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Webster City Hy-Vee Store to add Fast and Fresh Express

WEBSTER CITY — A new addition is coming to the Webster City Hy-Vee Store. Ground work and construction of a new Fast and Fresh Express store is just beginning to the east of the Hy-Vee Food Store. “They tell me we’ll be ready to open Jan. 5 or 6,” said Jon Johnson, store director. ...

Investing in Fort Dodge

Nestle Purina PetCare Co., a worldwide pet food company, continues to invest in its Fort Dodge facility, located along Fifth Avenue South — the city’s Corridor of Commerce. The company is constructing a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility, which will increase energy efficiency ...

Taste of Something Different opens downtown

A Fort Dodge native is putting her culinary skills to work at a new restaurant in the downtown, which offers homemade soul food, Fort Dodge favorites, and a variety of unique dishes. Tanisha Gully opened Taste of Something Different inside Dodger Tap, 22 N. 12th St., in October. The ...

Elwynn Taylor to speak at Farm News Ag Show

Well known as a regular to the Farm News Ag Show, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University climatologist, will be making yet another appearance to the annual event, 8:30 — 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. Taylor’s presentation “Crop Weather Outlook 2019” will not only give an overview of what ...

Zakeer’s

Zakeer’s Family Restaurant, a Fort Dodge tradition since 1961, is now under the care of new owner Tommy Zakeer, son of founders Bob and Marie Zakeer. Zakeer has recently made a few changes to the menu and with the help of his girlfriend, Tara Grossnickle, made some decor changes to honor ...

Cactus Family Farms committed to pork production

OSCEOLA — After many years of producing solely beef, Cactus Family Farms began pork production in Iowa back in 2015. And four years later, a company executive said things are going well. Rod Leman, vice president of business development for Cactus Family Farms, said they purchased an ...

Rural that works

STRATFORD — The way rural America tends to be portrayed today, especially in the national media, is not a pretty picture. Consider articles like “Rural America is the New ‘Inner City,’” which appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. Other news stories recount the rural ...

Leibold will bring his expertise to Farm News Ag Show

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach farm and ag business management specialist Kelvin Leibold is slated to speak Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Farm News Ag Show. Leibold’s presentation, “factors impacting future farm profits in a global economy,” will provide an overview ...

CJ BIO AMERICA EXPANDS

As CJ Bio America continues to expand its operations in the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation industrial park west of Fort Dodge, it is adding another amenity to benefit its approximately 200 employees. A 10,000-square-foot fitness center is being built on the northwest corner of the ...

Rain doesn’t always make grain

“Rain makes grain” is the often heard maxim said by grain traders on the Board of Trade to explain why grain markets tend to fall after hearing of reports of rain during the growing season. Northern Iowa But don’t say that to northern Iowa farmers who have been harvesting in recent ...

GAME ON

Fun for all ages is the specialty at the Dungeons and Dodgers comics and game shop. There’s even something for the youngest visitors, although this can lead to some honest confusion by the parents, according to Ethan Becker, store owner. “Kids always go right to these toys, and ...

The pig whisperer

TEMPLETON — Soaring corn prices in 2008 were great for grain growers, but tough for pork producers like Dave Klocke. As he was trying to manage feed costs, Klocke was also trying to find ways to address some soft spots in his swine operation’s production metrics. “We had good numbers ...

The last stop

WILLIAMS — Even though there was the low murmur of friendly conversations, the tinkling of glassware, the sound and smell of sizzling meat on the grill and the bustle of waitresses rushing to fill orders, the mood was somber. For in just a few days, Boondocks USA, the landmark truck ...

Weather continues to impact grain quality

Heavy rains, cool temperatures, and a blanket of snow that covered most of the state of Iowa on Sunday have harvest slowed practically to a standstill over the last few weeks. Those wet conditions continue to affect the quality of the corn and soybeans that are left out in the ...

A trip to Timbukbru

CLARION — A group of friends who worked together at Hagie Manufacturing decided one day that they wanted to experiment with a new kind of business — a brewery. “The six of us love craft beer and one of us brewed at home, so we just figured, ‘what the heck,’” Willie Lancaster ...

Managing grain bins key to success in 2018

EMMETSBURG — With low prices and on-farm bins that await a new year’s crop, grain management will be as important as ever this year, according to one expert. Kris Kohl, Iowa State University Extension field engineer, said natural corn dry-down can be estimated at four points per week ...

More room for the big stuff

Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co., 1303 Third Ave. NW, has expanded its shop space to allow its technicians to work inside on the massive excavators, payloaders and other heavy duty equipment it rents, according to Bruce Stover, branch manager. The John Deere equipment is used throughout a ...

Iowa Central will host Career Day on Oct. 25

On Oct. 25, approximately 1,600 area high school students will attend the annual Career Day hosted at Iowa Central Community College. The theme of this year’s Career Day is “The Game of Life.” The event is designed to be an interactive day for students to learn more about the ...

Out of the classroom, into the field

VINCENT — To help freshmen and sophomore agricultural students gain some experience outside of the classroom and explore professional opportunities, an ag career day was held last week at Winfield United’s national headquarters in Vincent. The career day was a combined effort between ...