Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Manager, talks with community and business leaders in Guthrie Center during a Chamber meeting on June 9 on how tourism benefits communities who embrace it.
Tourism happens 365 days a year - in every city and every county - says Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority in Des Moines, where she is responsible for developing and implementing programs that support and promote Iowa’s tourism opportunities...
More than 90 people attended the Monteith reunion June 14.
Minnow races, shared memories and a whole lot of food marked a successful reunion Sunday for people associated with the community of Monteith.After months of planning, the event, organized by the Monteith Community Club — started as the Ladies Aid in 1906 — was held Sunday afternoon at the Nations...
Marian McQuaid (second from right) is recognized as the Guthrie Center Main Street’s volunteer of the year at the 2015 Main Street Iowa award ceremony in Des Moines. Joining her onstage are Gov. Terry Branstad (left), program director Julie Bailey and Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi Durham (right).
May 6, 2015 DES MOINESHailed as a “transformational movement” to reclaim downtowns, Iowa’s Main Street program leveraged $93 of private funding for every $1 of public money invested in 2014, Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham and Gov. Terry Branstad revealed Friday night at...
Brad Halterman, Guthrie County Conservation natural resource manager, is youth chair for the local Pheasants Forever chapter. He and Matt Hanner were encouraging young people attending the banquet to sign up for a special youth raffle.
When it comes to helping preserve wildlife habitat in Iowa, Pheasants Forever is at the forefront of organizations that make a difference.This year’s event, held Saturday at Lake Panorama National, had something for everyone. Over a hundred outdoor enthusiasts in Guthrie County attended the annual...
A new community building is one of several changes made recently at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds. A steak supper held last weekend raised more than $60,000, which will allow the building to be completed this spring.
They set their sights low — if $30,000 could be called low.A touch more, $35,000, would finish up the heating, cooling and drywall yet to be done at the new community building at the Guthrie Center Fairgrounds.But once the 12-ounce steaks and potatoes were consumed, the auctions completed and the...
Don Laughery hands his wife, Doris, a box of candy for Valentine's Day. The couple will celebrate 70 years of marriage in July, and on every Valentine's Day, Don makes sure to buy a heart-shaped box of chocolates for Doris.
First, they were friends.Sharing classes and activities in high school, Guthrie Center’s Doris and Don Laughery, both 90 and about to celebrate their 70th anniversary, got to know each other while attending high school in Guthrie Center.Their first date was after a football game; they attended a...
Wyatt Frohling (front center) spent 32 years as a head wrestling coach and since returning home to Guthrie Center two years ago, has been sharing his knowledge of the sport in the Tiger wrestling room.  Frohling was inducted into the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in November. He guided 39 Kansas State Qualifiers, 7 State Medalists, and had a 113-43 dual record for the Broncos. Overall, Coach Frohling had a 253-107-5 dual record over his 32-year career.
It was cold, and the ground was still covered with snow following a snowstorm a couple days earlier.Inside the Guthrie Center wrestling room, however, the temperature was decidedly higher. The room was filled with high school wrestlers, and  four coaches walking out on the mat to begin a Friday...
Rage, the Guthrie County Sheriff's Office's K-9, a three-year-old female Belgian Malinois that has worked with the sheriff's office since the beginning of 2013, was deployed 45 times during 2014. Rage has been particularly useful in drug-related arrests.
Guthrie County’s only four-legged law enforcer kept busy in 2014.Rage, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9, and her handler, Deputy Kent Gries, were separated twice this year — once for Gries’ wedding and honeymoon, and again when Rage underwent emergency surgery. Despite those breaks, though...
Those who have been "Baby Jesus" from 1978-2014 posed for a picture after the annual Live Nativity sponsored by First Christian Church and Presbyterian Church of Guthrie Center Sunday afternoon. Pictured are (front row, from left) Keaton Morris, Zoey Hambleton, Shay Lemke, Brooklyn Schafer and Addison Laughery, (second row) Devon Oberholtz, Megan Lemke, Dee Sloss, Anna Lauritsen, and (back row) Matt Vannatta, Cole Stetzel, Gracen Welberg, Stacey Buttler, Jonathan Bruner, and Ryan Long.
There is hardly a lull in December with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. There is shopping, cooking and family gatherings. There are crowds of people, Christmas music everywhere and overall panic to get everything done in time.But stillness is found in Guthrie Center. The only sound is...
Breanna Varra, 11, of Guthrie Center, picks out gifts for her parents Dec. 6 at the Guthrie Activity Center.
Outside the Guthrie Activity Center, children excitedly lined up.Santa was running a bit late, and they were waiting on him, gifts on their minds — but not gifts for themselves.They were at the Activity Center’s annual event, held Dec. 6 this year, that allows local kids to select free gifts for...


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