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Wicker is a staple in downtown Fort Dodge

People aren’t buying as much gold jewelry as they were in previous decades, according to Marilyn Simonson, owner of Wicker Jewelers. And the rise of online retail companies like Amazon has certainly impacted the number of shoppers at brick and mortar stores. But Wicker, 700 Central Ave., ...

Barn is hub for couple’s winery

STRATFORD — When Preston and Amber Gable came upon an acreage near Stratford in Hamilton County, they uncovered what would eventually become a dream come true — a barn to use as the center of their business — Back Country Winery. The couple purchased the property in 2014. Although it ...

Elevator offers assistance to shareholders

There is little question that agriculture operates in cycles of “good” and “bad” years. The depressed ag economy of today, the years leading up to it and the fallout happening because of it has caused Rob Jacobs, CEO of Cooperative Farmers Elevator (CFE), to try and help the ...

New 2 You opens downtown

Joline Reyes has a pretty steady supply chain for the products she sells at New 2 You Second Hand Store. “I’ve got 22 grandkids,” Reyes said from her newly opened store at 1100 Central Ave. in downtown Fort Dodge. “I get a lot of clothes from the grandkids. When they outgrow them, ...

Dial barn remains in use for more than a century

LAKE CITY — When Hugh Sharkey built a new barn around 1904-05 on his farm northeast of Lake City, he probably never imagined it would remain in continuous use for more than 100 years. “The barn was in good shape when my late wife, Jane, and I moved here in the fall of 1977,” said ...

Agriculture Every Day

A new curriculum for educators who are wanting to incorporate agriculture and how it is involved in every day human life is now available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Maya Hayslett crop sciences youth education specialist, worked with Amy Powell, with the department ...

Helping children and their families

The staff at Children & Families of Iowa offers a variety of mental health, substance abuse and other counseling services, including a youth employment program, at its offices in Fort Dodge. It serves six counties including Webster and most of those surrounding it. Teresa ...

Couple likes originality of their barn

OTHO — Neil and Janeen Hungate’s barn isn’t used for livestock, but rather antiques. No matter the use, the couple works to ensure the barn remains as close to how it was built as they can. The Hungates have done the usual maintenance to keep the barn up and fortunately, before ...

HarvestPort can help growers save money

In an effort to better assist producers with finding the best prices for their inputs and helping retailers connect with the customer, Tyler Horbach, founder of The FarmElement, has joined HarvestPort as grower solutions manager. HarvestPort, according to the company, connects a network of ...

Ole Town Road opens in Gowrie

GOWRIE — Before Larry Carlson and Melisa Leadley opened Ole Town Road Pub and Eatery, the couple had never been bartenders or servers. But they got plenty of practice during the establishment’s grand opening on Nov. 14. “We were busy,” said Leadley, who has always wanted to own ...

Plan to attend the 2019 Farm News Ag Show

Farm News is hosting its 18th annual ag show Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave., Fort Dodge. More than 30,000 square feet of exhibitor space and exhibitors from Iowa and surrounding states ...

Why is that barn red?

It’s hard to picture a farm without a barn. Wooden barns remain icons of Iowa agriculture, harboring history from their floors to their haymows. Even though these barns today rarely play an essential role on the farm like they once did, they continue to reflect the agricultural heritage ...

Burger King has a new look

When customers sit down to enjoy their next Whopper at Burger King in Fort Dodge, they’ll notice a redesigned dining area with an open concept and wood tone floors, tables and chairs. The restaurant, which is operated by the Tasty King franchise, underwent an extensive remodel in recent ...

Leibold to speak at Farm News Ag Show

Kelvin Leibold, farm and ag businesses management specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will provide an overview of the 2018 Farm Bill at the Farm News Ag Show on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. Leibold said the program will also include information on specific areas that ...

November WASDE report shows bearish for corn; neutral for soybeans

The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) estimates were released last Friday and according to DTN grain market analyst, Todd Hultman, the report was bearish for corn and neutral for soybeans. “We have to say today’s report was bearish for corn in the sense that the ...

Peoples Credit Union is on the move

Peoples Credit Union is on the move both literally and figuratively. The Webster City-based financial cooperative has just moved its Fort Dodge office to a spacious new facility at 1717 Fifth Ave. S., the city’s booming Corridor of Commerce. This relocation is part of Peoples’ robust ...

New DI Trailer hits the market

DAYTON — With keeping safety in mind, Davis Industries LLC., of Dayton unveiled a new gooseneck trailer last week that is now available on the market. Matt Davis, owner of Davis Industries LLC., said one of the many facets of his company has been trailer manufacturing and the new DI ...

Kruse and Taylor to speak at Farm News Ag show

Back by popular demand, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Extension climatologist and professor of agronomy emeritus will be speaking at the Farm News Ag show on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8:30 a.m. Taylor will be presenting a “crop weather outlook for 2020.” Taylor said the climate cycle is ...

‘WIN’

David Kruse, founder and owner of CommStock Investments and Farm News columnist is planning on presenting a new commodity portfolio during his talk at the Farm News Ag Show on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. WIN is the title of his speech and the commodity portfolio that Kruse said stands for ...