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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

OSAGE TODAY

2013 SPRING PR OGRESS EDITION

Pictured above and below is the newly remodeled Emergency Department Waiting Room at Mitchell County Regional Health Center.

MCRHC RENOVATION Cont. from page 11C times and shortening patient breath holds, which also results in better image quality, while also exposing patients to a lower amount of radiation than with the previous model. Brown said, adding, “This upgrade provides highly detailed pictures for providers to evaluate a wide range of conditions, including stroke and heart disease.” According to Brown, benefits of the new MRI include shorter wait times and a more comfortable exam for patients. Additionally, the new equipment offers a higher level of scanning resulting in easier, more accurate disease diagnosis for providers. Emergency Medical Services Collaboration During 2011, MCRHC expanded their paramedic hours. Since that time, the department has worked on collaboration with other emergency organizations throughout Mitchell County, working together to offer a more seamless public emergency service. According to Jynae

Clapper, Chief Nursing Officer at Mitchell County Regional Health Center, thanks to the cooperation of the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and local Fire Departments, MCRHC upgraded its EMS radio system resulting in better communication with other Mitchell County emergency service organizations. In the fall of 2012, MCRHC sponsored an auto extrication class for MCRHC staff and local emergency services, fire departments and first responders. The class educated emergency service providers in Mitchell County in auto extrication. Mitchell County Regional Health Center’s Emergency Medical Services Department recently added

an emergency response vehicle (ERV) to its fleet of vehicles. “We have already significantly reduced the amount of time it takes for a paramedic to arrive on the scene of an emergency by adding the ERV to our fleet”Clapper said. Mitchell County Regional Health Center, located in Osage, Iowa, is a MercyNorth Iowa managed network facility consisting of a 25-bed critical access hospital and four clinics. Clinic locations include Osage, St. Ansgar, Stacyville and Riceville. MCRHC serves the communities of Mitchell County as well as communities located in bordering counties and is committed to improve the health of our communities.

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Construction on the $150 million Valent BioSciences manufacturing facility is in high gear this spring after a solid year of progress by the Gilbane Building Company.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

A message from the Osage Development Corporation We have been focused on fostering partnerships to retain and attract more jobs and more families with more students to our community. I think you are witnessing the results - enhanced employment opportunities, new families, higher school enrollments, a lively Main St., and significant capital improvements to businesses and homes. Our thanks go to all of the partners: Mitchell County Economic Development, Mitchell County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Cooper and the City Council, Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay, all of our existing industries, and all of the local businesses which have adapted to growth and welcomed new opportunities.

The Osage Community School District continues to excel in educating the next generation. Superintendent Bass and the Board of Education have done a great job of maintaining and enhancing the physical plants and retaining and attracting quality professionals to mentor our youth. Mitchell County Regional Health Center is completing infrastructure improvements to insure that we have quality health care and Administrator Runolfson has assembled a competent management team to coordinate the care provided by our wonderful medical professionals and support staff.

by Kevin M. Kolbet, President, ODC

ODC MESSAGE Please turn to page 15C

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Cont. from page 14C ufacturing buildings. Dozens of workers from the Gilbane organization in Chicago are expected to arrive on the site in the coming months. Eventually, about 200 workers will come and go over the next year. The majority of construction is taking place in two 10hour shifts each day. With supplies, materials and equipment coming in, Acord said, there is a lot of daily truck and heavyequipment traffic. Primary construction traffic is being routed to enter and exit from Orchard Road north to Highway 218. Gilbane has leased warehouse space from A to Z Drying to store materials and equipment for construction as well as for fabrication of components. Equipment-setting and electrical work has been under way during the winter months, with work on instrumentation, controls and landscaping planned for this year. According to officials, the new plant will be the first full-scale manufacturing facility designed and constructed specifically for production of biorational products and will also utilize corn and

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ODC MESSAGE Cont. from page 2C

Steel workers raised beams for the framework of the massive manufacturing facility. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)_ soybeans in the process. Biorationals are products derived from natural or biological origins that are highly specific in their activity and have low impact on workers and the environment.

While Valent will produce the pesticides and biorationals in bulk, A to Z Drying, which has been working with Valent since the 1970s, will finish the product as well as package and ship it.

1533 Main St. Osage

Faith Home Assisted Living

732-5546 Established in

Osage Medical Massage Center

832-2580

732-5616

1888

Established in

Serving the Osage Area For

2006

June 2006

11 years

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

7 Years

7 Years

Established in

When completed, the facility will hire upward of 90 people full-time. Those jobs include 12 engineering, 18 qualitycontrol, 41 production, six administrative and 12 maintenance positions.

Eichmeier Repair 832-2246 Established in

The CRC is serving all of the various needs which the crafters had envisioned. Those new to the community find it hard to believe we have such an asset. You have all been touched directly or indirectly by its outreach to the arts, history, drama, music, fitness, wellness, entertainment, education, celebrations, etc. We have the full continuum of housing options from single family homes, apartments, multi-family units, independent senior housing, assisted living, rehabilitation units, and long-term care facilities. We will need to continue to focus on meeting the need for more single-family rental homes and apartments, while at the same time systematically replacing some of our aging single-family housing stock. Our farm partners experienced a significant drought in 2012, but the overall profitability for agriculture

has recently been good. We continue to be cognizant of our proud agricultural heritage and roots and mindful of the tremendous asset we have around us in the productive soil. As this year unfolds you will continue to see new faces, new students, new church goers, new neighbors, new initiatives, and some new challenges. Embrace them with positive attitude, warm hospitality, and a “cando” spirit. With your help, we will continue to “focus on new investment, job re te n t i o n /c re a t i o n , opportunity, and serve as a resource to support other community development initiatives that enhance the quality of life in Osage”.

Apple Valley Assisted Living

Nicholson Towing & Repair

832-2270

Kevin M. Kolbet, President OSAGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Matt & Alissa Nicholson

2006

Established in

732-5835

2008

Established in

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

7 Years

5 Years

Serving the Osage Area For

2009

4 Years


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

VBC construction nearing completion

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Cont. from page 3C tion manager Jack Acord. The main manufacturing building is also nearly completed and work is beginning on the complex phases of the interior “The weather has been good and it’s been a decent stretch so far over the past year - overall, we’re right on schedule or a little bit better,” he said. Acord said at the end of this month, a 500-ton crane, one of two like it in the United States, will put in place the facility’s massive fermentation tanks. “The crane is so big it will be hauled in pieces and put together on site,” Acord said. “The fermentation tanks will be lowered from the top and we will have to take the roof off for a bit. It will be a sight to see.” Work will continue throughout the spring inside both the utility and man-

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Please turn to page 15C

Cooper’s Osage Auto 732-3795 Established in

1981 Serving the Osage Area For

32 Years

Bisbee

Income Tax & Accounting Services 732-3445 Established in

1989

Serving the Osage Area For

24 Years

by David Namanny Press-News Editor

Leonard Campbell, General Supervisor for the Gilbane Building Company (left) chats about the Valent BioSciences construction project with Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay inside the main utilties building. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

