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With a new staff and outlook, things are looking up at The Port and Lakeside Inn on Lake Panorama. Located just north of Panora on Highway 4, the restaurant and motel have been revitalized with new management and a new chef.

Ryan Ketelsen took over the management of the two Menadue Development entities in May of last year. Stacy Goodenberger joined him later as a general manager. They both have extensive experience in food service, starting at the bottom as table bussers many years ago and working their way into management. Together they have brainstormed, cleaned and redecorated the facilities, focusing on basics and stressing personal, friendly customer service.

Slowly but surely the two have transformed a struggling business into an up and coming destination in West Central Iowa.

"It feels good to see things coming back to where they should be," said Ketelsen. "We've been fortunate this year with good weather this winter and spring, but that can be detrimental as well. Folks aren't afraid to drive on the roads and go into the metro instead of eating locally."

The unseasonably warm weather has been a pleasant boost so far this spring. Boatloads of customers are pulling up at the docks already. The Port has ample dock space available with plenty of room for boats, jet skis and pontoons to tie up while they enjoy a drink and/or meal at The Port.

The management team is focused on the overall experience of the two facilities. "We want people thinking 'We had a great time here with friends' after spending an evening at The Port," explained Ketelsen.

"We're working very hard to bring the fun back," added Goodenberger. "We're definitely working on that."

"The hardest part is getting the word out. This is not The Port of years back," Ketelsen expounded. "You don't have to dress up. You're welcome to com in casual dress. Of course, you can put on your sports coat if you want to. There's room for both," Ketelson noted.

One of the first changes the duo made was to hire Jay Antrim as the chef. He has combined old favorites with fresh. new entrees.

Currently the restaurant is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 p. to closing. Sunday features a large brunch served from 10 am to 1:30 pm. Friday and Saturday evening feature an expansive buffet as well as menu items. A large brunch will also be served for Mother's and Father's Day.

With summer approaching, the restaurant will expand their hours to seven days a week. That is anticipated to begin in mid-April. The summer tourist season- from Memorial Day to Labor Day- is the hectic portion of the year.

The lakeside tiki bar on the exterior of The POrt is a popular meeting place for the younger generation and those young-at-heart during the summer season.

Antrim is composing a new menu for summer dining. It will include more appetizers, sandwiches and salads. He's found that during hot weather, diners prefer a lighter menu. To add to the dining experience, there are nightly specials in addition to the regular menu.

Another focus of the management team is making The Port/Lakeside Inn a destination for tourists, business meetings, class reunions, weddings and family reunions.

"We're stressing that this is one entity and we want the total experience for our customers to be a good one," explained Ketelsen.

The banquet room in the lower level will comfortably seat 165 guests. By utilizing a tent erected outside on the west lawn, up to 300 guests can be accommodated for an event.

"We're very flexible," stressed Ketelsen. "We want to provide what the customer wants and needs."

Lakeside Inn is a perfect location for family reunions according to the management team. There are 22 rooms utilizing a suite concept. With a meeting room in the lobby and interior connections to the restaurant, the facility is well suited for guests of all ages. The exterior swimming pool and close proximity to the Raccoon River Bike Trail are popular attractions.

The Port is well suited for business meetings, especially during the daytime hours. The firm is marketing the opportunities to draw businesses outside of the area, trying to draw attention to our locale.

"Part of our marketing has used 'Rediscover Iowa's Best Kept Secret at Lake Panorama'," explained Ketelsen. "So many people don't know what there is to offer here."

Goodenberger and Ketelsen are collaborating with the Lake Panorama National Golf Course and Conference Center management team to offer golf packages that include overnight lodging at the Lakeside Inn and dining at The Port.

"we're trying to collaborate with each other," stressed Ketelsen. "We want to work together to promote the area.

A new air conditioning system was added late last year and will make the dining experience at The Port more comfortable in hot, humid weather. The parking lot is slated for resurfacing this summer, making the facility more handicapped accessible.

Live music has been popular at The Port. There are three musical events scheduled on Fridays this month: Chris Ranallo and Micah Wagner on April 6; Glass House Prophet on April 13 and Eddie Bliemehl on April 20. Other musical entertainment is in the works for the summer. Ketelsen pointed out that guests are welcome to come for just the music and maybe a drink or two. The music plays from 9 pm to midnight.

