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Surviving and thriving

LAKE CITY — When the Lake City Food Center hosted its annual fresh-produce sale, Suzy Peterson got a kick out of recording customers’ checks following the big one-day event on June 5. “People wrote the checks to The Grocery Store, Lake City Value and other names,” said Peterson, ...

Casablanca is back

Jim Nicola and Paige Pettit have a wealth of experience working the restaurant scene in Fort Dodge. The two met while working together at Eiler’s Steakhouse. Nicola has worked primarily as a cook and manager. Pettit has worked as a server. When Eiler’s establishment closed in March ...

Keeping the ‘Traditions’ alive

TWIN LAKES — Mike Murphy has spent the majority of his summers out at Twin Lakes, either on a boat or enjoying the view of the water. “I grew up here,” said Murphy, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate. “My folks bought a place out here in 1966. Spent every summer here. My dad took a ...

Our businesses

What is the full name of your business? Overhead Door Company of Webster County Where is it located? 6 N. 21st St. When was it founded? May 12, 1997 Who are the key leaders? Owners: Jerry and Leanna Osborne, operations manager/commercial sales manager: Matt Osborne, residential sales ...

Where steel meets wood

After 24 years of working in the steel manufacturing business his father started, James Works was ready to branch out and run his own operation. “My dad started a business (B&W Trailer Hitches, headquartered in Humboldt, Kansas) in 1987,” Works said. “I started working for him ...

Our businesses: Mikos and Matt Furniture

What is the full name of your business? Mikos and Matt Furniture Inc. Where is it located? 3336 Fifth Ave. S., Fort Dodge, across from Menards When was it founded? August 1953 Who are the key leaders? Chris Mikos and Justin Mikos How many people does it employ? 11 What ...

‘Our hair is our crown’

Carress Bjorklund’s hair has long been a source of pride for her — from both a cosmetic and cultural point of view. Bjorklund, of Fort Dodge, grew up in a single-parent household where there wasn’t a lot of extra money to be had. “I didn’t always have clean clothes,” she ...

Who’s there?

Taylor Clough, of Fort Dodge, doesn’t have to be home to lock his doors or see what’s going on around his property. Through wireless security cameras, smart locks and WiFi enabled devices, Clough can monitor from a distance. He works full-time as an electrician for Vision Electric, a ...

Our businesses: Daniel Pharmacy

What is the full name of your business? Daniel Pharmacy; Mary Kay’s Gifts and Home Decor Where is it located? 1114 Central Ave. When was it founded? May 15, 1963 Who are the key leaders? John Daniel, pharmacist/manager; Margo Daniel, vice president; John Daniel III, ...

The barn is a part of the farm’s history

PATON — The barn that stands on the Dan and Susan Tronchetti farm has some peculiar history to it including a story that regards the final resting place of a prized horse. Dan Tronchetti said there were four Petersen brothers who made their way to Greene County from Madison County. It is ...

Feels like the first time

Chris Walker, owner of Walker’s Bike Shop, said everyone has memories of their first bicycle or the first time they rode one. And he’s no exception. “It was a Schwinn Sting Ray,” Walker said from his shop, 808 First Ave. N. The proof is in a picture circa late 1970s or early ...

Our businesses: Candies and More

What is the full name of your business? Candies & More. I also have my hypnosis in the back and that is Terry Cook Hypnosis. Where is it located? 819 Central Ave. When was it founded? I started Candies & More May 4, 2005, and started the hypnosis in 2009. Who are the key ...

Reunited

A familiar face is back in Fort Dodge practicing podiatry at Midwest Foot and Ankle Center, 804 Kenyon Road, Suite 310. Dr. Brian Hamm, who worked in Fort Dodge from 1998 to 2008, has returned to work alongside Dr. Mark Hartman. “I had been wanting for a while to get back in private ...

Our businesses: Abstract Associates of Iowa Inc.

What is the full name of your business? Abstract Associates of Iowa Inc. serving Calhoun, Webster and Wright counties. Where is it located? In Fort Dodge at the Wells Fargo Center, 822 Central Ave, Suite 204, and in Clarion at the Bradford Center, 215 N. Main St. When was it founded? ...

Relax and recover

As a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and a former collegiate golfer, Kelsey Felch, of Fort Dodge, is used to living an active lifestyle. “I have always had an active lifestyle and so has my family,” said Felch, a 2011 St. Edmond High School graduate. So she understands the ...

Our businesses: Town and Country Insurance

What is the full name of your business? Town & Country Insurance Where is it located? Based in Webster City, with offices in Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion, Jewell and Story City. When was it founded? 1984 Who are the key leaders? Doug Follman, agency manager; ...

Icing on the cake

CALLENDER — Kaitlyn Stewart’s love of baking dates back to her childhood when she grew up in the country and spent time in the kitchen with her family. “Growing up those are the most treasured memories of being in the kitchen with my grandmas or at home,” Stewart said from her ...

Our businesses: Kesterson Realty Inc.

Business name: Kesterson Realty Inc. Location: 1926 First Ave. S. When was it founded? April 8, 1992 Who are the key leaders? James Kesterson - president How many people does it employ? 11 What services and products do you provide? Real estate sales, real estate appraisals, real ...

A new leaf

Amanda Peart’s art and hair studio, Personal Expressions, has experienced two major setbacks since its opening in January 2019. In November 2019, Peart found out that Crossroads Mall, where her business was located, would soon have new owners. And the plans of those new owners involved ...

Our businesses: Farm Bureau Financial Services

Business name: Farm Bureau Financial Services Agents: Tim Lentsch & Mark Passow Locations: 1812 Central Ave. When was it founded? 1991, 2008 Who are the key leaders? Agents Tim Lentsch and Mark Passow How many people does it employ? Four What services and products do you ...