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BAKED TO PERFECTION

One thing that a visitor to Corinna Clarahan’s kitchen won’t find no matter how hard they look is a can of premade frosting. Clarahan, the owner of Confections by Corinna, makes her own and it’s all made from scratch. “I decorate with royal icing,” she said. “I do butter ...

Try an Iowa grown Christmas tree this holiday season

MAXWELL — For the past 20 years, people have descended upon a farm near Maxwell with the hopes of finding the most perfect Christmas tree. More importantly, though, they’re looking for a spot for Santa Claus to place presents on Christmas Eve. THE Christmas Tree Farm, near Maxwell, ...

Fareway raises money for children in need

Fareway Stores Inc., which has supermarkets in Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Webster City and many other nearby communities, conducted an effort in October that raised $177,000 for Variety — The Children’s Charity. Donations were collected through a round up at the register program at all Fareway ...

New Star has new owners

A familiar face at New Star Liquor and Tobacco now owns the business alongside his wife. Azzi Bukhari, a former employee at the store, and his wife, Gloria, took ownership of the well-situated business in September. New Star Liquor and Tobacco is located at 1923 Fifth Ave. S. — along ...

Ag-Vocating worldwide

BERLIN, GERMANY — Many consumers today don’t understand modern agriculture. Activists are spreading misinformation about farming. Myths about farming seem to carry more weight than facts. Sound familiar? These were hot topics in northern Germany when European farmers, veterinarians and ...

Columnist David Kruse to speak at Ag Show

David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments and weekly Farm News columnist will provide an update on immigration policy, trade when he takes to the stage at the Farm News Ag Show on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Kruse’s presentation, titled America first, agriculture last ...

Andrews to speak at 2018 Farm News ag show

Diann Andrews, estate and succession planning specialist and owner of NextStage Legacy Advisors is bringing her expertise to the 17th annual Farm News Ag show at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Andrews said her presentation, “planning is a process, not an event,” will step through the ...

Tighe joins National Aerospace Solutions as general manager

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tennessee — National Aerospace Solutions LLC, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, will finish 2018 with a new general manager leading the way. Richard “Rich” Tighe is joining NAS as the GM, replacing Cynthia ...

Meet the barn painter

LYTTON — Many people see a rustic, weathered old barn, with its wooden surface faded by decades of sun and wind, and think, “How beautiful!” James Casey looks at the same barn and says, “Needs paint.” “Paint not only protects a barn, but it helps it look like a traditional ...

Webster City Hy-Vee Store to add Fast and Fresh Express

WEBSTER CITY — A new addition is coming to the Webster City Hy-Vee Store. Ground work and construction of a new Fast and Fresh Express store is just beginning to the east of the Hy-Vee Food Store. “They tell me we’ll be ready to open Jan. 5 or 6,” said Jon Johnson, store director. ...

Investing in Fort Dodge

Nestle Purina PetCare Co., a worldwide pet food company, continues to invest in its Fort Dodge facility, located along Fifth Avenue South — the city’s Corridor of Commerce. The company is constructing a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility, which will increase energy efficiency ...

Taste of Something Different opens downtown

A Fort Dodge native is putting her culinary skills to work at a new restaurant in the downtown, which offers homemade soul food, Fort Dodge favorites, and a variety of unique dishes. Tanisha Gully opened Taste of Something Different inside Dodger Tap, 22 N. 12th St., in October. The ...

Elwynn Taylor to speak at Farm News Ag Show

Well known as a regular to the Farm News Ag Show, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University climatologist, will be making yet another appearance to the annual event, 8:30 — 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Taylor’s presentation “Crop Weather Outlook 2019” will not only give an overview of what ...

Zakeer’s

Zakeer’s Family Restaurant, a Fort Dodge tradition since 1961, is now under the care of new owner Tommy Zakeer, son of founders Bob and Marie Zakeer. Zakeer has recently made a few changes to the menu and with the help of his girlfriend, Tara Grossnickle, made some decor changes to honor ...

Cactus Family Farms committed to pork production

OSCEOLA — After many years of producing solely beef, Cactus Family Farms began pork production in Iowa back in 2015. And four years later, a company executive said things are going well. Rod Leman, vice president of business development for Cactus Family Farms, said they purchased an ...

Rural that works

STRATFORD — The way rural America tends to be portrayed today, especially in the national media, is not a pretty picture. Consider articles like “Rural America is the New ‘Inner City,’” which appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. Other news stories recount the rural ...

Leibold will bring his expertise to Farm News Ag Show

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and ag business management specialist Kelvin Leibold is slated to speak Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Farm News Ag Show. Leibold’s presentation, “factors impacting future farm profits in a global economy,” will provide an overview ...

CJ BIO AMERICA EXPANDS

As CJ Bio America continues to expand its operations in the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation industrial park west of Fort Dodge, it is adding another amenity to benefit its approximately 200 employees. A 10,000-square-foot fitness center is being built on the northwest corner of the ...