Progress Region

Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Torkelson Construction, of Eagle Grove, is working on a fourplex at the corner of Northeast Second Street and Jackson Avenue in Eagle Grove as part of the Commercial Construction Incentive Program.

Eagle Grove: Housing is a focus

EAGLE GROVE — Housing remains a focus in Eagle Grove as the community prepares to welcome Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new $240 million pork processing plant, which could be fully operational by the fall of 2018. According to Sandy McGrath, Eagle Grove mayor, housing has been a chief ...

Clarion/Goldfield: Plenty of jobs

CLARION — Plenty of jobs exist in Clarion, according to Dustin Rief, city administrator. The problem is finding people to take them, he said. “We have jobs available,” Rief said. “We are just in need of some good qualified candidates. I think our biggest challenge is everyone ...

Pocahontas: Celebrates expansion

POCAHONTAS — The city of Pocahontas has been making some improvements to help bring new businesses to town. Eric List, Pocahontas city administrator, said the town has been working on that over the past year. One of the more notable changes is a building downtown which used to be a ...

Humboldt: Shifting focus

HUMBOLDT — Millennials are more interested in the recreation offered in the cities they live in than previous generations were, according to Travis Goedken, Humboldt city administrator. “The millennial generation, which is now the largest generation in the workforce, picks where they ...

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Laurens Public Library Director Glenda Mulder, left, and Children’s Librarian Jeri Wenell, look over a recently refurbished area of the library that was created thanks to a partnership with Iowa Public Television. Mulder said IPTV provided books and DVDs for early childhood literacy.

Laurens: Quiet time

LAURENS — For the Busiest Little Town in Iowa, winter time has been pretty quiet, according to city manager Hilary Reed. But that’s not to say there hasn’t been anything going on. Since joining the city in October, Reed said there have been a few projects in the city that were ...

-Messenger photo by Anesa McGregor

Emmetsburg painter Dick Zwart has spent months on a ladder at Trinity Episcopal Church. He removed the paint, down to the cedar wood underneath. Boards that showed wear were replaced. He primed and painted, restoring the 137-year old church to its glory.

Emmetsburg: Transformed

EMMETSBURG — Believed to be the second oldest church here and the oldest church still being used, Trinity Episcopal Church got some much needed attention over the summer. Dick Zwart spent hours, days and weeks working on the Trinity Episcopal Church stripping the exterior with hot steam to ...

Gowrie: Going strong

GOWRIE — Heartland Bank’s new building is turning a few heads. Now that the exterior is finished, people can see the significant size increase from Heartland’s old location. “People keep asking if it has a second floor,” said Berna Tucker, marketing director. It doesn’t. ...

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Second Street in Webster City was once again flooded with people — this time in a sea of black and gold and cardinal and gold — for RVTV.

Webster City: Bridging the gap

WEBSTER CITY— The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce is reaching a monumental milestone this year. The chamber is celebrating 100 years of bridging the gap between businesses and community members. “The Chamber was officially formed in 1917. Prior to that there was a group of ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

West Bend Public Library Executive Director Lisa Riesenberg takes a glance at one of the young sdult books available in her library.

West Bend: Ready for service

WEST BEND — The West Bend Fire Department has a new home. The 20-member, all-volunteer department was able to move into a new fire station in early January; it is located along Iowa Highway 15 on the east side of town. West Bend Fire Chief Evan Winkelhorst said the new ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Lake City Administrator/Clerk Eric Wood works on the new year’s budget in his City Hall office.

Lake City: Everything but the lake

LAKE CITY — There was very little of the wood surface of Lake City Administrator/Clerk Eric Wood’s desk visible on a recent day as he was going through piles of budget forms, budget proposals and various reports with lots of numbers on them. In addition to working out the budget, ...

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari

Storefronts in downtown Sac City have undergone a facelift after a facade project was  completed in 2016. The project has been ongoing for a number of years.

Sac City: Improving

SAC CITY — To those who haven’t visited Sac City in some time, they may notice that parts of the town look different. That’s because, over the past year, officials have been working to improve the physical appearance of the town. City Clerk Sandy Tellinghuisen said community pride ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

The downtown renovation project in Rockwell City was completed before the onset of winter. The four sides of the square were repaved and the underlying infrastructure replaced.

Rockwell City: New square

ROCKWELL CITY — When a visitor to Rockwell City drives around the city square — with the Calhoun County Courthouse and the Calhoun County Freedom Rock on display — one thing they’ll quickly notice is what they’re not noticing. There are no longer any potholes, patches or bits of ...

Gilmore City: Going with the flow

GILMORE CITY — A multimillion dollar water project is set to begin this year in Gilmore City as a means of improving the town’s water system. Mayor Dennis Miller said the project has been planned for a number of years. “We’ve been at it for quite some time,” Miller said. “It’s ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Manson Public Library director Laura Koons enjoys the newly remodeled Young Adult section. New shelving, lights and comfortable furniture complete the area.

Manson: Saving lives

MANSON — The Manson Fire Department has seen a year of growth. Fire Chief John Colshan said they have four new members, which brings the all-volunteer department up to 32. He’s proud of the crew. He said that of the firefighters, 26 have earned their Firefighter I or Firefighter II ...

-Photo courtesy 
of John Aboud

A $140,000 piano is only one of the major amenities at the new Ed and
Betty Wilcox
Performing Arts
Center in Algona.

Algona: Now showing

ALGONA — Students and community members in Algona have a whole new world available to them inside the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center. A special ribbon cutting was held in January for the estimated $8 million facility, according to Mayor Lynn Kueck. The state-of-the-art ...