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November was a very busy month for the Midwest Partnership staff, with several conferences, workshops, and a business visit blitz! One thing is very clear - we sure have a lot to be thankful for in our region! Read more »

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A new coffee shop opened in Panora and features a businesses within a business with the Olde Rooster moving in from rural Bayard/Bagley. Read more »

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The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes entrepreneurial spirit and the substantial growth of a small business venture in our region. This year’s award was presented to Meg and Chad Gleason, owners of Moglea in Audubon. Read more »

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The Mach I 3-D printer, added recently by Jim Fehn of Industrial Tooling and Design in Bayard, can print a surprisingly large part for it’s size, up to 12-1/4” x 5-1/4” x 6-1/4”.

Changing with the times and staying in focus with the industry is key to the success of every business. Jim Fehn at Industrial Tooling and Design in Bayard has expanded his work with the purchase and installation of a Mark I 3-D printer. Read more »

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The plants are watered with a drip line controlled with the hose show in the foreground. Before long, the tomato plants in the tunnel will be staked and grow as high as the top braces in the tunnel.

North and east of Bridgewater is where one would find the crew of Bridgewater Farm hard at work from sun up to sun down dealing with vegetables on the certified organic property. Read more »

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Dean and Nancy Rogers are not your typical vineyard owners—and John 15 Vineyard in Scranton is not your typical Iowa Vineyard. It is one of the only, if not the only, commercial vineyards in Iowa that does not produce wine or sell grapes to wineries.

Instead, they offer a variety of grapes and grape products, “Just like Grandma used to make. Only better!” Homemade grape goodies include jams and jellies, syrup, jam-filled cookies and candies, pies, 100 percent grape juice, and mulled grape cider. Frozen grapes are available year-round and fresh grapes in season (usually September). Read more »

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At Early Morning Harvest in Panora, the produce grown in the farm’s greenhouse—a major part of the operation—is watered through an “aquaponics” system that starts in nine large tanks full of tilapia.

The distinctive system fits with the farm’s larger goal. Early Morning Harvest, a family-run business, opened its doors in 2011 and includes the aquaponics greenhouse, an outdoor garden, a mill, free0range chickens and grass-fed cows. Read more »

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