Local Business

Sears Hometown has a new owner

Sears Hometown, located in the Crossroads Mall, has a new owner. In early June, the enterprise was purchased by Joseph Koch a local businessman who also owns JJK Rentals, which has properties in Fort Dodge, Pocahontas and Rockwell City. The business handles some of the merchandise lines ...

MidAmerican passes 50 percent in renewable energy

DES MOINES — MidAmerican Energy Co. provided its Iowa customers with more than half of their electricity from renewable sources last year, the Iowa Utilities Board verified on June 20 during its monthly meeting. Through a board vote to approve the amount of renewable energy the company ...

Somers-area teen works to create a Monarch Waystation

SOMERS — A Somers-area teen has taken her admiration of native prairie plants into a project to help pollinators and monarch butterflies. Sidney Lowry, 13, who volunteers at the Fort Museum and Frontier Village in Fort Dodge, said she learned about Iowa’s native prairie plants through ...

Folsom Family receives Good Farm Neighbor Award

ROCKWELL CITY — First a blizzard in early April thwarted the presentation of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award to Jason Folsom and his family in Rockwell City. By the time the presentation was rescheduled to June 19, heavy rains and flooding were creating havoc in parts of northern Iowa, ...

FD Ford Toyota wins dual awards

Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, 2723 Fifth Ave. S., has the unique distinction of being honored for outstanding performance by two major automakers in the same year. Owned by the Johnson Family, the enterprise received a prestigious President’s Award from both Ford Motor Co. and Toyota ...

Dollar General celebrates new Fort Dodge location

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Dollar General continues to make shopping easier and more convenient for customers in Fort Dodge with the grand opening of its newly-relocated store at 1810 First Ave. S. that took place on Saturday. Customers enjoyed special deals and free prizes at the grand ...

More stories from the farm

MILFORD — Something as routine as helping with harvest or as profound as welcoming a new grandchild into the world touch nearly every farm family’s life. Yet few people take the time to write down their perspectives on those events. Not Karen Schwaller. Her latest book, “I ...

Hiway Truck Equipment expands

Big things are underway at Hiway Truck Equipment, 2246 First Ave. S. “We’re basically doubling our shop space,” said Brian Forsythe who has co-owned the enterprise with his wife Kathy Forsythe since 1998. “The existing shop floor was 50 feet by 75 feet. The new addition will be 65 ...

First State Bank is undertaking a major expansion in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — The 500 block of Second Street has been buzzing with activity as a longtime Webster City business begins the process of expanding its presence in the community. First State Bank will expand their offices to the west with a two-story addition to provide more office space ...

‘We’re taking on water fast’

DES MOINES — National Pork Producers Council officials said they’re not done fighting yet, although they feel beaten up from recent trade disputes, during a kickoff event to the 30th annual World Pork Expo last week. Trade and tariffs were among the biggest topics discussed during a ...

Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites receives award

The Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in Fort Dodge has received the Best Western Hotels & Resorts Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. This award recognizes Best Western Hotels scoring in the top 20 percent of the more than 2,100 North American properties in ...

Access Systems named to CRN 2018 Solution Provider 500 list

Access Systems has announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Access Systems to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by ...

Misty Harbor Boats is booming

“There are big things going on,” said John Jergens, president of Fort Dodge-based Misty Harbor Boats, headquartered at 228 Kenyon Road West. The company he co-owns with Tom Christy, vice president, and George Thomas, an Elkhart, Indiana, entrepreneur, is expanding fast and poised to ...

Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy turns 5

BOONE — Five years ago, May 29, 2013, marked the beginning of efforts to help reduce nutrient loss in both agricultural and urban areas when the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was finalized. Last week, producers, agricultural leaders, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Gov. Kim ...

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 ...