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From left, Laura Keenan, Cameron Lunderg, 4, Ashlyn Lundberg, 7, Makayla Lundberg, 10 and Jeff Sweeney enjoy some fishing on Badger Lake in John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

Webster county conservation Board plays a vital role in the community Conservation, education and recreation are part of the mission by TERRENCE DWYER Webster County has many natural assets. Maximizing their accessibility for recreational and educational purposes and keeping the environment in good shape for future generations are all part of the focus of the Webster County Conservation Board. The board’s mission statement summarizes its comprehensive charge:

photos by HANS MADSEN “To preserve our natural resources, to educate the public about the environment, to create learning and recreational opportunities without exploiting our resources, to promote activities that create an awareness or understanding of the environment through programs of conservation and to ultimately develop environmentally responsible citizens of

Webster County.” The five-member volunteer board is appointed by the Webster County Board of Supervisors. Matt Cosgrove, who as conservation director leads the staff team that implements board policies, said the Conservation Board members and the supervisors have distinct, but complementary roles. He said the Conservation Board, with the assis-


tance of its staff, develops plans and ideas, while the Board of Supervisors dictates the funding that will go along with that program. “The Conservation Board makes the decisions on how the program develops,” Cosgrove explained. “So, what types of recreation does this community want to see? What do they want for parks? What do they want for wildlife areas? What are the conservation issues that may be important to people who live in Webster County?” Cosgrove said the board’s goal is to develop a balanced approach regarding conservation, recreation and education. He said each of the state’s 99 counties has such a board. The programs differ depending on local priorities. “That’s the beauty of county conservation. It’s locally driven,” Cosgrove said. “It provides 99 different local ways to deal with conservation and recreation. Some of them are very education-driven. Some are very recreation-focused. I think we have a pretty balanced approach here in Webster County.” More than Kennedy Park John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, north of Fort Dodge, is the bestknown and developed of the entities that are under the purview of the WCCB. That recreational treasure has served the community since 1965. “It is about a 400-acre facility,” Cosgrove said. “It’s heavily multiuse. It’s everything from golf to camping to hiking to wildlife viewing, paddling, boating, fishing all those sorts of things. It’s kind of a little bit of everything wrapped up into one park.” The campground, which features 80 campsites, opens April 15 every year and runs through Oct. 15. Everything else is just weatherdependent. “When the weather gets nice, the majority of the park gets moving,” Cosgrove said. Kennedy Park, however, is just part of the story. “We manage 20 areas now on about 1,200 acres,” Cosgrove said.

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“We are working with a trail builder to build another 35 miles of trail-riding out there,” Cosgrove said. “That will consist of motorcycles, ATVs and ORVs side by side.”

Meet Matt Cosgrove Cosgrove graduated from —Matt Cosgrove St. Edmond High School in Conservation director 1991, attended Iowa Central Community College for two years and completed his bachelor’s degree in forestry at Iowa State sites and both land and water trails. University. He joined the team at A new venture for WCCB is a Webster County Conservation full management contract vis-a-vis time as a park ranger in 1996 right Gypsum City OHV Park. out of college. Cosgrove has been “We’ve signed a management conservation director for nine years. agreement with the (Department of Cosgrove clearly loves his job. Natural Resources) and the Webster “The reason I got into this field is County Improvement Corporation it is something different every day,” to manage that facility,” Cosgrove he said. “Our job changes so much seasonally. That makes it really nice. ... We’re getting ready to shift into high gear as we hit spring. Then, we’re dealing with habitat management. We’re planting trees and burning prairies, getting the park ready, getting the campground ready. Then, summer turns more into a people management where we’re really doing some law enforcement and education of folks — just dealing with the influx in and out of the facilities. And then fall brings a different time again. Back to more land management type things. And then winter is a whole different type of animal depending on what type of winter we get. If we get a lot of snow, then we get a lot of skiing and fun things.” Cosgrove said the parks and other areas WCCB operates are a huge Matt county asset. “There are a lot of great things Cosgrove here in our backyard,” he said. “We’re seeing the connection with people’s lifestyle, active lifestyles said. “We’re overseeing the operaand healthy communities and where tion and management of that park we fit into that role. We encourage and … the development of that park. people to get out and participate in It’s going from 300 acres to 800 acres. these events and activities and use It’s going to become the largest park the trail system right here in your in Iowa for OHV use.” backyard between the water trails Cosgrove said a first phase of a and the land trails and the OHV campground for that park is expectPark. There are a lot of things for ed to begin this summer and should people to do right here.” be in operation by 2014. He said the trail system at Gypsum City OHV About WCCB Park will be increased much beyond The current Webster County the present 15 miles.


