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On Thursday, July 5 at 6:30 pm Actress Pippa White of One's Company will perform The Story of the Orphan Train in the auditorium of the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield.

The Orphan Train tells the historically accurate story of a few of the thousands of homeless orphans from the streets of New York in the late 19th century who were given a chance for a new life in America's heartland. The E.E. Warren Opera House holds special significance to this performance. In 1903 the auditorium was chosen as a "distribution center" for one of the orphan trains, where 17 children were placed for adoption.

One's Company is a collection of one-woman shows featuring White, who grew up in San Francisco, appeared regularly on television as a child, trained at the American Conservatory Theatre Academy, and for five years was seen as a hostess of a daily morning television show on ABC. Moving to the midwest led her to pursuing an education, starting a family, and reestablishing a career with work in theatres, arts in educational programs, and finally, not just one, but several one-woman shows drawing on many different sources for a collection of solo productions.

White has a love of dialects and accents, which she tries to incorporate into her shows. Some of her dialects come naturally, thanks to a British father, and both her parents spent considerable time in England. "Other children came home to milk and cookies after school," she says. "I came home to afternoon tea." Her parents were often recounting amusing stories in dialect. However, not all of her dialects come easily. She uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (her mother taught speech and dialects at San Francisco State University) and she is always trying new dialects and accents. -The Stuart Herald Read more »

 

Tom Hansen, DVM, recently joined the staff at Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic, working out of the Audubon office, as a large animal veterinarian.

Hansen is the son of Rick and Paulette Hansen of rural Kimballton. He graduated from Audubon High School in 2003 and spent eight years as Iowa State University obtaining his undergraduate and veterinary medicine degrees.

Hansen is no stranger to AMVC, spending six summers working for their practice during school breaks. He spent a year practicing in Eastern Iowa before "returning home."

Hansen and his wife Meghan, a registered dietitian, have been married three years this summer and are settling into the home they recently purchased in Audubon.

"I'm excited to be back and am looking forward to getting involved with the community," Hansen stated.

Growing up on a cattle farm, Hansen said that working with cattle is obviously his favorite part of the job, along with the fact that practicing veterinary medicine brings new experiences with every call.

"There is nothing that is ever the same," Hansen said. "I think that's why I like it. Every day is something new and different."

According to Hansen a career in vet medicine has been his goal since "Oh, about sixth grade At least that's what my mom always say," he noted.

While not practicing, he and Meghan enjoy biking and plan to participate in RAGBRAI this summer.

The staff at AMVC is excited to welcome Hansen to the practice and hopes the community will make him feel welcome. -Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »

 

About 70 local landowners, neighbors and Greene County government officials joined representatives from RPM Access LLC, Rippey Wind Energy, Mortensen Construction, Nordex and the many subcontractors in order to recognize the 50 MW Rippey Wind Farm currently under construction. The Rippey Wind Farm includes 20 2.5 MWS Nordex wind turbines which will generate enough energy to power approximately 16,000 homes.

The dinner, followed by a "blade signing" was meant to celebrate the cooperative effort necessary to make this long lead time project a reality. The event was held at a site off P-46 in Junction Township just south of 240th Street where blades, tower sections and nacelles were awaiting erection. Jim Dimond, site developer for RPM Access, said "It is hard to give proper thanks to all the people in this great community who participated in this clean energy project. It is very heartening to see the business flowing to local vendors and to imagine the benefit landowners and the county will receive over the project life."

The project consists of over 3.500 acres with 28 landowners, as well as numerous neighbors. The 20 turbines, together with the substation will take only about 20 acres out of farm production. Substantial completion is expected in mid-September with a commercial operation date in October of this year. While heavy cement trucks have finished their work, deliveries of turbine components will continue until late June. At that point truck traffic will diminish and the remaining work will involve turbine erection, mechanical completions, energization and commissioning. During the later phase, roads and construction easements will be restored.

RPM Access LLC also announced the closing of a $116 million construction and term financing for both the Rippey project and its companion 27MW Hawkeye wind farm in Fayette county. The company, in its 12 year history, has developed 700 megawatts of operating wind farms in Iowa. In 2011 and 2012, RPM Access also developed two wind farms totaling 223 megawatts in Marshall and Tama counties, with both projects sold to a major Iowa utility. The company said it was having a great two years, but it took years of effort to make this all happen. While construction can be accomplished in about six months, getting to shovel-ready, in terms of engineering studies, wind engineering, environmental studies, landowner and neighbor approvals, government approvals, interconnection, etc., take years.

