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Lyle Hansen, Jr. was named 2011 Audubon Citizen of the Year during the Community Banquet held Saturday night. Hansen, a principle at Southwest Iowa Real Estate in Audubon was presented the award by last year's recipient, Tom Nielsen, who is a former co-worker of Hansen's.

The Audubon Fire Department was given a special Community Award for their dedication and service and Audubon County Economic Development gave a presentation on various projects and successes of the past year.

The Community Banquet is sponsored by the Audubon Chamber of Commerce and Audubon County Economic Development and is a way to recognize the achievements of the community on an annual basis. Members of both boards are recognized and the outgoing Chamber President is presented with a plaque. This year's outgoing president is Pat Curtis.

A dinner with entertainment and auction was also held. Proceeds from the event benefit the Audubon Chamber of Commerce. Read more »


A good turnout of Greene County Chamber of Commerce members and guests, elected officers and board members for 2012 on Tuesday evening at the Jefferson Elks Lodge.

Elected were the following: president Ben Yoder; president-elect Pete Russell; vice-president John Brunow; treasurer Bob Allen; past president Lisa Turner; and at-large board members Angie Peterson, Luann Walsh, Rose Stoline and Bob Schultz. Russell, Brunow, Peterson and Walsh are new to the board.

Turner convened the business meeting following the dinner, thanking the city of Jefferson, the Main Street application committee, Greene County Development Corporation, the staff, the board, and retiring board members Bill McKim and Joel Williams.

She then turned the meeting over to the new president Yoder, who presented her with a plaque for her service as president. Yoder remarked on the Chamber's leadership activities, dissemination of information to the members and community at large, the challenge of halting the county's population decline, and the importance of the contributions of Chamber members, financial and otherwise.

Attendance at the meeting was 20 people greater than last year's meeting.

Executive director Ken Paxton provided a written report on activities of the organization during 2011, focusing on visibility. Among the accomplishments he highlighted were news releases, joint programs involving the county's manufacturers, bus tours, new publications, visits with other organizations, events such as the Bell Tower Festival and others, and visits with Iowa Central Community College students, to name a few. Paxton also outlined a number of projects and activities the organization plans for 2012.

The brochure distributed at the meeting also saluted 14 Chamber member businesses and individuals who have more than 50 years of membership.

The Chamber's annual Above and Beyond the Call (ABC) Award was presented to Hollie Roberts by last year's recipients, Chuck and Carla Offenburger. They listed a number of Roberts' many civic contributions, including her active participation in First Baptist Church of Jefferson; board membership on Habitat for Humanity, Greene County Development Corporation, Genesis Development and Jefferson Kiwanis Club; her new position as the first female officer of the BPO Elks as well as her participation in BPO Does; her mentoring in the Odyssey of the Mind program; and her widely published poetry.

A number of Roberts' family members from out of town surprised her by their attendance at the meeting.

Entertainment for the evening was furnished by hypnotist Dr. Jim Wand, who called a number of Chamber members and guests to the stage to undergo his hypnotism. -Jefferson Herald

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A reappraisal of all commercial and industrial properties in Guthrie County will begin soon. Guthrie County Assessor Rusty Pearson announced the door-to-door inspections will begin in early February.

The decision to perform the reappraisal was made by the Conference Board in February 2011.

The purpose of the reappraisal is to equalize property assessments so that each taxpayer is responsible for paying only his/her fair share of the property tax burden. Periodic inspections and reappraisal of properties is necessary as all types of properties do not increase or decrease in value at the same rate. Some properties physically deteriorate faster than others, noted Pearson, and in many instances similar buildings located in different areas of the county will differ greatly in value due to economic factors.

Representatives of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. in conjunction with the Guthrie County Assessor's Office will be conducting the project.

Data collectors with photo id signed by the Assessor will make interior and exterior inspections of all commercial and industrial properties. They will be compiling information to be used to estimate the fair market value of each property. Information to be collected includes type of construction, type of interior finish, physical condition of the property, age of the structures and exterior measurements. A complete sales analysis, local construction costs and economic conditions are also considered. No estimate of value will be given at the time of the inspection.

Pearson is asking property owners to cooperate by allowing a complete inspection of their property and providing accurate information so that a fair and equitable assessment may be determined for each property.

