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Iowa unemployment rate remains at 3.8 percent

Iowa unemployment rate remains at 3.8 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, but was down from the May 2014 rate of 4.4 percent. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate…

Long-term unemployed workers in Iowa to benefit from $5.2 million federal grant

Long-term unemployed workers in Iowa to benefit from $5.2 million federal grant

DES MOINES, IA – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa Workforce Development more than $5.2 million dollars to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to transition to high demand…

Downtown building under re-hab, will become reception hall and events venue

Downtown building under re-hab, will become reception hall and events venue

MASON CITY – Two Mason City business owners are working together to re-hab a downtown building to create a reception hall and events center. As anticipation rises for a multi-million…

FDA bans trans fats

FDA bans trans fats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A common ingredient until recent times won’t be allowed in foods any longer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its’ final determination today that Partially…

Target sells all its pharmacies to CVS

Target sells all its pharmacies to CVS

Woonsocket, RI and Minneapolis, MN – CVS Health Corporation and Target Corporation announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for CVS Health to acquire Target’s pharmacy and…

Partnership created to help prepare skilled workforce moves to phase two

Partnership created to help prepare skilled workforce moves to phase two

MASON CITY – Project Lead Forward, a public-private partnership designed to help relieve the shortage of skilled workers in rural Iowa will continue to phase two. Iowa Business Growth Company…

NIACC expands offerings at Charles City Center

NIACC expands offerings at Charles City Center

CHARLES CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is again expanding the number of classes being offered at the NIACC Charles City Center, located at 200 Harwood Drive. “NIACC…

NIACC offers American Welding Society Certification

NIACC offers American Welding Society Certification

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) now offers students the ability to earn an American Welding Society (AWS) Certification at the completion of their welding program. This…

Governor Branstad to tour North Iowa businesses

Governor Branstad to tour North Iowa businesses

DES MOINES – Governor Terry Branstad will tour North Iowa businesses next week. On Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., Governor Branstad will attend the “Be Your Own Boss”…

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has received a hazard control recognition award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council. The award was announced at the safety council’s professional development conference and…

Banks banged for over a billion for cheating in markets

Banks banged for over a billion for cheating in markets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it will impose fines totaling more than $1.8 billion against six major banking organizations for their unsafe and unsound practices in…

More than $360,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Story City, Ankeny

DES MOINES – The Vision Iowa Board awarded $366,917 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to an aquatic center in Story City and a park project in Ankeny. The…

One thousand new jobs coming to Sioux City

One thousand new jobs coming to Sioux City

SIOUX CITY – Governor Terry Branstad today announced a new pork processing plant coming to Sioux City that will employ over 1,000 people. “Over 1,000 jobs coming to Sioux City…

Factory employment in Iowa rises in 2015

Factory employment in Iowa rises in 2015

Manufacturing employment increased in Iowa for a fourth straight year, reports the 2015 Iowa Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory. According to data collected by MNI, Iowa manufacturers added…

Winnebago plans more hiring, this time in Indiana

Winnebago plans more hiring, this time in Indiana

FOREST CITY – Not long after announcing a plan to expand to Waverly, Iowa, Winnebago Industries announced Tuesday that its subsidiary would hire up to 150 more people in Northern…

Charles City businesses recognized by state economic development agency

Charles City businesses recognized by state economic development agency

DES MOINES – Main Street Iowa hosted the annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (Iowa Events Center)…

Winnebago announces new director of purchasing

Winnebago announces new director of purchasing

FOREST CITY – Winnebago today announced Trisha Hammer as the Company’s Director of Purchasing, and she will be re-locating to North Iowa from Lakeville, MN. Hammer has more than 15…

Iowa crop and weather report

Iowa crop and weather report

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released…

Students may still enroll in NIACC Pappajohn Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

Students may still enroll in NIACC Pappajohn Center’s Youth Entrepreneurial Academy

MASON CITY – Area high school students have the chance to take advantage of an adventurous and potentially profitable opportunity this summer. Applications for North Iowa Area Community College’s John…

