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On The Road: Dodge Center


When it comes to Dodge Center, one name--McNeilus--always comes to mind.

That name is seen on both a steel and trucking company in the city, with the latter being the city's largest business by far. However, there are many things to do in this tranquil town that don't involve the industry.

Dodge Center's wet and wild Natalie Webb Aquatic Center is a relatively new addition to the community. It opened to the public in 2009, and since then it's been an oasis for Dodge County during hot summer days.

"A lot of people just enjoy having time here," said aquatic center lifeguard Shania Wojtowicz. "With the different slides that we have and the diving boards, they just have a blast."

For those who want to stay active while staying dry, you can trade your trunks for tees at the Dodge Country Club. Golfers both casual and competitive have hit the links here for nearly a half a century.

Local native Jeremy Otterbein runs the course, and has worked to make it a course by and for the community.    

"I want them to enjoy their day," said Otterbein. "Have a good 18 holes of golf, come in, have a soda, have a beer, do whatever, and just enjoy the day."

All those afternoon activities can work up an appetite, and for that Pure Country Family Dining has you covered. The restaurant carries on a tradition of cafes at their Main Street location that dates back to at least the 1950s.

While Pure Country has only been open for a year and change, they already take pride in treating their diners like family.

"They come every day. I just like knowing their names and having stuff ready for them," said manager Chelsea Brown. "I see them in their car and have their table all ready before they even sit down."

Our last stop, the Dodge County Veteran's Memorial, is the newest and most somber stop on the list. Dedicated this Memorial day and funded by community donations over the course of two years, the memorial is considered a landmark for Dodge Center and its veterans.

"I think they're very touched by it," said American Legion Post 384 Commander George Gunderson, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. Like I said before, it's kind of like we're finally getting a welcome."

From remembering those before us, to refreshing yourself in the pool or on the links, Dodge Center is out to show there's more to the town than trucks and steel.

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