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Larry Kershner

Jeff and Twila 
Longneckers, pose for a photo behind their booth at the 2017 Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines. The family business recently launched out on its own providing fertilizer mixes to clients primarily throughout the Corn Belt.

Longnecker Fertilizers: On their own, growing

DES MOINES — On Feb. 1, visitors at the Longnecker Fertilizers booth at the Iowa Power Farming Show were virtually non-stop through the morning and early afternoon. “We sell a high-orthophosphate starter,” Twila Longnecker said, and people are starting to look at their ...

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Steam rises from nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing plants at CF Industries’ Port Neal complex. Facilities included in the expansion are in the upper right half of this photo.

CF Industries switches on new plant

SIOUX CITY — A towering column of steam fanned by cold February temperatures punctuates CF Industries’ complex west of Interstate 29 and a few miles south of Sergeant Bluff. The sight speaks to the operation of CF Industries’ new approximately $2 billion expansion, a project heralded as ...

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An aerial view of Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing plant in Sioux City shows the facility nearing completion and ready to begin operations.

Seaboard Triumph Foods: Nearing completion

SIOUX CITY — The Siouxland area’s new state-of-the-art Seaboard Triumph Foods pork plant in the Bridgeport West Industrial Park south of Sioux City will be the largest employer in Sioux City proper. This is according to Irving Jensen, Seaboard Triumph Foods spokesperson, concerning the ...

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Ewes graze in a pasture near Coon Rapids. Although flock and ewe numbers are down in Iowa, flock sizes are reported bigger than in recent history.

Sheep: Lamb outlook strong

AMES — Lamb production in the U.S. remains strong and prices are holding their own despite the strong dollar, according to Iowa State University Extension sheep specialist Dan Morrical. With more than half of the lamb consumed in the U.S. being imported, he said lamb can come into our ...

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Smitty’s Greenhouse co-owner Jon Baedke, right, along with manager Rick Lamoureux work on stocking the newly enlarged tree and shrubbery area at the garden center.

East side commercial area booming

The multitude of businesses that are located on or near Fifth Avenue South — the city’s Corridor of Commerce — continues to grow. There have also been major developments regarding enterprises that have been part of this booming venue for some time. Here are some of the ...

Trinity at a glance — 2016

Editor’s note: This information was provided by UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge. January • UnityPoint Health Partners, the Accountable Care Organization of UnityPoint Health, was selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services new accountable care ...

CJ keeps making lysine, fertilizer; Cargill continues corn milling operation

CJ Bio America is entering its fourth year of producing lysine and fertilizer in Webster County. Those products are made in a plant in the industrial park west of Fort Dodge called Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation. It opened in November 2013. About 190 people work there. The plant ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Dennis Plautz, CEO of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, center, watches a flag-raising ceremony as New Zealand-based Argenta celebrates its first day of business at the former Fort Dodge Laboratories Riverside plant.

AML Riverside exceeds jobs goal

The local community’s global presence in the animal pharmaceutical market grew in early 2016 with the arrival of a new company. AML Riverside LLC, a part of New Zealand based Argenta, took over the site commonly called the Riverside plant in January 2016. The company committed itself to ...

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-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson

Monty Harker, high school biology teacher, gives instruction on Punnett squares to sophomores Jade LaRue, center, and Payton Reider at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School.

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows: Changing culture

CLARION — As new principal, Erik Smith wants to be part of a culture change at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School. That change begins and ends with relationships, according to Smith. “Back from when I first started to now, I have started to focus a lot more on relationships,” Smith ...

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson  Alexis Valencia, 8, right, shares a moment with Principal George Bruder at Taft Elementary School recently. A new expansion to the school will encompass the area where Bruder and Valencia are standing.

Humboldt: Adding to Taft

HUMBOLDT — Taft Elementary School in Humboldt will be increasing the amount of space available to its students and staff by adding onto the existing structure, located at 612 Second Ave. N., according to George Bruder, elementary principal. “This is really exciting for us,” Bruder ...

-Photo by Billie Shelton

Webster City High School special education teacher Amanda Nichols, left, and Webster City High School physical education teacher Catherine Schroeder place one of Nichols’ students in a specially made scooter during Peer P.E. during the 2016 fall semester. The scooter was built by students in Ben Jass’ class.