Power from the project has been sold to Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The company website, www.rpmaccess.com contains more information about the company and the Rippey project. -The Jefferson Herald Read more »

 

Hoyt Law Firm, P.C. announces the addition of Kyle M. Orris as an associate attorney. Orris earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science at Luther College and juris doctorate degree from Drake University. He has over 5 years of legal experience as an associate attorney with the Mumma and Pedersen law firm in Jefferson.

Orris is a Jefferson native and a 1999 graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to come home to practice for the past five years, and am excited to continue providing service to the residents of Greene County with David Hoyt and David Morain at Hoyt Law Firm," Orris said- Jefferson Herald Read more »

 

Adair Count Health System's employees received an award from the Iowa Hospital Association for their participation in Lighten Up Iowa. Forty-four employees a Adair County Health System participated and completed the Lighten Up Iowa this past spring. IHA awarded $500 to each district hospital that had the most percentage of employees who completed the program.

Adair County Health System was one of fifty-seven hospitals participating in the challenge. The Employee Wellness Committee helped coordinate and motivate employees throughout the 100 day challenge. -Stuart Herald Read more »

 

Daniel Wells, County Executive Director for the Adair County FSA, said the county committee system has been around since the 1930s and represents grassroots democracy at its best. Committee members are local farmers who are nominated and elected by their peers.

To begin the election process, Wells says local producers must nominate candidates to run for a seat on the county committee. "You can't have an election without candidates," he said.

Adair County is divided into three local administrative areas, each of which is represented by a seat on the committee. Committee members serve three year terms, and the terms are staggered so each year local producers vote to fill at least one vacancy.

This year, voters will elect a producer to represent Local Administrative Area Two (LAA 2), which is the townships of Eureka, Jackson, Prussia, Summerset, Summit and Walnut.

Lillian Nichols of Bridgewater has presented producers of LAA2 since 2007.

"Farm owners, operators, tenants and sharecroppers who are of legal voting age and eligible to participate in any Farm Service Agency program can nominate candidates or be a candidate himself," said Wells.

Nomination forms are available at the Farm Service Agency office at 705 NE 6th Street, Greenfield, or online at http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov.

Nominees must sign the form, indicating they are willing to serve the three year term.

Completed nomination forms must be postmarked or returned to the Adair County Farm Service Agency Office by close of business on August 1.

County committee elections are held by mail. Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters in Local Administrative Area two beginning on November 5. Completed ballots must be returned to the Farm Service Agency Office by December 3. -Adair County Free Press.
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Dr. Cody Silker, pediatrician, will be joining Guthrie County Hospital and GCH Family Medicine Clinics' team of providers on July 16, 2012. Dr. Silker will complete her residency at Blank Childrens' Hospital, where she has been able to obtain extensive experience in working with children and their families. She is excited about being part of GCH and is ready to become part of our community. Dr. Silker loves working with children and values her relationships with her patients and their families. Her mission is to partner with pediatric patients and their families to provide excellent pediatric care close to home.

Call 641-332-3920 to schedule an appointment or for more information. Read more »

 

Heartland Co-op has announced that Chief Executive Officer Larry Petersen has informed the Board of Directors that he will retire, effective December 31.

"After 42 years in the agriculture related industry and 31 of those years with the Heartland combined companies, it is time for me to move into the retirement phase of my life," said Petersen.

After spending several years of employment with three Minnesota cooperatives, Petersen became the general manager at the Panora Farmers Cooperative in 1981 and has been the first and only CEO of Heartland Co-op since its inception in 1987. Through many unifications and acquisitions during Petersen's tenure, Heartland has grown to be one of the largest local cooperatives in the nation.

Petersen goes on to say "I've been very fortunate to work with management staff and employees that are dedicated to the values and culture emphasized at Heartland that has been enhanced by the great working relationship that I have had with the Board of Directors. The entire group has been able to produce excellent results even during the growth years experienced by Heartland. I truly believe the future of this cooperative is very secure because of those past efforts and the quality of employees that make up the Heartland team today."

The Heartland Board of Directors is beginning the process of securing a replacement for Petersen. The Board fully expects to have a new CEO named before Petersen's December departure.

Petersen is a Lake Panorama resident.