Conservation Board members are Jerry Beck, Fort Dodge, Beth Collins, Fort Dodge, Jim Eslick, Gowrie, Brad Luke, Fort Dodge, and Kirk Seltz, Clare. Eslick chairs the board. There are seven full-time and three part-time employees. The staffing increases by four of five in the summer. Funding for WCCB comes from multiple sources. Cosgrove said the majority of the financial support is provided by the county from property taxes. There is also some funding from the state government as well as periodic project-specific grants. Additionally, revenues are generated from user charges such as camping and shelter fees. The conservation, educational and recreational benefits of the parks and other properties overseen by WCCB are widely recognized. What may not be so obvious, however, is that the park system has a positive impact on the local economy. According to an analysis provided by Cosgrove, the aggregate economic benefits exceed $4 million a year. This calculation estimates spending in the community by visitors who make use of the areas WCCB manages.

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photos by HANS MADSEN This is accomplished through provision of an array of services and products that include grain storage and marketing; quality feed, fertilizer, crop protection and seed resources; and agronomic opportunities in soil mapping, sitespecific field management and use of precision technology. Additionally, NEW Cooperative can provide farm and home insurance and financing. “We are focused on getting the farmers what they need to make their own operations more efficient, whether that’s better products, better services, better technology,” said Amy Pingel, the cooperative’s communications/marketing manager. “That’s what we do and we’ve tried to stay on the front end of that

so we can provide the farmers what they need.” A determination to provide stateof-the-art solutions to what farmers require today — and will need in the years ahead — is a fundamental commitment the cooperative’s professional staff make to the membership. “Keeping up with the farmer’s needs and guessing what he’s going to need next,” Dan Dix, agronomy division manager, said. “Being able to keep pace with him as his operation grows.” Cooperatives abound in rural Iowa, but Brent Bunte, who has been NEW Cooperative’s general manager since 1997, said two things make the organization he leads something special.

New Cooperative General Manager Brent Bunte, left, stops to chat with Dan Dix, agronomy division manager, in their Fort Dodge office. The map shows elevator and other facility locations in the area.


“No. 1 is the employee team,” he said. “The quality of the employee team. And No. 2 is a membership that supports this co-op really, really well. … One of our strengths is strong market share.” While NEW Cooperative brings its members many advantages that only a large organization can provide, Bunte and other leaders said keeping the operation highly decentralized is an important goal of management and the board of directors. “One thing we really try to strive for is to keep the local locations autonomous, make -Submitted photo them feel that Fort Dodge is a This aerial photo shows the NEW Cooperative facility in Badger, which will be support center for them,” Dix enhanced this year. said. “We don’t want the customer to think the co-op is in market share and in dollar earnsaid. “We donate to as many projFort Dodge. We want them to think ings each year for the last several ects as we can. ... We have a scholarit is Badger or Duncombe or what years,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of ship program where we award at they grew up with. ... I think we do growth. We need to continue to least five, $2,000 scholarships per that better than a lot of others.” grow. The company has virtually year to children of members or The importance of the cooperadoubled in size in the last seven or employees who are going into an tive to the small towns where it has eight years. We continue to look for agricultural program at an Iowa major facilities is a part of the story growth opportunities.” college. I believe since 1993, we’ve that it is important not to overlook. Bunte said he anticipates expanawarded over $210,000 in scholar“In several of these small comsion both within the present market ships to local students.” munities ... we’re the only show in area and beyond. Helping area communities prostown,” Mark Walter, grain managPart of the strategy includes per economically and remain good er, said. “In some cases, basically keeping existing facilities top-notch places to live are priorities for NEW the only employer in town.” and expanding them as needed. Cooperative. Additionally, Pingel said the The plans for this year in Webster “Supporting all of our communiemployees and members of the County illustrate that commitment. ties where we have facilities is pretcooperative play important roles in “We’ve got two large projects in ty important to us.” Bunte said. many area communities that go Webster County that we’ll be build“The important thing to us is bringwell beyond making agriculture ing this summer — two grain bins in ing value to our members, providthrive. She said many are active in Badger and a grain bin and receiving a place for 285 people to have a area churches, support or coach ing system in Otho,” Bunte said. career and for those people to grow youth clubs and sports teams, and The bottom line for NEW and to support our communities.” boost local schools. About three Cooperative is stated quite succinctdozen are members of volunteer Looking ahead ly by its general manager. fire departments. Some are governBunte said NEW Cooperative has “Continuing to bring (members) mental leaders. Pingel said one big plans for the years ahead. value is what we need to be doing,” NEW Cooperative employee is the “We’ve continued to grow both he said. mayor of his town. “We really do take pride in making sure we make a difference in our communities,” she said. Through the NEW Cooperative Brent Bunte received a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness Foundation, which was created in from Iowa State University. He was an assistant manager at Big Six 2011, the organization is also a Cooperative and a commodities broker for Farmer’s Commodities major source of financial support Corp. Bunte joined the team at NEW Cooperative in 1984 and has for charitable endeavors. been general manager since 1997. He is a current board member of “The mission of the foundation is Associated Benefits Corp. and on the First American Bank community to support agriculture, youth and board. then our local communities,” Pingel