Stratford: Preparing for success

STRATFORD — We live in a society that values education in many forms, from the three R’s we learn in elementary school to technical training, on-the-job training, and college degrees. At the Stratford Community School, faculty and staff focus on the basics plus plenty of technology, as ...

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Students in Ben Jass’ industrial technology class work together with students in Amanda Nichols’ special education class to make squirrel feeders during the 2016 fall semester at Webster City High School.

Webster City: Growth

The industrial technology program at Webster City High School is growing by leaps and bounds. With the addition of a second instructor in the department, students at WCHS are being given the opportunity to learn real world skills while following their personal passions and ambitions. ...

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Instructor Kaila Blomberg, right, instructs Amber Harman in one of the moves in this multi-part workout at the REC Coliseum Tuesday class.

Fort Dodge Community REC: Hopes for the Warden

Still seeking a new location, the Fort Dodge Community REC is thinking outside the box. Plans are in the works that would see a new recreation center downtown as part of the renovated Warden Plaza. While the 103-year-old Warden itself would primarily become new apartment housing, attached ...

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter

Blanden Memorial Art Museum
Executive Director Eric Anderson browses some of the Iowa art on display
in the museum’s west gallery.

FD fine arts come together: Collaboration

For the arts in Fort Dodge, collaboration is key. As their seasons continue into the spring, the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Choral Society and Fort Dodge Senior High a capella choir are looking forward to joining for a big concert in March. “It’s going to be a big set of voices on ...

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea

Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Sanders activates an automatic lift system that will load a cot into the Fort Dodge Fire Department’s new ambulance. Sanders said using the system eliminates the possibility that firefighters will sustain back injuries lifting the cot into the ambulance.

Fort Dodge Fire Department: Lifesaving progress

Some relatively simple work performed by Fort Dodge firefighters produced dramatic, lifesaving results in the past year. That work consisted of getting on stepladders to install smoke detectors or put fresh batteries in existing detectors, all at no charge. In the past 18 months or so, the ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Abram, the Fort Dodge Police Department’s new
canine, locates a hidden stash of drugs in a vehicle  during a demonstration with his partner, patrol officer Troy Kleppe during the 11th annual Night Out and Back to School Bash held at the Crossroads Mall in 2016.

Fort Dodge Police Department: Statistics tell the tale

Serious crime in Fort Dodge saw a significant drop in 2016 as officers continue to help keep the city safe. According to Police Chief Kevin Doty, as of late December, crime was down 23 percent in 2016 from the same point in 2015. However, Doty said that’s just one piece of the ...

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of John Aboud

A $140,000 piano is only one of the major amenities at the new Ed and
Betty Wilcox
Performing Arts
Center in Algona.

Algona: Now showing

ALGONA — Students and community members in Algona have a whole new world available to them inside the Ed and Betty Wilcox Performing Arts Center. A special ribbon cutting was held in January for the estimated $8 million facility, according to Mayor Lynn Kueck. The state-of-the-art ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Manson Public Library director Laura Koons enjoys the newly remodeled Young Adult section. New shelving, lights and comfortable furniture complete the area.

Manson: Saving lives

MANSON — The Manson Fire Department has seen a year of growth. Fire Chief John Colshan said they have four new members, which brings the all-volunteer department up to 32. He’s proud of the crew. He said that of the firefighters, 26 have earned their Firefighter I or Firefighter II ...

Gilmore City: Going with the flow

GILMORE CITY — A multimillion dollar water project is set to begin this year in Gilmore City as a means of improving the town’s water system. Mayor Dennis Miller said the project has been planned for a number of years. “We’ve been at it for quite some time,” Miller said. “It’s ...

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

The downtown renovation project in Rockwell City was completed before the onset of winter. The four sides of the square were repaved and the underlying infrastructure replaced.

Rockwell City: New square

ROCKWELL CITY — When a visitor to Rockwell City drives around the city square — with the Calhoun County Courthouse and the Calhoun County Freedom Rock on display — one thing they’ll quickly notice is what they’re not noticing. There are no longer any potholes, patches or bits of ...