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Progress Region 2019

Small towns fight to stay vibrant

LEHIGH — Like a lot of little towns, Lehigh sometimes struggles to fill the once-busy buildings on its main street. But this year, the Lehigh cafe got a new tenant. Roger Smith has lived in Lehigh for 82 years and can remember when customers would pack into the Lehigh Valley Cafe for ...

Badger loses longtime clerk, gets new mayor; Vincent welcomes homeless

BADGER — In 2018, the city of Badger said goodbye to Nadine Odor, who retired from her post as city clerk. Odor was the city clerk for 11 years. A celebration was held to honor Odor in October 2018. It was also Mandy Gascho’s first year as mayor. She became the first woman mayor of ...

Eagle Grove: Welcoming industry

EAGLE GROVE — In a few short weeks the preparations the city of Eagle Grove has made for Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new state-of-the-art pork plant during the past couple of years will be over. The $300 million, 650,000-square-foot plant will open March 4 and the impacts will become ...

Clarion: Hopeful for housing

CLARION — Attracting new businesses and improving the housing stock remain top priorities in Clarion as the city prepares for some potential growth, according to Jordan Cook, city administrator. “We are focusing on housing and what we can do to improve that,” Cook said. Clarion has ...

Pocahontas: Jobs to fill

POCAHONTAS — Recent expansion in Pocahontas has meant that there are jobs available in town, as well as new places for people to live. Eric List, Pocahontas city administrator, said last year, Brand FX completed a major expansion project. According to its website, Brand FX manufactures ...

Algona: New city hall

ALGONA — New faces and new places could be found all over Algona in 2018, as the city made preparations for the future. Perhaps the most notable event in Algona last year was the completion of city hall, which was rebuilt after it was determined the previous building no longer met the ...

Laurens: Industrial growth

LAURENS — The Busiest Little Town in Iowa is about to see some growth thanks to an expansion that is expected to bring about 20 new jobs to town. The Jack Link’s distribution center, located at 210 N. First St. in Laurens, is making some changes to its plant as a result of new products ...

Sac City: Comprehensive plan

SAC CITY — City officials in Sac City are working on a comprehensive plan that they hope will address issues in town and make improvements that will enhance the quality of life for residents. Jamie Lawrence, Sac City administrator, said the last time the city had a comprehensive plan ...

Humboldt: Hospital expands

A massive investment in healthcare is bringing benefits to the Humboldt region. Renovations and construction are ongoing at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital as part of a $19.2 million expansion project. “You want to talk about an asset for our community— access to healthcare in ...

Gowrie: New opportunities

Like many small towns, Gowrie residents always hope to bring new businesses to town. In 2018, Gowrie welcomed four. Greg Benson, Gowrie fire chief and former manager of the Macke Motors dealership, opened Beek Street Antiques about eight months ago, in a building that had once been an ...

Manson: Meals at MAC

MANSON — Chef Dave Johnston had a busy morning at the Manson Area Recreation Center recently. As he loaded the meals he’d prepared for the day’s Meal on Wheels delivery, a simmering pot of his scratch-made chili needed stirring before the gathered seniors could enjoy their noon ...

Lake City: Everything but a lake, and that means everything

LAKE CITY — It’s on the signs you see as you drive into Lake City. “Everything but a lake.” It’s true too, there isn’t one. But according to City Administrator Eric Wood, it’s not really needed. “I know it’s a cliche,” he said. “But everything you need is here. We ...

Rockwell City: New ways

ROCKWELL CITY — One of the goals Rockwell City had when they completed a downtown infrastructure project around the Calhoun County square was the creation of a favorable climate for new businesses and other improvements. It’s working for the community. Rose Hosek, an acupuncturist ...