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Helicopters were used for faster installation of a new transmission line that spans approximately 120 miles through northwest Iowa, according to Ashton Hockman, media relations representative for MidAmerican Energy Co. She said the high-voltage transmission line installed by MidAmerican Energy Co. will deliver more energy to Fort Dodge.

Energy grid is being enhanced

A new high-voltage transmission line that will result in a smarter and more reliable energy grid in an area that includes Webster County has been successfully installed by MidAmerican Energy Co., according to Ashton Hockman, media relations representative. The line will have the capability to ...

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Richard and Marsha Adams pose by the red barn, one of two 100-year-old-plus barns on their farm.

Farm has two century-old barns

STRATFORD — Two barns, almost a century old, stand on their original foundations on the Richard and Marsha Adams family farm in Stratford, Hamilton County. The Adams’ barns have gone through major renovations over the years, yet retain their historical features of heavy, wooden beams, log ...

The Chocolate Season receives SBDC award

ALGONA — America’s SBDC Iowa is has announced that Erika Jensen, owner of The Chocolate Season in Algona, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month Award. “Erika has shown determination and dedication in starting and developing her business from an online business in ...

IADG recognizes Concrete Machinery

PATON — The Iowa Area Development Group, on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies, honored seven Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric ...

EMT and CMA training to be offered in 2017

Iowa Specialty Hospital will again offer Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nursing Assistant raining through Wright Health Partners Health Careers Academy starting in January 2017. Both classes will be held at Iowa Specialty Hospital’s Belmond Campus. EMT classes will be held ...

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Emma Bennitt, manager of Kay Jewelers in Fort Dodge, shows off the Ever Us ring at the newly opened store.

Ready for the holiday, and beyond

Kay Jewelers is up and running on the Corridor of Commerce in Fort Dodge — an area that continues to display steady growth. The store, located at 2615 Fifth Ave. S, made its debut in time for the holiday season on Nov. 11, according to Emma Bennitt, store manager. Bennitt transferred ...

Norman Thoel, from Manson, shows some hand-written documents related to his family’s Heritage Farm, including a contract detailing the specifications of a new house that was built for $500 in 1869 on the family’s Lincoln Township farm in Calhoun County.

Going west as far as Iowa

MANSON — While 1862 is remembered for some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, this was also the year when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law to encourage western migration and settlement. It was an offer John Wise and his family couldn’t refuse. “They ...

Northwest Bank is SBA’s 2016 top lender

Northwest Bank has been recognized as SBA Top Lender for 2016. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Iowa District Office has announced the winners of its top lender awards in Iowa for Fiscal Year 2016. Northwest Bank was recognized as SBA’s Top 504 Third Party Lender for a total of ...

SMCH earns 2017 Women’s Choice Award

LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital recently earned the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This places SMCH among the top 15 percent of hospitals considered the best in which to have a baby. Approximately 400 hospitals nationwide met ...

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Tony Avdiu, owner of Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, displays a plate of chicken scarparelli, one of the more popular items on the menu at the newly opened restaurant in Fort Dodge.

Tony Avdiu opens Napoli’s in FD

Tony Avdiu, owner of Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, has brought his family recipes from Spencer to Fort Dodge. Avdiu, who has Italian roots, said Fort Dodge needed a restaurant like Napoli’s. “I like Fort Dodge,” he said. “I have been looking at a restaurant in Fort Dodge for a long ...

Calls for revitalizing Iowa’s farm soils

According to Bob Streit, when farmers heard in 1965 that Iowa had enough micronutrients in the soils to last 45 years, what they heard was “forever,” not 45 years. But in reality, according to Streit, an independent crop consultant with Central Iowa Ag, in Ames, that 45-year deadline ...

Crop Advantage Series will highlight latest research, crop info

AMES — The 2017 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisors to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own backyard. Iowa State University Extension specialists will travel to eight locations around the ...

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Dr. Mark Cirks, left, and Dr. Mitch Nielsen, owners of Humboldt Spine and Rehab, P.C., pose at their previous office location, 1601 Sixth Ave. N, in Humboldt, recently. The have now moved to their new location, the former Pizza Hut building, 702 13th St., Humboldt.

Humboldt Spine relocates

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt Spine and Rehab, P.C. has moved its operations to a more prominent location along U.S. Highway 169 in Humboldt, according to Dr. Mark Cirks, a 2006 Twin River Valley High School graduate. The business moved from 1601 Sixth Ave. N., where it had been for about ...

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Dr. Nicholas Drzycimski, left, has been joined at Rolling Hills Dental Clinic by his daughter, Dr. Maria Drzycimski, who graduated from Creighton University this spring.

Joining the family business

Dr. Maria Drzycimski always knew she wanted to give back in some way, and to help others. She didn’t realize she would do this by providing smiles. Last month Drzycimski joined her father Dr. Nicholas Drzycimski at Rolling Hills Dental Clinic, 2727 N. 15th. St., as a ...

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Sac County turkey producers Chris and Nicole Domino posed Nov. 18 on their farm with their five daughters — Adrian, 13; Brianna, 10; Marissa, 8; Addison, 7; and Megan, 6 — who helped raise the two male national Thanksgiving turkeys that were presented to and pardoned by President Barack Obama.

Pardon me, Mr. President

yettergirl@yahoo.com EARLY — They strut around their little area of the farm with a certain air about them. Nothing ruffles their feathers. These two pristine, white Sac County turkeys are special — and they know it. “We’re honored that the national Thanksgiving turkeys hailed ...

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Framed by a selection of colorful toy fish, The Fish Room owner Tom Bethke looks over a colorful betta fish recently in the newly opened store.

The Fish Room opens on Central Avenue

The renaissance in downtown Fort Dodge shows no signs of slowing. The commercial heart of the city is rapidly becoming the venue of choice for a collection of innovative specialty shops. These diverse businesses are allowing it to reclaim its status as a popular shopping destination both ...

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Veronica Fowler and Greta Meyer look over some history they have collected regarding their family’s Century Farm in Humboldt County.

Farm still creating family memories

OTTOSEN — Memories are still being made on a Century Farm in Humboldt County near Ottosen. Owners of the farm that was purchased by the family three generations ago, in 1911, are Greta Meyer and her late brother Jim Fowler’s wife, Veronica Fowler. Although neither lives on the Century ...

YSC receives full certificate of license

Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa is a private nonprofit emergency youth shelter located in Fort Dodge. YSC was issued a full certificate of license on Oct. 1.  This facility is licensed as a juvenile shelter facility. This licensing review was conducted by the Iowa Department of ...

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Amy VonBank, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Dodge, displays a pin earned as part of a recent award.

Local hotel receives major award

One of Fort Dodge’s newest hotels has been recognized for its excellence. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 300 S. 31st St., has been selected for a major companywide award by the massive international hotel conglomerate of which its brand is a part. “I am pleased to honor ...

YWCA of Fort Dodge is dedicated to improving lives

The Fort Dodge YWCA, 826 First Ave. N., has an important mission. Its staff team is dedicated to helping women turn troubled lives around. “We’re here to impact the lives of women and their children who may be facing some difficulties,” Jason Fitzgerald, who has been at the ...