Local Business

A trip to Timbukbru

CLARION — A group of friends who worked together at Hagie Manufacturing decided one day that they wanted to experiment with a new kind of business — a brewery. “The six of us love craft beer and one of us brewed at home, so we just figured, ‘what the heck,’” Willie Lancaster ...

Managing grain bins key to success in 2018

EMMETSBURG — With low prices and on-farm bins that await a new year’s crop, grain management will be as important as ever this year, according to one expert. Kris Kohl, Iowa State University Extension field engineer, said natural corn dry-down can be estimated at four points per week ...

More room for the big stuff

Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co., 1303 Third Ave. NW, has expanded its shop space to allow its technicians to work inside on the massive excavators, payloaders and other heavy duty equipment it rents, according to Bruce Stover, branch manager. The John Deere equipment is used throughout a ...

Iowa Central will host Career Day on Oct. 25

On Oct. 25, approximately 1,600 area high school students will attend the annual Career Day hosted at Iowa Central Community College. The theme of this year’s Career Day is “The Game of Life.” The event is designed to be an interactive day for students to learn more about the ...

Out of the classroom, into the field

VINCENT — To help freshmen and sophomore agricultural students gain some experience outside of the classroom and explore professional opportunities, an ag career day was held last week at Winfield United’s national headquarters in Vincent. The career day was a combined effort between ...

New Age Media Productions moves

New Age Media Productions has moved from downtown Fort Dodge to the Crossroads Mall near Riddle’s Jewelry. Joel Johnson, who co-owns the business with his wife, Alisha Johnson, said the move will improve community awareness of the multitude of specialized options the enterprise has to ...

New dog boarding facility to welcome your canine kin

WEBSTER CITY — Justis and Easton Burgin are the newly married co-owners of The Paw Print Pad LLC, which is a new business in Webster City that aims to help owners pamper their pooch. Located at 2600 Aldrich Drive, behind the AmericInn, Justis Burgin runs the day-to-day ...

Northwest Bank breaks ground on new Administrative Center

SPENCER — With the symbolic first cut of the spade, Northwest Bank marked the official start of construction of its new Administration Center in Spencer. The construction of this new 35,000 square foot facility is being built by Jensen Builders LTD., Fort Dodge. “Northwest Bank has ...

Coming home to provide care

In rural America, there is a pattern of talented young people heading off to college and then choosing to pursue careers far from the towns and farms where they grew up. Some, however, do come home. That’s the case with two health care professionals who are new members of the team at Fort ...

Be aware of stalk and grain quality issues

Mother Nature has packed quite the punch for the 2018 growing season and because of that, growers are still dealing with the consequences. Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist, is warning producers to be on the lookout for several late-season issues affecting ...

Solar solutions

LAKE CITY — When Dwight Dial’s local electric utility raised his rates from residential to commercial a year and a half ago, he’d had enough. “My electric rates nearly doubled,” said Dial, who farms near Lake City in an area that’s served by MidAmerican Energy rather than a ...

Jewell is an off the beaten path gem

JEWELL — Do you need help finding inspiration for home decor? Or is there just one unique piece that will really make your house a home? You may find them in Jewell, the small Hamilton County town nestled on either side of U.S. Highway 69 near that county’s border with Story ...

Terry Allers elected NCARB vice president/president-elect

DETROIT—Terry L. Allers, NCARB, AIA, of Fort Dodge, was elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards at its 99th Annual Business Meeting. By virtue of his election, Allers will become president in July 2019. “It’s an exciting ...

Will conditions improve in time for harvest?

Recent heavy rains that have moved through a large portion of the Midwest over the past couple of weeks have many producers wondering what type of field conditions they will be facing when harvest begins. Bryce Anderson, DTN senior ag meteorologist, said last week that he thinks conditions ...

Segnar named CEO at WCF, succeeds Mourlam

WEBSTER CITY — WCF Bancorp, parent of WCF Financial Bank, has announced that Michael Segner has been named chief executive officer of WCF Bancorp and WCF Financial Bank. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Segner replaces retiring CEO Steve Mourlam. “Mike is the ...

ISA board elects officers for 2018-19

ANKENY — Iowa soybean farmers were elected to state and national leadership positions at the September meeting of the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors. Those tabbed to serve as ISA officers were: Tim Bardole, Rippey – president-elect; Robb Ewoldt, Davenport – treasurer; Dave ...

Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas opens

Two well-known cooks with a long history of preparing tasty steaks and prime rib have reunited at Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas, 140 S. 25th St. This latest addition to Fort Dodge’s blossoming restaurant world is owned by Alfonso Galvan, who also owns Lomitas Mexican Restaurant 2223 ...

Just press play

BOONE—Look at that tractor. Now look again. Yes, there’s no one sitting in the driver’s seat as it rolls along. An Iowa tech company made Farm Progress Show history with its autonomous tractor demonstration on August 28—an event that attracted national media attention and offered a ...