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O’Brien offers insight into implementation of Internship+

The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Internship+ Program was created to add value to internships with an educational lunch series designed especially for area interns. The Growth Alliance has several goals for this program. First and foremost, the main priority is that all interns have a ...

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Bill Vote, of Farnhamville, races his Micro Mini Tractor recently during the 6th annual Dayton Old Engine Day in Dayton. Track judge Jim Adams, of Waukee, watches the pull at left.

Micro-Mini Tractors

DAYTON — Dayton Old Engine Day, held last weekend, brought cars, trucks and tractors to show in a range of sizes. Sizes from full-scale models down to 1/16 scale — and those smaller ones, were put to work. In conjunction with the various activities held throughout the city of Dayton, ...

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Jill Nelson, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance community development director, at left, along with Office Manager Kate Stucky look over some of the savings on the Growth Alliance’s utility bills.

Local businesses can reduce natural gas bills

WoodRiver Energy LLC has partnered with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance to give local businesses the opportunity to save money on their natural gas bills. “The WoodRiver Member Benefit Program that we have with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance is a guaranteed member savings ...

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Marie Edwards plays with a Brown Swiss dairy calf during a field trip to Dutchland Dairy near Rolfe.

Students get a glimpse of farm life

POCAHONTAS — A combined effort of two cattle operations allowed Pocahontas Area Community sixth-graders to take their classroom to the farm Monday. Bailey Vainreb, of Pocahontas, and Dutchland Dairy, of Rolfe, welcomed the students to their operations to help raise awareness of the beef ...

Altoona workshop on farmland leasing strategies

ALTOONA — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s annual statewide survey for cash rental rates shows average cash rents for tillable acres planted to corn or soybeans are down by 4.8 percent or $11 per acre to $219 per tillable acre for 2017. This is the fourth consecutive year that ...

Women marketing grain series

ALTOONA — A four-session Women Marketing Grain Series will be offered to assist women in developing plans for marketing old and new crop corn and soybeans. The series will begin on Thursday evening, June 8, and meets over four consecutive Thursday evenings - June 8, 15, 22, and 29, at the ...

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Amanda Bush, owner of Fit This Casual and Activewear, looks over some of the many items available in her shop. Bush celebrated her grand opening on April 8. She's located at 1208 First Ave. S. in Fort Dodge.

Fit This brings activewear to downtown

It might be a little difficult to tell if Amanda Bush, the owner of the recently opened Fit This Casual and Activewear, is working — or about to work out. She not only wears what she sells, she works out in it too. “I’m big into eating right and working out,” she said. Helping ...

Stewart Memorial hospital announces board changes

LAKE CITY — The Stewart Memorial Community Hospital board of directors has announced the retirement of longtime board member Deb Lightner. After serving 12 years, Lightner said she recalls many accomplishments, and highlights a few specific achievements. “One area I am most proud of is ...

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Larry Irwin, owner of the Lake City Drive-In, offers some tips to his staff on how to cook a great cheeseburger.

He’s a beef booster

LAKE CITY — Make no mistake, the humble hamburger still reigns supreme from backyard barbecues to fast food drive-ins across Iowa. But this Iowa icon also provides the perfect palette for culinary creativity when Larry Irwin showcases his Burger of the Month flavors. “I’m not doing ...

Nestle Purina gives $30K to Trinity emergency room

Nestle Purina, through its Fort Dodge manufacturing facility, donated $30,000 towards the Emergency Room construction and renovation at Trinity Regional Medical Center. The donation enabled the hospital to renovate the Physician Sleep Room, which will help give physicians the rest they need ...

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Water sprays off the plane’s propeller as a water cannon salute douses the first flight out of Fort Dodge Regional Airport bound for Minneapolis/St. Paul in March.

FD Regional Airport

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport has made the most of its funds by improving the infrastructure of the airport in recent years. Since 2011, the airport has produced $12 million worth of projects, according to Rhonda Chambers, director of aviation. The city’s cost share has been $1.2 ...

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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 ...