Business Briefs

Duffield attends training

Curt Duffield, vocational director for Lifeworks Community Services, recently attended the 2019 Leadership Institute at the University of Delaware. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities offered the training from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. It was sponsored by the American ...

Hy-Vee is helping replenish food banks

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee has launched a campaign called “Feed the Need” to help replenish local food banks across its eight-state region. The supermarket chain was recently made aware that many food banks were extremely low on food due an influx of additional people over the past ...

Beck will serve as interim CEO

SAC CITY — Jim Beck, of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, will serve as interim CEO at Loring Hospital in Sac City. Brian Martin recently resigned as Loring CEO. Beck will serve the hospital until a replacement for Martin his hired. Beck previously served as interim CEO at Loring in ...

Reeder joins UnityPoint urology center

UnityPoint Health Center for Urology — Fort Dodge is proud to welcome Jordan Reeder, nurse practitioner, to their team and announce the expanded presence within the Fort Dodge community. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. ...

Hauck becomes sole owner of Broadway Vision

EAGLE GROVE — Dr. Brandon Hauck is now the sole owner of Broadway Vision of Eagle Grove. Hauck, a 2007 Humboldt High School graduate, bought the Eagle Grove clinic from Dr. Patrick Lenane in January. Hauck and Lenane had owned the business together since 2015. The two split time ...

Destinee Johnson joins RE/MAX of Fort Dodge

Destinee Johnson, associate realtor, has recently joined RE/MAX of Fort Dodge. She is a member of the Fort Dodge Board of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Johnson moved to Fort Dodge in 2012 from Arkansas, and has since married Kyle ...

Doyle wins award for builder excellence

Eric Doyle, owner of the local Wausau Homes in Fort Dodge, recently earned the Voice of the Customer award by excelling at being the trusted advisor to past home buyers by earning a 93 percent rating. J.D. Power and Associates average rating for new home builders is 83 percent. The award ...

Fisher is selected for America’s SBDC Iowa award

AMES — America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to announce that Audra Fisher, business partner for the Webster County Extension & Outreach SBDC, has been chosen as Small Business Development Center Support Person of the Year. Kimberly Tiefenthaler, regional director of the Webster County ...

PRO Cooperative donates to 4-H in area counties

POCAHONTAS — PRO Cooperative recently presented a check to the Iowa 4-H Foundation for $10,000. The funds will support 4-H Programs in six Iowa counties. The donation will be divided among the counties PRO Cooperative serves: Calhoun, Dickinson, Emmet, Humboldt, Palo Alto and Pocahontas. ...

Journey of Hope donates to Trinity Foundation

Shirley Hanna Hottman and Megan Hanna from Journey for Hope, recently presented Trinity Foundation with $6,836.94. Funds were raised to support the mission of the organization to help families with seriously ill children and the expenses that occur or families that have lost a child due to ...

Access Systems recognizes Fort Dodge as Branch of the Year

WAUKEE — Access Systems recently recognized their Fort Dodge location as Branch of the Year. The Fort Dodge branch was honored at the company’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 14. This branch was recognized because of its tremendous growth over the past year and the high level of service ...

McAleer joins Youth Shelter Care

Antionette McAleer, LMHC-T, CADC, has joined the Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa therapy department. McAleer holds a Master of Science degree in clinical counseling from Bellevue University and bachelor degrees in human services and psychology from Buena Vista University. ...

Schwering hired as environmental manager

Brian Schwering has accepted the position as environmental services manager at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. Schwering joined Trinity in May of 2018 as a contract facility manager for Aramark. His employment will transition to UnityPoint Health on Jan. 31.

Fitzgerald joins Haupts State Farm Agency

Jimmy Fitzgerald has joined the Jeff Haupts State Farm Agency. A graduate of St. Edmond High School and Iowa Central Community College, he is working towards his bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University. Fitzgerald looks forward to helping community members with their insurance ...

Business owners encouraged to take Goldman Sachs program

In 2019, Iowa’s community colleges will partner with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to offer the program in Iowa for the first time. The course curriculum, developed and taught by Babson College, which was recently named No. 1 for entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for ...

FD Community Foundation and United Way wins award

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa College of Public Health and its Business Leadership Network announced seven award recipients under the fourth annual round of the Community Grant Program. The recipients of the fourth round of funding are: Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, ...

Fareway to offer student loan benefit

Starting the first of the new year, Fareway Stores, Inc. will offer a benefit to full-time employees to assist with paying down their student loans. The new program referred to as Fareway Fast Forward is intended to help alleviate financial stress associated with the repayment of student ...

Olson honored for real estate transactions

Kyle Olson, Franchisee with EXIT Realty Frontier in Fort Dodge was recently honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing 25-plus real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2017 to June 30, ...

O’Leary to serve in new role at Friendship Haven

Kiley O’Leary, registered nurse, is the new residential nurse for River Ridge neighborhood and Second Family at Friendship Haven. In her new role, O’Leary will work in conjunction with Shanda Birkett, managing care, communicating with providers and develop services to keep residents as ...

Blomker named development coordinator at Friendship Haven

Jenna Blomker recently became the Staff Development Coordinator of the Simpson Health Center at Friendship Haven. Blomker is responsible for orienting and educating new direct care team members, completing ongoing skill revalidation for existing staff, as well as various quality assurance ...