Local Business

The Lucky Pig is coming to Farnhamville

FARNHAMVILLE — The town of Farnhamville is about to get a little more lucky. In fact, it isn’t just luck — citizens of the town have put in a lot of hard work and funding which will pay off when the Lucky Pig Farnhamville opens next month. The new restaurant, in a main street ...

No Risk Rides will serve Fort Dodge

The primary goal of No Risk Rides is to make sure people get home safely, according to its owner and operator, Craig Davis, of Spencer. No Risk Rides is a taxi cab company based in Spencer. Davis recently expanded his operations to include Fort Dodge. That service began March 3. What ...

Fraley: ‘Exciting times ahead in modern agriculture’

SPENCER — Robb Fraley told a large group of grain and livestock producers and FFA students at the Northwest Iowa Ag Outlook event in Spencer last month to remain optimistic about agriculture in the years ahead. “There has never been a more exciting time to be in agriculture,” Fraley ...

An era ends in Fort Dodge

In the late summer of 1976, not long after graduating from Creighton University School of Law, Kurt T. Pittner arrived in Fort Dodge to begin work as an assistant county attorney in the office of then-County Attorney William Thatcher. Concluding that Fort Dodge was a good place to call home ...

Business Horizons 2018 registration is now open

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation is now accepting applications for Business Horizons, a college and career summer program for high school students grades nine through 12. During the week, participants gain unique hands-on experience in the world of business and ...

John Deere to celebrate 100 years of tractors

The John Deere company will celebrating its 100-year anniversary of entering into the tractor business starting next week with a 100 days of celebrations. Tiffany Turner, product manager for large tractors of John Deere Co., said John Deere wasn’t on the forefront of the tractor ...

Peart makes dreams reality

For many families, moving into a new, custom-built home is at — or near — the top of their dream list. Helping people in north central Iowa turn that important life goal into a reality is part of the mission of the team at Don Peart Custom Homes Inc. Undertaking assorted remodeling and ...

Johnson is new WCF Bank CFO

WEBSTER CITY — WCF Financial Bank has named Stacy Johnson as its new chief financial officer. Johnson earned her B.A. in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa with an MBA from Upper Iowa University. She is also a Certified Management Accountant, has six years experience as a plant ...

Le Mars Toy Store: More than just toy tractors

LE MARS — If you are looking for a toy tractor, semi-truck or have an old one that has seen better days and could use a makeover, look no further than the Le Mars Toy Store. Owner Albert Schulz has been in business for 22 years now, and his store has grown over the years. The business ...

Elite Snow Removal is on the job

Throughout December and January Mother Nature treated Fort Dodge residents kindly. Despite some extremely cold weather, the most notable thing about snow was that there was very little of it. On Feb. 8 and 9, everybody got a forceful reminder that this is still Iowa and winter is more than ...

Events help Backcountry Winery grow

STRATFORD — Ask Amber Gable about the backstory behind Backcountry Winery at her family’s home east of Stratford, and her answer is straightforward. “It’s a hobby out of control.” That hobby has taken Gable and her husband, Preston, on a dynamic journey that has led to the ...

Master technicians

Four of the technicians at Overhead Door Co. of Webster County are in some rare company — they are among the only 70 or so technicians nationally to have earned their Master Technician Certification from the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. One of those to earn the ...

Grandpa’s tractor

MARSHALLTOWN — Nate Casady grew up admiring his grandpa, Duane Brinkman’s, tractor. The tractor had been his grandfather’s for most of the tractor’s 49 years. Casady said his grandfather owned and operated Brinkman Tractor and Implement in Clarion and sold the 1969 8000 Ford ...

Joyce Bickford’s business keeps evolving

In the 34 years since it was launched, Joyce Bickford has seen her business evolve in response to assorted commercial opportunities. One thing, however, has remained constant at The Bookworm and Consignment Shop, 1031 S. 22nd St. — books are at the heart of the enterprise. “I started out ...

McMurray Hatchery welcomes first hatch of 2018

WEBSTER CITY — After celebrating a century of business in 2017, Murray McMurray is back to work in 2018 for their 101st year of hatching and selling poultry across the United States. Monday morning was the business’s first hatch of the new year. “We’ve been in business for 101 ...

2018 Iowa Power Farming Show

DES MOINES — The 2018 Iowa Power Farming Show was held last week and featured 75 new exhibit spaces and 99 new exhibitors as well as a new area for lunch dining and seating. Out of the 1,932 booths — spanning more than 7.7 acres — some companies took the opportunity to showcase new ...

Catalyst Therapy is now Trilogy Therapy

Trilogy Therapy at Friendship Haven, previously known as Catalyst Therapy, has recently been rebranded. Under its new name, Trilogy Therapy still provides patients with care by a team of therapists and support staff. Whether occupational, physical or speech therapy, Trilogy Therapy is able ...

Acupuncture, for pets

GOWRIE — Chloe, an 8-year-old blue-gray pitbull, has some health issues that trace back to years she spent in a kennel before she was rescued by her new human, Judy Schrad, of Lake City. “She has some hip problems, arthritis and allergies,” Schrad said. To help treat the ...

Focus on the three Vs

DES MOINES — Not long after Americans were expressing gratitude and enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving dinner last November, some MSNBC employees were less than thankful for rural Americans and the farmers who produced the ingredients for those Thanksgiving meals. On Nov. 25, MSNBC producer ...

Silk Purse Originals has much to offer

There’s something new just east of Fort Dodge on the north side of Old Highway 20. Jacquie Glaspie has opened Silk Purse Originals at 2773 200th St. The store sells an array of merchandise with antiques being featured. Glaspie said her passion for antiques led her to turn a hobby into a ...