Archive for August, 2009

IWC History Video

08/24/2009 Leave a comment

This IWC (Iowa Wesleyan College) video was made by Mr. Ellsworth’s 4th grade class as part of their introduction page for the 2009 Mystery Class on the website, Journey North.

Visit, Journey North – Mystery Class for more information.

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Another 140 jobs lost in Mt. Pleasant Iowa

08/19/2009 1 comment

Hearth & Home Technologies cutting 140 jobs.
(Full Story…)

Now more than ever, we invite your comments and ideas about this recent loss and what we can do to help economy grow. With our combined experience and education, the sky is the limit on what we can accomplish. All of us need to come together and share our ideas.

Everyone has the right to be heard. Let our voices ring out together that we are a strong community. Leave your comments on our site to show your support.

Categories: Economic News

An Invitation from Lt. Governor Patty Judge

08/04/2009 Leave a comment


Dear Friend:

During these difficult economic times, many families are having to make hard choices when it comes to their pocketbooks. This means that many families are staying home this summer.

However, we have a way to save money and still have fun this summer – stay and travel in Iowa!

Here in Iowa, there are many great activities that you can do for a week, a day, or even a couple of hours that won’t break the bank. From boating on the Mississippi to hiking along the Missouri, and everywhere in between, Iowa offers many world-class, exciting attractions that will no doubt entertain you and your loved ones.

And what’s more, by vacationing in Iowa, you are supporting local businesses, and investing your money right back here into your community.

To help highlight the many unique, interesting, and fun attractions and activities you can do right here in Iowa, I am hitting the road this summer.  Travel Iowa ‘09 will hit more than 65 communities in all corners of the state.  We will see some well known attractions, as well as some hidden treasures that you and your family can enjoy.

I would like to invite you to come and join me on this trip.  Over the course of the summer, I will be visiting more than 65 counties, including 19 next week.

And if you cannot attend, you can follow along on the Travel Iowa ’09 blog at  Here you will find the full tour schedule, links to exciting events and attractions, and regular updates from me as I travel the state.

I hope you and your family will be able to join when Travel Iowa ’09 comes to your area, and I look forward to seeing you.

Patty Judge
Lt. Governor of Iowa

Lt. Governor Patty Judge’s
Travel Iowa ‘09
Itinerary – August 4-5

Tuesday, August 4

8:30 a.m.
Merchants National Bank
833 Fourth Street

10:45 a.m.
Kalona Historical Village
715 D Ave.

12:30 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant lunch
Old Threshers Grounds
Mt. Pleasant, IA

2:15 p.m.
Snake Alley
Between Washington and Columbia Sts. on Sixth St.

3:30 p.m.
Old Fort Madison
716 Riverview Dr.
Fort Madison

Wednesday, August 5

8 a.m.
Bentonsport National Historic District
Scenic Byway J40
Van Buren County

9:45 a.m.
Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
200 North Main St

11 a.m.
American Gothic House
300 American Gothic St.

1:30 p.m.
Tassel Ridge Winery
1681 220th St.

2:45 p.m.
Pella Historical Village/Vermeer Windmill
507 Franklin St.

Categories: Travel