This Week in the Corridor
Three hospitals, two surgeries, one truth about economic development
I’m a brand new man. Well, almost.

For nearly two decades, I have endured pain in my heels and Achilles’ tendon. A day of exercise—running, basketball, or even a long walk—meant two days of shuffling down stairs sideways.

So three weeks ago, I headed up to Lakes Regional Healthcare and let Dr. Tim Blankers of Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons do his thing. He removed some bone, shaved down the heel, and basically gave me a foot as delicate as a geisha’s.

The entire experience was great because it involved great people. Great nurses, great anesthetist, great doc. Shoot, great greeters at the door.

And here’s the thing—I would get the same service at every other hospital in the Corridor.

That’s not a guess; I actually know. Because before foot surgery, I had a preliminary physical with our family practitioner, Dr. Zachary Borus, one of the coolest cats in the Corridor. After checking my lung, heart and emotional health, he asked if anything else was bothering me.

“How do you know if you have a deviated septum?”

“Well, you ask me and I check,” he said.

Sure enough, I was not getting any air through my left nostril. (I knew when that other player ran over me in a pickup game in college something bad had happened. And I still think she should have been called for a charge.)

Dr. Borus’ team referred me over to Northwest Iowa Ear, Nose & Throat. So I headed off to Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, where I met with Dr. Daniel Jorgensen. Once again, I was treated by everyone I met like a wounded king.

You might think my ramblings as a peripatetic patient were done, but no. Three days after my appointment with Dr. Jorgensen and just two weeks after the surgery on my foot, I was back in an operating room, this one at Spencer Hospital, to have my nose roto-rooted. You guessed it. The care was flawless.

Three hospitals, three would-be miserable experiences made entirely tolerable by great customer service. (No doubt I would find the same thing at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.) And all of this in the time of COVID-19.

My point, beyond saying thank you to every single person involved in my surgeries, is that the strong health care system in the Corridor is a competitive advantage for economic development. So are our schools. And our roads, parks, and government services.

In a day when many jobs can be done from anywhere, people will choose to live in a place offering quality medical care, quality education, and quality amenities. In other words, quality of life.

The next time you encounter a doctor or nurse, a teacher, or a road crew guy out patching the street, recognize them as essential members of the team helping our region prosper.

As for me, I’ll have plenty more opportunities to show my appreciation. My left heel gets whacked in November.


Corridor staff has decided to postpone the 11th Annual Business Recognition Luncheon to spring or early summer.

In place of the luncheon, we will host a quarterly meeting, so stay tuned for more information on that event coming soon!


Corridor staff is currently working on website updates, and things will be moving around in the next few weeks. If you have questions about where to find information, please contact Alyssa Petersen by email or phone, 712-264-3474.
Featured Real Estate
Buena Vista County Office Space

Location: 202 W. 7th St.
Alta, IA 51002

Sale Price: $167,000

Square Feet: 8,832

For more information visit the Corridor website!
Around the Corridor
ILCC offering online selling class for area small businesses

With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) and the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have announced a free, hour-long webinar entitled, "Sell Online this Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools." The webinar will be held from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14th.

Okoboji announces Oct. 7 middle school ribbon cutting, tours

The Okoboji Community School District recently announced the completion of the new Okoboji Middle School in Milford. The accomplishment will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house tours from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th.

Read more about the new Middle School.
A good day for goods

October 2nd is Manufacturing Day! This celebration is hosted by the Manufacturing Institute with a mission of promoting modern manufacturing practices and jumpstart new approaches to growing the manufacturing talent pool.

Learn more about Manufacturing Day!
Dale Carnegie Course - Skills for Success

Who should attend: Professionals at all levels who wish to optimize their
                                      performance, lead with conviction and positively
                                      affect the bottom line.

Location: Historic Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, IA

Date: October 7th, 2020 (runs 8 consecutive Wednesdays)

Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (have divided this into 2 session so we can practice social distancing to keep participants safe)

Cost: $1,995 per participant includes all materials

Contact: Michaela Tamisiea
               Dale Carnegie Strategic Consultant

Learn more about the course.
Investor Spotlight
Each week we want to feature and thank the businesses and individuals that have committed to economic development and growth in our communities. To learn more about these investors and others, visit our Business Directory!
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Estherville
Description: In the summer of 1996, a group of local businessmen and farmers began to take steps to organize a community bank. Based on feedback received from area residents, farmers & businesses, the group realized the many changes and consolidations occurring within the industry were beginning to affect the local availability of quality banking services. These life-long residents of the area pulled together to establish a new community bank based on research and discussion.
Northwest Bank
Sector: Financial & Insurance Services
Location: Spencer
Description: Northwest Bank is a family-owned bank based in Spencer, and they are proud to serve a growing number of locations in Iowa and Nebraska. They are active members of the communities they serve, and their bankers make decisions locally-a commitment you can bank on.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Staffing Specialist
Cosmetology Instructor
Loan Technician
GrapeTree Medical Staffing
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