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Emma Alstott, a member of the Douglas Dreamers 4-H club, gets one of her Pekin ducks ready for the duck show at the Iowa State Fair.

The Iowa State Fair is for the birds

DES MOINES —“Nothing Compares to State Fair Thrills” is the theme of the 2017 Iowa State Fair that is running through Aug. 20. On opening day of the fair, Aug. 10, poultry project owners went before judges in hopes their fine feathered friends would be the top of their class. Two ...

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UnityPoint at Home executive director Jennifer Crimmins, at right, along with Jensen Builders project manager Taylor Pedersen, look over plans for the new retail store in the former HyVee Drugstore building. Homecare clinical manager Julie Samuelson, at left, Homecare clinical supervisor Jen Kirchhoff, warehouse supervisor Doris McBurney, regional store manager Angie Tracy and store unit supervisor Mike Hanrahn, at right, look over the cite behind them.

UnityPoint at Home is moving

UnityPoint at Home in Fort Dodge, which is gaining a national reputation as one of the state’s top home care agencies, is on the move both physically and as a provider of top quality care. Before the end of this year, it will move most of its services to a new consolidated location at 214 ...

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A panel discussion on the 2018 Farm Bill covered a wide range of topics, from payment limitations to funding for conservation efforts, during the 2017 Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Aug. 5. Moderator Phil Brasher left, and Iowa Ag Summit host Bruce Rastetter, second from left, visited with panelists including, left to right, Craig Lang, a dairy farmer from Brooklyn, Iowa and former Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president; Craig Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Nebraska; Gary Wertish, Minnesota Farmers Union president; and Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.

Addressing the great Farm Bill debate

DES MOINES — While some lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley think Congress could pass a new Farm Bill by Christmas, other ag leaders are less confident. One thing is clear, though. Since no new funding with will be included in the 2018 Farm Bill, existing and proposed programs ...

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Jon Ruba, owner of Ruba Kitchen and Bath, displays a variety of tile samples at his business in Clarion recently.

The finishing touch, in 3D

CLARION — Jon Ruba has taken his passion for designing kitchens and bathrooms to the next level. Ruba is the owner of Ruba Kitchen and Bath. He expanded his business in Clarion during the spring. The business is located at 215 Nelson Ave. S.E. in Clarion’s industrial park. “We ...

Iowa Corn leader Keller becomes US Grains Council chair

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON — Deb Keller, a farmer from Clarion, was elected as U.S. Grains Council chair on Wednesday at the organization’s 57th annual board of delegates meeting in Vancouver, Washington. Keller, who represents Iowa corn farmers with her USGC board seat, is a second-generation ...

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Karen and Dennis Fay, of Churdan, will be one of six farm families to be awarded the Way We Live award.

Greene County couple to be honored at Iowa State Fair

CHURDAN — The Iowa State Fair has a tradition of celebrating everything there is about Iowa, including its strong agricultural roots. In an effort to recognize certain individual’s dedication to agriculture and their strong family values, DuPont Pioneer and WHO News Radio 1040 partner ...

Landus, FSC sign purchase agreement for sale of Oakland

OAKLAND — Local farmer-owned cooperative officials last week announced a purchase agreement has been signed for the sale of the Oakland, Iowa Landus Cooperative agronomy plant to be sold to Farm Service Cooperative. The purchase between Ames-based Landus Cooperative and Harlan-based FSC is ...

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Grammas’ Attic specializes in midcentury modern used furniture.

Growth expectations

EAGLE GROVE — There’s something new in downtown Eagle Grove. Grammas’ Attic, 209 W. Broadway, began welcoming patrons in early July. Owned by longtime Eagle Grove residents Tom and Melissa Niederhauser, the shop features vintage furniture and assorted collectibles. Tom Niederhauser ...

Jeff Broin receives George Washington Carver Award

MONTREAL — POET CEO Jeff Broin received the George Washington Carver Award at a ceremony on July 24 at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal. The Carver Award recognizes “significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its ...

SERVPRO recognizes SERVPRO of Fort Dodge

Jerry M. and Lori A. McMahon, of SERVPRO of Fort Dodge, joined a group of high-performing franchisees who were recognized during an Awards Extravaganza event at the recent SERVPRO annual convention in Seattle, Washington. SERVPRO of Fort Dodge received the Director’s Gold award. “We have a ...

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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 ...