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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 15 following the lamb show at the Greene County Fair for the Roger Nailor shelter house. The shelter house is being built in memory of the late Roger Nailor, a long-time employee of Peoples Trust & Savings Bank in Scranton. Nailor was also very passionate about the Greene County Fair and the 4-H program.

The 24 x 24 shelter house is built on a concrete base. It is located in a grassy area north of the cattle barns, and west of the fair board office. It will serve Greene County Fair patrons and will be enjoyed by families and visitors traveling on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and camping at the new trailhead campground just north of the shelter.

Peoples Trust & Savings Bank donated $10,000 to the Greene County Fair board for construction of the shelter. Other persons and organizations that have been involved with the project have included the Jefferson Rotary Club, the city of Jefferson, the Greene County board of supervisors, the Greene County conservation board, the Greene County lamb producers, the fair board, Tri County Lumber, Hamilton Redi Mix, Central Iowa Memorials, Ogren Custom Graphics, Brad Bendickson and Mike Dennhardt.

Completion of the project is anticipated by the end of the summer, and an official dedication will be planned at that time. - Jefferson Herald Read more »


A new executive director has been hired to lead the Midwest Partnership Corporation (MWP), a four-county organization that provides economic development services to Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties. Chad Schreck comes to MWP from nearby Region XII Council of Governments, where he has served four years as a regional and economic development planner. Read more »


The 16th Annual Golf Outing of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation is June 30th! The event is again at beautiful Lake Panorama National Resort & Conference Center near Panora, Iowa.

The cost to register a team is $300, or individuals can play for $75, which covers golfing on 18 holes, cart fees, and BBQ lunch. Teams will also be recognized on event promotional material.

Additionally, there are sponsorship opportunities available for those who cannot golf but wish to sponsor the meal and event. These organizations will also be recognized. Contact Sarah Gomez at (515) 523-1262 or
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The Bicycle Friendly State program from the League of American Bicyclists has ranked all 50 states on their bike-friendliness, and Iowa has ranked sixth for 2011 with an overall grade of B. Read more »


Sister and student-athletes Britta and Hallie Christofferson are familiar with the challenges that college life and college sports can bring. They also know that their experiences growing up in 4-H help them meet those challenges. Read more »


ISU Swine Medicine Education Center receives approval from Board of Regents. The center will be the first in the nation dedicated to providing veterinary students and practicing veterinarians from across the United States and around the world with extensive hands-on experiences and education in swine health and production. As the top hog-producing state in the country, Iowa is the perfect location for a center focused on keeping pigs healthy. Read more »


Region XII recently completed the U.S. Highway 30 Corridor Study. This study provides a compilation of past trends, existing conidtions of U.S. Highway 30 itself have been collected and evaluated including traffic counts, truck traffic, safety, surface width, shoulder width, surface condition, trip generation, and structures. The study was completed jointly by six regional planning affiliations that are bisected by the U.S. 30 Corridor: Region XII, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency- RPA 18, Central Iowa Regional Transportation Planning Alliance, Region 6 Planning Commission, East Central Iowa Council of Governments and East Central Intergovernmental Association. The information from this study will be used to justify and prioritize improvements along U.S. Highway 30. Read more »


On August 26th the US Department of Labor announced a $1,352,000 grant to assist workers affected by the layoffs at Electrolux. The grant is awarded to Iowa Workforce Developmemnt and will be administered by Region XII. Dislocated workers in 15 counties, all of whom are elibigble for Trade Adjustment Assistance, will be covered by the grant. The grant will provide access to WIA Career Counselors, vocational training and "wrap-around" services that may include childcare and transportation assistance. Read more »


Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, is working on a major rebuild project in the community of Jefferson. THe "Power Iowa" project is designed to serve customers in the area and keep a commitment to providing reliable power, according to Alliant Energy. Read more »


Jerry Neal, CEO Guthrie County Hospital, has reecntly unveiled plans for a new health program in Stuart. The Guthrie County Hospital Board of Trustees has offered to puchase the West Central Valley administrative building (formerly the Catholic School) located just south of Historic All Saints Center for $30,000, and the West Central Valley School Board has accepted that offer pending a public hearing which will be held March 16, 2011. Read more »


The Rolling Hills project has grown from 167 to 193 wind turines, according to Tom Budler, General Manager of Wind Development for MidAmerican Energy. 24 of these are tentatively located in Adair county. Each turbine will have the capacity to produce 2.3 megawatts of electricity. Read more »


Mike Abildtrup of West Central Cooperative, Joe Berends of Region XII, and Jason White of Midwest Partnership EDC, were all in attendance at Monday's Board of Supervisor's meeting to give an update on teh status of a proposed $10.1 million construction project in Audubon County. Read more »


The Midwest Partnership Development Corporation is seeking an Executive Director for the quad-county area, specifically Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie. Read more »


The Iowa Transportation Commission recently approved $474,000 for Whiterock Conservancy's Soft Trail Program project, a federal Recreational Trails Program project. This funding is part of the greater $1.4 million that was granted by the commissionfor five other similar projects in the state of Iowa. Read more »


The City of Greenfield has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Iowa Department of Economic Development for $500,000 earmarked for the Warren Cultural Center restoration project. Read more »


An Audubon County farm couple who have a diversified organic grain, hay and livestock oepration have earned the 2010 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. Read more »


Community Care Center named as one of America's top skilled nursing facilities for 2010. Read more »


The Danish Villages Economic Development Association (DVEDA) is pleased to announce the Danish Villages of Elk Horn/Kimballton have been selected by the Iowa Department of Transportation as one of the twelve communities in Iowa to participate in their Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program for 2011. Read more »


The Friends of Rippey (FOR) recently accepted the request fro the Rippey city council, the Rippey mayor and the Rippey Library board to generate $200,000. This past summer the Rippey Masonic Lodge disbanded and gave the lodge hall to the city of Rippey to be used as a library and community room. Read more »


Greene County Development Corporation recently provided a loan to Robby Petersen, owner of RVP~1875, for the establishment of Iowa's only artisan colony. Read more »

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