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photos by HANS MADSEN Ryan and her associates can help. “We try to give our input as much as we can and try to go with the trends, know what’s popular, know what people like,” Ryan said. “A lot of people have no idea what they are looking for. They are just trying to get out and see what’s new. Other people know exactly what they want. That’s sometimes the hardest. When you know exactly what you want, it’s hard to find it.” If a desired purchase is difficult to locate, however, the huge resources the Slumberland system provides can help resolve that problem. “Sometimes we don’t have everything someone is looking for, but we try to do our best,” Ryan said. “We’ve got corporate buyers, which is another big thing. They have a great amount of pull so we can get a lot of items with good pricing and

good availability.” Slumberland has options to fit most budgets. “It’s a mixture. We have anywhere from low to high,” Ryan said. “We have a lot of sales, a lot of promotions, discounts available, coupons that go out. So, things are changing all the time.” She said that financing is available including extended financing for larger purchases. Slumberland’s local general manager has a welcoming invitation to anyone who has yet to sample what the store can provide as well as to former clients who may be considering another furniture purchase. “Come and visit. We’ve got a lot to offer,” Ryan said. “We strive to help out as best we can and make every experience a memorable one. We want them to smile and enjoy

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their furniture when they get it.” Meet the manager Ryan grew up in Cresco and graduated from Crestwood High School in 1994. Then it was on to Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal ecology. She worked at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area for three years before joining Slumberland. Ryan has been manager of the Fort Dodge store for more than four years, was assistant manager before that and has been part of the local Slumberland team for 13 year. She said her job is both challenging and enjoyable. “It changes every day,” Ryan said. “That’s what I like. You meet all kinds of people. It’s very fun that way.” About Slumberland in FD Slumberland in Fort Dodge is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Ryan said the store

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Greater Fort dodge Growth alliance news by TODD REDENIUS Development director It is great to be back in Fort Dodge. I am honored and privileged to be part of a passionate, hard-working team at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and excited to do my part to make Fort Dodge the best place in Iowa to live, work, and play. LIVE, WORK, PLAY ... I view these three words as the cornerstone of a progressive and healthy community. What does that mean for Fort Dodge? Perhaps the following: 1. Clean water and air — sounds simple doesn’t it? Yet think of how many places in our country struggle with their drinking water and air pollution. 2. Quality educational opportunities for our children. 3. Strong faith-based institutions. 4. Ample and affordable housing for our growing community. 5. Good jobs with competitive wages. 6. Transportation — Location, Location, Location (Highway 20). 7. Recreational opportunities for people of all ages. 8. A vibrant downtown. 9. Being a destination for retail and entertainment. 10. Opportunities for community involvement and volunteerism.