Ketelsen and Goodenberger don't hide the fact that there were problems at the restaurant in the past. But they're quick to point out that they are constantly working to fix problems and repair the damage done to the reputation.

"We appreciate the people who are coming back and giving us another opportunity to serve them again," concluded Ketelsen.

Goodenberger agreed. "We're excited to get summer going and to prove that The Port/ Lakeside Inn is a great destination." -The News Gazette Read more »


Volunteers and community leaders in Greenfield are planting trees to provide more shade and save energy. The local effort is part of the statewide Trees Forever and Alliant Energy Branching Out community tree-planting program.

Planting trees helps lower energy costs and helps reduce peak electric demand. Trees also provide many other long term health, economic, social and environmental benefits to the community.

Trees Forever administers the Branching Out program throughout Iowa, providing technical and planning support to participating communities. Alliant Energy funds the overall program and provides project grants to the communities. The program will award more than $156,595.00 in grants to assist 49 Iowa communities and groups with tree-planting projects this spring; Greenfield will receive $1,700 for its tree-planting project.

If you would like to volunteer to help plant and care for the trees in Greenfield, please call Ginny Kuhfus or Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269 ext 10.

Branching Out grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but are considered for funding during two grant-making cycles (spring and fall). The next application deadline is June 1 for fall 2012 projects, with award recipients being announced in August. Applications are available online at or -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Dr. Tara Donovan was installed as the President of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians at the association's 43rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. She succeeds Dr. Randy Jones who is now immediate Past President. Dr. Matt Anderson has ascended to President Elect. The newly elected Vice President is Dr. Michelle Sprague.

AASV Vice President Michelle Sprague (ISU '05) was introduced as the newly elected AASV Vice President during the 2012 AASV Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Sprague grew up on a small farrow-to-finish and row crop farm in Glenwood. Following graduation from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, she joined the Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic )AMVC) in Audubon. She is currently a partner and director of sow health at AMVC. Her responsibilities include overseeing animal health, biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare on all the clinic's managed sow farms.

Dr. Sprague has been an active member of the AASV currently serving as the chair of the Pg Welfare Committee and as a member of the PA-DRAP Advisory Committee. She was awarded the AASV Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2010 and is a frequent speaker at various professional and industry meetings including AASV. She also represents AASV as the alternate delegate to the AVMA's Animal Welfare Committee and is a member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.

When asked about her recent election, Dr. Sprague commented "I am greatly honored to have been elected AASV Vice President. This organization plays an important role in swine medicine and the swine industry in general. I am excited to contribute to the association that has helped shape me as a veterinarian. The AASV is comprised of so many phenomenal people, it is a privilege to serve them in this capacity." - Audubon County Advocate Journal

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Timothy Greene, owner of Quality Machine in Audubon will be honored this May as Iowa Small Businessman of the Year. Greene will be presented an award at the SMART Economic Development Conference on May 3rd in Des Moines. He will also represent Iowa at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. May 20-26, 2012 where he will compete for the national award. Greene has been with Quality Machine since 1983 and took over the company, founded by his father, in 1984, at the age of 25. Quality Machine has been headquartered in Audubon since 1996. -Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »


Jim Daubendiek (right), general manager of Jefferson Telecom, recently presented a $5,000 contribution from the Jefferson Telecom Charitable Gift Fund to Terry Johnson, CEO of Genesis Development. The donation was designed to assist with expenses involved with the organization's project to transition from hand-written to electronic documentation. The Jefferson Telephone Company and the Daubendiek family have been long-time supporters of Genesis and the people who participate in Genesis programs.

"The electronic documentation project has been a major step forward in bringing Genesis into a paperless documentation era," commented Johnson. The transition was necessary because federal and state funding sources for individuals who receive services requested that community providers move from handwritten documentation to an electronic documentation format that state monitoring agencies could access online. These funding sources require detailed documentation for each person in services every day.

The first stage of the project was initiated on June 1, 2011, as the web-based E-Doc system was launched at Genesis in Boone. The staff there was trained on the new customized system, entered data for each of the individuals receiving services at that site, tweaked the program to meet Genesis' needs, and worked out problems that arose before the system was initiated at each of the other Genesis sites. All 10 Genesis sites are now using the new system.

