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Take a trip along the Western Skies Scenic Byway through western Iowa sometime during the next few months, and find out what the many communities have to offer. From Stuart in Guthrie County to Harrison County's Missouri Valley, the 140-mile route is part of 11 scenic byways statewide offering the traveler a more "scenic" change of pace when traveling through the state. Read more »

 

Iowa agriculture puts healthy, affordable choices of food on the table for today's consumers and brings jobs and economic development to the state according to a just-completed economic anylasis sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF). Read more »

 

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will hold a town meeting in Jefferson this week, on Friday, Aug. 28. Read more »

 

A proposed facilities upgrade project at Guthrie Center schools is closer to reality school board members learned Monday evening. Read more »

 

An effort is underway to open a movie theater in downtown Stuart. Promoters of this venture are Eric Tiernan, Neal Crawford, and Bryan Belden. Read more »

 

Work has begun on the bone-rattling rough stretch of Hwy 44 east of Panora. Patching and hot-mix asphalt resurfacing will reduce Iowa 44 to one lane in alternating directions between Iowa 4 and US 169 in Guthrie and Dallas counties. Read more »

 

When the schoolhouse was no longer being used for township elections, it started to decay. The winery owners purchased it from the township and moved it one-quarter mile across a family farm field to where it rests now. Read more »

 

All listed events are free and open to the public. Register online at www.creatinggreatplaces.org Read more »

 

SynGest received a $2 million loan from the Iowa Economic Development Board on Thursday for a $102 million first-in-the-nation plant near Menlo that makes anhydrous ammonia from corncobs. The plant expects to generate 50,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia annually. It would use 130,000 tons of corncobs annually, purchased from area farmers. Read more »

 

M&M Divide Resource Conservation and Development at Carroll has received a grant award of $11,665 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more »

 

Hunsaker said the grant ultimately helps Western Iowa Advantage, a collective economic-development program for Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Ida and Sac counties. WIAD is working to launch a virtual building program and target firms that do site selection for companies looking to expand or relocate. Read more »

 

Coon Rapids is still one of the darkest places in the state. This is partly due to the rural geography in between Des Moines and Omaha, and 30 miles each from the surrounding cities of Jefferson, Carroll, Audubon and Guthrie Center. Read more »

 

The showcase example in Iowa is the Middle Raccoon River and Raccoon River Valley Trail, which run side by side between Panora and Redfield. Promoters of the bike trail have long known that this double feature could be as popular someday as it is in southeastern Minnesota's Root River Valley and attract outdoor recreation from far and wide. For now, it's still a bit of a secret. Read more »

 

Guthrie Center, Iowa – The Guthrie County Enterprise Zone Commission approved a resolution Thursday morning to support a business application for funding submitted recently to the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Read more »

 

Guthrie County Community Foundation will host an event showcasing progress made by projects recently receiving grants. Read more »

 

Stuart, Iowa has many major construction projects in the area. A few include: West Central Valley School, New Aquatic Center, and Library. Read more »

 

The Pamida Foundation awarded Adair County Health Foundation (AC HF) with a grant for $750 towards a new ambulance for Adair County Health System. Read more »

 

Ray "Bubba" Sorensen will be painting Iowa-themed rock murals during the 2009 Iowa State Fair, August 13-23. Read more »

 

The White Pole Road Development Corporation hosted its sixth annual Tractor Ride on Saturday Aug. 1. Read more »

 

SynGest will build its first facility in Menlo, Iowa (population: 375), breaking ground next autumn. Menlo sits only 50 miles from Des Moines’s international airport, but also has two airfields within 20 miles: in Greenfield and in Guthrie Center. Read more »

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