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POET to award “Never Satisfied” scholarships

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Since 2016, POET has awarded 37 scholarships to students who share POET’s mission to change the world for the better. These students have ambitious goals-from deploying clean water systems in developing nations to eradicating diseases around the world-and truly embody ...

Ag Property Solutions announces partnership

EMMETSBURG – Ag Property Solutions, LLC (APS), an industry leader in providing customers with innovative and customized solutions related to the planning, design, construction and outfitting of livestock production facilities, has announced it has invested in a majority interest of Evans, ...

Kwik Trip named one of the best places to work

LA CROSSE, WI — Kwik Trip, Inc. has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2021. The Employees’ Choice Award is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about ...

Pathfinders Strategic Partners announces new planner

Britney Markhardt has joined Pathfinders Strategic Partners as a planner. In that role, Markhardt will provide grant writing and administration services, ordinance codification, and plan development for communities in the Pathfinders’ region. Markhardt will also serve as a source of ...

Hy-Vee offers virtual dietitian services

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. has announced the launch of its new, virtual dietitian services platform, Healthie, as another way to connect with its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Free services include virtual store tours, dietitian discovery sessions and monthly ...

Mediacom commits $100,000 to combat hunger

WEST DES MOINES – Mediacom Communications has announced that on behalf of its employees, the company is contributing $100,000 to a network of community food banks to help families in need of food assistance. The cash donations will be made directly to organizations connected to the ...

Northwest Bank earns U.S. SBA Impact Award

Northwest Bank is recognized for their economic contributions and efforts with helping small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office has awarded Northwest Bank with the Impact Award. “Northwest Bank ...

Fareway begins hiring initiative

BOONE – Fareway Stores, Inc. recently announced a hiring initiative for both full- and part-time career positions across grocery, market, and bakery departments in its six-state region. Fareway is a growing Midwest grocery company with store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, ...

Woodruff Construction becomes ESOP company

Woodruff Construction, headquartered in Fort Dodge, has completed its transition from a small ownership group to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) company. ESOP companies benefit their employees and the communities they serve. Woodruff is now one of the larger of the 137 privately-held ...

Iowa Credit Union Foundation announces new board members

DES MOINES — The Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) and its Board of Directors voted to welcome two new members to its board and elected new board officers at its annual meeting in December. Joining the ICUF Board in 2021 are Donna Dyer-Bischoff and Alejandro Alaniz. Donna is a Sales ...

Fareway donates to IACC

BOONE — Fareway Stores, Inc. recently announced a second donation in the amount of $200,000 to the Iowa Association of Chambers of Commerce (IACC). The donation provides for up to $2,000 in gift cards to IACC chamber of commerce members in the communities Fareway serves. “We are ...

Strawhacker earns promotion with SBDC Iowa

AMES — America’s SBDC Iowa has announced the promotion of Austin Strawhacker to associate state director. Strawhacker will be supporting the 15 regional centers across the state, as well as leading database management, compliance and regulatory oversight efforts for the organization. ...

UnityPoint Health increases minimum pay rate

WEST DES MOINES — UnityPoint Health has announced it is increasing its minimum pay rate to $15 per hour, saying it recognizes the critical role support and other frontline team members play in the health system’s mission. The increase, which goes into effect for the majority of ...

Fareway, U.S. Marine Corps partner for Toys for Tots

BOONE – Fareway Stores, Inc. is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps on their 2020 Toys for Tots campaign. The program provides toys to less fortunate children during the holiday season. Stores are conducting a round-up at the register, where customers can round-up to the next whole ...

McKinney joins RE/MAX

Patrick McKinney, realtor, has recently joined RE/MAX of Fort Dodge. McKinney is a member of the Fort Dodge Board of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. He is a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate.

Badding joins SMCH as physician assistant

LAKE CITY — The providers and staff at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital and McCrary Rost Clinic have welcomed Lexie Badding, board certified physician assistant. Badding, native of Carroll, graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in ...

McCarville completes financial planner exam

Andrew McCarville, of McCarville Financial Network, recently completed the coursework and passed the final exam for a certified financial planner. The CFP certification is the highest standard in personal financial planning. Approximately less than 23% of U.S. financial advisors hold this ...

Nelson recertified as facility manager

Phillip Nelson, director of facility operations at UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge recently was recertified as a certified healthcare facility manager by the American Hospital Association. A CHFM oversees financial, technical and administrative operations within a health care ...

UnityPoint Health receives stroke care award

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the ...

Johnston moves to sales team of Midwest Fence and Gate

Midwest Fence and Gate recently expanded providing commercial and residential fencing and gate products and services into the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Barry Johnston has joined the sales team and will be representing the company in that region. Johnston, of Spencer, has an extensive ...