Shop with a Cop Focused on Giving and Overcoming COVID Challenges

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Since 2016, the Shop with a Cop program has been bringing the community together to help those who may need a little support through the holiday season and to build relationships with local law enforcement. This year, the Clarke County Sheriff’s office, along with the Osceola Police

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Osceola’s New Trail System Connector Ties Safe Routes to Family Fun

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Bringing easy access to local parks and playgrounds along with safely connecting Clarke Community school campuses within the city, Osceola’s recreational trail system continues to flourish. With unanimous approval in a recent school board meeting, another crucial section of the trails system was given the green light

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Osceola Receives over $250,000 from IEDA Community Development Block Grant Housing Sustainability Award

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On September 15th, the city of Osceola was notified by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) that they were the latest recipient of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $252,200. The CDBG program is a Federally Funded program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban

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OCMS, CCDC Partner with IASBDC for #IASBDCMOBILE Communities Free Event

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On October 1st, local business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to a new #IASBDCMOBILE Community event from America’s SBDC Iowa. Held in partnership with Osceola Chamber Main Street and the Clarke County Development Corporation, business experts from around the area will be on hand to discuss unique

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TAKE ACTION: 2020 Census Participation Means More for Osceola

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The U.S. Census is a way for citizens within the community to affect change and increase representation at all levels of government. Since 1790, the population of the United States has been counted as mandated in the U.S. Constitution. A complete and accurate count of the citizens

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Changes at Osceola Food Bring New Leadership and Future Growth

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Osceola Food is seeing a changing of the guard, as one plant manager, John Hoag, moves on to new opportunities within the organization, a new leader with new opportunities takes his place. John Kempen has been part of the Hormel Foods family for almost thirty years, and

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Laborshed Study to be Conducted in Clarke County, IA

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The Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for Osceola and the Clarke County, Iowa area.  This study will geographically define which communities contribute to the local workforce, regardless of political boundaries.

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OCMS, Osceola Foods & 4th Of July Fireworks – The Show Must Go On!

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As the Governor moves the state to re-open, many scheduled events are still feeling the impact of social distancing and the COVID-19 crisis. Many budgets have become stressed from months of inactivity, dwindling sponsorships, or fear of a secondary surge. So, when Osceola Chamber Main Street announced

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Osceola Food Sponsors Local Graduation Recognition Poster Project

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Osceola Food, LLC announced today that it sponsored a Clarke High School Graduation recognition poster project. “We know that seniors around the country are not getting to experience some of the traditions that go with it, like prom and a graduation ceremony,” said John Hoag, Osceola Food

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How Clarke County Manufacturers are Protecting Their Workforce from COVID-19

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Effective May 1st, in 77 Iowa counties, including Clarke, businesses have been given the green light to open their doors after weeks of silence. Restaurants, fitness centers, libraries, retail shops and more will be opening with some restrictions, and that’s certainly a sign of hope for those

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Educators and Businesses Come Together To Help Clarke County Heroes

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Challenging times have a way of bringing people together and the Clarke County community is no exception. The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has been causing massive shortages of essential supplies across the nation. The health care workers who are on the front line are having trouble securing

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Community & Staff Step Up to Support Senior Care Center in Time of Crisis

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Since the WHO announced the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic status in early March, long-term care facilities have been on the front lines of the health and safety battle.  With senior citizens being some of the most “at risk” from the virus, the need for protective gear –

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20 Years of CCDC Grant Opportunities – How Can Your Organization Benefit?

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lakeside Casino’s opening in Clarke County. The Casino’s arrival not only meant a big boost to local employment and attractions for tourism and entertainment, but it also provided a tremendous opportunity for the Clarke County Development Corporation and the community

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Spring Fever Hits & Outdoor Activities Abound in Clarke County

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According to the calendar it’s still winter, but with a few days of 65 degree weather, the recent announcement of camping and RV reservations opening, as well as the incredible recreational updates taking place all over Clarke County, the outdoor activity bug has officially bitten! Scott Kent,

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Osceola Foods Strives to Build a Stronger Community Through Giving Back

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The Clarke Schools Food Pantry recently received a sizable food donation thanks to Osceola Foods and the generosity of the plant’s team. Truckloads of Hormel product were recently delivered to Clarke Community Schools’ food pantry to support those in the community experiencing food insecurity. Nearly 700 cases

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