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Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike Thursday, the first major walkout at the agricultural machinery giant in more than three decades. The union had said its members would walk off the job if no deal has been reached Wednesday. The vast majority of ...

A different picture

When Pam Johnson opened The Big Picture in downtown Fort Dodge, she knew it wasn’t going to be long-term. Johnson moved back to Fort Dodge about six years ago to care for her mother, Garnita. “I moved back here mainly to help with my mom,” Johnson said Thursday from her consignment ...

Things N’ Stuffs opens in Gilmore City

GILMORE CITY — Tishara Harke has added a little variety in Gilmore City, a town of less than 500 people. The Nevada native opened Things N’ Stuffs on Sept. 1. Her store, which sells anything from a microwave to a Halloween costume, can be found at 407 Gilmore St., across from the ...

Discount Tire is rolling in FD

A new business is now open along Fifth Avenue South. Discount Tire, a part of the in-progress Corridor Plaza, opened in early September. Ty Schnurr, the store manager, said they have started to get a steady flow of customers but many still don’t know that they are open. Discount Tire ...

The spice of life

Owner Gerry Schossow’s vision for the newest store downtown is to have a little something for everybody. “I know a lot of things you can get cheaper at Walmart, but my wife and I will be your cashier,” he said. “We will care about how your day is going. We are community and here ...

First Interstate Bank and Great Western Bank to merge

BILLINGS, MT— First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIBK) (”FIBK”), parent company of First Interstate Bank, and Great Western Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: GWB) (”GWB”), parent company of Great Western Bank, announced Thursday they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the ...