Paul's Plumbing and Heating 732-5924 Established in

1982

Serving the Osage Area For

31 Years

Osage Dental Arts 732-3293 Established in

1993 Serving the Osage Area For

20 Years

Adams Painting & Drywall Inc. 732-4770 Dan & Sheila Adams Established in

1982

Serving the Osage Area For

Pollard Pest Control 732-5728 Established in

1984

Serving the Osage area for

Dungey's Furniture and Gifts 732-4424 Established

1987 Serving the Osage Area For

31 Years

29 Years

26 Years

Subway

Weber Auto Parts

Kountry Kupboard

Darlene Hueman. Manager 732-5414 Established in

732-5315

732-4005 Established in

Established in

1995

2001

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

19 Years

18 Years

12 Years

1994

Hometown Connection Radio Shack

Dealer - 732-3466

Established in

1987

Serving the Osage Area For 26 Years

US Cellular Agent since1992 Serving the Osage Area For 21 Years

STREET Subway

Darlene Huemann, PC Chiropractic manager Dr. Aaron Street Dr. Scott Nerland

732-5414 Dr. Zach Muller 732-4665

Established in in Established

2002 1994 Serving the

Osage Area Serving the For 11 Years

Workers have been busy at the Valent BioSciences construction site in Osage and are gearing up for the next phase of the $150 million project as spring weather approaches. Valent, an Illinois-based company which makes biological pesticides and plant growth regulators, is building the 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 73 acres on South 13th Street on Osage’s southeast side. Gilbane Building Co. of Chicago is the construction management firm and general contractor for the project, which has been under way about a year. Completion is expected in 2014. “We have completed most of the central utility building and all of the structural steel is in place,” said Gilbane construc-

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Please turn to page 14C

The $150 million manufacturing facility on South 13th Street.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

Osage sees $2 million in new construction permits by David Namanny Press-News Editor New construction in Osage continues to be strong, as a total of 45 building permits were issued by the city of Osage during the past 12 months. The estimated value of the new permits totaled $2,024,853. Topping the list in construction permits was the $275,000 permit for a new home being constructed on south 4th Street in Osage. Also constructed were seven other new homes ranging from $150,000 to $185,000 in estimated value, as well as several expansions and additions to both residential and commercial properties.

BUILDING PERMITS Please turn to page 13C

Some of the new residential construction underway this year includes this two-story garage and new addition at the Derrick and Angie Huffman home at 1030 Main Street. The project is estimated at $100,000. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

BUILDING PERMITS Cont. from page 4C Also on the list is a new $250,000 commercial building for Osage Auto Body on land that was recently annexed into the City. This new construction, said Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay is good for the local tax base. “It’s definitely good for Osage,” said Dunlay. “It shows we’re strong and growing, a trend which continues each year.”

2012-13 Zoning Permits Tom and JoAnne Madden, 828 S. 4th St., new home,

Tony's Body Shop 732-3540 Established in

1963 Under Present Ownership Since

1995

Wright Plumbing & Heating

$275,000. Matt and Alissa Nicholson, 1301 Main St., sign, $3,200. Myron Baldwin, 320 Mechanic, garage addition, $3,000. Duane Ramker, 226 N. 14th St., new home, $150,000. Duane Ramker, 232 N. 14th St., new home, $150,000. Sue & Rick Wilson, 633 Oak St., deck, $800. Steven Braun, 814 Walnut St., shed, $250. Fox River Mills, 227 Poplar St., entrance, $95,000. Kris Kuykendall, 403 N. 10th St., shed, $2,000. Chuck & Kathy Mallow, 16 Liberty Dr., deck, $12,253. Dan Koeff, 1114 State St., shed, $3,000. Ray Smith, 316 Vine St., garage, $5,000.

Johnson Style-Mor Chemicals Beauty Salon Co. 1965 732-3631 Established in

732-4246 Established in

Phyllis Levendusky, owner, stylist, Helen Gerk, stylist Linda Schroeder, stylist

Serving the Osage area for

Serving the Osage Area for

1964

49 Years

Mark's Tractor & Impl. Inc.

732-5208

732-5044

Established in

Established in

1977

Mark Brown, 3509 Golf Course Rd., deck, $4,000. Tera Willamson, 1032 Mechanic St., deck, $1,500. Lynn Hemann, 904 Poplar St., new home, $185,000. Loren & Barb Berge, 408 Pine St., shed, $500. Ashley Bierbrodt, Mechanic St., deck, $800. Jerry & Sandy Herrick, 418 N. 13th St., new home, $175,000. Tracey Anderson, 115 Vine St., shed, $1,600. Andrew Hanson, 921 N. 7th St., home addition, $35,000. Frances Johnson, 605 N. 10th St., home addition, $18,000. Kurt and Sue Mills, 2021 Hwy 9, new commercial building, $250,000. Rick Stevens, 1027 Chase St., shed, $500.

1977

48 Years

Dennis Thompson, 1332 State St., shed, $500. Tyler Schwarck, 414 Maple St., shed, $500. Habitat for Humanity, 721 Mechanic St., new home, $40,000. Jason Swenson, shed, 602 N. 10th St., $2,000. Luke Irvin, 1103 Heritage Drive, shed, $500. Sharon Kleckner, 811 Walnut St., shed, $1,000. Scott Beyer, 115 Main St., commercial addition, $6,000. Rob Loften, 808 Ash St., move garage, $2,000. A to Z Drying, 1000 Wallace Rd., commercial addition, $20,000. Troy & Ashley Hanson, 226 Park St., move shed, $1,000. Press News, 112 N. 6th St., sign, $700.

Osage Veterinary Clinic, P.C.

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Lynn Hemann, 904 Poplar St., shed, $9,000. Lynn Hemann, 902 Poplar St., new home, $185,000. Andrew Johnson, 815 S. 5th St., shed, $250.00. Joe & Pam Beyer, 315 Oak St., garage, $10,000. Robert & Julie Badker, 802 Ash St., garage, $25,000. Derrick Huffman, 1030 Main St., garage, $100,000. Carroll Bishop, 1320 Chase St., porch. Duane Ramker, 214 Park St., new home, $180,000. Deb Rolland, 802 S. 6th St., garage, $20,000. Pat Forshay, 830 Main St., garage and sunroom, $50,000. Totals - $2,024,853 —— 8 new homes - $1,340,000

Faith

Lutheran

New York Life

732-3671

Home 732-5511

Established in

Established in

Established in

1967

1969

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

46 Years

44 Years

1965

Under Present Ownership Since

1992

Don Fox, LUTCF, CLTC 732-4973

Mauser Kolbet Scharper Larson’s Realtors Services Hardware Insurance Kevin, Janean & Phil Kolbet

L.L.C.

732-3337

732-3630

Established in

Established in

1977

1977

Hank

& Rental

732-4682 800-373-6081

732-4261 Established in

Established in

1979

1981

Serving the Osage Area for

Serving the Osage Area for

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

36 Years

36 Years

36 Years

36 Years

34 Years

32 Years


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

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OSAGE GROWING Cont. from page 5C

Tommy Halvorson of St. Ansgar, shop foreman and painter for Osage Auto Body, works in the new state-ofthe-art paint booth at the new facility.

