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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.

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Windstar Lines, a Carroll-based motorcoach operator gut-punched by COVID-19-related business losses, joined hundreds of other bus companies for a rolling rally through Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the collective plight of charter buses, the jobs and careers in jeopardy.

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Mrs. Glynn and Co. had been open for only one year before the coronavirus pandemic forced it and other retail stores to close for more than a month to help stem the spread of the virus.

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Need to know when the next Main Street Coon Rapids event is, who is on the board or how you can get involved in the organization? Look no further than its newly launched website — www.coonrapidsiowa.com/mainstreet.

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Before our forks settled in the generous heaps of mashed potatoes or cut the tenderloins at a dinner in Jefferson to fete tech’s audacious arrival in this rural Iowa reach, I knew we had a forceful friend in California Congressman Ro Khanna.

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, life certainly has changed for the nearly 170 residents of St. Anthony Nursing Home, Garden View assisted-living and Orchard View senior apartments, all located on the St. Anthony Regional Hospital campus.