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September 22, 2021

Hello Kate,







CEO's Corner

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Dr. Ron Cox, Director of CIRAS at Iowa State University, will be speaking about Workforce Strategies for Iowa at the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance on Tuesday, October 5th at 8:30 a.m.

He will help us understand our opportunities to solve Iowa's workforce challenges. Ron's presentation talks in-depth about the workforce situation, comparing our 99 counties to 1100 contingent counties around us. He shares data on who is available to hire and best practices to hire these groups. He will talk about feasible solutions using automation and how CIRAS is helping companies retain the people they already employ.




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The following are the winners of the baskets at the City of Fort Dodge booth at the Growth Alliance Golf outing:

Nancy Lombard – Fort Dodge Ford

Winner of “Outdoor” basket: Yeti cooler, Growlers from Shiney Top and River Hops, 3 bottles Soldier Creek Wine, Pass for 2 golfers for 18 holes plus a cart rental at Lakeside, punch card for 5 swim days at Rosedale Rapids next summer.

Megan O’Brien – Fort Dodge Ford

Winner of “Trash to Treasure” basket: Large Coach purse, yard waste, tire and appliance stickers.

Ben Kohnen – Rasch Construction

Winner of “Cozy Kit” basket: Blanket, 2 hand-made coffee mugs plus book about the artist, coffee from Central Perk, adult coloring book and colors, wax warmer pot with scents.

Andy Jansen – Central Financial Group (not pictured)

Winner of “Tour de Fort Dodge“ basket: small Coach purse and airplane tour of the City of Fort Dodge.

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October 14

6:00 PM

2723 5th Ave South

Open House with music, food, and refreshments from 5p-8p to celebrate Fort Dodge Ford Toyota’s 25th Anniversary!

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October 1

4:45 PM

Fort Dodge Middle School Auditorium Entrance

We will meet at the auditorium doors of the Fort Dodge Middle School – this is the starting location of their walk on Saturday. 


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The Friends of Oakland Cemetery are going to be hosting a "Cleaning Headstones Party" at the historic Oakland Cemetery.

September 25th at 9 AM. 

1617 N. 15th Street

Spray bottles and brushes will be provided, we just need you and your elbow grease. In case of bad weather, it will postponed until October 2nd at 9 AM. We need your help and please bring your friends.

We're counting down the days until our Cardiff Event Center Bridal Expo (2021)! For a full list of vendors, check out the official event page. Jen is still taking vendor applicants, too!

If you're interested in showcasing your business, contact her at

515-576-2226 or jen@funinfortdodge.com

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September Calendar of Events.

For a full list of Fine Arts events, click here.

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Did you know that our Fitness Pod and Infrared Sauna have both red and infrared light? These wavelengths of light can help you recover from injury, relieve arthritic pain, reduce psoriasis, improve skin health, promote wound healing and tissue repair, relieve pain and inflammation, help with seasonal affective disorder, and improve sleep and circulation.

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