"Moving Genesis from a paper documentation system to a completely web-based system was a complicated and expensive step forward," stated Johnson. "It required many additional computers, internet access at all of our homes, offices and work centers, and a specifically designed electronic documentation program." The next piece in this project is an electronic timekeeping system that will work in conjunction with the documentation system to track time spent with those receiving services in incremental units for billing purposes.

To date a little more than $50,000 has been raised for this project. Other contributors include the Boone Endowment Fund, Greene County Community Foundation, Greater Madison County Community Foundation, Benton County Community Foundation, Tama County Community Foundation,West Central Cooperative, Land O'Lakes, Wells Fargo Foundation, Iowa State Knights of Columbus, Jefferson Rotary Club, Meritain Health, United Way of Boone County, Jefferson Community Chest, Boone Human Services, Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto, Mark and Sarah Erickson, Warren Robson, and Donna and Patricia Wills. -The Bee Read more »


The Adair County Health and Fitness Center has hired Ray "Bubba" Sorensen as its executive director. Bubba will begin work on Monday, March 26. He will be replacing Ken Sidey, who has taken the job of manager for the E. E. Warren Cultural Center.

Sorensen says that he is excited, he knows the people, the sports, he participates in the activities that go on at the center. This job will allow him to continue doing murals, so yes, there will be rock painting in May, as well as lining up spring sports and other activities at the center. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


A world of possibilities awaits the opening of the Warren Cultural Center doors Saturday, April 14. A ribbon cutting at 10 am will provide the first public view of the transformed E.E. Warren Opera House, Hetherington and Taylor buildings on the east side of the Greenfield Square.

Tours will be available from 10 am to 3 pm that day with a "Grand Gala" recognition event Saturday evening.

April 14 will also mark the grand opening of Ed & Eva's, a shop filled with Iowa artists' creations on the Cultural Center's main floor. Plans are to add onsite artists' workshops in coming months.

The Pentel International Children's Art Exhibition can be viewed in the Gallery through April 20, with a Meet the Artist reception April 15. The next exhibit booked for the space is the early work of historic architect Bill Wagner. Wagner's work and artifacts will be on loan from the Wagner Gallery near Perry where they are permanently housed.

Several events will fill the auditorium during this Premiere Season. After closing the old stage nearly 18 months ago, the Cumberland Rose Players will raise the curtain on the new on April 27-29 with the group's production of "Love Thy Neighbor". May 5 will showcase "The Britins", a Beatles cover group. And May 26 will bring the 92/25 Music Festival, Ruth Lyons, author of "Greenfield Boys" will be on hand for a reading and book signing on Sunday May 6.

Other events booked over the next several months include songwriter Sam Knutson and the "Iowa Opera House Project", a troupe of acoustic musicians touring Iowa's historic performance venues; "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibit honoring Iowa soldiers who have died in combat since 9/11; and cabaret singer Mary Carrick.

Nodaway Valley High School students will get their first initiation into the grandeur of the building with Prom on April 21. The auditorium and smaller meeting rooms are rentable for private use such as receptions or conferences. A guest-lodging suite is also available.

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Congressman Tom Latham delighted the crowd during his keynote address at the Adair County Corn & Soybean Association's annual meeting last Saturday night, March 17th.

Congressman Latham began by reminiscing about the influence his parents had on agriculture as they were instrumental in the founding of the Iowa Soybean Association and the soybean checkoff. Agriculture has been influenced by the strong voices of the Iowa Corn Growers and the Iowa Soybean Association and the positive message that both organizations portray.

The Congressman told of the out of control, intrusive nature of the bureaucracy in Washington DC such as the EPA and the Department of Labor as they create rules in an attempt to regulate crop and livestock production as well as controlling what type of work a farm youth can do. As farm kids grow up working on the farm, they learn responsibility, develop skills, respect for animals and the soil, and develop a love for agriculture and its conservative lifestyle.

Congressman Latham has introduced a bill in the House to stop the Department of Labor from enacting those rules. Congressman Latham expressed frustration at the amount of time spent "putting out fires" that are created by bureaucrats writing rules that restrict our way of life and the way food is produced in this country.