The preliminary data collection process will begin in March. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

Notice of final value estimates will be mailed to each property owner after January 1, 2013. The property owners will have an opportunity to meet informally with Pearson or other staff members to discuss their revaluation in the spring of 2013.

The new assessed values will be effective for January 1,2013 for taxes in fiscal 2014-2015.

All law enforcement agencies as well as the Assessor's Office will be apprised of the areas where data collectors are working. They will also have a listing of all names and license plate numbers of anyone involved in the project.

If property owners have questions regarding the reappraisal project they may contact the Guthrie County Assessor's Office at 641-747-3319 or 200 N. 5th St., Guthrie Center, IA 50115. - The News Gazette Read more »


Just before the Christmas holiday, seven China Education Delegation Members and members of the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago met with West Central CEO Jeff Stroburg to talk cooperatives.

Sponsored by the Mary Xu Foundation and U.S. Education Without Borders, the group was on a three-day visit to Iowa high schools and colleges as well as agricultural companies. According to Swallow Yan with the Chinese Association of Iowa, the group is working to build goodwill and develop relationships for future educational exchanges and internship opportunities for Chinese students in the United States, and American students in China. The group consisted of Chinese Consulate General employees, as well as representatives of Chinese educational institutions and organizations, including one gentleman who is the 76th descendant of Confucius and the founder of Confucius International Education Group.

During a stop at Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) in Ames, the group of seven met with West Central CEO Jeff Stroburg, who talked about the dynamics of the cooperative business structure, how cooperatives serve their members and customers, and how cooperatives work to be profitable in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Stroburg also touched on cooperative employees and the types of individuals needed to run an organization like West Central.

"When people think about cooperatives, they often underestimate the diverse group of employees needed to run an organization such as West Central or any cooperative of its size or stature," commented Stroburg. "We're continually looking for energetic, motivated individuals with a solid education and commitment to agriculture to join the West Central team."

In addition to the group's visit at REG, the visited AIB College, Ankeny High School, Waukee High School, the US Department of Agriculture-Des Moines office, and the Iowa Department of Education office. The group arrived on December 21 and departed December 23. -Adair News Read more »


The Adair County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office is pleased to welcome Jon Shelley as the newest member of the County Committee. The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.

The national FSA office guides sate and county offices in the implementation of farm programs legislated by Congress. Farmers who are eligible for FSA programs nominate and elect representatives in the local community to serve on the local FSA County Committee. This extensive county-based structure provides FSA a unique position from which to serve rural America.

Shelley's term begins on January 12, 2012 and represents Grand River, Grove, Harrison, Jefferson and Lincoln townships. Committee members help make decisions necessary to administer programs in the county and provide local input on price support loans and payments, conservation programs, disaster payments, emergency programs, as well as payment eligibility determinations.

Shelley will work directly with the farmers of Adair County. Adair County has approximately 1600 farms with 2200 farm operators and/or owners. There are approximately 293,569 acres in cropland.

FSA serves the public by providing all farmers and ranchers access and opportunity to participate in their farm programs. Through these activities, FSA supports the USDA mission and helps ensure a healthful, stable, assessable and affordable food supply. FSA also fosters good land stewardship, which will help preserve our agricultural prosperity for generations to come.

To learn more information about the programs and services FSA has to offer, contact the Adair County Office at 641-343-7033 or visit FSA online at Read more »


Mary Anne Murphy, BSN, MSN, ARNP-c is joining Adair County Health System's staff. She will provide emergency room coverage during the daytime hours with future plans to see same-day patients in the Adair County Medical Clinic in Greenfield.

As a registered nurse, she has worked in the areas of coronary care, intensive care, surgical intensive care, and emergency room. In 2002 she joined the Department of State as a diplomat and foreign service officer and worked as the medical officer in embassies of the States around the world.

