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Amy Zeigler, Digital Marketing Manager for the Iowa Tourism Office gave a presentation about increasing local tourism through the website.

Midwest Partnership recently hosted tourism workshops in each of the region's four counties. Amy Zeigler from the IEDA's Iowa Tourism Office presented on the Travel Iowa resources. Read more »

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A proposed merger of West Central and Farmers Cooperative would build what West Central’s CEO says is the largest cooperative in Iowa — one that, based on reports from last fiscal year, could expect annual sales near $1.5 billion. Read more »

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Boards of farmer-owned cooperatives, Farmers Coop and West Central Coop, unanimously approve process for due diligence, leading to a potential member vote. Read more »

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Whiterock Board Member, Jen Garst of Ames cut the ribbon at a Whiterock trail.

Whiterock Conservancy hosted three days of outdoor activities and unveiled its extended trail system last weekend before visitors and guests from across the state Read more »

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Wogernese and Fandel cut the ribbon with the Chamber ambassadors’ assistance.

More than 100 persons attended the ribbon cutting event for the new Cobblestone Hotel and Suites adjacent to Wild Rose Jefferson. Read more »

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Titan Machinery Store Manager David Davis cuts the ribbon among Julie Harter, Stacie Hull, Tim Foster, Becky Haase, Kathy Foster, and Brian Eisbach, members of the Chamber and Development groups.

Titan Machinery held an open house to invite the community to check out the newly completed expansion project. Read more »

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Conrad Kramer, executive director of Whiterock Conservancy, holds a pair of scissors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Backcountry Trail System.

Whiterock Conservancy officially opened its new Backcountry Trail System Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by dozens of community leaders from Carroll, Greene and Guthrie counties. These new trails, located east of Coon Rapids in the sweeping and picturesque Whiterock terrain, will provide increased access for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians to enjoy the amazing diversity of landscapes, Whiterock advocate say. Read more »

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Fireworks explode over the front entrance at Wild Rose Jefferson during a grand-opening celebration Friday night.

Wild Rose Jefferson’s grand opening last weekend drew 12,976 people through the casino-and-entertainment’s gaming floor — and even more to enjoy The Gambler himself, live and in the flesh, fireworks, food at a new restaurant, Coaches Corner, Las Vegas showgirls and plaudits from top casino executives, community leaders and state officials. Read more »

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On the Greene Ribbon Cutting

The new On the Greene and Gifts offers patrons an experience unlike any other bar or restaurant in the area. Read more »

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An estimated 400 people stood where soybeans had been planted up until a year ago to hear congratulations from elected officials and thank yous from members of Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation and Wild Rose management. Read more »

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In addition to the new bike trails, he equestrian trails have been improved, resurfaced and expanded into areas never before open for riding at Whiterock. Photo courtesy of

Whiterock Conservancy is officially opening 32 miles of new and improved recreational trails that take visitors deep into the savanna, prairie, forest and pastures of Whiterock’s 5,500 acres. Read more »

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Bonnie Burkhardt, of Jefferson, tries her luck Monday on a slot machine at Wild Rose Jefferson. The casino opened as part of an unadvertised soft opening.

Wild Rose Jefferson, the $40 million casino-events center still technically under construction at the corner of Highways 30 and 4, opened for play at 3 p.m. Monday as part of an unadvertised soft opening. Read more »

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Pictured with some of the new products are from left Dan Bielenberg, co-owner, Cory Honold, animal health product line partner, Jon Halbur, sales m
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Willow Creek Custom, Inc. of Bayard has announced the addition of an animal health product line to their business, which includes antibiotics, vaccines and insecticides. Read more »

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Last March, Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced her “Stories of Women’s Lives” tour to highlight Iowa women as part of Women’s History Month. She held 15 events and met with nearly 200 Iowa women from a variety of industries and backgrounds to hear their stories and discuss the obstacles that they face today, both at home and in the workplace. Read more »

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Sarah Gomez, Executive Director of Midwest Partnership

The Adair County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Wednesday, June 24, with the annual report from Sara Gomez of Midwest Partnership. Read more »

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While construction crews and the newly-hired employees of Wild Rose Jefferson are preparing for the Aug. 1 opening of the casino, Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation is working at developing guidelines for distributing the charitable funds generated there. Read more »

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Jim Comer, owner of Midwest Collectibles, located on the northwest side of the Square in Greenfield, says the merchandise in his storefront turns over rapidly because he also sells online through eBay

For Jim Comer, owner of Midwest Collectibles, which recently opened on the Square in Greenfield, establishing a storefront was a logical next step in expanding his eBay business. Read more »

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Inside My Way Designs, Audubon

My Way Designs held their grand opening in Audubon on Tuesday, June 16. Mother-daughter duo Roxanne Hoyle and Stacie Dreyer is the team behind the business, which started as Extreme Designs nearly 10 years ago. Read more »

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Gov. Terry Branstad and Bill Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, tell Daily Times Herald that they’ve been having conversations with Iowa ag businesspeople about possible ways the Hawkeye State could take advantage of the increasingly desperate water problem facing California, one of the nations’ biggest agricultural regions. Read more »

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Douglas Burns, co-owner of the Jefferson herald, lobbied three members of Iowa’s congressional delegation and their staffs for a National Wildlife Refuge designation for Dunbar Slough during three days of economic-development sessions last week in Washington, D.C. focused on west-central Iowa. Read more »

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