Progress Agriculture 2018 | VIEW ALL

Purple Ribbon Beef: Turning market on its head

CLARION — In turning a marketing profile on its head, the Purple Ribbon Beef brand was created to ensure a family’s legacy. For over four generations, the Hunter family of Clarion has been in the cattle business, explained Ashley Recknor, co-owner of Purple Ribbon Beef. “We have ...

Iowa Food Cooperative: farmers to consumers

DES MOINES — Call it a win-win. Farmers access a new market and add more sources of revenue into their business, while cutting the time and cost of marketing. On the flip side, consumers enjoy convenient, year-round access to hundreds of food choices directly from Iowa farmers. It’s all ...

Corn: Homegrown, stone ground a new old-fashioned way

PANORA — Corn isn’t unique to Iowa, but the corn grown on the Hafner farm near Panora is — starting with the production system and ending with an array of stone-ground products from corn meal to polenta to grits. “We’re organic and non-GMO,” said Jeff Hafner, 49, who runs Early ...

RICL: Halted due to opposition

The construction of Rock Island Clean Line’s proposed 3,500-megawatt high voltage, direct current electrical transmission line — running through 16 counties in Iowa — was halted this past year due primarily to opposition to the proposed project from landowners in Iowa and Illinois, the ...

Progress Business and Industry 2018 | VIEW ALL

Infrastructure: Big street, water projects coming up in 2018

A major storm sewer project that reduced traffic flow at the busy intersection of Fifth Avenue South and 29th Street will continue this year. Additionally, the Corridor of Commerce project that transformed the look of Fifth Avenue South will be extended to include the stretch between 31st and ...

Labor: Workers are needed

The economic boom that Fort Dodge and Webster County have experienced in recent years can continue if the workforce necessary to sustain it can be developed. Dennis Plautz, who is chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, said that observation is his cautionary message ...

Bigger and better

The construction site of the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge Service Center at 4000 First Ave. N. is a beehive of activity. One crew, clad in hard hats, reflective vests and harnesses for working at heights, are building concrete forms for what will later become a stairwell. Another crew ...

Fort Dodge businesses: Positive changes

The boom that is reshaping economic world in Webster County saw many positive changes at Fort Dodge businesses and commercial enterprises. Here are some of the year’s highlights. Shimkat Motor Co. adds commercial trucks For the first time in its 70-year history, Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 ...

Progress Education 2018 | VIEW ALL

Southeast Valley: Working together

GOWRIE — The Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster Grand schools are expanding their fleet of propane-powered buses next year. They’re remodeling a former dealership into a new bus barn, and planning security improvements to the high school in Gowrie. But perhaps the biggest project is the ...

South Central Calhoun: Academic success, looking to improve facilities

LAKE CITY — South Central Calhoun School District Superintendent Jeff Kruse is hoping that the voters in the district will approve a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy when they go to the polls on April 3. “We’re asking $1.34 per thousand of assessment,” he said. “If it’s approved ...

Eagle Grove Community Schools: Preparing for Prestage, anticipating adding on

EAGLE GROVE — Six million dollars worth of renovated space at Eagle Grove’s elementary and middle school is one development Superintendent Jess Toliver hopes will help accommodate a likely increase in student population for next school year and beyond. “From a school district standpoint ...

Pocahontas Area: New classrooms, greenhouse improvements

By the end of the month, middle schoolers in the Pocahontas Area Community School District hope to start taking classes in the new addition to the high school/middle school building. The project, which is expected to be completed in late February or early March, will add five new classrooms ...

Progress Health and Lifestyle 2018 | VIEW ALL

Friendship Haven: Facilitating a journey

When the ribbon to open the Journeys at Friendship Haven memory care unit was cut in June of 2017, staff wasted no time in moving the first 15 residents into the facility. Since then, more residents have moved in and the care unit is usually at, or near, its capacity of 30 residents. Julie ...

Fort Dodge Police Department: To protect and serve

One could almost say that the Fort Dodge Police Department has undergone a makeover. Due to the retirements of a number of longtime officers and subsequent promotions, the leadership team of the Fort Dodge Police Department looks different than it did just a year ago. The most visible ...

Mercy Clinic: Opened in early 2017

A new family practice clinic with two well-known local physicians leading the medical team opened in Fort Dodge in early 2017. The new clinic is affiliated with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. While the Mercy name is new, Dr. John Birkett and Dr. Alan Nguyen are no strangers to Fort ...

Community & Family Resources: Helping in a crisis

For 50 years now Community and Family Resources has been there for people dealing with a crisis. Ever since the agency was founded, those needing to detox have been able to come to the building on South 17th Street to get the help they need. But in 2018, CFR is ready to move to a bigger ...

Progress Region 2018 | VIEW ALL

Sac City: a community gift

SAC CITY — Over the past year, Sac City has seen a number of improvements to area buildings and landscapes to help make the town more visually appealing. And it’s all thanks to a late businessman. The late John H. Criss, the longtime owner of Chief Clothing and a lifelong resident of ...

Humboldt: ready for recreation

HUMBOLDT — A new 71,000- square-foot recreation center will provide Humboldt community members with a chance to improve their health and wellness year-round. The structure is being built just north of the Humboldt High School on the other side of Wildcat Road. The addition was made ...

Rockwell City boasts of smooth streets, sidewalks

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. Its a nice smooth ride, the street is wide and there’s ...

Pocahontas: booming downtown

POCAHONTAS — The Princess City of Pocahontas has a lot to be proud of after new businesses moved into the downtown area over the past year. City Administrator Eric List said business has been booming in Pocahontas with several downtown businesses moving in or older businesses being ...