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Justina Sheehan, owner and groomer of Wag Swag Dog Grooming, prepares to groom Chaz, a Yorkshire terrier, at her business along Central Avenue, recently.

Wag Swag makes dogs look great

If you happen to be in downtown Fort Dodge, you just might witness some mighty fine looking canines being escorted by their proud owners. Wag Swag, a dog-grooming business owned and operated by Justina Sheehan, now occupies a spacious new location at 817 Central Ave. Sheehan’s ...

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More than 300 exhibitors make up a part of the 2018 Iowa Pork Congress. Other highlights of the show are training sessions, social events and youth activities.

Iowa Pork Producers Association announces 2018 Iowa Pork Congress

DES MOINES — The Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be held on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference will feature nine new seminars, a keynote address, 300 exhibitors, ...

Weather events have been making springs more difficult for producers because of variable weather patterns. The growing season also appears to be getting longer and more rainfall events have been occuring. These issues are making it appear that our growing seasons are changing.

Is our growing season changing?

OKOBOJI — Producers are noticing it. There are more “extreme weather” events, springs are more difficult because of variable weather patterns, the growing season appears to be getting longer, and more large rainfall events have been occurring. And the new term, “micro-climate,” ...

Great Western Bancorp unveils minimum wage hike, bonuses in wake of tax reform

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Great Western Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Great Western Bank announced investments last week in its employees and community reinvestment as a result of the tax reform package. The investments include: • Raising the minimum wage to $15; • A special one-time ...

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Fort Dodge Pizza Hut manager Jeaannie McKinney holds a sign for their new Express Lunch in the dining area of their new location at 2516 Fifth Ave. S.

Fort Dodge Pizza Hut changes location

The city’s Corridor of Commerce has welcomed a new incarnation of one of the booming thoroughfare’s longtime businesses. Pizza Hut has moved from 2940 Fifth Ave. S. to a new home at 2516 Fifth Ave. S., a short distance west of its former location. The popular restaurant began ...

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Al Hermerson shows his invention, the Finish Line Sweep. Developed two years ago, Hermerson said it is in the research and development stage but showing results out in the field by helping to fracture the horizontal density layer and helping to create a vertical relief pattern in the soil.

Gilmore City man’s invention becomes reality

GILMORE CITY — An idea that popped into a Gilmore City farmer’s head while driving by an airport in California has turned into a reality. Through that vision, the Finish Line Sweep was designed. “That’s the strangest part of the whole story,” said Al Hemerson. “I noticed the ...

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Lynn Pedersen, branch manager at the Fort Dodge QPS Employment Group, poses in her office recently.

QPS Employment Group needs more workers

As the economy booms across the nation, employers are having difficulty finding the well-qualified workers they need to staff growing businesses. In response to the difficulty it is having in recruiting employees, Wisconsin-based QPS Employment Group Inc., which is an employment agency, has ...

The corn visionary

DES MOINES — Ever heard of Walter Goeppinger? Even if the Boone-area farmer’s name doesn’t sound familiar, organizations like Iowa Corn, the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council that impact thousands of lives daily in Iowa and around the globe are a direct legacy ...

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Former Industry Marketing Solutions owner Steve Scanlan, right, poses in their Boston Center offices with new owner Randy Green who will now call the business RDG Media, Inc.

Green acquires Industry Marketing Solutions

Industry Marketing Solutions, the Fort Dodge-based publishing company Steve Scanlan launched in 2003, has been purchased by Randy Green and renamed RDG Media Inc. The transition to new ownership took place in late October. The company will remain in Fort Dodge at the Boston Centre location ...

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The Haselhuhn family has been constructing art from bales of hay for about five years now. This year’s masterpiece is a 9260 RX John Deere tractor.

What the hay?

HUMBOLDT — Drive 4 miles east along Iowa Highway 3 out of Humboldt, look to the north and there’s one thing that stands out on the landscape this time of year —amazing, eye-catching hay bale art. It’s a tradition that has been maintained about five years now, thanks to the Haselhuhn ...

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The new Dollar General store, located on the north side of Dayton, is now open for business.

In Dayton, a Dollar General opens

DAYTON — Shopping options just got more extensive in Dayton. This small Webster County town now has a brand new Dollar General store located at 403 Third St. NW. Saturday the new addition to the Dayton business community welcomed customers by holding a festive grand opening that featured ...

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John Miles, who handles operations for Rosedale Water Store, and owner Jana Riley pose next to the store’s sign. The Rosedale Water Store and Rosedale Water Company are expected to open in mid-January in Fort Dodge.

Rosedale Water Store to open in Fort Dodge

A new water company is coming to Fort Dodge and will take up occupancy in a historic building in downtown Fort Dodge. The Rosedale Water Store, 311 First Ave. N., is set to open in mid-January. The building once housed the Rosedale Creamery, and according to John Miles who handles ...

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The donated building is at 628 Second St., Webster City.

Availa Bank gives building to WC Chamber

WEBSTER CITY — Availa Bank on Thursday gave the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce the building in which it has housed its offices for decades. The bank made the formal presentation of the building at 628 Second St., in downtown Webster City, to the Chamber during a quarterly Chamber ...

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Jerald Deal, right, and an employee at Deal’s Orchard run a newly-cut Christmas tree through the netting machine so the customer can transport the tree home more easily.

Holiday cheer at local tree farms

JEFFERSON — Jerald and Cindy Deal sometimes wait until Dec. 23 or 24 to put up their Christmas tree. But there’s a good reason for that — they’re busy supplying hundreds of live Christmas trees to other families during the holidays. “We sold a Christmas tree on Dec. 24 last ...

2018 Commercial Manure Applicator Training scheduled

POCAHONTAS — Commercial manure applicators should plan to attend the Commercial Manure Applicator training program scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will conduct the ...

NEW Cooperative receives Iowa Venture Award

WEST DES MOINES — 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 ...

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Kim Bloomquist, left, manager of Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, and associate manager Chelsea Brueschke look over the house plant section of the store. Earl May recently remodeled the store, allowing more room for its landscaping and furniture section.

Earl May remodel expands selection

A recent remodel has allowed a local gardening and landscaping store to provide more options for its customers. Earl May Nursery & Garden Center, 168 S. 25th St., remodeled its store over the course of three days in July and added a number of products and improved services for its ...

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Sam morris, 3, of Manson, had fun watching Curt Roberts make pancakes with his dad Dave Morris at last year’s Farm News Ag Show.

Farm News Ag Show set for Dec. 6-7

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 ...

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These soybeans show off-target damage from dicamba. It is estimated the herbicide caused damage to 3.6 million acres of soybeans in 2017.

Dicamba: Where do we go from here?

Dicamba has become one of the most controversial ag topics of the 2017 growing season. Some claim dicamba damage exceeded that of any weather affected problems and because of this, DTN addressed these issues with industry experts during a recent webinar. Dr. Kevin Bradley, University of ...

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A worker from Woodruff Construction helps guide an excavator digging out a foundation as they work on the new MidAmerican Energy Customer Office and Service Center Tuesday. The development is the first business to build in the new Crosstown Industrial Park on the east side of Fort Dodge.

A first for FD’s newest industrial park

The site of the new MidAmerican Energy Fort Dodge customer office and service center at 4000 First Ave. S. in the Decker Industrial Park is a beehive of activity. A stream of trucks deliver concrete, workers unload a flatbed load of rebar, an excavator is busy digging a hole for more ...