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Renee Anderson had operated her children’s dance studio in downtown Carroll for more than 30 years when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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MANNING: Stand outside of Accura HealthCare on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and you can hear bits and pieces of talks between mothers and daughters whose contact has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carroll City Council members are confident a new retail-and-commercial district revitalization effort will fill stores and boost the local tax base — and ease worries about one of the biggest threats to Carroll’s way of life.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic causing many local businesses to struggle in 2020, one of them wanted to thank an organization that continually has had its back.

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LAKE CITY: Promising a future of providing fantastic care to patients, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital broke ground on its $31 million Putting People First expansion and renovation project on Thursday, Sept. 17.

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BREDA: Just three days after her lieutenant visited Templeton Rye, Gov. Kim Reynolds spent well over an hour in the northern part of Carroll County touring Trophies Plus, a company that has survived COVID-19 challenges by relentlessly adapting its inventory while doubling down on its core bu…

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The Union Pacific Foundation Board has awarded a local grant in the Community Spaces cause area to the Carroll Depot Centre Foundation Stabilization and Landscaping.

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Baratta’s Steakhouse reopened last month to fill an important void in Carroll’s restaurant scene, which has been weakened by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Carroll County’s retail or taxable trade ranked among the best in Iowa for a rural county with per-capita sales doubling or even tripling those of nearby counties, according to a study from Iowa State University.

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MANNING: Manning’s citizens love to tout “it’s refreshing” in reference to their community — and a big reason for that is the city’s Main Street, which recently was nationally accredited.

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JEFFERSON: Just in time for the Kentucky Derby (which will be run Sept. 5 this year), Wild Rose Jefferson has added simulcast horse and dog racing to its roster of entertainment and wagering choices.

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JEFFERSON: A long-standing Jefferson apartment complex moved closer to a dramatic rehabilitation with approval of state grants, said Adam Schweers, managing partner and one-third owner of the Court Street LLC development firm and a former mayor of Carroll.

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Moms and creators joined for a recent photo shoot to bring together small businesses and showcase an apparel line focused on “comfort and versatility” from a local photographer.

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Mother Podolak’s Chili Contest has been a highlight for Iowa State Fair foodies for seven years, and even with the fair postponed until next year, contest sponsor Gary Kirke wasn’t about to let the fan-favorite Chili Contest simmer on the back burner until 2021.

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The new mask requirement at Walmart caused little commotion in Carroll when it went into effect Monday.

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MANNING: Angel Mundt long had wanted to do hair for a living, and after a few detours, she finally pursued her creative side and now owns A. Salon in Manning.

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JEFFERSON: When the Wild Rose Casino & Resort first reopened in Jefferson about a month ago, a line of 140 people waited to get into the popular regional entertainment venue.

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JEFFERSON: Adam Schweers, managing partner and one-third owner of the Court Street LLC development firm — and a former mayor of Carroll — said a Jefferson apartment complex, which his firm plans to name the “Wilson Street Suites,” would feature 12 units in what had been called the “White Apa…

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Seven Scranton Manufacturing employees have confirmed coronavirus infections, and six more are self-isolating at home because they are potentially infected, according to company officials.

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At Iowa Small Engine Center Bike Shop, co-owner Chad Onken tries to space new bikes on the shelves so that the stock doesn’t look sparse.

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A top JCPenney corporate official told local employees in a conference call this afternoon that the Carroll store would be closing as soon as August as part of the retailer’s chain-wide bankruptcy-and-restructuring plan.

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Five months after Julie Hicks opened the doors of her boutique, coronavirus closed them.

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The coronavirus’ local punch to supply and demand sent unemployment rates for Carroll and surrounding counties soaring in April, with Carroll County hitting 8.8 percent, the highest jobless rate recorded here since the farm crisis of the 1980s, Iowa Workforce Development reports show.

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As the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases trends downward in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said today that people will be allowed to gather in groups of greater than 10 starting June 1.