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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 ...

Secrets of top producers

What happens when two farmers plant the same corn genetics but follow much different management strategies? It’s a real-world question for Dan Bjorklund, seed team leader at MaxYield Cooperative, as he analyzes two clients’ fields. “Field A has extremely low potassium levels,” ...

Growing with Fort Dodge

The arrival in Fort Dodge and Webster County of new businesses and companies has created a boom atmosphere in the community. The positive economic environment brought about by new ventures is also making it more attractive for already-established enterprises to invest in ...

Many tools needed to reduce nitrate loss

AMES — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continued its annual Crop Advantage series of meetings being held across the state with an all-day event in Ames last week. Matt Helmers, professor and ISU Extension agricultural engineer, presented on the impacts of 4R nutrient ...

Wag Swag makes dogs look great

If you happen to be in downtown Fort Dodge, you just might witness some mighty fine looking canines being escorted by their proud owners. Wag Swag, a dog-grooming business owned and operated by Justina Sheehan, now occupies a spacious new location at 817 Central Ave. Sheehan’s ...

Iowa Pork Producers Association announces 2018 Iowa Pork Congress

DES MOINES — The Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 2018 Iowa Pork Congress will be held on Jan. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference will feature nine new seminars, a keynote address, 300 exhibitors, ...

Is our growing season changing?

OKOBOJI — Producers are noticing it. There are more “extreme weather” events, springs are more difficult because of variable weather patterns, the growing season appears to be getting longer, and more large rainfall events have been occurring. And the new term, “micro-climate,” ...

Great Western Bancorp unveils minimum wage hike, bonuses in wake of tax reform

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Great Western Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Great Western Bank announced investments last week in its employees and community reinvestment as a result of the tax reform package. The investments include: • Raising the minimum wage to $15; • A special one-time ...

Fort Dodge Pizza Hut changes location

The city’s Corridor of Commerce has welcomed a new incarnation of one of the booming thoroughfare’s longtime businesses. Pizza Hut has moved from 2940 Fifth Ave. S. to a new home at 2516 Fifth Ave. S., a short distance west of its former location. The popular restaurant began ...

Gilmore City man’s invention becomes reality

GILMORE CITY — An idea that popped into a Gilmore City farmer’s head while driving by an airport in California has turned into a reality. Through that vision, the Finish Line Sweep was designed. “That’s the strangest part of the whole story,” said Al Hemerson. “I noticed the ...

QPS Employment Group needs more workers

As the economy booms across the nation, employers are having difficulty finding the well-qualified workers they need to staff growing businesses. In response to the difficulty it is having in recruiting employees, Wisconsin-based QPS Employment Group Inc., which is an employment agency, has ...