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Dale Valley Vineyard owners, presented a $600 check to the Sarah's Holiday Caring program on Sunday, Sept 20. Read more »


The first plane to fly in Iowa was in 1910. The Iowa aviation museum in greenfield highlights years of service and accomplishments towards Iowas pilots. The Iowa Aviation Hall of fame is housed at the museum. Director LeeAnn Nelson says this is a special year for 2 Adair county natives. Read more »


Matt Deppe says he has a big task ahead of him as the new regional extension education director for Iowa State University Extension Region 18. It's the states largest region geographically under a restructuring that took effect August 1. Read more »


Housing values in Guthrie County were driven up the past year by revaluation of lots, market value (based on sales), and a change to a new assessment manual from the 1998 manuel. Read more »


An estimated 200 people attended the second annual Timber Creek Fall Festival Sunday at Guthrie County Fairgrounds Read more »


The most recent “Volunteering in America” study shows volunteers in Iowa have contributed a combined 89.3 million hours of service. This year the 26th annual Governor's Volunteer Awards recognized hundreds of Iowans. Fontanelle resident Lynn Frank was honored at the ceremony. Frank says when she was growing up volunteers helped her. Read more »


Plans are shaping up for the fourth annual Raccoon River Art Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 14 in downtown Coon Rapids. Read more »


Pastures, prairies and cover crops, or continuous living cover, are similar practices that keep soil covered and the Whiterock Conservancy has all three growing on the farm to see. A Friday, October 2nd, field day at the rural Coon Rapids farm will focus on these three methods of soil conservation. Read more »


In 1988, St. John's Abbey and University at Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand illuminated Bible. It is acclaimed world wide now as a masterpiece of the ancient crafts of calligraphy and illumination that could only be made by artists of today who are assisted by computer technology and electronics. Read more »


The Panora Telco fiber-to-the-home project is progressing well, according to Panora Telco General Manager, Andy Randol. "Work continues and will continue until the ground freezes, but we anticipate having the large amount of Phase 1 done before that happens," stated Randol. Read more »


The Whiterock Conservancy's newest addition, a visitor's center, is expected to be completed at the end of September. The facility has been named the Bur Oak Visitor's Center. Read more »


Senator Chuck Grassley today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development has awarded loans and grants to renewable projects. A wind group in Greenfield has received a $500,000 grant and $2,027,693 loan to purchase and install a 1.5 MW wind turbine. Read more »


Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced a total of $728,219 will be coming to Iowa to encourage economic development in rural communities. Specifically the Grow Iowa Foundation, Inc. of Adair County will receive $328,219 and Cresco Industrial Development Corporation of Howard County will recieve $400,000 for revolving loan funds to provide low-interest long-term loans for business development. Read more »


Governor Chet Culver and officials from the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the Iowa Council of Foundations has announced the funding of the 2009 County Endowment Fund Program. More than $11.3 million in this funding will be distributed to 85 community foundations across the state. Read more »


On Friday, Sept. 11, the Adair County Board of Supervisors voted to extend an Enterprise Zone totaling 1,513 acres for up to an additional three years. The zone, which had been in existence since Sept. 17 1999, would otherwise expire Sept. 17 of this year if not extended. Read more »


The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) and the Iowa Council of Foundations (ICOF) announced funding of the 2009 County Endowment Fund Program which will provide more than $11.3 million to the Guthrie County Community Foundation and 84 others across the state. Read more »


The Jefferson Downtown improvement project, on the strength of funding from a number of sources, is moving ahead with its planning and the current timetable anticipates construction beginning next year. Read more »


McAninch Corporation has been busy at Cameron Flats this week, backfilling against new paving and reworking waterways. Electrical and natural gas installation will take place this month. Read more »


Despite an unusually wet August, the excavation work for the Sports Complex at the north edge of Greenfield is nearing completion. According to contractor Mike Lamb, the majority of the work will be done by the end of this week. Read more »


Grow Iowa Foundation in Greenfield will receive a $328,219 loan from the U.S. Agriculture Department. The money is being dispensed through the Agriculture Department's Intermediary Lending Program. The program provides loans to community-based development or regional planning groups that relend the money to local businesses to create or retain jobs by starting or expanding businesses. Read more »

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