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Sen. Charles Grassley speaks to employees of Scranton Manufacturing during a visit to Scranton. Grassley also toured the plant, which makes New Way refuse haulers.

Following a walking look at the refuse-truck manufacturer’s sprawling Scranton complex, Vice President of Operations Jim Ober announced that the company posted a record month in March during a visit by Senatpr Grassley. Scranton Manufacturing will ship 102 vehicles. The highest number prior to that: 74. Read more »

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Wild Rose President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Timmons (right) and food and beverage manager Kay Adams (left) speak with the Jefferson Herald.

Tom Timmons, a familiar face in Jefferson and the veteran gaming industry professional who shepherded Wild Rose’s casino here from a long-shot prairie daydream to functioning, slot-ringing reality, is helming the property during a general-manager transition. Read more »

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The Mach I 3-D printer, added recently by Jim Fehn of Industrial Tooling and Design in Bayard, can print a surprisingly large part for it’s size, up to 12-1/4” x 5-1/4” x 6-1/4”.

Changing with the times and staying in focus with the industry is key to the success of every business. Jim Fehn at Industrial Tooling and Design in Bayard has expanded his work with the purchase and installation of a Mark I 3-D printer. Read more »

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When the members and supporters of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association come together on Saturday evening for their annual banquet, they can also consider it a celebration of 10 years of remarkable work by this non-profit organization of volunteers. Read more »

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Midwest Partnership highlighted continued success in recruiting and retaining businesses in Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie Counties at the Annual Dinner held at the Lake Panorama Conference Center on Thursday evening, January 28. Guest speaker was Deal's Orchard and Guy Powell Award recipient was Eric Tiernan. Read more »

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Midwest Partnership Development Corporation is currently accepting resumes for the position of Economic Development Coordinator. Read more »

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In its monthly jobs report Friday, the Labor Department said the unemployment rate remained 5 percent in December for a third straight month. More Americans started looking for work and succeeded in finding jobs. Read more »

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Alicia (left) and Richard “Ski” Ciesielski have bought Guthrie Center’s Midway Motel from Sharon
Tharp (center), after the business spent more than 40 years in Tharp’s family.

The Midway Motel in Guthrie Center has been in the Tharp family for 43 years. Now, instead of closing, the motel is under new ownership with Guthrie Center connections. Alicia and Richard "Ski" Ciesielski purchased the motel from Sharon and Verlin Tharp. Read more »

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Stuart has been selected as one of 10 Iowa communities to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2016. Read more »

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With the Audubon City Council approving a voluntary annexation plan on the south edge of the city, plans for the new Waspy’s Truck Stop, located at 2079 Highway 71, south of Audubon, are moving right along. Read more »

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The Audubon City Council approved the voluntary annexation of a piece of property at 2017 Highway 71 - owned by Lawrence Handlos, and the location of a planned full-service truck stop. Read more »

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Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Jefferson City Council, and Region XII Council of Governments prepare for CDBG grant application with selection of architect for facade project.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Jefferson City Council, and Region XII Council of Governments prepare for CDBG application with selection of architect for facade project. Read more »

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Betty Muhr-Bendfeldt cuts the ribbon at On the Greene & Gifts, just north of Exira, surrounded by members of the Exira Community Club.

Former Greenbrier Golf Course is now On the Greene & Gifts, just north of Exira. Read more »

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Nutritional Services Manager Joel Schmidt (front row, second from the right) and his staff cut the ribbon signaling the official opening, surrounded by members of the Audubon Chamber of Commerce.

The Nutritional Services division of AMVC celebrated the grand opening of their new facility on Thursday, Oct. 29 with a ribbon cutting by the Audubon Chamber of Commerce. Read more »

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The Boards of Directors at Farmers Cooperative Company (FC) and West Central Cooperative unanimously voted to proceed with a merger vote by members of both cooperatives.

Farmers Cooperative Company (FC) and West Central® Cooperative on Thursday announced a unanimous vote by their boards of directors to proceed with a merger vote by members of both cooperatives. Following several months of internal and independent analysis on the potential risks and benefits associated, the Boards approved the plan of merger and recommend a merger.
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Angie Pedersen, center, accepts the 2015 Iowa Tourism Award on behalf of RVP~1875, presented by Carla Eysink (Travel Federation of Iowa) and Shawna Lode (Iowa Tourism Office).

Greene County Chamber members were honored Thursday evening when the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry during the 2015 Iowa Tourism Conference in Fairfield. Read more »

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Closet to Closet owner, Kathy Loew, stand outside the former Churdan Foods, now a second hand boutique.

In December of 2014, a couple from the Des Moines metro area bought the building that formerly housed Churdan’s grocery store. After months of renovation, they recently opened Closet to Closet, a secondhand clothing boutique. Read more »

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Gus Macke (right) is selling his Ford dealership in Coon Rapids to Michael McLaughlin (left) and Scranton Manufacturing.

Gus Macke, one of the most widely known and successful auto dealers in west central Iowa, is selling his Ford dealership in Coon Rapids to Scranton Manufacturing. Read more »

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Michael McLaughlin talks to the Coon Rapids Rotary Club to discuss the purchase of Macke Motors.

Scranton Manufacturing will venture into the car dealership business once it finalizes purchase of Macke Ford. This is just one of many business endeavors for this Scranton-based firm, founded in 1971. Read more »

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