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Razor Sharp

Tim Simmons has been working with some form of a tool almost his entire life — whether that was as a woodworker, mechanic or machinist. And inevitably the tools he used would wear down and need sharpened. For a long time, Simmons had a guy he could call for his sharpening needs. ...

C & S Products is a legend in manufacturing

Fort Dodge-based C & S Products was recently named one of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Legends in Manufacturing. And Karen Alstott, who co-founded the company along with her husband Kevin Alstott in 1986, said the company’s success is directly attributed to its ...

‘This story is not over yet’

The October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) report was released last Thursday by the USDA and according to Todd Hultman, DTN grain market analyst, the report for corn is appearing bearish with soybeans doing the opposite and coming in bullish. “Corn’s numbers were ...

Balancing ag and urban

ANKENY — Long before Clare Lindahl knew much about agriculture, and years before she began working with farmers and communities to improve water quality, she knew one thing — Chad Pregracke was a rock star. “I was in community college class in the Quad Cities and was taking an ...

Here to stay

It’s entirely possible that Steve Daniel’s grandfather ended up in Fort Dodge by mistake around the turn of the 20th century. Daniel’s grandfather, Ferris Daniel, immigrated from Lebanon to the United States in the early 1900s. “He came in through Ellis Island and went on to ...

Boshart named GM of Gold-Eagle Cooperative

GOLDFIELD — Chris Boshart has been named the next general manager of Gold-Eagle Cooperative. Boshart, who has served as Gold-Eagle’s feed department manager since 2018, is currently working with longtime Gold-Eagle general manager Brad Davis on the transition. Davis has announced ...

‘Agriculture is in my blood’

DES MOINES — As a seventh-generation Iowa farmer, Jacob Swanson grew up tending to cattle and working the soil. Today, he works as often as he can on the family farm, but spends his workdays championing for farmers and agriculture at the Iowa State Capitol. As the legislative liaison for ...

Bonanza farming, Iowa style

ODEBOLDT — If there were an Iowa farm containing 10 to 12 contiguous sections of land, long rows of livestock barns, grain elevators and up to 150 employees, it would be impressive in any era. The fact that all this defined the Adams Ranch in Sac County farm more than a century ago makes ...

‘We are on a roll’

There’s reason for optimism at UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center, according to the hospital’s president and CEO, Leah Glasgo. Glasgo said the hospital’s bottom line is $9 million above where it was a year ago during this time. “We are $9 million better than ...

From 4-H’er to the US Senate

As a youth growing up on her family’s farm in Montgomery County, 4-H played a large role in U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s upbringing — instilling many leadership skills she uses today. Ernst, a Republican, was an eight-year member of the Frankfort Clovia Clan 4-H Club and, during her time, she ...

‘Embrace it’

A gravel road led to Eric Hanson’s home as a boy, and his childhood experience in 4-H led him to become the person he is today. As a fourth generation Hamilton County farmer, Hanson’s great-grandparents settled north of Roland. The family farm passed down through the generations and ...

The bigger picture

Troy Schroeder never imagined that he would end up photographing people for a living. “I got into photography to photograph more of the art landscape side of it,” Schroeder, of Fort Dodge, said from his studio, Memories in Focus. “I wanted to sell my work.” But when he found out ...

Doran honored for distinguished service

ORANGE CITY — Beth Doran, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist, accepted the Distinguished Service in Extension award last fall at the ISU annual award ceremony. It was presented by John Lawrence, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. The award, ...

Seven things to know about China to understand the trade war

AMES — When the largest trade war in human history exploded in 2018, Iowa’s soybean farmers were pushed to the front lines. As trade disputes between the United States and China escalated to unprecedented levels, it’s important to understand some of the forces driving this battle. ...

New Starr finds a home

There was a time when Azzi Bukhari had little money to speak of when he began working in Fort Dodge. “I had no money, believe me,” Bukhari said from inside his new store called New Starr, located at 704 Ave. C. Pakistan-born Bukhari began as a worker in 2015 at New Star Liquor and ...

Leading the way for women in ag and beyond

AMES — It took some convincing, but Madeline Schultz finally decided to add to her job duties at Iowa State Extension and Outreach 11 years ago. Schultz, who is program manager with the ISU Department of Economics and member of the ISU Extension and Outreach farm management team, added the ...

New Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic better serves clients

AMES — As a less than desirable growing season continues, if you happen to come upon an insect or diseased plant and are having troubles making a diagnosis, look no further than to the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames for help. Ed Zaworski, ...

Achieving her design

When Maddie Lind became the owner of Creative Signs and Graphics in the summer of 2017, she thought pretty hard about changing the name of the 20-year-old business. But Lind, who had worked for the previous owners Mike and Gina Cone since 2013, ultimately decided not to. “When I took ...

Farming smarter

LYTTON — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Ben Albright’s first grade school photo tells an entire story. While the “battle scar” on his head might have upset some kids, it didn’t bother this farmer-in-training. “I proudly displayed a goose egg from an uncooperative ...

Child’s play

DES MOINES — With all the attractions and distractions at the Iowa State Fair, it seems unlikely — improbable even — that one of the most popular destinations for kids was a booth filled with wooden toy barns at the Walnut Center. There wasn’t a computer screen or a digital device ...