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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 ...

In the air

For the first time in several years, there will be no major construction going on at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. The last major project, which is the reconstruction of the air carrier apron, has mostly wrapped up and there are only a few items that need to be taken care of, according ...

On your feet

Dr. Mark Hartman, of Midwest Foot and Ankle Center, has seen injuries ranging from a fractured ankle to a black powder burn, and even someone who was gored by a bull. And in one instance, Hartman helped to treat all three of those injuries in the same weekend. That’s because a string ...

Gowrie teen is a welcome helping hand

GOWRIE — Ben Carlson is much like your typical farm kid, helping out where and when he can around his family farm. The 18-year-old Carlson, a senior at Southeast Valley High School, is a member of the Central Plains FFA chapter, which has allowed him to take his experiences gained on the ...

Anything 2 Go

Feeling hungry, but are too busy working to pick up your meal? Need to pick up groceries, but you don’t have anyone to watch the kids? Stuck at home, but your favorite restaurant doesn’t deliver? A new delivery service in Fort Dodge aims to alleviate those issues. Anything 2 Go ...

Farm News is taking its show on the road

EMMETSBURG — Farm News is hosting its first Iowa Lakes Community College (Emmetsburg) Farm News Ag Show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 at the Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Campus, 3200 College Drive, Emmetsburg. The main show sponsor of this event is Poet Biorefining, of Emmetsburg. ...

Soil your undies

HUMBOLDT — After seeing a farmer from Ontario, Canada soil his undies on YouTube, Doug Adams and Gary Hammitt decided they would like to see themselves and other area farmers soil their undies, too. In this case, however, soiling your undies doesn’t mean what it usually does. This is, ...

Bond. jail bond.

Kelly Moore, owner of Moore Bonding Company, typically doesn’t bail the same person out of jail twice in the same night. But it has happened. “I got a call one night from a guy in jail in Denison,” Moore recalled from his Fort Dodge office, 728 First Ave. N. “He was from out of ...

‘Real-time’ service

When Paul Ludwig first learned about the internet in the 1990s, he wasn’t necessarily sold on its capabilities. “This was in another office,” Ludwig said. “I walked in and a guy said, ‘look here, this is the internet.’ He said you can search for anything and I said why would you ...

Fresh look for fresh coffee

WEBSTER CITY — After closing its doors for a week of renovation, the Mornin’ Glory coffee shop is open again with a fresh new look. Owners Shawn and Laura Anderson said the construction was needed to replace aging floors, and provide more space in the kitchen. One thing that ...