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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MCRHC improves patient privacy and comfort with remodeling project Mitchell County Regional Health Center’s Emergency and Surgery Departments are getting a much needed facelift starting this month with completion expected approximately one year from now. Chief Financial Officer, Alan Streeter, said, “with technology changing at record speed and the atmosphere of healthcare constantly morphing, MCRHC must also change for future improvement and growth.” According to Streeter, the renovation project will modernize these areas while focusing on improving patient privacy and comfort. The surgery area will feature four same-day recovery areas separated by walls and sliding glass doors. In addition, a family waiting area near the surgery suite is included in the remodel plan. Since 1951, changes have occurred to MCRHC clinic

The current emergency room at MCRHC will soon undergo remodeling, which is expected to be completed by next year.

areas, physical therapy, the medical surgical floor and others; however, the Emergency and Operating rooms have been left largely untouched since their construction in 1973. The redesigned Emergency Department will provide features to improve patient flow. Renovations include changes to the entrance from the ambulance bay, the waiting room, patient rooms as well as adding a nurses station. Also included in the improvements, are upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as a new approach to the ambulance bay. In addition to the improvement in the patient experience, the renovations would also result in improved energy efficiency for the health center, Streeter said. According to Streeter, the size of the current boilers could be compared to the size of two

ambulances parked in the boiler room. After upgraded, the boilers will be comparable to the size of about half an ambulance. “With the existing boilers, we spend approximately $50,000 each year on heating, after the upgrade to the more efficient system, our heating expenses should be cut by about onethird depending upon weather conditions,” Streeter said. Streeter said patient care, privacy and comfort will remain the top priority through the life of the construction project. “The Emergency and Surgery Departments will remain fully functional throughout the renovation process,” Streeter said, “Although patients may find changes in their surroundings at times, MCRHC staff will be communicating necessary information with patients on a regular basis.”

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An artist’s rendering of the future $146 million Valent BioSciences facility in Osage. A groundbreaking for the project is slated for Friday, March 16 at 1 p.m.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

A message from the Osage Development Corporation “Thank you” is in order to the entire community. You patiently waited to learn of the new industry coming to Osage and Mitchell County. You trusted all the partners putting the package for Valent Biosciences Corporation together. You trusted your local public officials and the decisions which needed to be made. You responded positively and with open arms to each new challenge which this growth dictates. “Thank you” to our existing industrial partner, A to Z Drying, Inc. for being the stellar partner of what is now VBS for decades and making the decision to locate here be a logical one. Thanks for the significant expansion which

you are now undergoing to enhance and continue that partnership. “Thank you” to Mitchell County Economic Development Commission and its Director, Brenda Dryer and her assistant, Katie Rice. You have gone “above and beyond” to coordinate one of the largest recent economic development initiatives in Iowa! You have placed Osage and Mitchell County not only at the forefront of state decision-makers, but also those at national and international levels. “Thank you” to all elected public officials who needed to set aside turf and make by Kevin M. Kolbet, President, ODC

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and several businesses uptown have been renovating upstairs apartments which haven't been utilized in years. "The project will bring with it high demand for a variety of products and services. As many as 300 workers are expected to be on site by September of this year," said MCEDC Brenda Dryer. "We have launched an online database of local service providers and temporary housing to meet worker needs." Along with apartments, a handful of homes have already been rented for project managers, and a new $3.5 million AmericInn Hotel, which is currently under construction will also serve as a place to stay for executives and other officials that will be traveling back and forth from Illinois. Overall, the largest block of workers will arrive in the fall and remain in the county until the end of 2014. "There will be at least two, sometimes three shifts, working at the construction site," said Dunlay. "It's going to be a busy place, and we may even have to close south 13th Street to the public for awhile." According to officials, the new Valent BioSciences plant in Osage will be the first ever full-scale manufacturing facility designed and constructed specifically for production of "biorational products." Valent officials say that biorationals are derived from natural or biological origins and used in agricultural, public health, and forestry applications. "We're obviously very pleased thus far with our progress in Osage," said Mike Donaldson, Valent BioSciences President and CEO, noting that the

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Valent BioSciences facility in Osage is slated for Friday March 16, beginning at 1 p.m. at the CRC and later at the actual construction site. As well as state and local dignitaries, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is expected to attend the ceremony, as well as officials from Valent's parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Company of Japan. project remains on schedule. "Highly effective and efficient tools for agriculture are an important part of our future, and this new facility will help us to meet the needs of a growing population." "This is the largest and most important investment ever made not only by our company, but also for the biorational products industry as a whole. It's great to see our excitement being shared in and around Osage," he added. When complete, production at the 73-acre site will include microbial products as well as plant growth regulators and other biorational products for agriculture and public health. The plant is expected to being online by mid-2014. About Valent BioSciences Corporation: Headquartered in Libertyville, IL, Valent BioSciences Corporation is a subsidiary of Tokyobased Sumitomo Chemical Company. Valent BioSciences is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of biorational products, with sales in over 90 countries around the world.

ODC MESSAGE Cont. from page 2C positive decisions for the greater public. “Thank you” to Fox River Mills, Inc. for being landlord to Artik/OEM Corp. and Nordik Mfg. and thanks to these companies for continuing their growth here in Osage. “Thank you” goes to all of our other industries in Osage and the surrounding communities for providing jobs for our families. This includes the farm sector from which we all take our roots. You continue to lead the nation and the world in crop and livestock production

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and make all else possible. “Thank you” to the small business owners who are making significant investments in our Main Street and highway corridors. You are responding to the growth which is taking place around us and which will become even more evident as projects unfold. This includes retail, service, professional, contractors & home-builders, and hotel investors. “Thank you” to those who have created and will create rental opportunities for our temporary construction guests. We will need more as the VBS project

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Cont. from page 3C turing facility on 73 acres near A to Z Drying's south plant in Osage. The company received the official building permit in January for the $146 million project that is expected to bring more than 500 construction workers, as well as 89 permanent jobs to the Osage and Mitchell County area. Officials from the City of Osage, the Osage Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell County Economic Development have been meeting with the Gilbane Co., of Chicago, (the construction management firm that will oversee the project) during the past two months in order to prepare for the influx of workers. They indicated that in a community the size of Osage, additional rental housing and other goods and services will be needed to meet the needs of the workers, which should begin arriving this summer. "They won't all come at once," said

Heavy equipment is lined up at the construction site on South 13th Street , ready to dig deep for the installation of geo-piers to serve the facility’s foundation. Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay. "They will be coming in waves,

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with the engineers and managers coming first. It will be a gradual build-up

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with the different phases of construction." In terms of preparing, the Osage Chamber of Commerce is currently in the process of publishing a community directory of businesses and services which will be given to new workers coming to town. Osage Chamber Director Wendy Heuton said construction management officials would like to see extended hours, not only in the food industry, but other services as well such as pharmacies, banks, retail stores, repair shops, grocery and convenience stores. Other needs may include hired laundry services and on-site meal service. "We think traffic will really pick up in town during the construction," said Heuton. "Our local businesses are ready to step up to meet these needs and we look forward to all the extra activity." As for housing, a database of available housing has been created by the Mitchell County Economic Corporation

