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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 »


Directors and officers of Panora Telco said they'd always admired the people and business community of Guthrie Center and when the company approached about bringing communication services to the city, they were enthused about being a part of the future of such a strong community. Read more »


Iowa Interstate Railroad has begun testing the use of biodiesel blends for possible future use in its locomotives, Progressive Railroading reported today. The magazine said is working with the Newton-based Central Iowa Energy plant, which is soon to be consolidated with Renewable Energy Group. Read more »


The Board of Iowa Power Fund has approved $2.5 million loan to SynGest for construction and operation of a bioammonia plant scheduled to be built next year near Menlo. The final terms are subject to negotiations. Read more »


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


At its annual celebration dinner, the Rotary Club of Jefferson honored Gary Von Ahsen as its "Professional of the Year" Presenting the award on behalf of the club at a regular club meeting was outgoing president Norm Fandel. Read more »


The Raccoon River Valley Trail is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall, and a special free event on Wednesday evening, September 16, in Perry, will showcase and celebrate the trail's history, as well as the current extension projects and possibilities. Read more »


Volunteer guests from St. Gregory's House in Bayard are painting buildings on Main Street as a community service project. On Sept 4, the men power washed and scraped buildings in the 300 block of Main Street. Read more »

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