Local Business

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A bank building since 1910, Patti Anderson purchased the property after Heartland Bank relocated and transformed it into a quilt shop, gift store and hair salon.

In Gowrie, new life for old bank

GOWRIE — The 110-year-old bank building in Gowrie has some new tenants. In place of the tellers and loan officers, customers can now find handmade gifts and exquisite locally made quilts at Patti’s Quilting and Gifts. The building also holds the Hairology by Courtney salon. ...

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Mike and Rosanne Schmit are the third generation of the Schmit family to own what is now a Heritage Farm

Kossuth County farm family earns Heritage Farm distinction

ALGONA — 160 acres in Section 27 of Plum Creek Township in Kossuth County has remained in the same farm family since 1857. Mike and Rosanne Schmit’s family farm was first settled by Mike Schmit’s grandfather, Michael Schmit, those 160 years ago. Rosanne Schmit said they officially ...

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An artist’s aerial viewpoint shows how the new Briggs Woods Conference Center south of Webster City in Hamilton County will fit into the existing footprint at the 18-hold golf course along Iowa HIghway 17.

Breaking ground at Briggs Woods

WEBSTER CITY — With a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Briggs Woods Conference Center set for Oct. 4 at 10 a.m., the start of the long-anticipated $2.6 million construction project will be underway. “We’re going to make a very big deal about this,” said Kelly Haman, special ...

Rush Hour Clothing Co. grand opening is Friday, Saturday

Mother and daughter business owners are teaming up to not only combine their stores, but also host a final monthly run/walk for the year at their new store downtown. Fit This and Xessorize! recently decided to combine their stores. Jill Bush, who owned Xessorize!, and her daughter, Amanda ...

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Keaton Hildreth, administration manager and member service representative for the Calhoun County REC, says the new solar array site installed late this summer just east of the REC office in Rockwell City has the ability to power approximately nine houses.

Solar system

Rockwell City — Call it an idea whose time has come. A new solar array located east of the Calhoun County REC’s office in Rockwell City is harnessing power from the sun and offering new insights into the viability of solar energy. “We’re seeing more interest in solar power,” ...

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Scott and Aimee Devereaux, owners of Ashes to Ashes Pet Cremation pose at their business near Pomeroy as Bailey walks by on the lawn. They began the business when Scott, then a Pocahontas County Deputy, had his canine partner Bear killed and they were unable to locate a proper cremation service. Scott is holding Bear's ashes, badge and a bronzed tooth.

Area business offers cremation option to pet owners

POMEROY — For Scott and Aimee Devereaux, owners of Ashes to Ashes Pet Cremation, the inspiration to open the business and offer their services came from a tragic event in his law enforcement career when he was a deputy with the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department. He’s now a ...

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Lainey Lorch, of Harris, looks at one of the displays at the Clay County Fair Centennial exhibit while her grandparents, David and Jane Lorch, look on.

Centennial exhibit is a walk through history

SPENCER — The Clay County Fair is encouraging people to “Come Home” and see not only what is new at the fair, but help to celebrate the fair’s centennial year. There have been several changes to the fairground’s landscape this year, with one being the Photography Center, which is ...

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Shelly Mortenson of Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator, Ocheyedan, led a station that taught children about the dangers of flowing grain. Here, she leads a hands-on effort to show the children how difficult it is to pull someone who has become entrapped in a grain bin.

Safety on the farm: Ag Safety Day focuses on kids

SIBLEY — Ashley Peters had enough. She had heard of so many farm accidents involving children in and around Osceola County this summer that she felt she needed to do something to help educate them about the dangers that lurk around farms and otherwise rural areas. So she put together a ...

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Monica Sortedahl, of Fort Dodge, works on making a copy of a key at Rosalez Lock and Key Service. Her father, Dave Rosalez, also of Fort Dodge, looks on.

Patience a ‘key’ to success

Patience is just one skill Monica Sortedahl learned from her father, Dave Rosalez, a longtime locksmith in Fort Dodge. “I used to get so frustrated and never had any patience,” Sortedahl said. “And he’s so patient.” When a difficult task would arise, Rosalez didn’t ...

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Holly Van Heel, left, health and nutrition specialist with the Humboldt County Iowa State University Extension Office, discusses what to consider when buying fresh vegetables to get the most for your money while Darlene Broughton, of Humboldt, listens to the tips.

Eating healthy on a budget

HUMBOLDT — When surrounded by aisle after aisle of groceries and produce, attempting to choose something both healthy and cost effective can be a confusing and somewhat overwhelming endeavor. However, health and nutrition specialist Holly Van Heel, with the Iowa State University ...

Fall weather outlook

Iowa crops are teetering precariously on a see-saw of whether or not they will be able to finish maturing in time for harvest. That’s according to Bryce Anderson, senior ag meteorologist with DTN. Cool temperatures during emergence this past spring, followed by drought and near-drought ...