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.0 percent

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.0 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in March from 4.1 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The…

Winnebago promotes Richard Honsey to the position of General Manager

Winnebago promotes Richard Honsey to the position of General Manager

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced the promotion of Richard Honsey to the position of General Manager. In his new position, Honsey is responsible for assembly operations including Chassis…

Tours of Winnebago plant offered

Tours of Winnebago plant offered

FOREST CITY – More than 10,000 visitors come to Forest City, Iowa, each year to get the inside story of one of America’s most iconic brands – Winnebago®. Come see…

Google will invest another $1 billion in Iowa

Google will invest another $1 billion in Iowa

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the latest investment by tech giant Google, which is set to make an additional $1 billion…

USDA confirms bird flu in Minnesota turkey flocks

USDA confirms bird flu in Minnesota turkey flocks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in an…

Feds target ruthless debt collectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced on April 8 that it has filed a lawsuit against the ringleaders of a robo-call phantom debt collection operation, their…

Winnebago announces new multi-million dollar e-coat process

Winnebago announces new multi-million dollar e-coat process

FOREST CITY – Winnebago has announced the installation of a $7 million state-of-the-art electro-deposition (e-coat) paint system in the Company’s motorhome chassis prep facility in Forest City. Winnebago is one…

EPA rolls out “Safer Choice” labels for products

EPA rolls out “Safer Choice” labels for products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the weekend, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a new Safer Choice label, which will make it easier to find household cleaners and other home products…

Taxpayers to support new senior housing development in Mason City

Taxpayers to support new senior housing development in Mason City

MASON CITY – Taxpayers will support a second senior living development in Mason City set for construction beginning this spring. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) last week announced that…

Aspiring young business owners offered learning experience at Pappajohn Center

Aspiring young business owners offered learning experience at Pappajohn Center

MASON CITY – This summer, area high school students have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of starting a business and becoming their own boss. And it won’t…

Larry Kearney recognized as Winnebago’s newest #1 employee

Larry Kearney recognized as Winnebago’s newest #1 employee

FOREST CITY – Winnebago recognized its longest-serving employee this week. Larry Kearney was congratulated by the RV-maker as Winnebago’s newest #1 employee. He has worked at the company for over…

Economic Development Board approves awards to support almost $75 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. Today’s awards…

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing expansion

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing expansion

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced a plan to purchase a 33,400 sq. ft. building in Waverly, Iowa, for expansion of the Company’s subassembly operations. “Increased consumer demand…

Foreign oil company ordered to pay millions for doing business with Iran and Sudan

Foreign oil company ordered to pay millions for doing business with Iran and Sudan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One of the world’s largest foreign oil companies was caught by the U.S. government doing business in America with Iran and Sudan, and has been ordered to…

Heinz and Kraft merge to form third largest food and beverage company in North America

Heinz and Kraft merge to form third largest food and beverage company in North America

PITTSBURGH, PA – H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the…

Alliant Energy to donate $2 million to assist low income families with heating costs

Alliant Energy to donate $2 million to assist low income families with heating costs

MADISON, Wis. – We’re making a donation of $2 million to our Hometown Care Energy Fund, which helps income-eligible customers across Alliant Energy’s service area keep up with heating costs.…

Kraft macaroni and cheese recalled

Kraft macaroni and cheese recalled

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner –…

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in January from 4.3 percent in December. The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The…

Arbitrator rules in favor of Iowa employees on health care insurance issue

Arbitrator rules in favor of Iowa employees on health care insurance issue

DES MOINES – State of Iowa employees won’t have to pay up to 15% of their health care premiums after an auditor decided that at least $20 per month is…

Returns totaling $1 billion await taxpayers

Returns totaling $1 billion await taxpayers

WASHINGTON — Federal income tax refunds totaling $1 billion may be waiting for an estimated one million taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2011, the…

Largest U.S. banks struggle in latest “stress tests”

Largest U.S. banks struggle in latest “stress tests”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The largest U.S.-based bank holding companies continue to build their capital levels and to strengthen their ability to lend to households and businesses during a period marked by…