"Since returning to the United States, I am enjoying country living in Cumming, and looking forward to beginning duties as part of the staff of ACHS. Having traveled the world and meeting a variety of people, I can honestly say I've rarely experienced the warm, kind, and friendly reception that greeted me at ACHS. I feel highly honored and fortunate to join this excellent staff and look forward to meeting the members of the community," she said. -The Stuart Herald Read more »


– Craig Davis, RT(R), CRA, Director of Adair County Health System’s
Radiology Department recently became credentialed as a Certified Radiology
Administrator. Mr. Davis joined ACHS in 2010.
The Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential is a certification tailored
specifically to medical imaging administration. Those who earn the CRA credential have
• Validated high-level management competency
• Advanced understanding of the principles of the imaging
• Demonstrated ability in applying knowledge and leadership to
guide and develop imaging management teams
• Certified, proven high standards of achievement and ethics
With this certification Mr. Davis has become one of an elite group of imaging
administrators. According to the Radiology Administration Certification Commission,
out of thousands of Radiology Administrators worldwide, only 800 have obtained the
CRA status.
Adair County Health System congratulates Craig Davis, RT(R), CRA in going above and
beyond for the quality of care provided in Adair County. Read more »


Mary Jane Fields and Guy Richardson will continue to lead the Greene County Board of Supervisors. The two were re-elected Chair and Vice Chair at the Board’s annual organizational meeting on January 3.
Many other appointments were made. They include:
Fields: Investments, Insurance and Finance – chair; Greene County Pioneer Cemetery Commission; Second Judicial District, Dept. of Corrections; Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center – alternate; Greene-Guthrie-Audubon Counties Mental Health Services Committee; Ex-officio board member for Chamber of Commerce
Dawn Rudolph: New Opportunities – alternate; Greene County Recycling Agency; M&M Divide RC&D; Entity Board; Region XII ISTEA Council – alternate; Region XII Policy Council - alternate
Thomas Contner: Entity Board; Region V HazMat Commission; Ex-officio board member for Chamber of Commerce; Airport Commission; New Opportunities; Drainage districts – vice chair
John Muir: Second Judicial District, Dept. of Corrections – alternate; Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center; Region XII Local Elected Officials Council – alternate; Region XII Policy Council; Investments, Insurance and Finance; Decat; Drainage districts - chair
Richardson: Greene County Development Corporation; Mahanay Bell Tower Foundation; Region XII Council of Governments Executive Board; Region XII Policy Council; Region XII Local Elected Officials Council; Greene County Board of Health; Veteran Affairs Commission liaison; public information officer; Board of Health
M&M Divide RC&D: Kevin Wilbeck
Civil Service Commssion: Mike Minnihan, Steve Pope and Gordon Moen
Greene County Board of Health: William Raney, Dr. Laurie Connolly, Lisa Fredrickson, Sherry Bates
Region XII: Regional Housing Authority Executive: Sandy Miner; SAFETEA-LU Board: Wade Weiss, Don Van Gilder – alternate; Policy Council: Jane Heun
Compensation Commission in Eminent Domain:
Rural property owners: Craig Brelsford, Johnetta Harms, Roger Norgren, Kim Bates, Paul Mears, Dale Thompson, Richard Burnell, Ryan Higgins, Mick Towers, Dave Cunningham, Mike Holden, Roger Wessling, Craig Fillman, Max Kersey
City property owners: Mick Burkett, Ned Johnston, Guy Richardson, Duane Clark, Mike Mentzer, Jim Sankot, Bill Figenshaw, Virgina Minnehan
Real Estate Sales / Brokers: Linda Eighmy, Esther Kirby, Karen Pope, Dale Hoyt, Doug Lawton, Al Rowedder, Dale Higgins, Karen Polking
Knowledge of property value by occupation: Doug Carman, Craig Marquardt, Steve Tucker, Roger Custer, Jerry Peckumn, Donald (Chop) Gibson, Ralph Riedesel
The Scranton Journal and Jefferson Herald were selected as official county newspapers.
Conservation Board: Kevin Wilbeck, chair; Larry Burkett, Diane Wise, Ron Fick, Mary Jo Koch
Medical Examiner and Deputies: Constantine Panakos, DO; Katherine J Cates-Panakos, DO; Robert Clemons, MD; Laurie Connolly, MD; James Gerdes, DO; Steven Karber, MD; Dennis Morlan, EMTP, ME investigator
Pioneer Cemetery Commissoin: Shannon Funke, Ada Ross, Lee Sloan, Neal Hoyt, Dan Towers
Zoning Commission: John Hunt, chair; Brian Hunter, vice chair; John Beltz, secretary; Mark Peters, Roger Rowles, Glen Christensen, Kathy Bravard, Judy Burnell, Sharon Fisher
Board of Adjustment: Mike Holden, Nancy Hanaman, Jack Lint, Dan Tronchetti, Sharon Towers
Veteran Affairs Commission: Jerry Spaulding, Duane Towers, Chris Hammond
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Tamera Keck has joined Complete Insurance as receptionist/customer service representative. She will soon receive her Iowa license for personal lines of insurance.