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Osage gears up for construction of $146 million Valent BioSciences facility by David Namanny Press-News Editor It may be one of the biggest industrial developments to come to Osage in decades, and this spring, local leaders are gearing up for the start of a busy season, as waves of construction workers, managers and engineers begin work on a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Valent BioSciences Corporation. The Illinois-based company, which makes biological pesticides and plant growth regulators, has committed to build a 130,000-square-foot manufac-

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An conceptual rendering of the new Valent faciloty in Osage (courtesy Valent BioSciences

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

New $3.5 million AmericInn hotel to open in June by David Namanny Press-News Editor Work continues this spring on the new AmericInn Hotel and Suites, which is being constructed on the east edge of Osage by a group of local investors led by Osage businessman and entrepenuer Ken Emerson. The $3.5 million hotel project, is expected to be completed by late or early June. Long-term AmericInn partner Apollo Development, LLC of Minnetonka, Minn., is the main developer for the new hotel. While locally-owned, the property will be managed by Three Rivers Hospitality, AmericInn’s property management arm. “We are very pleased to announce this latest new AmericInn which will feature contemporary decor and guest

Construction on the new AmericInn Hotel in continues on the eastern edge of Osage. amenities that are designed to meet the expectations of today’s sophisticated travelers,” said Paul Kirwin, president and CEO of AmericInn. “We are particularly excited that this new construction is being developed by Apollo which has been a respected and valued partner in our past growth and

success,” he added. The new hotel will feature an indoor pool, meeting room, ConnectAmericInn business station and 43 guest rooms and suites offering contemporary furnishings and amenities including flat screen televisions and AmericInn Perfect Sleepers by Serta.

The new room design also incorporates a “welcome wall” that adds visual interest upon arrival, providing an innovative angled entry, shelving and convenient outlets for electronic devices and a dedicated coffee station. Public spaces will include a social, open lobby design to

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foster guest interaction, a communal connectivity table complimented by lounge seating and free wireless Internet. Guests will also enjoy the brand’s signature AmericInn

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OSAGE AMERICINN Cont. from page 4C Perk breakfast featuring a variety of free home-style, hot & healthy breakfast selections and a 24-hour coffee bar. The AmericInn Osage will serve the surrounding community and its businesses including Fox River Mills and Valent BioSciences Corporation which is constructing a new $150 million facility in Osage. Ron Burgett, executive vice president of development for AmericInn, noted that the AmericInn Osage is another new construction hotel, signaling continuing improvement in the economic environment. “We are very pleased to see hotels being constructed as part of our overall growth strategy which includes the addition of a number of new construction properties planned in

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2012,” he added. Truline Construction of Minneapolis, Minn., will be the general contractor for the Osage project, but most other contractors and subcontractors will be local, and most of the materials used to build the new hotel will be purchased locally as well, according to Emerson.

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“I think it will be awesome and a great asset to Mitchell County,” said Emerson, who also owns and operates Emerson’s on Main in Osage and two other similar stores in North Iowa. “It’s so great to see people willing to invest in Mitchell County and so great to see us growing and expanding.”

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The new AmericInn project has been a long time in the making, with Emerson and several other local investors conducting a feasibility study on the potential of a new hotel here in early 2010. “We found that there was indeed room for another hotel in Osage, based on events and

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traffic counts,” said Emerson. “A lot of this is about growing tourism in Mitchell County we have a lot to offer and a new hotel will provide part of the equation in getting people to come here,” said Emerson. “Besides the tourism aspect, I’ve already been getting calls for people wanting to reserve rooms for next year for class reunions and weddings.” Emerson cited the Osage Chamber of Commerce, the Mitchell County Economic Development Commision and Home Trust Savings Bank as the main entities that helped make the new hotel about to be constructed possible. Along with several local investors, the new AmericInn, like several other new businesses and expansions in Osage over the past few decades, will be able to benefit from tax increment financing.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

OMU BROADBAND Cont. from page 5C ments may mean nothing to the majority of customers, they are important and essential in the ever-changing world. "They are also important because they provide uninterrupted quality service," said Malek. Noticeable service changes for OMU include being fully DOCSIS 3(data over cable systems) capable, which means improved capacity and higher speed packages. "We recently released a package with 20Mpbs download and 2Mbps upload for business use, and a similar package for residential customers is on the horizon," said Malek. "If your current

OMU broadband and communication experts keep all of Osage’s systems running smoothly round the clock. upload speed is not enough, we have also added a la carte upload upgrades to provide you with up to 7Mbps of upload speed."

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1945 Serving the Osage Area For

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Malek said one of OMU's newer offerings is dedicated fiber Internet circuits, which are intended to replace older copper based T1

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(1.5Mbps), and T3/DS3 (45Mbps) lines at a fraction of the cost. Customers connected with dedicated fiber have speed options into the

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1000s of Mbps available. Another new business offering from OMU is colocation. "Our co-location service allows you to locate your existing server hardware in Osage Municipal Utility's server room and enjoy all of the benefits of a datacenter at a fraction of the cost," said Malek. "Our server room utilizes full battery and generator backup, dedicated redundant cooling, 24x7 temperature and humidity monitoring, locked server racks, and multiple fiber optic internet connections. Soon we will also be offering dedicated server rentals and support as part of this package." In addition to all the tech upgrades, late last year Osage Municipal Utilities started offering

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business network support services. The services are designed for local businesses in need of IT support but without the budget to have a full time IT staff. "OMU network specialists can assess, plan and administer your computer network at less cost, so you can get back to operating your business while OMU's professionals support your servers, workstations and networks all from right here in Osage," said Malek. Overall, OMU may be a small utility, but Malek says it is keeping ahead of the curve in terms of telecommunications. "We are really proud of what we do here, and are dedicated to the Osage community," he concluded.

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by David Namanny Press-News Editor Tucked away in the heart of the Osage Municipal Utilities complex on Chestnut Street is a series of rooms few will ever see. The first room is filled to the ceiling with racks of servers, wires, switches, knobs, amplifiers and everything a tech enthuiast might dream of. It is the heart of OMU's communications services department. In a small adjacent room are four desks staffed by four young men who are constantly monitoring what is happening to make sure everyone's internet, wireless broadband components, telephones and cable are working properly. Desks filled with coffee cups, water bottles, papers, charts and multiple computer monitors, the young men are also constantly working to upgrade the technology, making improvements for the local community. Ryan Malek, OMU Broadband Services Coordinator, heads the group in the mystery communications room. aHe says that keeping up with changes in technology and the way technology is being used by customers is his staff's main goal. "Over the past two years, we've spent a lot of time and a lot of money increasing internet capacity and internet speeds," said Malek, who added that OMU has shown a 58 percent growth from 2007 to 2012 in terms of broad-

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

Osage sees $5.3 million in new construction permits by David Namanny Press-News Editor 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 $5,296,947. Topping list in construction permits was the $1,675,000 permit for the new AmericInn hotel being constructed on newly annexed land on the east edge of Osage. Also constructed were seven new homes ranging from $140,000 to $400,000 in estimated value, as well as several expansions and additions to both residential and commercial properties. 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." 2011 zoning permits Dana Wold/Lisa Eichmeier tenant, 720 Main, awning/sign, $4400 for awning and $250 for sign. Dana Norby, 2197 Hwy 218, metal maintenance building, $337,497. Calvin Thyer, 3497 Golf Course Road, new home, $400,000. Peter Hemann, 327 Vine, garage, $10,000. Thomas C Heard and Val Williams, 3505 Golf Course Road, new home, $400,000. Bruce Hungerford, 3515 Golf Course Road, storage shed, $1,500. Ian Colwell, 915 Poplar, garage, $15,000. Osage Alliance Church, 726 State, church building,

