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The Wellness Project

The first time Colleen Peace entered a crossfit gym, she couldn’t do one pushup. “I was overweight and out of shape,” said Peace, who was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the time. “I actually cried in the parking lot and did not go in right away. The trainer came out and ...

Keeping soil, yields and income healthy

OKOBOJI — Since the 1800s, Iowa has lost between 30 and 70 percent of its original soil organic matter. That’s according to Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University professor of agronomy and ISU Extension soil and water specialist, who spoke at the Okoboji Crop Advantage conference ...

Prepare for spring with this 7-step tire checklist

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com DES MOINES— How much can delayed planting cost? Up to $570 per hour, when lost time, reduced efficiency, potentially lower yields and other issues are factored into the equation, according to Firestone Ag. Don’t let tire problems become ...

New owners, same name

Two longtime funeral directors recently took ownership of a funeral home that has been a part of Fort Dodge for more than 70 years. Historic Bruce Funeral Home, 923 First Ave. S., was purchased by Jayme Lentz and Jamie Brundage on Jan. 1. Lentz, who also owns Lentz Funeral Home in ...

Wire and pliers are handy in space, on the farm

DES MOINES — What’s it like to be in orbit with the International Space Station and take a spacewalk? Stargazing is amazing. Seeing different colored soils on the earth’s farming regions is spectacular. But bringing some practical farm know-how along for the ride is also essential. ...

Iowa egg farmers donate thousands of dozens to Food Bank of Iowa

DES MOINES — The Iowa Egg Council and Fareway Stores, Inc., delivered a full truckload of eggs to the Food Bank of Iowa on Jan. 30 for distribution to every food bank serving Iowa. In addition, three Iowa egg producers — Sparboe Foods, Rose Acre Farms and Versova — went above and beyond ...

Stewart Memorial partners with Lake City for ‘This Is Home’ project

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital has entered a partnership with the City of Lake City to bring community members, businesses, and financial sponsors together in support of residents in need of help. The program is called This Is Home. The goal of This Is Home is to have a ...

MidAmerican settles in

More than 60 employees of MidAmerican Energy Co. have settled into a modern and spacious facility recently constructed in the Decker Development Park on the east side of Fort Dodge. It is the first new facility built under the MidAmerican Energy name. The new customer office and service ...

Managing stress in an era of ag uncertainity

Editor’s note, this is the second of a two-part series of articles that will discuss issues related to farm stress and information and resources that are available. When it comes to managing stress in an era of ag uncertainty, Dr. Mike Rosmann, a farmer/psychologist from Harlan gave some ...

‘His time wasn’t wasted on me’

In the early 2000s, Chef Ira Shivers wasn’t crafting specialty burgers and cooking signature breakfast foods in the kitchen at TC Mae’s Family Diner. Shivers, of Fort Dodge, was serving time in federal prison. “I sold drugs, got indicted, and went to prison,” Shivers said. But ...

Managing stress in an era of ag uncertainty

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series of articles that will discuss issues related to farm stress and information and resources that are available. “We are going through some difficult times on the farm.” Dr. Mike Rosmann, a farmer/psychologist from Harlan, spoke those ...

Women in Denim Conference to be held next week

STORM LAKE — The annual Women in Denim Conference, which supports women in agriculture and those who enjoy the rural way of life, will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at the Buena Vista University Forum in Storm Lake. The 14th annual event “is really for anyone,” according to Gretchen Miller, ...

THE FISH ROOM ON THE MOVE

The Fish Room has found a new home inside Crossroads Mall, 217 S 25th St. The two-year-old pet business moved from Central Avenue to the mall on Jan. 8. It occupies the space formerly held by Glik’s, a retail clothing chain. “We have been working like crazy,” Owner Tom Bethke ...

Hy-Vee Pharmacies implement a new prescription policy

WEST DES MOINES — To assist in combatting the national opioid epidemic Hy-Vee, Inc. has announced the implementation of a new controlled substance prescription policy. As of Jan. 1, Hy-Vee pharmacies no longer allow a subsequent fill of a Schedule II controlled substance, or a refill of a ...

Invisible assets

JEFFERSON—If there were a “Mysteries at the Museum” series geared towards agriculture, this item would be ideal to lead in a segment. It’s hollow, it’s made of clay, it contains a message from the past, and it was buried in the ground for decades. It’s a unique clay drainage ...

Security Savings Bank announces advisory board members

Security Savings Bank recently announced the following new members have been appointed to the advisory board. They are: Andrew Wagner, of Eagle Pharmacy; Blake Sadler, of Sadler Construction; Tara Behrendsen, of Rotary Senior Living; Mysty Shaver, of Eagle Grove Family Dentistry; and ...

CENTER X

HUMBOLDT — Center X Archery has found its mark in downtown Humboldt. The archery store and shooting range opened at 632 Sumner Ave. on Dec. 1. Steve Reese, of Fort Dodge, and Ross Kunert, of Humboldt, are the owners. They came up with the business idea, in part, because they wanted a ...

Family farm is a Heritage Farm

MANSON — The sixth generation of the Walstrom family is preparing to step up to take over the family farm as the prior generation gets ready to step down this year. It’s quite the responsibility, considering the fact the farm is now 150 years old. “I consider myself lucky,” said ...

IDALS works to prepare for potential African swine fever outbreak

The ongoing spread of African swine fever has experts concerned about the long-term damage it could cause to agriculture. Preparations are being made in the event the spread becomes a full-fledged outbreak. African swine fever was first detected in Kenya in 1921. The disease is spread among ...