Keck graduated from Jefferson Community High School in 1983 and earned an associate degree in commercial art at Iowa Lakes Community College. Her work experience includes 12 years in banking. She most recently worked in Clive.

She has a son, Kendall, who is a third-year medical student at the University of Iowa. She enjoys spending time with her shar-peis.

"I'm excited to be back in Jefferson, back with family and friends. I'm looking forward to becoming an active part of the community," Keck said. -The Bee Read more »


Cindy Danielson, president of the Jefferson Does Drove No. 196, recently presented a check for $250 to Genesis Development. Terry Johnson, Genesis CEO, accepted the contribution on behalf of the organization.

The Jefferson Does donate to local organizations and needy individuals throughout the year. They raise funds by providing and serving dinners at the Elks Lodge, the annual Election Day soup luncheon, the annual Table Top Christmas event, and a host of other fundraising projects. They also assist the Elks with various activities during the year.

"On behalf of the Genesis staff and all those who receive services from Genesis, I would like to express our deep appreciation to the Does for their continuing support," stated Johnson. "For the past ten years the Jefferson Does have made substantial annual contributions that have helped Genesis to continue to provide high quality services and to expand the type of programs we can offer. Those services and programs have enabled a great many people with disabilities to face the challenges in their lives and become more confident, more self-reliant, and more independent."

In Jefferson, Genesis provides residential services in the form of group-living options in four Jefferson homes, 24-hour supervised apartment options and supported community living services that enable people to live in their own homes or apartments with assistance as needed.

Vocational services provide work opportunities in the Genesis recycling center, in its custom-made box manufacturing plant, with on-site subcontract work, with Genesis supervised remote work crews in various businesses, and with job seeking and retention skills training for individuals who wish to have a job in the community.

Genesis Transition Services help students transition from high school to the adult world of work with Experienced Based Career Exploration (EBCE). EBCE is to school-to-work program that give Jefferson Scranton high school students with special needs the opportunity to work in various Jefferson businesses while learning in the classroom about job applications, interviewing, employer expectations, and appropriate workplace behavior.

Discovery was developed to give individuals a structured daily program that provides personal growth and independence, community awareness and integration and recreational and leisure opportunities.

The goal of all Genesis programs is to create opportunities that will lead toward greater independence for people with disabilities in our community. Visit for more information or call 515-386-3017 to tour its facilities. -The Bee Read more »


MidAmerican Energy has announced the development of new wind projects in Iowa, totaling 407.1 megawatts. The projects further solidify MidAmerican Energy's ranking as the No. 1 rate-regulated utility in the United States in terms of ownership of wind-powered capacity.

"Wind is a viable renewable energy resource that enhances our energy portfolio, providing additional generation at a reasonable cost for our customers," said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. "These projects also fulfill our commitment to Iowa regulators and our customers. In 2009 MidAmerican Energy received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board to add up to 1,001 megawatts of wind-powered generation prior to 2012, and I'm proud to say we have agreements in place to fulfill that commitment."

MidAmerican Energy recently reached an agreement with RPM Access for the acquisition of the 103.5 megawatt Vienna wind project, which will be located in Marshall and Tama counties. MidAmerican Energy also signed agreements with Clipper Windpower Development Company for the acquisition of both the Eclipse wind project, located in Guthrie and Audubon counties and the 101.2 megawatt Morning Light wind project located in Adair County. The three projects, totaling 176 wind turbines, will be complete by year-end 2012.

An additional 2.3 megawatt wind turbine also will be added to the Rolling Hills wind project in 2012.

