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l-r:  Heath Kellogg, Pete Youngblut, Mandy Boldt, Chris Anderson.  Photo by John Speer

2016 Q1 Pitch & Build

On January 12, 2016, Tama County Economic Development hosted the 2016 Q1 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about a precision ag product service in Dysart, a folk school in rural Toledo, and a restaurant and catering business […]

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At one point during a game, the coach called one of his 7-year-old hockey players aside and asked, “Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?” The little boy nodded. “Do you understand that what matters is not whether we win or lose, but how we play together as a team?” The little […]

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Kids at Christmas

On the first day of school, the pre-school teacher asked a little boy if he knew his numbers. “Yes,” he said. “My grand-dad, he taught me to how to work with numbers.” “That’s good,” said the teacher. “Let’s see what you know… What comes after three?” “Four,” answered the little boy. “What comes after six?” […]

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The Message

A burglar broke into a home. He heard a soft voice say, “Jesus is watching you.” Thinking it was just his imagination, he continued on his search. Again, he hears: “Jesus is watching you.” He turned his flashlight toward the voice and saw a parrot in a cage. He asked the parrot if he was […]

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Opportunity to Change

Late one night a man is driving down the road, speeding quite a bit. A cop notices how fast he is going and pulls him over. The cop says to the man, “Are you aware of how fast you were going?” The man replies, “Yes I am. I’m trying to escape a robbery I got […]

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The Empty Tube

A Minnesota couple decided to vacation to Florida during the winter- they planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday. His wife would fly down […]

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John was traveling from New York City on his way to Los Angeles and he was starving!! He took a wrong turn and was stuck in a small rural town, lost and hungry. He was happy when he saw a small restaurant coming up on his right. John quickly pulled over, parked his car, and […]

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No Excuse

Jim’s car is swerving all over the road so a cop pulls him over, “Step out of the car” says the cop, “I am going to need you to take a breathalyzer test.” “I can’t”, Jim responds. “You see I have very bad asthma that can set off an attack.” “Alright,” says the cop, “then […]

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Angus Bull

A bartender had the uncanny ability to accurately guess a person’s IQ by just looking into his eyes.  Last Friday, a well-dressed gentlemen came in and ordered scotch and water.  The bartender assessed the man’s IQ to be 151 and he asked the man his opinion about the slow economy and received an intelligent and […]

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Something for Nothing

A young doctor can’t find a job in a hospital that he wants, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside ‘GET TREATMENT FOR $20 – IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100.’ A lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. And this is what transpires: […]

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