News and Events

In Washington, FD group makes case for intermodal grant

Friday, November 30, 2018

Bill Shea   A small group of Fort Dodge representatives spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., making the case for a $7.63 million federal grant to help pay for a new intermodal hub that would be key to redeveloping the Warden Plaza and building a new cultural and recreation center. That hub, basically a parking ramp with additional features, would be located on First Avenue South, east of the now vacant Warden Plaza. The hoped-for grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation would pay much of the cost of the $11.5 million center. Mayor Matt Bemrich, who led the delegation to Washington, has described the Better...
There are Many Reasons to be a Member of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is working for the betterment of our entire community. By focusing efforts around the economic growth of our region, we are actively taking steps to grow local businesses, recruit new ones, create jobs and enhance the quality of life for our residents. Your membership makes this possible. Why Local Businesses Support the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Business owners, executives, civic leaders, non-profit agencies, and community members support the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance because of its daily focus on growing our regional economy. “Being a member of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is an investment...
Investing in Fort Dodge

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Chad Thompson Nestle Purina PetCare Co., a worldwide pet food company, continues to invest in its Fort Dodge facility, located along Fifth Avenue South — the city’s Corridor of Commerce. The company is constructing a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility, which will increase energy efficiency of the plant, according to Mark Layton, Purina factory manager. Purina produces dog and cat food at its Fort Dodge location. Layton said the multi-million-dollar water facility will optimize water use and treatment in the making of pet food. It will also minimize waste, he said. “It’s doing our part environmentally,” Layton said. “Especially in the community we are living in,...
Iowa Central to buy Budget Host site

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bill Shea The former Budget Host Inn property in Fort Dodge is being purchased by Iowa Central Community College, which has land right next to it. The college is buying the property at the corner of Kenyon Road and U.S. Highway 169 from Joseph D. McMahon Jr. and Tamara McMahon, of Fort Dodge, for $1,450,000. Sale documents were signed Wednesday, and the deal is expected to close on Dec. 10. “The opportunity is perfect for us,” college President Dan Kinney said. “We’re excited to be able to get that property.” He said there are no immediate plans for the site. “It could be used for anything,”...
Residents and Business Executives Can Fly Direct To and From Fort Dodge Iowa

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport has been expanding service to destinations throughout the United States. With a runway large enough to fit President Trump’s’ Boeing 757, the Fort Dodge Regional Airport is the ideal solution for companies looking to land corporate aircraft, those flying in aircraft for distribution purposes, and consumer airline Air Choice One. Businesses can benefit from utilizing the Fort Dodge Regional Airport As a rural community, Fort Dodge offers businesses a unique combination of advantages, including a lower cost of doing business and access to a regional airport with a runway that can handle the largest of corporate jets....
Cactus Family Farms committed to pork production

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Kriss Nelson After many years of producing solely beef, Cactus Family Farms began pork production in Iowa back in 2015. And four years later, a company executive said things are going well. Rod Leman, vice president of business development for Cactus Family Farms, said they purchased an existing pork company in Iowa in 2015 after purchasing another existing hog production company in 2014 in South Carolina. Cactus Family Farms is headquartered in Osceola. It has partners in Hamilton, Story, and Webster counties, among others. “We still have a base of employees that support those partners in that area,” Leman said. “In those counties we probably...
A sign for the times

Friday, November 09, 2018

Hans Madsen The members of the Fort Dodge Fire Department got a souvenir of sorts Thursday after the crew from Mid Iowa Sign finished putting up the new LED illuminated signs at the fire station downtown. That memento is the old sign that had been on the side of the building since it was constructed. It was coated with 53 years of streaked grime and no longer lit up. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter is happy to see it down. “I’m glad the ugly old sign is gone,” he said. “It had become an eyesore.” The new signs are a result of the Fort...
CJ Bio America is booming

Monday, November 05, 2018

Two major construction projects are under way at the CJ Bio America Webster County plant. Both illustrate why this major manufacturing facility is destined to play an important role in the economic future of our community and region. A $53 million addition to the huge main plant is being built with an expected completion date in the first quarter of 2019. This enhancement will enable the diversification of the product lines. An amino acid called L-Threonine, which is an additive for livestock, will be produced. This increased manufacturing capability is expected to increase the company’s Webster County work force by about...
Pederson strives for quality in all things

Monday, October 29, 2018

What is important to you? Family, service, quality. Family is always first. Nothing means more to me than my wife Jennifer, and our sons Gavin and Kyle. They influence all of my decisions. Service to my community is also very important to me. That’s why I’m a member of groups like the Noon Sertoma, Fort Dodge Young Professionals, and the First Presbyterian Church. It’s very important to give back to your community, and I want to pass that passion on to my sons. Quality is something I strive for in everything I do, quality of interactions I have with others, quality...
Into the world

