Media Contact

Sarah Gomez


West Central recently donated funds to the Jefferson fire department to purchase four radios costing $605 each. The radios will be placed in Jefferson fire trucks to comply with the upcoming change to a narrow bandwith. The FCC is requiring all public safety and industrial/business licensees using 25khz VHF and UHF radio systems to migrate to a minimum 12.5khz efficiency. The new radios replace current radios that do not comply with the new standards. -Jefferson Herald Read more »


Adair County seems to be a very windy county, especially looking west, with Mid-American Energy's windfarms. Stuart has had a tower to supply the town for years. There is one north of Greenfield, called Wolverine and one north of Orient, called Bulldog, both have been running for a little over a year, producing 1.5 megawatts each, the power going to the Farmers Electric System in the Greenfield and Orient area.

Two more turbines are under construction for an early 2012 start up, one for the Wiota area on the Farmers Electric system in Cass County, and the Forward Fontanelle Project for the town of Fontanelle.

Meetings were held for potential investors, the investment capital from shareholders was raised in the turbine communities and the turbines have been purchased, to be delivered around Christmas. Both are 1.6 MW high efficiency turbines.

Another possibility is a "twin" project to Wolverine and Bulldog, called Meadow Ridge, located near Wolverine tower; and Cumberland Rose, near the Bulldog tower.

Greenfield is discussing a 1.6 MW GE high efficiency turbine, which should supply power for over 400 average homes in Greenfield. This will make Greenfield truly a "green" town.

Altogether, the seven towers will have a capacity of producing 11 megawatts (MW)of power, the annual production of around 40 to 42 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough for 3,000 homes and businesses, a generation of $2,000,000 in revenues.

The Greenfield Municipal Utilities Board met on Tuesday morning to discuss the project. Before the meeting, Duane Armstead, general manager of the Greenfield Municipal Utilities, told (sic) that they are looking at costs, trying to decide if buying the energy is feasible for Greenfield.

Randy Caviness said that if the GMU board approves, a contract with GE could be signed for the turbine purchase this week. The reason for the urgency is that a 1603 Treasury Grant is set to expire at the end of 2011. Five per cent of the project cost will need to be spent to preserve the grant for 2012 construction.

The 1603 Treasury Grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which won't be renewed. It provides a grant of 30% of eligible cost, tax free to the entity building the projects.

With the addition of the "twins project" and the tower for Greenfield, the capacity of all seven towers will be 11 MW of power, with annual production around 40-42 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough power for 3,000 homes and businesses, generating over $2,000,000 in revenue.

Members of the community can become a shareholder of any of the three newest projects. Each LLC (tower) will have 34 shareholders, selling for $35,000 each, depending on the final numbers and project. Each share will be eligible for $73,500 worth of depreciation on their federal tax return over the next few years and up to $2500 per year for ten years on each members Iowa tax return. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the community to come together and build and own their own power generation system, getting great tax incentives worth far more than the original investment," Caviness said. For example, just one $35,000 share would give one $73,500 worth of depreciation off the Federal income tax return and $2,500 per year off the Iowa tax return for 10 years for $25,000 in maximum credits.

By press time, it is hoped 34 shares will be offered for the Greenfield, Meadow Ridge and Cumberland Rose turbines, making a total of 34 shares on each turbine. If two or more parties want to pool funds to purchase a single share, it can be done by those parties forming a limited liability company (LLC), making it possible to invest and receive the benefits.

The turbines should pay for themselves in about 10 years, providing long term income to investors once the turbine is paid for. Each project costs $3,000,000. The final net benefits to the community include $26,000 in property tax to the county per turbine, for $182,000 per year; $900,000 in state tax credits per turbine, over $6,300,000; $2,500,000 Federal tax depreciation per turbine, $17,500,000. With a total investment of $21,000,000 for 7 turbines, $6,300,000 worth of stimulus money brought to our community, $2,000,000 worth of clean, renewable power to our community each year.

There will be a meeting at the old Chamber building on Thursday, December 22, 1:30 to tell interested investors about the projects. "It's a big deal, a big boost to the local community. With less to pay in taxes, people have more money to spend on incidentals, this is good for everyone," Caviness said. -Adair County Free Press Read more »


You might think you're in Santa's workshop at the North Pole if you stop by Karla Cain's office at the Family Development Center for Guthrie County New Opportunities. Boxes of toys line the hallway, desks are covered with dolls and teddy bears, a stack of Candy Land games three feet high leans against the wall, and toy tractors, cars, and trucks are piled wherever there is room.

