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Progress 2021 Agriculture | VIEW ALL

A new home

As Mike Crouthamel’s business, Farmer’s Grain Systems, grew, he had no choice but to find a new place to suit that growth. Crouthamel had been looking for a place to build not only to accommodate his growing business, but to a location that would provide his business with a better ...

CFE feed mill going strong

OCHEYEDAN — Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator (CFE) took a $26 million chance a few years ago to start construction on what would be one of the largest concrete feed mills in the state. Company officials said that investment in the mill, their patrons and their trade area was a good ...

A whole new look

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt Veterinary Clinic is practically unrecognizable these days after an extensive renovation and expansion that was recently completed. Owners of the practice, Dr. Aubrey Cordray and her husband Kevin Cordray decided to make the changes in order to accommodate their ...

Celebrating 10 years

IOWA FALLS ­— “Everyone within our business is a leader,” reflects Noel Williams, chief operating officer at Iowa Select Farms. “What they do and how they operate influences others and for us as a company to be successful, everyone must uphold SelectCare.” This year, Iowa Select ...

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Fish Room floats back downtown

Affairs in the fish business are going swimmingly, as business with The Fish Room shows. The fish store that started on Central Avenue nearly five years ago returned to its original location in July, purchasing 1224 Central Ave. In between, they were located at Crossroads Mall. What started ...

A family business

Golf Central, where golf season never ends, has a new location not far from its old one. The Fort Dodge business has moved from the first floor of the Boston Centre, 809 Central Ave., to the second floor. “We went from about 4,000 square feet of usable space downstairs and we are around ...

Keeping the wheels turning

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 ...

Waiting on recreation

When the COVID-19 pandemic calms, places like Lizard Creek Ranch will be there for a variety of recreational opportunities to meet the needs of the community. Weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, conferences, team-building exercises, or a place for construction workers to lay their ...

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Lotus Community Project: Homeless shelter expands

The Lotus Community Project, a homeless shelter for women and children that serves the six-county area of Webster, Hamilton, Wright, Humboldt, Pocahontas and Calhoun counties, spent 2020 expanding its services and presence in north central Iowa. Last year, the shelter served about 150 women ...

Holy Trinity Church: ‘Woven as one’

A monumental project for the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish of Webster County finally came to fruition during the fall of 2020. The construction of the new Holy Trinity Catholic Church was completed in September and the first Mass was held on Sept. 26, with Bishop R. Walker Nickless, of the ...

Gowrie church marks 150th

GOWRIE — At a time when areas of rural Webster County were just being settled, a group of pioneers had a vision to start a congregation. That church has now been in existence for 150 years. The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church of Gowrie has officially begun the sesquicentennial ...

D/SAOC: ‘Our phone still rings every day’

With its largest annual fundraiser of the year canceled for what will likely be two years in a row, the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center looks forward to a vaccine that will allow it to continue reaching out to the public in person. “Our phone still rings every day,” said Brenda ...

Progress 2021 Education | VIEW ALL

Eagle Grove Community Schools

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Community School District has been facing a unique problem that many central Iowa schools aren’t — rapid increases in enrollment. In fact, in the last three years, the district has welcomed 111 additional students, Superintendent Jess Toliver said. To ...

Manson Northwest Webster

MANSON — Manson Northwest Webster Community School District revived its building and trades program for students and hired a new junior/senior high school principal in 2020. The building and trades program, last active in 2016, was revived to give students more ways to explore what ...

Algona Community School District

ALGONA — The past year has been an interesting one for Algona Community School District Superintendent Joe Carter. “Well, 2020 was a year that we’ll never forget in schools,” he said. “But I’m really, really proud of our students, our staff and our community for finding ways for ...

Webster City Community Schools

WEBSTER CITY — “We’re ready.” That’s what Webster City High School Principal Dan Johnson said of the students returning to 100 percent in-person classes Monday, Jan. 25. That marks the first time since mid-March that all of the students will be in class together at the school. The ...

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Fort Dodge Fire Department

In addition to fires, crashes and various medical emergencies, the firefighters and paramedics of the Fort Dodge Fire Department had a new crisis to deal with in 2020 — COVID-19. Starting last spring, every day they were called upon to help someone suffering from COVID-19 or various symptoms ...

Fort Dodge Police Department

Despite a difficult year for outreach, the Fort Dodge Police Department continued to serve the community well with notable promotions, hires and awards in 2020 — a year punctuated with hopes to bring in-person outreach back in 2021. “2020 has been a tough year on everyone, and due to the ...

Elanco

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa, testing supplies were in high demand and short supply. That’s when one local business stepped up to provide materials to the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge. In early April, Elanco Animal Health donated just over 1,000 vials filled with a ...

Van Diest Family Health Clinic

A family practice clinic on the west side of Fort Dodge has a new affiliation and a new name. The former MercyOne Fort Dodge Family Medicine is now Van Diest Family Health Clinic Fort Dodge. The facility at 119 Ave. O West is itself fairly new, having opened in 2017. It debuted as part of ...

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Humboldt: Town welcomes new police chief

HUMBOLDT — For the first time in more than a decade, the Humboldt Police Department is led by a chief of police. The newly-appointed Police Chief Joel Sanders started leading the department’s seven police officers in early January. Sanders has been a police officer for 30 years, ...

Gowrie: A success continues to blossom

GOWRIE — After standing up to buck the trend of rural grocery store closures, Gowrie’s moxy has paid off. Over a year after one fateful community meeting in January 2020, the former Jamboree Foods owned by Nick Graham has been turned into Market on Market, thanks to $250,000 in investment ...

Eagle Grove: Investors back new hotel

EAGLE GROVE — Investors in Eagle Grove took a big step to make the town into the destination they all believe it is. In 2019, a mix of about 20 investors, all Eagle Grove natives or those with connections to the city, invested $500,000 into a new hotel. In July, that vision became a ...

Twin Lakes: Better protected

TWIN LAKES — For any fire department, a quick response is key, whether responding to a medical emergency or an active fire. And for far too long, volunteer firefighters in the Manson and Rockwell City area weren’t able to respond to the growing Twin Lakes community as fast as they would ...