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Winfield United

VINCENT — Have you ever wondered what makes all of the data and research from Answer Plots possible? The Winfield United Answer Plot Operations Center, located in Vincent, is home to specialized equipment used to execute the Answer Plot program’s research, according to Winfield United. ...

Iowa Wind Energy Association

Iowa remains one of the top contenders in the nation in terms of wind energy production, according to John Boorman, vice president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association. “We are number three, behind Texas and Oklahoma,” said Boorman. Boorman said Iowa supplies the power grid with 7,000 ...

Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator Feed Mill opens this month

OCHEYEDAN — A new feed mill that comes online this month at the Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator in Ocheyedan will bring jobs and improved efficiency to the area. The $26 million feed mill is considered one of the largest in the state, and is expected to bring new life not only to elevator ...

Renewable Energy Group, LLC

RALSTON — It’s one thing to use biodiesel in an individual farmer’s fleet of farm equipment and trucks. It’s another to use it in a massive fleet of vehicles. For Des Moines-based Ruan Transportation, the decision to use biodiesel from the Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group (REG), LLC ...

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TOP 10 BUILDING PROJECTS

Here’s a summary of the 10 largest building projects, based on the value of the investment, that were started during 2018 in Fort Dodge. The information was provided by the city’s Department of Engineering, Business Affairs and Community Growth.

Housing: Meeting the demand in Wright County

WRIGHT COUNTY — In Eagle Grove, old housing is coming down and new housing is going up, according to Bryce Davis, Eagle Grove city administrator. In particular, seven new houses have been built in the Morningside Drive addition on the east side of the city, Davis said. He said 24 ...

Tight labor market presents challenges as industry continues to grow locally

The labor marketplace is very tight nationally, in the Hawkeye State and locally. Most people in the United States who want jobs either have them or can find employment quickly. The national unemployment rate in December 2018 was 3.9 percent. That’s down from 4.1 percent in December 2017 ...

Infrastructure: construction demolition

Anyone driving over the Kenyon Road Bridge recently who glanced to the south may have seen a surprising sight: an excavator apparently sitting in the Des Moines River. The machine was there to help demolish the so-called little dam in what is likely to be one of the most visible Fort Dodge ...

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At Humboldt’s Taft, addition makes room for art and science

HUMBOLDT — Work was completed over the summer on some much-needed additions to Taft Elementary School. Teachers are happy to have the space they need to have music, art, and even their special math/science/engineering classes without having to walk outside across the road, Superintendent ...

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: ‘Show me’ growth, anticipating new neighbor

CLARION — When a new production plant moves into the county and promises to employ more than 1,000 workers, there’s two different philosophies a school district can adopt when preparing for that potential growth, according to Bob Olson, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District ...

Two districts become one

WEBSTER CITY — Reorganization? Merger?  Consolidation? Whatever you call it, it takes an immense effort to combine the Webster City and Northeast Hamilton school districts as the July 1 deadline approaches. Webster City Superintendent Dr. Mandy Ross, along with NEH Superintendent Mike ...

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COMMUNITY AND FAMILY RESOURCES: MAJOR EXPANSION

Some very big changes are on the horizon for Community and Family Resources. Specifically, the detox and recovery organization is looking forward to completion of its new 38,000-square-foot building which will host all of CFR’s programs — yes, it’s a lot larger than what they have now. ...

FORT DODGE POLICE DEPARTMENT: EQUIPPED TO SERVE

A number of longtime projects for the Fort Dodge Police Department came to fruition in 2018, as the department also continued its efforts to develop relationships with the community. Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter said every officer on the department now has a body camera, which is the ...

FORT DODGE FIRE DEPARTMENT: GROWING TO ANSWER THE CALL

The Fort Dodge Fire Department became the sole provider of ambulance service for the city last year in a move that meant adding more personnel and equipment. This year the 52-year-old firehouse will be expanded and renovated in the first of a series of projects to provide modern workspace for ...

STEWART MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: $31 MILLION EXPANSION

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital is entering a projected $31 million building and renovation project that will expand patient care areas at the Lake City hospital. Areas most impacted will be the emergency department, rehab services, cardiac rehab, business office, and ...

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Pocahontas: Jobs to fill

POCAHONTAS — Recent expansion in Pocahontas has meant that there are jobs available in town, as well as new places for people to live. Eric List, Pocahontas city administrator, said last year, Brand FX completed a major expansion project. According to its website, Brand FX manufactures ...

Lake City: Everything but a lake, and that means everything

LAKE CITY — It’s on the signs you see as you drive into Lake City. “Everything but a lake.” It’s true too, there isn’t one. But according to City Administrator Eric Wood, it’s not really needed. “I know it’s a cliche,” he said. “But everything you need is here. We ...

Badger loses longtime clerk, gets new mayor; Vincent welcomes homeless

BADGER — In 2018, the city of Badger said goodbye to Nadine Odor, who retired from her post as city clerk. Odor was the city clerk for 11 years. A celebration was held to honor Odor in October 2018. It was also Mandy Gascho’s first year as mayor. She became the first woman mayor of ...

Algona: New city hall

ALGONA — New faces and new places could be found all over Algona in 2018, as the city made preparations for the future. Perhaps the most notable event in Algona last year was the completion of city hall, which was rebuilt after it was determined the previous building no longer met the needs ...