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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 »


Genesis Development is asking help from area residents in obtaining a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Throughout the month of April. Genesis Development will be listed at as a candidate for $250,000 grant from Pepsi. The grant would be used to purchase 10 vehicles to transport Genesis consumers to medical appointments, community events, shopping, recreational and leisure outings, and field trips. Read more »


The Panora-to-Yale protion of the Raccoon River Valey Trail will be closed Monday, April 12 for resurfacing. Jasper Construction Services of Newton is the contractor for the project, which could take up to two months to complete. If the weather cooperates, the project could be completed earlier that the two-month time frame. Read more »


Consumers represet 70% of all US economic activity; and our typical consumers leaves a carbon footprint five times that of the global average. Read more »


Who designed and built the E.E. Warren Opera House in Greenfield? What businesses and residents have been housed within its walls? What are the future plans for this prominent and historic part of Adair County? Read more »


Four economic marketing regions in northwest Iowa will be hosting an export workshop at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake from 10 am to 3 pm on Wednesday April 21. Read more »


A review of the Movie, Scenese at Adair County Locations. The movie was set in the early 60's. Buildings and locations for the movie were selected in Bridgewater, Fontanelle and Greenfield. Read more »


Along my way yesterday to Fontanelle, Iowa, I met the “Donald Trump of Fontanelle,” Nick Graham, who just purchased the Nodaway Valley Market on the town square. One of his new employees gave him the Trump nickname. Read more »


When Billy Holt, owner of Holt Basketball Services Inc., got a call last spring from the Spalding Company (i.e. AAI) in Jefferson, Iowa with whom he works frequently, the caller asked whether Holt would prefer to take a basketball backboard installation job in London or one at the White House. Read more »


Work on the long-awaited resurfacing of the last original section of the Raccoon River Valley Trail — between Panora and Yale in Guthrie County — will begin almost immediately, trail officials were surprised to learn this week. The new, 5.5 miles of concrete surface should be completed by early June, if the spring weather cooperates. Read more »


The Southern Iowa Rural Water Association will get a $1.48 million loan and $3.4 million grant to replace water meters. The association, headquartered in Creston, serves residents and businesses in Adams, Adair, Cass, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties. The construction of the fixed-based meter system will improve the identification of water leaks, reducing the amount of water loss and the potential for contamination of the water supply. Read more »


Jerry Vitzthum, the owner of Morrison Chevrolet in Stuart, Iowa, is eager to start selling new GM cars again. His GM dealership, in business for eight decades, got its walking papers in May. Vitzthum filed an appeal and planned to arbitrate the decision, but GM's reinstatement offer spares him more months of uncertainty. Read more »


Exploring Audubon County, an event organized through the joint efforts of the Audubon Chamber of Commerce, Exira Chamber of Commerce and Audubon County Tourism will be held Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the Agri Hall in Audubon Read more »


The Guthrie Center school board has decided to forge ahead with a $3.9 million overhaul of school facilities. "This plan will eliminate the future need to construct a new building and make present facilities functional for another 40 years," predicted superintendent Steve Smith. Read more »


Come see what Greene County has to offer. An event organized through the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, March 20 10am-4pm. Held annually, Spring into Greene features Chamber member businesses and the products or services they sell. The event is FREE and open to the public to attend. Prizes will be given away throughout the day. Speakers will be presenting every hour - on the hour. Come welcome the warmer weather with the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce and "Spring into Greene". Read more »


Chuck Vanderheiden is now the new owner of Stuart Speedway. “Stuart is my hometown and I started coming to races here when I was a kid. The first promoter I worked for was Kenny Davidson,” Vanderheiden said. “Stuart has always had a lot of good, close racing and we’ll do everything we can to give our drivers the best possible track week in and week out.” Read more »


Bridgewater is one of the 35 Iowa communities will receiving part of an estimated $12.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (GDBG) funds through the Community Facilities and Services Fund and the Water/Sewer Fund. Bridgewater was awarded $178,000. Read more »


Mt Sterling-based Dot Foods Inc. has recently given a Quality & Service Award for the 12th consecutive year to Cargill Kitchen Solutions, a leading marketer of high-value, further-processed egg products based in Monticello, Minn. Read more »


New and exciting- preparations are being made on a parcel of ground that will be known as "The Gathering Place." The idea is to promote growing fresh vegetables by giving people an opportunity to have a garden in town. Read more »

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