BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Local Business

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

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 ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson
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 ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Dan DeWolf, bar manager, stands behind the bar inside the Hy-Vee Market Grille Express recently.

Market Grille Express now serving

A newly remodeled area inside Hy-Vee in Fort Dodge is offering customers an improved dining experience with increased food and beverage options. Within that area, a service station called the Market Grille Express, has a full menu featuring salads, entrees, burgers, breakfast items and ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson
Brian Berns gives a demonstration during Landus Cooperative’s field day in August 2016. Berns is Iowa’s 2017 Certified Crop Advisor of the Year award recipient on Feb. 27 in Ames.

Landus’ Berns earns 2017 top CCA award

AMES — Brian Berns, a field sales agronomist for Landus Cooperative’s Farnhamville and Churdan locations, was recently recognized for his extensive knowledge of the agronomy industry, his commitment to his position and for his environmental efforts outside of the job. Berns received ...

Ag organizations respond to plight of wildfire-affected farmers, ranchers

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey highlighted on Monday opportunities for Iowans to support farmers and ranchers who have been impacted by wildfires in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. More than 2,300 square miles, much of it agricultural land used for cow/calf ...

Corn Belt Power Coop to hold annual meeting

HUMBOLDT — Corn Belt Power Cooperative will hold its 70th annual meeting April 5 at the Best Western Starlite Village, Fort Dodge. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting follows at 10:30 a.m. The meeting’s theme — “Never Stop Getting Better” — will reflect on ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson

Doug Johnson, president of the Farnhamville Betterment Inc., visits with Juanita Borland and Emily Bendickson about all of the work that has been done to the building which was formerly Tony’s Steakhouse. The group has renovated the building and are on the search for a tenant to lease it in hopes of opening up a new restaurant and bar in the small Calhoun County town.

Taking the initiative

FARNHAMVILLE — A large turnout at an open house of a renovated building is proof that community members are eager to have a place to socialize and have a place to come for a meal in their small town again. The Farnhamville Betterment Inc. has purchased the former Tony’s Steakhouse ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson
Gregg Hora, president of the Webster County Pork Producers, gave a presentation Monday night on his pork trade mission trip to South Korea during the county’s annual banquet.

Talking pork, here and abroad

Building relationships with foreign marketers and establishing trust was the essence of a South Korea trade mission in February attended by Gregg Hora, president of the Webster County Pork Producer’s Association and president-elect of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Hora presented ...

Corn Belt honors longtime employees

HUMBOLDT — Ten employees of Corn Belt Power Cooperative, headquartered in Humboldt, were honored for service to the cooperative and received awards at a company event Jan. 7 in Fort Dodge. Recognized were Jerry Moritz, system electrical superintendent, 45 years; Kevin Bornhoft, vice ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

The Flannery-Salgren family is shown here at the office, located at 912 First Ave. N.. Back row from left to right: Marge Flannery, Kathy Flannery-Salrgren, and Wayne Salgren. Marisa Hamilton is shown in front.

Keeping business in the family

In the early 1970s, the late Larry Flannery decided he wanted to do his own taxes rather than paying someone else to do them. “He said ‘I want to be fair and pay taxes, but I want to learn the business,’” Marge Flannery, Larry Flannery’s widow said. As a result, he started ...

10th Annual North Iowa Tractor Ride announced

BOONE — The 10th Annual North Iowa Tractor Ride and gathering is set for July 27-29 in Boone. The ride, anticipating about 200 tractors, will kick off at 7:20 a.m. July 28 from The Boone County Fairgrounds in Boone. Tractors will be parked on the fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m. July 27 ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Tom Christy, vice president of Misty Harbor, left, and John Jergens, president, stand inside one of their luxury pontoons at Misty Harbor in Fort Dodge, recently.

Staying the course

When John Jergens went to work for Misty Harbor Pontoons in 2011, it was not only an opportunity to learn the business, it was also a chance to assert himself as a future leader of the company that Dave Wilson and Lisa Wilson built. Behind the scenes at that time, Dave Wilson and Lisa Wilson ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson
MIssy and Shawn Kelly, representing First Lutheran Church of Gilmore City, present a grain bin candle holder that features a cross and a certificate of appreciation and thank you to the Sukup family. The grain bin candle holder represents a Safe T Home that is manufactured by Sukup Manufacturing.  GoServ and Sukup have partnered together to help serve countries such as Haiti providing structures that serve as homes and other uses. From left are Eugene Sukup, Mary Sukup, the Kelleys, Steve Sukup, Charles Sukup, Brett Nelson and Emily Schmitt.

Just saying, ‘Thank you’

SHEFFIELD — Sukup Manufacturing and GoServ Global were both honored Monday for their work in supplying shelter for residents in Haiti. Shawn and Missy Kelley, representing the First Lutheran Church, of Gilmore City, presented the Sukup family and the co-founders of GoServ Global with a ...

Northey urges applying for Century, Heritage awards

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is urging eligible Iowa farm owners to apply for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm program. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes ...

Telehealth facilitates new services at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital

LAKE CITY — For patients in rural health settings, the past expectation has been to have to travel a distance to see some specialists. Stewart Memorial Community has begun to implement telehealth in its emergency department and in clinic settings to increase access to specialty care for its ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Store Leader David Munoz knows his cigars, and can help customers of any level of smoking experience pick out a cigar to their taste pick one out of the walk-in Humidor at the Kwik Star Express, now open at Second Avenue North and 15th Street.

Kwik Star Express offers shopping options

The newest gas station and convenience store in town has something unusual to offer—a walk-in humidor stocked with a wide variety of cigars. The Kwik Star Express at the corner of Second Avenue North and 15th Street celebrated its official grand opening this week, after a soft opening ...

-Messenger photos by Dawn Bliss
Mary Haverkamp poses in the winery of her Kossuth County farm, where vinifies 13 different types of wine using grapes from her vineyard and from neighboring grape growers.

Family-owned winery ‘good size for us’

ALGONA — There’s more to a winery than grapes. “You have to be multifaceted,” said Mary Haverkamp, a Kossuth County vineyard and winery owner. “There’s the grapes in the vineyard and there’s making the wines, but there is also hosting events and getting your product out to ...

Hy-Vee’s pharmacy expands

The pharmacy at Hy-Vee has recently undergone an expansion as a way of improving its service to its customers. Opening on Jan. 1, the remodeled pharmacy, located within the food store at 115 S. 29th St., is much larger than its predecessor, according to Tim Flaherty, Hy-Vee store ...