus Smith entered this world at 8:49 pm on Wednesday, June 8, 2055. He’s the perfect combination of Jill and Ryan. Within seconds of his arrival he was wrapped in love so thick it would take decades to chip away. • “Mom is it true the angels are crying when it rains?” • “Mom, could dinosaurs beat up lions?” • Katie comes from love. Her family values each other, the same way we do. How lucky they are to have found each other. It’s strange to think another family now loves my little brother the way we do. • My immediate family also has a reputation for not sugar-coating things. We argue passionately but we also love with everything. We laugh at things that are only funny to us. We all laugh loud, long and hard, and each of us have to admit to having stomach pains the next day from our bellies being sore from laughing too hard the night before. Boy, I am lucky. • When he was introduced our little clan cheered loudly and announced to every one around that he was our guy. We were there for him. I’ve talked to other Dodgers at the Hawkeye game that day and they all felt connected to Sherwyn. He represented himself and Fort Dodge well. He left his mark on Kinnick Stadium 50 years ago, but this day he was in the moment; he was the present and to many he was a Hawkeye hero. That was a moment we will never forget. Golf • Keep it simple stupid. This theory holds true in golf and in life. Sure, I would love to be a par golfer, but I’m not. I’m comfortable with the fact that a good game for me means I didn’t whiff and I had no tens.

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Life and Goals • I will cherish every day. (Too often I hit the snooze button many times because I’m not ready to face the day. I will remember each day is a gift and each day I have the opportunity to make a difference. I won’t forget this in 2007. I will remind myself I’m lucky to be here and embrace the family and friends around me because we don’t know how much time we actually have together.) • I’m thankful for time. There is never enough and things seem to sometimes spin out of control, but time is on our side. Time does heal and time does help. Time is an important asset; one I take for granted many times. People told me before I had children to watch out because I’ll blink and they will be grown. I never fully understood what they meant until now. I can’t believe how fast they have grown. It does seem like yesterday when they were babies. Now they talk back, make their own decisions and their pants are always too short. When did that happen? Next thing I know they’ll be driving, earning money and going to collect. I’m not ready. I would like to hold on to today as long as possible.

By Julie Thorson


Julie, Jill Smith (sister), Sharon Moser, mother, Katie Moser Sister

• The proper thing to say to this golfer is “That’s a peach hun.” All of us “Pookies” have heard it before. The nice thing about us; expectations are low, so when we do well (by our standards) it’s a joyous occasion. • To tell you the truth, I don’t know why we play. It’s supposed to be a leisure sport, not a lesson in how to elevate yourself to an extremely high level of frustration. Why is it fun? It is the most challenging, silly, skillful, nightmare of a game there is. It’s not only me who feels this way. Often I hear in very sarcastic tones from fel low golfers, “Isn’t this fun?” or “I’ve never done this bad.” Or “Why do we play this game?” or, and one of my personal • You know you are bad when your divot goes further than your ball. • So I knew it was going to be interesting when we teed of hole #1 and the questions started. “What club do I use?” “The driver.” “What’s the driver?” “The one with a number one on it.” “Why is it so big?” “So you can hit the ball.” Well the next question soon was “how many swings do you get to hit the ball? “ The laughter begins. Now don’t get me wrong I am not in any way making fun of this team. In fact quite the opposite; I am so proud of them that they think enough of me to be vulnerable enough to laugh at themselves and perhaps even be embarrassed a little. We can do that because we have developed trust in one another and that takes time.

• Maybe I missed the boat; there could be a secret fulfillment to cooking I’ve missed out on. It’s not like I stopped cooking when I married Tjeran, I have never cooked. Before I met Tjeran my diet consisted of scrambled eggs, bologna sandwiches, Spaghetti O's, and cold cereal. I was introduced to a whole new world of food when we got married because he made meals. I attempted to cook when we were first married but I quickly learned this was not my strong suit so I held my head in shame from then on. In Conclusion • Caregivers in nursing homes are people with never ending patience. Caregivers spend their own money to buy fancy lotion and great shampoo. Caregivers will answer the same question 50 times in a row with a smile on their face. Caregivers dance. Caregivers have inside jokes with the people they take care of. Caregivers know the right way to comb hair. Caregivers know “your husband is uptown.” Caregivers spend a few extra moments every day. Caregivers hold hands. Caregivers make it okay to say goodbye. Caregivers may say the last “good night.” • Sometimes it’s okay to not know. Sometimes it’s okay to wonder. Sometimes it’s okay to dream big. Most importantly it’s okay to ask, you might not get the answer you were hoping for or expecting, but ask anyway. Your question might make somebody look at the big picture rather than the moment. I’ve enjoyed writing over the past years. I don’t always make sense and sometimes I have a tendency to ramble…but I always have fun! I don’t always get the chance to write every month anymore. I’m glad Anne still let’s be contribute when I’m able. I wish Twist all the best and 20 more years to come. It’s hard to believe 20 years! Congrats Anne!

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As we celebrate 20 years of Twist and Shout, I had a little fun looking back at some of the columns I’ve written for Twist and Shout over the past few years. Please enjoy these 20 little ditties that make me smile, laugh and cry.


One of our favorite “columns” has been Look Who’s Reading, Its Fun to see who reads it and where it goes.

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