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Jerry Beck

Hometown Pride 2018

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

Hometown Pride 2018

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

Hometown Pride 2018

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

Hometown Pride 2018

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

Hometown Pride 2018

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

Hometown Pride 2018

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

Hometown Pride 2018

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, ...

Sharon Balm

Hometown Pride 2018

Any given time during the week, you’re likely to find Sharon Balm out somewhere in the community teaching art to those in assisted living or with disabilities. On one recent Friday, Balm brought her art supplies to the Fort Dodge Villa Care Center, where she encouraged residents to paint ...

Evelyn Patterson

Hometown Pride 2018

STRATFORD — At the age of 92, Evelyn Patterson has had plenty of years to become a part of her community. She’s done it by taking on a variety of tasks and services for her fellow residents of Stratford, and it doesn’t sound like she’s planning to slow down. But then, volunteering ...

Dawn Elifrits

Hometown Pride 2018

DAYTON — The restaurant in the back of the Dayton Community Grocery store is a pretty friendly place to stop in for a meal, a cup of coffee or just some local news. It’s a one-chef operation run by Dayton resident Dawn Elifrits who’s been making meals and friends there for the past 10 ...

Doug Johnson

Hometown Pride 2018

The Farnhamville Betterment Inc. was formed 18 years ago to save an old building from going unused. Through the dedication of numerous volunteers, the vacant space was kept in good shape and turned into a restaurant. Over the past couple years they did it again. “I kind of ...

Matt Maggio

Hometown Pride 2018

Dr. Matt Maggio lives his life by the following words: “To whom much is given, much will be required.” Luke 12:48 The Fort Dodge native has a rich history within the city, and shares it in every possible way. As president of Fort Dodge’s LifeWorks Community Services, he is able to ...

Gene Stockdale

Hometown Pride 2018

Gene Stockdale is used to a little chaos in his life. Stockdale, of Fort Dodge, is the oldest of 16 siblings, which includes nine boys and seven girls. “I was the leader of the pack, I guess,” he said. “If something went wrong, it was my fault. Should have kept an eye on them, ...

Fonda Arts Center

Hometown Pride 2018

FONDA — The current center of most of Fonda’s art venue needs was almost destroyed after being deemed useless. But a group of art-loving individuals came together to save the old church, which today is greatly used and appreciated by the community. Today, the Fonda Arts Center is a ...

Jim Peterson

Hometown Pride 2018

Often in a hierarchy, one starts at the lower level before moving to a larger leadership position. Of course, practically speaking this doesn’t always work out. Jim Peterson, who has held a wide variety of commands within the American Legion, got his start not as a post commander but as ...

Ann Halbur

Hometown Pride 2018

Ann Halbur, president and administrator for the Students in the Arts program, has been helping educators recognize the hard work of Students in the Arts since the program began in 1994. The program was originally started by the local radio station. When she left there, the station ...

Shawn George

Hometown Pride 2018

CALLENDER — Shawn George, the current Callender Fire Department chief, only recently stepped into that role when former Chief Kevin Kruse decided it was someone else’s turn. It happened rather quickly. “He said, ‘I nominate Shawn George,’ that was it.” George said. “I have ...

Vicki Mallory

Hometown Pride 2018

ALGONA — In 1993, Vicki Mallory was on a search committee to hire a new executive director for the Algona Chamber of Commerce. But after the committee conducted between five and seven interviews, the right candidate never emerged, she said. That’s when one of the other members had ...

Rusty Farrington

Hometown Pride 2018

ROCKWELL CITY — Rusty Farrington doesn’t just build a toolbox to hold a small part of his collection of lovingly cared for hand tools. Farrington creates, instead, a finely crafted work of art. Each chisel has a slot with an internal divider to protect it from its neighbor. Planes ...

Connie Lind-Fraher

Hometown Pride 2018

Helping to let visitors know about the interesting and fun things to do in Fort Dodge keeps Connie Lind-Fraher on the go. Since last year, she has been the visitor services director at the Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau. When a group is planning a trip to Fort Dodge and when ...