Progress Health and Lifestyle

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An entrance to the UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge site is pictured at dusk.

UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge: Local center on the move

Michael Dewerff, president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, has welcome news for area residents. UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is financially strong and remains committed to providing top-notch, compassionate care to residents of north ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Instructor Kaila Blomberg, right, instructs Amber Harman in one of the moves in this multi-part workout at the REC Coliseum Tuesday class.

Fort Dodge Community REC: Hopes for the Warden

Still seeking a new location, the Fort Dodge Community REC is thinking outside the box. Plans are in the works that would see a new recreation center downtown as part of the renovated Warden Plaza. While the 103-year-old Warden itself would primarily become new apartment housing, ...

Friendship Haven continuing to expand

Friendship Haven, which encompasses 60 acres of residences, community and health venues, continues to expand its services in Fort Dodge. In 2016, Friendship Haven, 420 Kenyon Road, broke ground on a new memory center aimed at supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. ...

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Dean Barnett, left, gets a look at the decontamination room in the new Trinity Regional Medical Center emergency department with Terry Evans, ambulance supervisor, during an open house Thursday afternoon.

UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge Thriving

Michael Dewerff, president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, has good news for area residents. Trinity Regional Medical Center has completed major enhancements in 2016 and is on course to strengthen further its ability to provide top-notch care to residents of ...

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Eric Halverson, executive director at the Marian Home, stands in part of a resident wing that is under construction, recently. The completion date for the remainder of the renovations is anticipated for the summer of 2017.

Marian Home Phase One is done

Extensive renovations designed to increase living space and improve the services offered at the Marian Home & Village, 2400 Sixth Ave. N., are coming along nicely, according to Eric Halverson, executive director. “It (project) entails new services, updating existing facilities, ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

United Way Program Coordinator Amy Bruno, left, along with Campaign Chair Lisa Wilson, work together on the annual campaign in the offices of the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way.

Community Foundation and United Way

The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way is a nonprofit organization that makes charitable giving easier by linking those with philanthropy in mind with the worthy recipients. It is a multifaceted clearinghouse for a wide assortment of projects and causes. “Our mission is to be ...

-Messenger photo by Anne Blankenship

Webster City Medical Clinic merged with Van Diest Family Health Clinic in 2016. The Van Diest Clinic building is pictured.

Van Diest Medical Center Two become one

WEBSTER CITY —Almost five months ago, Van Diest Family Health Clinic merged with the Webster City Medical Clinic, following months of preparing for the transition. Lori Rathbun, chief executive officer of Van Diest Medical Clinic, said everything seems to be running smoothly. “I ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Abram, the Fort Dodge Police Department’s new
canine, locates a hidden stash of drugs in a vehicle  during a demonstration with his partner, patrol officer Troy Kleppe during the 11th annual Night Out and Back to School Bash held at the Crossroads Mall in 2016.

Fort Dodge Police Department: Statistics tell the tale

Serious crime in Fort Dodge saw a significant drop in 2016 as officers continue to help keep the city safe. According to Police Chief Kevin Doty, as of late December, crime was down 23 percent in 2016 from the same point in 2015. However, Doty said that’s just one piece of the ...

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Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Sanders activates an automatic lift system that will load a cot into the Fort Dodge Fire Department’s new ambulance. Sanders said using the system eliminates the possibility that firefighters will sustain back injuries lifting the cot into the ambulance.

Fort Dodge Fire Department: Lifesaving progress

Some relatively simple work performed by Fort Dodge firefighters produced dramatic, lifesaving results in the past year. That work consisted of getting on stepladders to install smoke detectors or put fresh batteries in existing detectors, all at no charge. In the past 18 months or so, ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Blanden Memorial Art Museum
Executive Director Eric Anderson browses some of the Iowa art on display
in the museum’s west gallery.

FD fine arts come together: Collaboration

For the arts in Fort Dodge, collaboration is key. As their seasons continue into the spring, the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Choral Society and Fort Dodge Senior High a capella choir are looking forward to joining for a big concert in March. “It’s going to be a big set of voices on ...