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West Central Cooperative, through its wholly owned subsidary Westco Agronomy Company, LLC, has reached agreement with Pellet Petroleum Company, Inc. for the purchase of PELGROW, a retail agronomy business, in southwest Iowa. Read more »

 

The Stuart Fremont Theatre and the Stuart Fitness owned by Eric Tiernan, Bryan Belden, and Neal Crawford. Opened in late December and January. Read more »

 

Chuck and Ann Vanderheiden of Dexter purchased Stuart Speedway in October 2009 from Everett Sathers, and are preparing for the racing season, which will open on Sunday, April 25. The practice date is Sunday, April 18. Read more »

 

West Central was awarded a gold ADDY at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Des Moines 2009 Awards Banquet. The Des Moines chapter banquet was hosted by the AAF Saturday, Feb 20, at the historical Teachout Building in Des Moines. Read more »

 

More than 20 communities made pitches before they took an offer from Jefferson that turned out to be a really good fit. "They were looking for three things," said James Daubendiek, general manager of the Jefferson Telephone Co. and president of Greene County Development: "available labor, a nice building and a telephone company that could provide the service they needed." Read more »

 

A strong economic development engine, the Adair County Health System generates 96 jobs that add $5,475,543.00 to Adair County's economy, according to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). In addition, Adair County Health System employees by themselves spend $1,066,799.00 on retail sales and contribute $64,008.00 in sales tax revenue. Read more »

 

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley announced $12.7 million in funding through Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Affordable Housing Program. Read more »

 

Creating a green Greenfield is a project everyone can help with. Everyone in the community is helping with little things like using the fabric shopping bags instead of plastic, using recycling bins, replacing regular light bulbs with the funny looking fluorescent ones. The "carbon footprint" is being saved by not traveling to big box stores and shopping malls, which saves on auto pollution and urban sprawl environmental degradation. Read more »

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has federal disaster aid available for Guthrie County for two separate storms: December 23-27 and January 19-26. Read more »

 

Andy Crees is opening a new tire and towing shop in Fontanelle. Crees, who lives by Candby, saw a need for the shop in Fontanelle, saying he had access to what he wanted in the town and noticed there wasn't any place to get his tires changed in town. He says he is "here to help 24/7" and is open to servicing outside of his business. Read more »

 

Thanks in large part to the economic development and community spirit stimulated by St. Gregory's and volunteers, small town pride is very much alive. One just simply has to know where to look. Read more »

 

At a recent Bayard Lions Club meeting, Mayor Gary Haverman presented Lions President Jack Smith with a check equaling his yearly mayoral salary to the Beautify Bayard. Read more »

 

EMC Insurance Company has announced its 2010 "Leading Partners" and has distinguished Community Insurance Agency as one of the highest-performing agencies in the country, placing them in the top 15 percent of all the EMC agencies nationally. Read more »

 

Members of the Exira Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at the Timeless Treasures Tea Room and Gift Shop, located within Washington Street Hardwoods and Decor on Main Street in Exira. Owner Sheila Kearney, left, and culinary coordinator Dick Smetana, right, cut the ribbon, as members of Chamber look on. Read more »

 

The Guthrie County Community Foundation reminds area nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout Gurhrie County of the upcoming deadline to submit grant applications for the current funding cycle. Read more »

 

Readers of Citiview, the independent weekly publication for Central Iowa, voted Dale Valley Vineyard & Winery's "Winestock" as the "Best Annual Event" in Central Iowa. Read more »

 

The Iowa DNR considers White Rock Conservancy, near Coon Rapids, one of the best outdoor spots in Iowa. It’s under the darkest sky in Iowa. Fewer than 10 yard lights are on the Conservancy’s 4,300 acres. Read more »

 

Among those attending Saturday night's banquet were two members of the boards of supervisors in the three counties the RRVT traverses, as well as mayors of four trail towns, several city council members, several members of the counties’ conservation boards and regional economic development officials. Read more »

 

One of the bright spots in rural southwest Iowa’s current economic outlook is the impact Iowa’s largest youth organization, 4-H, is having in stopping the “brain drain.” According to 4-H staff and volunteers across the region, a large number of former 4-H’ers are returning to southwest Iowa following college graduation to pursue careers close to home. Read more »

 

Drive west from Des Moines on Interstate 80 and it doesn’t take long to see what Iowa is all about. Rich, lush rolling fields of corn and soybeans, pastures filled with tranquil grazing cattle, interstate signs pointing traffic to quaint Rockwellian towns. But take a closer look and you’ll notice steam billowing from ethanol plant smokestacks, trucks filled with windows or gymnastics mats, windmills producing electrical power. Drop off I-80 and you see the heart of America—schools, churches, grain elevators, factories, and main streets. Read more »

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