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Prestage’s pork processing plant means dollars, jobs; Fort Dodge expected to see highest population increase

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Ernie Goss, economist, talks about the impact that the Prestage pork processing plant will have on the 10 county region encompassing Fort Dodge during an economic impact study presentation inside the BioSciene and Health Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College Thursday morning. CHAD THOMPSON Prestage Foods of Iowa’s incoming multi-million-dollar […]

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Eagle Grove: Housing is a focus

Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Torkelson Construction, of Eagle Grove, is working on a fourplex at the corner of Northeast Second Street and Jackson Avenue in Eagle Grove as part of the Commercial Construction Incentive Program. CHAD THOMPSON EAGLE GROVE — Housing remains a focus in Eagle Grove as the community prepares to welcome Prestage […]

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Algona: Now showing

-Photo courtesy of John Aboud A $140,000 piano is only one of the major amenities at the new Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona. CHAD THOMPSON ALGONA — Students and community members in Algona have a whole new world available to them inside the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center. A […]

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Laurens: Quiet time

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Laurens Public Library Director Glenda Mulder, left, and Children’s Librarian Jeri Wenell, look over a recently refurbished area of the library that was created thanks to a partnership with Iowa Public Television. Mulder said IPTV provided books and DVDs for early childhood literacy. PETER KASPARI LAURENS — For the Busiest […]

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Humboldt: Shifting focus

-Submitted photos Expanding Cottonwood Trail to Eagle Ridge Drive is a goal set forth by the city of Humboldt for 2017 and beyond. CHAD THOMPSON HUMBOLDT — Millennials are more interested in the recreation offered in the cities they live in than previous generations were, according to Travis Goedken, Humboldt city administrator. “The millennial generation, […]

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Pocahontas: Celebrates expansion

-Messenger photo by Peter Kaspari Arlington Place of Pocahontas, a retirement community, recently completed a $1 million project. The project created a memory center and expanded the community’s services. PETER KASPARI POCAHONTAS — The city of Pocahontas has been making some improvements to help bring new businesses to town. Eric List, Pocahontas city administrator, said […]