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2011 EDIES Story 24 of 24: Response to the once in a 1,000 Year Wind Storm

On July 11, 2011 around 4 am Tama County was hit by a straight-line wind that measured forces up to 130 miles per hour before meteorological towers disintegrated. Not a single human life was lost, but $100+ million in lost productivity was suffered through the loss of animals, buildings, infrastructure, crops, and other protective vegetation. […]

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2011 EDIES Story 23 of 24: Groundbreaking Utilities Partnership Still Tastes Great in Lincoln

In 1991 it was not common for small towns to also have sewer service. But the Lincoln civic leaders all changed that when it was the first town to work with Central Iowa Water Association and the city of Gladbrook to make this a reality of its citizens. Now 20 years later these types of […]

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2011 EDIES Story 22 of 24: Many Hands Make Emergency Generator Work in Garwin

What can a community achieve if you bring together a teacher, a librarian, an electrician, a councilman, a retired businessman to make a community a better place? Alone each of these talents can do great things, but combine their talents and skills and you get a low cost generator solution at the Garwin Community Center […]

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2011 EDIES Story 21 of 24: Meskwaki Inc. Takes Economic Diversification to the Next Level

Diversification of income streams is the premise behind the formation of Meskwaki Inc., a for-profit corporation created to help tribal members startup businesses, corporations leverage 8a partnerships, and other profit generating enterprises to create jobs. In 2011 the founding board convened, legally separated operations from tribal government and hired a headhunter to recruit a serial entrepreneur to […]

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2011 EDIES Story 20 of 24: Community College Launches Green Tech Certification Program in Traer, Iowa

In response to the increase for needs in green technology, Hawkeye Community College custom designed a two year green technician certification program integrating various aspects of green technology including wind energy, solar energy, HVAC and geothermal to name a few. The brand new program was approved in the spring of 2011, and then implemented with […]

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2011 EDIES Story 18 of 24: Tama County Puts a Priority on Celebrating its Diverse Cultures

Tama County is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the State of Iowa. 2010 Census data suggests that this diversity is getting even stronger. One of the challenges and opportunities a community like this faces is different cultures learning and respecting differences while celebrating and welcoming others on the common ground in which […]

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2011 EDIES Story 17 of 24: Taking Care of the Heart of Vining, Tama County’s Smallest Town

The smallest community in Tama County calls itself a family. Often to follow that up with a poverty joke on how the city’s income to manage city affairs is below that of the average American household. But it is a community with heart and a sense of humor. In 2011 they had a special “heart” […]

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2011 EDIES Story 16 of 24: Clutier Inspires Small Town Action on the Big Screen

The arts, history and storytelling serve an important purpose in telling us where we come from, the values we treasure, and how we want to move towards the future. One of the 21st century evolutions on campfire storytelling and community theatre is the community film, and Clutier, Iowa is a trail blazer in this respect. […]

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2011 EDIES Story 15 of 24: Dysart and Traer Chambers of Commerce Both Draw in New Outside Markets

This is the first time that two groups that should theoretically be competing against each other were nominated together because both are deploying very proactive marketing strategies to communicate the assets of Tama County outside the county with the goal of growing the economy by bringing dollars into our communities. Traer’s marketing portfolio includes programs like […]

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2011 EDIES Story 14 of 24: Meskwaki Tribe Opens the Door to Sharing Their Culture with the Outside World

For decades the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki) have kept their culture private. You could catch glimpses at the annual Pow Wow festival or a few panels on display in the lobby at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel. But in 2011 the Meskwaki Museum formally opened at the Tribal Headquarters campus under the […]

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