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Ron’s is no more

October 20, 2013 As part of the expansion, the Kemnas purchased Ron’s Car Wash Inc., 2524 First Ave., S., and Ron’s Lube & Oil, 2518 First Ave. S. Both were owned by Ron and Pam Vincent. Those businesses closed Oct. more »»

WFP’s biotech champ talks food

October 20, 2013 DES MOINES — Leave it to a small-town farm kid to come up with a big idea to revolutionize agriculture and food production. more »»

Steakhouse preserves memory of historic hotel

October 13, 2013 The booming Fort Dodge economy is good news for many Fort Dodge businesses. It is one of the factors that led to the opening Oct. 1 of a new restaurant at the Budget Host Inn, near the junction of U. more »»

Iowa Central draws nearly 200 to Manufacturing Day

October 13, 2013 Iowa Central Community College held its inaugural Manufacturing Day Oct. more »»

Birth of an industry

October 13, 2013 MISSOURI VALLEY — It was 12 years ago that Vaughn Pittz planted 207 aronia bushes on his rural Harrison County farm. It was the first U.S. more »»

Gourmet pig breeder will speak on quest to develop tastiest pork

October 13, 2013 AMES — Pig farmer, tech start-up entrepreneur and computer consultant Carl Blake is on a quest to breed the country’s tastiest pig by following a 19th century German formula. more »»

‘Because we love the old stuff’

October 6, 2013 OTHO?— Otho residents Jimmy and Jutta Beekman have long had a love for antiques and other items that are reminiscent of earlier era. more »»

Vineyard reports great grape harvest in 2013

October 6, 2013 FARNHAMVILLE — Richard Black, a vineyard owner in the southeast corner of Calhoun County, was ecstatic and irritated. The bad news on this Sept. more »»

Tax credit helps new farmers

October 6, 2013 DES MOINES (AP) — A new tax credit program in Iowa gives a break to anyone hiring a beginning farmer to help with agricultural contract work. The Iowa Finance Authority announced on Sep. more »»

ISU sets ag career job fair

October 6, 2013 AMES — The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is holding its largest job fair ever from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. more »»

ISU specialist discusses health care options

September 29, 2013 With the new Health Insurance Marketplace ready to launch Oct. 1, some folks are asking: Why should I bother getting health insurance? I think it’s a question worth answerin. more »»

Decker Truck Line recognized as IMTA Best of the Best

September 29, 2013 Decker Truck Line received recognition at the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Best of the Best awards luncheon held Sept. 18 in Okoboji at the IMTA’s Annual Management Conference. more »»

Iowa State Bank earns top ranking

September 29, 2013 ALGONA?—For the second consecutive year Iowa State Bank has been selected as one of Iowa’s Top Workplaces; the bank ranked seventh in the state for small employers totaling between 35 and 149... more »»

2014’s seed harvest

September 29, 2013 ALGONA — Corn harvest is a few weeks away for most farmers in North Iowa, but for Pioneer’s seed facility at Algona, harvest is well underway. more »»

Getting down to business

September 22, 2013 The Fifth Avenue South Corridor of Commerce is seeing new growth. More than $11.7 million has been invested in the area in recent months by new and existing businesses. more »»

Practicing old-school farming

September 22, 2013 WEST BEND — The farmstead of Lloyd and Mary Hanselman near West Bend, at first glance, resembles many farms scattered across northern Iowa. more »»

Valero: Fix the RFS

September 15, 2013 Valero, the nation’s largest oil refiner and one of the largest ethanol makers, said the Renewable Fuels Standard needs to be rewritten. more »»

Day: Fort Dodge ethanol plant deemed healthy

September 15, 2013 A Valero corporate executive visited the company’s ethanol plant in Fort Dodge on Sept. 9 to outline the company’s plans for its drive to support the regional United Way programs. more »»

Stopping nitrogen escapes

September 15, 2013 CLARION — Nitrogen leaching and runoff into surface waters is not farming’s best friend. One in another progression of field days to document farm practices that nitrogen escapes was held Aug. more »»

Coca-Cola, Cargill monitor producers’ efforts

September 15, 2013 CLARION — One might think that Coca-Cola and Cargill would seem out of place at a farmer-oriented field day where reducing nitrate runoff was the focus. But they were present on Aug. more »»



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