Tom concluded his remarks by saying it is imperative that Congress addresses the deficit as it is projected to grow to $26 trillion in 10 years. His new grandson was greeted in this world by his share of the national debt totally $50,000. The decisions required to trim the budget won't be popular but are necessary.

Five years ago the Iowa Corn Growers developed a leadership training course called I-LEAD with the purpose of identifying future agricultural leaders and equipping them for service by offering leadership training and opportunities to visit agriculture in other countries. Bart Boehm gave a fascinating PowerPoint presentation on his recent I-LEAD trip to Panama and Columbia, South America. Bart contrasted agriculture in Columbia and the U.S. and the challenges of regaining Columbia's principle corn provider. He highlighted how the Panama Canal gives the U.S. a ten day shipping advantage to Columbia over our nearest competitor, Argentina.

Bart shared of the expansion of the Panama Canal which is to be completed by 2014. He said that the canal will be dredged to a 56 foot depth to accommodate a new super-sized class of Panamax vessels that will carry one and one-half times the capacity of current ships. He suggested we will need to dredge our Port of New Orleans to this 56 foot depth from its present depth of 40 feet to accommodate these new vessels.

The $500 Fritz Langguth Memorial Scholarship was given to Leah Gilman, daughter of Rochelle and Carey Gilman of rural Stuart. Leah plans on attending ISU majoring in agronomy. Brian Rohrig reported that the Adair County Corn and Soybean Association will be shipping its third shipment of bales of corn stover to Honda Motor Company in Japan next week to assist Honda in its research into cellulosic ethanol production. After shipping the first shipment one year ago, the tsunami damaged the research facility and killed one of the project engineers. It took a few months to rebuild the research facility but they are now proceeding in their quest to obtain ethanol from corn stalks. The Japanese have requested their largest shipment yet to be delivered in June. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Katie Routh has always enjoyed food and cooking. Originally from Mount Ayr, Iowa, she ventured off to Keystone, Colorado, where she attended the American Culinary Federation of Colorado Mountain College. Routh has traveled the country and beyond during her career, holding cooking positions at fine dining restaurants in Colorado, North Carolina, and Chicago; on a private yacht in the Caribbean and Europe; and most recently at Community Supported Agriculture farms in Wisconsin. Routh always focuses on seasonal menus in the restaurants she has worked in. She enjoys exploring the farming aspect of the culinary world and the importance of knowing how and where food is grown. She now lives in Winterset.

Routh will oversee the Gathering Table restaurant at the Country Life Center, which features fresh produce grown on-site. She will also teach seasonal cooking classes; be involved in the Real Soil, Real Food, A Real Difference teen education program; and develop One Step at a Time, a value-added food program for area growers. She is excited to have an opportunity in southwest Iowa to share her passion about locally grown food.

Located in the Gathering Barn at the Country Life Center near Orient, The Gathering Table restaurant previously offered luncheon dining only from 11 am to 1 pm on Fridays nearly year-round and Thursdays during the summer months. Due to diners' increasing interest in seasonal menus and locally-grown food, the restaurant will expand to offer evening meals from 5:30 to 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays beginning April 20. Reservations are recommended for the evening meals and for large groups at either lunch or dinner. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Dennis Dukes has moved his business, Nodaway Ag LLC, to facilities located south of Greenfield on Highway 25 and is open his regular hours of 7:30 to 5 Monday through Friday, and 8 am to noon on Saturdays. Nodaway Ag handles Kent Feeds, Channel Seeds and BP Seeds.

The new facility features a bigger showroom for products such as dog food and bird feed. Dukes said that he plans to add some fencing materials.

Dukes has been with Kent Feeds for 15 years. He started with Steve Hanson, working for him for seven years, and opening his own business eight years ago. Helping Dukes is his wife, Vicki, when she isn't working at Cardinal Glass, daughter Deanna and granddaughter Messina Miller. The Dukes are remodeling the front of the building then will be moving from Fontanelle. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Speakers have been announced for Spring Into Greene, slated for Saturday, April 28, on the courthouse grounds. The annual home and garden show will go on amidst construction of the downtown streetscape, just as life goes on during any home remodeling project. (Rain would postpone the event to May 5)

Speakers and their topics will include Randy Monthei of Shadran on care of carpet/wood floors; Sally White on backyard birds and her book "Sally's Backyard Birds"; Andy Krieger of Krieger Greenhouses on patio pot combos; Master Gardener Bill Doubler on creating vertical pallet gardens; and florists Katie Richardson of Fudge's Flower Shop and Gifts and Jean Walker of Walker's Greenhouse and Floral Shop.

