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November 7, 2018

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Lefty Leigh's is 'Dream Big Grow Here' Finalist


Patrons visit at Lefty Leigh's prior to a style show on Saturday.
Photo by Lefty Leigh's. Thank you!

    Fourteen entrepreneurs submitted their dream to start or expand a business in the Northwest Iowa Dream Big Grow Here grant contest and recruited family, friends and customers to vote for their entry over Facebook. Over 17,000 total votes were cast. Two small businesses from rural Woodbury County, Lefty Leigh's and Cassens' Catering from Oto, owned by Heath and Kari Cassens; and Heartland Coffee & Nosh from Correctionville, owned by Stacy Orndorff advanced to the final pitch-off event for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes. Three other businesses also advance, one through the online voting and two chosen by the committee.
    Lefty Leigh's was top vote-getter by just 23 votes with 4,623. Coming in second was JAK Sprat from Sanborn. The two blew the other entries out of the water with Heartland Coffee and Nosh taking third place with just 2,129 votes. Joyenoy and Gnarly Pepper both from Sioux City were chosen by a selection committee.
    "Heath and I are beyond humbled by the love and support we have received while following our dream," said Kari.
    Last year when St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oto closed, the Cassens saw the positive twist to this negative action in their community. They purchased the church to replace their much smaller location. The Cassens turned the dining room into Lefty Leigh's and used the actual chapel side for larger gatherings. Just over the weekend they held a fall style show.
    If the Cassens win the contest, they plan to use the prize money to remodel the chapel side of the building. Their catering business has soared over the last three years. With this demand has been people booking the building for their events. For example, they have weddings booked for the buiding. The Cassens want to give this space a new look to compliment the events being held. They also would like to hire employees. Some of the money would help boost the employment.
    The economic development organizations in Northwest Iowa will host the pitch-off event on Thursday, November 15th at the Crossroads Pavilion Event Center in Sheldon. There will be a social hour with food and beverages beginning at 5 p.m. During this time, finalists will have booths to showcase their business to attendees. At 6 p.m. each finalist will have 6 minutes to present their business, followed by 5 minutes of Q & A from the panel of judges. The winners of the competition will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with first place receiving $4,000, second place receiving $2,000 and third place receiving $1,000 to grow their businesses.
    The Northwest Iowa regional contest is sponsored and organized by Iowa's West Coast Initiative and Northwest Iowa Developers and includes the following counties: Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury. Siouxland Economic Development Corporation is also a sponsor of the event. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information about each entry and the finalists can be found by visiting, or contacting David Gleiser at: 712-279-6609.
    The Cassens' slogan - If you feed them, they will come - will hopefully continue for decades to come.


Willow Dale Wellness Village Named on Best Nursing Homes List

Laura Fitzpatrick joins other residents for
an afternoon of Bingo at Willow Dale.
Photo by Susan Lund. Thanks, Susan!
    Hampton, IA - ABCM Corporation, a long-term care leader in Iowa for more than fifty years is pleased to announce sixteen of its homes across Iowa have been named to the U.S. News and World Report's Best Nursing Homes in Iowa list for 2018. The ABCM Corporation homes with the highest ‘Top Performing' rating included Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek.
    U.S. News displays data about nearly every care center in the United States, updating the information every quarter and using it to rate and rank the homes. As reported in the news magazine, out of 439 licensed nursing homes in Iowa, only 80 Iowa care centers received the highest possible rating.
    U.S. News has recently updated how it determines what rating to give a facility. "U.S. News has updated the methodology used to evaluate nursing homes to ensure that the designation of Best Nursing Home is given only to those homes that demonstrate appropriate use of key services and consistent performance in quality measures. To qualify as a Best Nursing Home, facilities had to earn an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 during 10 months of federal reports ending in August 2018 and consistently meet performance standards set by U.S. News such as earning at least a 4 in the CMS overall rating for all 10 months", according to the U.S. News website.
    "Selecting the right nursing home that offers exceptional care for a loved one can be particularly challenging," says Ben Harder, Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis. "For the Best Nursing Homes, U.S. News analyzed objective data to arm consumers with the information and confidence they need to help them choose a home capable of providing the quality care seniors deserve."
    ABCM Corporation is a multi-level provider and has been a leader in long term care for over 50 years. ABCM Corporation provides top quality health care services in 31 locations across Iowa. Services offered by ABCM Corporation include: Skilled Nursing, Long-Term Care, Therapy Services, Independent & Assisted Living, ABCM Healthy Living Home Care, and Specialized Services, varying by location. Visit to view locations and services available.

St. Matthew Harvest Dinner Sunday

    The harvest season is well underway in the fields. The members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton would like you to join them in their church basement for a different kind of harvest. The parishioners are holding their harvest dinner on Sunday from 5:00 until 7:00. Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salads and desserts will be served. Carry outs are available.
    The cost to enjoy this harvest feast is $10 in advance ($12 at the door) for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for preschool. Advance tickets may be purchased at any of the three banks in Mapleton.

Application period for winter home heating assistance begins

    The Iowa Utilities Board reminds Iowans that limited financial heating assistance is available to income-eligible utility customers through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Approaches

    Des Moines – Open enrollment began November 1 and ends December 15 for Iowans purchasing or changing their Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual health coverage to become effective January 1, 2019.


Bishop Nickless Responds to Story Released About Jerome Coyle

    Last week the AP broke a story about Jerry Coyle who had admitted to sexually abusing at least 50 boys over 20 years while a priest in the Sioux City Diocese. He had been moved to New Mexico


Operation Thank-A-Vet

    The origins of Veterans Day came on November 11, 1918, when the Allies and Germany signed an Armistice in the Forest of Compiegen to bring an end to World War I, the "war of all wars." A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed


NEW Coop Donates to Anthon's Flag Project

    NEW Cooperative Inc presented a check to McNiff Legion Post #389 of Anthon to use toward their flag project. The nine flags are in the lot next to the Legion Hall and represent (left to right): Merchant Marine, Air


Iowa Crops and Weather Report

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through


Iowa Preliminary Weather Summary

By Dr. Justin Glisan, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
    Much of Iowa had slightly warmer than average temperatures from the end of October into early November;


Adventures with Lynnie

    This week's Review is coming to you from the states of South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and then Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota. You have an interstate paper this week!
    Last week my uncle passed away. When


Woodbury County Extension Offering Holiday Make and Take Workshops

    Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach - Woodbury County will host two holiday-themed make and take workshops in November and December: the Holiday Wreath workshop on Thursday,


Farmers Using Cover Crops Can Sign Up Now for Reduction in Crop Insurance Premiums

    DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced that farmers who are using cover crops and not receiving state or federal cost share can sign up for a


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