$290,000. Mike & Tiffany Swenson, 302 S. 2nd St, move in house, $40,000. Daniel Peterson, 136 W. Main, deck, $1,000. Keith & Nancy Johnson, 402 Pleasant, garage, $20,000. A-Z Drying, 1000 Wallace Road, warehouse, $250,000. A-Z Drying, 1000 Wallace Road, warehouse, $460,000. Mary Lou Dale, 614 Park, sun room, $8,000. Mary Zuehl, 406 Maple, leanto, $500. Spencer Potter, 902 Pleasant, garage, $30,000. Rich Wilson, 913 Chestnut, addition to house, $5,000. Rod and Darlene Hemann, 721 Walnut, garage, $25,000. Lynn Pint, 502 Cedar, addition to utility shed, $200. Todd Sorenson, 230 Cherry, new house, $169,000. Arnie & Laura Potter, 219 S.

12th St., storage shed, $1,000. Kevin Palsic, garage, $20,000. Stan's Drive-In - Staci Herrick, 1614 Main St., storage shed, $1,500. Darrell Weber, front porch, $1,000. Kevin Crowe, 618 Lime Kiln Road, new house, $140,000. Lynn Hemann, 325 Cherry St., new house, $180,000. Russell Michels, 604 Main St., commercial building, $40,000. Brent Chapman, 315 Oak, move in garage, $500. Dan Rogers, 1112 S. 4th St., new house, $235,000. Travis Popp, 832 Chase, garage, $7,000. Dwight Onken, 1301 Oak, garage and house addition, $100,000. Ron Cafourek, 5 Elm Ct., storage shed, $500. Daryl Williams, 403 Mechanic, garage, $25,000. Kenneth Maakestad, 1233

Walnut, garage, $13,000. Adams Plumbing and Heating, 3544 Lancer, storage addition, $20,000. Peggy Jacobson, 1132 Mechanic, garage, $12,000. Phillip Hulbert, 815 Mechanic, garage, $36,000. LaVonne Wolf, #6 Elm Court, garage, $34,000. Century Link (former Qwest), 621 State, sign, $600. Croell Redi-Mix, 414 N. 2nd St., concrete plant, $300,000. K & B Mid-State Construction, 524 Cedar St., residence, $140,000. Ken Emerson, 2212 Hwy 218, new hotel, $1,675,000 Douglas and Sue Guy, 511 S. 2nd St., storage shed, $500. Betty Smith, 733 Chase, garage, $3,000. Brian Hickle, 1598 State, garage, $19,000. St., storage shed, $1,000.

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CRC one of most energy efficient facilities in Iowa by David Namanny Press-News Editor It’s been nearly two years since the $18 million Cedar River Complex opened its doors in Osage, and the new facility, which features a new auditorium, wellness center, aquatic center and historical museum has seen successful so far in terms of membership and events. Another area that it has been successful in, according to a recent study by Energy Systems Engineering of Ames, is energy efficiency. The $2,000 study, paid for by Osage Municipal Utilities, revealed that in terms of BTUs, the facility is one of the most efficient in the state when compared to other buildings of its size. The only facilities that outpaced it with 76,022 BTUs annually, were the geotheramal pond loop in the Des Moines Area Community College West Campus and the Lied Athletic Center at Iowa State University. The study, approved in the winter of 2010, was conducted after the facility experienced some

CRC facilties manager Kurt Angell checks the geothermal systems daily. high utility bills during its months of operation. Following the study, a few of the facility’s systems were adjusted and things are now running smoothly. According to CRC facilities manager Kurt Angell, who controls the heat and lights in the facility the building’s geothermal system is what makes the CRC not only efficient, but green.

Because of its power systems and the way it was constructed, the CRC is a LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) certified building, and earned a silver rating for it’s design and effiency. “It’s a unique animal, there’s so many things under one roof,” said Angell, who described the system of pumps and the well field to the north

of the complex. “The geothermal system is working well. In the winter, it’s basically like running a central air unit in reverse.” As well as the geothermal system, Angell said the facility’s lights and temperature are controlled by computers, with systems program to turn on and off as needed. “If the auditorium isn’t being used, we can shut down the heating or cooling for it and turn it back on at a certain time,” said Angell. “We also have motion-activated lights which turn off when no one is around in that area. It doesn’t sound like much, but in a building

this size, every little bit helps.” As facilities manager, Angell comes in every morning to record the water chemistry in the aquatic center, then records water temperatures in the geothermal wells and sets up the temperature settings for various parts of the building for the day. All records and statistics are entered into a spreadsheet for further study for future needs. “I tweak a few things here and there to keep everything running smoothly,” said Angell. “If something goes wrong, I will get an alert and I will be right here to assess the problem.”


MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVESTORS

808 Main Street, Osage, Iowa Phone 732-3163 chamber@osage.net www.osagechamber.com

OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays

THE OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROMOTES OSAGE AS THE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS AND HELPS IN PROVIDING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO WORK AND LIVE IN OSAGE.

2012 CHAMBER INVESTORS Adams Plumbing & Heating American Family Ins. AmericInn of Osage Apple Valley Assisted Living Art’s Shoe & Repair Astrup Drug Bisbee Income Tax & Account. Bree’s Tire Service Brumm Construction Casey’s General Store #1799 Casey’s General Store #2229 CCI Carpets Cedar River Complex Cedar Springs Camp Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home City of Osage Cooper’s Osage Auto Inc. Cora (A Modern Emporium) Croell Redi-Mix, Inc. Culligan Softwater Service of MC CUSB Hometown Connections/Radio Shack Dealer Debbie’s Quilt Shop & Gifts Dungey’s Furniture & Gifts Ecky’s Ice Cream Shoppe Edward Jones Investments Eichmeier Auto Repair/Lisa ‘s Detailing Emerson’s On Main Evans Printing Evergreen Senior Living Faith Lutheran Home & Assisted Living MS-72544

Farm Bureau Financial Services Farmers Mutual Insurance Flat Pie & Red Eye First Citizens National Bank Fox Auction Company Fox River Mills Frames and More Goodale Custom Pumping Gifts Galore Greg Larson-Homebased Gross & McPhail H & R Block Happy Acres Heaven On Earth Therapeutic Massage Herregan Distributing Home Trust & Savings Bank Iowa State Senator Merlin Bartz Iowa State Representative Josh Byrnes ISU Mitchell County Extension Jendro Sanitation Johnson Oil & LP K & B Mid-State Construction Kolbet Realtors Kountry Kupboard Kratchmer Law Offices Kwik Star LR Falk Construction Larson’s Hardware Hank Larson Law Office LeaBrian’s Hairstyling & Spa Lenz Signs

Lou Ann Murphy & Co PLC Main Street Storage Main Realty Mark’s Tractor & Implement Mauser Insurance Mayer’s Digging McKinley Auto & RV Milkhouse Candles Outlet Mitchell County Farm Bureau Mitchell County Historical Society Mitchell County ISU Extension Office Mitchell County Press-News Mitchell County Regional Health Center National Poultry Equipment New York Life Insurance Nicholson Towing North Country Equipment LLC North Iowa Area Community College North Iowa Broadcasting Olsen Implement Osage Co-Op Elevator Osage Development Corp Osage Education Association Osage Insurance Services Osage Municipal Utilities Osage Payless Foods Osage Rehab/Health Care Center Osage Veterinary Clinic Prairie Lakes Church Pollards Pest Control & Lawn Care Rusty’s Last call