Heartland Co-op has corporate offices located in West Des Moines and consists of a total of 51 locations in Central and East Central Iowa (including Panora). The organization serves more than 4,500 members with operations in grain handling and marketing, fertilizer and application, agriculture chemicals and application, livestock feed and processing, agriculture energy products, and propane. -The News Gazette Read more »

 

Jane Sorenson (left) of Jefferson was honored as the 2012 Tower of Fame awardee by Carole Custer (right) at the opening ceremonies of the Bell Tower Festival.

Sorenson's family and a host of well-wishers were present for the ceremonies, held on the Plaza Stage south of the courthouse entrance. A reception for the honoree took place in the courthouse rotunda following the presentation.

Sorenson, a career travel agent and tour host, accepted the award "on behalf of my traveling family." She added that her "greatest award is the smiles on my traveling family's faces and helping them achieve their dreams."

Sorenson couples her travel hosting with good deeds and beneficial projects for residents of the countries she visits. -The Bee Read more »

 

On June 7 Bovard Studios began removing the stained glass windows in the Casey Visitor Center. Removal was completed the following day. The windows will be transported to Bovard Studios in Fairfield, Iowa for the restoration.

The former St. Joseph Catholic Church, built in 1908, was deeded to the town of Casey in 2004. In 2007, a handful of Casey citizens resurrected the Casey Historical Society with the intent of restoring the magnificent windows. This project was made possible with a $15,000.00 grant from the Guthrie County Community Foundation, donations and fundraising money from the Casey Historical Society and the town of Casey.

This community project is to improve the quality of life in Guthrie County. The project will provide a unique place with historical, architectural and artistic influence. The Visitor Center is a p lace for weddings, celebrations, educational functions and historical displays.

Anyone interested in renting the Visitor Center in the future may contact the Casey City Clerk's office at 641-746-3315. -The Adair News Read more »

 

With the opening of the Warren Cultural Center comes the opening of a new business, called Ed & Eva's, located in the center. It is a gift shop with a mission to support Iowa artisans by featuring their artwork and broadening their customer base, to provide a unique retail shopping experience and expand economic development in Greenfield and Adair County.

A jury committee has visited varied artisan galleries and art shows throughout the state of Iowa, talking to artists, then inviting them to apply. Many artists were found through the recommendations of others, the jury committee makes the selections, presently there are 27 consigning artists from the local area and as far away as Clear Lake, Iowa City and Russell.

The inventory ranges from children's clothing to metal work, pottery, jewelry, unique greeting cards, stained glass, wooden bowls, clipboards, trivets, pens, framed photography and mixed media, and expanding to include Iowa food products.

Special events include trunk shows, demos and classes on site.

The business is owned ad managed by EEWOHA Enterprise, Ltd., staffed by manager Melody Strausser and assistant manager Denise Speer. It is open from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, call 641-343-7337, email edneva.s@gmail.com, or visit www.warrenculturalcenter.com. Also look for them on Facebook. Read more »

 

Several dozen people were on hand for the unveiling Saturday of the statue of Thomas Jefferson that will eventually be the feature at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County.

The life-size bronze statue was sculpted by John Hair, a highly commissioned monument sculptor. An Iowa native, Hair has won more than 40 public art commissions since 2002. His client list includes the U. S. Air Force Academy, Purdue University, and many cities.

The statue depicts Jefferson seated on a Chippendale style bench reading the Declaration of Independence, which he helped write.

The statue was unveiled in the courthouse rotunda. It will be moved to the first floor of the Lincoln Building across Lincolnway from the courthouse. The statue will be displayed there until the Thomas Jefferson Gardens are completed. The gardens will be across from the courthouse to the southeast.

Tom Polking is President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation of Greene County, the group developing the gardens.

At the unveiling ceremony, Wallace Teagarden, original donor and sparkplug for the idea of the statue, quoted at length by memory from the Declaration of Independence, of which Thomas Jefferson was the author. Teagarden called Jefferson a "supreme visionary" who could see the future of the United States.

He also thanked many individuals and organizations that helped make the project a reality: donors, Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County Foundation board members, city and council officials, owners of the buildings that were razed to create the site for the memorial and its gardens, and many others.

Polking noted that the original bids for Phase One of the project were $170,000, but $100,000 of in-kind donations brought that figure down to $70,000. Fundraising for Phase Two will begin this week, he said. -The Bee Read more »

 

MK's Total Salon Services has opened at 100 NW Second Street in Stuart. The business is owned and operated by MaryKay Hansen, of Stuart.