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First Amerian Bank President Susan Ahlers Leman, at left, along with finance services representative Bernardette Schultz and Natalie Newell, vice-president of retail banking, look over the newly installed Interactive Teller Machine at their east Fort Dodge location. The device lets the bank's customers complete their ITM transaction with a live representative on the video screen.

Major banking innovation arrives in FD

First American Bank has served Fort Dodge for more than eight decades. During that long history the banking world has undergone numerous changes. According to Susan Ahlers Leman, market president in Fort Dodge and senior trust officer, the bank has long taken pride in bringing the latest ...

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Murray McMurray is shown here in the delivery truck in the early days of McMurray Hatchery, which was founded in Webster City and still does business in Webster City.

100 years of poultry

WEBSTER CITY — The McMurray Hatchery is celebrating a century of business in 2017. Located in Webster City, the hatchery was founded by Murray McMurray in 1917. The hatchery began as a backyard hobby where purebred show chickens were raised for McMurray. It quickly grew into a rare ...

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Landus Cooperative held its annual field day on the company’s 185-acre research plot last week.

Mike Vande Logt: ‘We’re in a mathematical, big data age of agriculture’

FARNHAMVILLE — Landus Cooperative hosted close to 200 farmers and industry professionals during its annual field day held on the company’s 185-acre research plot last week. The cooperative claims this is the country’s largest cooperative-owned test plot. Todd Claussen, director of ...

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Jerry Garrett, general manager of Mad Rabbit Dezign, shows off some of the tiny sample shirts they keep on hand to show customers the various colors available for their shirt printing needs. They are located at 709 S. 25th St. in Fort Dodge.

Mad Rabbit leaps into the future

Mad Rabbit Dezign is the new name for a long-established Fort Dodge business — Double M. Signs and Graphics, 709 S. 25thSt. “The reason we changed is we wanted to freshen things up. We wanted to show our customers that we are the best in the area at branding or re-branding,” said ...

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Lacy Mason checks her hops crop. Her and her husband, Justin, own and operate Hope Ave. Hops near Odeboldt.

There’s hope for hops at Hope Ave. Hops

ODEBOLDT — In an effort to help diversify their row crop farming operation, and along with a combination of the love for the outdoors, Justin and Lacy Mason, of Odeboldt, decided to look for an alternative crop to raise. In 2014, they began raising a half of an acre of hops. “I did it ...

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Members of the newly formed
Society for Human Resources Management Heartland of Iowa SHRM chapter meet
recently at the offices of Lynn Pedersen, at left, branch manager of QPS Employment. They also include Amy Porter, Webster County human resources, Julie Pingel, manager at Fort Dodge Family Credit Union, Cathy Nelson-Schoon, Iowa Works business services representative and Alison O’Brion who works with human resources at Elanco Animal Health.

Heartland of Iowa is on the move

The Society for Human Resource Management, which represents almost 300,000 members in 165 countries, now has an official chapter in north central Iowa. In September, the Heartland of Iowa SHRM chapter will receive its charter. It is one of nearly 600 SHRM affiliated chapters that help human ...

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Emma Alstott, a member of the Douglas Dreamers 4-H club, gets one of her Pekin ducks ready for the duck show at the Iowa State Fair.

The Iowa State Fair is for the birds

DES MOINES —“Nothing Compares to State Fair Thrills” is the theme of the 2017 Iowa State Fair that is running through Aug. 20. On opening day of the fair, Aug. 10, poultry project owners went before judges in hopes their fine feathered friends would be the top of their class. Two ...

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UnityPoint at Home executive director Jennifer Crimmins, at right, along with Jensen Builders project manager Taylor Pedersen, look over plans for the new retail store in the former HyVee Drugstore building. Homecare clinical manager Julie Samuelson, at left, Homecare clinical supervisor Jen Kirchhoff, warehouse supervisor Doris McBurney, regional store manager Angie Tracy and store unit supervisor Mike Hanrahn, at right, look over the cite behind them.

UnityPoint at Home is moving

UnityPoint at Home in Fort Dodge, which is gaining a national reputation as one of the state’s top home care agencies, is on the move both physically and as a provider of top quality care. Before the end of this year, it will move most of its services to a new consolidated location at 214 ...

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A panel discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill covered a wide range of topics, from payment limitations to funding for conservation efforts, during the 2017 Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Aug. 5. Moderator Phil Brasher left, and Iowa Ag Summit host Bruce Rastetter, second from left, visited with panelists including, left to right, Craig Lang, a dairy farmer from Brooklyn, Iowa and former Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president; Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Nebraska; Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union president; and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

Addressing the great Farm Bill debate

DES MOINES — While some lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley think Congress could pass a new Farm Bill by Christmas, other ag leaders are less confident. One thing is clear, though. Since no new funding with will be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, existing and proposed programs ...