RR Donnelley Randall Construction S and S Locker See ‘N Sew Schroeder Law Office Sculpture Hair & Fashion Spahn & Rose Sparrow Photography Stan’s Drive In State Farm Insurance Agency Stillwater Greenhouse Street Chiropractic PC Subway Sunny Brae Golf Course Super 8 Motel Teluwut Grille House & Pub The Civil War Lady The Flower Gallery The Front Porch The Maple Spa The Stitchery Nook Tops Business Forms Town & Country Insurance Tres Amigos Mexican Rest. Turtle Creek Pottery & Glass Ultra Tech Travel United Way of North Central Val Blossoms Verizon Wireless Walk & Murphy PLC Attor. Weber Auto Parts (NAPA) Wright Plumbing & Heating Yaggy Colby Associates

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New Maple View Subdivision to provide Osage with needed housing by David Namanny Press-News Editor A preliminary plat for a new subdivision in Osage was approved earlier this month by the Osage Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Osage City Council. The future Maple View Subdivision, being created by Ed and Rosie Jackson on property in the southwest part of the city at the intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and 357th Street, will be on land that was annexed by city leaders last fall. According to Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay, who has been working with the Jackson family on the project, the first phase of the subdivision will consist of 18 lots in varying sizes from 113 x 127 feet to 150 x 127 feet. It will be Osage's first housing development in over a decade and work on the project will get underway this spring. "This is a needed expansion in terms of new housing, as we are running out of lots to build on in Osage we are about 99 percent full," said Dunlay. "It's also great for new people coming into town and for our local tax base." The city of Osage has

The preliminary plat for Maple View Subdivision. been working with the developer of the new Maple View Subdivision to install water and sewer to the property, with the Jackson family agreeing to pave the road and install curb and gutter for the project. Developers and city officials also have a list of covenants in the development agreement including housing specifications and

time-tables. On any lot sold, for example, the owner must build a residential house within two years. "The timetable keeps the project moving forward," said Dunlay. "We are excited about the development and look forward to installation of water and sewer this spring."

Mosaic’s Evergreen Senior Living facility is an independent senior living apartment complex with 24 one- and two-bedroom apartments that provide a comfortable, safe and secure lifestyle, affordable services, fellowship and allows people to live in a community of friends.

SERVICES: • Emergency call system • Access to beauty and barber shoppe • On-site exercise room • Library – TV Lounge • Noon Meal • Weekly housekeeping • Garages with inside access • Cable TV included in monthly fee • Free parking • Use of all commons areas

Proud Supporter We have the financial solutions for your needs. We’ve been serving Mitchell County for over 155 years! Stop in today to learn more!

Sean Pitkin

John Molitor

Vice President Lending Officer

Community President

MS-70613

www.firstcitizensnb.com Member FDIC 501 Main Street Osage, IA 50461 641-732-3701

• Weekly transportation for local shopping, business and banking and medical visits • Monthly out of town shopping • Activity programing with a focus on health and wellness. • Wellness clinics for BP and nail care • Free laundry facilities • Pets are welcome • Garden and workshop space available

OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

APARTMENTS AVAILABLE... To learn more and arrange for a personal tour, please call Kathy Shaw today. MS-72771

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925 Heritage Dr. • Osage, IA 50461

641-732-3300 *All admission fees 100% refundable. *Pets are welcome.


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTINGS FROM 2011

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

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OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTINGS FROM 2011

NEW BUSINESS: Turtle Creek Pottery & Glass was welcomed by Osage Chamber NEW BUSINESS: The Maple Spa was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (From Ambassadors. (From left) Phil Kolbet, Mark Jenkins, Katie Wold, Angie Huffman, Greg left) Kent Stricker, Ken Emerson, Jean Brumm, Kari Gast, ???, Scott Wilde, Natusha Newhouse, Lynn Peaster, Lindsay Wegner, Becky Mauer and Wendy Heuton. Larson, Jean Brumm, Nan Jakobson, Dan Schlup and Wendy Heuton

NEW BUSINESS: Cora: A Modern Emporium was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, from left) Spencer Potter, Derek Mauser, Renae Mauser, Becky Mauer and Wendy Heuton. (Back row, from left) Craig Snider, Scott Wilde, Nan Jackobson, Jean Brumm, Cindy Klaes.

NEW BUSINESS: CCI Flooring was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, NEW BUSINESS: Val Blossoms was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (From from left) Wendy Heuton, Jean Brumm, Kurt Bill, Lisa Krones, Becky Mauer (Back row, left) Shannon Schultz, Erica Gentz,Lis Sorenson, Val Williams, Phil Kolbet, Jean Brumm from left) Lynn Peaster, Lindsay Wegner, Ken Emerson, Scott Wilde. and Wendy Heuton.

NEW BUSINESS: Ecky’s Ice Cream Shoppe was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, from left) Wendy Heuton, Becky Mauer, Erika Gentz, Lisa Eichmeier, Shawn Eichmeier, Mark and Theresa Jenkins (Back row, from left) Ken NEW BUSINESS: Rusty’s Last Call was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (From left) Wendy Heuton, Gayle Melcher, Shari & Rusty Michels, Becky Mauer and Condy Klaes. Emerson, Spencer Potter and Shari Pohren.

NEW BUSINESS: Osage Payless Foods was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, from left) Wendy Heuton, Phil Kolbet, Randy Goetz, Bob Spitz, Erika Gentz, Ken Emerson, Josh Byrnes. (Back row, from left) Jean Brumm and Becky Mauer.


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTINGS FROM 2011

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

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OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTINGS FROM 2011

NEW BUSINESS: Turtle Creek Pottery & Glass was welcomed by Osage Chamber NEW BUSINESS: The Maple Spa was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (From Ambassadors. (From left) Phil Kolbet, Mark Jenkins, Katie Wold, Angie Huffman, Greg left) Kent Stricker, Ken Emerson, Jean Brumm, Kari Gast, ???, Scott Wilde, Natusha Newhouse, Lynn Peaster, Lindsay Wegner, Becky Mauer and Wendy Heuton. Larson, Jean Brumm, Nan Jakobson, Dan Schlup and Wendy Heuton

NEW BUSINESS: Cora: A Modern Emporium was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, from left) Spencer Potter, Derek Mauser, Renae Mauser, Becky Mauer and Wendy Heuton. (Back row, from left) Craig Snider, Scott Wilde, Nan Jackobson, Jean Brumm, Cindy Klaes.

NEW BUSINESS: CCI Flooring was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, NEW BUSINESS: Val Blossoms was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (From from left) Wendy Heuton, Jean Brumm, Kurt Bill, Lisa Krones, Becky Mauer (Back row, left) Shannon Schultz, Erica Gentz,Lis Sorenson, Val Williams, Phil Kolbet, Jean Brumm from left) Lynn Peaster, Lindsay Wegner, Ken Emerson, Scott Wilde. and Wendy Heuton.