The toys, destined for county children, were all donated, with the vast majority of them coming from the U. S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Program.

"All the toys just came in from a warehouse in Des Moines," commented Cain Tuesday while trying to find a way back to her desk. "But we also have local donors, including individuals from the community, the schools and Dollar General."

Cain estimates nearly 150 county families will benefit from the toys. -Guthrie Center Times Read more »


Brett Irlmeier of Audubon, Chair of Audubon County Community Foundation, reminds Audubon County nonprofit organization that $95,000 in grant funds are available and that applications are due no later than February 1, 2012. Detailed application procedures, fact sheets and a link to the- application form can be obtained online at http;// Applications will be accepted only through the online system. Contact any board member for additional information. Please contact Dennis Nissen at 800-794-3458 or, or Denise Cardos at with grant-specific questions. All completed applications will be considered at the March board meeting with notification of results in early April.

Only organizations providing charitable services in Audubon County are eligible. They must be able to demonstrate broad community/county support and supply a copy of their 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter. Requests for general operational funds will not be considered.

Board members of the Audubon County Community Foundation are, Chair, Brett Irlmeier of Audubon, 712-563-2644; Vice Chair, Larry Beckendorf of Exira, 712-268-5331; Secretary/Treasurer, Thomas Nielsen of Audubon, 712-563-2742; Joanie Heuton of Kimballton, 712-773-5291; Jonnie Meislahn of Audubon, 712-563-2009; Jay Nelson of rural Brayton, 712-549-2277; and Daryl Olsen, DVM, of Audubon, 712-563-2080. Read more »


Advantage Insurance in Jefferson recently welcomed Carol Vileta and Amy Minnihan as new employees.

Vileta is an account manager. She is a fully licensed insurance agent handling personal and commercial lines including home, auto, farm and umbrella policies. She has been a licensed agent since 2004. She anticipates becoming licensed for crop insurance next month.

She has two grown children and two grandchildren. She recently moved to Jefferson from Algona. "I'm looking forward to meeting to new people, especially our Advantage customers, and to learning more about Jefferson and the Greene Country rural area," Vileta said.

Minnihan is currently a customer service representative, assisting customers with their insurance questions. She expects to become fully licensed in personal and commercial lines in January.

She previously worked as the director of a child development center in Ankeny. She has recently relocated to rural Paton with her husband and her daughter. "I'm excited to get to know our customers and to help with their insurance needs. I enjoyed my previous employment and am very excited about this new chapter in my career," Minnihan said. -The Bee Read more »


After 143 volunteers logged a total of 3,337.5 hours over a 97-day period (90 of which were without a porta-potty) Audubon County's first Habitat for Humanity home is finished. Volunteers and organizers held a moving dedication ceremony for homeowner Lanette Black and her family on November 30.

Pastor Jud Stover of the United Methodist Church in Audubon led the majority of the service. Stover laughed, "It wasn't a lot of fun working through the mud and rain and smashed thumbs, but they (volunteers) kept coming back and pushing through. Their goal was to serve and follow through with the commitment they had made. These houses aren't just given away, they require a lot of work and commitment and it's that spirit that carried this through. I think I speak for everyone when I say we have such a great feeling of accomplishment. Lanette, welcome to the community."

Dan Renneke, Chairman of the Board for Western Iowa Habitat for Humanity also spoke. The Black home is the 13th home he has had a hand in building for Western Iowa HFH. "The person responsible for this project is probably sitting next to you, as each and every person here and many others had a hand in creating this. For years to come, people can drive by and say with pride,'I had a hand in that.' So, congratulations to all of you." He added, "Actually, Pastor, it was fun. I've never had so much fun. I've never laughed so hard and actually, you forget you're doing work."

Julie Rasmussen, the volunteer coordinator for the project gave several awards and commendations, including honoring John Herron, an Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton high school student who personally logged 80.5 volunteer hours on the project. Students from the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton Leadership Club, as well as two students from Audubon High School were also commended for their volunteer service.

Rasmussen stated "When a young person decides to volunteer and help, knowing that their schedules are already crazy with school and sports, its really something to be commended."

