Business Briefs

Fitzgerald starts ValuTech Pest Control

Pat Fitzgerald is the owner/operator of ValuTech Pest Control LLC. Besides having more than 25 years of experience, Fitzgerald has had extensive pest control education including correspondence courses from Purdue University. Fitzgerald is a lifelong member of the community, growing up in ...

Rev. Sara Hill takes on new role

The Rev. Sara Hill, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church, was recently installed as the Moderator of the Presbytery of North Central Iowa for 2018. As Moderator of the Presbytery, Hill’s roles will include moderating Presbytery meetings, serving as a delegate at the General ...

Petersen joins Central Financial Group

Fort Dodge native Kole Petersen has joined Central Financial Group as a financial adviser. He will be working out of the Fort Dodge office, 301 S. 25th St. He was previously living in Waukee and working at Principal Financial Group. Petersen has more than 11 years of experience working in ...

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital receives award

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in patient ...

Pederson chosen IWQA president

The Iowa Water Quality Association held its Annual Member Meeting and Seminar Sept. 20-21 in Johnston. During the meeting, Steve Pederson of Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters in Fort Dodge was elected to serve as president of the organization. Pederson has been a member of IWQA since 2010 and has ...

Lawler joins team at First State Bank

Emily Lawler, of Clare, has joined the First State Bank staff in Fort Dodge as an ag/commercial lender. Lawler is a 2013 graduate of Manson Northwest Webster and went on to earn a B.A. degree in agricultural business with a minor in agronomy at Iowa State University in 2016. Prior to her ...

Mason and Wolfe attend summit

In July, Kim Mason and Emily Wolfe traveled to Venice Beach, California, to attend the annual BIRTHFIT Summit. This was a meeting of BIRTHFIT regional directors from around the country to push the BIRTHFIT organization to the next level. Mason and Wolfe are the regional directors for BIRTHFIT ...

Cochrane to lecture at national meeting

Dr. R. Bruce Cochrane, Fort Dodge specialist in periodontics, prosthodontics and implantology will once again be a lecturer at the 2017 national meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in Boston, Massachusetts. Cochrane is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of ...

Dr. John Clay attends training

Dr. John Clay of Clay & Associates DDS PLC, 1905 N. 15th St. recently attended the advanced treatment training With Clear Correct that was held In New York.This is a new option for straightening teeth.

Blake Whalen now at Schnurr & Co.

Blake Whalen joined the staff of Schnurr & Company LLP, 822 Central Ave., as a staff accountant this summer. Whalen was born in Dubuque. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 2013, Iowa Central Community College in 2015 and West Texas A & M University with a Bachelor of Arts ...

Brady Anderson joins Schnurr & Co.

Brady Anderson joined the staff of Schnurr & Company LLP, 822 Central Ave., as a staff accountant this last spring. He worked as an intern there prior to accepting full-time employment upon graduation. Anderson graduated from Humboldt High School in 2012 and University of Northern Iowa in ...

Liz McHenry now at Hair Odyssey

Liz McHenry, formerly of the J.C. Penney salon, has taken a full-time position at Hair Odyssey Inc., 2419 Fifth Ave. S., Suite B. McHenry has 24 years of experience in the cosmetology industry. She specializes in cuts, perms, colors and waxing. McHenry is a lifelong resident of Fort Dodge.

Angie Richardson joins Hair Odyssey

Angie Richardson has joined the staff at Hair Odyssey Inc., 2419 Fifth Ave. S., Suite B, as a full-time cosmetologist. A La’James graduate in 1990, Richardson has 27 years of experience in the industry. She was formerly with the J.C. Penney salon in Fort Dodge. Richardson specializes in ...

Promes achieves board certification

Joetta Promes RN, BSN, ONC, CMPE, practice administrator for Orthopedic Specialists, has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive by the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification entity of the Medical Group Management Association. ...

Mel Smith now on LifeWorks Charitable Foundation board

Mel Smith, of Dakota City, has joined the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation board of directors. Smith graduated from Humboldt High School and attended Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon. He is a resident of Dakota City, and is the vice president of Campus Support Services at Friendship ...

Charlene Kelley and Brennan Vaverek join LifeWorks board

Charlene Kelley and Brennan Vaverek have joined the LifeWorks Community Services board of directors. Kelley is a substitute teacher in the Southeast Valley School District. She a member of the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation board of directors, is involved with Christian education at ...

John Ueltschy now a commercial banker at Northwest Bank

Northwest Bank in Fort Dodge has announced that John Ueltschy, of Fort Dodge, is part of its team as a commercial banker. His responsibilities include developing and servicing commercial businesses to help meet their banking needs while supporting their business growth and development ...

Gottula now at UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine

UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine has welcomed Rod Gottula, M.D., who will also be serving as the new UnityPoint Hospice medical director for the Fort Dodge region. Gottula received his Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Lincoln, Nebraska. He completed a ...

Danielle Berglund joins UnityPoint Clinic Palliative

Danielle Berglund is now providing care at UnityPoint Clinic Palliative Medicine as a nurse practitioner. Bergland, a Webster City resident, who started with UnityPoint Health as a nurse in March 2017. She recently completed her education to become a nurse practitioner at the University of ...

Joe Larson, D.O., joins UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine

Joe Larson, D.O., is now part of the team of primary care physicians at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine. Dr. Larson received his Medical Degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed a residency at Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine. Larson is board certified by the American ...