Established in

Farmers Mutual Insurance Association

1865

Norman E. Johnson President

Serving the Osage Area For

732-3778

Mitchell County

Press News 732-3721

Established in

148 Years

1874

Osage Co–op Elevator

HEARD

732-3768 Established in

1945

Insurance 732-5823 Established in

1946

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

68 Years

67 Years

North Iowa and the only one of its kind in Mitchell County,” said owner Kurt Mills, who noted that he was basically running out of space. He plans to sell his former shop to another business. According to the Mills family, the new shop for Osage Auto Body includes the latest in auto body technology, including all new MIG welding equipment, I4 Prospot welder, a Chief Velocity laser unibody measuring system, two Chief frame racks and two down-draft flashbake paint booths. The entire system is not only more friendly to the environment, but completes the transition to a water-based paint system which is expected to be

Home Trust &

Savings Bank

Your Locally Owned Hometown Bank www.hometrustbank.com

Established in

1899

Serving the Osage Area For

The new Osage AmericInn opened for business last summer on the east end of the city.

mandated by the government in the future. “In this business, it’s important to control air pollution, as we are dealing with a hazardous environment with the products we use,” explained Mills. “Our new equipment is 100 percent state-of-the-art and essential to switch to the water-based system.” Another reason for the newly expanded facility is to increase production and equipment space, so Mills and his five full-time

employees can better meet customer demands. “This will definitely increase our production level,” said Mills. “It’s good for us, good for our employees, good for our customers and good for the community.” Osage Auto Body was originally established in 1982, when Kurt and Sue Mills started the business on the east end of town, where the Super 8 hotel is now located. The couple bought its current facility on the

west edge of town in 1999, and expanded it in 2002. A decade later, they constructed the brand new facility. As for the AmericInn, it not only fills a need for the community, but may spur further expansion in the future. “I think it is a great asset to Mitchell County,” said Emerson, “It’s so great to see people willing to invest in Osage and Mitchell County, and so great to see us growing and expanding.”

L.R. Falk

Randall Construction

State Farm Insurance

Construction Co. 732-3789 Established in

1922 Serving the Osage Area For

114 Years

91 years

Osage Auto Salvage

Roy's Body Shop,Inc.

732-3603 Established in

1946 Serving the

Osage Area For

67 Years Jerry, Pat, John & PeeWee

732-4258 Established in

1933 Serving the Osage Area For

80 Years

Olsen

Implement Inc.

Dave, Chris, Jared & Curt

732-4372 Established in

1952

Late Model Collision Specialists Serving the Osage Area For

61 Years

732-4301 Established in

1953 Serving the Osage Area For

60 Years

Craig E. Eisenman 732-5313 Established in

1939

Under present management since

1999

Mayer's Digging Co. 732-4004 Established in

1957 Serving the Osage Area For

56 Years

Jake Hovland, auto body technician from St. Ansgar, works on a repair job at the newly expanded Osage Auto Body. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

City annexes land as business district grows Over six acres added for Osage Auto Body; AmericInn by David Namanny Press-News Editor The expansion of a longtime local business, as well as the construction of a new one, has made the City of Maples much larger in size. More than six acres was annexed into the City of Osage last year to accommodate the new $3.5 million AmericInn on the city’s east side, as well as a $500,000 expansion of Osage Auto Body on the city’s west side. The new AmericInn Hotel and Suites, which is now in operation on the east edge of Osage, was created by a group of local investors led by Osage businessman and entrepenuer Ken Emerson. Long-term AmericInn partner Apollo Development, LLC of Minnetonka, Minn., was the

main developer for the project. The new hotel features an indoor pool, meeting room, business station and 43 guest rooms and suites offering contemporary furnishings and amenities including flat screen televisions. On the other end of town, Kurt and Sue Mills of Osage Auto Body constructed a new 10,000-square foot facility, as well as a 5,000 square foot warehouse at their businesses location on Highway 9. To accommodate the expansion and to provide needed water and sewer infrastructure, as well as other development incentives, the city agreed to annex land for the two projects. The annexations for both

Osage Auto Body and AmericInn allowed the use of tax increment financing (TIF), similar to other new construction expansions such as Adams Plumbing and Larson’s Hardware Hank. As well as a new and busy hotel which is contributing to the community through employment and services, the new business is providing a significant amount of hotel tax funds for the city. Osage Auto Body’s newly-expanded business, provides a state-of-the-art facility that is one of the biggest and best in the region. “Our new shop and warehouse is one of the largest in

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed.,March 13, 2013

New recreation trail to be completed here this summer by Jim Cross Press-News Reporter The first two phases of the City of Maples Trail, located in the southeast part of town, are expected to be completed this summer. The Phase 1 portion travels north from the Cedar River Complex and east along Chestnut Street. The trail will also connect with the fairgrounds and the CRC Events Center. Phase 1 incorporates the use of existing and strategically placed new sidewalks, said Kate Waitek, trail committee coordinator. Sections of trail being added will be eight feet in width and six inches thick. The Phase 2 portion travels a southerly route from the

CRC, down the east side of Seventh Street, along the middle school, continuing to the east,and running parallel along Heritage Drive, to a point just south of the high school parking lot. “Walkability, and bikeability is one of the big initiatives in the Blue Zones Project,” said Waitek. “With this project we are able to provide safe paths to walk in the city.” The goal of the City of Maples Trail committee is to loop connecting residential neighborhoods, including senior living housing, to the Osage Community Schools and their athletic fields, the CRC, the Mitchell County Fairgrounds and the City Park.

Cost of Phase 1 is $36,950 with $21,200 coming from the city of Osage through $1,200 in in-kind labor and $20,000 in tax increment financing. Other organizations contributing to Phase 1 included FEMC (Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County) $5,000; Shop on State, $2,000; John K. and Louise Hanson Foundation, $5,000; Christensen Trust Fund, $1,000; Osage Rotary, $750; and Osage Lions Club, $1,000. The cost of Phase 2 is $14,688 with $5,000 coming from FEMC and the remaining $9,668 from the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors.

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Change; growth equal progress at MCRHC Major renovation project to be completed this spring

It’s a GREAT day in Osage! by Wendy Heuton Executive Director, Osage Chamber of Commerce The Osage Chamber of Commerce continues to promote the community as the best place to live, shop, dine, do business, work, play, and relax. It’s not an easy job owning a small business in a town our size and competing with larger communities close by. Osage seems to have found a way to do it by offering the unique along with many traditional services found in a city. With barely an empty store front, our downtown district, along with the businesses located on the east end of town continue to open the doors every day. This past year we saw new businesses start up in Osage, some are pictured at their ribbon cutting, and other businesses such as: Flat Pie Red Eye, Donna Brumm Kitchens & Interiors, Frames & More, The Wash Tub, Save the Date, and Doodlers will be scheduled for ribbon cuttings.

