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Progress 2020 Health and Wellness | VIEW ALL

Community and Family Resources: Thriving in new facility

More than six months after moving into its brand-new $6.8 million facility at 211 Ave. M West, Community and Family Resources is thriving now that it has all its programs housed under one roof. “Oftentimes, not-for-profits, because we’re not for profit, we end up in spaces that really ...

Marian Home and Village: Permanent tribute

While the major renovation and expansion project at the Marian Home is complete, construction workers, dust and noise long gone, one job remained to be completed. That task was putting a sign next to each entrance to the large, well-lit multi-use room at Marian Home. Each one reads simply: ...

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center: onward and upward

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center improved its bottom line and its patient experience scores in 2019. And Leah Glasgo, the hospital’s president and CEO, is optimistic those trends will continue in 2020. “Our financial turnaround is really important so we can be ...

Children & Families of Iowa: Making a difference

With the shortages of mental health services making frequent headlines in Iowa and the rest of the country, there’s some good news for those who need help in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area. The staff at Children & Families of Iowa offer a variety of mental health, substance abuse ...

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Crossroads Mall: A new era at Crossroads

There is a big, barren patch of concrete surrounded by wire fencing at the south end of Crossroads Mall. A Sears store and its connected auto repair shop sat there for about 50 years. It was demolished late last year in the first phase of massive changes to the mall property. The rest of ...

Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance: Developing leaders

Pharmaceuticals make up 42% of gross regional product in Webster County, according to Kelly Halsted, economic development director for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. And one company that falls under that category is AML Riverside, a maker of veterinary medicines. AML Riverside LLC, ...

Doyle Diesel: Redefining diesel in Fort Dodge

Jake Doyle won’t forget the day his buddy called him with a major problem. His friend drove a diesel pickup to work daily, but the truck shut down and wouldn’t run. Things only got worse after the truck was towed to a repair shop. “My buddy got a bill from the shop for $1,400 for ...

Prestage Foods of Iowa: Fulfilling its promise

EAGLE GROVE — Almost one year after opening its sprawling $350 million pork plant south of Eagle Grove, Prestage Foods of Iowa is still climbing toward its goal of employing 950 workers. About 800 people currently work at the 700,000-square-foot slaughter facility, which began operations ...

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Moose for kids

While the annual Easter Egg hunt in Dodger Stadium might be one of the most visible service projects conducted by Fort Dodge Moose Lodge 806 and the Fort Dodge Women of the Moose Auxiliary 590 — it’s far from the only one. Jeff Jenkins, administrator of the Lodge, is also quite proud of ...

Holy Trinity Catholic Church: Becoming one church

A project nearly two decades in the making will come to fruition this summer. The construction of the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church is expected to be finished and the first Mass in the new church is anticipated for late June or early July. With the opening of the new church, the ...

CrossWay Church: Into the Heartland

When Sanghee Rhee began attending CrossWay Church in 2014, she and her husband, Jay Jeong, were the only Koreans there. But now, about 10 percent of people who currently attend the church’s Sunday service are Korean, according to Emily Thompson, the church’s communications ...

Noon Rotary Club: Making paths

The Noon Rotary Club is working on all kinds of paths in 2020. The service organization continues its mission with a renewed emphasis on recruiting members to better serve Fort Dodge. Coupled with thousands in donations, 2020 is off to a great start. Thanks to support from Rotary ...

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Iowa Central Community College: Leveling the playing field

In 2019, Iowa Central Community College became the first community college in the state of Iowa to offer a flat-rate tuition for all full-time students. For in-state students taking between 12 and 18 credit hours, tuition is $2,850 per semester. For students from neighboring states with high ...

Laurens-Marathon Community Schools: tomorrow’s workforce

LAURENS — There’s a new facility in Laurens at the high school to help meet the area’s need for skilled labor. It’s the Northwest Iowa Career Education Academy, and it’s a partnership with Iowa Central Community College and the Laurens-Marathon School District. Tom Grau, executive ...

Community Christian School: Developing young leaders

The students in Hannah Barton’s seventh- and eighth-grade class have had a fun year learning how to become young leaders at school and in the community. “Last month we rang bells for the Salvation Army,” said Levi Odor, 13, a seventh-grade student at Community Christian School. “I was ...

Humboldt Community School: education that works

HUMBOLDT — The traditional environment and pace of a high school classroom didn’t work for Christian Hernandez, 17, a junior at Humboldt High School. But a program called ALPHA has allowed him to tailor his education in a way that has helped him find success. And it has kept him on a ...

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Webster County communities: Small towns make big steps

Bigger towns in Webster County often seem to get all the attention when it comes to improvements, renovations and exciting changes happening, but the little towns under 1,000 have a big heart that packs a punch in their annual progress. Barnum Barnum Mayor Jim Byson Sr. was reelected to a ...

Laurens: Growing the workforce

LAURENS — With a solid economic base of manufacturing, a growing school system and several new businesses the small community of Laurens in northwest Pocahontas County is doing well. To help the area’s industries, a new facility at the Laurens High School is helping to provide skilled ...

Gowrie: Community provides the key

GOWRIE — Even with the challenges on Market Street, a sense of confidence has carried Gowrie through the last year. So when Gowrie’s grocery store showed signs of distress, it should have been no surprise that Gowrie residents would stand up to support a local venture, as they have been ...

Lake City: Adding the wow factor

LAKE CITY — The Lake City Community Memorial Building isn’t just a gathering place in the center of town; it’s a time capsule. Its exterior remains almost unchanged from 1920, when the two-story, brick building was built on the north side of the town square to honor local soldiers, ...