11. Clean and accessible parks. 12. A connected trail system. 13. A spirit of community pride and a “can do attitude”. So how are we doing in the aforementioned areas? What grade would you give Fort Dodge in each of these 13 areas? And if that grade is not up to par, I challenge you to think about what you can do to make our community better and then get involved. As someone who has recently come back to Fort Dodge after being gone for eight years, I can offer an interesting perspective and would argue there has been amazing progress in our community. What positive changes have I observed? Here are a few. 1. We are growing. Over the past decade what is one thing that makes Fort Dodge different from Mason City, Clinton, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Burlington and Oskaloosa? Answer: We are the only community that is increasing in population. 2. Fort Dodge looks cleaner and more professional. The work that has been done along the Business 20 corridor is a 180 degree improvement. New light poles, buried power lines, a uniformed appearance, aesthetic features along the corridor, and new retail stores. Business 20 looks fantastic compared to eight years ago. 3. A new aquatic center that is a destination water park and one of the nicest and newest in Iowa. 4. Connected


trails and more recreational opportunities — Rogers ballpark (the best in Iowa). 5. Iowa Central — incredible! The new Biosciences building, library, student center and fitness facility. Need I say more? 6. Market on Central — Who would have thought that Fort Dodge would boast Iowa’s fastest growing Farmers Market and a yearly crowd of more than 40,000? 7. Jobs, Jobs, and more Jobs. Did I mention that we are growing? 8. More professional local government.The change to a managercouncil form of government was certainly a positive. Along with that, the positive attitude of Fort Dodgers and sense of community pride is certainly palpable. 9. New stores and retail options to keep those shopping dollars at home. 10. Trinity Regional Medical Center is barely recognizable to me after being gone eight years. It looks like a brand new Medical Center — and the Cancer Center — first class all the way. So yes, things have changed for the better in my opinion since I was last here. But what drew me back to Fort Dodge was the same thing I have always known about this community. Something that never changes. And that is the people of Fort Dodge. Good, hardworking, friendly people who are always willing to lend a helping hand, and who show you they care through their words and actions. The people of this community — often emulated, but never duplicated. Our people make this a special place to live, work, and play. Thanks for welcoming me back home.

investing in our community by RANDY KUHLMAN Chief executive officer Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way

Bridging the Gap needs more beds for kids Bridging the Gap is a program cies in the Fort Dodge area to ensure managed and sponsored by the that the families receiving items are Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way that is building a bridge between families who need a “Every child deserves to have ‘sweet “helping hand” and citizens who want to help. In Fort dreams’ of their own and hope Dodge-Webster County, there for a brighter future.” are hundreds of families living in houses or apartments that do not have the basic necessities of a home; such things as beds, dressers, couches, chairs, genuinely “in need”. tables, dishes, etc. Bridging the Gap’s The goal of Bridging the Gap is to mission is to provide beds and other help make these families’ lives a little essential furniture to children and easier and brighter. In many ways, it families in need in the Fort Dodge is all about the children in these famarea. ilies. For most of us, each day we get Beds for Kids: Goodnight. Sweet out of our bed and start our day by dreams. These are words most of us sitting at the kitchen table, drinking are familiar with, and they are words our coffee and watching the mornwe often take for granted. There are ing news. It is easy to take that simchildren in our community that don’t ple act for granted. Yet, there are have good nights or sweet dreams many families in our community that because they are sleeping on floors. It do not have these simple pleasures. is estimated that 1 in every 30-35 chilThey don’t have a bed, a kitchen dren in Fort Dodge/Webster County table, or even a coffee maker. Life for do not have a bed to sleep in at night. these families is an everyday strugThey are sleeping on a couch or gle. chair, or on a blanket or a pile of As these families try to live each clothes on a cold floor, which means day without the items they need, they aren’t getting a good night’s there are others in our community sleep. that have household items and furniA good night’s rest promotes dayture they no longer use. These items time alertness, school success, good are often stored in a basement, attic health and weight control. It reduces or garage for months or maybe even the propensity for depression. The years. Why not donate these items to WebMD article “Good Sound Sleep Bridging the Gap? We can make it an for your Child” emphasizes that easy process. We accept donations of “Sleep is no less important than food, household items and gently used drink, or safety in the lives of chilfurniture that can make a house a dren.” Children require a sufficient home. These items are distributed to amount of uninterrupted, good qualneedy families in the area at no ity sleep for optimal alertness; sleep charge. Families receiving assistance is also essential in nervous system through Bridging the Gap are development. The article continues, referred to us by social service agen“Small but constant deficits in sleep