In December 2010, MidAmerican announced it would add 593.4 megawatts of new wind-powered generation in Iowa. The projects included the 443.9 megawatts Rolling Hills wind project, located in Adair, Adams and Cass counties; the 119.6 megawatt Laurel wind project located in Marshall county; and the 29.9 megawatt Pomeroy wind expansion project, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties. The final portion of the 593.4 megawatt expansion project was placed in service by year-end 2011.

MidAmerican Energy's other owned wind projects are located in Buena Vista, Carroll, Crawford, Floyd, Hamilton, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sac and Wright counties, totaling 1,284.3 megawatts of wind generation.

When the 2012 wind projects are complete, MidAmerican Energy will own 2,284.8 megawatts of wind generation , with approximately 29 percent of its total generation capacity powered by wind.

MidAmerican Energy began building wind energy projects in 2004. When the 2012 wind projects are complete, the company will have invested approximately $4 billion in wind-powered generation projects in Iowa. -The Stuart Herald Read more »


The 30 Pamida stores across Iowa will be getting a new name in 2012 -- Shopko.
Officials with Shopko Stores and Pamida announced Wednesday that they plan to merge to create one of the largest U.S. retailers focused on serving smaller and rural communities.
The combined company will have nearly 350 locations in 22 states and plans for new stores after the merger is completed.
Green Bay, Wis.-based Shopko operates 149 stores in 13 states while Pamida has 193 stores in 17 states. There are 30 Pamida stores in Iowa and six Shopko stores.
There will be no change to Shopko's stores, and approximately $80 million will be invested over the next year in the conversion of most of Pamida's locations to the Shopko Hometown store concept and brand.
Financial details of the merger, which is expected to close in mid-February, were not disclosed in the announcement.

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The Guthrie County Cattlemen's Association is making plans for its annual banquet. The 45th meeting of the beef producers will be held Saturday evening, January 28, at the Lake Panorama Conference Center.
The group crowns a Beef Queen and Princess who help promote the industry throughout the year. Candidates are needed to serve in that capacity.
Young ladies who are members of the junior class in local high schools this year are eligible. A parent should be a member or associate member of the Cattlemen's Association.
For information on serving as Beef Queen, contact Rose Kastner at 641-439-6662 by January 21. Read more »


The first load of soybeans arrived at West Central's Hamlin facility on September 29, followed by the first load of corn a few weeks later on October 11. Since then, it's been business as usual for the newest West Central location located on Highway 44, just east of Hamlin.

Construction at the facility, for the most part, wrapped u on October 20. That's the day all storage assets were fully operational. A day later, on October 21, work on the dryer was completed. Seven months after breaking ground, harvest was in full swing and so was the Hamlin facility.

"We're still tweaking a few minor mechanical things- tightening belts and checking conveyors- but Hamlin's bins and flat storage unit are full of corn and beans, and the bins have been emptied and refilled a couple of times," commented ROger Fray, West Central's executive vice president of grain. "As a matter of fact, we were very close to having to put corn on the bunker in Hamlin this fall, because of the volume of grain we received here."

While incoming corn receipts to Hamlin were steady, soybeans were the surprising harvest story for Hamlin. Hamlin received considerably more soybeans this fall than expected. Additionally, more grain was received from the Guthrie and Shelby County areas than West Central traditionally received during harvest. The increase in grain received is attributed to facilities ability to receive grain quickly.

"As we brought the facility up to fill speed this fall, we did have to make a few minor adjustments as we began using equipment for the very first time. Once we were up and running, however, we received many comments from the area farmers about the speed and efficiency of the Hamlin facility and how easy it was to get in and out," added Fray. "And our Hamlin staff was exceptional this fall. They walked into this new facility with their 40 plus years of combined experience and really showed how they could effectively operate it and what this location is capable of."

Josh Riesberg is Hamlin's operations manager, Bridget Schrader handles customer service and Gerald McAfee is the location manager. McAfee is also a senior grain marketing specialist with West Central and is available to assist customers with putting together a detailed grain marketing plan for their crop. The Hamlin facility is a 4.0 million bushel capacity grain storage facility and was a $10.2 million Audubon County investment by West Central. -Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »


Isaac Paulsen of Exira recently completed a 10-month term with the Conservation Corps Iowa, a non-profit that engages young people in hands-on service managing natural resources, conserving energy and responding to disasters. From late January through December, 143 young adults worked outside in all seasons improving recreational trails, fighting wildfires, conducting prescribed burns, removing invasive species, planting trees and conducting other conservation projects to restore native habitat in Iowa.

