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Leading the way is Des Moines, Iowa, which grabbed our top spot after ranking seventh last year. Iowa capital has 562,000 people in teh metro area and features business costs 15% below the national average (living costs are 10% below the national average). It has an educated labor supply as 33% of adults have college degrees (ranking 46th amonth the 200 largest metros) and 92% possess high school diplomas (ranks 19th) Read more »


Iowa Department of Aging (IDA) Director John McCalley and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition applications are now available for low-income older Iowans. Read more »


The Raccoon River Valley Trail rehabilitation from Panora to Yale is currently underway. Jasper Construction Services of Newton, IA started work on the 5.5 mile project in April and hope to be done in june of this year depending on weather. The 5.5 mile stretch of the Raccoon River Trail is the last of the original trail that was constructed in 1989. Read more »


The traditional 5K run/walk returns to the Bell Tower Festival for the second year under its new name- the Ding Dong Dash! Read more »


Bond financing may break biofules finance logjam. The bond program was developed to make up for the lack of commercial bank lending interest in and capacity for advanced renewable fuels and bioproducts projects. Read more »


A MicroStrategy customer since 2005, Cardinal Glass recently adopted MicroStrategy as its BI enterprise standard. With its expanded deployment, Cardinal Glass will use MicroStrategy to improve manufacturing plant quality by analyzing performance metrics and ranking each plant according to goal attainment. Plant Managers, Production Supervisors, and engineers at Cardinal Glass will run MicroStrategy-based reports and dashboards that help them analyze manufacturing processes, track financial information, and make decisions to improve plant operations and productivity. Read more »


One of the leaders of a push to expand the Raccoon River Valley Trail system from Coon Rapids to Herndon said Tuesday that such an extension be a major step in a long-term project to link Carroll and Coon Rapids with a trail. Read more »


If your goal is to feel close to nature, and get an education at the same time, this spot in Guthrie County is great for a relaxing weekend get-a-way. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans to do, see, and taste, right here at home. Visit the Web site at Read more »


Aviation and Iowa have very strong ties. Dan’s trip to Adair County helped him make the connection. Hosted by Dan Kaercher, Iowa's Simple Pleasures is a new series produced by Iowa Public Television that highlights fun things for Iowans to do, see, and taste, right here at home. Read more »


The Iowa Farm Energy Working Group has awarded $15,000 in demonstration grants to eight Iowa farmers to demonstrate how they will meet their energy needs through energy efficiency or the use of renewable energy sources on their farms. Dennis and Deb Smith, owners of D&D Ag in Paton (Greene County), will replace LP furnaces with electric air-to-air heat exchangers and one air-to-water exchanger to heat/cool 5,600 feet of greenhouse space to raise certified organic heirloom tomatoes. They will collect data for one year and anticipate using 75 percent less LP gas and 50 percent less electricity. Read more »


U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration has awarded ten grants totaling more than $1.1 million to ten Iowa airports. Read more »


Formaro said the tacos and breakfast tacos at the taco stand will be prepared with items such as free-range eggs from Sheeder Farms in Guthrie Center, house-made chorizo from Niman Ranch meat, and three types of salsa and hand-pressed tortillas from Formaro's recipes. Read more »


Bonds to provide financing for improvements to Guthrie Center school buildings and grounds were sold Monday. The district received a favorable rate of 4.253 percent for the bond issue which totaled $3,873,647. The 20 year bonds were sold through Piper Jaffray to Robert W. Baird Co., Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. SILO money (one cent sales tax) will be used to retire the bonds. Read more »


Progress was the main topic at the monthly meeting of the Exira Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Carol Lea Rasmussen reported that after a discussion with Jason White of Midwest Partnership, the Valley Business Park is one of three finalists in the running for a new business. Rasmussen said, “This is very exciting for us!” Read more »


DES MOINES – Grow Iowa Foundation, based in Greenfield, was one of the recipients named last week by Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan in a national announcement of $21.3 million in loans and grants to spur economic development and create or save jobs in rural areas. Read more »


The pair tied the knot in 2007, and three years later, they still can't get enough of each other — they even share workdays at the graphic-design company they run in Greenfield, IA; Maria handles the photography and Ray creates original artwork and does graphic design. Read more »


"We continue to move forward, and we want to do it witha new generation of members," commented Guthrie Center Area Development Corporation (GCADC) president Barry Monaghan Tuesday morning. Read more »


Genesis Development recently issued the following press release concerning the drive for a $250,000 Pepsi grant. Read more »


After a succesful introduction to the festival in 2009, the Bell Tower Festival motorcycle and poker run turns for a second year. Read more »


The Guthrie County Conservation Board announced it will implement an Adopt-A-Trail program for all sections of the Racoon River Valley Trail in Guthrie County. Read more »

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