Rasmussen also recognized other businesses and individuals. "Angie (Williams- family sponsor) and I sat down and started listing people who needed recognized,we wondered, 'Where do we stop?' There are so many people who need thanked," she said. Those receiving acknowledgments (in addition to those already mentioned) included: Mathisen Tree Service, Jensen Excavating, Erica Johnson, Nicholas Schlichte, Betsy Carter, Twin Construction, Bill McGuire, Ray Herron, Remsburg Service and Williams Welding-Rod and Angie Williams.

Angie Williams said "Throughout this whole project I've felt that its just pretty awesome to be able to volunteer and to be able to help someone else, because you never know when you might need it!"

Black was given a Bible and the keys to her new home with plans to start moving in immediately. She was visibly moved by the ceremony and humbled by the amount of people who helped. "I just want to say thank you to everyone. So many people helped, many of them strangers, and I just can't say enough. Thank you."

Western Iowa Habitat for Humanity will not rest long, as plans are already underway for their next home building project, this time in the city of Manning. -Audubon County Advocate Journal

Read more »


Kate Hoffman, a native of Hyannis, Neb., recently joined the staff at Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic, as a small animal veterinarian.

Hoffman did her undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska in Kearney and graduated from Iowa State University Vet Med School in 2010. Before coming to Audubon, Hoffman worked at the Southern Hills Veterinary Clinic in Red Oak, where she worked with both large and small species and the occasional "wild critter." She was married in the summer of 2011 and her husband, Pat, is also a practicing veterinarian.

She is most looking forward to settling into her new surroundings and new clinic. "I'm looking forward to being part of a great company filled with good people," stated Hoffman.

While she treats all sorts of animals, Hoffman admits that she is a "dog person" at heart. "I enjoy cats as well, but I love my dogs," she said. The Hoffmans have two dogs, Abby, a Visla, and Izzy, a German short-hair pointer. They also have three cats, Milo, Arnold and Marta. Hoffman grinned, "They are all named after our favorite clients."

Hoffman joined AMVC in mid November and is excited about how things at the clinic are going. "Things have been great so far. This is a very welcoming community and the people have been wonderful so far," she said. - Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »


Life Care Pregnancy Center has announced the purchase of a building in Stuart to house their outreach ministry. Formerly Shepherd Realty, the building is located at 212 S. Division Street, and will be open for public viewing on Sunday, December 18 from 4 to 6 pm.

It was announced at a banquet on May 26, 2011, that the purpose of this ministry is to provide support for those who are facing unplanned pregnancies. At that time, they stated there was no other similar outreach in the 127 miles of the I-80 corridor from Des Moines to Council Bluffs. The theme of the organization is "Open Doors, Open Hearts."

For more information, go to or call Katie Taylor, 515-979-1410. -The Stuart Herald Read more »


In August, West Central unveiled details of its 2011 Photo Contest for cooperative members, customers, community citizens and any other camera toting photographers with an eye for rural and agricultural settings.

Entries were due by Friday, October 21, and were judged by a panel of public relations and communications experts from cooperatives across the U.S. Contest requirements asked that the photos be related to agriculture or rural lifestyle and limited submissions to three photos per person.

Judges selected 12 contest winning photos and those photos will be featured in West Central's 2012 corporate calendar. In addition, a 13th photo was selected as a "people's choice" winner.

The winning photos and photographers, in no specific order, are: "Dudley, Adair County Farm" by Maureen Hoskinson; "Ice Mail Box" by Phillip Fiedler; "Nighttime Turbines" by Cindy Lundy; "Old Barn" by Sarah Dorman; "When The Cows Come Home, Gibson's Road" by Chris Cornelius; "Rainbow over Farm and Field" by Dawn Thielen; "Spraying Time" by Mary Phillips; "Cows" by Lynn Richter; "Atop the Auger" by Marcus Fey; "Harvest All Rolled Up" by Nancy Bowman; "On the Farm with Art" by Louise Arter and "Winter Barn" by Shelly Brant. The people's choice award went to Erica Petty for her photo "Sitting in a Wagon". All contest winners will receive a West Central grab bag. -Adair News Read more »


The Greene County Chamber and Development is seeking nominations for the 2011 ABC Award to be presented at its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 10. Nominations are due Friday, December 9.

