Local Business

New dog boarding facility to welcome your canine kin

WEBSTER CITY — Justis and Easton Burgin are the newly married co-owners of The Paw Print Pad LLC, which is a new business in Webster City that aims to help owners pamper their pooch. Located at 2600 Aldrich Drive, behind the AmericInn, Justis Burgin runs the day-to-day ...

Northwest Bank breaks ground on new Administrative Center

SPENCER — With the symbolic first cut of the spade, Northwest Bank marked the official start of construction of its new Administration Center in Spencer. The construction of this new 35,000 square foot facility is being built by Jensen Builders LTD., Fort Dodge. “Northwest Bank has ...

Coming home to provide care

In rural America, there is a pattern of talented young people heading off to college and then choosing to pursue careers far from the towns and farms where they grew up. Some, however, do come home. That’s the case with two health care professionals who are new members of the team at Fort ...

Be aware of stalk and grain quality issues

Mother Nature has packed quite the punch for the 2018 growing season and because of that, growers are still dealing with the consequences. Angie Rieck-Hinz, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist, is warning producers to be on the lookout for several late-season issues affecting ...

Solar solutions

LAKE CITY — When Dwight Dial’s local electric utility raised his rates from residential to commercial a year and a half ago, he’d had enough. “My electric rates nearly doubled,” said Dial, who farms near Lake City in an area that’s served by MidAmerican Energy rather than a ...

Jewell is an off the beaten path gem

JEWELL — Do you need help finding inspiration for home decor? Or is there just one unique piece that will really make your house a home? You may find them in Jewell, the small Hamilton County town nestled on either side of U.S. Highway 69 near that county’s border with Story ...

Terry Allers elected NCARB vice president/president-elect

DETROIT—Terry L. Allers, NCARB, AIA, of Fort Dodge, was elected first vice president/president-elect of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards at its 99th Annual Business Meeting. By virtue of his election, Allers will become president in July 2019. “It’s an exciting ...

Will conditions improve in time for harvest?

Recent heavy rains that have moved through a large portion of the Midwest over the past couple of weeks have many producers wondering what type of field conditions they will be facing when harvest begins. Bryce Anderson, DTN senior ag meteorologist, said last week that he thinks conditions ...

Segnar named CEO at WCF, succeeds Mourlam

WEBSTER CITY — WCF Bancorp, parent of WCF Financial Bank, has announced that Michael Segner has been named chief executive officer of WCF Bancorp and WCF Financial Bank. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Segner replaces retiring CEO Steve Mourlam. “Mike is the ...

ISA board elects officers for 2018-19

ANKENY — Iowa soybean farmers were elected to state and national leadership positions at the September meeting of the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors. Those tabbed to serve as ISA officers were: Tim Bardole, Rippey – president-elect; Robb Ewoldt, Davenport – treasurer; Dave ...

Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas opens

Two well-known cooks with a long history of preparing tasty steaks and prime rib have reunited at Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas, 140 S. 25th St. This latest addition to Fort Dodge’s blossoming restaurant world is owned by Alfonso Galvan, who also owns Lomitas Mexican Restaurant 2223 ...

Just press play

BOONE—Look at that tractor. Now look again. Yes, there’s no one sitting in the driver’s seat as it rolls along. An Iowa tech company made Farm Progress Show history with its autonomous tractor demonstration on August 28—an event that attracted national media attention and offered a ...

Connecting with a world that craves good news

While there’s a lot of big iron at the Farm Progress Show, there’s a wealth of other news just waiting to be told, like the Couser Modern Ag Experience Farm. Telling these stories might be one of the most important things we can do in farming today. “There aren’t too many farmers ...

Seven farmers elected as Iowa Soybean Association directors

ANKENY — Seven farmers have been elected as board of directors members of the Iowa Soybean Association. Brent Swart of Spencer was newly elected as District 1 director and will serve a three-year term. Farmers re-elected were: April Hemmes, Hampton (District 2); Suzanne Shirbroun, ...

Sew Formal has many options

Fort Dodge’s historic, downtown commercial district is becoming the home for a wide assortment of specialty shops. Sew Formal, 1020 Central Ave., which opened in February, is part of that emerging trend. Owned and operated by Marcia Mullins, Sew Formal offers attire for formal occasions ...

McClure named to Inc. 5000 for third consecutive year

CLIVE — Inc. magazine today ranked McClure No. 3337 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. McClure has 15 locations across the Midwest, including Fort Dodge. “We are thrilled to be named to the annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest ...

What to do when the Travel Channel calls

Just how far can things go when you tell agriculture’s story? Turns out your message might just resonate with a national audience. For me, it all started with a simple email on June 15. I was checking my inbox that morning when I saw a note with the subject line “Bizarre Foods: ...

Big Questions 2019

JEFFERSON — Questions surrounding agriculture were answered by state Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig last week during a Big Questions event in Jefferson. Big Questions was hosted by Home State Bank, of Jefferson, and featured Naig as well as Market to Market host Delaney Howell. During ...

Sherwin-Williams moves to new site

The Sherwin-Williams store in Fort Dodge is now located in a new building at 3225 Fifth Ave. S. — the city’s booming Corridor of Commerce. The local outlet of the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paints, stains, coatings and wall coverings does more than just sell paint and ...