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Floyd of Rosedale sculpture proposed

AML investment to come before FD council

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Councilman Dave Flattery is leading an effort to raise money to erect a sculpture of Floyd of Rosedale. It will be placed near the intersection of 32nd Street and 10th Avenue North, near where Rosedale Farms was located.

A monument to a hog known as Floyd of Rosedale and a major investment by AML Riverside LLC will be subjects of discussion by the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets tonight.

The council’s work will start with a 5 p.m. workshop. The business meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the public is encouraged to observe and participate in the meeting remotely.

To do so, log on to https://zoom.us or call (312) 626-6799. Enter ID number 816 045 072 and password 948411.

A planned Floyd of Rosedale sculpture will be a subject of the 5 p.m. workshop.

In 1935, to cool an increasingly bitter football rivalry between the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota, the governors of the two states made a bet. The governor whose team lost would have to give the other a live hog. Iowa lost the game, so the governor of Iowa got a hog from Rosedale Farms on the east side of Fort Dodge and gave it to the governor of Minnesota.

The hog’s likeness is now a traveling trophy shared by the two teams.

Councilman Dave Flattery has been leading an effort to raise money to erect a sculpture of Floyd of Rosedale. It will be placed near the intersection of 32nd Street and 10th Avenue North, near where Rosedale Farms was located.

AML Riverside LLC, located at 141 E. Riverside Drive, makes veterinary medicines. It began production in 2016 in a facility long associated with such production that Fort Dodge residents know as the Riverside plant.

The company is planning a $6 million investment in research and development facilities within the plant.

The investment will yield 12 new jobs with an average salary of $60,843.

In 2015, to help the company get started, the City Council awarded a $100,000 no interest line that would be payable this coming August.

The company is now asking for that loan to be forgiven. The council will consider doing that tonight.

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