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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 »


The talk of the southwest Iowa town of Audubon right now is the huge, new stained glass portrait of the town’s namesake, the naturalist John James Audubon. The Masonic Lodge, which owns one of the corner buildings in downtown Audubon, paid for the artist Clint Hansen, an Audubon native now living and working in Des Moines, to do the 18-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide portrait in glass of the naturalist. Read more »


I provide direction to my management team and overall staff to help them carry out the day-to-day tasks and decisions as they relate to new processes, programs, national marketing, etc. Read more »


The U.S. Department of Labor on August 26 announced $1,352,776 grant to assist about 450 workers affected by layoffs at Electrolux in Jefferson and Webster City, Iowa, and three of its suppliers in Ames and Webster City, Iowa. Read more »


Dr. Maggie Wilson, DVM, has joined the staff at Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic, as a small animal veterinarian. Wilson, a Knoxville native, got her undergraduate degree at Iowa State Universityand received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from ISU in 2009. She returned to Knoxville after graduation and worked at a small animal clinic, before joining AMVC in July. Read more »


Cusumano and Sons Produce distributes eggs from Germantown Egg Company, which is part of Rose Acre Farms. Rose Acre Farms contacted Cusumano to assure him and others who distribute their eggs that no salmonella contamination has been found in their products. “No eggs packed by Rose Acre Farms are involved in the recall,” information provided to Cusumano states. Read more »


Flint Hills Resources has won a bidding auction to buy ethanol production plants at Menlo and Shell Rock that were formerly by Hawkeye Energy. Read more »


Governor Chet Culver today announced I-JOBS grant awards totaling $13 million to 24 projects in Main Street Iowa communities to support physical improvements in their historic commercial districts. Read more »

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