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Sales staff Michele McKinney, left, and Amy Wold look over a new Stihl chainsaw at the recently opened Hardware Hank affilitated Iowa Outdoors Hardware and Rental. They are located at Third Avenue Northwest and U.S. Highway 169 in Fort Dodge.

Hardware Hank is new to FD

A construction worker walked into the newly opened Hardware Hank affiliated Iowa Outdoors Hardware and Rental Thursday afternoon at Third Avenue Northwest and U.S. Highway 169 still wearing his hard hat and dressed for being outside. “Do you have any steel drill bits?” he asked. Aaron ...

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“If I’d had FarmHer when I was younger, I would have found my voice much sooner,” said Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer, who visited with attendees at the Grow by FarmHer event in Ames on Nov. 6. Guyler-Alaniz will discuss “Shining a Light on Women in Agriculture” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Farm News Ag Show in Fort Dodge.

Finding your fight song

AMES — What do you do if you’re scared of failure? It’s a common question Marji Guyler-Alaniz hears from young women, and she answers with some of her favorite lyrics from “Fight Song.” “Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves into motion,” quoted Guyler-Alaniz, founder ...

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JOE BORMANN operates the Krause Gladiator strip till machine with a 9-ton Montag tank during a strip-till, vertical-till, cover crop and waterway design field day held on his family’s farm near Algona last week.

Bormanns hold conservation tillage field day

ALGONA — Self-described “ordinary guys trying to do a better job farming” hosted a field day Nov. 8 to nearly 70 farmers and agribusiness professionals, showcasing their operation. Brothers Matt and Joe Bormann, and their father, Mark Bormann, farm near the LuVerne and Algona area in ...

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John Mikos, owner of Mikos and Matt Furniture, left, stands with his son, Justin Mikos, store manager, inside the remodeled building recently.

Mikos and Matt reopens

Mikos and Matt Furniture has reopened its store after the roof was partially ripped off the building during a devastating storm that struck Fort Dodge about six months ago. The storm swept through the area on May 16. It caused significant damage to the interior of the family operated ...

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Greg Berry oversees work in the quarry while behind him, a power jackhammer breaks up some of the larger rock to be transported. This quarry is nearing the end of its life and National Gypsum is starting a new quarry across the street.

National Gypsum is digging new quarry

In a few more years, the rock in National Gypsum’s quarry northeast of Fort Dodge will be gone. Today the company is hard at work digging a new pit, just across the road, where it will continue mining one of the area’s most important natural resources for years to come. The old ...

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Johnnie Kennell feeds Billy an apple. Billy is a 1,900-pound 4-year-old Plains bison bull, which is anticipated to grow up to 2,700 pounds at full size.

Bison are gracing Iowa’s landscape once again

VAN METER — Bison are known as the largest hooved mammal in North America. These large animals once used to be a very prominent part of the continent and even throughout Iowa. According to the Polk County Conservation website, the largest concentrations of bison were in northwestern and ...

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A Pinch of Love Cafe owners Angie Reiter, left, and Crystal Mikesell-Lowrey, pose with one of their daily specials, a chili cheesburger, recently. The two recently opened the cafe, which is entire family-run.

A Pinch of Love

Two sisters with a passion for cooking have teamed up to open Fort Dodge’s newest cafe. A Pinch of Love Cafe, located at 850 S. 18th St., opened just over two weeks ago. Sisters Crystal Mikesell-Lowrey and Angie Reiter opened the restaurant after a lifelong passion of cooking. A late ...

Fareway round up supports Variety — the Children’s Charity

DES MOINES — Fareway Stores, Inc. recently conducted a round up at the register to support Variety — the Children’s Charity. Donations were collected from Monday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 21 in all Fareway locations, with total donations reaching $57,067.99 during the three-week ...

2017 Farm News Ag Show planned

Farm News is hosting its 16th annual Ag Show from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge. This location formerly housed Smithway Motor Xpress on the east side of Fort Dodge. More than ...

Reading rewards

LAKE CITY — The things a child needs to flourish are basic but non-negotiable. Food. Shelter. Love. The gift of reading. Just ask Janelle Nesbitt, who brought her 15-month old grandson, Ace Magnani, to the Lake City Public Library for story time recently. “Ace loves books about ...

