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H-D choir to back up Foreigner during Franklin County Fair

HAMPTON — More than two dozen members of the Hampton-Dumont Chamber Choir will live out a rock star moment when they back up Foreigner during the Franklin County Fair.

The ensemble will provide backup vocals during the song, “I Wanna Know What Love Is” sometime after the band is set to hit the stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

The Franklin County Fair Board contacted H-D’s 7-12 Choir Director Jesse Bunge in the spring. The band seeks out local school singers to share the stage during various shows, he said.

For Bunge — a lifelong rock fan — the call from a band representative was unexpected.

“I think my jaw could have hit the floor,” he said.

The band will donate $500 to the choir. In exchange, members will sell the band’s CD’s at the fair. Those profits are donated to the Grammy Foundation — established in 1988 to promote the importance of recorded music in American culture including through education.

Folks who purchase CDs will also be entered into a drawing to win a signed guitar, Bunge said.

“Some of (the choir) hadn’t heard of the band. Many of them were familiar with the band,” he said. “They did not believe me at first. I pulled up a YouTube video (and said), ‘Were going to do this.’”

“We totally thought it was a prank,” said choir member Abby McKee, 17.

For the choir, “that’s truly the experience of a lifetime to be a part of something like this,” Bunge said. “This is on a whole other level of awesomeness.”

Ashley Miller / Photos Courtesy of Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office  

David Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Management, and Kossuth County Sheriff Deputy Jake Radmaker, left, rescue Tom Fitzpatrick, center, and his 10-year-old granddaughter.

Man's condition improves after Algona river rescue

ALGONA — A North Iowa man remained hospitalized Friday after being rescued from a river near Algona earlier this week.

Thomas Fitzpatrick began having chest pains and felt short of breath while he and his 10-year-old granddaughter were rescued from the East Fork of the Des Moines River Wednesday evening.

The pair were stranded by a log jam while boating from the Plum Creek dam to Veterans Park in Algona.

The dam is in the Wildwood Recreation Area about 4.5 miles upstream from the park.

Kossuth County sheriff’s deputies located Fitzpatrick’s boat using a drone.

Algona firefighters, police, EMS and the county’s emergency management also participated in the search and recovery of the boaters.

Fitzpatrick was taken to Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona and then flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

He was listed in good condition Friday morning at the Mason City hospital.

— Molly Montag

Ashley Miller / Courtesy Kossuth County Sheriff's Office 

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office used a drone to find Tom Fitzpatrick and his 10-year-old granddaughter, who were stranded on the East Fork of the Des Moines River Wednesday.

Kensett Museum to show off historic inventions

KENSETT — A Kensett museum will showcase historic inventions dating back decades.

On Sunday, the Kensett United Methodist Church Museum, 401 Second St., will showcase “Inventions in Kensett” featuring three ideas imagined, built or sold in town.

The exhibit will feature: the Locke Adder — a rudimentary calculator; Matt Olsen’s Fly Trap and Kensett Homes — prefabricated homes once manufactured beginning in the early 1970s.

The Locke Adder — patented by Clarence Locke in 1901 — was an adding machine that was manufactured in Chicago, but invented and sold in Kensett.

It was the “first American-made adder to enjoy modest commercial success,” according to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s website.

“At one time he hired five secretaries,” Stan Lucas, a Kensett museum curator told the Globe Gazette in 2010. “It was a big operation.”

Now a museum, the Kensett United Methodist Church was founded in 1895. For a century, it served the town as its membership gradually declined to 28 in 1995 from 72 in 1960.

Members decided to close the church in October 1995.

Subsequently, the Worth County Historical Society took over ownership of the building, including picking up the tab for insurance, heating and lights.

In 1872 a prominent Baltimore businessman, Thomas Kensett, gave his name to a new railroad depot and township in Worth County, promising he’d build a church in the burgeoning depot community if the residents named it after him.

They did. The town flourished, but Kensett never did build the church.

According to Globe archives, the city endured major fires in 1901 and 1907. It once had seven gas stations, seven taverns and three grocery stores.

Its population once peaked at around 400. It was 267 last year, according to the U.S. Census.

“Inventions in Kensett” will begin at 2 p.m. The museum is open 2-4 p.m. on Sundays in July.

Ashley Miller / Photos Courtesy Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office  

David Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Management, center, and Kossuth County Sheriff Deputy Jake Radmaker, far right, rescue Tom Fitzpatrick and his 10-year-old granddaughter, who were stranded on the East Fork of the Des Moines River Wednesday. The sheriff’s office used a drone to find the girl and Fitzpatrick, who is now in good condition after having a heart attack.