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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Crossroads Mall under new ownership

Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge is under new ownership and it has a new manager. The transition was announced Jan. 12. That’s when it was revealed that three firms from Great Neck, New York, had purchased the mall from J. Herzog & Sons, of Denver, Colorado. Those three firms are Namdar ...

Housing: A necessary boom; Williams Bend is rising

People traveling on busy North 15th Street can easily spot progress on an effort to address a longstanding shortage of homes in Fort Dodge. A new duplex is being built just north of The Station, 2320 N. 15th St. A few other duplexes are going up near the intersection of 20th Avenue North ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge: Local center on the move

Michael Dewerff, president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Health — Fort Dodge, has welcome news for area residents. UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center is financially strong and remains committed to providing top-notch, compassionate care to residents of north ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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Eagle Grove: on the verge of growth

EAGLE GROVE — As the city of Eagle Grove prepares for the impacts of Prestage Foods of Iowa’s $300 million pork plant, it has turned to new leadership in Bryce Davis, the Wright County economic development director largely responsible for recruiting Prestage to the area. Davis, a native ...

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 ...

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 ...