Friends of the Library brown bag information meetings are scheduled for the first three Thursdays in October.
Briefings are held in the Ft. Dodge Library Conference Room, beginning at noon and ending at 1 p.m. Free coffee, water and cookies are available. Participants can bring their own lunch. These events are free and open to the public.
• Webster County Sheriff Luke Fleener will lead the first presentation on Thursday.
Fleener will discuss the proposal for a new Webster County Jail, among other topics.
Fleener is trained in active shooter rapid response, tactical team movement, hostage negotiations, and crime scene investigations, to name a few of his responsibilities. Over the past 13 years, he has trained over 5,000 officers across the country. Locally, he conducts safety training sessions for businesses, schools and churches to prepare to handle active shooter situations. He has been in law enforcement for 32 years and was elected Sheriff of Webster County in 2020.
• Jerry Yocum will speak about the Camp Algona POW Museum on October 13th.
A former high school and community college teacher, Jerry joined a group in 2001 that was beginning to create a museum dedicated to telling the story of the German prisoners of war who were housed at Camp Algona from April 1944 to February 1946. This museum finally opened in 2004 and averages over 2000 visitors each year. Attendees will learn where prisoners are from and the type of work they have done in a four-state area.
• Photographer Justin Rogers will talk about photography on October 20th.
Rogers is a native of Fort Dodger and will share his passion for photography. Photography started as a hobby for Justin in 2013 and quickly turned into a second career, he is also a freelance web developer. Most of his works consist of rural Iowa landscapes or Des Moines cityscapes. However, given the right time of year, you can also find him photographing wildlife. Rogers also enjoys leading or helping teach local photography workshops. His flexible schedule allows him to leave at any time if a photographic opportunity arises.