Medicap Pharmacy is sponsoring Tailgate Boulevard, which will feature vendors selling from their tailgates on Lincolnway. Durbin Automotive is sponsoring the courtyard on the east side of the courthouse. Tri-County Lumber is a financial sponsor.

Spring Into Greene is hosted by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce. -The Bee Read more »


Each year the Bell Tower Festival attracts more than 10,000 people to Jefferson and Greene County, but this event needs community support. The committee is looking for local businesses, churches, families or clubs to become sponsors.

Sponsors not only make the festival possible but also aid in the tourism and economic growth of our community. Sponsorship also provides a great opportunity to share enthusiasm for Greene County as a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Several sponsorship levels are available starting with Kid's Choice ($100), moving all the way up to Academy Awards ($1,000). Sponsorship provides many perks and benefits, from recognition and a link on the festival web page to discounts on events and merchandise.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or looking for more information can contact the Chamber of Commerce either by email ( or by phone at 515-386-2155. In order to receive the full benefits of sponsorship, however, please respond before April 18. Read more »


Teens interested in science, social issues, food to just wanting to participate in an exciting, challenging and different summer camp experience should explore a new summer program: Real Soil, Real Food, A Real Difference.

High school students finishing their freshman or sophomore year can apply for this nine-day summer camp that examines food issues such as insecurity and hunger, food safety, local food systems, and how the environment is affected by food production. A program of The Wallace Centers of Iowa, Real Soil, Real Food, A Real Difference will be offered during two separate sessions, June 15-23 and July 6-14 at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient. Cost is $500 per student with supervised overnight accommodations available for an additional fee.

In addition to studying food issues, students will take part in team building, physical activity, harvesting garden fresh food, meal preparation and field trips to relevant sites such as Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Neely-Kinyon Research Farm, the World Food Prize, and Iowa State University.

Fifteen-year-old Ben Mullin of Creston was one of seven students who participated in the 2011 pilot session. He noted that the program includes a variety of activities that keep participants engaged. "The part I most enjoyed was when we took a field trip to Des Moines and visited Pioneer Hi-Bred International headquarters," he explained. "That afternoon we went to Woodward and toured Picket Fence Creamery. I highly recommend their mint ice cream!"

During the camp students may decide to plan and implement a related independent project that involves their peers. Under the guidance of WCI staff, students will have one year to complete such project and present the findings at the next Real Soil, Real Food, A Real Difference program in summer 2013. Complete program information is available at

Participants will be selected through a brief application process that looks for potential leaders, problem solvers and students interesting in making a difference in their community. A needs scholarship is available. Applications can be found at or by calling Diane Weiland at 641-337-5019.

The Wallace Centers of Iowa's two locations include the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center in rural Orient and the Wallace House in Des Moines. Together, these two historic sites provide educational programs and community services, produce organic fruits and vegetables and offer lunches at The Gathering Table Cafe near Orient. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Once again farmers all around are preparing for another planting season. As one of the areas farm cooperatives, 21st Century is also getting ready for a very busy time of year. Between pulling(sic) on fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia and getting the soil ready for planting, Randy Daugherty from the Cumberland office says things are "busy,busy".

With more farmland being planted, local coops are becoming extremely busy. 21st Century employees will be covering over 45,000 acres this year, they understand the importance not only to farmers but to consumers everywhere. Given the cooperation of the weather, field work has quickly become a priority throughout the community.

Scott Svoboda, the agronomy manager at 21st Century says that inputs are definitely up this year over last year, but with weather playing such a large role in the farming industry crop prices are hard to predict. Right now moisture is an issue for getting the ground ready for planting. Wind becomes the next big obstacle, nothing can get sprayed if it's too windy. "Drift" becomes a problem with the spraying, making work difficult if the weather does not cooperate.

