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Optic Ink finds home on Central

Chris Staley, of Webster City, has always had a love for design. “I have been doing something in the art field my whole life,” Staley said. “I have been drawing since I could pick up a pencil.” He added, “I literally took every art class available through school.” And ...

The Messenger donates to Growth Alliance

The Messenger has donated $5,000 to the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The money came from proceeds of the All About Greater Fort Dodge publication sales. All About Greater Fort Dodge features information on businesses, industry, housing, schools, health care and other elements of the ...

Hotel helped farm survive Great Depression and beyond

LAKE CITY — It probably seemed like more of a nuisance than a serious threat when Charles Acklin scratched his skin on barbed wire one day early in 1927. But after this Lake City-area farmer contracted a tetanus infection from his injury and passed away at age 44 on March 18, 1927, nothing ...

Connecting landowners and growers

Whether you are a landowner looking to rent your ground or a farmer looking to expand your operation, the land leasing process could get a little easier with help from a new company that has recently expanded its services into Iowa. Started in 2017, Tillable is an online marketplace that ...

Brown’s Shoe Fit adds options

Helping customers find shoes that fit perfectly and meet their unique requirements has been the mission of Brown’s Shoe Fit, 210 S. 25th St, since the enterprise opened for business locally in July 1996. Craig Jarrard, the Fort Dodge store’s owner-manager, said being focused ...

Frank farm blends tradition with innovation

AUBURN — More than 40 years ago, Jeff Frank faced one of the most pivotal decisions of his life. This 1977 Lake View-Auburn High School graduate had an extraordinary opportunity to play college basketball, but there was something else — something big—influencing his choice. ...

‘Just like a feedlot underwater’

ELLSWORTH — “This is just like a feedlot underwater,” said Paul Skartvedt, as he gestured toward rows of huge fish tanks that are inside a new aquaculture facility on the edge of Ellsworth near Interstate 35. What looks like a long row of greenhouses is four acres under roof. The two ...

Beating the emerald ash borer

Over the past several years, the emerald ash borer has been wreaking havoc among ash trees in not only Fort Dodge, but across the state of Iowa. An invasive pest originally from Asia, the emerald ash borer burrows into ash trees, where it can eventually lead to the tree’s death. But ...

Heritage Farm history is both recalled and written

HUMBOLDT — When the history of a farm is being discussed, it doesn’t take very long before the discussion will shift to family history as the history of farms and families are very much entwined. The history is usually recollections of distant memories. Ron Collins farms the land owned ...

Poultry pioneers

DALLAS CENTER — The old question of which came first—the chicken or the egg—has a novel answer in the form the new Dr. Henry A. Wallace Farm, which opened recently near Dallas Center. This state-of-the-art poultry facility reflects a significant investment by Hy-Line International ...

Preserving history

The revitalization of historic downtown buildings in Fort Dodge has continued along Central Avenue, near City Square Park. Lifestyles Furnishings, owned by Dave Madsen and managed by Aaron Tighe, has undergone extensive renovations to its arched facade on the north side of the structure, ...

From Prussia to West Bend by way of California

WEST BEND — Michael Bonnstetter arrived in Kossuth County in 1865, according to his great-grandson Larry Bonnstetter, of West Bend, who lives on the Heritage Farm with his wife Donna. In itself, his arrival is not very unusual. It is the route he took getting there that is ...

Cultivating community

DES MOINES—It seems like a typical neighborhood in a city. Cars zipping busy on a busy thoroughfare. The aroma of burgers wafting from backyard grills at nearby homes. But there in the middle of all that activity is an oasis, a greenspace filled with row after row of vegetables. Welcome ...

Kitchen on wheels

It’s common for some workers in the Fort Dodge area get about 30 minutes for a lunch break, according to Brandon Farrand, part owner of The Grub Hub. And Farrand, who knows firsthand, said oftentimes those workers don’t have that many different food options available to them. “I ...

UnityPoint Health — TRMC receives award

UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart ...

There’s definitely value in tradition

POCAHONTAS — Genevieve Schoon said she and her late husband, Ernie, looked forward to the time when their farm would reach the status of Century Farm and they could apply for the award. All of that happened, but unfortunately, without Ernie. Schoon said her husband passed away in ...

Agriculture counts

Want to know how many farms there are in the U.S.? Curious about American farmers’ average income? What’s the average age of an American farmer? You can find these answers and much more, thanks to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture, whose roots date back to the presidential ...

‘Fast, simple, easy’

ALDI’s Fort Dodge grocery store, 2736 First Ave. S., is back with a redesigned look and a wider selection of food options for its customers. The store, which has been in Fort Dodge since 1993, underwent an extensive remodel in the spring. It was closed for six weeks as upgrades were made ...

Bank Iowa publishes children’s book

DES MOINES — A children’s book that Bank Iowa promises is big on heart and humor published recently. Developed in conjunction with illustrator and artist Nathan T. Wright, “Eleanor Saves the Day,” is the bank’s gift to every parent who opens a Bank Iowa Young Savers account for ...

Humboldt County farm receives Century and Heritage Farm award in 2018

BRADGATE — A Humboldt County farm received a double-honor last summer at the Iowa State Fair. “Brown Empire,” owned by Martin Brown, Michael Brown, Diane Losey and Linda Boell, and first purchased by their great-grandfather, Nelson Hemerson, in 1867 — and officially recorded in ...