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Dawn Fedkenheuer  stands with her parents, Coco and Tom Brown, by a rock that Fedkenheuer painted to commemorate their family’s Heritage Farm. The Brown Heritage Farm was established Feb. 28, 1860, by Thomas Brown, Tom’s great-grandfather.

Humboldt County farm family to receive Heritage Farm award at Iowa State Fair

BODE — A Humboldt County farm will officially be awarded its Heritage Farm status next month at the Iowa State Fair. Although the farm has been in the Brown family for 157 years, records show it wasn’t documented as a purchased farm until 1866, making it only officially 151 years in the ...

Stewart Memorial Community Hospital named as a Top Agency

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital it has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than 10 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified ...

UnityPoint at Home agencies receive top CMS rating

The Fort Dodge and Storm Lake agencies of UnityPoint at Home have been awarded five stars in the latest Home Health Compare ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The rating is the highest awarded in the five-star rating system from CMS for quality of care. Currently no ...

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Golf ball-sized hail and strong winds came through areas in Hancock County in the early morning hours of July 10. Several thousand acres were affected, with some fields being completely wiped out, such as this corn field located near Klemme.

Storms, lack of rain hit crops

KLEMME — Several thousand acres in Hancock County were hit with a large wind and hail event during the early morning hours of July 10. While those producers are dealing with a devastating blow due to that storm, many producers throughout the state are also dealing with some potential ...

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Jeremy Riesselman, store manager, right, visits with Pat Pedersen, of Humboldt, at the newly opened Fareway grocery store in Humboldt, recently.

Fareway Stores invests in Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — A brand-new Fareway Store located just two blocks west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 169 and Iowa Highway 3 at 1700 10thAve. N. is now serving Humboldt County residents. The 19,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility replaces an earlier Fareway Store in downtown ...

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In 1949, the J.B. Mertz store was moved to 17 S. Broadway, where Community Lumber Inc. is now located.

100 years for J.B. Mertz & Son

WEST BEND — J.B. Mertz & Son of West Bend is celebrating 100 years as a John Deere dealer. The dealership was started in Ottosen by J.B. Mertz in 1907 as an implement business. It became a John Deere franchise in 1917. While in Ottosen, J.B. Mertz managed the implement store, ...

UnityPoint Health named 2017 Most Wired Advanced

WEST DES MOINES — The American Hospital Association’s Health Forum has named UnityPoint Health a 2017 Most Wired Advanced Health System. UnityPoint Health is the only health system in Iowa and Illinois to achieve advanced status. The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study recognizes ...

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Heartland Bank President/CEO Kevin Black, at left, along with Ashley Hanson, loan administrative clerk, stand at the pod used by bank employees to help customers as they walk into the newly built building.

Heartland Bank in Gowrie moves

GOWRIE — Heartland Bank has a new home in Gowrie. On June 26, customers were welcomed to the bank’s brand-new building at 1201 Market St. This location is about a block and a half from its longtime previous venue. The new facility has been under construction since groundbreaking took ...

Final interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance share a little about themselves each Sunday throughout the summer. This is the last of that series of Q&As. Olivia COOL Hometown: Denver, Colorado School: Iowa State ...

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Cristen Clark, shown here with her daughter, Halle, is a voice for agriculture.

Clark is a voice for ag

RUNNELS — One of the most predominant female voices touting Iowa agriculture wears many hats, including that of mom, wife, pork producer and blogger. Cristen Slings Clark grew up on a grain and cattle farm in Jasper County. She and her sister still drive the grain cart for their dad ...

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Katie and Scott Underberg, co-owners of Guthrie and Associates Real Estate, pose in front of their newly renovated offices at 1302 Central Avenue in Fort Dodge. They also recently moved to this location.

Guthrie and Associates Real Estate is growing

Just a bit more than two years ago, a new era began at Guthrie and Associates Real Estate when Scott and Katie Underberg became the new owners of one of the town’s oldest real estate firms. Both Underbergs were real estate agents affiliated with the agency prior to taking the helm of the ...

Kwik Star Express is now Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery

Drivers along Second Avenue North will have noticed a change to one of the newer convenience stores in town. It’s only a change in the sign, though. Although the former Kwik Star Express is now called Tobacco Outlet Plus Grocery, everything inside has stayed the same. “Same products, ...

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Clare Lindahl, executive director of the Conservation Districts of Iowa, distributed free RetaiN water-testing kits during a conservation drainage workshop held in the historic Owens barn south of Lake City. Nearly 50 people, including many area farmers, attended the June 28 meeting, which focused on bioreactors, saturated buffer strips and available cost-share programs to help improve Iowa’s water quality. Free consultations about potential site locations for these conservation drainage practices are available by contacting Loulou Dickey, a conservation planning intern with Ecosystem Services Exchange, at loulou@ecoexch.com

Conservation drainage

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com LAKE CITY — What if there were proven conservation practices that didn’t require taking farmland out of production? What if some of these practices could offer water quality solutions and provide wildlife habitat? Even better, what if ...

Estate planning workshop offered by Webster County Extension

The Webster County ISU Extension office will be hosting an “Evaluating Your Estate Plan” workhop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 26 at the Extension office in Fort Dodge. The “Evaluating Your Estate Plan” workshop has been very popular all across Iowa. Families and individuals ...

Fair will include Farm Gadget Show

SPENCER — Exhibitors everywhere are invited to be part of this year’s Farm Gadget Show at the 2017 Clay County Fair. The show, which started in 2015, began from the “All Around the Farm” page that comes out in the back of every “Successful Farmer” magazine. “Exhibits don’t ...

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Paula J. Baber Hospice House clinical manager Joyce Bianchi holds a set of plaster hands cast from a patients hands in one of the rooms.

Helping people at end of life

Some deaths are sudden and unexpected. Often, however, a dying person and their family members have substantial advance warning that death will come soon. Helping patients and families through those difficult times is the specialized role played locally by UnityPoint at Home Hospice, which ...

More interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance share a little about themselves each Sunday throughout the summer. This is another in that series of Q&As. CAL TAUBER Hometown: Dubuque School: Wartburg College Major: ...

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The Starbucks at Hy-Vee is busy on a recent morning. Hy-Vee manager Tim Flaherty said the kiosk has 12 to 15 employees who work throughout the week.

Starbucks at Hy-Vee is booming

All across America taking time out for a coffee drink has been revolutionized by Starbucks. In Fort Dodge, partaking of that company’s plethora of coffee concoctions and sampling enticing foods carefully crafted to accompany the beverage selected can now be part of a shopping excursion to ...

More interns tell what brought them to FD and Webster County

Editor’s note: Interns involved in the Internship+ Program through the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance share a little about themselves each Sunday throughout the summer. This is another in that series of Q&As. KATHERINE SHORT Hometown: Webster City School: Iowa State ...

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson THE 28TH ANNUAL RED POWER ROUND UP was held June 15-17 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. International Harvester tractors and other tractors affiliated with that brand were showcased during the event.

Red Power Round Up: A sea of red at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

DES MOINES — Many tractor enthusiasts will tell you they bleed the color of their favorite tractor, and red was the color last week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The 28th annual Red Power Round Up, hosted by the International Harvester Collectors Club Iowa Chapter 5, was ...