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ISA board elects officers for 2018-19

ANKENY — Iowa soybean farmers were elected to state and national leadership positions at the September meeting of the Iowa Soybean Association board of directors. Those tabbed to serve as ISA officers were: Tim Bardole, Rippey – president-elect; Robb Ewoldt, Davenport – treasurer; Dave ...

Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas opens

Two well-known cooks with a long history of preparing tasty steaks and prime rib have reunited at Casablanca Steak House by Lomitas, 140 S. 25th St. This latest addition to Fort Dodge’s blossoming restaurant world is owned by Alfonso Galvan, who also owns Lomitas Mexican Restaurant 2223 ...

Just press play

BOONE—Look at that tractor. Now look again. Yes, there’s no one sitting in the driver’s seat as it rolls along. An Iowa tech company made Farm Progress Show history with its autonomous tractor demonstration on August 28—an event that attracted national media attention and offered a ...

Connecting with a world that craves good news

While there’s a lot of big iron at the Farm Progress Show, there’s a wealth of other news just waiting to be told, like the Couser Modern Ag Experience Farm. Telling these stories might be one of the most important things we can do in farming today. “There aren’t too many farmers ...

Seven farmers elected as Iowa Soybean Association directors

ANKENY — Seven farmers have been elected as board of directors members of the Iowa Soybean Association. Brent Swart of Spencer was newly elected as District 1 director and will serve a three-year term. Farmers re-elected were: April Hemmes, Hampton (District 2); Suzanne Shirbroun, ...

Sew Formal has many options

Fort Dodge’s historic, downtown commercial district is becoming the home for a wide assortment of specialty shops. Sew Formal, 1020 Central Ave., which opened in February, is part of that emerging trend. Owned and operated by Marcia Mullins, Sew Formal offers attire for formal occasions ...

McClure named to Inc. 5000 for third consecutive year

CLIVE — Inc. magazine today ranked McClure No. 3337 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. McClure has 15 locations across the Midwest, including Fort Dodge. “We are thrilled to be named to the annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest ...

What to do when the Travel Channel calls

Just how far can things go when you tell agriculture’s story? Turns out your message might just resonate with a national audience. For me, it all started with a simple email on June 15. I was checking my inbox that morning when I saw a note with the subject line “Bizarre Foods: ...

Big Questions 2019

JEFFERSON — Questions surrounding agriculture were answered by state Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig last week during a Big Questions event in Jefferson. Big Questions was hosted by Home State Bank, of Jefferson, and featured Naig as well as Market to Market host Delaney Howell. During ...

Sherwin-Williams moves to new site

The Sherwin-Williams store in Fort Dodge is now located in a new building at 3225 Fifth Ave. S. — the city’s booming Corridor of Commerce. The local outlet of the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paints, stains, coatings and wall coverings does more than just sell paint and ...

Nestle Purina commits $1 million to boost water quality

DES MOINES — Ducks Unlimited and Nestle Purina PetCare Co. have partnered to protect and improve 1,600 acres of wetland and grasslands across Iowa over the next three years through Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative, promoting healthy soil, healthy crops and healthy wildlife ...

Take to the sky for making crop management decisions

MANSON — Labre Crop Consulting, Inc., of Manson, has been offering a birds-eye view of its customer’s fields as another tool for them to use in making crop management decisions. Brent Johnson, owner/president of Labre Crop Consulting, Inc., said they started learning about drone ...

Waterloo Boy Tractor accompanies butter cow at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES—It’s hard to imagine a time when John Deere wasn’t a powerhouse in the tractor business. Yet, John Deere wouldn’t enter the farm tractor business until March 1918 through the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. The 2018 Iowa State Fair commemorated this ...

There’s a new culinary option in FD

Korean cuisine featuring marinated barbecue meats and other delightfully spicy and sweet dishes will be offered at a new restaurant, which is set to open next to the Fort Dodge Country Club. Gaga and Hoo Korean Restaurant, 368 Country Club Drive, will open Aug. 31. At that time, Chef ...

Messenger donates to GFDGA

Cory Bargfrede, Messenger advertising director, left, presents a check for $5,000 to Dennis Plautz, chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The Growth Alliance continues to partner with The Messenger in producing the “All About Fort Dodge” magazine. "We truly ...

NCBE honors Judge Bice for service

Judge Thomas J. Bice, a District Court judge in Fort Dodge, was honored for his exemplary contributions to bar admissions on Aug. 11 by the Hon. Rebecca White Berch (Ret.), chair of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at the annual meeting of NCBE and the Council of Bar Admission ...

Be on the lookout for a new soybean pest

Entomologists at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have identified and confirmed the presence of the soybean gall midge in 12 counties across the state. Those counties are Lyon, O’Brien, Clay, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass and ...

The Way We Live award

DES MOINES — David and Jenny Felt, along with two of their three children, were recognized last week at the Iowa State Fair, where they were just one of 10 farm families who received the Way We Live award. The award was established in 2009. David Felt became a partner in Felt Family ...

River Hops Brewing opens

Downtown Fort Dodge is experiencing a commercial renaissance. It is becoming the home to a diverse array of specialized small businesses. The latest arrival is River Hops Brewing at 1014 Central Ave. This new enterprise in the city’s historic center offers a unique selection of beers ...

The heart of 4-H

I saw her from across the stands. I could tell. You can always tell. She seemed quiet – not her usual hob-knobbing with everyone around her. Our eyes met up across the stands, and we both nodded in acknowledgment. But it was her expression. It’s always the expression. And I wondered if ...