over time tend to have escalating and perhaps long-term effects on brain function. Children with higher IQs — in every age group studied — slept longer. For ADHD children, improvements in sleep dramatically improved peer relations and classroom performance. Healthy sleep positively affects neurologic development and appears to be the right medicine for the prevention of many learning and behavioral problems.” Since starting the program in November 2011, Bridging the Gap has distributed more than 175 beds to help get kids off the floor and into a warm bed. Today, Bridging the Gap is out of donated beds. We currently have a waiting list of twenty children that need a bed. Each week our waiting list gets longer. How can you help? It is easy — if you have a bed in your home that is no longer needed and is still in good condition, just call Bridging the Gap at the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way (5733170). You can either make an appointment to drop off the bed or we can have our volunteers pick it up at your home. Bridging the Gap guarantees that once your bed is donated, it will be delivered to the home of a child within a few days, sometimes the very next day. Please help us “Bridge the Gap” and get kids of floors and into a nice warm bed of their own. Every child deserves to have “sweet dreams” of their own and hope for a brighter future. To learn more about how you can invest in the future of Fort Dodge and Webster County, please contact us or visit our website.


iowa central insights by JENNIFER CONDON Dean Liberal Arts and Sciences Iowa Central Community College Iowa Central Community College brought in Dr. Mark Taylor in January 2012 for professional development. He charged faculty with the importance of participation from “Teaching Generation NeXt: Methods and Techniques for Today’s Learners” Inactivity is not an option, and 100 percent of students are expected to comply with instructor expectations for participation and activity (as well as preparation) 100 percent of the time. Since the evidence is fairly indisputable that increasing student activity increases learning, this should be a basic precondition for success in all classes (Pascarella and Terenzini 1991, 2005). We jumped. What could Iowa Central do next to increase student engagement in the classroom? A faculty team chose a standard student response clicker for fall implementation. Any faculty member could require the clickers in any face-toface class. From anatomy and physiology to composition to ag operations, Iowa Central students are more engaged across campus. Beth Collins, science instructor, now elicits responses from all students on her test reviews. The students do more than answer, they are discussing with partners, reviewing books and notes, and asking more questions. The clicker is the springboard for discussion that Collins has been wanting in her classes. She is waiting to see the impact on test scores but is encouraged by the increased activity in her classroom so far this spring. The “immediacy of feedback” for Michelle Ramthun, language arts and humanities assistant professor, and her Exploring the Humanities students is the biggest benefit with response clickers. Uncovering their background with operas prior to

associate/adjunct instructor, examining “Phantom of the Opera” explains that for her College opens the discussion based on that Experience class, “It’s all about getexperience. Assessing students’ prior ting the students to see that they are knowledge helps Ramthun guide the not alone. All students participate in students through the new content, a clicker questionnaire about their pulling in their experiences through‘new normal’ as college students.” out their journey. Response results confirm that most In Composition II, Julie Hoesel, college students have the same fears, language arts instructor, confirms and that similarity and awareness that immediacy of feedback launches further discussion during improves understanding with logical class. The students begin to appreciand emotional fallacies. Even when ate that they are all in this new expeassessed online with immediate rience together, not so alone when it feedback on similar content, students comes to being stressed about sometimes fail to grasp distinctions grades, money, success, and missing between the fallacies without specific home. discussion. The chance to slow down The above illustrations might be the class for processing, responding, more commonplace ways to utilize and discussing proves to be what response clickers, but Mike Hoesel values most when she utilizes Robertson, agriculture technology the student responses clickers. coordinator and instructor, uses the Laura Walters, math instructor, ResponseCards another way. His notices a boost in students’ confistudents participate in the operation dence as they are able “to pinpoint and management of a 270-acre Iowa better where they are confused” in a crop farm, and the class is responsistatistics problem. Such pinpointing ble for the planning, managing, enables students to understand that record-keeping, and selling/marketa targeted question is better for both ing of the farm’s crops. They also asking and understanding. Saving make decisions on fertilizers, weed responses assists in later test control options, and crop insurance. reviews. Walters confirms that stuThe students discuss options for dents are more active and accounteach one of these items as a class able in her classes because of the throughout the year. Once the class clickers. Even our C o l l e g e IN A PINCH & NEED AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE, Experience course requires BUT HAVE NO TRANSPORTATION… clickers. What better way to get at what students really know than Many services available including computerized alignment. polling them anonymously. Tracy CrippinHaake, liberal arts and sciences



