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In the Keynote address for BBI's Internations Biomoass Conference & Expo, which officially opens this morning in Minneapolis, Syngest CEO Jack Oswald let attendees in chants of "Till Baby Till" while offering a vision of a new "cornucopia" biorefinery model to produce food, fertilizer and fuel from corn. Read more »

 

Penn State senior gymnast Brandi Personett is one of six finalists for the American Athletic, Inc. Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding female gymnast. The winner of the award will be announced at the NCAA Championships banquet on Saturday morning. Read more »

 

Audubon County has become the fourth county to join Midwest Partnership EDC, strengthening the organization and its impact on economic development in west central Iowa. At the quarterly meeting of the Midwest Partnership board of directors held in Jefferson last month, Board President Mike Underwood and Audubon County Economic Development (ACED) President Troy Wessel signed an agreement making Audubon County an official partner in the alliance. Read more »

 

While the state was bleeding red ink, Guthrie County and Audubon County were both making headway in the struggle for retail sales during a national recession last spring. Audubon County reported 16 percent growth, while Guthrie County was up 3.6 percent for the quarter ending June 30th. Read more »

 

Economic Development and political leaders are advocating a plan to extend the Raccoon River Valley System from Coon Rapids to Herndon. Read more »

 

The new logo was designed by Sorensen Studios, a design and photography business located in Greenfield, within Midwest Partnership’s region. The logo is intended to send the message of a modern organization representing a modern and up-to-date region that’s enhancing economically and technologically. Read more »

 

The Exira Fire Department was awarded a $2,500 check from Joel Wahlert, through a promotion sponsored by Monsanto. The “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” promotion is a pilot program open to farmers in all of Iowa and other various parts of the Midwest. The state of Iowa had 7,500 entries, with one check awarded per county to a non-profit agency of the grower’s choice. Andrew Knaack with Monsanto was on hand to present the check and said, “This is a very good project and we sure hope to continue it.” Read more »

 

Members of the Greene County 4-H Young Leaders program spent two hours Sunday afternoon, April 18, picking up trash along the four miles of the Raccoon River Valley Trail between the Jefferson Depot and Winkleman Switch. Read more »

 

friend convinced Jim Schleisman to try a marathon when he was 52 years old. He hasn't stopped running since. The 76-year-old retired grocer from Jefferson has finished in the top three of his age group on five occasions at the Boston Marathon. He won his age group for the first time in 2009, squashing the field of men 75-79 years of age by more than 14 minutes. He won in 3:45:33, a pace of 8:36 per mile. Read more »

 

Senator Chuck Grassley announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development has awarded eight competitive grants totaling $537,750 to Iowa through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. Read more »

 

The Guthrie County Community Foundation (GCCF) recently approved $60,118 in grants for 18 county projects. Pending approval at the April 28 meeting are two additional grants totaling $15,000. Read more »

 

Brett Irlmeier, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation, awarded a record-breaking $102,375 in grants to Audubon County non-profit agencies, on April 9. Read more »

 

Chapter of Excellence award recognizes Adair County Chapter for efforts to improve community and address area needs. Read more »

 

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that $23,671,150 in grants and loans is coming to Iowa for eight community projects that will benefit rural communities. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and will be administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Community Facilities Program. The City of Fontanelle received a $150,000 grant to construct a 2,340-square-foot addition to the Fontanelle Library. Read more »

 

From the corner of Second and Otley, Perry’s multipronged efforts are apparent. The Raccoon River Valley Trail, a 89-mile bike path that ties downtown Des Moines to Perry and, farther on, to Jefferson, runs down Otley Avenue. The last half-mile section in Perry will be paved this month at a cost of $100,000, financed by the state. Read more »

 

The donation of 108,000 eggs came to Des Moines on Wednesday morning from Rose Acres Farms. It arrived in boxes loaded onto pallets. Greg Hinton is with Rose Acre Farms. He says "helping neighboring families in need is very important to egg farmers." Rose Acres has egg farms in Guthrie Center, Stuart, and Winterset. Read more »

 

Whiterock Conservancy will be celebrating the official opening of the Bur Oak Visitor's Center from 1-5pm on Saturday, April 17. Read more »

 

Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation, the collaborative, professional, non-profit economic development organization for the counties of Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie in west central Iowa, has announced two full-time individuals to complete the organization's economic development staff. Read more »

 

Sheldon Ohringer of Caleris, the inbound call center company that is retraining rural Iowans as tech support experts, received the Iowa Technology Association’s award for chief executive officer of the year. The association presented 22 Prometheus Awards during a dinner attended by 550 at the Prairie Meadows Convention Center in Altoona. Read more »

 

They say it "takes a village to raise a child. To open a salon, it takes a family, such, is the case for Shelbie Menenoh, new owner of the Hair Shack in Exira. Read more »

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