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Marker 126

Venture Award Recipient 2022Marker 126 Logo
Nominated by Prairie Energy Cooperative

Marker 126 is a new travel center that recently opened at mile marker 126 on Highway 20 near Fort Dodge. Owners Kevin and Sheila Stumpf had a vision for a travel destination that provides a high end experience for all types of travelers.

Marker 126 is a family operation, including their daughter and son. Marker 126 opened in September with an impressive slate of ever-expanding amenities. In addition to gas, diesel and offerings of a convenience store, Marker 126 houses Table 126, offering nutritious meals made from locally sourced fresh ingredients, the Brew 126 coffee shop, and a creamery serving ice cream.

Sheila designed the building, and it includes indoor and outdoor seating, a fireplace area with comfortable chairs and a loft for meetings or groups to gather while traveling. Plans are in the works for electric vehicle charging stations, a dog park and a play area for kids. Additional possibilities for the interchange include a trucker campground. Prairie Energy has worked with the Stumpfs throughout the planning and building phase. Prairie Energy, Midland Power and Corn Belt Power supported this facility through their Revolving Loan Funds.  WEBSITE

Marker 126 Exterior Marker 126 View from Loft Marker 126 Convenience Store