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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 ...

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This Photo shows field day attendees who watched the excavator spread new woodchips in the bioreactor, as well as old woodchips that will be sent to the lab for several tests.

Bioreactor gets recharged

JEFFERSON — Bioreactors have become a more common edge of field conservation practice for almost a decade now. Most recently the first ever bioreactor received a recharge. According to Keegan Kult, environmental scientist with the Iowa Soybean Association, the woodchips placed inside ...

Farm News columnist to speak at Ag Show

David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments, a northwest Iowa agricultural risk management company that provides an umbrella of services which includes commodity market brokerage and commodity market advisory services, crop insurance through Agrivantage LLC, farm management services through ...

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Sales staff Michele McKinney, left, and Amy Wold look over a new Stihl chainsaw at the recently opened Hardware Hank affilitated Iowa Outdoors Hardware and Rental. They are located at Third Avenue Northwest and U.S. Highway 169 in Fort Dodge.

Hardware Hank is new to FD

A construction worker walked into the newly opened Hardware Hank affiliated Iowa Outdoors Hardware and Rental Thursday afternoon at Third Avenue Northwest and U.S. Highway 169 still wearing his hard hat and dressed for being outside. “Do you have any steel drill bits?” he asked. Aaron ...

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“If I’d had FarmHer when I was younger, I would have found my voice much sooner,” said Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer, who visited with attendees at the Grow by FarmHer event in Ames on Nov. 6. Guyler-Alaniz will discuss “Shining a Light on Women in Agriculture” from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Farm News Ag Show in Fort Dodge.

Finding your fight song

AMES — What do you do if you’re scared of failure? It’s a common question Marji Guyler-Alaniz hears from young women, and she answers with some of her favorite lyrics from “Fight Song.” “Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves into motion,” quoted Guyler-Alaniz, founder ...

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JOE BORMANN operates the Krause Gladiator strip till machine with a 9-ton Montag tank during a strip-till, vertical-till, cover crop and waterway design field day held on his family’s farm near Algona last week.

Bormanns hold conservation tillage field day

ALGONA — Self-described “ordinary guys trying to do a better job farming” hosted a field day Nov. 8 to nearly 70 farmers and agribusiness professionals, showcasing their operation. Brothers Matt and Joe Bormann, and their father, Mark Bormann, farm near the LuVerne and Algona area in ...

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John Mikos, owner of Mikos and Matt Furniture, left, stands with his son, Justin Mikos, store manager, inside the remodeled building recently.

Mikos and Matt reopens

Mikos and Matt Furniture has reopened its store after the roof was partially ripped off the building during a devastating storm that struck Fort Dodge about six months ago. The storm swept through the area on May 16. It caused significant damage to the interior of the family operated ...

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Greg Berry oversees work in the quarry while behind him, a power jackhammer breaks up some of the larger rock to be transported. This quarry is nearing the end of its life and National Gypsum is starting a new quarry across the street.

National Gypsum is digging new quarry

In a few more years, the rock in National Gypsum’s quarry northeast of Fort Dodge will be gone. Today the company is hard at work digging a new pit, just across the road, where it will continue mining one of the area’s most important natural resources for years to come. The old ...

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Johnnie Kennell feeds Billy an apple. Billy is a 1,900-pound 4-year-old Plains bison bull, which is anticipated to grow up to 2,700 pounds at full size.

Bison are gracing Iowa’s landscape once again

VAN METER — Bison are known as the largest hooved mammal in North America. These large animals once used to be a very prominent part of the continent and even throughout Iowa. According to the Polk County Conservation website, the largest concentrations of bison were in northwestern and ...