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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 ...

Planting the seeds of conservation

WEBSTER CITY — After seven weeks of meetings and online lessons, more than a dozen people earned the title of Iowa Master Conservationist on Wednesday at Briggs Woods Park near Webster City. Linda Cline, program coordinator and PROSPER team co-leader at Webster County Extension office in ...

Time to party

Anyone looking to express their creative side through art now has a new outlet at the Artist’s Warehouse, the newest store at the Crossroads Mall. Owned by sisters Marissa Hamilton and Aubry Salgren, the Artist’s Warehouse is a combination art studio and party venue, located in the ...

Mail-order farmhouse stands the test of time

It’s hard to miss the massive barn and iconic foursquare farmhouse at the junction of 220th Street and Neely Avenue in rural Hamilton County. With its tidy yard and signature barn quilt, the stately farm has been home to the Walker family for four generations. Today, Jim and Patty ...

Pork and trees

GRAND JUNCTION — When Elizabeth Daly of Cedar Rapids heard about a field day at a swine farm near Grand Junction, she was willing to drive a few hours to check out how Bruce and Jenny Wessling have incorporated two windbreaks near their finishing barns. “I’m concerned about ...

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 ...