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hans Madsen “So what do you want to be when you’re grown up?” A common question posed to children by adults. How about this question: “So what are you going to be now that you’re almost grown up?” For high school students that are trying to answer that, or have already decided and want to explore their chosen field a bit, the annual Iowa Central Community College Career Day Thursday gave them a chance to do just that. Grace Amos, a senior at Southeast Valley, got to try her hand at cleaning teeth during a session in the dental hygiene program. Using a model mouth with...
Fort Dodge seeks King’s help

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bill Shea A hike up eight flights of dusty, debris-covered stairs in the Warden Plaza Monday afternoon gave U.S. Rep. Steve King a firsthand look at the insides of the battered downtown edifice. The Republican from Kiron and a handful of local officials ended up on the roof of the building at 908 First Ave. S. and got a sweeping view of the city and pondered the possibility of a rooftop restaurant there someday. King got the tour Monday as Fort Dodge officials, led by Mayor Matt Bemrich, explained the plans for renovating the Warden Plaza, creating a new cultural and recreation center...
On the horizon

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bill Shea U.S. Highway 20 is now a four-lane route stretching across northern Iowa from Dubuque to Sioux City. But it wasn’t always that way. The miles and miles of concrete paving that exist today are a monument to the persistence of highway advocates, elected officials and many others who labored for 60 years to get the highway completed as a four-lane route for its entire length. Work on the project advanced slowly, starting in 1958. That year, the first four-lane segment opened near Moville in Woodbury County. “The largest quadrant of land in Iowa without a four-lane was northwest Iowa, from 35 to...
Downtown Fort Dodge to Host Three Shop Local Events

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fort Dodge’s downtown businesses are actively working with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to prepare for what will be an exciting holiday season. “We have a great group of downtown business owners who are enthusiastic about creating fun events and a welcoming holiday experience for our community” said Kris Patrick, Executive Director for Main Street Fort Dodge. There will be three main shop-local events leading up to the 2018 holiday season – Black Wednesday, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday. During all three, shoppers will have the opportunity to win several gift baskets valued at over $150 each. Shoppers will...
Decades-old vision is rising out of the ground on former family farm

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bill Shea More than 40 years ago, the late Bill Scheideman envisioned turning his family’s farmland on the east side of Fort Dodge into a new neighborhood full of houses for families. An informal conversation on the floor of the Iowa Senate last year has finally led to Scheideman’s vision becoming reality. A recently dug foundation just south of 10th Avenue North not far from the eastern city limits marks the spot where the first of 70 single-family attached homes will be built in the new Gypsum Creek Crossing neighborhood on ground once farmed by Bill and Eva Scheideman. The housing area will encompass...
Forum will introduce state, Webster County candidates

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bill Shea Candidates for state and county offices will answer questions from the public during a forum Wednesday in Fort Dodge. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Center at Iowa Central Community College. The first candidates to field questions will be Democrat Brenda Angstrom and Republican Kate Stucky, who are seeking to become the next Webster County treasurer. They are vying to replace Treasurer Jan Messerly, who is retiring when her current term ends. At 5:50 p.m., the candidates for Webster County supervisor from District 4 will take the stage. They are Democrat Niki Conrad, Republican incumbent Merrill...
New Age Media Productions moves

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Terrence Dwyer New Age Media Productions has moved from downtown Fort Dodge to the Crossroads Mall near Riddle’s Jewelry. Joel Johnson, who co-owns the business with his wife, Alisha Johnson, said the move will improve community awareness of the multitude of specialized options the enterprise has to offer. “It will get us in front of a different demographic,” he said. “Provide a little more exposure.” He said the extensive memory-preservation services New Age Media Productions has to offer will remain the same. The Johnsons help people make sure that visual recordings and images as well as audio recordings made in the past are preserved...
Ready for business

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Joe Sutter With a land purchase approved Tuesday morning, Webster County will now own all the land between Harvest and Grain avenues in the ag/industrial park west of Fort Dodge. The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of about 40.4 acres for $23,500 per acre, or about $949,400 total, for what’s called parcel No.2. Three such parcels have been purchased this year. “With this purchase we own the whole thing between both roads,” Supervisor Keith Dencklau said. Cargill Inc. plans to purchase the eastern portion of the area between the roads, Supervisor Merrill Leffler said. “This will be over three payments; 10 percent...
Greehey digs in

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bill Shea When Bill Greehey graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High decades ago with dreams of going to college, today’s Iowa Central Community College didn’t exist. But now his name will always be tied to the college. Greehey, from Texas, joined about 150 people, including members of his family, college leaders and local officials for a Wednesday afternoon event to formally launch the construction of the Greehey Family Student Success Center on the Fort Dodge campus. A $3 million donation from the Greehey Family Foundation is helping to pay for the roughly $6 million center. “You’re not really a success until you share that success,...