S h e l t e r law firms, and conInsurance is struction and conunder new tracting companies management by to choose from, and J.T. Noordhoek, is home to a variety of and Verizon manufacturing: Fox Wireless is now River Mills, owned by ZMilkhouse Candles, Wireless, and RR Donnelley, TOPS, opening soon with more on the will be Unc’s way. Heuton Cheesecake. There always Osage offers seems to be somechoices in dinning such as thing to do all year. On top Tres Amigos Mexican of events throughout town, Restaurant, Flat Pie and the Cedar River Complex Red Eye, Teluwut Grille continues to offer fitness House & Pub, Kountry classes, the auditorium is Kupboard, Ecky’s Ice being used more frequently, Cream Shoppe, and and the museum has active Subway to name a few. members that strive to To improve service to an make it an interesting place already great health clinic to visit. and hospital, the Mitchell With all the activity it’s County Regional Health great to have more rooms Center is currently under- for visitors, family memgoing a major remodel of bers, and business colthe emergency room. The leagues and executives to Center is also home to stay thanks to the new SMART Pharmacy, which AmericInn. offers free delivery service, All this being said Osage and Roggensack eye clinic. can only continue to grow if Osage also has banks, the community is loyal and investment firms, tax tries to do business in town accountants, insurance first, before going out of agents, real estate agents, town.

The new emergency room bay at Mitchell County Regional Health Center .

Mitchell County Regional Health Center looks at changes and growth as progress not only for the organization, for the community and the friends and family members for which they serve. Over the past year, MCRHC’s growth includes a building renovation project, upgraded technology and emergency medical services collaboration efforts. Building Renovation Project In May 2012, MCRHC staff and community members gathered for a groundbreaking event for the Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery Department’s renovation. “The Emergency and Operating rooms had been untouched since their construction in 1973,” Kevin Runolfson, MCRHC CEO, said, “ with technology changing at record speed and the atmosphere of healthcare constantly morphing, MCRHC must change and

grow to sustain the quality of care for our patients in the future.” According to Runolfson, both the emergency and surgery departments have been able to remain fully functional throughout the renovation process. The entire project is on schedule with completion anticipated for late spring of 2013. Grand opening events are slated for June of this year. Upgraded Technology One significant upgrade in technology over the past year was a new stateof-the-art high definition system MRI machine. According to Julie Brown, MCRHC Radiology Manger, the upgrade improved the quality of care provided to MCRHC patients by decreasing scan

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

New subdivision fills the need of growing community by David Namanny Press-News Editor The first new housing subdivision in the local community in over a decade is taking shape in Osage this spring. Over a year in the making, members of the Osage City Council late last fall gave approval to the final development agreement of Maple View First Subdivision and annexed 8.4 acres of land to make it possible. One of the lots has already been sold, and according to city officials more are soon to follow with construction to commence within two years. The subdivision, created by Ed and Rosie Jackson, is located on property in the southwest part of the city at the intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and 357th Street. The land was annexed by the city last fall. According to the final development agreement, the city of Osage will install water and sewer to the property located at 357th Street and Clayton Boulevard. In return, the Jacksons will pay for

paving the road as well as for the installation of curb and gutter. Initially, a gravel road will be installed by Jackson and maintained by the city until 60 percent of the lots are sold or

within eight years of the date the agreement is officially signed. At that time, Clayton Boulevard will become a concrete road. Once a lot is sold, the lot owner has two

CRC EVENTS CENTER Cont. from page 9C grounds in Osage. Previously operated by the Mitchell County Ag Society, Van Meeteren has reconfigured the alcohol sales system with a new bar, ticket sales and other features. “It’s been a smooth transition,” said Van Meeteren. “We do quite a large volume of alcohol sales and we work closely with families and organizations to provide the best experience possible.” Alcohol or no, the rentals of the CRC Events Center have steadily increased over time, and this year is no exception, with the summer weeks from June to September booked solid with wedding receptions and other galas. “Because of the large, open and inviting main room, the CRC Events Center offers guests an opportunity to transform the space into a unique, comfortable gathering destination,” said Van Meeteren, “And no two wedding receptions are alike; each one is beautiful and personal in its own way.” Van Meeteren said that those who rent the CRC Events Center receive exceptional customer service from the time

Emilee Van Meeteren, Events Center Manager the event is booked to the conclusion of the event. “We have created a ‘hasslefree’ booking process and works with renters while they plan their event - and we work closely with families.” A popular planning tool the CRC has

created is the vendor list, which outlines products and services offered by local businesses to assist event planners in their search for caterers, photographers, linens, entertainment and more. “It is another way the CRC has com-

years to build a residential house or be assessed full property taxes as if there was a home on the property. The covenant is an incentive to build, rather than selling lots that will sit empty. Property owners will also be required to pay a $3,000 sewer connection fee and a $250 water connection fee to the City of Osage. In addition, owners will pay required meter and turn-on fees. City crews and subcontractors have already installed water, sewer, gas, electric and telecom (all underground utilities at the new subdivision. “We’re excited about the project and everything is ready to go,” said Jerry Dunlay, public works director for the city of Osage. “The city of Osage is running out of lots to build on. This will not only be great for the city’s tax base but also for those new people coming to town.” Dunlay added that the new subdivision is also good for current homeowners to upgrade to a new house, freeing up existing property for starter homes for those families who are just starting out.

mitted to supporting other local businesses,” said Van Meeteren. The CRC Events Center is air conditioned, handicapped accessible, and is a non-smoking environment. A large overhead door accommodates access for large equipment, cars and other vehicles. Rental of the facility includes tables and chairs to comfortably seat guests, a large kitchen, bar services, free use of a variety of decorations, high speed wireless internet and a portable stage. Of course, there are many others besides Van Meeteren who make it all work. Regular volunteers including Chuch Pajer, Dave Brunner, Carol and Allyn Milton and Deb Christensen help set up before an event and clean up afterwards. “These people and this facility is a great asset to the community,” concluded Van Meeteren, who is originally from Cedar Falls. “In a town this size, the community should be proud of this. Van Meeteren said the CRC welcomes any event from a wedding reception or anniversary celebration to a farm equipment show or roller skating. “The possibilities are endless,” she said.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed.,March 13, 2013

OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTINGS

CRC Events Center a major venue in North Iowa by David Namanny Press-News Editor The Cedar River Complex Events Center, which opened its doors in 2008, has become a major venue in the Osage community over the past five years. From a vast array of community events, trade shows, banquets, skating parties and wedding receptions, the CRC Events Center has been attracting visitors and organizations from the heart of Mitchell County, as well as from neighboring towns such as Charles City, Nora Springs, Rockford, Mason City, Austin, Rochester and beyond. As of December of last year Emilee Van Meeteren, CRC Events Manager, has been in charge of scheduling events and selling liquor during wedding receptions and other celebrations at the massive facility located at the fair-

EMERSON’S ON MAIN - From left are Jean Brumm, Diane Emerson, Ken Emerson, Nan Jakobson and Phil Kolbet. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

AMERICINN HOTEL & SUITES, OSAGE - From left are Paul Kirwin, Wendy Hueton, Derek Mauser, Deanna Hemann, Angie Huffman, Ken Emerson, Nan Jakobson, Phil Kolbet, Gayle Melcher and Nic Larson. (Press-News photo by Jim Cross)

BACK ALLEY AMBROSIA - From left are Jean Brumm, Diane Emerson, Ken Emerson, Nan Jakobson and Phil Kolbet. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

RENEE’S LOVING CARE - From left are Lindsay Voight, Phillip Kolbet, Wendy Heuton, Jean Brumm, Renee Burdett (owner and CEO), Nan Jakobson, Amanda Johnson, Amy Montogomery, Angie Huffman, Suzanne Cooper and Janel Weaverling .(Press-News photo by Jim Cross)

