Local Business

Hiway Truck Equipment expands

Big things are underway at Hiway Truck Equipment, 2246 First Ave. S. “We’re basically doubling our shop space,” said Brian Forsythe who has co-owned the enterprise with his wife Kathy Forsythe since 1998. “The existing shop floor was 50 feet by 75 feet. The new addition will be 65 ...

First State Bank is undertaking a major expansion in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — The 500 block of Second Street has been buzzing with activity as a longtime Webster City business begins the process of expanding its presence in the community. First State Bank will expand their offices to the west with a two-story addition to provide more office space ...

‘We’re taking on water fast’

DES MOINES — National Pork Producers Council officials said they’re not done fighting yet, although they feel beaten up from recent trade disputes, during a kickoff event to the 30th annual World Pork Expo last week. Trade and tariffs were among the biggest topics discussed during a ...

Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites receives award

The Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge has received the Best Western Hotels & Resorts Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. This award recognizes Best Western Hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of the more than 2,100 North American properties in ...

Access Systems named to CRN 2018 Solution Provider 500 list

Access Systems has announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Access Systems to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by ...

Misty Harbor Boats is booming

“There are big things going on,” said John Jergens, president of Fort Dodge-based Misty Harbor Boats, headquartered at 228 Kenyon Road West. The company he co-owns with Tom Christy, vice president, and George Thomas, an Elkhart, Indiana, entrepreneur, is expanding fast and poised to ...

Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy turns 5

BOONE — Five years ago, May 29, 2013, marked the beginning of efforts to help reduce nutrient loss in both agricultural and urban areas when the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was finalized. Last week, producers, agricultural leaders, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Gov. Kim ...

Access Systems is thriving in Fort Dodge

The local office of Access Systems has a new home in the heart of downtown Fort Dodge. In January, a move took place to an expansive, renovated venue at 706 Central Ave. — across the street from the Webster County Courthouse and The Messenger. The office was previously at 15 N. 10th ...

Dust busters: Trees, technology help Iowa Select Farms control odors

WILLIAMS — What if odor from swine confinement barns could be reduced by 65 percent or more? It’s possible with trees and technology, according to Iowa Select Farms, which is incorporating evergreens and innovative electrostatic fencing at its new 4,800-head Hale Finisher Farm near ...

Power of Produce clubs: Making fruits and vegetables fun for kids

ROCK RAPIDS—What would the world look like if children ate all their fruits and vegetables? And what if they found it fun to do, so they were in that habit? That’s the goal for a new club formed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach called, “Power of Produce,” or ‘PoP.’ ...

Hamilton Redi-Mix makes use of new tax law

JEFFERSON — Hamilton Redi-Mix employees received something extra in their paychecks recently: the first of three installments of a bonus — made possible by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 — more commonly known as the Trump Tax Plan. Joining many Fortune 500 companies in ...

Growing with FD

Fifteen years ago this month, Wayne Crimmins became the owner of Mark’s Auto Mart, 2100 Fifth Ave. S. As the local economy has boomed, so too has this popular vendor of pre-owned vehicles. “The last five or six years our business has gone steadily uphill,” Crimmins said. He said an ...

Stanhope Locker has new owners with big plans

STANHOPE — The new owners of the venerable Stanhope Locker have lots of plans for the business that has been a mainstay in the community since 1946. For Wes and Shaunna Zanker, they see it as an opportunity to “bring the reputation of the business back to what it used to be, to put ...

Fourth graders get an education on agriculture and conservation

POCAHONTAS — Fourth-graders from Pocahontas County took to an outdoor classroom last week for the Agriculture and Conservation Day held at the Pocahontas County Fairgrounds. Lisa Zeman, county youth coordinator for Pocahontas County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said ...

The Truck Doctors handles big vehicles

Troy Waller has opened a new business on Fort Dodge’s booming Corridor of Commerce In early April, he launched The Truck Doctors at 3375 Fifth Ave. S. “We’re focusing on semis and RVs,” Waller said. “Major stuff. Fabrication work. It’s pretty much body work. With the RVs, ...

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota earns President’s Award

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, 2753 Fifth Ave. S., was recently presented with the prestigious President’s Award from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. The award is presented annually to Toyota dealerships that exhibit stellar work ethic. The President’s Award pays homage to Toyota dealerships ...

Spring weather continues to bring planting woes

The 2018 planting season varies greatly across the state, with some producers completing their corn planting while others haven’t even begun to turn a wheel. Paul Kassel, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist — who serves counties in northwest Iowa including Buena ...

Community and Family Resources celebrates 50 years of service

Throughout 2018, Community and Family Resources will be celebrating a half century of providing specialized services to help clients with substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health issues across the state. Through open houses in each of eight counties where programs and services are ...

The Big Picture

Pam Johnson has opened The Big Picture in the heart of downtown Fort Dodge at 704 Central Ave. She said she hopes her store will help further the renaissance that is turning the city's historic central business district into in increasingly popular shopping venue. Johnson’s shop was ...

Hatch day

WEBSTER CITY — Sitting off to one side in a quiet corner of the packing and shipping room at McMurray Hatchery is a plastic bin with about two dozen freshly hatched chicks in it. There’s a good variety in the bin, some yellow, some black, some with fuzzy legs, some without fuzzy legs, ...