Dougherty is a small town located about a half hour south-southeast of Mason City. This small city has less than 100 local residents giving it a true small town feel.
While Dougherty is small, there still is a local post office, bank and a greenhouse. The main employers in town are the Co-op and a radiator repair shop.
Dougherty is part of the West Fork School district. West Fork School offers K-2 and 9th-12th in Sheffield. K-8th in Rockwell. 3 year old and 4 year old preschool is located in the Sheffield building.