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Exceeding expectations

When New Zealand-based Argenta took over the site commonly called the Riverside plant in Fort Dodge to make animal medicine, the company committed itself to creating 30 jobs over a period of three years. That was in January 2016. And by the end of that year, 56 people were employed at ...

BVU, Kirkwood enter partnership for ag instruction

Buena Vista University is continuing on a long time tradition of partnering with community colleges to assist those students earning Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) to continue their education. Most recently, BVU has announced ...

Wooden pegs hold Clay County barn together

EVERLY — Brothers Allen and Norman Sindt grew up with their siblings on a farm on the east edge of Everly in Clay County. “The barn was built in 1899. John Sindt (their great-grandfather) became the owner of the farm in 1901,” said Allen Sindt, adding that they don’t know who ...

Claire’s wall on display at Hy-Vee

When Claire’s closed in the Crossroads Mall last fall, it left Fort Dodge without a place to buy those iconic trinket-like items like multi-colored hair extensions, unicorn backpacks, fuzzy diaries, glow in the dark fingernail polish, fruity lip balms and more. Until now. Last month, ...

Barn is getting a whole new makeover

Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Barns of Iowa, featuring historic barns in 37 counties in Iowa. MARCUS — When Bob Hoefling told his daughter he would have their family barn in shape for her graduation party — she laughed at him. “It was ...

Farmland drainage workshop planned

HUMBOLDT (ISU E) — Drainage main upgrades on farms has emerged as a concern in the past couple years; including addressing drainage water quality. A day-long regional workshop has been scheduled on March 30 by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the Zion Lutheran Church in ...

A powerful pair

Sandra Hollingsworth’s lifelong love of dance began with a 75-cent pair of tap shoes. “My dad was a tapper and my friend sold me a pair of shoes for 75 cents,” Hollingsworth recalled. “And because I already had the shoes and my dad was teaching me a little bit, I decided to go to ...

Working in the city, enjoying the country

CLEAR LAKE — Matt and Norma Schiller were living in Mason City where Matt worked as an emergency room doctor and Norma as a pediatrician. “We were interested in a place in the country,” said Matt Schiller. Matt Schiller grew up on an acreage north of Waterloo at Dunkerton and Norma grew ...

Sunderman Farm acquires Taylor Land Management

When Sunderman Farm Management Co. acquired Taylor Land Management in January, it didn’t spell retirement for Brent Taylor, the former owner of Taylor Land Management. Instead, Taylor has joined Sunderman Farm as a certified rural appraiser. And he plans to stick around for as long as ...

Carroll County barn dates to 1891

Editor’s note: This feature first ran in a special publication called Barns of Iowa, featuring historic barns in 37 counties in Iowa. In 1891, Benjamin Harrison was president of the United States, the grand opening of the new Carnegie Hall wowed audiences in New York City, and a sturdy ...

Conversation on conservation

Jacqueline Comito, Iowa Learning Farms program director, sat down last week with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discussing conservation in our state and answering questions during a live webinar hosted by ILF. Naig discussed his recent involvement at the public meeting of the Hypoxia ...

‘The Tupperware lady’

LaVonne Keyser, of Fort Dodge, wanted a flexible career that would allow her to be there for her children as they grew up. And in 1958, her husband, Archie, found it for her. The job was selling Tupperware. During a party at her relatives’ place in Eagle Grove, Keyser met a woman ...

Main Street FD offers chance for businesses to win $28k

Main Street Fort Dodge is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use $28,000 to expand and grow their business idea within the Fort Dodge Main Street district. The Open 4 Business contest, launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within a state-designated Main ...

Air Choice One airlines introduces new website

Air Choice One, headquartered in St. Louis, has announced the launch of its newly revitalized website with updated ease of use, specifically in regards to booking. Along with the website, the company announced the release of its new rewards program Choice Plus. Choice Plus is a frequent ...

Small barn is suitable for sheep operation

BOONE — Bill and Sharon Sturtz are carrying on the 60-year-long tradition of the Sturtz family operating their livestock business out of their barn. Bill Sturtz said his parents moved to the farm in 1959, officially purchasing it in 1965, adding that he and his wife moved to the farm in ...

Ag economist advises selling poor quality corn crop now

Corn growers have been eyeing the markets warily, considering the 2019 growing season didn’t treat many of them kindly. From the delayed planting season to a cold, rainy stretch of weather to heavy flooding, crop losses and very late harvests in many areas, the markets showed just how much of ...

‘Friends instead of competitors’

Business owners in Fort Dodge are collaborating to bring an event to the downtown on Saturday which could leave one lucky customer with lots of gift cards. The event called, Sister Saturday, is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fourteen businesses, including Rush Hour Clothing Co., ...

New owners

The Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites has new owners. The hotel at 1518 Third Ave. N.W., which has been a fixture in Fort Dodge since the1960s, was purchased by Crossroads Partners LLC, a locally-owned private investment group. The group purchased the property from A & B ...

In the round

STORM LAKE — Round barns have become an endangered species in Iowa, especially in the western half of the state, where relatively few round barns were built. The striking round barn that graces Clyde Krause’s farm south of Storm Lake, however, is an exception with a unique story. It ...

Johnson Bro’s Snow and Mow expands

When Fort Dodge was hammered by a strong snowstorm last February, Kyle Johnson and his crew spent hours on end trying to dig out residents and businesses. “We plowed for 60 hours straight, no stopping,” said Johnson, owner of Johnson Bro’s Snow and Mow. “It was like 13 inches (of ...