NEW BUSINESS: Ecky’s Ice Cream Shoppe was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, from left) Wendy Heuton, Becky Mauer, Erika Gentz, Lisa Eichmeier, Shawn Eichmeier, Mark and Theresa Jenkins (Back row, from left) Ken NEW BUSINESS: Rusty’s Last Call was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (From left) Wendy Heuton, Gayle Melcher, Shari & Rusty Michels, Becky Mauer and Condy Klaes. Emerson, Spencer Potter and Shari Pohren.

NEW BUSINESS: Osage Payless Foods was welcomed by Osage Chamber Ambassadors. (Front row, from left) Wendy Heuton, Phil Kolbet, Randy Goetz, Bob Spitz, Erika Gentz, Ken Emerson, Josh Byrnes. (Back row, from left) Jean Brumm and Becky Mauer.


MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVESTORS

808 Main Street, Osage, Iowa Phone 732-3163 chamber@osage.net www.osagechamber.com

OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays

THE OSAGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROMOTES OSAGE AS THE PLACE TO DO BUSINESS AND HELPS IN PROVIDING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO WORK AND LIVE IN OSAGE.

2012 CHAMBER INVESTORS Adams Plumbing & Heating American Family Ins. AmericInn of Osage Apple Valley Assisted Living Art’s Shoe & Repair Astrup Drug Bisbee Income Tax & Account. Bree’s Tire Service Brumm Construction Casey’s General Store #1799 Casey’s General Store #2229 CCI Carpets Cedar River Complex Cedar Springs Camp Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home City of Osage Cooper’s Osage Auto Inc. Cora (A Modern Emporium) Croell Redi-Mix, Inc. Culligan Softwater Service of MC CUSB Hometown Connections/Radio Shack Dealer Debbie’s Quilt Shop & Gifts Dungey’s Furniture & Gifts Ecky’s Ice Cream Shoppe Edward Jones Investments Eichmeier Auto Repair/Lisa ‘s Detailing Emerson’s On Main Evans Printing Evergreen Senior Living Faith Lutheran Home & Assisted Living MS-72544

Farm Bureau Financial Services Farmers Mutual Insurance Flat Pie & Red Eye First Citizens National Bank Fox Auction Company Fox River Mills Frames and More Goodale Custom Pumping Gifts Galore Greg Larson-Homebased Gross & McPhail H & R Block Happy Acres Heaven On Earth Therapeutic Massage Herregan Distributing Home Trust & Savings Bank Iowa State Senator Merlin Bartz Iowa State Representative Josh Byrnes ISU Mitchell County Extension Jendro Sanitation Johnson Oil & LP K & B Mid-State Construction Kolbet Realtors Kountry Kupboard Kratchmer Law Offices Kwik Star LR Falk Construction Larson’s Hardware Hank Larson Law Office LeaBrian’s Hairstyling & Spa Lenz Signs

Lou Ann Murphy & Co PLC Main Street Storage Main Realty Mark’s Tractor & Implement Mauser Insurance Mayer’s Digging McKinley Auto & RV Milkhouse Candles Outlet Mitchell County Farm Bureau Mitchell County Historical Society Mitchell County ISU Extension Office Mitchell County Press-News Mitchell County Regional Health Center National Poultry Equipment New York Life Insurance Nicholson Towing North Country Equipment LLC North Iowa Area Community College North Iowa Broadcasting Olsen Implement Osage Co-Op Elevator Osage Development Corp Osage Education Association Osage Insurance Services Osage Municipal Utilities Osage Payless Foods Osage Rehab/Health Care Center Osage Veterinary Clinic Prairie Lakes Church Pollards Pest Control & Lawn Care Rusty’s Last call

RR Donnelley Randall Construction S and S Locker See ‘N Sew Schroeder Law Office Sculpture Hair & Fashion Spahn & Rose Sparrow Photography Stan’s Drive In State Farm Insurance Agency Stillwater Greenhouse Street Chiropractic PC Subway Sunny Brae Golf Course Super 8 Motel Teluwut Grille House & Pub The Civil War Lady The Flower Gallery The Front Porch The Maple Spa The Stitchery Nook Tops Business Forms Town & Country Insurance Tres Amigos Mexican Rest. Turtle Creek Pottery & Glass Ultra Tech Travel United Way of North Central Val Blossoms Verizon Wireless Walk & Murphy PLC Attor. Weber Auto Parts (NAPA) Wright Plumbing & Heating Yaggy Colby Associates

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New Maple View Subdivision to provide Osage with needed housing by David Namanny Press-News Editor A preliminary plat for a new subdivision in Osage was approved earlier this month by the Osage Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Osage City Council. The future Maple View Subdivision, being created by Ed and Rosie Jackson on property in the southwest part of the city at the intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and 357th Street, will be on land that was annexed by city leaders last fall. According to Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay, who has been working with the Jackson family on the project, the first phase of the subdivision will consist of 18 lots in varying sizes from 113 x 127 feet to 150 x 127 feet. It will be Osage's first housing development in over a decade and work on the project will get underway this spring. "This is a needed expansion in terms of new housing, as we are running out of lots to build on in Osage we are about 99 percent full," said Dunlay. "It's also great for new people coming into town and for our local tax base." The city of Osage has

The preliminary plat for Maple View Subdivision. been working with the developer of the new Maple View Subdivision to install water and sewer to the property, with the Jackson family agreeing to pave the road and install curb and gutter for the project. Developers and city officials also have a list of covenants in the development agreement including housing specifications and

time-tables. On any lot sold, for example, the owner must build a residential house within two years. "The timetable keeps the project moving forward," said Dunlay. "We are excited about the development and look forward to installation of water and sewer this spring."

Mosaic’s Evergreen Senior Living facility is an independent senior living apartment complex with 24 one- and two-bedroom apartments that provide a comfortable, safe and secure lifestyle, affordable services, fellowship and allows people to live in a community of friends.

SERVICES: • Emergency call system • Access to beauty and barber shoppe • On-site exercise room • Library – TV Lounge • Noon Meal • Weekly housekeeping • Garages with inside access • Cable TV included in monthly fee • Free parking • Use of all commons areas

Proud Supporter We have the financial solutions for your needs. We’ve been serving Mitchell County for over 155 years! Stop in today to learn more!

Sean Pitkin

John Molitor

Vice President Lending Officer

Community President

MS-70613

www.firstcitizensnb.com Member FDIC 501 Main Street Osage, IA 50461 641-732-3701

• Weekly transportation for local shopping, business and banking and medical visits • Monthly out of town shopping • Activity programing with a focus on health and wellness. • Wellness clinics for BP and nail care • Free laundry facilities • Pets are welcome • Garden and workshop space available

OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

APARTMENTS AVAILABLE... To learn more and arrange for a personal tour, please call Kathy Shaw today. MS-72771

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925 Heritage Dr. • Osage, IA 50461

641-732-3300 *All admission fees 100% refundable. *Pets are welcome.


