Local Business

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Store Leader David Munoz knows his cigars, and can help customers of any level of smoking experience pick out a cigar to their taste pick one out of the walk-in Humidor at the Kwik Star Express, now open at Second Avenue North and 15th Street.

Kwik Star Express offers shopping options

The newest gas station and convenience store in town has something unusual to offer—a walk-in humidor stocked with a wide variety of cigars. The Kwik Star Express at the corner of Second Avenue North and 15th Street celebrated its official grand opening this week, after a soft opening ...

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Mary Haverkamp poses in the winery of her Kossuth County farm, where vinifies 13 different types of wine using grapes from her vineyard and from neighboring grape growers.

Family-owned winery ‘good size for us’

ALGONA — There’s more to a winery than grapes. “You have to be multifaceted,” said Mary Haverkamp, a Kossuth County vineyard and winery owner. “There’s the grapes in the vineyard and there’s making the wines, but there is also hosting events and getting your product out to ...

Hy-Vee’s pharmacy expands

The pharmacy at Hy-Vee has recently undergone an expansion as a way of improving its service to its customers. Opening on Jan. 1, the remodeled pharmacy, located within the food store at 115 S. 29th St., is much larger than its predecessor, according to Tim Flaherty, Hy-Vee store ...

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Besides the traditional classroom, ag education includes shop training with an emphasis on safety. Teacher Angie Charlson is at ease in either class setting.

Charlson a strong advocate for FFA

CLARION — Angie Charlson’s journey as an ag teacher and FFA advisor began when her home school in Dows did not offer a program in ag education. Today, she is in charge of the ag education program in the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows school district, and is a strong advocate for the FFA ...

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Elanco U.S. Inc. has purchased the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. plant at 800 Fifth St. N.W.

Elanco joins FD community

Another major player in the animal medicine industry arrived in Fort Dodge in January. Elanco U.S. Inc. purchased the manufacturing and research complex at 800 Fifth St. N.W. and the product lines made there from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. for $885 million. The new owner, which ...

Parent company of FD-based Misty Harbor Pontoons purchased

Kevcon Corp., parent company of Misty Harbor Pontoons, announced on Jan. 27 an asset purchase sale to The Marine Group LLC and its corporate leaders George Thomas, John Jergens and Tom Christy. Misty Harbor was founded in 1988 in Humboldt. Misty began its journey with the exclusive ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Phil DeCastro, owner of The Drill Barbershop, and Ron Hedeen, of Fort Dodge, share a laugh at the Fort Dodge shop recently.

Do you know The Drill?

Life, sports, kids and the wife are just some of the topics of conversation at The Drill Barbershop in Fort Dodge, 1302 Central Ave., No.100. The barbershop, which first opened in Gowrie in 2014 before expanding to Fort Dodge in late 2016, is a place where men can be men, ...

Sukup notes super dryer… at IPFS

DES MOINES — Sukup Manufacturing, of Sheffield, showcased its newest products at the Iowa Farm and Power Show this week. Held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, the Iowa Farm and Power Show is rated as the third largest indoor farm show with an average attendance of 18,000 to ...

Sukup introduces a zero entry grain bin design

DES MOINES — Recently Sukup Manufacturing released a new product to its commercial line that will allow for zero entry into a bin during the unloading process. Randy Marcks, material handling sales director for Sukup Manufacturing, said its new paddle sweep became available with the ...

Troy Jerman is new vice president at McClure

CLIVE — Moving people and commerce safely and efficiently is the goal of any transportation system, but an Iowa-based civil engineering firm is taking their team to the next level with a key hire in transportation. McClure Engineering Co. announced today that Troy Jerman, P.E., will join ...

Bickford Realty is on the move

Brooke Bickford is continuing a family entrepreneurial tradition. “Bickfords have been in Fort Dodge for a long time,” she said. “We’ve owned a lot of small businesses. My grandfather owned Coney Island Haven. My mom owns The Bookworm and Videos. We are a family of small-business ...

Natural livestock meds

AMES — It’s not a case of the old becoming new again, rather than relearning what was once known. That was the case Saturday morning when Susan Beal, a Pennsylvania veterinarian presented in Ames on what was in her natural medicine chest for livestock. She spoke during the second day ...

Trombino becomes McClure Engineering president

Paul Trombino, the former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, is now the president of McClure Engineering Co. Trombino replaces former Fort Dodge Mayor Terry Lutz, who will remain with the company as chief executive officer and chairman of the board. The new president will ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Derek Eaton, owner of All Out Snow Removal, adds some salt to a hopper on the back of his pickup truck recently. Eaton and his crew of six offer commerical and residential snow removal services in Webster County.

All Out Snow Removal is ready to plow

When the next snowstorm rolls through Webster County, chances are Derek Eaton and his crew will be out in full force plowing snow for both commercial and residential property owners. Eaton, originally from Des Moines, owns and operates All Out Snow Removal, a business he started in ...

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Although U.S. farmers harvested their third consecutive record yield last fall, demand is also at a record high. According to USDA’s Jan. 12 stocks report, ending stocks on the huge supply is starting to come down, which has spurred the market’s future prices upward.

DTN: Corn, bean markets sluggish

Market reaction to the USDA’s final 2016 production numbers and December quarterly stocks report, issued Jan. 12, has been neutral in corn, and neutral to bullish on the soybean side, according to Darin Newsom, senior marketing analyst for DTN. Newsom said there were “lots of ...

Hy-Vee launches ‘ugly’ produce to address food waste

WEST DES MOINES — To further combat the nation’s food waste issue, Hy-Vee Inc. recently began offering so-called “ugly” produce in nearly all of its 242 grocery stores. “Ugly” produce is cosmetically challenged fruits and vegetables that would traditionally go unsold due to the ...

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Cory Bargfrede, The Messenger’s advertising director, left, and Dennis Plautz, chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, look over the new edition of “All About Greater Fort Dodge” in the Alliance’s downtown offices.

‘All About Greater Fort Dodge’ debuts

Ensuring that there is a prosperous future for Fort Dodge and Webster County is at the heart of the mission of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. Convincing companies that locating in the Fort Dodge area is the right option is a key part of that effort. Also part of the Grwoth ...

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Instructor Roy Kraft, right, discusses a beehive tray with, from left, Kyle Welander and his daughter Raegan Welander, both of Rockwell City; and David Welander, of Pomeroy. The elder Welander has been keeping bees for four years. His granddaughter Raegan said she wants to start beekeeping as an FFA supervised agricultural experience project.

Apriary 101

FORT DODGE — Roy Kraft could fill a book with mistakes made by first-year beekeepers. And if his stories can’t fill it, the speakers on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 will. About three dozen people attended the first of four beginning beekeeping classes on Jan. 7 at the Webster County Extension ...

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Dr. Amy Seehusen, left, poses with her father Dr. Jim Knight at their office, 1800 Floral Ave. recently. Seehusen joined her father's practice in July 2016.

Dr. Amy Seehusen joins family business

As a third-generation dentist, Dr. Amy Seehusen visits patients that not only her father, Dr. Jim Knight has seen, but also patients that her grandfather, the late Dr. Bob Knight, saw when he practiced in Fort Dodge. “I still see patients who saw my grandpa and had dental work done by ...

Boone River project gets more funding

CLARION — In order to make $1.89 million in improved water quality projects within the Boone River Watershed, the project area was approved in mid-December for $1 million in cost-share funding. The announcement was made from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and is ...