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This artist perspective shows what the future of Humboldt Community Memorial Hospital may look like once it launches the construction phase of the multimillion dollar project.

Preparing for the future

HUMBOLDT — A major expansion plan to guarantee a bright future for Humboldt County Memorial Hospital is on track to become a reality. The hospital has gained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a 40-year, fixed-rate loan to support a major building project that could begin ...

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Jason Folsom is a contract finisher raising hogs near Rockwell City and Jolley in Calhoun County.

Five reasons why pigs are good for Iowa

ROCKWELL CITY — When Jason Folsom travels across rural Iowa, one thing is clear. The areas with livestock production tend to have more young farmers and more vibrant rural communities. “Almost all the successful young farmers I meet have livestock,” said Folsom, 36, a contract ...

Hy-Vee honors Fort Dodge employees for service milestones

More than 2,500 Hy-Vee Inc. employees will be honored this month for their years of providing helpful smiles and dedication to the company. Each year, employees from across Hy-Vee’s eight-state region gather together at a series of Service Award celebrations, which recognizes employees’ ...

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Shimkat Motors co-owners Bruce Shimkat, at left, Bill Shimkat and Ed Shimkat Jr. pose with a brand new Dodge Ram 1500 ProMaster in their showroom recently as general sales manager T.J. Pingle looks on from behind. Shimkat has recently started selling the Ram commercial vehicles and have added a special service bay and hoist larger than standard sized trucks.

Shimkat expands its offerings

There’s an important change at Fort Dodge’s oldest automobile dealership. For the first time in its 70-year history, Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S., is now selling and servicing commercial trucks. “Starting in September we acquired the Business Link franchise for Chrysler’s ...

Grid Iron in Webster City serves up top tenderloin

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City restaurant has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge, owned by Burke Risetter, was judged to have the very best tenderloin in the ...

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Prior to the evening meal, attendees of the Farm to Fork dinner served at Cafe Mir in Fertile, enjoyed an outdoor social hour on a Sunday afternoon.

Fresh food from the farm

FERTILE — The menu started with an outdoor social hour of hummus and crudites along with wine. Once inside, the meal began with a salad of mixed local greens, followed by the entree of slow-roasted Mangalitsa pork with Mojo De Ajo and fresh herbs. The sides were roasted beets with ...

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Wind Operations Supervisor Bill Nobisch explains wind power during an October 2014 tour of the Lundgren Wind project, part of
MidAmerican’s Wind 8 initiative.
MidAmerican is now bringing more turbines to Iowa with a Wind XI 
project, and retrofitting old turbines
to make them more powerful.

An upgrade is in the wind

Iowa is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to pulling electricity out of thin air. But wind turbines don’t last forever. MidAmerican Energy has announced it will upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and what it projects to be cost ...

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Jeremiah Schlegel, left, visits with Melissa Thompson at the Fort and Schlegel office recently. The firm has been in business for over 30 years under the name Fort and Co.

Fort and Schlegel agency is expanding

For more than 30 years Michael Fort has been helping small businesses navigate the regulations, rules and requirements through his financial planning agency. Now Fort is joined by his new partner, Jeremiah Schlegel, as the agency continues to grow. The name of the firm is now Fort and ...

Elanco employees give back to community

More than 260 employee volunteers of Elanco Animal Health in Fort Dodge worked every day from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29 to help six community service organizations. The effort was in honor of the company’s 2017 Global Day of Service on Sept. 28. The 266 local employees spent 432 hours assisting ...

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, left, speaks with Backcountry Winery owner Amber Gable and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg,  at Backcountry Winery. Reynolds visited the small business in honor of Manufacturing/Industry Day. Backcountry Winery was established in 2014 by the Gables. The winery now boasts a tasting room, production area and loft for special occasions like weddings and showers.

Reynolds, Gregg tour area ag facilities

STRATFORD — A Stratford winery caught the attention of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds during the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Last week, Reynolds had a chance to see the Backcountry Winery in action. The winery is owned and operated by Amber and Preston Gable and was started in 2014. Backcountry Winery ...