CRC EVENTS CENTER Please turn to page 10C

Featuring 10,874 square feet, the CRC Events Center can accommodate more than 700 guests in a variety of settings.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed.,March 13, 2013

OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTINGS

CRC Events Center a major venue in North Iowa by David Namanny Press-News Editor The Cedar River Complex Events Center, which opened its doors in 2008, has become a major venue in the Osage community over the past five years. From a vast array of community events, trade shows, banquets, skating parties and wedding receptions, the CRC Events Center has been attracting visitors and organizations from the heart of Mitchell County, as well as from neighboring towns such as Charles City, Nora Springs, Rockford, Mason City, Austin, Rochester and beyond. As of December of last year Emilee Van Meeteren, CRC Events Manager, has been in charge of scheduling events and selling liquor during wedding receptions and other celebrations at the massive facility located at the fair-

EMERSON’S ON MAIN - From left are Jean Brumm, Diane Emerson, Ken Emerson, Nan Jakobson and Phil Kolbet. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

AMERICINN HOTEL & SUITES, OSAGE - From left are Paul Kirwin, Wendy Hueton, Derek Mauser, Deanna Hemann, Angie Huffman, Ken Emerson, Nan Jakobson, Phil Kolbet, Gayle Melcher and Nic Larson. (Press-News photo by Jim Cross)

BACK ALLEY AMBROSIA - From left are Jean Brumm, Diane Emerson, Ken Emerson, Nan Jakobson and Phil Kolbet. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

RENEE’S LOVING CARE - From left are Lindsay Voight, Phillip Kolbet, Wendy Heuton, Jean Brumm, Renee Burdett (owner and CEO), Nan Jakobson, Amanda Johnson, Amy Montogomery, Angie Huffman, Suzanne Cooper and Janel Weaverling .(Press-News photo by Jim Cross)

CRC EVENTS CENTER Please turn to page 10C

Featuring 10,874 square feet, the CRC Events Center can accommodate more than 700 guests in a variety of settings.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

New subdivision fills the need of growing community by David Namanny Press-News Editor The first new housing subdivision in the local community in over a decade is taking shape in Osage this spring. Over a year in the making, members of the Osage City Council late last fall gave approval to the final development agreement of Maple View First Subdivision and annexed 8.4 acres of land to make it possible. One of the lots has already been sold, and according to city officials more are soon to follow with construction to commence within two years. The subdivision, created by Ed and Rosie Jackson, is located on property in the southwest part of the city at the intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and 357th Street. The land was annexed by the city last fall. According to the final development agreement, the city of Osage will install water and sewer to the property located at 357th Street and Clayton Boulevard. In return, the Jacksons will pay for

paving the road as well as for the installation of curb and gutter. Initially, a gravel road will be installed by Jackson and maintained by the city until 60 percent of the lots are sold or

within eight years of the date the agreement is officially signed. At that time, Clayton Boulevard will become a concrete road. Once a lot is sold, the lot owner has two

CRC EVENTS CENTER Cont. from page 9C grounds in Osage. Previously operated by the Mitchell County Ag Society, Van Meeteren has reconfigured the alcohol sales system with a new bar, ticket sales and other features. “It’s been a smooth transition,” said Van Meeteren. “We do quite a large volume of alcohol sales and we work closely with families and organizations to provide the best experience possible.” Alcohol or no, the rentals of the CRC Events Center have steadily increased over time, and this year is no exception, with the summer weeks from June to September booked solid with wedding receptions and other galas. “Because of the large, open and inviting main room, the CRC Events Center offers guests an opportunity to transform the space into a unique, comfortable gathering destination,” said Van Meeteren, “And no two wedding receptions are alike; each one is beautiful and personal in its own way.” Van Meeteren said that those who rent the CRC Events Center receive exceptional customer service from the time

Emilee Van Meeteren, Events Center Manager the event is booked to the conclusion of the event. “We have created a ‘hasslefree’ booking process and works with renters while they plan their event - and we work closely with families.” A popular planning tool the CRC has

created is the vendor list, which outlines products and services offered by local businesses to assist event planners in their search for caterers, photographers, linens, entertainment and more. “It is another way the CRC has com-

years to build a residential house or be assessed full property taxes as if there was a home on the property. The covenant is an incentive to build, rather than selling lots that will sit empty. Property owners will also be required to pay a $3,000 sewer connection fee and a $250 water connection fee to the City of Osage. In addition, owners will pay required meter and turn-on fees. City crews and subcontractors have already installed water, sewer, gas, electric and telecom (all underground utilities at the new subdivision. “We’re excited about the project and everything is ready to go,” said Jerry Dunlay, public works director for the city of Osage. “The city of Osage is running out of lots to build on. This will not only be great for the city’s tax base but also for those new people coming to town.” Dunlay added that the new subdivision is also good for current homeowners to upgrade to a new house, freeing up existing property for starter homes for those families who are just starting out.

mitted to supporting other local businesses,” said Van Meeteren. The CRC Events Center is air conditioned, handicapped accessible, and is a non-smoking environment. A large overhead door accommodates access for large equipment, cars and other vehicles. Rental of the facility includes tables and chairs to comfortably seat guests, a large kitchen, bar services, free use of a variety of decorations, high speed wireless internet and a portable stage. Of course, there are many others besides Van Meeteren who make it all work. Regular volunteers including Chuch Pajer, Dave Brunner, Carol and Allyn Milton and Deb Christensen help set up before an event and clean up afterwards. “These people and this facility is a great asset to the community,” concluded Van Meeteren, who is originally from Cedar Falls. “In a town this size, the community should be proud of this. Van Meeteren said the CRC welcomes any event from a wedding reception or anniversary celebration to a farm equipment show or roller skating. “The possibilities are endless,” she said.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed.,March 13, 2013

New recreation trail to be completed here this summer by Jim Cross Press-News Reporter The first two phases of the City of Maples Trail, located in the southeast part of town, are expected to be completed this summer. The Phase 1 portion travels north from the Cedar River Complex and east along Chestnut Street. The trail will also connect with the fairgrounds and the CRC Events Center. Phase 1 incorporates the use of existing and strategically placed new sidewalks, said Kate Waitek, trail committee coordinator. Sections of trail being added will be eight feet in width and six inches thick. The Phase 2 portion travels a southerly route from the

CRC, down the east side of Seventh Street, along the middle school, continuing to the east,and running parallel along Heritage Drive, to a point just south of the high school parking lot. “Walkability, and bikeability is one of the big initiatives in the Blue Zones Project,” said Waitek. “With this project we are able to provide safe paths to walk in the city.” The goal of the City of Maples Trail committee is to loop connecting residential neighborhoods, including senior living housing, to the Osage Community Schools and their athletic fields, the CRC, the Mitchell County Fairgrounds and the City Park.

Cost of Phase 1 is $36,950 with $21,200 coming from the city of Osage through $1,200 in in-kind labor and $20,000 in tax increment financing. Other organizations contributing to Phase 1 included FEMC (Foundation for the Enhancement of Mitchell County) $5,000; Shop on State, $2,000; John K. and Louise Hanson Foundation, $5,000; Christensen Trust Fund, $1,000; Osage Rotary, $750; and Osage Lions Club, $1,000. The cost of Phase 2 is $14,688 with $5,000 coming from FEMC and the remaining $9,668 from the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors.

