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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 ...

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Bruce Voigts displays and explains a cover crops visual tool he designed, after planting and harvesting two cereal rye plants. The display is to show the root mass cover crops provide for soil erosion control and biolife diversity.

Farm boy heads for other pastures

CLARION — As of Dec. 31, 2016, Bruce Voigts is no longer Wright and Hamilton counties’ “go to” guy for watershed improvement practices. Voigts, a watershed coordinator for the Soil & Water Conservation District offices in both counties, retired on the last day of 2016. He ended ...

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Paresh Bhatt, at right, who owns what will soon be named the Baymont Inn & Suites, and Whitney Faulkner, hotel manager, hold up a banner that will be used to help rebrand the property as the Baymont Inn & Suites. The hotel is at 2938 Fifth Ave. S. on the city’s Corridor of Commerce.

There’s a change coming

There will be a new hotel brand on Fort Dodge’s booming Corridor of Commerce as of Tuesday. Comfort Inn, 2938 Fifth Ave. S., is being renamed Baymont Inn & Suites. “We are part of the Choice Hotel Group right now,” said Paresh Bhatt, who owns the hotel. “We are going to Wyndham ...

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Long-term soil compaction, and its impacts, are on farmers’ minds whose fields were ­crossed by the Dakota Access pipeline this year.

Post-pipeline aftermath

The Dakota Access Pipeline has encouraged several phone calls to the Extension office for advice on how to help the land recover after the project is complete. While this is the first project in my 28 years with ISU Extension that has affected so many different fields in this area, ...

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Helicopters were used for faster installation of a new transmission line that spans approximately 120 miles through northwest Iowa, according to Ashton Hockman, media relations representative for MidAmerican Energy Co. She said the high-voltage transmission line installed by MidAmerican Energy Co. will deliver more energy to Fort Dodge.

Energy grid is being enhanced

A new high-voltage transmission line that will result in a smarter and more reliable energy grid in an area that includes Webster County has been successfully installed by MidAmerican Energy Co., according to Ashton Hockman, media relations representative. The line will have the capability to ...

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Richard and Marsha Adams pose by the red barn, one of two 100-year-old-plus barns on their farm.

Farm has two century-old barns

STRATFORD — Two barns, almost a century old, stand on their original foundations on the Richard and Marsha Adams family farm in Stratford, Hamilton County. The Adams’ barns have gone through major renovations over the years, yet retain their historical features of heavy, wooden beams, log ...

The Chocolate Season receives SBDC award

ALGONA — America’s SBDC Iowa is has announced that Erika Jensen, owner of The Chocolate Season in Algona, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month Award. “Erika has shown determination and dedication in starting and developing her business from an online business in ...

IADG recognizes Concrete Machinery

PATON — The Iowa Area Development Group, on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, honored seven Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric ...

EMT and CMA training to be offered in 2017

Iowa Specialty Hospital will again offer Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nursing Assistant raining through Wright Health Partners Health Careers Academy starting in January 2017. Both classes will be held at Iowa Specialty Hospital’s Belmond Campus. EMT classes will be held ...

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Emma Bennitt, manager of Kay Jewelers in Fort Dodge, shows off the Ever Us ring at the newly opened store.

Ready for the holiday, and beyond

Kay Jewelers is up and running on the Corridor of Commerce in Fort Dodge — an area that continues to display steady growth. The store, located at 2615 Fifth Ave. S, made its debut in time for the holiday season on Nov. 11, according to Emma Bennitt, store manager. Bennitt transferred ...

Norman Thoel, from Manson, shows some hand-written documents related to his family’s Heritage Farm, including a contract detailing the specifications of a new house that was built for $500 in 1869 on the family’s Lincoln Township farm in Calhoun County.

Going west as far as Iowa

MANSON — While 1862 is remembered for some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, this was also the year when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law to encourage western migration and settlement. It was an offer John Wise and his family couldn’t refuse. “They ...

Northwest Bank is SBA’s 2016 top lender

Northwest Bank has been recognized as SBA Top Lender for 2016. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Iowa District Office has announced the winners of its top lender awards in Iowa for Fiscal Year 2016. Northwest Bank was recognized as SBA’s Top 504 Third Party Lender for a total of ...

SMCH earns 2017 Women’s Choice Award

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital recently earned the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This places SMCH among the top 15 percent of hospitals considered the best in which to have a baby. Approximately 400 hospitals nationwide met ...

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Tony Avdiu, owner of Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, displays a plate of chicken scarparelli, one of the more popular items on the menu at the newly opened restaurant in Fort Dodge.

Tony Avdiu opens Napoli’s in FD

Tony Avdiu, owner of Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, has brought his family recipes from Spencer to Fort Dodge. Avdiu, who has Italian roots, said Fort Dodge needed a restaurant like Napoli’s. “I like Fort Dodge,” he said. “I have been looking at a restaurant in Fort Dodge for a long ...