Business Briefs

Orchard Glen welcomes Wendy Jo Kelley

Wendy Jo Kelley, licensed public accountant, recently joined Orchard Glen Business Solutions. Kelley has over 26 years of accounting and business experience. “I am committed to providing quality tax and accounting services while establishing lasting relationships with my clients,” she ...

Josie Simonson joins Town & Country

Josie Simonson recently joined the Town & Country Insurance team in Fort Dodge as a customer service representative and receptionist. Simonson, of Callender, worked at Fareway for 13 years.

RoJohn honored for roofing excellence

RoJohn Home Improvement received the 2019 Silver Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Excellence Awar for its industry-leading contributions to roofing. “This industry recognition reflects our continued focus on bringing a results-oriented, customer-driven approach to running our business and ...

Keely Grell joins Moore Bonding

Keely Grell recently joined Moore Bonding Company as administrative assistant. Grell, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, previously worked as a receptionist at Active Health Chiropractic.

Fareway shamrock campaign nets record amount for MDA

The annual shamrock campaign at Fareway supermarkets raised a record $164,70 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the group reported. That is the highest amount raised through the shamrock program during the 25-plus year history of the partnership between MDA and Fareway. From Feb. 25 ...

Bailey is one of 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Jessica Bailey, Bachelor of Science in nursing, registered nurse, and manager of clinical performance and quality improvement at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center, was selected as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses. Bailey began her career at Trinity in 2005 as a nurse in ...

Yoakam is new instructor at McSweeny’s

McSweeny’s School of the Performing Arts would like to welcome Kathy Yoakam as a new instructor. Yoakam graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts in music education. She taught elementary band/vocal at Stratford Elementary School and high school band at South ...

Google workshop scheduled in Rockwell City

ROCKWELL CITY — Calhoun County economic development is co-hosting a Google Business workshop with the North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center. The workshop will be held April 24 in the Community Room at the Rockwell City Public Library. It is open to any business or ...

State Farm recognizes Wetter

LAKE CITY — State Farm recently recognized Agent Tracy Wetter and his agency for their personal commitment to meeting customers’ multiple needs in 2019. By providing remarkable customer experiences, building customer relationships and positively impacting the growth of State Farm, he is ...

Corn Belt names directors

HUMBOLDT — Corn Belt Power Cooperative named its directors during its annual meeting on April 3. • Gary Poppe, Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative • LaVerne Arndt, Calhoun County Rural Electric Cooperative Association • Dale Schaefer, Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative • ...

Hammer is tops in sales

Judi Hammer won top salesperson in Group AA of the entire Riddle’s Jewelry company for the 2018 year. Hammer is an assistant manager at Riddle’s Jewelry located at Crossroads Mall. September will mark Hammer’s 10th year with Riddle’s.

SMCH seeks nominations for extraordinary nurses

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital and McCrary Rost Clinic are seeking nominations for outstanding nurses. In partnership with the DAISY Foundation, SMCH has made a tradition of recognizing nurses who, by virtue of their exemplary work, rise above and beyond. The ...

Erickson honored

Tara Erickson, CNA at Grandview Care Center in Dayton, was named Trillium Health Care Employee of the Year recently. Trillium employs over 2,500 people nationwide in 36 facilities. She is pictured with Steve Mulford, Grandview administrator, who presented her with the award. 

Holiday Inn wins excellence award

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Dodge recently received the InterContinental Hotels Group 2018 Quality Excellence Award. The award is given to those hotels that have achieved the highest levels of excellence based on guest satisfaction surveys. The Fort Dodge Holiday Inn ...

Rides Bar & Grill pursues burger honors

Rides Bar & Grill, 723 S. 31st St., is once again in the running for the distinction of having the best burger in Iowa. This is the fifth time in six years that the restaurant has been in contention for the honor. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association ...

Calhoun County native gets 30 Under 30 Award

ROCKWELL CITY — A Calhoun County native has been honored as a top young professional in agriculture. Andrew Lauver, who now lives in West Des Moines, has received an AgGrad 30 Under 30 Award. He is the manager of industry relations at Syngenta. He has experience in seed and precision ...

Trucking industry pays over $560 million in taxes

DES MOINES — According to data recently released by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation, the Iowa trucking industry pays over $561 million in Federal and State roadway taxes. “There should be no doubt that our industry pays its fair ...

Trinity Regional is a top rural hospital in US

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. It’s the fourth consecutive year the Fort Dodge hospital has been recognized that category. Regarded as one ...

Highland Medical earns certification

GOWRIE — Highland Medical Group recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for health care staffing services certification. The certification demonstrates Highland Medical Group’s commitment to providing qualified and competent health care professionals. “Highland ...

Essing a top Iowa Realty agent

MANSON — Pat Essing with Manson Iowa Realty recently received an award for being one of the top agents for Iowa Realty in 2018. Essing received the award based on her personal sales volume in real estate sales. She has been with Iowa Realty for 25 years. Essing has 38 years of real ...