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Trucking industry sees increase in automatic transmissions, safety features

Semi-trailer trucks with automatic transmissions are becoming more common than ever in the trucking industry, particularly at Decker Truck Line Inc. in Fort Dodge, according to Brad Baade, the company’s chief operating officer. Baade reports that more than 90 percent of the company’s ...

Flying local

The original concrete air carrier apron in front of the terminal at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport has seen better days. It was installed in 1952 when the airport was constructed at its current location north of Fort Dodge. It’s being replaced with a brand new up-to-date apron this ...

Fareway truck celebrates Beef Month in Hawkeye State

DES MOINES — In conjunction with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Fareway Stores Inc. has unveiled a semi-truck recognizing the contributions of Iowa cattle farmers. This is in recognition that May is Beef Month. “As we celebrate May Beef Month ...

A logical move: Northland Travel has a new home

The place that makes dreams come true has a new home. Northland Travel has moved from Crossroads Mall to the Friendship Haven campus, 420 Kenyon Road. The travel agency previously had a part-time satellite office at Friendship Haven. Now its headquarters is housed there. Rhonda ...

Fareway launches new logos with 80th anniversary

DES MOINES — Fareway Stores Inc. will celebrate its 80th anniversary on May 12, and as the company reflects on a rich history, it also looks forward to the next 80 years with a fresh design. One of the new logos prominently features Fareway, with the words meat and grocery, in solid red ...

The view is grand

CLARION — Knute and Amanda Severson aren’t your average couple farming in Wright County. “We were married last year on an agro-tourism farm in Italy,” said Amanda Severson, a native of Washington state. “We met in Seattle where we were both interning for the Seattle Seahawks. ...

Homespun Collection

Homespun Collection, which for 13 years sold its wares at Crossroads Mall, has moved. The store is now in downtown Fort Dodge at 25 S. 12th St. Bonnie Gerdes, who with husband Brian Gerdes co-owns the business, said the decision to relocate their enterprise came about because they ...

Sustainable solutions

LAKE CITY — If things had turned out differently and there had been no 1980s Farm Crisis, there’s a good chance Mark Schleisman might have become a banker. Instead, he became a crop consultant in Nebraska and grew an agribusiness career that has led him back home, where his conservation ...

Holiday Inn Express & Suites wins award

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Dodge, 300 S. 32st St., received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2017 Quality Excellence Award for achieving superior levels of service excellence. “I am pleased to honor the Fort Dodge Holiday Inn Express with the Quality Excellence Award,” ...

McClure Engineering Co. acquires Kansas company

CLIVE — McClure Engineering Co., Clive has acquired Shafer, Kline & Warren Inc., Lenexa., Kansas. Effective April 6, 2018, MEC has assumed operational control of SKW. “At MEC, our vision is to ‘Make lives better by building strong communities,’ and our mission is to ‘Build ...

TRMC on Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital list

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for the third year in a row. “This achievement speaks to our team’s daily commitment and impact in ...

Humboldt County 100 Women Who Care make donation

HUMBOLDT — The 100 Women Who Care of Humboldt County recently donated $14,100 to the Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success program. According to buildingfamilies.net, “the HOPES program focuses on prenatal care, child development, child health, parenting skills and other ...

Katy Lynn Boutique keeps expanding

Katy Lynn Boutique is booming. Krista Albright launched a Fort Dodge location for the enterprise on Central Avenue in October 2014. The business has grown so fast that she has moved twice, most recently to 2415 Fifth Ave. S. — the city’s thriving Corridor of Commerce. Additionally, ...

There’s no doubt, a warm-up is crucial

The first half of April 2018 is going down in the record books, and not in the way most Iowans prefer. “From a historical standpoint, we’re setting records on the early part of April through April 15,” said Dennis Todey, director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the ...

Fareway celebrates 80 years of green initiatives

BOONE — Fareway Stores Inc. has a long tradition of conserving natural resources that dates back to 1938. From the beginning, Fareway’s green initiatives have included recycling, reusing, and reclaiming and these practices continue to be front and center as the company recognizes Earth ...

The goal? Help Iowa thrive

The overwhelming majority of businesses in the Hawkeye State are small business — those with fewer than 500 employees. According to Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, 97 percent of Iowa’s businesses fall into that category. Not only in Iowa, but also all ...

It’s the conditions, not the calendar, that are important

The calendar may show it is the middle of April, but Mother Nature appears to be late to the spring planting party. Unseasonably cold and snowy conditions this spring is delaying the start to the 2018 growing season, but experts agree, once the weather begins to turn around, producers will ...

Initial, delayed and preventive planting decisions

The cool, wet early spring weather conditions means some corn and soybean fields will be planted later than normal. Producers might be wondering what options they have under their multiple peril crop insurance coverage. Insured acres that have already been planted but need to be replanted, ...

Midwest Hardwood Flooring is about more than floors

Hardwood floors long have been used in residences and other buildings. Carpet became a more popular flooring choice for locales in the middle decades of the 20th century. In recent decades, however, the appeal of hardwood has been rebounding. Midwest Hardwood Flooring, 3204 10th Ave. S., ...

IPPA and IDALS announce funding for water quality

ALBERT CITY — Iowa Pork Producers Association President Gregg Hora and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig have announced their continued partnership in funding for pig farmers interested in the new nutrient loss reduction technologies. The announcement was made in Albert City last ...