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

Osage sees $5.3 million in new construction permits by David Namanny Press-News Editor 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 $5,296,947. Topping list in construction permits was the $1,675,000 permit for the new AmericInn hotel being constructed on newly annexed land on the east edge of Osage. Also constructed were seven new homes ranging from $140,000 to $400,000 in estimated value, as well as several expansions and additions to both residential and commercial properties. 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." 2011 zoning permits Dana Wold/Lisa Eichmeier tenant, 720 Main, awning/sign, $4400 for awning and $250 for sign. Dana Norby, 2197 Hwy 218, metal maintenance building, $337,497. Calvin Thyer, 3497 Golf Course Road, new home, $400,000. Peter Hemann, 327 Vine, garage, $10,000. Thomas C Heard and Val Williams, 3505 Golf Course Road, new home, $400,000. Bruce Hungerford, 3515 Golf Course Road, storage shed, $1,500. Ian Colwell, 915 Poplar, garage, $15,000. Osage Alliance Church, 726 State, church building,

$290,000. Mike & Tiffany Swenson, 302 S. 2nd St, move in house, $40,000. Daniel Peterson, 136 W. Main, deck, $1,000. Keith & Nancy Johnson, 402 Pleasant, garage, $20,000. A-Z Drying, 1000 Wallace Road, warehouse, $250,000. A-Z Drying, 1000 Wallace Road, warehouse, $460,000. Mary Lou Dale, 614 Park, sun room, $8,000. Mary Zuehl, 406 Maple, leanto, $500. Spencer Potter, 902 Pleasant, garage, $30,000. Rich Wilson, 913 Chestnut, addition to house, $5,000. Rod and Darlene Hemann, 721 Walnut, garage, $25,000. Lynn Pint, 502 Cedar, addition to utility shed, $200. Todd Sorenson, 230 Cherry, new house, $169,000. Arnie & Laura Potter, 219 S.

12th St., storage shed, $1,000. Kevin Palsic, garage, $20,000. Stan's Drive-In - Staci Herrick, 1614 Main St., storage shed, $1,500. Darrell Weber, front porch, $1,000. Kevin Crowe, 618 Lime Kiln Road, new house, $140,000. Lynn Hemann, 325 Cherry St., new house, $180,000. Russell Michels, 604 Main St., commercial building, $40,000. Brent Chapman, 315 Oak, move in garage, $500. Dan Rogers, 1112 S. 4th St., new house, $235,000. Travis Popp, 832 Chase, garage, $7,000. Dwight Onken, 1301 Oak, garage and house addition, $100,000. Ron Cafourek, 5 Elm Ct., storage shed, $500. Daryl Williams, 403 Mechanic, garage, $25,000. Kenneth Maakestad, 1233

Walnut, garage, $13,000. Adams Plumbing and Heating, 3544 Lancer, storage addition, $20,000. Peggy Jacobson, 1132 Mechanic, garage, $12,000. Phillip Hulbert, 815 Mechanic, garage, $36,000. LaVonne Wolf, #6 Elm Court, garage, $34,000. Century Link (former Qwest), 621 State, sign, $600. Croell Redi-Mix, 414 N. 2nd St., concrete plant, $300,000. K & B Mid-State Construction, 524 Cedar St., residence, $140,000. Ken Emerson, 2212 Hwy 218, new hotel, $1,675,000 Douglas and Sue Guy, 511 S. 2nd St., storage shed, $500. Betty Smith, 733 Chase, garage, $3,000. Brian Hickle, 1598 State, garage, $19,000. St., storage shed, $1,000.

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CRC one of most energy efficient facilities in Iowa by David Namanny Press-News Editor It’s been nearly two years since the $18 million Cedar River Complex opened its doors in Osage, and the new facility, which features a new auditorium, wellness center, aquatic center and historical museum has seen successful so far in terms of membership and events. Another area that it has been successful in, according to a recent study by Energy Systems Engineering of Ames, is energy efficiency. The $2,000 study, paid for by Osage Municipal Utilities, revealed that in terms of BTUs, the facility is one of the most efficient in the state when compared to other buildings of its size. The only facilities that outpaced it with 76,022 BTUs annually, were the geotheramal pond loop in the Des Moines Area Community College West Campus and the Lied Athletic Center at Iowa State University. The study, approved in the winter of 2010, was conducted after the facility experienced some

CRC facilties manager Kurt Angell checks the geothermal systems daily. high utility bills during its months of operation. Following the study, a few of the facility’s systems were adjusted and things are now running smoothly. According to CRC facilities manager Kurt Angell, who controls the heat and lights in the facility the building’s geothermal system is what makes the CRC not only efficient, but green.

Because of its power systems and the way it was constructed, the CRC is a LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) certified building, and earned a silver rating for it’s design and effiency. “It’s a unique animal, there’s so many things under one roof,” said Angell, who described the system of pumps and the well field to the north

of the complex. “The geothermal system is working well. In the winter, it’s basically like running a central air unit in reverse.” As well as the geothermal system, Angell said the facility’s lights and temperature are controlled by computers, with systems program to turn on and off as needed. “If the auditorium isn’t being used, we can shut down the heating or cooling for it and turn it back on at a certain time,” said Angell. “We also have motion-activated lights which turn off when no one is around in that area. It doesn’t sound like much, but in a building

this size, every little bit helps.” As facilities manager, Angell comes in every morning to record the water chemistry in the aquatic center, then records water temperatures in the geothermal wells and sets up the temperature settings for various parts of the building for the day. All records and statistics are entered into a spreadsheet for further study for future needs. “I tweak a few things here and there to keep everything running smoothly,” said Angell. “If something goes wrong, I will get an alert and I will be right here to assess the problem.”


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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

OMU BROADBAND Cont. from page 5C ments may mean nothing to the majority of customers, they are important and essential in the ever-changing world. "They are also important because they provide uninterrupted quality service," said Malek. Noticeable service changes for OMU include being fully DOCSIS 3(data over cable systems) capable, which means improved capacity and higher speed packages. "We recently released a package with 20Mpbs download and 2Mbps upload for business use, and a similar package for residential customers is on the horizon," said Malek. "If your current

OMU broadband and communication experts keep all of Osage’s systems running smoothly round the clock. upload speed is not enough, we have also added a la carte upload upgrades to provide you with up to 7Mbps of upload speed."

Established in

Farmers Mutual Insurance Association

1865

Norman E. Johnson President

Serving the Osage Area For

732-3778

Mitchell County

Press News 732-3721

147 Years

State Farm Insurance Craig E. Eisenman 732-5313 Established in

1939

Under present management since

1999

Established in

1874

Osage Co–op Elevator 732-3768 Established in

1945 Serving the Osage Area For

67 Years

Malek said one of OMU's newer offerings is dedicated fiber Internet circuits, which are intended to replace older copper based T1

Home Trust &

Savings Bank

Your Locally Owned Hometown Bank www.hometrustbank.com

Established in

1899

Serving the Osage Area For

(1.5Mbps), and T3/DS3 (45Mbps) lines at a fraction of the cost. Customers connected with dedicated fiber have speed options into the

L.R. Falk Construction Co. 732-3789 Established in

1922 Serving the Osage Area For

113 Years

90 years

HEARD

Osage Auto Salvage

Insurance 732-5823 Established in

1946

732-3603 Established in

1946 Serving the

Serving the Osage Area For

Osage Area For

66 Years

Jerry & PeeWee

66 Years

1000s of Mbps available. Another new business offering from OMU is colocation. "Our co-location service allows you to locate your existing server hardware in Osage Municipal Utility's server room and enjoy all of the benefits of a datacenter at a fraction of the cost," said Malek. "Our server room utilizes full battery and generator backup, dedicated redundant cooling, 24x7 temperature and humidity monitoring, locked server racks, and multiple fiber optic internet connections. Soon we will also be offering dedicated server rentals and support as part of this package." In addition to all the tech upgrades, late last year Osage Municipal Utilities started offering

K&H

Cooperative Oil Co. 1-800-244-6691 Established in

1930

business network support services. The services are designed for local businesses in need of IT support but without the budget to have a full time IT staff. "OMU network specialists can assess, plan and administer your computer network at less cost, so you can get back to operating your business while OMU's professionals support your servers, workstations and networks all from right here in Osage," said Malek. Overall, OMU may be a small utility, but Malek says it is keeping ahead of the curve in terms of telecommunications. "We are really proud of what we do here, and are dedicated to the Osage community," he concluded.

