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Reading rewards

LAKE CITY — The things a child needs to flourish are basic but non-negotiable. Food. Shelter. Love. The gift of reading. Just ask Janelle Nesbitt, who brought her 15-month old grandson, Ace Magnani, to the Lake City Public Library for story time recently. “Ace loves books about ...

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This artist perspective shows what the future of Humboldt Community Memorial Hospital may look like once it launches the construction phase of the multimillion dollar project.

Preparing for the future

HUMBOLDT — A major expansion plan to guarantee a bright future for Humboldt County Memorial Hospital is on track to become a reality. The hospital has gained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a 40-year, fixed-rate loan to support a major building project that could begin ...

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Jason Folsom is a contract finisher raising hogs near Rockwell City and Jolley in Calhoun County.

Five reasons why pigs are good for Iowa

ROCKWELL CITY — When Jason Folsom travels across rural Iowa, one thing is clear. The areas with livestock production tend to have more young farmers and more vibrant rural communities. “Almost all the successful young farmers I meet have livestock,” said Folsom, 36, a contract ...

Hy-Vee honors Fort Dodge employees for service milestones

More than 2,500 Hy-Vee Inc. employees will be honored this month for their years of providing helpful smiles and dedication to the company. Each year, employees from across Hy-Vee’s eight-state region gather together at a series of Service Award celebrations, which recognizes employees’ ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Shimkat Motors co-owners Bruce Shimkat, at left, Bill Shimkat and Ed Shimkat Jr. pose with a brand new Dodge Ram 1500 ProMaster in their showroom recently as general sales manager T.J. Pingle looks on from behind. Shimkat has recently started selling the Ram commercial vehicles and have added a special service bay and hoist larger than standard sized trucks.

Shimkat expands its offerings

There’s an important change at Fort Dodge’s oldest automobile dealership. For the first time in its 70-year history, Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S., is now selling and servicing commercial trucks. “Starting in September we acquired the Business Link franchise for Chrysler’s ...

Grid Iron in Webster City serves up top tenderloin

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City restaurant has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge, owned by Burke Risetter, was judged to have the very best tenderloin in the ...

-Messenger photo by Clayton Rye

Prior to the evening meal, attendees of the Farm to Fork dinner served at Cafe Mir in Fertile, enjoyed an outdoor social hour on a Sunday afternoon.

Fresh food from the farm

FERTILE — The menu started with an outdoor social hour of hummus and crudites along with wine. Once inside, the meal began with a salad of mixed local greens, followed by the entree of slow-roasted Mangalitsa pork with Mojo De Ajo and fresh herbs. The sides were roasted beets with ...

-Messenger file photo by Joe Sutter

Wind Operations Supervisor Bill Nobisch explains wind power during an October 2014 tour of the Lundgren Wind project, part of
MidAmerican’s Wind 8 initiative.
MidAmerican is now bringing more turbines to Iowa with a Wind XI 
project, and retrofitting old turbines
to make them more powerful.

An upgrade is in the wind

Iowa is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to pulling electricity out of thin air. But wind turbines don’t last forever. MidAmerican Energy has announced it will upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and what it projects to be cost ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Jeremiah Schlegel, left, visits with Melissa Thompson at the Fort and Schlegel office recently. The firm has been in business for over 30 years under the name Fort and Co.

Fort and Schlegel agency is expanding

For more than 30 years Michael Fort has been helping small businesses navigate the regulations, rules and requirements through his financial planning agency. Now Fort is joined by his new partner, Jeremiah Schlegel, as the agency continues to grow. The name of the firm is now Fort and ...

Elanco employees give back to community

More than 260 employee volunteers of Elanco Animal Health in Fort Dodge worked every day from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29 to help six community service organizations. The effort was in honor of the company’s 2017 Global Day of Service on Sept. 28. The 266 local employees spent 432 hours assisting ...

-Messenger photo by Adri Sietstra

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, left, speaks with Backcountry Winery owner Amber Gable and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg,  at Backcountry Winery. Reynolds visited the small business in honor of Manufacturing/Industry Day. Backcountry Winery was established in 2014 by the Gables. The winery now boasts a tasting room, production area and loft for special occasions like weddings and showers.

Reynolds, Gregg tour area ag facilities

STRATFORD — A Stratford winery caught the attention of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds during the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Last week, Reynolds had a chance to see the Backcountry Winery in action. The winery is owned and operated by Amber and Preston Gable and was started in 2014. Backcountry Winery ...

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Melissa Regan, a Walmart sales associate, works with a tablet in the store’s recently-remodeled electronics department in the Fort Dodge store.

Walmart updates its FD store

Shoppers at the Fort Dodge Walmart may notice some new aspects to the store. That’s because the store, located at 3036 First Ave. S., spent 12 weeks remodeling and completed the project in late September. Store Manager Brad Henderson said there were a number of reasons for the ...

Fareway round up supports Variety-The Children’s Charity

Fareway Stores Inc. has partnered with Variety-the Children’s Charity to conduct the third annual round up at the register from now through Oct. 21. All customers will have the opportunity to round up to the next dollar or to provide an additional donation on their grocery store bill to ...

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Evaluating for stalk rot using the push test shows four in 10 plants were impacted by stalk rot and this field should be prioritized for early harvest.

Consider stalk rot and weed pressure this fall

Harvest can mean more than bringing in this year’s crop. It can be an opportunity for growers to evaluate all that was good, and also all that was bad with this year’s growing season. Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist, said it is important for producers ...

Stewart Memorial gifted $200K

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital was named a beneficiary of the estate of Delmar Phillips, of Lake View, who passed in February. Phillips, a long-time resident of Lake View, gifted $200,000 to the not-for-profit hospital. “His generous gift comes during a key time in our ...

Walgreens’ goal to collect 300 tons of unwanted meds

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Leading health care organizations AmerisourceBergen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics are joining Walgreens to combat the national opioid abuse crisis by expanding the availability of safe medication disposal kiosks to an additional 900 ...

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association receives honor

GOWRIE — Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association, headquartered in Gowrie, is one of 13 rural communications firms nationwide to be honored with the title Smart Rural Community by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which cited WCCTA’s advanced communications services and ...

McClure Engineering Co. named to Inc. 5000

NEW YORK — Inc. magazine has ranked McClure Engineering Co. No. 3,035 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The 2017 Inc. 5000, was unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of ...

Northwest Banks earns workplace award

Northwest Bank has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor. This recognition is based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Workplace Dynamics LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of ...

Varco Prudent selects Woodruff Construction as Hall of Fame winner

Varco Pruden Buildings has selected its 2017 Hall of Fame winners. Woodruff Construction LLC was awarded Best of Office for its Ditch Witch project in Huxley. This 14,000-square-foot equipment dealership serves clients throughout the state of Iowa and includes offices, a parts and retail ...