The ABC Award (Above and Beyond the Call) is presented annually to an individual or couple who through personal involvement, leadership qualities and unselfish giving of time and talent has positively affected activities or accomplishments beneficial to the community at large. Candidates in general should exhibit, but not limited by, the following characteristics:

Involvement in a broad spectrum of activities for community betterment.

1. Activities should not be essentially an extension of the nominee's business interests.

2. The nominee(s) should have exhibited leadership qualities.

3. The nominee(s) should have exhibited capabilities by initiating and carrying through on community projects.

4. The nominee(s) should possess characteristics of a nature to produce harmony and good will in promoting worthy projects.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office or online at They should be returned to the Chamber office by the close of business on the due date.

"Please consider nominating someone who has demonstrated these characteristics," said a Chamber spokesperson. "This recognition is an opportunity to thank those who improve the quality of life for everyone around them." -Scranton Journal Read more »


Adair County Extension announces that Deb Hall has stepped down as their executive director effective November 28. "The Council accepted Deb's resignation with deep regret. Extension has grown in Adair County in almost every respect under her leadership. She has done a superb job of helping the county program stay strong after the restructuring of Extension that eliminated all state and federal Extension funds from the county," shares Randy Caviness, Extension Council Chair. "She has been a great advocate for the people of Adair County," he adds.

Hall cited the desire to spend more time with her family and the chance to pursue volunteer interests in her resignation letter to the Extension Council. She has worked for the Extension system for thirty-three years. Prior to joining the Adair County team she served as the Adams County Extension Director, SW Iowa Youth Field Specialist, Iowa 4-H Agriculture Curriculum Specialist, and 4-H Curriculum Specialist and Assistant Professor in Agriculture Education at the University of Nebraska. Hall has worked in Adair County for the past 18 years. Although Hall will no longer be serving as Executive Director, she will continue to work with Adair County youth as a quarter-time AmeriCorps member. Her responsibilities will focus primarily on teen leadership and service learning. "Deb's ability to empower others is one of her many strengths, so we are extremely pleased she will continue to work with our future leaders," according to Caviness.

The Council took action at the November meeting to restructure the Executive Director position. Angie Engles will assume the responsibility of office manager along with her duties as program coordinator for families. Her new responsibilities will include working directly with the Extension Council on developing and implementing an overall plan of action to meet the needs of Adair County resident. "We feel fortunate to have someone with Angie's experience and skills to assume administrative responsibilities. She has a true passion for serving others and is committed to the concept of linking the citizens of Adair County with research-based resources," according to Caviness. "Angie has been a key player in administering a number of our grant projects and has a solid understanding of our budget," he adds. He also pointed out that the existing relationships that Angie has with community agencies and organizations will help create a seamless transition.

The Council will begin an immediate search for a half-time youth development program leader. The position will focus on working with staff and volunteers to maintain and grow the 4-H and Youth program in Adair County. The group hopes to have someone on board by February. Donna Wallace will continue to serve as 4-H and Youth Program administrative assistant and Kathy Rohrig will continue to do the same with the agriculture program. Brandiann Wilson will continue in her role as full-time parent educator with the Growing Strong Families program. Savannah Ruby and Sam Lowry are part of the AmeriCorps staff team. Plans are to hire an additional 300 hour AmeriCorps member to assist with summer programming.

The Council also anticipates hiring a general administrative assistant once they fill the youth development program leader position. -Adair County Free Press

Read more »


Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) announces the winners of the first Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest aimed at raising awareness of Iowa's natural and environmental beauty. KIB wants to learn what resonates with Iowans based on the photographs they share through this semi-annual photography contest.

FIRST PLACE: David Heuskinveld from Amana. Photo: East Amana Cow Call

SECOND PLACE: Eric Dorondo from Glidden. Photo: Fall Colors Stuart

HONORABLE MENTION: Colette Wassom Scott from Sheldon. Photo: Scott Prairie

Cash awards were presented to the first and second place winners and their photos will be featured on the KIB website:

The next deadline is May 1, and entries must be submitted electronically. The entry fee is $5 per entry and all entry fees will go toward contest cash awards and to support KIB's programs and services to Iowa communities. Entry guidelines and rules are available at

Keep Iowa Beautiful mission is to empower Iowans to make Iowa the cleanest and most attractive state in the nation. By working directly with Iowa communities, corporations and private citizens, KIB is building new citizen pride in caring for Iowa. -Scranton Journal

Read more »


In spite of colder weather, MidAmerican Energy continues to press ahead with the initial phase of the construction of 63 wind turbines in southwestern Guthrie County.

