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Pocahontas Co. prepares its trail plan to go regional

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Tom Grau, director of Pocahontas County economic development, right, visits with Margo Underwood, coordinator for Pocahontas County Hometown Pride, during the 12th annual Pocahontas County Economic Development meeting Wednesday afternoon. The meeting was held at the Rialto Theatre in Pocahontas. POCAHONTAS — A master trails plan to connect eight trails […]

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AmericInn building in Humboldt

By Kent Thompson Humboldt will be getting a new 41-room, two-story AmericInn Hotel and Suite at the intersection of 13th Street South (Highway 169) and 3rd Avenue North. The location was one of four potential sites identified during a potential investor meeting last December in Humboldt. Dirt work has begun at the site and it […]

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$885 million deal: BIVI plant to be sold to Elanco

October 6, 2016 By BILL SHEA (bshea@messengernews.net) , Messenger News A subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. plans to buy the Fort Dodge facility of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. and the portfolio of products made there in an $885 million deal announced by company officials and local leaders Wednesday morning. Pending regulatory approval, […]

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7,490-head facility approved in Humboldt County

September 21, 2016 By CHAD THOMPSON (cthompson@messengernews.net) , Messenger NewsHUMBOLDT – Thousands more hogs are coming to Humboldt County. Two building permits for livestock confinements were considered by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Monday. Peacock Farms LLC, of Iowa Falls, will be adding a new hog confinement with the capacity of 7,490 head, five […]

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Iowa Lakes awarded $1.7 million grant

ESTHERVILLE – A nearly $1.7 million grant has been awarded to Iowa Lakes Community College, which will help the institution to strengthen education through technology, curriculum and faculty development. The college has learned that its grant proposal titled “Raising Collaboration and Student Engagement through updated Technology, Redesigned Curriculum and Flexible Course Options” was approved by […]

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Ellsworth Estates Project Receives IEDA Award

Ellsworth Estates Project Takes Shape; How development gets a grant and a new name By Sara Konrad Baranowski on August 3, 2016 Progress marches on at the site of the former Ellsworth Municipal Hospital on Rocksylvania Avenue in Iowa Falls, and the group that planned and is constructing a residential development on the site recently […]

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Algona firm’s expansion to create 32 new jobs

Algona firm’s expansion to create 32 new jobs AUGUST 23, 2016 BY RADIO IOWA CONTRIBUTOR State officials have approved incentives for the $4.7 million expansion of a company in Algona that promises to hire 32 more employees. KOFAB makes conveyors, lifts and other systems that move or handle food. The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s board of directors has […]

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Prestage gets $11.5M in state aid in exchange for job promises

August 19, 2016 By BILL SHEA (bshea@messengernews.net) , Messenger News EAGLE GROVE – A state panel awarded about $11.5 million worth of tax credits on Thursday to spur the development of a major new pork processing plant in Wright County. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board awarded Prestage Foods of Iowa LLC the incentives through […]