Once all the crops are in the ground, work at 21st Century isn't even close to being finished. Spraying for a variety of pests including bugs and weeds starts up with a fleet of employees working long hours throughout most of the summer. Svoboda says that he has been seeing more isolated instances of weed resistance in the area. Primarily water hemp seems to be resisting the staple herbicide glyphosate. Svoboda recommends that farmers take a look at any issues and talk about some different chemical plans for different weed species. "Sometimes the recipes just need to be tweaked a little to compete with the weeds," said Svoboda. He is more than happy to discuss any issues and assist with a new plan to contend with the weeds for the upcoming farming season. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Janell Stringham started work with Guthrie Center Public Health as a nurse in October 1978. At the end of this month, after 33 years of service to the county, Stringham will retire and transfer leadership of her department to Lisa Chiodo.

Chiodo comes to the county with years of education and medical experience. She has an associates degree in nursing from Iowa Central, a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Iowa State University and a Masters degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

Her husband David, a former Marine, is employed by the City of Des Moines. They live north of Guthrie Center with their three children, Olivia, Xavier and Gabrielle, and their newly acquired dog Raven, a recently retired county police dog. -Guthrie Center Times Read more »


After 15 years of planning, organizing and working towards a new multi-functional cultural arts center on the town square in Greenfield, construction is entering its final phase of completion. The Warren Cultural Center will be opening to the public on Saturday, April 14th.

The new cultural center is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Ken Sidey. Ken was born and raised in Greenfield but moved away for approximately 20 years. He returned home in 1993 to raise his family. He has spent a large portion of his career in publishing, editing and writing in Chicago, California, Des Moines, Ames, Corning and Greenfield. His bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State University has served him well in his past positions. For eight years he was an editor for Meredith Corporation, Meredith Books in Des Moines. Ken has currently been the Director for the Adair County Health and Fitness Center in Greenfield.

There were numerous applications for the new director's position received from several parts of the country, from Maine to Alaska. The EE Warren Opera House Association Board of Directors shared their feelings, "We are extremely excited and eager to work with Ken on this wonderful endeavor."

When Mr. Sidey was asked about his feelings for the new position he stated "I have a strong feeling about having roots in this community. The Warren Cultural Center project represents a focal point of this region. It will be a gathering place for the community and an attraction for visitors. This facility has limitless possibilities. The new cultural center will go through some important transitions in the next few months. The project has been focused on the restoration of three historic buildings for a long period. We will go from bricks and mortar to people- a place for relationships and activity. The transition to creating a sustainable and viable business with so many diverse interests is an exciting challenge for me."

Ken expressed his emphasis on two-way communication as a priority with his new position. "I want to listen and hear from the community and from visitors to catch their vision of the new facility. This will be an exciting opportunity to connect our region with the arts and both sides can learn from each other- a two-way exchange of ideas. I am eager to get started," Ken stated, "and looking forward to the challenge." The stage curtains go up on Mr. Sidey's new career on March 27th. For more information on The Warren Cultural Center, upcoming events and opening details, please visit -Adair County Free Press Read more »


An alliance of thirteen ag dealers, including Heartland Cooperative and Farmers Cooperative Company, continue to work to improve the quality of water in the Raccoon and Des Moines River basins.

Formed in 1999 and called Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance (ACWA)it began a process of collecting samples of water. This is now done at 107 sites. A total of more than $1 million has been invested with over 10,000 samples gathered.

Water samples can be used to evaluate the nitrate (nitrogen), phosphorus, bacteria, dissolved oxygen and turbidity content of water.

ACWA was one of seven groups that contributed financially to the Middle Raccoon River remote monitoring system at the Lenon Mill Bridge in Panora in 2010.

While monitoring remains ACWA's cornerstone, its mission now includes reducing nitrogen and phosphorus loss from farm fields. For example, it funded, in part, selected denitrifying bioreactors sites aimed at removing nitrate from tile water before it's discharged into streams.

ACWA also teamed with the Natural Resources Conservation Services on a project to help farmers adopt practices that prevent, control and trap nutrient runoff from farm land. Too, the alliance had a hand in an Upper Brushy Creek project in Carroll County in restoring the stream, which had high nitrates, multiple fish kills and was not suitable for recreation due to high bacteria levels.

Further, data collected by the ACWA was instrumental in obtaining some $14 million in funds through the Mississippi River Basin Initiative to work in the 25 watershed of the Boone and Raccoon Rivers.

