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The Snow Chasers snowmobile club has put to good use the groomer it received earlier this winter. The groomer is used on the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT), which is now open to snowmobilers in Greene, Dallas, and Guthrie Counties. Read more »


The Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce and Greene County Development Corporation (GCDC) this week announced the hiring of Ken Paxton as their new joint executive director. Read more »


The children of longtime Coon Rapids reside Val Tuel, now deceased, donated $1,000 to the local Gurney Parker Post Monday night. Read more »


Providers at McFarland Clinic recently donated $1,650 to Congregate Meals of Greene County, to show their support of the community programs that Congregate Meals offers. The clinic providers "appreciate the services offfered to their patients." by Congregate Meals, stated a McFarland news release. Read more »


The Midwest Partnership Development Corporation (MWP) held its annual dinner meeting on Thursday January 21st, at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center. Read more »


At the January 13, 2010 Guthrie County Conservation Board Meeting Mike Rees was recognized for five years of service on the Guthrie County Conservation Board. George Hemmen of Guthrie Center will replace Rees on the Board. Read more »


PAWS invites area residents to help earn $5,000 to help support the group and its animal shelter. Read more »


Budget requests continue to come to the Adair County Board of Supervisors, causing several meetings to be held. One on Friday, Jan. 22 had the board hearing from South Central Youth and Family, the Department of Human Services and the RC&D board. Read more »


Bob Smith, a Greene County community and economic development leader, was recently featured in a Peoples Bank & Trust television commercial. Bob, owner of Radio Shack/Office Resolutions, was looking for a bank that was interested in his goals and dreams. He found the partner he was looking for with Peoples. Read more »


Dr. Robert C. Brown, Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, will serve on SynGest’s technical advisory committee. He is also the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET), and Director of the Bioeconomy Institute. Read more »


Gov. Chet Culver had a chance on Thursday to hear firsthand about the concerns of workers who will lose their jobs when Electrolux closes its doors next year. Culver, Elisabeth Buck, of Iowa Workforce Development, and Bret Mills, of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, met with economic development officials, community leaders and Electrolux workers. Read more »


Demonstrating the talent and leadership which comes from west central Iowa, Mike Richardson, vice president of marketing for Casey's General Stores, was honored this week by the Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year, the Des Moines Register reported. Read more »


The Audubon County Extension Council will host an open house for Mary E. Ottmar, Audubon County Extension education director, on Thursday, Jan. 28. This special event will be a celebration of Ottmar's career with Iowa State University Extension for over 35 years. There will not be a formal program, but people are invited to stop by the Extension office anytime between 3 and 7 p.m. that day. Read more »


Tom Nielsen with Audubon County Economic Development spoke briefly on Audubon County joining with Midwest Partnership Development Cooperation with Adair, Guthrie and Greene Counties and introduced Jason White, who will be leading Midwest Partnership's efforts in increasing economic development. Read more »


Thousands of orphans are left behind after the quake, many sick and starving. In the middle of snowy Guthrie Center, one family is trying to help. Read more »


SynGest, one of the biggest recent economic development announcements in Iowa, announced that the company has engaged Stern Brothers & Co. to raise capital for its first biomass-to-ammonia plant to be located in Menlo, Iowa. Read more »


The Adair County Health and Fitness Center in Greenfield has a new director, and with the new year, comes some new classes. Ken Sidey took his position at the center a few months ago and hasn't looked back. He says there's something being offered for everybody this year. Read more »


Kevin Cooney, the veteran KCCI-TV news anchor and an avid bicyclist, will be the featured speaker for the third annual membership banquet of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association to be held on Saturday, February 20. The trail contributes much to regional economic development in central and west central Iowa. Read more »


Jefferson-Scranton Schools is currently at 13th place from 16th last week in the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities $100,000 giveaway. There is still have time to get into the top 10 with the campaign ending January 15th. Read more »


Stuart sits on a high point of land near where prairie and timberland meet. From Interstate 80 just a mile or so to the south, drivers can see the church's towering, 90-foot dome. Read more »

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