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Orange cones and lane closing signs are all lined up and ready to go for the work that will begin Monday on U.S. Highway 20. The westbound lanes will be closed east of Fort Dodge, with two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes while repaving is completed over the summer.

U.S. Highway 20

The effects of U.S. Highway 20 nearing completion as a four-lane expressway across Iowa can be seen all across the state. One small way to gauge the importance of the road is very simple — looking at the traffic counter located at the intersection with Iowa Highway 4 near Rockwell City. ...

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Steve Leman, a fuel transport driver for MaxYield Cooperative, is a three-time MaxYield All-Star Team member.

Driving Iowa’s economy

WEST BEND — If there’s any industry that Americans take for granted, it’s transportation. Consider what would happen if every truck were pulled off the road. Food would stop arriving at the local grocery store, fuel wouldn’t be delivered to the local convenience store and the ...

Meet Ag’s unapologetic advocate

NEVADA — Read a 17-page speech written by USDA staff, or speak from the heart? U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue endeared himself to farmers and other ag leaders when he chose the latter during a town hall meeting at a Nevada-area farm on May 5. “You don’t forget the ...

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Snack Shack co-owners Steve Springer, at left, and Jason Kahler pose with the signs for their business recently. They opened April 1 and besides malts and shakes, also offer a selection of foods using fresh locally sourced ingredients. They are located at 11 S. 16th St. behind the Fire Station.

A Snack Shack attack

So how do a retired police officer and a man retired from a 30-year career in the insurance business end up owning an ice cream store? As it turns out, sort of by accident. Retired Fort Dodge Police officer Jason Kahler and former insurance agent Steve Springer found themselves warming ...

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Mark Licht, assistant professor and Iowa State University Extension cropping systems specialist, checks plant growth for corn at the Field Extension Education Laboratory field near Ames.

What effect will weather have on yields?

AMES — With the unseasonably cold, rainy weather most of the state experienced over the weekend and earlier this week, many producers are wondering what the effect will be on those acres that have already been planted into corn. Mark Licht, assistant professor and Iowa State University ...

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Just beyond Manson: Dollar General's new store is now taking shape south of Highway 7 just outside city limits south of Manson. The store is expected to open in mid-summer.

Dollar General going up in Manson

MANSON — Dollar General is expanding in the region with a new store under construction just outside of Manson — and another one may be coming to Dayton, as well. Based on the initial construction timeline, the store near Manson should be open by mid-summer, said Laura Somerville, ...

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The Conservation Reserve Program, as shown in the photo above, is a major conservation practice in the state of Iowa.

CRP requires care just like any other crop

Since being signed into law more than 30 years ago, the federal Conservation Reserve Program has grown to be the largest conservation program in the country. The CRP was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1985. Al Lange, state CRP program manager with the NRCS, said the CRP has three ...

Fareway raises more than $159K for MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa announced that its 2017 Fareway shamrocks fundraising program generated a record $159,312 to help find the cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle debilitating diseases. This is the highest donation amount raised through the shamrock ...

Heartland CEO retires

The Heartland Communications Group Inc. board of directors has announced a leadership transition plan to replace longtime Chief Executive Officer and President Gale McKinney II. McKinney’s retirement is effective Monday, according to an announcement from the company. However, he will ...

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Fort Dodge Police officer Joelyn Johnson talks to a group of Foster Grandparents Thursday morning about various scams and how to protect themselves against identity theft. She is showing the group a special wallet that protects credit cards from having their information read.

Keeping the scams away

Fort Dodge Police Officer Joelyn Johnson warned a group of Foster Grandparents attending a workshop on preventing identity theft that there is a scam that preys on people at their most vulnerable: after the loss of a loved one. The warning came during a talk that was part of Money Smart Week ...

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Bibi, a young brown Swiss heifer, looks out of the barn at the fields beyond. She is part of the grass-fed herd at Lost Lake Farm used to make milk for artisan cheese.

Not the usual dairy farm

JEWELL — Not many dairies can be found in Hamilton County these days, but the start-up Lost Lake LLC farm between Kamrar and Jewell, belonging to Kevin and Ranae Dietzel, is even more unique than its production of milk. The couple’s dairy cows are entirely grass-fed. The Dietzels are ...

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Dalton Rasch, at left, operations manager, Joel Rasch, vice-president and Landon Rasch, project supervisor pose in front of a D9 Caterpillar recently. Rasch Construction is celebrating their 70th anniversary.

Building on 70 years

A family-owned and operated Fort Dodge business will celebrate a milestone anniversary this week with an open house at its office. The open house will celebrate Rasch Construction’s 70th anniversary, which will start at 4 p.m. Friday at the company’s office, 1828 Johnson Ave., just ...

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Brent Johnson, owner of Labre Crop Consulting, takes some spring soil samples last week on his farm near Manson. Johnson said there is plenty of time for producers to get their field’s fertility checked through soil sampling.

Expert: It’s not too late for soil sampling

MANSON — Soil sampling may not be always be on a producer’s mind as they are gearing up to hit the fields, but if that still needs done it’s not too late to get those fertility levels checked. “Sometimes soil sampling isn’t always in the forefront of their thoughts,” Brent ...

Cornbelt looks back at record power transmission year

HUMBOLDT — Never Stop Getting Better was the theme for the 70th Corn Belt Power Cooperative annual meeting April 5 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge. That theme reflected on events from 2016, including the construction of several large transmission ...

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Denis Schulte talks about the dynamics of a watershed during the March 28 Ag Ed Day in Manson.

Introducing students to farming

MANSON — From fish to feathers and hair balls and horns, those were just a few experiences junior high students participated in during a veterinary breakout session March 28 at Manson Northwest Webster Junior/Senior High School’s Ag Day. Terry Seehusen, Farm Bureau regional manager, ...

PRI slates soil health workshop

STANHOPE — Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the Women, Food and Agriculture Network are co-sponsoring Women Caring for the Land workshop for female landowners in and around the Squaw Creek Watershed, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at the Stanhope Community Center. For the past eight years, ...

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Don Nevins works on a 1969 BSA at Cycle Service. Nevins specializes in restoring classic British motorcycles like this one, for customers from all over the country.

Rare rides

One of Don Nevins’ own personal projects is a bit of an eye catcher. For one thing, it’s a Triumph Bonneville — a British-made motorcycle in an era where such things are not often seen on the road. For another thing, it’s an unusual model year. “It’s the first year of ...

Nelson tapped to lead Farm News

Kriss Nelson, of Otho, has been named Farm News news editor, Jane Curtis, Farm News managering editor announced. She will replace Larry Kershner, who is retiring from full-time journalism. “Nelson has been a staff writer for Farm News for more than 20 years,” said Kershner. “She knows ...

Four members named to serve in 2017

Friends of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge has named Joanne Kramer to serve as a board member beginning with the 2017 term. Kramer has more than 20 years of experience in consumer finance and marketing. Additionally, she accumulated thousands of volunteer hours while supporting her ...

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Bruce Long, Webster County Cattlemen’s Association president, right, visits with volunteer auctioneers Dan Vonnahme, center, and Scott Klingson, after the trophy auction at the Webster County Cattlemen’s Association banquet.

A night to visit, eat, listen, support

Nearly 200 people attended the annual meeting of the Webster County Cattlemen’s Association Monday to hear industry updates, bid on trophies for the county fair and enjoy the prime rib dinner. Bruce Long, Webster County Cattlemen’s Association board president, said the event is ...