Her full hair service for men, women and children includes cuts, colors, and perms. She is qualified to do manicures and pedicures and can do shellac. A tanning bed is also featured. MaryKay takes appointments but does accept walk-ins if she has the time available. She can be reached by phone or text at 515-782-7305.

Hansen graduated from cosmetology school in 1994 and has been styling hair for 15 years. For seven years she was employed by Hair by Stewarts in Atlantic, and for eight years she owned and operated her salon "Expressions by MaryKay" in Avoca.

Clientele will be surprised with the renovation of the interior. "Being in a historical building in Stuart is pretty exciting, and I invite peoples to come in, look around and ask questions. I am thrilled to death to offer something to Stuart that I don't think think has been offered before. I want to offer people a fun and relaxing atmosphere."

The encouragement of her special friend, Tom Smith, nudged her into launching her new business and chasing her dream.

"My whole goal is to focus on those who have sought my type of services elsewhere, and can now find these opportunities close to home. I grew up in a small town, so I know how important it is to keep local businesses in town."

MaryKay has three sons, Briar Clay, 14; Gage Clay, 12; and Cael Hansen, 9, all students at West Central Valley. -The Stuart Herald. Read more »

 

Puck Custom Enterprises, Inc. of Manning hosted a Customer Appreciation Day and Open House on June 9. With the recent completion of an addition to their original manufacturing structure (2010), PCE opened the doors for a day of tours to answer questions and offer a big thank you to all the support from customers, friends, family and community.

The recent addition three miles south of Manning triples the manufacturing floor space at PCE. The steel Chief building was constructed by Ahrenoltz Construction of Harlan, Iowa. Concrete needs were supplied by American Concrete and the flooring was poured and formed by Specialty Concrete. Solls Service of Manning completed all electrical, plumbing and geo-thermal features for the space. PCE extends a warm thank you for all the hard work and talents from these companies.

Since opening a new building in 2010, PCE has added 6 full-time positions, 2 seasonal internships and 5 part-time jobs. PCE greatly values the hard work of all its personnel. -Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »

 

Monday, May 14 was the first day for nine summer interns at West Central of Ralston. Since 2010, West Central has offered a 12-week summer internship program in which interns gain hands-on experience in areas of study to put their education to work and gain further knowledge. Interns are also exposed to networking occasions, job shadowing and professional training opportunities.

Sierra Dwyer, Katy Leischcenring, Skyler Rinker, Stan Safley, Brett Westergaard, Rebecca Freeman, Derek Ketelsen, Holly Onken and Abby Wenck make up this year's intern class. They come from across the state of Iowa and study at various institutions including Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, Northwest Missouri State University and Iowa Lakes Community College. Areas of study include agronomy, financial analysis, accounting and communications.

"We are excited to have our interns this summer," stated Barbara Quandt, West Central's director of human resources. "It is always fun to see the growth they make during the internship. It is our hope that they gain valuable experience, while having fun at the same time." -The Bee Read more »

 

Regardless of musical preference, the Plaza Stage is sure to please during this year's Bell Tower Festival!

Starting at 2 pm on Saturday, June 9, Zach Svoboda takes the stage. Svoboda is an acoustic-driven singer with a passion for God.

Following Svoboda at 2:45 will be the Joyful Noise Band, bringing back a mix of rock and gospel that has been entertaining audiences since 2005.

A brief interruption from the music has been slotted from 3:45 to 4 pm to allow for the Community Betterment Award.

Then at 4 pm it's back to the music with a small group of performing arts students from Iowa Central Community College. Iowa Central Summer Jazz will perform a variety of small jazz band music, including popular music from different decades in the swing and Latin styles.

Finally at 5 pm the Bill Riley Talent Search will begin. Hosted by the Greene County Farm Bureau, local talent will amaze the audience as singers, dancers and instrumentalists strive to advance to the Iowa State Fair competition in August. -Scranton Journal Read more »

 

Carson Griffith of Grand Junction has been selected as the recipient of the Greene County Community "Impact" Award. The award was established to recognize an individual or individuals whose activities have an easily recognized impact on Greene County residents. This is the third year the award has been presented. In 2010 the award was created and Lawrence Geisler was recognized. Last year in 2011 the Town and Country Band was honored.

Pat Fagen, a spokesperson for the "Impact" Award committee said "Carson Griffith has been a leader in the county for years, and it is only fitting that he has been selected for this award. He has served the children, youth and adults of Greene County for years and it is time to honor him and his tireless efforts and positive approach in so many areas."

