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ECICOG Business Loan Webinar March 24

The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) is excited to announce a webinar series. Geared toward ECICOG’s 6-county region, the webinars will focus on the many ways ECICOG provides support to its communities. The first of these webinars is about ECICOG’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program. Low-interest loans from the RLF are available to businesses in Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties.

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Sought

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon invite Iowans to nominate individuals or families in their communities for the 2021 Farm Environmental Leader Award. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, May 3, 2021, to be considered for the 2021 awards ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair.
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Virginia Gay Hospital announces Electronic Payment Options

Virginia Gay Hospital is happy to announce that we have added electronic payment services to our website, This provides our patients with self-service access to pay their outstanding account balances. With our new service, you will have the option to pay your bills using a credit card, debit card, electronic check (ACH), or Healthcare Spending Account (HSA).

Clickstop Names Cari McCoy CEO as Tim Guenther transitions to Chairman

Clickstop began in 2005 through the vision and leadership of CEO, Tim Guenther. The mission was to create a business that is enjoyable, sustainable, and provides opportunity for those who seek it.Over the past 16 years, Clickstop has received 21 local, regional, and national distinctions as a fast-growing business, and 15 for great workplace culture.


Small businesses selling locally that couldn't affordably ship their products have a great new opportunity for internet selling. Once upon a time keeps getting shorter and shorter, doesn't it? But let's start with "once upon a time" internet sales were for selling and shipping products. The two went together like smoke and fire; where there was one, the other wasn't far behind.

WFAN Announces Virtual Conservation Meeting for Women

The Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN) is excited to announce its Women Caring for the Land program is going virtual. Women who own or manage farmland are invited to participate in this free online conservation meeting focused on soil health on March 3 at 9 a.m. CT.Coordinated by the WFAN and co-sponsored through the Indian Creek Watershed Management Authority, this event is an opportunity for women landowners in Iowa to learn among their peers.

4th St. Diner Menu for March

Just a reminder that we are still offering carryout and home-delivered meals Sunday through Friday. March Menu Back pageSome of you may have experienced changes in your life and are no longer interested in receiving the monthly menus.  Please feel free to request removal from the list at any time.The March menu is attached for your information.

Regions Bank to close local office in May

Regions Bank has announced that it will be closing the Vinton branch office on May 21. Headquartered in Alabama, the company was founded in 1971 and opened a branch in Vinton shortly after.The bank also said that they will be merging with the larger branch located in Waterloo.  The offices will be open in Vinton through 2:00 p.m. on May 21st, but after that, customers are invited to use the Regions Bank located at 224 West Ridgeway Ave.

Changing Landscape of Farmland Ownership Can Benefit Owners and Community

Farming is the backbone of Iowa and our land is an essential natural resource for our state. However, the people who care for and work the land are changing. Landowners across Iowa are aging. According to a 2017 study by Iowa State University, 95% of Iowa farmland is owned by people age 65 and older, and the farmland has started to change hands with this transfer expected to occur at an increasing rate.

Communities received $8.7 million from Alliant Energy to support customers

To support customers and communities in Iowa and Wisconsin, Alliant Energy, its Foundation and employees achieved a collective impact of $8.7 million and over 64,000 volunteer hours in 2020. “Helping those in need was more important than ever as our customers faced unprecedented challenges in 2020,” said John Larsen, Chairman, President, and CEO of Alliant Energy.
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