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Change; growth equal progress at MCRHC Major renovation project to be completed this spring

It’s a GREAT day in Osage! by Wendy Heuton Executive Director, Osage Chamber of Commerce The Osage Chamber of Commerce continues to promote the community as the best place to live, shop, dine, do business, work, play, and relax. It’s not an easy job owning a small business in a town our size and competing with larger communities close by. Osage seems to have found a way to do it by offering the unique along with many traditional services found in a city. With barely an empty store front, our downtown district, along with the businesses located on the east end of town continue to open the doors every day. This past year we saw new businesses start up in Osage, some are pictured at their ribbon cutting, and other businesses such as: Flat Pie Red Eye, Donna Brumm Kitchens & Interiors, Frames & More, The Wash Tub, Save the Date, and Doodlers will be scheduled for ribbon cuttings.

S h e l t e r law firms, and conInsurance is struction and conunder new tracting companies management by to choose from, and J.T. Noordhoek, is home to a variety of and Verizon manufacturing: Fox Wireless is now River Mills, owned by ZMilkhouse Candles, Wireless, and RR Donnelley, TOPS, opening soon with more on the will be Unc’s way. Heuton Cheesecake. There always Osage offers seems to be somechoices in dinning such as thing to do all year. On top Tres Amigos Mexican of events throughout town, Restaurant, Flat Pie and the Cedar River Complex Red Eye, Teluwut Grille continues to offer fitness House & Pub, Kountry classes, the auditorium is Kupboard, Ecky’s Ice being used more frequently, Cream Shoppe, and and the museum has active Subway to name a few. members that strive to To improve service to an make it an interesting place already great health clinic to visit. and hospital, the Mitchell With all the activity it’s County Regional Health great to have more rooms Center is currently under- for visitors, family memgoing a major remodel of bers, and business colthe emergency room. The leagues and executives to Center is also home to stay thanks to the new SMART Pharmacy, which AmericInn. offers free delivery service, All this being said Osage and Roggensack eye clinic. can only continue to grow if Osage also has banks, the community is loyal and investment firms, tax tries to do business in town accountants, insurance first, before going out of agents, real estate agents, town.

The new emergency room bay at Mitchell County Regional Health Center .

Mitchell County Regional Health Center looks at changes and growth as progress not only for the organization, for the community and the friends and family members for which they serve. Over the past year, MCRHC’s growth includes a building renovation project, upgraded technology and emergency medical services collaboration efforts. Building Renovation Project In May 2012, MCRHC staff and community members gathered for a groundbreaking event for the Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery Department’s renovation. “The Emergency and Operating rooms had been untouched since their construction in 1973,” Kevin Runolfson, MCRHC CEO, said, “ with technology changing at record speed and the atmosphere of healthcare constantly morphing, MCRHC must change and

grow to sustain the quality of care for our patients in the future.” According to Runolfson, both the emergency and surgery departments have been able to remain fully functional throughout the renovation process. The entire project is on schedule with completion anticipated for late spring of 2013. Grand opening events are slated for June of this year. Upgraded Technology One significant upgrade in technology over the past year was a new stateof-the-art high definition system MRI machine. According to Julie Brown, MCRHC Radiology Manger, the upgrade improved the quality of care provided to MCRHC patients by decreasing scan

MCRHC RENOVATION Please turn to page 16C


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

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OSAGE GROWING Cont. from page 5C

Tommy Halvorson of St. Ansgar, shop foreman and painter for Osage Auto Body, works in the new state-ofthe-art paint booth at the new facility.

Established in

Farmers Mutual Insurance Association

1865

Norman E. Johnson President

Serving the Osage Area For

732-3778

Mitchell County

Press News 732-3721

Established in

148 Years

1874

Osage Co–op Elevator

HEARD

732-3768 Established in

1945

Insurance 732-5823 Established in

1946

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

68 Years

67 Years

North Iowa and the only one of its kind in Mitchell County,” said owner Kurt Mills, who noted that he was basically running out of space. He plans to sell his former shop to another business. According to the Mills family, the new shop for Osage Auto Body includes the latest in auto body technology, including all new MIG welding equipment, I4 Prospot welder, a Chief Velocity laser unibody measuring system, two Chief frame racks and two down-draft flashbake paint booths. The entire system is not only more friendly to the environment, but completes the transition to a water-based paint system which is expected to be

Home Trust &

Savings Bank

Your Locally Owned Hometown Bank www.hometrustbank.com

Established in

1899

Serving the Osage Area For

The new Osage AmericInn opened for business last summer on the east end of the city.

mandated by the government in the future. “In this business, it’s important to control air pollution, as we are dealing with a hazardous environment with the products we use,” explained Mills. “Our new equipment is 100 percent state-of-the-art and essential to switch to the water-based system.” Another reason for the newly expanded facility is to increase production and equipment space, so Mills and his five full-time

employees can better meet customer demands. “This will definitely increase our production level,” said Mills. “It’s good for us, good for our employees, good for our customers and good for the community.” Osage Auto Body was originally established in 1982, when Kurt and Sue Mills started the business on the east end of town, where the Super 8 hotel is now located. The couple bought its current facility on the

west edge of town in 1999, and expanded it in 2002. A decade later, they constructed the brand new facility. As for the AmericInn, it not only fills a need for the community, but may spur further expansion in the future. “I think it is a great asset to Mitchell County,” said Emerson, “It’s so great to see people willing to invest in Osage and Mitchell County, and so great to see us growing and expanding.”

L.R. Falk

Randall Construction

State Farm Insurance

Construction Co. 732-3789 Established in

1922 Serving the Osage Area For

114 Years

91 years

Osage Auto Salvage

Roy's Body Shop,Inc.

732-3603 Established in

1946 Serving the

Osage Area For

67 Years Jerry, Pat, John & PeeWee

732-4258 Established in

1933 Serving the Osage Area For

80 Years

Olsen

Implement Inc.

Dave, Chris, Jared & Curt

732-4372 Established in

1952

Late Model Collision Specialists Serving the Osage Area For

61 Years

732-4301 Established in

1953 Serving the Osage Area For

60 Years

Craig E. Eisenman 732-5313 Established in

1939

Under present management since

1999

Mayer's Digging Co. 732-4004 Established in

1957 Serving the Osage Area For

56 Years

Jake Hovland, auto body technician from St. Ansgar, works on a repair job at the newly expanded Osage Auto Body. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

City annexes land as business district grows Over six acres added for Osage Auto Body; AmericInn by David Namanny Press-News Editor The expansion of a longtime local business, as well as the construction of a new one, has made the City of Maples much larger in size. More than six acres was annexed into the City of Osage last year to accommodate the new $3.5 million AmericInn on the city’s east side, as well as a $500,000 expansion of Osage Auto Body on the city’s west side. The new AmericInn Hotel and Suites, which is now in operation on the east edge of Osage, was created by a group of local investors led by Osage businessman and entrepenuer Ken Emerson. Long-term AmericInn partner Apollo Development, LLC of Minnetonka, Minn., was the

main developer for the project. The new hotel features an indoor pool, meeting room, business station and 43 guest rooms and suites offering contemporary furnishings and amenities including flat screen televisions. On the other end of town, Kurt and Sue Mills of Osage Auto Body constructed a new 10,000-square foot facility, as well as a 5,000 square foot warehouse at their businesses location on Highway 9. To accommodate the expansion and to provide needed water and sewer infrastructure, as well as other development incentives, the city agreed to annex land for the two projects. The annexations for both