According to Guthrie County Assessor Rusty Pearson, the company is under deadline to complete the entire project by December 31, 2012 in order to receive government green energy grants.

"They are planning to work as long as the weather will allow to meet the deadline," explained Pearson Tuesday morning.

Pearson noted some earth moving has been completed and that a temporary concrete plant has been delivered.

The project was initialized by Clipper Windpower of California, but MidAmerican bought the rights to the project in documents signed August 19.

The massive towers will be 262 feet tall with a maximum blade tip height of 420 feet.

Initial project cost estimates of $206.5 million provided to then country assessor Barry Stetzel in August 2010 have been downgraded.

"My latest estimate from MidAmerican shows a total project cost of $189 million," explained Pearson.

Over ninety area landowners will be affected by the project footprint, some for actual turbine installation and others for transmission line access.

Pearson explained 30% of the total project cost will be tax assessable after seven years, meaning the project will add approximately $57 million to the county tax base in 2020. - Guthrie Center Times Read more »



Recognizing excellence in leadership and passion for economic development in the
Midwest Partnership Development Corporation region.
Guy Powell, past president of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation and active volunteer on the board of many other area organizations, was passionate about local and regional economic development. He was a strong believer in the region’s potential. In recognition of his life-long dedication, commitment, and service, the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation has created the Guy Powell Award.

Businesses and individuals who are members in Midwest Partnership Development Corporation are encouraged to nominate individuals who stand out as outstanding leaders in this area of west central Iowa, and who work to make it a more economically vital place to live, work, and play.

The Nomination:

Those submitting nominations should consider:

o Vision
o Leadership
o Courage
o Impact

Information to include in the nomination is as follows:

o Name & Address of the Nominee (Person, group or business being nominated.)
o Name, Address & Phone Number of the Nominator (Person completing the nomination.)
o A brief statement (500 words or less) on how the nominee has made an impact on their local community and/or region through volunteer service.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 10 th, 2012. Mail or e-mail nomination form to:

Monica Cateron, Office Manager
Midwest Partnership Development Corporation
P.O. Box 537
Stuart, IA 50250
Read more »


The E. E. Warren Opera House Association is pleased to announce that a second challenge grant from the prestigious Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, Wisconsin, has been met. On August 4, 2011 Tom Jeffris, President, notified the E. E. Warren Opera House Association that the Foundation agreed to issue a challenge for the Association to raise $100,000 which would then be matched by $50,000 from the Foundation. On December 1, 2011 Mr. Jeffris communicated that all conditions for the challenge had been met.

The Jeffris Family Foundation has a commitment to assist dedicated communities with funding opportunities designed to preserve their architectural heritage for future generations. Their Foundation has been a key partner supporting the restoration efforts of the E. E. Warren Opera House Association. In 2010 a $50,000 grant from the National Trust's Jeffris Heartland Fund assisted in funding the completion of a Historic Structure Report for the Hetherington Block. This report has served as the foundation for planning for the preservation and development of the Opera House, Hetherington, and Taylor Buildings, collectively called the Warren Cultural Center.

A Jeffris Family Foundation Challenge Grant was offered August 13, 2010 for the auditorium restoration. The Grant was for $300,000 with the condition that the Association raise $600,000 by January 31, 2012. President Tom Jeffris notified the Association on March 10, 2011 that the Association had successfully secured the $600,000. "Your fundraising efforts are like none other in the history of the foundation when looking at the amount your group needed to raise and time it took to raise those funds."

The second Jeffris Family Foundation Grant of $50,000 is earmarked for the meticulous restoration components for the second and third floors of the Opera House Building and the second floor of the Hetherington Building. Using the findings of paint conservators, the floors, walls, windows and framework of the apartment rooms, hallways, ticket office and business areas will be carefully restored. Replicating the elaborate patterns of stenciling, using skilled workmanship in refinishing floors and woodwork, as well as selecting and applying accurate original historic paint colors requires the expertise of experienced professionals.

