Hometown Pride 2018

Shirley Phillips

SAC CITY — Sometime in October of this year, Shirley Phillips will be attending a ribbon cutting for the last 40 mile section of U.S. Highway 20 to be completed as a four-lane route. It will be the final link in an Iowa four-lane highway that’s been her passion and much of her life’s ...

Marcy Harms

“When I see certain kids struggle and then they graduate and they get to walk across that stage, that is the greatest feeling in the world. That’s one thing I’m going to miss.” This statement by Marcy Harms came as no surprise. Harms has been serving the Fort Dodge Community School ...

Nancy & Gene Strub

EAGLE GROVE — When Nancy Strub and her husband, Gene Strub, moved to Eagle Grove about 40 years ago, they weren’t accustomed to having neighbors. “We moved here from South Dakota,” Gene Strub said. “The nearest neighbor was a quarter-mile way.” But when the two got out of ...

Mary Kay Daniel

Mary Kay Daniel believes that it’s important to give back to her hometown. And that’s exactly what the Fort Dodge native has done time and again over the years. Daniel, who was born and raised in Fort Dodge, is involved in countless activities, community service projects and business ...

Marian Beisser

At 95 years old, Marian Beisser isn’t ready to retire any time soon. She has been a pillar of Beisser Lumber Company ever since she and her husband founded the business in 1953, with one employee and a $2,500 investment. Today, she continues to keep the accounts for the business ...

Duane Asbe

CLARION — Duane Asbe has been involved in just about any and every local organization a person could name. So it seemed like a natural fit when Asbe was elected as Clarion’s mayor in November. He officially took office in January. “I have thoroughly enjoyed Clarion and being born ...

Jeff Redenius

LAKE CITY — Jeff Redenius had enough to worry about as final exams loomed during his senior year at Central College in Pella. As he studied for his tests, however, the Lake City native suddenly felt like a knife was plunging into his chest. “It was so intense I couldn’t take a deep ...

Kelly Tate

LAURENS — Kelly Tate wears many different hats in her hometown of Laurens. Many of those hats involve her responsibilities at the town’s pool, where she serves as its manager. “This is my fourth summer being manager for the pool,” she said. “I’m also the president of the ...

Julie Pingel

Julie Pingel is a manager, leader, volunteer, advisor, mother and advocate. Pingel is originally from Farnhamville and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, but found her way to Fort Dodge when she accepted a job at Fort Dodge Family Credit Union. She has been the manager there for 23 years and ...

Harald Anderson & Richard McBride

DUNCOMBE — A 70-year anniversary of anything is rare enough to warrant special commendation. The Duncombe American Legion was lucky enough to honor not one, but two members who have each been in the legion for 70 years, at a special time during its Memorial Day ceremony this year. ...

Cheryl Rhead

HUMBOLDT — When Cheryl Rhead served on Humboldt’s city council in the mid-1990s, a lack of housing was seen as the city’s biggest barrier to growth. “Housing was very limited at that time,” she recalled. “It was a collaboration between people in our community that wanted to see ...

Gretchen Tiedeman

POCAHONTAS — Gretchen Tiedeman has been involved in the community of Pocahontas County since a young age. In middle school through high school she served her community and classmates by being involved in various clubs and organizations. She has now graduated college and has come back to ...

John Hawkins

WEBSTER CITY — John Hawkins, an immigrant from Australia, is truly a jack-of-all-trades. From expanding his family’s business in Australia, to starting a new life and business in America, to becoming mayor in his small town, to being a father and grandfather, Hawkins seems to be able to ...

Jerry Beck

When the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex opened in 1969, Jerry Beck, of Fort Dodge, was among the first softball players to enjoy the facility. Beck would go on to spend decades there, playing, umpiring and coaching. “I played until 1995 when I had neck surgery,” he said. ...

Jane Dutcher & Rhonda Harris

LEHIGH — From cleaning up parks, to planting flowers at retirement homes, to awarding scholarships to area students, the Lehigh Women’s Club keeps active in doing their own little part to better the community. Club President Jane Dutcher has been at the helm leading the group for ...

Marvin Poppen

MANSON — When one thinks of someone in their 80s, it’s likely they think about someone sitting at home, spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and going out once in awhile. But that’s not the case at all with Marvin Poppen. At 85, Poppen is still very ...

Craig Jarrard

Craig Jarrard, owner of Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., knows shoes. Through his time running the Fort Dodge Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., Jarrard has successfully grown the store and served the community for more than 20 years now. He began his journey in the shoe business when he was very young. His ...

Randy Hanna

MOORLAND — During the past several years, pilots have had confidence that they could land safely at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport — even when strong winter weather swept through the area. That’s because Randy Hanna, the airport’s maintenance supervisor, was working on the ...

Mandy Gascho

BADGER — Mandy Gascho shows no signs of slowing her enthusiasm for Badger, the city she has lived in for her entire life. Gascho grew up on the northeast side of town, meeting neighbors and making lifelong friends. “I loved every minute of it,” she said. “I remember growing up ...

Brenda Eckard

Estherville native and KHI Solutions co-owner Brenda Eckard spends her free time running, reading, traveling, spending time at the lake, boating, and kayaking. She ended up moving to Fort Dodge in 1993 after living in many places across the country. Together, she and her husband, Darrin, ...