Osage Auto Body and AmericInn allowed the use of tax increment financing (TIF), similar to other new construction expansions such as Adams Plumbing and Larson’s Hardware Hank. As well as a new and busy hotel which is contributing to the community through employment and services, the new business is providing a significant amount of hotel tax funds for the city. Osage Auto Body’s newly-expanded business, provides a state-of-the-art facility that is one of the biggest and best in the region. “Our new shop and warehouse is one of the largest in

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

Osage sees $2 million in new construction permits by David Namanny Press-News Editor New construction in Osage continues to be strong, as a total of 45 building permits were issued by the city of Osage during the past 12 months. The estimated value of the new permits totaled $2,024,853. Topping the list in construction permits was the $275,000 permit for a new home being constructed on south 4th Street in Osage. Also constructed were seven other new homes ranging from $150,000 to $185,000 in estimated value, as well as several expansions and additions to both residential and commercial properties.

BUILDING PERMITS Please turn to page 13C

Some of the new residential construction underway this year includes this two-story garage and new addition at the Derrick and Angie Huffman home at 1030 Main Street. The project is estimated at $100,000. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

BUILDING PERMITS Cont. from page 4C Also on the list is a new $250,000 commercial building for Osage Auto Body on land that was recently annexed into the City. This new construction, said Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay is good for the local tax base. “It’s definitely good for Osage,” said Dunlay. “It shows we’re strong and growing, a trend which continues each year.”

2012-13 Zoning Permits Tom and JoAnne Madden, 828 S. 4th St., new home,

Tony's Body Shop 732-3540 Established in

1963 Under Present Ownership Since

1995

Wright Plumbing & Heating

$275,000. Matt and Alissa Nicholson, 1301 Main St., sign, $3,200. Myron Baldwin, 320 Mechanic, garage addition, $3,000. Duane Ramker, 226 N. 14th St., new home, $150,000. Duane Ramker, 232 N. 14th St., new home, $150,000. Sue & Rick Wilson, 633 Oak St., deck, $800. Steven Braun, 814 Walnut St., shed, $250. Fox River Mills, 227 Poplar St., entrance, $95,000. Kris Kuykendall, 403 N. 10th St., shed, $2,000. Chuck & Kathy Mallow, 16 Liberty Dr., deck, $12,253. Dan Koeff, 1114 State St., shed, $3,000. Ray Smith, 316 Vine St., garage, $5,000.

Johnson Style-Mor Chemicals Beauty Salon Co. 1965 732-3631 Established in

732-4246 Established in

Phyllis Levendusky, owner, stylist, Helen Gerk, stylist Linda Schroeder, stylist

Serving the Osage area for

Serving the Osage Area for

1964

49 Years

Mark's Tractor & Impl. Inc.

732-5208

732-5044

Established in

Established in

1977

Mark Brown, 3509 Golf Course Rd., deck, $4,000. Tera Willamson, 1032 Mechanic St., deck, $1,500. Lynn Hemann, 904 Poplar St., new home, $185,000. Loren & Barb Berge, 408 Pine St., shed, $500. Ashley Bierbrodt, Mechanic St., deck, $800. Jerry & Sandy Herrick, 418 N. 13th St., new home, $175,000. Tracey Anderson, 115 Vine St., shed, $1,600. Andrew Hanson, 921 N. 7th St., home addition, $35,000. Frances Johnson, 605 N. 10th St., home addition, $18,000. Kurt and Sue Mills, 2021 Hwy 9, new commercial building, $250,000. Rick Stevens, 1027 Chase St., shed, $500.

1977

48 Years

Dennis Thompson, 1332 State St., shed, $500. Tyler Schwarck, 414 Maple St., shed, $500. Habitat for Humanity, 721 Mechanic St., new home, $40,000. Jason Swenson, shed, 602 N. 10th St., $2,000. Luke Irvin, 1103 Heritage Drive, shed, $500. Sharon Kleckner, 811 Walnut St., shed, $1,000. Scott Beyer, 115 Main St., commercial addition, $6,000. Rob Loften, 808 Ash St., move garage, $2,000. A to Z Drying, 1000 Wallace Rd., commercial addition, $20,000. Troy & Ashley Hanson, 226 Park St., move shed, $1,000. Press News, 112 N. 6th St., sign, $700.

Osage Veterinary Clinic, P.C.

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Lynn Hemann, 904 Poplar St., shed, $9,000. Lynn Hemann, 902 Poplar St., new home, $185,000. Andrew Johnson, 815 S. 5th St., shed, $250.00. Joe & Pam Beyer, 315 Oak St., garage, $10,000. Robert & Julie Badker, 802 Ash St., garage, $25,000. Derrick Huffman, 1030 Main St., garage, $100,000. Carroll Bishop, 1320 Chase St., porch. Duane Ramker, 214 Park St., new home, $180,000. Deb Rolland, 802 S. 6th St., garage, $20,000. Pat Forshay, 830 Main St., garage and sunroom, $50,000. Totals - $2,024,853 —— 8 new homes - $1,340,000

Faith

Lutheran

New York Life

732-3671

Home 732-5511

Established in

Established in

Established in

1967

1969

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

46 Years

44 Years

1965

Under Present Ownership Since

1992

Don Fox, LUTCF, CLTC 732-4973

Mauser Kolbet Scharper Larson’s Realtors Services Hardware Insurance Kevin, Janean & Phil Kolbet

L.L.C.

732-3337

732-3630

Established in

Established in

1977

1977

Hank

& Rental

732-4682 800-373-6081

732-4261 Established in

Established in

1979

1981

Serving the Osage Area for

Serving the Osage Area for

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

36 Years

36 Years

36 Years

36 Years

34 Years

32 Years


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

VBC construction nearing completion

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Cont. from page 3C tion manager Jack Acord. The main manufacturing building is also nearly completed and work is beginning on the complex phases of the interior “The weather has been good and it’s been a decent stretch so far over the past year - overall, we’re right on schedule or a little bit better,” he said. Acord said at the end of this month, a 500-ton crane, one of two like it in the United States, will put in place the facility’s massive fermentation tanks. “The crane is so big it will be hauled in pieces and put together on site,” Acord said. “The fermentation tanks will be lowered from the top and we will have to take the roof off for a bit. It will be a sight to see.” Work will continue throughout the spring inside both the utility and man-

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Please turn to page 15C

Cooper’s Osage Auto 732-3795 Established in

1981 Serving the Osage Area For

32 Years

Bisbee

Income Tax & Accounting Services 732-3445 Established in

1989

Serving the Osage Area For

24 Years

by David Namanny Press-News Editor

Leonard Campbell, General Supervisor for the Gilbane Building Company (left) chats about the Valent BioSciences construction project with Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay inside the main utilties building. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)

