Local Business

Gaesser runs for Iowa ag secretary

SPENCER — Ray Gaesser was born in Indiana, but he chose to live and farm in Iowa, where he has lived for the past 40 years. Today, he is committing to his love of the state by running as a Republican candidate for the position of Iowa secretary of agriculture, following the appointment ...

Rides Bar & Grill serves an award winning burger

For the fourth time in five years, Rides Bar & Grill, of Fort Dodge, has made the top 10 best burger in the 2018 Iowa’s Best Burger contest and is now in the running for the best burger in Iowa. Each year the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association seek ...

New owner and a new home

A transition has taken place at Snell Settlement Services. It is now owned by the Crimmins & Kehm Law Firm and has moved from its longtime home in the Snell Building to the law firm’s office at 706 First Ave. N. Snell Settlement Services was created in 2002 by Kurt T. Pittner, a Fort ...

Annie’s Project reaches milestone

A group of Iowa farm women became a part of history Monday night as the 100th graduating class of Annie’s Project. About 20 women were in the program, which is designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Annie’s Project fosters problem solving, record keeping ...

Weather observers needed

The state is looking for volunteer weather watchers who are willing to measure precipitation and report it regularly to provide much-needed help to meteorologists and others to help track drought conditions. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s State Climatology Office ...

The Lucky Pig is coming to Farnhamville

FARNHAMVILLE — The town of Farnhamville is about to get a little more lucky. In fact, it isn’t just luck — citizens of the town have put in a lot of hard work and funding which will pay off when the Lucky Pig Farnhamville opens next month. The new restaurant, in a main street ...

No Risk Rides will serve Fort Dodge

The primary goal of No Risk Rides is to make sure people get home safely, according to its owner and operator, Craig Davis, of Spencer. No Risk Rides is a taxi cab company based in Spencer. Davis recently expanded his operations to include Fort Dodge. That service began March 3. What ...

Fraley: ‘Exciting times ahead in modern agriculture’

SPENCER — Robb Fraley told a large group of grain and livestock producers and FFA students at the Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook event in Spencer last month to remain optimistic about agriculture in the years ahead. “There has never been a more exciting time to be in agriculture,” Fraley ...

An era ends in Fort Dodge

In the late summer of 1976, not long after graduating from Creighton University School of Law, Kurt T. Pittner arrived in Fort Dodge to begin work as an assistant county attorney in the office of then-County Attorney William Thatcher. Concluding that Fort Dodge was a good place to call home ...

Business Horizons 2018 registration is now open

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation is now accepting applications for Business Horizons, a college and career summer program for high school students grades nine through 12. During the week, participants gain unique hands-on experience in the world of business and ...

John Deere to celebrate 100 years of tractors

The John Deere company will celebrating its 100-year anniversary of entering into the tractor business starting next week with a 100 days of celebrations. Tiffany Turner, product manager for large tractors of John Deere Co., said John Deere wasn’t on the forefront of the tractor ...

Peart makes dreams reality

For many families, moving into a new, custom-built home is at — or near — the top of their dream list. Helping people in north central Iowa turn that important life goal into a reality is part of the mission of the team at Don Peart Custom Homes Inc. Undertaking assorted remodeling and ...

Johnson is new WCF Bank CFO

WEBSTER CITY — WCF Financial Bank has named Stacy Johnson as its new chief financial officer. Johnson earned her B.A. in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa with an MBA from Upper Iowa University. She is also a Certified Management Accountant, has six years experience as a plant ...

Le Mars Toy Store: More than just toy tractors

LE MARS — If you are looking for a toy tractor, semi-truck or have an old one that has seen better days and could use a makeover, look no further than the Le Mars Toy Store. Owner Albert Schulz has been in business for 22 years now, and his store has grown over the years. The business ...

Elite Snow Removal is on the job

Throughout December and January Mother Nature treated Fort Dodge residents kindly. Despite some extremely cold weather, the most notable thing about snow was that there was very little of it. On Feb. 8 and 9, everybody got a forceful reminder that this is still Iowa and winter is more than ...

Events help Backcountry Winery grow

STRATFORD — Ask Amber Gable about the backstory behind Backcountry Winery at her family’s home east of Stratford, and her answer is straightforward. “It’s a hobby out of control.” That hobby has taken Gable and her husband, Preston, on a dynamic journey that has led to the ...

Master technicians

Four of the technicians at Overhead Door Co. of Webster County are in some rare company — they are among the only 70 or so technicians nationally to have earned their Master Technician Certification from the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. One of those to earn the ...

Grandpa’s tractor

MARSHALLTOWN — Nate Casady grew up admiring his grandpa, Duane Brinkman’s, tractor. The tractor had been his grandfather’s for most of the tractor’s 49 years. Casady said his grandfather owned and operated Brinkman Tractor and Implement in Clarion and sold the 1969 8000 Ford ...

Joyce Bickford’s business keeps evolving

In the 34 years since it was launched, Joyce Bickford has seen her business evolve in response to assorted commercial opportunities. One thing, however, has remained constant at The Bookworm and Consignment Shop, 1031 S. 22nd St. — books are at the heart of the enterprise. “I started out ...

McMurray Hatchery welcomes first hatch of 2018

WEBSTER CITY — After celebrating a century of business in 2017, Murray McMurray is back to work in 2018 for their 101st year of hatching and selling poultry across the United States. Monday morning was the business’s first hatch of the new year. “We’ve been in business for 101 ...