Clarke Elementary Students See Ag Advantages in the Classroom and Beyond

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Clarke Alumna, Tara Norman, always cherished her life on the farm. The rewards of hard work in tending animals and growing sustainable produce showed her a life many students don’t get to see these days. So when she returned to Clarke to teach at the elementary she

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Osceola Building Incentive Program Boosts New Home Construction and is Ready for More.

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In the Spring of 2020 the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) completed another development contract through the Osceola Building Incentive Program, making it the fourth home built in the city through the plan. The new home, located off Kossuth and Washington, was built using resources available through

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With Clarke County Unemployment Down, Local Manufacturers Get Creative to Hire

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March of 2020 and the COVID-19 crisis hit the job market in Clarke County like a hammer. Many local businesses, who depend on the area’s deep workforce pool, were forced to reduce staff or shut down completely. This took the pre-COVID unemployment rate that had been hovering

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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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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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New Osceola Housing Development To Meet Growing Demand

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Mortgage interest rates are rock-bottom right now, and potential homeowners, from young families to retirees, are looking to take advantage of the drop. Unfortunately, properties in Osceola and surrounding areas in the price range suitable for these buyers are scarce, leaving many buyers in limbo. According to

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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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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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City Opens Applications for up to $30,000 in Housing Rehabilitation Assistance

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Partnering with the Clarke County Development Corporation (CCDC) and the Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG), The City of Osceola is opening the application process for the Owner-Occupied Housing Sustainability program. The program, developed to assist low-to-moderate income homeowners looking to make repairs to their homes, is

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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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