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has some options on these topics, Robertson uses the clickers to vote on the options and sees an increased new awareness and less groupthink when it comes to decisions each of them may make on their own. Because these students come from

varied backgrounds, the clickers have increased the classroom discussions, which allow students to see a topic from many viewpoints. Students are making informed decisions for the farming operation, real life, and real money.

Whatever the use, whatever the reward, student engagement in the classroom is as valued at Iowa Central Community College as anywhere. Student response clickers are just one way to take that engagement to another level.

would appreciate organizations with events or people who have family and friends visiting encouraging them to make hotel reservations early. Please look at the calendar below or visit us at for a complete list of April and May events. The Fort Dodge CVB also, posts event information on Twitter and Facebook. Fort Dodge event information can be submitted either directly to the upcoming events section on our website, or email information to me at • Flea Markets and Hillbilly Sales will be held May 11-12, June 8-9, July 6-7, Aug. 3-4, Sept. 14-15, Oct. 12-13, Nov. 9-10 and Dec. 14-15 at the Webster County Fairgrounds. • Webster County Museum & Thrift Shop, 515 School St, Otho, will open for the season April 20 at 10 a.m. Open only on Thursdays and

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 18th annual D/SAOC Cake Auction will be April 20 at the Webster County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m. • Cache-In, Trash-Out will be April 20 at Brushy Creek State Recreational Area. • The Hy-Vee Half Marathon will be held April 21 starting in Fort Dodge and ending at Kennedy Park. • Spring Park Festival will be April 21 at a park to be announced. • Fort Dodge Area Symphony presents “Soloist Extravaganza” at Phillips Middle School Auditorium April 21. • Marine Corps League Steak Fry Fundraiser will be April 21 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at VFW Post 1856. • Fort Museum and Frontier Village opens for the season April 27. There will be an open house April 27-28, for the new Fort Dodge Stoneware display building. Hours

cvB by KERRIE KUIPER Marketing director Convention and Visitors Bureau Spring is an exciting time in Fort Dodge. Sport tournaments, festivals, concerts and outdoor markets start taking place. Seasonal attractions like Rosedale Rapids, Fort Museum and Mineral City Speedway hire staff, spruce up facilities and prepare for their openings. The campgrounds at Kennedy Park, Dolliver Park, Brushy Creek State Recreational Area and the Webster County Fairgrounds open. More people will be using our trails, playgrounds and parks. This increased activity will lead us into a busy summer. During many weekends in June, July and August there will be multiple events taking place in Fort Dodge. In addition to these events, the lodging needs of contractors working in the area will increase. We anticipate visitors may find it difficult finding hotel rooms here on the busiest weekends. In order to accommodate our visitors, we

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Tournament will be May 2-7 at Rogers Sports Complex.. • Paddle the Lizard Creek or Des Moines Water Trails will be May 4 and 25. • Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight honoring World War II and Korean War Veterans takes off from Fort Dodge Regional Airport at 7 a.m. May 11. Returns from Washington, D.C., at approximately 10 p.m. • Early Bird Baseball Tournament will be May11-12, Rogers Sports


Complex. • Duane Bills Fishing Derby will be May 11 at Kennedy Park. • Toastmasters International State Convention will be May 17-18. • PRCA Rodeo Camp will be May 18 at the Dayton Rodeo Grounds. • Armed Forces Day Classic Baseball Tournament will be May 1819 at Rogers Sports Complex. • Dayton Wranglers Youth Rodeo will be May 19 at the Dayton Rodeo grounds.

