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Cristen Clark, shown here with her daughter, Halle, is a voice for agriculture.

Clark is a voice for ag

RUNNELS — One of the most predominant female voices touting Iowa agriculture wears many hats, including that of mom, wife, pork producer and blogger. Cristen Slings Clark grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Jasper County. She and her sister still drive the grain cart for their dad ...

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Katie and Scott Underberg, co-owners of Guthrie and Associates Real Estate, pose in front of their newly renovated offices at 1302 Central Avenue in Fort Dodge. They also recently moved to this location.

Guthrie and Associates Real Estate is growing

Just a bit more than two years ago, a new era began at Guthrie and Associates Real Estate when Scott and Katie Underberg became the new owners of one of the town’s oldest real estate firms. Both Underbergs were real estate agents affiliated with the agency prior to taking the helm of the ...

Kwik Star Express is now Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery

Drivers along Second Avenue North will have noticed a change to one of the newer convenience stores in town. It’s only a change in the sign, though. Although the former Kwik Star Express is now called Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery, everything inside has stayed the same. “Same products, ...

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Clare Lindahl, executive director of the Conservation Districts of Iowa, distributed free RetaiN water-testing kits during a conservation drainage workshop held in the historic Owens barn south of Lake City. Nearly 50 people, including many area farmers, attended the June 28 meeting, which focused on bioreactors, saturated buffer strips and available cost-share programs to help improve Iowa’s water quality. Free consultations about potential site locations for these conservation drainage practices are available by contacting Loulou Dickey, a conservation planning intern with Ecosystem Services Exchange, at loulou@ecoexch.com

Conservation drainage

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com LAKE CITY — What if there were proven conservation practices that didn’t require taking farmland out of production? What if some of these practices could offer water quality solutions and provide wildlife habitat? Even better, what if ...

Estate planning workshop offered by Webster County Extension

The Webster County ISU Extension office will be hosting an “Evaluating Your Estate Plan” workhop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 26 at the Extension office in Fort Dodge. The “Evaluating Your Estate Plan” workshop has been very popular all across Iowa. Families and individuals ...

Fair will include Farm Gadget Show

SPENCER — Exhibitors everywhere are invited to be part of this year’s Farm Gadget Show at the 2017 Clay County Fair. The show, which started in 2015, began from the “All Around the Farm” page that comes out in the back of every “Successful Farmer” magazine. “Exhibits don’t ...

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Paula J. Baber Hospice House clinical manager Joyce Bianchi holds a set of plaster hands cast from a patients hands in one of the rooms.

Helping people at end of life

Some deaths are sudden and unexpected. Often, however, a dying person and their family members have substantial advance warning that death will come soon. Helping patients and families through those difficult times is the specialized role played locally by UnityPoint at Home Hospice, which ...

More interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance share a little about themselves each Sunday throughout the summer. This is another in that series of Q&As. CAL TAUBER Hometown: Dubuque School: Wartburg College Major: ...

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The Starbucks at Hy-Vee is busy on a recent morning. Hy-Vee manager Tim Flaherty said the kiosk has 12 to 15 employees who work throughout the week.

Starbucks at Hy-Vee is booming

All across America taking time out for a coffee drink has been revolutionized by Starbucks. In Fort Dodge, partaking of that company’s plethora of coffee concoctions and sampling enticing foods carefully crafted to accompany the beverage selected can now be part of a shopping excursion to ...

More interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance share a little about themselves each Sunday throughout the summer. This is another in that series of Q&As. KATHERINE SHORT Hometown: Webster City School: Iowa State ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson THE 28TH ANNUAL RED POWER ROUND UP was held June 15-17 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. International Harvester tractors and other tractors affiliated with that brand were showcased during the event.

Red Power Round Up: A sea of red at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

DES MOINES — Many tractor enthusiasts will tell you they bleed the color of their favorite tractor, and red was the color last week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The 28th annual Red Power Round Up, hosted by the International Harvester Collectors Club Iowa Chapter 5, was ...

Schaller soybean seed facility to expand

SCHALLER — Remington Seeds LLC an Indiana-based seed production and processing company has announced plans to begin expansion of its Schaller soybean seed facility. The initial expansion plans will include construction of new receiving, storage, processing, packaging, and bulk load out ...

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Betty Wilde, an owner of the Eagle Grove Greenhouse, prepares a flower arrangement at the greenhouse.

100 years and still growing

EAGLE GROVE — It was 1917 when a man from Fulda, Minnesota, arrived to Eagle Grove with his family in a horse-drawn wagon to open the Eagle Grove Greenhouse. One hundred years later, that man’s grandson, Clarence Wilde, and his wife, Betty Wilde, continue to operate that same ...

More interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance share a little about themselves each Sunday throughout the summer. This is another in that series of Q&As. anna yung Hometown: Fort Dodge School: Iowa State University Major: ...

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The World Pork Expo drew a crowd of nearly 20,000 people this year. The trade show is a popular part of the expo, featuring hundreds of commercial exhibitors.

World Pork Expo: Local impact on an international scale

DES MOINES — Commercial exhibitors have the opportunity to meet with nearly 20,000 pork producers that attend the World Pork Expo each year. JRG Livestock and Pet Supply, from Fort Dodge, and Iowa Select Farms Inc., from Iowa Falls, were among the hundreds of commercial exhibitors that ...

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Kory Kuecker works with his crossbred gilt during the World Pork Expo held June 7-9 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Showing pigs is a Kuecker family tradition

DES MOINES — Kory Kuecker wasn’t exactly sure on how long he has spent showing pigs at the World Pork Expo. He just knows it’s been several years and an opportunity like no other. “It’s been a long time showing at the expo,” he said. “It’s just fun. It’s competition you ...

More interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

PATRICK HANCOCK Hometown: Fort Dodge School: Iowa State University Major: Forestry Company: Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation Position: Forestry intern Why did you choose your field of study? Forestry was the first major that peaked my interest. It felt like it was the perfect ...

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More 10 under 40

People of all ages help a community thrive. A community’s long-term success, however, requires that there be an ample supply of young leaders moving into key leadership positions. With that in mind, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, the Fort Dodge Young Professionals and The ...

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Mark French, high performance team coach with Cargill, speaks to interns Wednesday morning as they are introduced to the community and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Internship+Program.

Internship+ Program kicks off in FD

The group of 24 interns that will be spending the next few months learning the ins and outs at Fort Dodge and Webster County companies were given an introduction to the community Wednesday morning by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, which is hosting the Internship+ Program. Kelly ...

Three interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program will share a little about themselves each Sunday, throughout the summer. This is the first in that series of Q&As. Rob Leigh Hometown: Fort Dodge School: St. Cloud State University Major: English and film studies ...