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OTTUMWA — Last time Ottumwans heard from Steve Smith he was on stage at Bridge View Center. He was touring as Red Green, the character he played on television for years. The tour was called “This Could Be It.”

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ELDON — The 2020 Wapello County Fair will not go ahead as planned.

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DES MOINES — The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the National Weather Service’s storm spotter sessions in Iowa this year. But with severe weather season still looming, the NWS needs people who are trained to report what they see.

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OTTUMWA — The story of how Rick Wills joined Foreigner involves Peter Frampton, a cautious bank teller, transatlantic flights and the chicken pox.

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DES MOINES — The first time you laugh during “Come From Away,” it catches you off guard. Is it appropriate? When the central event of the musical is the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, can you really laugh?

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OTTUMWA — Despite the strong wind and icy conditions, the ninth annual “25 Men Who Can Cook” still drew a strong crowd.

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ALBIA — Women walked around in crinolines and petticoats. Men wore morning suits and top hats. Carolers sang in front of shops, and a horse-drawn carriage traveled around the town square.

FAIRFIELD — The public is invited to unleash their inner creativity at Friday’s Fairfield Art Association (FAA) portrait demonstration from 6-9 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.

OTTUMWA — Bridge View Center has announced a January concert by Dwight Yoakum, a multi-Grammy Award winning country singer who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

OTTUMWA — Tony Sands could have made it a bit easier on himself, but it wouldn’t have been right. You see, Sands was always a fan of Frank Sinatra, and always wanted to put together a show that would allow people to get a sense of Sinatra’s remarkable career.

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OTTUMWA — City council members approved a new feeder portion of the city’s trails network during an unusual midday meeting Friday.

OTTUMWA — Don’t feel too bad for Sami Griffith for the work touring the country as part of “Friends! The Musical Parody.” She spent Friday in Miami.

OTTUMWA — It seems sometimes there are two kinds of performers in music: Those who can’t wait to get on the road and those who dread it. Gary Allan is emphatically part of the former.

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OTTUMWA — All these years later, Steve Smith still isn’t entirely sure why “The Red Green Show,” and Iowa clicked. For a few years, it looked like they never would.

OTTUMWA — Bobby Jensen wanted to make one thing clear: “Hairball” is definitely not a tribute band.

OTTUMWA — It’s funny how life works sometimes. Jim McDonough knew he loved the piano from the time his mother took lessons when he was a child. But he didn’t realize he would make a living at it, while helping a camp near his hometown of Monticello.

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OTTUMWA — Richard Sterban knows the first question he’s going to hear from most people when the Oak Ridge Boys announce they’re coming to town, and he has the answer ready.

OTTUMWA — The chance to watch nine people shove loose-meat sandwiches into their mouths for 10 minutes may not be worth the time to takes to drive to Ottumwa, but perhaps another performance by Division BMX or a chance to see skateboarder Adam Miller will.

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OTTUMWA — Area vendors, crafters and artisans came together at Bridge View Center to promote their wares and support a good cause.

MORAVIA — The Wicked Witch is on trial for her crimes against the people in the land of Once Upon a Time, but she maintains her innocence in Moravia High School’s production of “The Trial of the Wicked Witch.”

OTTUMWA — A variety of music pounds through different rooms as over 30 young kids from Dance Inc. rehearse their pieces for nationals.

ALBIA — Local musicians from a variety of backgrounds will come together for back-to-back concerts in early April.

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OTTUMWA — Local writers came together in the Ottumwa Public Library for a special “Writer’s Room” event.

OTTUMWA — Iowa Arts Council is opening another set of grant programs for communities, schools, tribal councils and nonprofit organizations this spring.

ELDON — Cardinal students are preparing for this year’s Cafe Musicale, and although they don’t all have arts backgrounds, all the students and staff are excited for the variety show.

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"Black Panther" is among the most anticipated films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The character first turned up in "Captain America: Civil War," and now T'Challa is getting his own film.

OTTUMWA — World-renowned Beijing Guitar Duo, comprised of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, brings its performance to Indian Hills Community College.