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Avera launches ‘Ask the Question’ for suicide prevention

During September, which is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, Avera is launching a campaign centered around the theme, “Ask the Question.”

Asking the Question can be a critical starting point to offer help when someone shows warning signs of suicide.

Outdoors: Little Swan Lake restoration is a true success story

The Little Swan Lake/Christopherson Slough wetland complex is a mix of remnant and restored prairie, a high-quality shallow lake, a large marsh, restored wetlands, oak savanna and oak timber covering more than 2,100 acres just north of the town of Superior in eastern Dickinson County.

The centerpiece of the area is the 371-acre Little Swan Lake that is experiencing its best water quality in more than a generation due to a restoration project combined with a well-timed drought.

Outdoors: Water levels to be lowered this fall at Virgin Lake

Virgin Lake, near Ruthven in Palo Alto County, will undergo a water level management project to improve its water quality and provide quality habitat for fish and wildlife.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will lower the water level in the 222-acre shallow natural lake this fall. The goal is to remove enough water from the lake in the coming months to allow managers to get rid of common carp.

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Business Brief: Gethmann graduates from Graduate School of Banking

Kent Gethmann, vice president and commercial loan officer at Farmers Bank, has graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the Colorado. Gethmann was among 169 graduates of the class of 2022 honored during a ceremony on July 28, 2022, in Boulder, Colorado. Students graduate from GSBC upon successfully completing three annual two-week sessions of classroom training and six immersive intersession research projects between sessions throughout the year.

New mixed media, surrealism exhibit coming to AOG

Arts on Grand’s next temporary exhibit, “In My Shoes: Remembrances & Reverences,” from Spirit Lake resident Carl Wesley will be at the gallery from Sept. 6 to Oct. 29. An artist reception for the new exhibit will take place on Sept. 6 from 4-6 p.m.

Fair announces safety and security changes

Keeping safety and security in mind, fairgoers can expect several changes at the 2022 Clay County Fair, powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.

“For more than 100 years, the fair has been a safe and welcoming environment for all of our guests,” fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. “While that continues to be our top priority, we must also make changes to maintain that environment in a world that is changing outside of our gates.”

Farmers Bank makes GACO donation

Farmers Bank representatives Ryan Daverlaar and Dana Lowder stopped by the Grand Avenue Community Outreach board meeting recently to present a donation to the nonprofit service organization. The donation came from the bank’s recent “jeans day” where employees paid money to wear their jeans to work for a day. (Photo submitted)

Parkinson’s disease education at the Spencer YMCA in October

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer “A Journey Through Parkinson’s Disease,” a three-session educational series, from 11:15 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at the Spencer Family YMCA. The program is free and open to the public.

Approximately 1.5 million Americans and 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, and approximately 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year.

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Fitzgerald gives sneak peek of Top 10 Clay County unclaimed properties

DES MOINES — In advance of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt's fall publication, which will shine light on the individuals who were recently added to the state's unclaimed property database, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is giving us a sneak peek of new names in Clay County.

"The entire list of new names will be published soon, but here's a sneak peek into the top 10 unclaimed properties in your area," Fitzgerald said.


United Way holds kickoff, announces fundraising goal

United Way held its kickoff event for the year at Grand Avenue Community Outreach on Wednesday morning. Several local nonprofit agencies attended the kickoff to learn more about the organization and receive the assistance and information they applied for.

“The goal of the kick off is to give everybody their packets, but then to also have a couple of the groups that we are supporting highlight their particular missions,” Levi Morris, United Way board member, said.

Safest states in America

TOP Data has identified the safest states in America by comparing all 50 states across 37 relevant metrics distributed in six key dimensions: personal Safety, public safety, financial safety, mental health, transportation and infrastructure and public security the 2022 America's Safest States rankings showed Iowa as the No. 11 safest state in the nation.

Woodruff Construction to acquire Midstates Builders assets

FORT DODGE — Woodruff Construction, an employee-owned general contractor in Iowa, has agreed to acquire the assets of Midstates Builders Inc., in Spencer. The business opportunity fits into Woodruff’s plan to further expand into the northwest portion of the state, and will create its fifth region. Scheduled for Oct. 1, Midstates assets and their current employees will be merged as part of Woodruff Construction.

CARES to host carnival

SPIRIT LAKE — Community Advocates Ready to Empower Survivors, a local volunteer group supporting the Family Crisis Center, and the Center Against Abuse and Sexual Assault. These agencies support victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and other violent crimes in northwest Iowa, including Dickinson and Emmet counties.

County supervisors receive bid for Northwest Federal Loan Processing Building

Bids for the remodeling of the former Northwest Bank Building were received by the Clay County Board of Supervisors in a special meeting on Thursday. Now called the Northwest Federal Loan Processing Building, the facility will house Clay County Veterans Affairs and Clay County Attorney’s office.

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