Clarke Welding Event Bolsters Student Community Connection

For the past three years, Clarke Community Schools and the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) have collaborated with local business leaders to create advisory boards that will help students participate in activities that could lead to future careers in Clarke County. Friday afternoon, the Industrial Tech Advisory

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IA Rep. Loebsack Talks Workforce and Tariffs With Miller Products Company

On April 12th, 2019, Iowa Congressional Representative Dave Loebsack announced his decision to retire at the end of this current term. In 2020, after 15 years in the House, the seat representing Iowa’s 2nd District will be handed off to a new representative. That in no way

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CCDC and Clarke Students Focus on Future Skills and Future Careers

For the last three years, the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) has been working with administrators, staff, and students at Osceola’s Clarke Community High School to build a stronger focus on career path planning and post-secondary school job opportunities. With manufacturing, hospitality, and medical fields being the

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Lakeside Casino Hires Local Talent as New Sales Manager

Lakeside Casino in Osceola is seeing some big changes recently, and one of them is the addition of a new Sales Manager. Monika Davis was born and raised in Osceola, graduating from Clarke Schools in 1996. Until recently, she was the owner and director of the Wild

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Free Land Incentives Hope to Spur on Spring New Home Construction

Spring is finally here and with it comes the start of the building season. Families are looking to build new homes, developers are looking for prime real estate, and contractors are itching to get back in the field after a long, hard winter. As part of an

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CCDC Helps Clarke County Sheriff K-9 Unit Hit the Ground Running

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Department was awarded a grant from the CCDC to facilitate the purchase, training, and outfitting of a K-9 tactical unit. Deputy Brian Akers is in the process of securing a dual-purpose canine from Canine Tactical in Chariton, Iowa, to better serve the communities

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New Apprenticeship Program Helps Osceola’s Miller Products Co. Build Stronger Future

Miller Products Company, an Iowa manufacturing staple for more than eighty years, is leading the charge to build a stronger manufacturing base in South-Central Iowa. A new apprentice program for employees is serving to create a workforce that meets the growing demand for CNC machined products well

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New Board Members Bring Diverse Perspectives to the CCDC

This year is starting out as one of transition for the Clarke County Development Corporation. With two board members departing in January to pursue personal and professional paths (Dave Walkup to spend more time closer to family and Ryan Lundquist to focus on growing his business), the

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Clarke Schools Turns Industrial Tech Program to Future-Focused Success

In just a few short years, the Clarke Community Schools Industrial Technology program has been converted from a floundering ancillary elective to one of rural Iowa’s leading technology programs. Through hard work, collaboration and a future-focus, the district and Clarke’s Industrial Technology Instructor, Dave Lyden, are preparing

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Crossroads Mental Health & Substance Abuse Facility Opens in Osceola To Serve Southern Iowa

Crossroads Behavioral Health is a Community Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Center dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary approach through psychiatric services, therapy and counseling services. Crossroad’s also provides care coordination services through their integrated home health team for those who have chronic mental illnesses. On February 11th

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