Local Business

Kwik Star is booming

Kwik Star has increased its presence in Fort Dodge by adding three convenience stores in the area within the past year. In February, a Kwik Trip Express was added at the corner of Second Avenue North and 15th Street. The name was later changed to Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery, but ownership ...

Sunderman Farm Management employees awarded as environmental leaders

Mark Thompson and Brent Larson were recently awarded for their environmental stewardship efforts both as farm managers at Sunderman Farm Management and for environmental practices performed on their own farms. Thompson was presented the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award last August at ...

Farm News Ag Show winners announced

Rich Arndorfer, of Bancroft, was the winner of the Kubota two-piece, 19-drawer toolbox that is valued at more than $2,400. Arndorfer, a corn and soybean farmer, said the new toolbox will be a welcomed addition to his farm. “It’s a nice toolbox — it will work well,” he said. “I am ...

2019 Farm Bill is ‘good news’

Some didn’t think it would happen this soon, but the United States Congress has managed to pull together enough bipartisan support to pass an $867 billion farm bill. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill with a 386-47 vote, which allocated billions of dollars in subsidies to ...

Economic espionage

DES MOINES — Ask a farmer about the crux of the U.S.-China trade war, and the answer is likely “soybeans.” Ask the chief agricultural negotiator with the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, and the answer is “intellectual property theft.” “This is the trade issue of our era,” ...

Arby’s opens in Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge customers couldn’t wait to try premium deli-inspired sandwiches from Arby’s when the restaurant opened its doors on Dec. 3. Traffic was backed up on multiple occasions that Monday and throughout the following week on both South 29th Street and Fifth Avenue South — the ...

Prestage Foods of Iowa honored with Iowa Venture Award

DES MOINES — The Iowa Area Development Group honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting. The honor was made on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric ...

Twinkle, twinkle

LEMARS — Ever experienced an authentic winter wonderland? Step onto the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in December at dusk, and prepare to feel like the world has transformed into a giant snow globe, filled with sparkling holiday lights, 85 charming Christmas trees in Century Hall and ...

The spirit of giving

LAKE CITY — A frosty, dark, 15-degree morning might not sound like the ideal time for a festive gathering, but Iowa Select delivered plenty of holiday cheer — and free 5-pound pork loins — to residents of Lake City and nearby communities on December 10, thanks to Operation Christmas ...

BAKED TO PERFECTION

One thing that a visitor to Corinna Clarahan’s kitchen won’t find no matter how hard they look is a can of premade frosting. Clarahan, the owner of Confections by Corinna, makes her own and it’s all made from scratch. “I decorate with royal icing,” she said. “I do butter cream ...

Try an Iowa grown Christmas tree this holiday season

MAXWELL — For the past 20 years, people have descended upon a farm near Maxwell with the hopes of finding the most perfect Christmas tree. More importantly, though, they’re looking for a spot for Santa Claus to place presents on Christmas Eve. THE Christmas Tree Farm, near Maxwell, ...

Fareway raises money for children in need

Fareway Stores Inc., which has supermarkets in Fort Dodge, Humboldt, Webster City and many other nearby communities, conducted an effort in October that raised $177,000 for Variety — The Children’s Charity. Donations were collected through a round up at the register program at all Fareway ...

New Star has new owners

A familiar face at New Star Liquor and Tobacco now owns the business alongside his wife. Azzi Bukhari, a former employee at the store, and his wife, Gloria, took ownership of the well-situated business in September. New Star Liquor and Tobacco is located at 1923 Fifth Ave. S. — along ...

Ag-Vocating worldwide

BERLIN, GERMANY — Many consumers today don’t understand modern agriculture. Activists are spreading misinformation about farming. Myths about farming seem to carry more weight than facts. Sound familiar? These were hot topics in northern Germany when European farmers, veterinarians and ...

Columnist David Kruse to speak at Ag Show

David Kruse, president of CommStock Investments and weekly Farm News columnist will provide an update on immigration policy, trade when he takes to the stage at the Farm News Ag Show on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Kruse’s presentation, titled America first, agriculture last ...

Andrews to speak at 2018 Farm News ag show

Diann Andrews, estate and succession planning specialist and owner of NextStage Legacy Advisors is bringing her expertise to the 17th annual Farm News Ag show at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Andrews said her presentation, “planning is a process, not an event,” will step through the ...

Tighe joins National Aerospace Solutions as general manager

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tennessee — National Aerospace Solutions LLC, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, will finish 2018 with a new general manager leading the way. Richard “Rich” Tighe is joining NAS as the GM, replacing Cynthia ...

Meet the barn painter

LYTTON — Many people see a rustic, weathered old barn, with its wooden surface faded by decades of sun and wind, and think, “How beautiful!” James Casey looks at the same barn and says, “Needs paint.” “Paint not only protects a barn, but it helps it look like a traditional ...