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Our businesses: Gypsum Hollow Service

Business name: Gypsum Hollow Service Locations: 1515 Third Ave. N.W. When was it founded? August 2015 Who are the key leaders? Kenworth McKinney, Crystal McKinney, Zach Angstrom and Cole Nelson How many people does it employ? Four What services and products do you provide? Full diesel ...

Where’s the real beef?

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but there’s no comparison between real beef and fake meat, say beef advocates. They emphasize it’s time to set the record straight about lab-created and plant-based meat products. “There are a lot of imposters out there,” said ...

Sauce to sanitizer

WALL LAKE — Going with the flow takes on a whole new meaning in times like this COVID-19 pandemic. It also explains why ethanol-based hand sanitizer has been flowing through the bottling line instead of barbecue sauce at Cookies Food Products Inc. in Wall Lake. “I’m a firm believer ...

Our businesses: Century Financial & Insurance Services

Business name: Century Financial & Insurance Services. Locations: 130 N. 25th St. in Fort Dodge, 513 Sumner Ave. in Humboldt and 931 Main St. in Manson. When was it founded? I’ve been an independent financial advisor for 8 years and in the insurance industry for over 13 years now. ...

Economic impact of COVID-19 on farmers

The impacts of COVID-19 on agricultural assets and lending markets were the topic of a webinar held by the University of Illinois as part of their Coronavirus and Ag series. Jackson Takach, chief economist and head of strategy, research and analytics for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage ...

Happy 25th anniversary to Farm News

Editor’s note: Farm News, a sister publication of The Messenger dedicated to covering agriculture in northern Iowa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In this column, Farm News Editor Kriss Nelson reflects on the paper's history. Farm News has embarked on their 25th year and ...

Capturing the moments

ALGONA — A self-described ‘workaholic,’ Sarah Rolling has found her passion in photography. Following her graduation from Iowa Central where she was a two-sport standout for the Tritons, Rolling opened her own business, Sarah Rolling Photography, along with entering the world of ...

Our businesses: From Miry Clay Pottery

Business name: From Miry Clay Pottery Location: 22 S. Main St., Dayton - The business and family living quarters are in an old bank building. When was it founded? The company was founded in 2006 and has been at its current location in Dayton since 2010. Who are the key leaders? Co-owners ...

The red llama barn

RINGSTED — The Red Llama Barn, as it is fondly called, is located in rural Emmet County about two miles south of Ringsted on 550th Avenue. The barn sits on a quaint little acreage and is the focal point of the site. “I love my barn,” Roxanne Christensen said. Christensen lives on ...

Helping Hands make light work

When Melissa Cook and April Tyre went through Margie Loomis’s Fort Dodge estate in the fall of 2018, they soon discovered artwork with a local connection. “There was a lot of cool, interesting Fort Dodge stuff related to Edna Hogan,” said Cook, who co-owns Helping Hands Estate and ...

‘There is no playbook for this’

During a town hall meeting led by the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig took the chance to speak out about some of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and agriculture in our state with an update from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land ...

From barn to BARn for Kollasch family

MILFORD — Joe and Amber Kollasch decided to renovate the barn on their acreage just east of Milford because they wanted more storage. But now they can also entertain there. The barn, standing when Joseph Berning, Joe Kollasch’s great-great-grandfather, moved there in 1912, measures ...

NPPC cancels 2020 World Pork Expo

DES MOINES — The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced Monday that its board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 World Pork Expo in June due to COVID-19 human health concerns. World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. “While deeply ...

Flipping the script

The voices of workers who holler back orders like “small fry” or “ one double cheese” to the cooks at Ja-Mar Drive In Restaurant have gone silent. Customers don’t experience the scent of fresh brewed coffee and can’t flip through the pages of the newspaper as they wait for their ...

Building a dream

A white wooden frame that doesn’t look quite right hangs on the door to the wood shop at B&B Custom Carpentry, 1020 12th Ave. SW. The bottom piece of the frame is a tad short and doesn’t connect to the other side. Written with black Sharpie in the middle of that frame are the ...

COVID-19’s potential impact on agriculture

Beyond the concern for the general public’s health with the spread of COVID-19, many within the agricultural industry are wondering what impact the virus will have on agriculture and how it will affect producers. To help address these concerns, a team of professors from the University of ...

Former dairy barn transformed into wedding venue

Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Barns of Iowa, featuring historic barns in 37 counties in Iowa. DALLAS CENTER — When James Godfrey was 12 years old, he vividly remembers milking cows in the family’s stoic brick barn. Today, the family’s barn ...

Sweet Sound

There’s a blue canvas chair that’s carefully situated in front of a turntable and in between two speakers at Greg’s Custom Shop, 2372 170th St. That blue chair is what owner Greg Hammen calls the sweet spot. That’s where the sound equilibrium exists. When the needle catches ...

Barns provided a way to make a living

DENISON — If you have been on U.S. Highway 59 north of Denison, you more than likely have noticed the well-kept farm that is owned by Larry and Annette Boeck. The Boecks are the proud owners of not one, but two barns on their Crawford County family farm, which is practically a landmark ...

Millennials and milk

The demand for dairy continues to grow, but what will it take to keep that nutritious food source going into the shopping carts of today’s consumer — specifically the millennial generation? Midwest Dairy discussed this topic during a recent webinar: Millennials and Milk: three ways to ...