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Keeping soil, yields and income healthy

Local Business

OKOBOJI — Since the 1800s, Iowa has lost between 30 and 70 percent of its original soil organic matter. That’s according to Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Iowa State University professor of agronomy and ISU Extension soil and water specialist, who spoke at the Okoboji Crop Advantage conference ...

Destinee Johnson joins RE/MAX of Fort Dodge

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Destinee Johnson, associate realtor, has recently joined RE/MAX of Fort Dodge. She is a member of the Fort Dodge Board of Realtors, the Iowa Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Johnson moved to Fort Dodge in 2012 from Arkansas, and has since married Kyle ...

Prestage making hiring push as opening nears

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EAGLE GROVE — The hiring push is underway for Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new state-of-the art pork plant, south of Eagle Grove. “We are actively hiring employees right now,” Jere Null, the company’s chief operating officer, said. “We will be interviewing this week, next week, and ...

Prepare for spring with this 7-step tire checklist

Local Business

By DARCY DOUGHERTY MAULSBY yettergirl@yahoo.com DES MOINES— How much can delayed planting cost? Up to $570 per hour, when lost time, reduced efficiency, potentially lower yields and other issues are factored into the equation, according to Firestone Ag. Don’t let tire problems become ...

Doyle wins award for builder excellence

Business Briefs

Eric Doyle, owner of the local Wausau Homes in Fort Dodge, recently earned the Voice of the Customer award by excelling at being the trusted advisor to past home buyers by earning a 93 percent rating. J.D. Power and Associates average rating for new home builders is 83 percent. The award ...

CJ Bio continues growth west of Fort Dodge

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CJ Bio America is steadily expanding its operations in the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation industrial park west of Fort Dodge. In 2013, the company opened its main lysine production plant in Webster County, 1946 Harvest Ave. At a cost of about $323 million, it became CJ Bio’s ...

New apartment sites to be considered in Fort Dodge

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Fort Dodge officials are seeking more locations where it would be appropriate to build apartments. The City Council will consider the issue during a workshop to begin at 5 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. Specifically, the council will discuss changing a planning ...

Fort Dodge plant is vital to Purina operations

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Nestle Purina PetCare Co., a worldwide pet food company, continues to invest in its Fort Dodge facility, located along Fifth Avenue South — the city’s Corridor of Commerce. The company is constructing a 10,000-square-foot water treatment facility, which will increase the energy ...

‘It’s rewarding to know you’ve helped ease their process’

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Early on in her nursing career, Julie Barkema was called upon to explain mortality to three young children who were about to lose their mother. “The mother was terminally ill and asked me to explain the dying process to them,” Barkema, of Fort Dodge, said. “I told her I would, even ...

From our files: Feb. 9, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Feb. 9, 2009 NEWS: Aidan Battcher and Jared Sheldon were featured in Character Corner. SPORTS: Fort Dodge Senior High all-stater Eddy Diosdado committed to play for the NIACC baseball program. 25 Years ago: Feb. 9, 1994 NEWS: Jean C. Enburg was the new executive director ...

Epworth UM Women to hold Baked Potato Bar Sunday

Religion Briefs

The Epworth United Methodist Women will be serving a baked potato bar on Sunday after church at 11:30 a,m. at the church, 2025 11th Ave. S. A baked potato with an array of different toppings, along with a beverage, will be served for a freewill offering which will be used for a church ministry. ...

Webster City native son one of famed Tuskegee airmen

Local News

This article originally appeared in the Daily Freeman-Journal in 2015, written by local historian Nancy Kayser. It is reprinted here in observance of Black History Month. WEBSTER CITY — There were fewer than 1,000 African-American Tuskegee airmen during World War II. The pilots, training ...

Hannah Kerr to perform in Humboldt

Religion Briefs

HUMBOLDT — Christian music artist Hannah Kerr will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium at Humboldt High School. Admission is by freewill offering. The concert is part of the 25th anniversary of Christian music radio station KJYL. For more information, call ...

Inspections in Webster County to start in June

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The Webster County Assessor’s Office has announced door-to-door inspections of all urban residential properties in Webster County will begin approximately June 1. A reappraisal project was approved by the Conference Board in February 2016. The purpose of the reappraisal program is to ...

From our Files — Feb. 8, 2019

From Our Files

10 Years ago: Feb. 8, 2009 NEWS: Valero Energy Corp proposed a $280 million purchase agreement to buy five plants from VeraSun Energy Corp. SPORTS: Iowa Central beat Ellsworth 75-53 in women’s basketball. 25 Years ago: Feb. 8, 1994 NEWS: Jim Williams, a long-time Fort Dodge ...

News of Record — Feb. 8, 2019

News of record

Police Log FORT DODGE Wednesday Criminal mischief was reported in the 1300 block of Third Avenue Northwest. Trespassing was reported in the 3000 block of First Avenue South. Two thefts were reported in the 700 block of First Avenue South. Trespassing was reported in the 900 block of ...