Paulsen served on a crew of three other AmeriCorps member in Ames. Paulsen completed habitat restoration projects on public lands in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. During the 2011 service term, AmeriCorps members conducted prescribed burns to restore 402 acres of prairie, completed over 3200 hours of emergency response and recovery, planted 770 trees, removes 1177 acres of invasive species and constructed or improved over 30,000 feet of trail in Iowa.

The Corps is currently hiring for the 2012 program year. The Conservation Corps crews of 4-6 members are based in 18 locations throughout Minnesota and Iowa, completing projects on public lands throughout the state. Participants, aged 18-25, are enrolled in AmeriCorps and receive a living stipend and, after completing their term, an education award for college or student loan expenses. Besides marketable job skills, corps members receive professional certifications in wildfire suppression, chainsaw operation and first aid. -Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »


Audubon County Advocate Journal and Atlantic News-Telegraph Managing Editor Jeff Lundquist has been named the Publisher of both papers effective January 1.

Lundquist took over for current Publisher Connie Collins who announced her impending retirement.

Lundquist has worked for the New Telegraph since 1998 taking over the editors job after working for several years in Cherokee. Although born in Cherokee, he grew up in California where he went to college at Humboldt State University in northern California.

He returned to Iowa in 1990 to help on the family farm in Cherokee and began working for the Cherokee Daily Times shortly after that. He worked as a reporter and eventually took over the editors position at the then five days a week paper.

In 1998 he moved to Atlantic to become the managing editor at the News Telegraph. During that time he has covered local news, primarily city government but has at one time or another covered county government, school boards, sports and other various issues.

For the past two years he has assisted Collins in the management of the newspaper.

"I'm thrilled to be taking over and look forward to the coming year," Lundquist said. "I know there will be a learning curve, but I'm excited to get started."

Collins announced last year that she intended to retire. Her husband, a former Atlantic police officer, retired the previous year and the couple have been planning on moving to Omaha to be closer to their grown children and grandchildren.

Collins has agreed to stay on to help with the transition and will serve as Ad Manager in the interim.

"Dan and I have been looking for a home in Omaha for some time," Collins said. "I just feel like the time is right. We have grandchildren and want to spend more time with them and our children."

Collins joined the paper in 1990 and has served as Circulation Manager, Ad Manager and for the past five years as Publisher.

"Connie has been and will continue to be a great asset to this newspaper. I am very happy and thankful that she will be here to help with the many challenges that are sure to crop up. It's hard to imagine this paper without her here. There is no question that she will be missed by everyone here. I just hope it's not too soon!," Lundquist said.

Lundquist lives in Atlantic with his wife, Heather Lundquist, daughters Sara Fxmer, 13 and Pamela Fixmer, 18. - Audubon County Advocate Journal
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Chris Arganbright, CIC CISR, AAI of Bryton Insurance Agency, Panora was recently honored for her ongoing pledge to education, commitment to excellence and dedication to the insurance profession. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) presented Arganbright with a formally inscribed certificate for her continued participation in the CIC program.

Earning the CIC designation and maintaining all update requirements for 20 years places Arganbright in the top one percent of all insurance professionals in the country.

"The high standard maintained by Arganbright not only benefits Bryton Insurance Agency but the insurance procession as a whole," said Dr. William T. Hold, CIC, CDCU, CLU, President of the Society of CIC. -News Gazette Read more »


The Guthrie County Community Foundation wants to remind all Guthrie County non-profit organizations of the upcoming deadline for 2012 grant applications.

Organizations must be a 501(c)3 or have the same tax exempt qualifying status. They must be located within Guthrie County or provide services to residents in Guthrie County. All applications must be submitted, via email, no later than 4 pm on Monday, March 5.

