Local Business

Access Systems is thriving in Fort Dodge

The local office of Access Systems has a new home in the heart of downtown Fort Dodge. In January, a move took place to an expansive, renovated venue at 706 Central Ave. — across the street from the Webster County Courthouse and The Messenger. The office was previously at 15 N. 10th ...

Dust busters: Trees, technology help Iowa Select Farms control odors

WILLIAMS — What if odor from swine confinement barns could be reduced by 65 percent or more? It’s possible with trees and technology, according to Iowa Select Farms, which is incorporating evergreens and innovative electrostatic fencing at its new 4,800-head Hale Finisher Farm near ...

Power of Produce clubs: Making fruits and vegetables fun for kids

ROCK RAPIDS—What would the world look like if children ate all their fruits and vegetables? And what if they found it fun to do, so they were in that habit? That’s the goal for a new club formed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach called, “Power of Produce,” or ‘PoP.’ ...

Hamilton Redi-Mix makes use of new tax law

JEFFERSON — Hamilton Redi-Mix employees received something extra in their paychecks recently: the first of three installments of a bonus — made possible by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 — more commonly known as the Trump Tax Plan. Joining many Fortune 500 companies in ...

Growing with FD

Fifteen years ago this month, Wayne Crimmins became the owner of Mark’s Auto Mart, 2100 Fifth Ave. S. As the local economy has boomed, so too has this popular vendor of pre-owned vehicles. “The last five or six years our business has gone steadily uphill,” Crimmins said. He said an ...

Stanhope Locker has new owners with big plans

STANHOPE — The new owners of the venerable Stanhope Locker have lots of plans for the business that has been a mainstay in the community since 1946. For Wes and Shaunna Zanker, they see it as an opportunity to “bring the reputation of the business back to what it used to be, to put ...

Fourth graders get an education on agriculture and conservation

POCAHONTAS — Fourth-graders from Pocahontas County took to an outdoor classroom last week for the Agriculture and Conservation Day held at the Pocahontas County Fairgrounds. Lisa Zeman, county youth coordinator for Pocahontas County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said ...

The Truck Doctors handles big vehicles

Troy Waller has opened a new business on Fort Dodge’s booming Corridor of Commerce In early April, he launched The Truck Doctors at 3375 Fifth Ave. S. “We’re focusing on semis and RVs,” Waller said. “Major stuff. Fabrication work. It’s pretty much body work. With the RVs, ...

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota earns President’s Award

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, 2753 Fifth Ave. S., was recently presented with the prestigious President’s Award from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. The award is presented annually to Toyota dealerships that exhibit stellar work ethic. The President’s Award pays homage to Toyota dealerships ...

Spring weather continues to bring planting woes

The 2018 planting season varies greatly across the state, with some producers completing their corn planting while others haven’t even begun to turn a wheel. Paul Kassel, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist — who serves counties in northwest Iowa including Buena ...

Community and Family Resources celebrates 50 years of service

Throughout 2018, Community and Family Resources will be celebrating a half century of providing specialized services to help clients with substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health issues across the state. Through open houses in each of eight counties where programs and services are ...

The Big Picture

Pam Johnson has opened The Big Picture in the heart of downtown Fort Dodge at 704 Central Ave. She said she hopes her store will help further the renaissance that is turning the city's historic central business district into in increasingly popular shopping venue. Johnson’s shop was ...

Hatch day

WEBSTER CITY — Sitting off to one side in a quiet corner of the packing and shipping room at McMurray Hatchery is a plastic bin with about two dozen freshly hatched chicks in it. There’s a good variety in the bin, some yellow, some black, some with fuzzy legs, some without fuzzy legs, ...

Trucking industry sees increase in automatic transmissions, safety features

Semi-trailer trucks with automatic transmissions are becoming more common than ever in the trucking industry, particularly at Decker Truck Line Inc. in Fort Dodge, according to Brad Baade, the company’s chief operating officer. Baade reports that more than 90 percent of the company’s ...

Flying local

The original concrete air carrier apron in front of the terminal at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport has seen better days. It was installed in 1952 when the airport was constructed at its current location north of Fort Dodge. It’s being replaced with a brand new up-to-date apron this ...

Fareway truck celebrates Beef Month in Hawkeye State

DES MOINES — In conjunction with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Fareway Stores Inc. has unveiled a semi-truck recognizing the contributions of Iowa cattle farmers. This is in recognition that May is Beef Month. “As we celebrate May Beef Month ...

A logical move: Northland Travel has a new home

The place that makes dreams come true has a new home. Northland Travel has moved from Crossroads Mall to the Friendship Haven campus, 420 Kenyon Road. The travel agency previously had a part-time satellite office at Friendship Haven. Now its headquarters is housed there. Rhonda ...

Fareway launches new logos with 80th anniversary

DES MOINES — Fareway Stores Inc. will celebrate its 80th anniversary on May 12, and as the company reflects on a rich history, it also looks forward to the next 80 years with a fresh design. One of the new logos prominently features Fareway, with the words meat and grocery, in solid red ...

The view is grand

CLARION — Knute and Amanda Severson aren’t your average couple farming in Wright County. “We were married last year on an agro-tourism farm in Italy,” said Amanda Severson, a native of Washington state. “We met in Seattle where we were both interning for the Seattle Seahawks. ...

Homespun Collection

Homespun Collection, which for 13 years sold its wares at Crossroads Mall, has moved. The store is now in downtown Fort Dodge at 25 S. 12th St. Bonnie Gerdes, who with husband Brian Gerdes co-owns the business, said the decision to relocate their enterprise came about because they ...