Progress Region 2018

Manson is renovating

MANSON — Residents and visitors to Manson are going to enjoy the benefits of some Main Street renovations this summer in the Calhoun County town’s downtown business district and have several new businesses and other improvements to be proud of in their community. Thelma McGough, Manson ...

Who needs a lake?

LAKE CITY — While Lake City lacks an actual lake — “Everything but the lake” is seen on signs welcoming visitors to the community — it does have a recently renovated place to not only swim, but enjoy a trip down a water slide. City Administrator and Clerk Eric Wood said the ...

A music garden is coming to Laurens

LAURENS — In Pocahontas County, the Laurens Public Library is looking to add some melodies for its patrons to enjoy. Library staff are in the process of raising funds to create a music garden, which will be located just outside the entrance of the library. Glenda Mulder, the ...

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 ...

Clarion/Goldfield: focused on housing

CLARION — Housing is one priority Jordan Cook has at the top of his list. Cook, a native of Nebraska, is Clarion’s new city administrator. He began his duties on Dec. 4, replacing previous City Administrator Dustin Rief, who left for another position out of state about six months ...

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 ...

Webster City: breaking ground

WEBSTER CITY — The first shovelfuls of soil were turned in a ceremony in October 2017 to mark the beginning of the $2.6 million Briggs Woods Conference Center construction project south of Webster City in Hamilton County. Members of the Conservation Board, Hamilton County Board of ...

Gowrie: advancing on many fronts

GOWRIE — From green spaces to the downtown storefronts, changes are coming to Gowrie. One key goal is to offer more housing for new families, said Mayor Gayle Redman. “Our biggest focus right now is to get our housing supply built up, to provide more houses,” Redman said. The ...

Webster County towns: Volunteers make an impact

Throughout Webster County, volunteers who care about their towns are working to make them a better place to live. Badger’s new mayor Amanda Gascho said her town has a new way for neighbors to connect. “One new thing I’ve implemented is the Next Door app,” Gascho said. “That’s ...

Algona: Focusing on the arts

ALGONA — A major street project is set to begin in Algona this year that will improve the appearance of a part of town that hosts arts venues. Two blocks of Dodge Street, in downtown Algona, are expected to be completely torn out and rebuilt, making the way for a new design that will give ...

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 ...

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 ...