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Plastic Containers Metal Cans, Foil Glass-Clear or Brown Newsprint & Inserts Corrugated Cardboard Junk Mail

Magazines & Cereal Boxes Boxes Brown Paper Bags Plastic Bags


Styrofoam Window Glass Aerosol Cans Light Bulbs Motor Oil Containers

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Local Stock Index 27.21 41.98 47.01 37.15 76.39









3.65 2.925

Closing Prices as of 4.5.13

3.656 2.937

4% 3.656 2.968


3.500 2.825

78.59 29.10 49.42 47.92 68.85

Source: Edward Jones Rates average of those reported by Fort Dodge financial institutions

3.445 2.846



15 Year Fixed


Airline Boardings


Current Year




Previous Year

Source: Fort Dodge Regional Airport


$40 J


















400 200

Buena Vista University


375 1050


254 869


313 981



357 1026


382 849

600 320 920


BAC 11.97 JCP 15.45 MCD 101.42 MLM 98.87 NSRGY 72.56

30 Year Fixed


3.531 2.844


Source: Edward Jones

Mortgage Interest Rates




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Auto & Truck Sales Cars



Stock Spotlight: CVS Caremark Corp Com (CVS)

Source: Webster County Motor Vehicle Dept.

Price Per Share as of the 1st of the month Source: Edward Jones






55 25

50 38 22

50 113 76


56 41


40 29


69 34





























Building Permits

Stock Spotlight: Coca Cola Co Com (KO) Price Per Share as of the 1st of the month Source: Edward Jones

Source: Fort Dodge Planning Office







40 45





35 69


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1 Year CD & 10 Year U.S. Treasury 1 Year CD


10 Year US Treasury Source: Edward Jones


.58 1.722

.56 1.717

.44 1.6128

.425 1.635

.4125 4.785

.425 1.615

.450 1.664

.430 1.677

.410 1.9725

.35 1.937


.57 1.7162


.57 1.972















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P LAY L A Y B ALL ALL STATS: Dianne Krebs Years Coaching: 23

Occupation: ParaEductator, Phillipps Middle School Coaches T-ball (K-1st) for the FD Community Recreation Center Dianne thinks each league is fun in its own way. TBallers are entertaining! As first time players, you see their excitement when they get that first hit or catch that first fly ball. It’s fun to see their growth form start to finish. “Run home” can mean a couple of different things to a 5-year old! Dianne’s goal is for the kids to have fun, learn the game and be ready for the next league.

STATS: Rick Pederson • Named Head Coach 2003 • Led 4 teams to NJCAA II World Series • NJCAA II National Coach of the Year 2003 • Teams won 6 Region XI championships • Career Record of 357-161 • Graduated from Grand View College Personal: Wife Rachel, daughter Reese (6 yrs), sons Royce (5 yrs) and Reggie (2 yr)


STATS: Joe Shanks Coaching Stints: Gehlen Catholic High School 1980. Briar Cliff University Assistant Coach 1981. Bishop Heelan High School 1981-89. Minnesota State at Mankato 1990-91. Iowa City West High School 1991-92. Sparta High School, Sparta WI 1996. St. Edmond High School 19962003,2008-present

State Tournaments: 1985 Quarterfinalists 2009 2A State Champion 2010 Quarterfinalists Player Bio: St. Edmond All State 1975, 1976. Briar Cliff University AllAmerican Honorable Ment. Member of Briar Cliff Hall of Fame Coached two players who played professional baseball

STATS: Matt Elsbecker Coaching Stints: (coaching since 1988) Fort Dodge Senior High School – Head Coach (2002 – Present) Coaching Honors/ Awards: 2 – Time Conference Coach of the Year (1998 & 2009) Northwest District Coach of the Year (1997) State Tournament Appearances (2005, 2007, 2009) Personal: Wife Melissa, children Zach (21), Chloe (18), Mackenzie (14), Elijah (8) & Maggie (6)

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April 2013 Business Review  

The Fort Dodge Business Review published by The Messenger in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

April 2013 Business Review  

The Fort Dodge Business Review published by The Messenger in Fort Dodge, Iowa.