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Study focuses on post office closures  (May 5, 2012)  Proposal described as "devastating" REGIONAL - A study commissioned by Northwest Iowa Development indicates for postal closings in N'West Iowa would translate into nearly a half million dollars of negative impact in the communities they serve. The U.S. Postal Service is in the process of shutting down post ...

"Impact of the Closures of Post Offices in Northwest Iowa" study released  (May 2, 2012)  SHELDON, IA - Northwest Iowa Development, a six-county economic development marketing region, presented Congressional representatives with their just completed an impact analysis on eleven proposed post office closures in the Northwest Iowa region. The Northwest Iowa Development economic development organization includes the counties of Cherokee, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola, ...

NW Iowa Development Presents Impact Analysis Of Closing Post Offices  (April 27, 2012)  Sheldon, Iowa - The moratorium on post office closings ends May 15th. That date means different things to different post offices in northwest Iowa. Northwest Iowa Development, a six-county economic development marketing region, has just completed an impact analysis of eleven proposed post office closures in their region. Osceola ...

Limited opening set for first new state park in half-century  (April 23, 2012)  Blood Run to celebrate early Indian culture State Parks and Recreation Director Doug Hofer has a spring in his step as he hikes the potential trails meandering through Blood Run, a national historic landmark set to become South Dakota's first new state park in more than 50 years. The picturesque ...

Rec area just keeps improving over years  (April 14, 2012)  Location offers much for people of all ages. INWOOD - A mere 20 years ago, Lake Pahoja Recreation Area was described by locals as a lake with a pasture. But in 2012, "The trees now have a heck of a nice canopy and shade," said Craig Van Otterloo, director of Lyon ...

What's Up? Population estimates in Sioux, Lyon; not so in O'Brien, Osceola counties  (April 14, 2012)  Here's where N'West Iowa's counties rank in population growth since the 2010 U.S. Census was released: 12th - Lyon; 19th - Sioux; 91st - O'Brien; 95th - Osceola. REGIONAL - The first county population estimates to be released following the 2010 U.S. Census show similar trends in N'West Iowa. ...

Entrepreneur book series available at Rock Rapids Public Library  (March 28, 2012)  Lyon County residents, entrepreneurs and businesses now have access to the 54-book Entrepreneur Media series courtesy of the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation (LCRF) and Lyon County Economic Development (LCED). A grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation to Lyon County Economic Development made this reference series possible. “This Entrepreneur ...

State Releases Funding to the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund  (March 1, 2012)  The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, Inc. (NWIRHTF) announces the release of $241,707 from the State Housing Trust Fund for fiscal year 2012. The money was released from the Iowa Finance Authority, who administers the State Housing Trust Fund. This financial assistance, along with $45,321 in matching funds from the participating ...

TrackSide Service & Repair expands to handle large trucks  (February 29, 2012)  “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” Deepak Chopra Darwin and Renee Klarenbeek can definitely relate to the above quote after making a decision to expand their business, Trackside Repair & Service. The Klarenbeeks opened their business in 2005 in a Main Street building that had served as a repair shop ...

History Made in the Midwest  (February 15, 2012)  Hundreds of people flowed into Grand Falls Casino Resort Thursday to witness the largest auction ever held in the Midwest. Craig Olson of Larchwood, owner of MAC auctions (Midwest Ag and Construction), was able to pull the event off with the assistance of his staff and his family. Olson ...

LCED Advisory Board Holds First Meeting  (February 1, 2012)  The future of economic development in Lyon County was discussed and a county-wide strategic plan unveiled at the Lyon County League of Cities meeting January 25 at the George Community Building. City staff, administrators and council persons from seven Lyon County communities were presented with an overview of the Roadmap ...

IEDA Director Debi Durham visited Lyon County businesses  (January 25, 2012)  Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), was the featured speaker at the Northwest Iowa Development Partner Meeting on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College on Thursday, January 12. Lyon County is one of six member counties in the regional development group focused on promoting northwest ...

Lyon County Starts Roadmap to Success  (June 20, 2011)  Lyon County recently welcomed a new business member into the county, Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood. Grand Falls will most likely mean new businesses and an increased tourism trade in Lyon County, Iowa. The County Board of Supervisors felt the time was right to begin a strategic planning process ...

New Energy in Northwest Iowa  (June 1, 2011)  You already know this region as a major diversified agricultural center, but did you know that Northwest Iowa boasts some of the nation’s most abundant wind resources? In addition, Northwest Iowa boasts strong, safe communities where education is a priority and sets the tone for a robust and ...

Rock Rapids grows by 146 acres  (May 14, 2010)  In May 2010, the Rock Rapids Development Corporation revealed the acquisition of almost 150 acres in the southwest corner of Rock Rapids. The Forster Development site is a prime location for highway commercial, recreation, single family and multi-family living. Size months after the acquisition was announced, construction of a 6,000 square-foot office ...

Proposed Lyon County, IA casino 'has potential'  (May 12, 2009)  A new market study shows a proposed casino in Lyon County, Iowa, has "potential." The analysis, which was done by a third party, came out Tuesday. It shows the Lyon County casino would have "minimal impact" on other area casinos, in Iowa, and, it could draw business, and revenue ...