Catherine Howe, Vice President of the E. E. Warren Opera House Association stated "It is because of the generous support from the Jeffris Foundation and its commitment to preserve a community's architectural heritage for future generations that The Warren Cultural Center is becoming reality. It is an honor to partner with the Jeffris Family Foundation. We are grateful the challenge grants have served to help build local support and leverage donations for this major undertaking." -Adair County Free Press Read more »


Rick Vanderheiden has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Administration and CFO with West Central Cooperative. Vanderheiden joined the West Central team in early 2011.

As executive vice president (EVP) of administration and CFO, Vanderheiden will provide leadership and management within the administration and technology department, while overseeing the day-to-day activities of the accounting, finance, human resource, information technology and networking, risk management and communication departments. Vanderheiden is charged with the responsibility of shaping these departments for the strategic and long-term support of West Central’s agronomy, grain, and soy processing divisions.

“Rick comes to West Central with a great deal of experience in both the public and private sectors. He will be a valuable asset to our organization as we strategically position ourselves for continued growth and success,” remarked Jeff Stroburg, West Central president and chief executive officer (CEO).

Vanderheiden has more than 25 years of management experience working with companies such as Channel Bio Corporation, Renewable Energy Group and other accounting firms. He has comprehensive experience in setting up and directing operations and accounting departments, executing system reviews and performing financial reporting and analysis. Additionally, he is well versed in federal and state tax requirements, business analysis and planning, and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Vanderheiden is a graduate of Buena Vista University and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Read more »


STUART, IOWA – One of the state’s top leaders for entrepreneurship and small business development will highlight the Midwest Partnership EDC Annual Dinner Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 26th, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center near Panora. Keith Kerkhoff, from Templeton Rye, will serve as guest speaker at the event. A social time will kick off the gathering at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a business meeting to follow.

Keith is the co-founder and Master Distiller at Templeton Rye. Keith's grandfather Alphonse was one of the major "entrepreneurs" in Templeton during Prohibition. Keith's father Meryl continued the family's whiskey making tradition and was the original Master Distiller of Templeton Rye prior to his death in 2010.

Keith spends his time overseeing the production of Templeton Rye and spreading the word about the "Good Stuff" in Iowa, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. He also stands in for speaking engagements for his much smarter and more handsome business partner, Scott Bush.

Keith grew up in Manning, Iowa and attended Buena Vista College, where he was an All American defensive tackle. Keith spent time with both the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears in the NFL where he learned from coaching legends Tom Landry and Mike Ditka.

Keith also farms with his son Kody and is involved in the family auctioneering business.

Another highlight of the evening will be the awarding of the Guy Powell Award, an annual recognition presented to an individual who exhibits excellence in leadership and passion for economic development in the Midwest Partnership EDC region. The award is in honor of the late Guy Powell of Greenfield, who served as president of the Midwest Partnership EDC board of directors and was an active volunteer in several other community organizations. Nominations are welcomed from any individuals, businesses, or community groups in the region. Forms may be found at You can also contact the Midwest Partnership EDC office for more details.

The cost for the evening’s dinner and meeting is $20/person or $150 for a table of eight. Payments may be made in advance or the night of the event, however reservations are requested by January 18th to ensure a spot. For reservations or more information, contact Monica Cateron at (515) 523-1262 or email

Midwest Partnership EDC is the non-profit, collaborative economic development organization formed to strengthen the economic vitality of the communities of Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie counties in west central Iowa.
Read more »