Griffith has shared his musical gifts for years. He has served as musical director for 10 community musicals in Greene and Dallas counties, performed numerous musical events for the Greene County Historical Society, congregate meals, and the Greene County Arts Council. He directed county-wide concerts of the Messiah and also Easter programs. As a member of the Grand Junction Presbyterian Church he has given countless hours. Griffith wrote and directed the Grand Junction Centennial Pageant.

He served on the Grand Junction Planning and Zoning Board, Greene County tourism, the Bell Tower committee, Elderbridge Senior Cabinet, and was recently honored for 40 years of service to the Jefferson Elks Lodge as organist.

Griffith was a constant volunteer at the East Greene Schools, where he was a long time music teacher, helping with the scorebooks for basketball for over 25 years and running the high jump at track meets.

He continues to deliver meals on wheels, and plays for nursing homes and assisted living on a regular basis in Greene, Dallas, Guthrie, Carroll, Webster and Boone counties.

His volunteering of time and talent far exceeds the items listed here.

Carson Griffith will be honored Sunday, June 3, in the Greene County Courthouse rotunda with a public reception at 3 pm. A presentation of the award will be made after a small program. All friends and family are invited to attend. -Scranton Journal Read more »

 

Tuesday, the Guthrie County Community Foundation (GCCF) announced awards of grants for projects within the county totaling $105,266.
A total of 27 requests for grants were received from across the county by the GCCF with 23 receiving full or partial funding.
Last spring 20 grants were awarded totaling over $75,000.
Source of the grant money: Guthrie County's share of Iowa gambling receipts.
GCCF board members include chairman Eric Reinhart, Guthrie Center; vice chairman Robert Kreimeyer, Adair; treasurer Chris Arganbright, Panora; secretary Julie Kipp, Yale; grant committee chairman Ken Baker, Panora; endowment committee chairman Dana Hansen, Casey; marketing committee chairman Lisa Kempf, Jamaica; Laura Imerman, Guthrie Center; Alex Krueger, Bagley; Jerry Vitzthum, Stuart; and Regina Lloyd, Linden.
In order to receive a grant, an organization must have IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status or be sponsored by such an organization. Deadline for application can change, but is generally March 1 every year. Application forms are available on-line at www.guthriecenter.com under the GCCF tab.
Persons interested in serving on the board should contact any of the above members or email: GCCFoundation@gmail.com. Read more »

 

Lyle Hansen, Jr., and Bruce A. Christensen of the West Central Board of Realtors have earned Individual Achievement Awards from the Iowa Association of Realtors for 2011.

Hansen received the Diamond Award. His sales exceeded $16,800,000.00.

Christensen received the Platinum Award. His sales exceeded $7,900,000.00.

Christensen and Hansen are brokers with Southwest Iowa Real Estate Co. of Audubon. Southwest Iowa Real Estate was founded in 1878 and is the oldest brokerage firm in this area. They specialize in residential and farm sales, farm management and auction services.

The IAR Individual Achievement Awards were initiated in 1988 to recognize excellence in real estate activities. Any Realtor or Realtor-associate member of the Iowa Association of Realtors is eligible. Eligible members who participated in sales, leases, and/or listings closed and commissions earned in 2011 were able to win the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Individual Achievement Awards.

The Iowa Association of Realtors is the state's largest real estate professional organization, representing more than 7,000 members and affiliates. The term Realtor is a registered and protected trademark. A realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the State Association of Realtors, and their local bard of Realtors. By joining the Realtor organization, a real estate professional has to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and its standards of professionalism, integrity and competence. -Audubon County Advocate Journal

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Sid Jones, president of Home State Bank in Jefferson, has announced the hiring of Bob Allen as vice president, business banker.

Allen comes to Home State Bank with over with years of banking experience, emphasizing in ag and commercial lending. A Greene county native, he is a graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School and Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in ag business. Allen is currently active in the community serving as vice president of the Greene County Fair Board, treasurer of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and also a member of the Greene County Development Corporation board, Kiwanis board, and Greene County Medical Center finance committee.

Jones states "We have known Bob and his family for many years and could not be more pleased than to have Bob join our Home Sate Bank team in providing financial services to Greene county and the surrounding area."

He and his wife Bridgett live near Churdan on the family farm. They are the parents of three children, Lizzy, Cody and Paisley. Allen enjoys spending time with his family and helping his dad around the farm.

Allen said "I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing to serve out community." -The Bee Read more »

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