The Lake Panorama Association is one of nine partners of Agriculture's Clean Water Alliance. -Guthrie County Vedette Read more »


The new 5,000-square-foot Kum & Go store is scheduled to open at 629 S. Division Street in Stuart on Friday, April 6, according to a company spokeperson. The new store will 14 fueling stations offering unleaded, super unleaded, premium, auto diesel and E85 fuels.

The new store features Kum & Go new eco-friendly design which was developed with input from Kum & Go associates and customers.

The Stuart location has been constructed with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building requirements in mind. A few of the features that make it environmentally friendly include Solatube skylights, energy-efficient refrigeration systems, and LED lighting both inside and outside the store.

This new store concept has a greater product selection and fresh food choices such as "made to order" deli pizzas, deli sandwiches, and baked goods, all made fresh in the on-site kitchen. Pizza slices for $1 will be featured every Wednesday. -The Stuart Herald Read more »


West Central Cooperative's Director of Human Resources, Barbara Quandt, has recently been elected to the Grain Elevator and Processing Society's (GEAPS)International Board of Directors. Election results were announced Tuesday during the GEAPS International Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"I'm honored to be elected to this position by my peers in agricultural industry. I have a personal passion for agriculture and am excited about the opportunities I will have as an International Board Director with GEAPS to make a difference in the grain and ag industries," commented Quandt. "I look forward to using my education and experience in the industry and with West Central to help others succeed."

The 85-year old society has dedicated itself to becoming the knowledge resource of the grain handling industry. GEAPS is the only individual membership organization which focuses on grain operations, offering members the programs and resources they need to stay in-touch with the industry, new technologies and merging ideas. The organization is governed by its International Board of Directors, which represents the interests of all members in evolving an advancing GEAPS's strategic plan. The Board is made up of 12 members from across the industry.

Quandt joined the West Central team in 1996 and has been a member of GEAPS since 2008. Since 2009 she's served on the GEAPS Education Program Committee (EPC). Locally, Quandt chairs the Carroll Area Workforce Investment Board.

West Central is a farmer owned cooperative with a national and international presence located at the very heart of America's corn and soybean region. The corporate headquarters at Ralston, Iowa, acts as the hub for the company's trade territory and markets products throughout most of North America and to several foreign destinations.

West Central operates a licensed public grain warehouse, provides grain marketing services, processes soybeans, and supplies feed, fertilizer and chemicals, and other merchandise for its members. West Central is the 16th largest grain company in North America with 3,148 stockholders. West Central continually explores ways to add value to members' crops by transforming them into products that as worth more in the world marketplace. These products include SoyPLUS, SoyChlor, and other livestock nutritional products. Additionally, West Central has interests in several agricultural entities, including PELGROW, Renewable Energy Group, Templeton Crop Nutrients and 360 Feeds.

West Central can be found online at -Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »


AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced today that Timothy Greene, President, Quality Machine of Iowa, Inc., Audubon, was chosen as the SBA’s 2012 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year.
In recognition of the small business community’s contribution to the American economy and society, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs like Tim from all 50 states and U.S. territories, as part of National Small Business Week. The highlight of this long-time tradition is the presentation of awards that focus on the outstanding contributions of small business persons and champions at the district, state and national levels.
Tim will be presented with his award at the SMART Economic Development Conference on May 3rd in Des Moines. Tim will also represent Iowa at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on May 20-26, 2012 where he will compete for the national award.
Tim was nominated for this award by Lisa Shimkat, regional director of the North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center in Fort Dodge. Lisa says, “Tim and his company have done an excellent job maintaining the course in a difficult industry. They have truly found the key to keeping their business successful: teamwork. I am honored to be able to work with Quality Machine of Iowa, Inc.; they are definitely a great company with an exciting future.”

Tim was also recently recognized for his entrepreneurial success at a ceremony held February 21, 2012 at the State Capitol, where Tim was honored as the 2011 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner by the Iowa Small Business Development Centers.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center program is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business. Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the organization has 16 regional business assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the organization has provided expert, confidential business counseling and affordable, practical training workshops to hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs.

For more information about Tim and his company, please visit or go to the SBA article at For more information about National Small Business Week 2012, visit For more information on the Iowa Small Business Development Center program and its services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit
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