The Guthrie Center city council approved spending up to $1,400 toward the cost of an appraisal of the Alliant Energy service building which the company has said it will abandon in the future.
City officials were informed earlier Alliant considered the building to be worth about $290,000. However, that was not based on an appraisal.
When the city recently learned of Alliant's future plans to abandon the facility, it asked the company to consider doing that sooner than later. That's because it's believed the building, just north of the existing fire hall, could satisfy the city's needs for a new home for the fire department. Speculation about a new fire hall has been in the wind for several years and land was acquired west of the existing building for future expansion.
Two public hearings were held Monday evening. No written or oral objections were received at either.
The council voted to dispose of a rehabilitated home at 905 North 13th Street.
Also approved was a grant application to the Iowa Economic Department Authority. If awarded, the grant would provide funds for owner occupied rehabilitation assistance for a minimum of 10 qualifying low income homeowners within a targeted area within the city limits.
Truck parking
Truck parking at the city shop was discussed and it was decided all reefer trucks be parked facing west. Also, it was further decided that any trucker not complying with the rules and regulations of the city be sent a letter, approved by the city attorney, informing the trucker and the company for which they haul that non-compliance will result in them being asked to leave. Such truck and truckers then will be considered trespassing and the vehicle will be towed at the owner/driver's expense.
December 12 was set as the date for a sealed bid opening for removal of trees in the parking and/or on city property at 803 North 5th, 302 South 3rd and 301 South 4th.
No action was taken on a transport agreement with Panora EMS until an insurance opinion is received.
Employee compensation
Prior to its regular meeting, the council and utility board met in joint session to discuss employee salaries.
Duane Norgart made the motion for a five percent increase in wages for city employees, but it died for lack of a second.
Dennis Patrick moved and Norgart seconded a motion for a four percent increase beginning with the first pay period of 2012. It passed unanimously. No action was taken by the utility board. -Guthrie Center Times
Read more »


Dr Mark Peters was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Jefferson-Scranton Board of Education at the meeting held on November 9. He will represent the old Scranton district by replacing Mike Holden of Scranton who resigned from the position.
Holden served 14 years, three months on the J-S Board and cited a desire to devote more time to his family, farming and business. He thanked the community, staff, administration and his family for the privilege of serving as a J-S Board member.
Holden challenged the board and the community to gather information, analyze it and make decisions in a timely manner; always be sensitive to all sides of issues and to dare to move from good to great as a district.
Superintendent Tim Christensen presented Holden with a plaque in recognition of his service. He also received a lifetime activity pass.
Dr Peters has some experience already on the Board. He was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Kevin Neal. However, it was discovered late this summer that his residence was not in the proper director district but it is on the eastern side of the Scranton director district.
The Board split vote on the admission of Saydel to the Heart of Iowa Conference. J-S administrators recommended the school but the board voted four-to-one in favor. Sam Harding cast the dissenting vote.
Doug Whipple was offered a contract as seventh grade boys basketball and track coach. Board Member Celli Whipple abstained from the vote. Stephanie Hall was hired as an elementary special ed associate.
The early graduation request of Britani Richards was approved pending successful completion of graduation requirements.
Supt Christensen recommended and the Board approved calendar changes by adding 11:45 a.m. early dismissals on January 25 and March 21 for joint professional development with the East Greene staff. Plans are being made for a joint meeting with the Paton-Churdan Board in the near future.
The Principals of each building continued their reports on how their building is striving to meet the characteristics of a successful J-S graduate. They reported on how they are helping students to become responsible citizens and information processors.
The first reading of the board policy dealing with employee voluntary retirement was approved. The incentives will be the same as those offered last year.
The Board planned to attend the Iowa Association of School Boards convention in Des Moines on November 16-17 in lieu of its monthly work session. The next meeting is scheduled in December. - Bayard News Gazette/Scranton Journal Read more »


The Audubon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2011 Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year. Tom Nielsen was awarded the 2010 Citizen of the Year with Brandon Mennenoh receiving the inaugural Junior Citizen award.

The Citizen of the Year award is selected by the Audubon Chamber of Commerce Board, and is awarded to a person who has a tremendous impact on the city of Audubon, and who always strives to promote Audubon. The Junior Citizen of the Year award is given to any youth currently attending school in the Audubon School District and who is active in community service roles, a contributing member of the community or who has performed acts of heroism. The nominee must be 19 years or younger.

Nominations for both awards are due to the Audubon Chamber of Commerce by December 9. Letters of nomination with complete resume or qualifications can be mailed to the Chamber office at P.O. Box 66, Audubon, Iowa, 50025 or may be hand delivered to the office. No nominations will be accepted at the selection meeting. Multiple nominations from one person will not be accepted, this applies to one individual nominating several people in one letter or one person nominating several people individually.

Winners will be announced at the Audubon Community Banquet and Auction, Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon. Tickets for the banquet will be for sale soon. - Audubon County Advocate Journal Read more »

Stay updated on everything news related to Midwest Partnership EDC.Submit your email to receive our monthly newsletter.

Copyright 2014 Midwest Partnership. All Rights Reserved.
615 S Division St Stuart, Iowa 50250 | PO Box 537
(515) 523-1262 | Fax: (515) 523-1397
Web Design by DWebware