Paul's Plumbing and Heating 732-5924 Established in

1982

Serving the Osage Area For

31 Years

Osage Dental Arts 732-3293 Established in

1993 Serving the Osage Area For

20 Years

Adams Painting & Drywall Inc. 732-4770 Dan & Sheila Adams Established in

1982

Serving the Osage Area For

Pollard Pest Control 732-5728 Established in

1984

Serving the Osage area for

Dungey's Furniture and Gifts 732-4424 Established

1987 Serving the Osage Area For

31 Years

29 Years

26 Years

Subway

Weber Auto Parts

Kountry Kupboard

Darlene Hueman. Manager 732-5414 Established in

732-5315

732-4005 Established in

Established in

1995

2001

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

19 Years

18 Years

12 Years

1994

Hometown Connection Radio Shack

Dealer - 732-3466

Established in

1987

Serving the Osage Area For 26 Years

US Cellular Agent since1992 Serving the Osage Area For 21 Years

STREET Subway

Darlene Huemann, PC Chiropractic manager Dr. Aaron Street Dr. Scott Nerland

732-5414 Dr. Zach Muller 732-4665

Established in in Established

2002 1994 Serving the

Osage Area Serving the For 11 Years

Workers have been busy at the Valent BioSciences construction site in Osage and are gearing up for the next phase of the $150 million project as spring weather approaches. Valent, an Illinois-based company which makes biological pesticides and plant growth regulators, is building the 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 73 acres on South 13th Street on Osage’s southeast side. Gilbane Building Co. of Chicago is the construction management firm and general contractor for the project, which has been under way about a year. Completion is expected in 2014. “We have completed most of the central utility building and all of the structural steel is in place,” said Gilbane construc-

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Please turn to page 14C

The $150 million manufacturing facility on South 13th Street.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

A message from the Osage Development Corporation We have been focused on fostering partnerships to retain and attract more jobs and more families with more students to our community. I think you are witnessing the results - enhanced employment opportunities, new families, higher school enrollments, a lively Main St., and significant capital improvements to businesses and homes. Our thanks go to all of the partners: Mitchell County Economic Development, Mitchell County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Cooper and the City Council, Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay, all of our existing industries, and all of the local businesses which have adapted to growth and welcomed new opportunities.

The Osage Community School District continues to excel in educating the next generation. Superintendent Bass and the Board of Education have done a great job of maintaining and enhancing the physical plants and retaining and attracting quality professionals to mentor our youth. Mitchell County Regional Health Center is completing infrastructure improvements to insure that we have quality health care and Administrator Runolfson has assembled a competent management team to coordinate the care provided by our wonderful medical professionals and support staff.

by Kevin M. Kolbet, President, ODC

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VALENT BIOSCIENCES Cont. from page 14C ufacturing buildings. Dozens of workers from the Gilbane organization in Chicago are expected to arrive on the site in the coming months. Eventually, about 200 workers will come and go over the next year. The majority of construction is taking place in two 10hour shifts each day. With supplies, materials and equipment coming in, Acord said, there is a lot of daily truck and heavyequipment traffic. Primary construction traffic is being routed to enter and exit from Orchard Road north to Highway 218. Gilbane has leased warehouse space from A to Z Drying to store materials and equipment for construction as well as for fabrication of components. Equipment-setting and electrical work has been under way during the winter months, with work on instrumentation, controls and landscaping planned for this year. According to officials, the new plant will be the first full-scale manufacturing facility designed and constructed specifically for production of biorational products and will also utilize corn and

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Steel workers raised beams for the framework of the massive manufacturing facility. (Press-News photo by David Namanny)_ soybeans in the process. Biorationals are products derived from natural or biological origins that are highly specific in their activity and have low impact on workers and the environment.

While Valent will produce the pesticides and biorationals in bulk, A to Z Drying, which has been working with Valent since the 1970s, will finish the product as well as package and ship it.

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When completed, the facility will hire upward of 90 people full-time. Those jobs include 12 engineering, 18 qualitycontrol, 41 production, six administrative and 12 maintenance positions.

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The CRC is serving all of the various needs which the crafters had envisioned. Those new to the community find it hard to believe we have such an asset. You have all been touched directly or indirectly by its outreach to the arts, history, drama, music, fitness, wellness, entertainment, education, celebrations, etc. We have the full continuum of housing options from single family homes, apartments, multi-family units, independent senior housing, assisted living, rehabilitation units, and long-term care facilities. We will need to continue to focus on meeting the need for more single-family rental homes and apartments, while at the same time systematically replacing some of our aging single-family housing stock. Our farm partners experienced a significant drought in 2012, but the overall profitability for agriculture

has recently been good. We continue to be cognizant of our proud agricultural heritage and roots and mindful of the tremendous asset we have around us in the productive soil. As this year unfolds you will continue to see new faces, new students, new church goers, new neighbors, new initiatives, and some new challenges. Embrace them with positive attitude, warm hospitality, and a “cando” spirit. With your help, we will continue to “focus on new investment, job re te n t i o n /c re a t i o n , opportunity, and serve as a resource to support other community development initiatives that enhance the quality of life in Osage”.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 13, 2013

OSAGE TODAY

2013 SPRING PR OGRESS EDITION

Pictured above and below is the newly remodeled Emergency Department Waiting Room at Mitchell County Regional Health Center.

MCRHC RENOVATION Cont. from page 11C times and shortening patient breath holds, which also results in better image quality, while also exposing patients to a lower amount of radiation than with the previous model. Brown said, adding, “This upgrade provides highly detailed pictures for providers to evaluate a wide range of conditions, including stroke and heart disease.” According to Brown, benefits of the new MRI include shorter wait times and a more comfortable exam for patients. Additionally, the new equipment offers a higher level of scanning resulting in easier, more accurate disease diagnosis for providers. Emergency Medical Services Collaboration During 2011, MCRHC expanded their paramedic hours. Since that time, the department has worked on collaboration with other emergency organizations throughout Mitchell County, working together to offer a more seamless public emergency service. According to Jynae

Clapper, Chief Nursing Officer at Mitchell County Regional Health Center, thanks to the cooperation of the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and local Fire Departments, MCRHC upgraded its EMS radio system resulting in better communication with other Mitchell County emergency service organizations. In the fall of 2012, MCRHC sponsored an auto extrication class for MCRHC staff and local emergency services, fire departments and first responders. The class educated emergency service providers in Mitchell County in auto extrication. Mitchell County Regional Health Center’s Emergency Medical Services Department recently added

an emergency response vehicle (ERV) to its fleet of vehicles. “We have already significantly reduced the amount of time it takes for a paramedic to arrive on the scene of an emergency by adding the ERV to our fleet”Clapper said. Mitchell County Regional Health Center, located in Osage, Iowa, is a MercyNorth Iowa managed network facility consisting of a 25-bed critical access hospital and four clinics. Clinic locations include Osage, St. Ansgar, Stacyville and Riceville. MCRHC serves the communities of Mitchell County as well as communities located in bordering counties and is committed to improve the health of our communities.

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Construction on the $150 million Valent BioSciences manufacturing facility is in high gear this spring after a solid year of progress by the Gilbane Building Company.

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Osage Today 2013 Spring Progress Edition