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Fort Dodge Police officer Joelyn Johnson talks to a group of Foster Grandparents Thursday morning about various scams and how to protect themselves against identity theft. She is showing the group a special wallet that protects credit cards from having their information read.

Keeping the scams away

Fort Dodge Police Officer Joelyn Johnson warned a group of Foster Grandparents attending a workshop on preventing identity theft that there is a scam that preys on people at their most vulnerable: after the loss of a loved one. The warning came during a talk that was part of Money Smart Week ...

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Bibi, a young brown Swiss heifer, looks out of the barn at the fields beyond. She is part of the grass-fed herd at Lost Lake Farm used to make milk for artisan cheese.

Not the usual dairy farm

JEWELL — Not many dairies can be found in Hamilton County these days, but the start-up Lost Lake LLC farm between Kamrar and Jewell, belonging to Kevin and Ranae Dietzel, is even more unique than its production of milk. The couple’s dairy cows are entirely grass-fed. The Dietzels are ...

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Dalton Rasch, at left, operations manager, Joel Rasch, vice-president and Landon Rasch, project supervisor pose in front of a D9 Caterpillar recently. Rasch Construction is celebrating their 70th anniversary.

Building on 70 years

A family-owned and operated Fort Dodge business will celebrate a milestone anniversary this week with an open house at its office. The open house will celebrate Rasch Construction’s 70th anniversary, which will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the company’s office, 1828 Johnson Ave., just ...

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Brent Johnson, owner of Labre Crop Consulting, takes some spring soil samples last week on his farm near Manson. Johnson said there is plenty of time for producers to get their field’s fertility checked through soil sampling.

Expert: It’s not too late for soil sampling

MANSON — Soil sampling may not be always be on a producer’s mind as they are gearing up to hit the fields, but if that still needs done it’s not too late to get those fertility levels checked. “Sometimes soil sampling isn’t always in the forefront of their thoughts,” Brent ...

Cornbelt looks back at record power transmission year

HUMBOLDT — Never Stop Getting Better was the theme for the 70th Corn Belt Power Cooperative annual meeting April 5 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. That theme reflected on events from 2016, including the construction of several large transmission ...

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Denis Schulte talks about the dynamics of a watershed during the March 28 Ag Ed Day in Manson.

Introducing students to farming

MANSON — From fish to feathers and hair balls and horns, those were just a few experiences junior high students participated in during a veterinary breakout session March 28 at Manson Northwest Webster Junior/Senior High School’s Ag Day. Terry Seehusen, Farm Bureau regional manager, ...

PRI slates soil health workshop

STANHOPE — Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the Women, Food and Agriculture Network are co-sponsoring Women Caring for the Land workshop for female landowners in and around the Squaw Creek Watershed, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Stanhope Community Center. For the past eight years, ...

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Don Nevins works on a 1969 BSA at Cycle Service. Nevins specializes in restoring classic British motorcycles like this one, for customers from all over the country.

Rare rides

One of Don Nevins’ own personal projects is a bit of an eye catcher. For one thing, it’s a Triumph Bonneville — a British-made motorcycle in an era where such things are not often seen on the road. For another thing, it’s an unusual model year. “It’s the first year of ...

Nelson tapped to lead Farm News

Kriss Nelson, of Otho, has been named Farm News news editor, Jane Curtis, Farm News managering editor announced. She will replace Larry Kershner, who is retiring from full-time journalism. “Nelson has been a staff writer for Farm News for more than 20 years,” said Kershner. “She knows ...

Four members named to serve in 2017

Friends of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge has named Joanne Kramer to serve as a board member beginning with the 2017 term. Kramer has more than 20 years of experience in consumer finance and marketing. Additionally, she accumulated thousands of volunteer hours while supporting her ...

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Bruce Long, Webster County Cattlemen’s Association president, right, visits with volunteer auctioneers Dan Vonnahme, center, and Scott Klingson, after the trophy auction at the Webster County Cattlemen’s Association banquet.

