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Business Horizons 2018 registration is now open

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation is now accepting applications for Business Horizons, a college and career summer program for high school students grades nine through 12. During the week, participants gain unique hands-on experience in the world of business and ...

John Deere to celebrate 100 years of tractors

The John Deere company will celebrating its 100-year anniversary of entering into the tractor business starting next week with a 100 days of celebrations. Tiffany Turner, product manager for large tractors of John Deere Co., said John Deere wasn’t on the forefront of the tractor ...

Peart makes dreams reality

For many families, moving into a new, custom-built home is at — or near — the top of their dream list. Helping people in north central Iowa turn that important life goal into a reality is part of the mission of the team at Don Peart Custom Homes Inc. Undertaking assorted remodeling and ...

Johnson is new WCF Bank CFO

WEBSTER CITY — WCF Financial Bank has named Stacy Johnson as its new chief financial officer. Johnson earned her B.A. in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa with an MBA from Upper Iowa University. She is also a Certified Management Accountant, has six years experience as a plant ...

Le Mars Toy Store: More than just toy tractors

LE MARS — If you are looking for a toy tractor, semi-truck or have an old one that has seen better days and could use a makeover, look no further than the Le Mars Toy Store. Owner Albert Schulz has been in business for 22 years now, and his store has grown over the years. The business ...

Elite Snow Removal is on the job

Throughout December and January Mother Nature treated Fort Dodge residents kindly. Despite some extremely cold weather, the most notable thing about snow was that there was very little of it. On Feb. 8 and 9, everybody got a forceful reminder that this is still Iowa and winter is more than ...

Events help Backcountry Winery grow

STRATFORD — Ask Amber Gable about the backstory behind Backcountry Winery at her family’s home east of Stratford, and her answer is straightforward. “It’s a hobby out of control.” That hobby has taken Gable and her husband, Preston, on a dynamic journey that has led to the ...

Master technicians

Four of the technicians at Overhead Door Co. of Webster County are in some rare company — they are among the only 70 or so technicians nationally to have earned their Master Technician Certification from the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. One of those to earn the ...

Grandpa’s tractor

MARSHALLTOWN — Nate Casady grew up admiring his grandpa, Duane Brinkman’s, tractor. The tractor had been his grandfather’s for most of the tractor’s 49 years. Casady said his grandfather owned and operated Brinkman Tractor and Implement in Clarion and sold the 1969 8000 Ford ...

Joyce Bickford’s business keeps evolving

In the 34 years since it was launched, Joyce Bickford has seen her business evolve in response to assorted commercial opportunities. One thing, however, has remained constant at The Bookworm and Consignment Shop, 1031 S. 22nd St. — books are at the heart of the enterprise. “I started out ...

McMurray Hatchery welcomes first hatch of 2018

WEBSTER CITY — After celebrating a century of business in 2017, Murray McMurray is back to work in 2018 for their 101st year of hatching and selling poultry across the United States. Monday morning was the business’s first hatch of the new year. “We’ve been in business for 101 ...

2018 Iowa Power Farming Show

DES MOINES — The 2018 Iowa Power Farming Show was held last week and featured 75 new exhibit spaces and 99 new exhibitors as well as a new area for lunch dining and seating. Out of the 1,932 booths — spanning more than 7.7 acres — some companies took the opportunity to showcase new ...

Catalyst Therapy is now Trilogy Therapy

Trilogy Therapy at Friendship Haven, previously known as Catalyst Therapy, has recently been rebranded. Under its new name, Trilogy Therapy still provides patients with care by a team of therapists and support staff. Whether occupational, physical or speech therapy, Trilogy Therapy is able ...

Acupuncture, for pets

GOWRIE — Chloe, an 8-year-old blue-gray pitbull, has some health issues that trace back to years she spent in a kennel before she was rescued by her new human, Judy Schrad, of Lake City. “She has some hip problems, arthritis and allergies,” Schrad said. To help treat the ...

Focus on the three Vs

DES MOINES — Not long after Americans were expressing gratitude and enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving dinner last November, some MSNBC employees were less than thankful for rural Americans and the farmers who produced the ingredients for those Thanksgiving meals. On Nov. 25, MSNBC producer ...

Silk Purse Originals has much to offer

There’s something new just east of Fort Dodge on the north side of Old Highway 20. Jacquie Glaspie has opened Silk Purse Originals at 2773 200th St. The store sells an array of merchandise with antiques being featured. Glaspie said her passion for antiques led her to turn a hobby into a ...

Secrets of top producers

What happens when two farmers plant the same corn genetics but follow much different management strategies? It’s a real-world question for Dan Bjorklund, seed team leader at MaxYield Cooperative, as he analyzes two clients’ fields. “Field A has extremely low potassium levels,” ...

Growing with Fort Dodge

The arrival in Fort Dodge and Webster County of new businesses and companies has created a boom atmosphere in the community. The positive economic environment brought about by new ventures is also making it more attractive for already-established enterprises to invest in ...

Many tools needed to reduce nitrate loss

AMES — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continued its annual Crop Advantage series of meetings being held across the state with an all-day event in Ames last week. Matt Helmers, professor and ISU Extension agricultural engineer, presented on the impacts of 4R nutrient ...

Wag Swag makes dogs look great

If you happen to be in downtown Fort Dodge, you just might witness some mighty fine looking canines being escorted by their proud owners. Wag Swag, a dog-grooming business owned and operated by Justina Sheehan, now occupies a spacious new location at 817 Central Ave. Sheehan’s ...