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LAKE CITY — If things had turned out differently and there had been no 1980s Farm Crisis, there’s a good chance Mark Schleisman might have become a banker. Instead, he became a crop consultant in Nebraska and grew an agribusiness career that has led him back home, where his conservation ...

Holiday Inn Express & Suites wins award

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Dodge, 300 S. 32st St., received the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2017 Quality Excellence Award for achieving superior levels of service excellence. “I am pleased to honor the Fort Dodge Holiday Inn Express with the Quality Excellence Award,” ...

McClure Engineering Co. acquires Kansas company

CLIVE — McClure Engineering Co., Clive has acquired Shafer, Kline & Warren Inc., Lenexa., Kansas. Effective April 6, 2018, MEC has assumed operational control of SKW. “At MEC, our vision is to ‘Make lives better by building strong communities,’ and our mission is to ‘Build ...

TRMC on Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital list

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for the third year in a row. “This achievement speaks to our team’s daily commitment and impact in ...

Humboldt County 100 Women Who Care make donation

HUMBOLDT — The 100 Women Who Care of Humboldt County recently donated $14,100 to the Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success program. According to buildingfamilies.net, “the HOPES program focuses on prenatal care, child development, child health, parenting skills and other ...

Katy Lynn Boutique keeps expanding

Katy Lynn Boutique is booming. Krista Albright launched a Fort Dodge location for the enterprise on Central Avenue in October 2014. The business has grown so fast that she has moved twice, most recently to 2415 Fifth Ave. S. — the city’s thriving Corridor of Commerce. Additionally, ...

There’s no doubt, a warm-up is crucial

The first half of April 2018 is going down in the record books, and not in the way most Iowans prefer. “From a historical standpoint, we’re setting records on the early part of April through April 15,” said Dennis Todey, director of the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the ...

Fareway celebrates 80 years of green initiatives

BOONE — Fareway Stores Inc. has a long tradition of conserving natural resources that dates back to 1938. From the beginning, Fareway’s green initiatives have included recycling, reusing, and reclaiming and these practices continue to be front and center as the company recognizes Earth ...

The goal? Help Iowa thrive

The overwhelming majority of businesses in the Hawkeye State are small business — those with fewer than 500 employees. According to Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, 97 percent of Iowa’s businesses fall into that category. Not only in Iowa, but also all ...

It’s the conditions, not the calendar, that are important

The calendar may show it is the middle of April, but Mother Nature appears to be late to the spring planting party. Unseasonably cold and snowy conditions this spring is delaying the start to the 2018 growing season, but experts agree, once the weather begins to turn around, producers will ...

Initial, delayed and preventive planting decisions

The cool, wet early spring weather conditions means some corn and soybean fields will be planted later than normal. Producers might be wondering what options they have under their multiple peril crop insurance coverage. Insured acres that have already been planted but need to be replanted, ...

Midwest Hardwood Flooring is about more than floors

Hardwood floors long have been used in residences and other buildings. Carpet became a more popular flooring choice for locales in the middle decades of the 20th century. In recent decades, however, the appeal of hardwood has been rebounding. Midwest Hardwood Flooring, 3204 10th Ave. S., ...

IPPA and IDALS announce funding for water quality

ALBERT CITY — Iowa Pork Producers Association President Gregg Hora and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig have announced their continued partnership in funding for pig farmers interested in the new nutrient loss reduction technologies. The announcement was made in Albert City last ...

Salon Five One Five opens

McCallie Jaeschke fulfilled a longtime ambition on Jan. 30. She launched Salon Five One Five at 1903 First Ave. S. Jaeschke co-owns this new business with Michael Payne. “I’ve been in the hair industry for eight years,” Jaeschke said. “Opening my own salon has always been my ...

Calhoun County’s Folsom family to be honored Tuesday

DES MOINES — The Jason Folsom family from Calhoun County has been named the winner of the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced Thursday. Naig will present the award to the family on Tuesday. The ceremony will be at the Expo Center on the ...

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 ...