Randall Construction 732-4258 Established in

1933

Serving the Osage Area For

Serving the Osage Area For

82 Years

79 Years

Herb’s Auto Repair

Roy's Body Shop,Inc.

732-3385 Established in

1949

Serving the Osage area for

63 Years

Dave, Chris & Jared

732-4372 Established in

1952

Late Model Collision Specialists Serving the Osage Area For

60 Years

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OMU increasing broadband communication services

Brokers: Phil Kolbet, Assoc.; Janean Kolbet, Assoc.; Kevin Kolbet, ABR PLAZA CENTER PREMIUM OFFICE SPACES FOR RENT

by David Namanny Press-News Editor Tucked away in the heart of the Osage Municipal Utilities complex on Chestnut Street is a series of rooms few will ever see. The first room is filled to the ceiling with racks of servers, wires, switches, knobs, amplifiers and everything a tech enthuiast might dream of. It is the heart of OMU's communications services department. In a small adjacent room are four desks staffed by four young men who are constantly monitoring what is happening to make sure everyone's internet, wireless broadband components, telephones and cable are working properly. Desks filled with coffee cups, water bottles, papers, charts and multiple computer monitors, the young men are also constantly working to upgrade the technology, making improvements for the local community. Ryan Malek, OMU Broadband Services Coordinator, heads the group in the mystery communications room. aHe says that keeping up with changes in technology and the way technology is being used by customers is his staff's main goal. "Over the past two years, we've spent a lot of time and a lot of money increasing internet capacity and internet speeds," said Malek, who added that OMU has shown a 58 percent growth from 2007 to 2012 in terms of broad-

*Varied sizes

*Varied terms

* DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL * Main level fully leased * Unoccupied 2nd fl. aparts. * Unoccupied 3rd fl. aparts. * Three -stop elevator

* ARTERIAL HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL * 286’X132’ Prime S-facing * Double hwy./Main St. EXPOSURE * Multiple driveways, prkg., through alley * Nice adaptable bldg. & home is incl.

* West of Osage * Intersection of Hwy. 9 & River Rd. * SPACIOUS LOTS * Varied sizes, prices & VIEWS * City electric & telecom

CEDAR BLUFF SUBDIVISION * Close to town * Access on hardsurface * Beautiful views * Many already SOLD * Buy now & build later

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fiber optic network, improved modulation on our RF network, upgrades to our core routing and switching hardware, multiple fiber optic links to our providers and redundant virtualization of our server platform." Malek said that while most of these improve-

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

New $3.5 million AmericInn hotel to open in June by David Namanny Press-News Editor Work continues this spring on the new AmericInn Hotel and Suites, which is being constructed on the east edge of Osage by a group of local investors led by Osage businessman and entrepenuer Ken Emerson. The $3.5 million hotel project, is expected to be completed by late or early June. Long-term AmericInn partner Apollo Development, LLC of Minnetonka, Minn., is the main developer for the new hotel. While locally-owned, the property will be managed by Three Rivers Hospitality, AmericInn’s property management arm. “We are very pleased to announce this latest new AmericInn which will feature contemporary decor and guest

Construction on the new AmericInn Hotel in continues on the eastern edge of Osage. amenities that are designed to meet the expectations of today’s sophisticated travelers,” said Paul Kirwin, president and CEO of AmericInn. “We are particularly excited that this new construction is being developed by Apollo which has been a respected and valued partner in our past growth and

success,” he added. The new hotel will feature an indoor pool, meeting room, ConnectAmericInn business station and 43 guest rooms and suites offering contemporary furnishings and amenities including flat screen televisions and AmericInn Perfect Sleepers by Serta.

The new room design also incorporates a “welcome wall” that adds visual interest upon arrival, providing an innovative angled entry, shelving and convenient outlets for electronic devices and a dedicated coffee station. Public spaces will include a social, open lobby design to

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foster guest interaction, a communal connectivity table complimented by lounge seating and free wireless Internet. Guests will also enjoy the brand’s signature AmericInn

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OSAGE AMERICINN Cont. from page 4C Perk breakfast featuring a variety of free home-style, hot & healthy breakfast selections and a 24-hour coffee bar. The AmericInn Osage will serve the surrounding community and its businesses including Fox River Mills and Valent BioSciences Corporation which is constructing a new $150 million facility in Osage. Ron Burgett, executive vice president of development for AmericInn, noted that the AmericInn Osage is another new construction hotel, signaling continuing improvement in the economic environment. “We are very pleased to see hotels being constructed as part of our overall growth strategy which includes the addition of a number of new construction properties planned in

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2012,” he added. Truline Construction of Minneapolis, Minn., will be the general contractor for the Osage project, but most other contractors and subcontractors will be local, and most of the materials used to build the new hotel will be purchased locally as well, according to Emerson.

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“I think it will be awesome and a great asset to Mitchell County,” said Emerson, who also owns and operates Emerson’s on Main in Osage and two other similar stores in North Iowa. “It’s so great to see people willing to invest in Mitchell County and so great to see us growing and expanding.”

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The new AmericInn project has been a long time in the making, with Emerson and several other local investors conducting a feasibility study on the potential of a new hotel here in early 2010. “We found that there was indeed room for another hotel in Osage, based on events and

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traffic counts,” said Emerson. “A lot of this is about growing tourism in Mitchell County we have a lot to offer and a new hotel will provide part of the equation in getting people to come here,” said Emerson. “Besides the tourism aspect, I’ve already been getting calls for people wanting to reserve rooms for next year for class reunions and weddings.” Emerson cited the Osage Chamber of Commerce, the Mitchell County Economic Development Commision and Home Trust Savings Bank as the main entities that helped make the new hotel about to be constructed possible. Along with several local investors, the new AmericInn, like several other new businesses and expansions in Osage over the past few decades, will be able to benefit from tax increment financing.

