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A careful clean

Joe Phipps learned the meaning of hard work growing up on a farm near Pilot Mound. “There was always a lot of work to do being a small farmer,” said Phipps, a 2014 Southeast Webster Grand High School graduate. “Of course I had time to play around but when it was time to get stuff ...

A whole new ‘WRLD’

Three Fort Dodge Senior High graduates have merged their longtime friendship into a business partnership. And that business is booming throughout the U.S. Selfie WRLD is a photography studio/museum. It provides visitors with unique backdrops that can be used for professional or ...

POET acquires Flint Hills Resources

SIOUX FALLS, SD – POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, has acquired the bioethanol assets of Flint Hills Resources’ in their entirety, expanding the company’s production capacity by 40 percent. The company made the announcement on Tuesday. POET, headquartered in Sioux ...

MidAmerican invests in UNI@DMACC partnership

CEDAR FALLS — MidAmerican Energy Co. has invested $250,000 in UNI@DMACC, a partnership between the University of Northern Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College, to advance this first collaboration of this size and scale between an Iowa Regent university and community college. ...

Cooking up a conversation

When Steve Clayton, of Fort Dodge, started selling his ribs and chicken to Fort Dodgers in the 1990s, his place of business was a 1971 rusty orange Chevrolet pickup truck. “I started pulling a camper behind an old raggedy truck — Fred Sanford style (from the popular American sitcom ...

‘A Pinch of Love’

Fort Dodge sisters Crystal Lowrey and Angie Reiter sometimes had a difficult time replicating their aunt Tammy Taylor’s recipes growing up. So they asked her what her secret was. “We could never get her recipes to turn out the right way,” said Reiter. “And she would ask us if ...