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Resilience

Jeff Hart, owner of Harty’s Caddy Shack, 1101 Central Ave., has faced more than his share of adversity over the course of the past two years. Hart, a 1979 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, nearly died on the operating table about two years ago. “My intestines froze up and I ...

Down at Brownie’s

Ray Brown, of Fort Dodge, starts his day earlier than most people. The 69-year-old owner of Brownie’s Cafe, 1712 Central Ave., gets up and going at about 1:30 a.m. And he doesn’t have to go very far to get to work. “I live in the back,” Brown said. By 3 a.m., he starts ...

A kick ‘axe’ attraction

ALGONA — On a recent weekend, about 80 students from North Union High School spent their after prom at one of Algona’s newest main street businesses. But the main attraction wasn’t playing cards or dominoes. The primary activity had more of an edge to it. “They all threw ...

Four generations strong

When Nate Moeller visits customers’ homes in Fort Dodge, he’ll sometimes find air conditioning or heating units that were installed by his grandpa decades ago. Moeller, the son of Fred Moeller, returned home in 2020 to become manager of the family business — Moeller Furnace Co. ...

Remembering Rudy

FARNHAMVILLE — Going to town with grandpa to visit the local Friendly Tavern is something Kendall Kail has fond memories of as a child. Kail grew up on a farm outside Farnhamville. And getting to observe his grandpa’s interactions with the locals was quite a thrill. “He always ...

Under one roof

MANSON — Deb Huntsinger’s first job was at a place called the Corner Cafe in Manson. And she’s spent a lot of time in the food service industry since then. “I’ve done it for over 40 years,” she said. “Started when I was 13.” Now Huntsinger is in a position where she’s ...