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

VALENT BIOSCIENCES Cont. from page 3C turing facility on 73 acres near A to Z Drying's south plant in Osage. The company received the official building permit in January for the $146 million project that is expected to bring more than 500 construction workers, as well as 89 permanent jobs to the Osage and Mitchell County area. Officials from the City of Osage, the Osage Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell County Economic Development have been meeting with the Gilbane Co., of Chicago, (the construction management firm that will oversee the project) during the past two months in order to prepare for the influx of workers. They indicated that in a community the size of Osage, additional rental housing and other goods and services will be needed to meet the needs of the workers, which should begin arriving this summer. "They won't all come at once," said

Heavy equipment is lined up at the construction site on South 13th Street , ready to dig deep for the installation of geo-piers to serve the facility’s foundation. Osage Public Works Director Jerry Dunlay. "They will be coming in waves,

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with the engineers and managers coming first. It will be a gradual build-up

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with the different phases of construction." In terms of preparing, the Osage Chamber of Commerce is currently in the process of publishing a community directory of businesses and services which will be given to new workers coming to town. Osage Chamber Director Wendy Heuton said construction management officials would like to see extended hours, not only in the food industry, but other services as well such as pharmacies, banks, retail stores, repair shops, grocery and convenience stores. Other needs may include hired laundry services and on-site meal service. "We think traffic will really pick up in town during the construction," said Heuton. "Our local businesses are ready to step up to meet these needs and we look forward to all the extra activity." As for housing, a database of available housing has been created by the Mitchell County Economic Corporation

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Osage gears up for construction of $146 million Valent BioSciences facility by David Namanny Press-News Editor It may be one of the biggest industrial developments to come to Osage in decades, and this spring, local leaders are gearing up for the start of a busy season, as waves of construction workers, managers and engineers begin work on a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for Valent BioSciences Corporation. The Illinois-based company, which makes biological pesticides and plant growth regulators, has committed to build a 130,000-square-foot manufac-

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An conceptual rendering of the new Valent faciloty in Osage (courtesy Valent BioSciences

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

A message from the Osage Development Corporation “Thank you” is in order to the entire community. You patiently waited to learn of the new industry coming to Osage and Mitchell County. You trusted all the partners putting the package for Valent Biosciences Corporation together. You trusted your local public officials and the decisions which needed to be made. You responded positively and with open arms to each new challenge which this growth dictates. “Thank you” to our existing industrial partner, A to Z Drying, Inc. for being the stellar partner of what is now VBS for decades and making the decision to locate here be a logical one. Thanks for the significant expansion which

you are now undergoing to enhance and continue that partnership. “Thank you” to Mitchell County Economic Development Commission and its Director, Brenda Dryer and her assistant, Katie Rice. You have gone “above and beyond” to coordinate one of the largest recent economic development initiatives in Iowa! You have placed Osage and Mitchell County not only at the forefront of state decision-makers, but also those at national and international levels. “Thank you” to all elected public officials who needed to set aside turf and make by Kevin M. Kolbet, President, ODC

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and several businesses uptown have been renovating upstairs apartments which haven't been utilized in years. "The project will bring with it high demand for a variety of products and services. As many as 300 workers are expected to be on site by September of this year," said MCEDC Brenda Dryer. "We have launched an online database of local service providers and temporary housing to meet worker needs." Along with apartments, a handful of homes have already been rented for project managers, and a new $3.5 million AmericInn Hotel, which is currently under construction will also serve as a place to stay for executives and other officials that will be traveling back and forth from Illinois. Overall, the largest block of workers will arrive in the fall and remain in the county until the end of 2014. "There will be at least two, sometimes three shifts, working at the construction site," said Dunlay. "It's going to be a busy place, and we may even have to close south 13th Street to the public for awhile." According to officials, the new Valent BioSciences plant in Osage will be the first ever full-scale manufacturing facility designed and constructed specifically for production of "biorational products." Valent officials say that biorationals are derived from natural or biological origins and used in agricultural, public health, and forestry applications. "We're obviously very pleased thus far with our progress in Osage," said Mike Donaldson, Valent BioSciences President and CEO, noting that the

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Valent BioSciences facility in Osage is slated for Friday March 16, beginning at 1 p.m. at the CRC and later at the actual construction site. As well as state and local dignitaries, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is expected to attend the ceremony, as well as officials from Valent's parent company, Sumitomo Chemical Company of Japan. project remains on schedule. "Highly effective and efficient tools for agriculture are an important part of our future, and this new facility will help us to meet the needs of a growing population." "This is the largest and most important investment ever made not only by our company, but also for the biorational products industry as a whole. It's great to see our excitement being shared in and around Osage," he added. When complete, production at the 73-acre site will include microbial products as well as plant growth regulators and other biorational products for agriculture and public health. The plant is expected to being online by mid-2014. About Valent BioSciences Corporation: Headquartered in Libertyville, IL, Valent BioSciences Corporation is a subsidiary of Tokyobased Sumitomo Chemical Company. Valent BioSciences is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of biorational products, with sales in over 90 countries around the world.

ODC MESSAGE Cont. from page 2C positive decisions for the greater public. “Thank you” to Fox River Mills, Inc. for being landlord to Artik/OEM Corp. and Nordik Mfg. and thanks to these companies for continuing their growth here in Osage. “Thank you” goes to all of our other industries in Osage and the surrounding communities for providing jobs for our families. This includes the farm sector from which we all take our roots. You continue to lead the nation and the world in crop and livestock production

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and make all else possible. “Thank you” to the small business owners who are making significant investments in our Main Street and highway corridors. You are responding to the growth which is taking place around us and which will become even more evident as projects unfold. This includes retail, service, professional, contractors & home-builders, and hotel investors. “Thank you” to those who have created and will create rental opportunities for our temporary construction guests. We will need more as the VBS project

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unfolds. As I mentioned a year ago, we are focused on the future. We are focused on bringing more jobs and more families with more students to our community. The team effort, coupled with great long-term planning, and your “can-do” attitude will yield results. Be positive and be proud!

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MITCHELL COUNTY PRESS-NEWS, Osage, IA, Wed., March 14, 2012

MCRHC improves patient privacy and comfort with remodeling project Mitchell County Regional Health Center’s Emergency and Surgery Departments are getting a much needed facelift starting this month with completion expected approximately one year from now. Chief Financial Officer, Alan Streeter, said, “with technology changing at record speed and the atmosphere of healthcare constantly morphing, MCRHC must also change for future improvement and growth.” According to Streeter, the renovation project will modernize these areas while focusing on improving patient privacy and comfort. The surgery area will feature four same-day recovery areas separated by walls and sliding glass doors. In addition, a family waiting area near the surgery suite is included in the remodel plan. Since 1951, changes have occurred to MCRHC clinic

The current emergency room at MCRHC will soon undergo remodeling, which is expected to be completed by next year.

areas, physical therapy, the medical surgical floor and others; however, the Emergency and Operating rooms have been left largely untouched since their construction in 1973. The redesigned Emergency Department will provide features to improve patient flow. Renovations include changes to the entrance from the ambulance bay, the waiting room, patient rooms as well as adding a nurses station. Also included in the improvements, are upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as a new approach to the ambulance bay. In addition to the improvement in the patient experience, the renovations would also result in improved energy efficiency for the health center, Streeter said. According to Streeter, the size of the current boilers could be compared to the size of two

ambulances parked in the boiler room. After upgraded, the boilers will be comparable to the size of about half an ambulance. “With the existing boilers, we spend approximately $50,000 each year on heating, after the upgrade to the more efficient system, our heating expenses should be cut by about onethird depending upon weather conditions,” Streeter said. Streeter said patient care, privacy and comfort will remain the top priority through the life of the construction project. “The Emergency and Surgery Departments will remain fully functional throughout the renovation process,” Streeter said, “Although patients may find changes in their surroundings at times, MCRHC staff will be communicating necessary information with patients on a regular basis.”

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An artist’s rendering of the future $146 million Valent BioSciences facility in Osage. A groundbreaking for the project is slated for Friday, March 16 at 1 p.m.

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