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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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A yet-to-be-identified medical business is locating in the Greene County Development Corporation's West Business Park. Read more »

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Ady Advantage is a strategic consulting firm working with
Midwest Partnership and requesting a community meeting
to better understand our region from the people in the
communities. Ady Advantage has been asked to do
research on identifying targeted industries that will
complement our existing businesses, as well as provide
strategies for regional marketing efforts. They will cover a
variety of topics from community assets and challenges to
industry information. Read more »

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Deb Moylan (left) and Mardi Russell have been running Abigail Annie's for 15 years. The store is holding an open ouse June 18 and 19.

The owners of Abigail Annie’s actually run three businesses. Russell owns Interiors By Mardi; Moylan owns Painter’s Shingle; and they both run Abigail Annie’s. The store, located at 310 E. Main St. in Panora, is open from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. During the open house to celebrate 15 years, Friday and Saturday, snacks and drinks will be served, and items will be available at 15 percent off.
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Various species inhabit the wetland areas of Dunbar Slough in western Greene County.

The Dunbar Slough State Wildlife Management Area, at the moment, is a 2,134-acre public wetland complex, nestled within the Prairie Pothole Region and managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as wildlife and hunting areas. But advocates are working to have the area designated as a National Wildlife Refuge, drawing federal funds to purchase more land and expand the area — eventually including both public and private land and greatly expanding the space available for wildlife habitats and hunting. Read more »

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In this 2014 file photo, a crow gathers at the Greene County Community Building to hear about ongoing building projects from Ken Paxton, executive director of Greene County Development Corp.

The board of the Greene County Development Corp. held an open discussion of specific long-range projects to which the members wanted to assign priority status in the next two or three years. GCDC Executive Director Ken Paxton said the list “represents some very important opportunities that fill some community needs which will have a large impact on future economic development in the county.” Read more »

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Wild Rose Jefferson is on schedule to open Aug. 1, with a grand opening slated for one week later, Aug. 7-8. Another job fair slated for June 27. Read more »

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Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Manager, talks with community and business leaders in Guthrie Center during a Chamber meeting on June 9 on how tourism benefits communities who embrace it.

Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority in Des Moines, and Shirley Phillips, director of the Western Iowa Tourism Region, provided an overview of the economic impacts of tourism at a recent Guthrie Center Chamber meeting. Read more »

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An expansion at West Central® Cooperative in Ralston will expand demand for soybeans and create at least 11 full time jobs. News of the $27 million, multi-year project was announced on June 3 by the company. Read more »

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Rhonda Stanley has amassed a large collection of items in her new store, The Olde Rooster, located between Bayard and Bagley just north of the intersection of Highways 141 and 25.

The newest business in Guthrie County is The Olde Rooster, located at the junction of Highways 141 and 25 between Bayard and Bagley. The store features both old and new items. Read more »

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Nate with Ruby Waltz, former owner of Ruby’s Pub.

The Stuart Chamber of Commerce has offered an opportunity for member businesses to be featured in The Stuart Herald as a “Business Spotlight” from time-to-time.
The eighth in this series is Ruby's Pub. Read more »

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Adair County Health System held a groundbreaking celebration May 26 for the renovation and addition at Adair County Memorial Hospital.

Adair County Health System held a groundbreaking celebration May 26 for the renovation and addition at Adair County Memorial Hospital. Read more »

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GMU staff members are, from left: Steve McCann, Craig Ford, Maxwll Brashear, Jessica Foster, Jason Bruce, Twyla Faust, Jared Masker, Dixie Dingman, Jonathan Pilgreen and Scott Tonderum.

Greenfi eld Municipal Utilities is celebrating its 125th anniversary Friday, June 12, 2-6 p.m. The public is invited to 202 S. First St. to meet the GMU staff and join tours that will leave from there and go to the electric and water facilities. Read more »

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Jayne Armstrong is the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Iowa District Office.

In celebrating Iowa's small business success, we must look beyond the individual small businesses to the communities themselves. Small business success depends on a strong economic development environment that supports start-ups and existing small businesses positioned for growth. This includes everything from access to capital, ordinances and regulations, special initiatives, a collaborative environment and advocacy. Read more »

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Milan Kucerak (left), president and CEO of West Central, speaks with MIchael Niag, deputy secretary of the Iowa Deparment of Agriculture, during a press conference today in Ralston. West Central annou

During a news conference and public rollout at the 3,500-member cooperative’s headquarters near the Greene County/Carroll County line, Milan Kucerak, president and CEO of West Central, said the SoyPlus expansion would create demand for an additional 6 million bushels of soybeans annually and 11 jobs. The company plans to begin hiring immediately. Read more »

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The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program will award grants to 22 small, rural Iowa communities, including the City of Adair. Read more »

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Sarah Gomez, Executive Director

Gomez, 29, serves as the executive director of the Midwest Partnership, an economic-development collaborative that includes Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties. Read more »

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Dr. Tracey Wellendorf and Rebecca McCann, an advanced reigistered nurse practitioner, will be leading Wellendorf ENT's new clinic in Greenfield at the Adair County Health System.

Wellendorf ENT has clinics all over west-central Iowa (Carroll, Storm Lake, ida Grove, Lake City, Sac City, Jefferson and Atlantic) and now in Greenfield at the Adair County Health System. Read more »

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Darko Bilic and Puck Custom Enterprises founder Ben Puck christen the company’s first retail store, located in Croatia.

Puck Custom Enterprises is poised to take advantage of the growing Eastern European market for swine technology. Read more »

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