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On Tuesday, Sept. 14, Flint Hills Resources Menlo was introduced to the community as the new owner of Hawkeye Growth LLC. Flint Hills is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, based in Wichita, Kan., which is one of the largest private companies in America, according to Forbes magazine, with regional headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. Approximately 200 community members, customers, and employees of the Menlo plant attended the open house and dinner buffet under a big tent at the Menlo site. Read more »


Saturday, September 25 and Sunday September 26 are the days for the Orient Pumpkin Days, beginning at 8 a.m. on the Saturday. Read more »


Some major facility improvements have been completed over the summer at O-M school. They include the painting of both the big gymnasium and the old practice gym. New high efficient lighting was installed in the big gym. Both gyms look much brighter and larger. Some elementary classrooms and the library have received new carpet. Read more »


The fifth in a series of informative workshops for business owners which focuses on financial incentives and resources will be led by Dave McLaren, Regional Director for the South Central Small Business Development Center on Tuesday evening, September 28th at 6:30 at the Chamber Building in Greenfield. Read more »


Hawkeye Growth LLC, an Iowa-based ethanol production company, has completed a sale of its two production facilities to Flint Hills Resources LP, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., one of the largest private companies in the world. Terms of the sale of Hawkeye's Menlo and Shell Rock plants were not disclosed. The plants each produce 110 million gallons of ethanol annually. Read more »


Jefferson-Scranton High School has contracted with Genesis Development to begin offering an experience-based career exploration (EBCE) program for students with special needs. The school-to-work program was developed by Genesis in collaboration with the Boone school system three years ago to provide more support for both the students and businesses. That program has been very successful and continues to grow, according Genesis vocational director, Carrie Wilde. Read more »


On Saturday, Sept 13, the Stuart Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Carver's Ridge, owned by Tyson and Anne Greenwalt, and located at 604 Southwest Seventh in Stuart. Read more »


Five years ago Shanda Kozal turned her career in a different direction. She had been activities coordinator at New Hope Village in Carroll, and prior to that, assistant administrator at Cedar Lane Estates. She joined the staff of Caleris, a company brand new to Jefferson. "I wanted a job closer to Jefferson, and I wanted to get into the computerized field. It sparked my interest," she said Read more »


The Bayard Public Library will launch the "Smart investing @ your library" program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, at the library. The last face-to-face class will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27. In between, particpants will have the opportunity to work at their own pace on-line and using library materials specifically purchased for these classes. To register, call the library at 712-651-2238. Read more »


A lot of great ideas are developed by imagining a magical black box through which you can process an input to produce a desired output. For example, what if you could take an ear of corn, feed it into a device and get food, fuel and fertilizer out of the other side? Read more »


Senator Nancy Boettger (R-Harlan) was recently named a "Friend of Iowa Business" by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry's Iowa Industry PAC. Read more »


On a 5-0 vote, Guthrie county supervisors passed a "conditional use permit" allowing Clipper Windpower to proceed with a proposed 60 tower wind turbine site north of Adair. The proposal was discussed at a meeting two weeks ago, but the vote was delayed because supervisor Jerry Caraher was absent. Read more »


Don Macke, director of strategic engagement for the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, will conduct an entrepreneurship webinar with Greene county leaders on Thursday evening Oct. 7. The meeting will be held in the ISU Extension meeting room and is schedule to begin at 7 p.m. Read more »


Region XII COG has been working with local development corporation and business to provide commuting alternatives to workers in the region. The JobJet commuter service was launched this year and provides a vehicle to workers interested in carpooling to their jobs. Depending on the distance of the commute and the numbers of riders taking a van, workers can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars per year. Read more »


On Saturday, Dianne Jungmann gathered a crew of around 28 to help with the harvest of the GR7 grapes on teh west end of the vineyard on the west side of Greenfield. Read more »


Dean Schnoes is the superintendent for Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton schools. Read more »


The board of directors at Midwest Partnership EDC will soon be meeting to create a new multi-year strategic plan for the organization and region. We take seriously the input you provide to us as friends, allies, and partners as we strive to retain and create jobs and businesses in the region. Please take time to complete the short survey. Read more »


Carver’s Ridge is hosting their Grand Opening and Customer Appreciation Barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 604 SW 7th Street in Stuart and the public is invited. Ribbon cutting ceremony with the Stuart Chamber of Commerce will begin 2pm. Guests can custom-design a boulder or garden stone, enjoy great food and music, and watch the Iowa/Iowa State game. What better way to spend a summer afternoon? Read more »


This is the first of three sections of “Growing against the Grain.” The video is about farmers in Audubon County in southwest Iowa who are working to build healthy food systems and farms, put the culture back in agriculture, and restore a lost spirit to their communities. They are doing this through sustainable farming practices and direct marketing their products to the consumer Read more »


Regardless of size, egg production facilities typically follow a set of mostly automated steps to get eggs from the henhouse to supermarkets and other distribution points. In general, eggs are shipped out of the plant within 24 hours of being laid. A look at the production process, based on a tour of the Rose Acres Farm plant in Stuart with plant manager Andrew Kaldenberg. Read more »

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