Local Business

Hardware Hank is new to FD

A construction worker walked into the newly opened Hardware Hank affiliated Iowa Outdoors Hardware and Rental Thursday afternoon at Third Avenue Northwest and U.S. Highway 169 still wearing his hard hat and dressed for being outside. “Do you have any steel drill bits?” he asked. Aaron ...

Finding your fight song

AMES — What do you do if you’re scared of failure? It’s a common question Marji Guyler-Alaniz hears from young women, and she answers with some of her favorite lyrics from “Fight Song.” “Like a small boat on the ocean, sending big waves into motion,” quoted Guyler-Alaniz, founder ...

Bormanns hold conservation tillage field day

ALGONA — Self-described “ordinary guys trying to do a better job farming” hosted a field day Nov. 8 to nearly 70 farmers and agribusiness professionals, showcasing their operation. Brothers Matt and Joe Bormann, and their father, Mark Bormann, farm near the LuVerne and Algona area in ...

Mikos and Matt reopens

Mikos and Matt Furniture has reopened its store after the roof was partially ripped off the building during a devastating storm that struck Fort Dodge about six months ago. The storm swept through the area on May 16. It caused significant damage to the interior of the family operated ...

National Gypsum is digging new quarry

In a few more years, the rock in National Gypsum’s quarry northeast of Fort Dodge will be gone. Today the company is hard at work digging a new pit, just across the road, where it will continue mining one of the area’s most important natural resources for years to come. The old ...

Bison are gracing Iowa’s landscape once again

VAN METER — Bison are known as the largest hooved mammal in North America. These large animals once used to be a very prominent part of the continent and even throughout Iowa. According to the Polk County Conservation website, the largest concentrations of bison were in northwestern and ...

A Pinch of Love

Two sisters with a passion for cooking have teamed up to open Fort Dodge’s newest cafe. A Pinch of Love Cafe, located at 850 S. 18th St., opened just over two weeks ago. Sisters Crystal Mikesell-Lowrey and Angie Reiter opened the restaurant after a lifelong passion of cooking. A late ...

Fareway round up supports Variety — the Children’s Charity

DES MOINES — Fareway Stores, Inc. recently conducted a round up at the register to support Variety — the Children’s Charity. Donations were collected from Monday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 21 in all Fareway locations, with total donations reaching $57,067.99 during the three-week ...

2017 Farm News Ag Show planned

Farm News is hosting its 16th annual Ag Show from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge. This location formerly housed Smithway Motor Xpress on the east side of Fort Dodge. More than ...

Reading rewards

LAKE CITY — The things a child needs to flourish are basic but non-negotiable. Food. Shelter. Love. The gift of reading. Just ask Janelle Nesbitt, who brought her 15-month old grandson, Ace Magnani, to the Lake City Public Library for story time recently. “Ace loves books about ...

Preparing for the future

HUMBOLDT — A major expansion plan to guarantee a bright future for Humboldt County Memorial Hospital is on track to become a reality. The hospital has gained approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a 40-year, fixed-rate loan to support a major building project that could begin ...

Five reasons why pigs are good for Iowa

ROCKWELL CITY — When Jason Folsom travels across rural Iowa, one thing is clear. The areas with livestock production tend to have more young farmers and more vibrant rural communities. “Almost all the successful young farmers I meet have livestock,” said Folsom, 36, a contract ...

Hy-Vee honors Fort Dodge employees for service milestones

More than 2,500 Hy-Vee Inc. employees will be honored this month for their years of providing helpful smiles and dedication to the company. Each year, employees from across Hy-Vee’s eight-state region gather together at a series of Service Award celebrations, which recognizes employees’ ...

Shimkat expands its offerings

There’s an important change at Fort Dodge’s oldest automobile dealership. For the first time in its 70-year history, Shimkat Motor Co., 3126 Fifth Ave. S., is now selling and servicing commercial trucks. “Starting in September we acquired the Business Link franchise for Chrysler’s ...

Grid Iron in Webster City serves up top tenderloin

WEBSTER CITY — A Webster City restaurant has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin contest, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The Grid Iron Grill and Sports Lounge, owned by Burke Risetter, was judged to have the very best tenderloin in the ...

Fresh food from the farm

FERTILE — The menu started with an outdoor social hour of hummus and crudites along with wine. Once inside, the meal began with a salad of mixed local greens, followed by the entree of slow-roasted Mangalitsa pork with Mojo De Ajo and fresh herbs. The sides were roasted beets with ...

An upgrade is in the wind

Iowa is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to pulling electricity out of thin air. But wind turbines don’t last forever. MidAmerican Energy has announced it will upgrade hundreds of its older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and what it projects to be cost ...

Fort and Schlegel agency is expanding

For more than 30 years Michael Fort has been helping small businesses navigate the regulations, rules and requirements through his financial planning agency. Now Fort is joined by his new partner, Jeremiah Schlegel, as the agency continues to grow. The name of the firm is now Fort and ...

Elanco employees give back to community

More than 260 employee volunteers of Elanco Animal Health in Fort Dodge worked every day from Sept. 25 to Sept. 29 to help six community service organizations. The effort was in honor of the company’s 2017 Global Day of Service on Sept. 28. The 266 local employees spent 432 hours assisting ...

Reynolds, Gregg tour area ag facilities

STRATFORD — A Stratford winery caught the attention of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds during the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Last week, Reynolds had a chance to see the Backcountry Winery in action. The winery is owned and operated by Amber and Preston Gable and was started in 2014. Backcountry Winery ...