A night to visit, eat, listen, support

Nearly 200 people attended the annual meeting of the Webster County Cattlemen’s Association Monday to hear industry updates, bid on trophies for the county fair and enjoy the prime rib dinner. Bruce Long, Webster County Cattlemen’s Association board president, said the event is ...

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Dan DeWolf, bar manager, stands behind the bar inside the Hy-Vee Market Grille Express recently.

Market Grille Express now serving

A newly remodeled area inside Hy-Vee in Fort Dodge is offering customers an improved dining experience with increased food and beverage options. Within that area, a service station called the Market Grille Express, has a full menu featuring salads, entrees, burgers, breakfast items and ...

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Brian Berns gives a demonstration during Landus Cooperative’s field day in August 2016. Berns is Iowa’s 2017 Certified Crop Advisor of the Year award recipient on Feb. 27 in Ames.

Landus’ Berns earns 2017 top CCA award

AMES — Brian Berns, a field sales agronomist for Landus Cooperative’s Farnhamville and Churdan locations, was recently recognized for his extensive knowledge of the agronomy industry, his commitment to his position and for his environmental efforts outside of the job. Berns received ...

Ag organizations respond to plight of wildfire-affected farmers, ranchers

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey highlighted on Monday opportunities for Iowans to support farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by wildfires in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. More than 2,300 square miles, much of it agricultural land used for cow/calf ...

Corn Belt Power Coop to hold annual meeting

HUMBOLDT — Corn Belt Power Cooperative will hold its 70th annual meeting April 5 at the Best Western Starlite Village, Fort Dodge. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting follows at 10:30 a.m. The meeting’s theme — “Never Stop Getting Better” — will reflect on ...

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Doug Johnson, president of the Farnhamville Betterment Inc., visits with Juanita Borland and Emily Bendickson about all of the work that has been done to the building which was formerly Tony’s Steakhouse. The group has renovated the building and are on the search for a tenant to lease it in hopes of opening up a new restaurant and bar in the small Calhoun County town.

Taking the initiative

FARNHAMVILLE — A large turnout at an open house of a renovated building is proof that community members are eager to have a place to socialize and have a place to come for a meal in their small town again. The Farnhamville Betterment Inc. has purchased the former Tony’s Steakhouse ...

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Gregg Hora, president of the Webster County Pork Producers, gave a presentation Monday night on his pork trade mission trip to South Korea during the county’s annual banquet.

Talking pork, here and abroad

Building relationships with foreign marketers and establishing trust was the essence of a South Korea trade mission in February attended by Gregg Hora, president of the Webster County Pork Producer’s Association and president-elect of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Hora presented ...

Corn Belt honors longtime employees

HUMBOLDT — Ten employees of Corn Belt Power Cooperative, headquartered in Humboldt, were honored for service to the cooperative and received awards at a company event Jan. 7 in Fort Dodge. Recognized were Jerry Moritz, system electrical superintendent, 45 years; Kevin Bornhoft, vice ...

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The Flannery-Salgren family is shown here at the office, located at 912 First Ave. N.. Back row from left to right: Marge Flannery, Kathy Flannery-Salrgren, and Wayne Salgren. Marisa Hamilton is shown in front.

Keeping business in the family

In the early 1970s, the late Larry Flannery decided he wanted to do his own taxes rather than paying someone else to do them. “He said ‘I want to be fair and pay taxes, but I want to learn the business,’” Marge Flannery, Larry Flannery’s widow said. As a result, he started ...

10th Annual North Iowa Tractor Ride announced

BOONE — The 10th Annual North Iowa Tractor Ride and gathering is set for July 27-29 in Boone. The ride, anticipating about 200 tractors, will kick off at 7:20 a.m. July 28 from The Boone County Fairgrounds in Boone. Tractors will be parked on the fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m. July 27 ...