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Building for the future

When Edward Jones financial advisor Gabe Pettit was looking for a place for his Fort Dodge office, he saw great potential in a historic downtown building on the west end of Central Avenue that overlooks City Square Park. The first thing he noticed when he looked at the building, located ...

Carden: ‘It’s been a good way of life’

DUNCOMBE — The Carden family’s Century Farm could be considered a family affair with two generations taking part in ownership of the farm that was first purchased by their family in 1914. Bob Carden, the third generation, along with his daughter, Judi Crosley; his niece, Diane ...

Iowa State presents a day at the dairy

AMES — The Iowa State University Dairy Farm welcomed hundreds of visitors on June 14, giving them a tour of the entire facility from the milking parlor, heifer barn, dry cow/transition barn and beyond. Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor in the animal science department at ISU, with ...

Finding their ‘market’

GOWRIE — Marcie Boerner’s love for the Gowrie community and Jacci Hindt’s passion to help others look and feel good about themselves has resulted in a business partnership. Together they share a space for their respective businesses in downtown Gowrie. The building, located at 1108 ...

Trade and weather covered at Farm News Ag Show

EMMETSBURG — Everything agriculture and more took over the Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Campus on Wednesday for the Farm News Ag Show. In addition to several vendors located both inside and out, show-goers also had the opportunity to listen to three agricultural experts who ...

Turning back the clock

The contents found at the bottom of a bargain box sparked a new passion and ultimately a new business for Laura Ross, of Moorland. The box was purchased a few years ago at Sparky’s Auction Services in Fort Dodge. “I think we paid two dollars for it,” Ross recalled. Inside was ...

It’s show time

EMMETSBURG — Farm News is hosting its first Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Farm News Ag Show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Campus, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg. The main show sponsor of this event is Poet Biorefining, of Emmetsburg. ...

Numbers put current ag picture in perspective

AMES — Trade wars. Tariffs. Widespread flooding. Delayed planting. Seems like many farmers in Iowa and beyond can’t get a break this spring, and the numbers help tell the story. “U.S. agriculture’s debt-to-asset ratio for 2019 is forecast at 13.9 percent, meaning it’s moving in the ...

Burtek Dry Ice expands

LATIMER — Burtek Dry Ice, owned by Fort Dodge native Mike Kentfield, continues to expand its operations and is serving the needs of one of the largest plants in the Fort Dodge region. In 2017, Burtek Dry Ice landed a contract to provide dry ice to Prestage Foods of Iowa, according to ...

Taco Tico franchise expands

Taco Tico in Fort Dodge has always done things a little differently. All the food is made in-house, said Ben Johnson, whose father brought the franchise to Fort Dodge in 1977. Now, a group of investors from Lexington, Kentucky, is betting they can copy the little store’s success. The ...

Iowa Central welcomes staff members

• Kara Gernhart joined the admissions team as the admissions activities coordinator. Gernhart is a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate. She attended Graceland University and graduated with a degree in elementary education. • Jessica Butterfield Bailey was hired as an instructor in the ...

Is preventive plant an option for you this year?

WEBSTER CITY — To plant or not to plant? That is the question. To assist producers in making some of those decisions, Farm Credit Services of America held a crop insurance spring update last week discussing planting dates, prevent plant, replant, first and second crop insurance options and ...

Juggling child care needs?

Parents who need to get to work, but can’t find a babysitter or just want a date night away from their children, have another option for child care in the Fort Dodge area. Through Sitter-ASAP, a nanny staffing agency, parents can call the company and be placed with a babysitter ...

Jewell welcomes two more gems in a vintage setting

JEWELL — For several years now, Main Street in the Hamilton County town of Jewell has been building a reputation as a destination for fans of vintage, collectibles and antiques. The recent addition of two new such shops brings to a total of six businesses in the 600 block of Main ...

Where’s the beef?

With its rich agricultural heritage, Iowa is a meat-and-potatoes kind of place. It’s a region where farming roots run deep, and restaurants that have been run by the same families for several generations showcase the best of Iowa’s bounty, especially beef. Nowhere is this more obvious ...

Two forms of expression

Styling hair and creating art throughout her salon at Personal Expressions is therapy for Amanda Peart. “I have always been kind of crafty, but art became my therapy,” Peart, of Fort Dodge, said. Peart, of Fort Dodge, is one of four stylists who work at the salon located in Crossroads ...

DAISY Award presented to SMCH nurses

LAKE CITY — Delivering compassionate patient care and great clinical skills are the qualities that recently earned two Stewart Memorial Community Hospital nurses the DAISY Award. The award, which was established in 1999 and stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, is in memory of ...

Home on the ranch

There appears to be no shortage of recreation opportunities at Lizard Creek Ranch. Weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, conferences, team building exercises, or a place for construction workers to lay their heads, are some of the uses for the expansive property west of Fort Dodge. ...

Modern safe trucking

The trucking business can be a very competitive world, not only for loads to haul but also for experienced, safe drivers to haul them. Decker Truck Line Inc., headquartered in Fort Dodge, is doing everything it can to hire and retain drivers and give them a safe, comfortable place to ...

Intermodal hub would offer transportation options downtown

A parking ramp with additional transportation features called an intermodal hub may someday link a rejuvenated Warden Plaza and a new cultural and wellness center in downtown Fort Dodge. City officials will learn this summer if a $5.9 million federal grant will be awarded to help pay for ...