Applications must be emailed to with all of the required paperwork attached. You may also submit any questions your organization may have regarding the application process to the same address or you may call Regina Lloyd at 641-757-2116. Read more »


Mike Dickson of Menlo and Everett Grasty of Stuart were elected chairman and vice chair of the Guthrie County Board of Supervisors during the organizational meeting on Tuesday. Many other appointments were made. They include:
Jerry Caraher: Region XII Council of Governments (with Jerri Christmam); New Opportunities alternate; Guthrie County Planning Board and Public Safety Commission; Decategorization Governance Board
Clifford Carney: M&M; RC&D Board; Hungry Canyons Alliance, Mental Health Subcommittee
Dickson: Fifth Judicial District Department of Corrections Services; South Central Youth and Family Services Center; Guthrie County Planning Board and Public Safety Commission; Board of Health (three year term); Risk Management Committee
Grasty: Midwest Partnership Board
Tom Rutledge: New Opportunities; Guthrie County Planning Board and Public Safety Commission; EMS Management Services/Bioterrorism
Brad Halterman: weed commissioner
Darcia Robson: General Relief Director and Veteran Affairs Administrator
Linda Colby: Juvenile probation officer
Chad Schreck: Midwest Partnership Director; Enterprise Zone Board
Kristine Jorgensen: Western Iowa Tourism Council
Dr. Steve Bascom, Dr. David Ahrens and Dr. Kimberly Neuharth: Guthrie County Medical Examiners
Sheriff Marty Arganbright: South Central Regional E911 Board (Charles Cleveland alternate)
Bill McDermott: Board of Health (three year term)
County Attorney Mary Benton: Involuntary Hospitalization Board
Gary Thompson: Conservation Board
Compensation Commission in Eminent Domain:
Rural property owners: Scott McClellan, Bayard; Marvin Finnegan and Bob Brummer, Guthrie Center; Randal Crawford, Adair; Dean Whitehead and Keith Wirt, Panora; Robert Dickson, Menlo.
City Property Owners: Dave Larsen, Stuart; Myrna Whetstone, Casey; Troy Christensen, Jim Beck and Jeanette Sheeder, Guthrie Center; Ernest Little and Larry Jacobson, Menlo; Terry Krimble and Curtis Twigg, Panora; Jim Steburg and Scott Frederickson, Yale
Licensed Real Estate Brokers: Douglas Hemphill, Yale; Del Wedemeyer, Guthrie Center; Larry Schwenk, Coon Rapids; Pat Moylan and Dave Ryan, Panora; Steve Kroeger, Menlo; Regina Lloyd, Linden.
Knowledge of property value bu occupation: Mike Carey and Barry Monaghan, Panora; Jerry Hagan, Bayard; James Belden, Stuart; Jim Laughrey, Roger Underwood and Dennis Flanery, Guthrie Center; Gladys Willey, Yale.
The News Gazette and Guthrie Center Times will serve as the official newspapers for Guthrie County. -The News Gazette
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Adair County farmers interested in signing up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)should submit applications to their local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by January 13, 2012, to be considered for eligibility during the first ranking period of 2012.

Through CSP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to eligible producers who conserve and enhance soil, water, air and related natural resources on their land. The program provides many conservation benefits including improvement of water and soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancements and adoption of conservation activities that address the effects of climate change.

"CSP continues to be a good opportunity for conservation farmers to try new practices while receiving payments for their past achievements," said Richard Sims, state conservationist for Iowa NCRS.

Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Participation in the program is voluntary.

An updated CSP self-screening checklist is available to help potential applicants determine of CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contract obligations and potential payments. It is available from local NRCS offices and on the Iowa NRCS website at

As part of the CSP application process, applicants work with NRCS field personnel to complete a resource inventory using the Conservation Measurement Tool (CMT). The CMT determines the conservation performance for existing and new conservation activities. The applicant's conservation performance will be used to determine eligibility, ranking and payments.

Through the 2011 CSP signup, farmers in 93 counties enrolled more than 368,000 acres in CSP, helping to improve water and soil quality, enhance wildlife habitat and address the effects of climate change. Iowans received an average of $29 per acre during the 2011 signup. Average payment depends on land use, existing stewardship and new stewardship practices.

To apply for find out more about CSP, visit the Greenfield USDA Service Center or go to -Adair County Free Press Read more »

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