Ground Floor: Mount Vernon Palisades Cafe owner back home

Rachel Sauter’s first restaurant job was washing dishes at Mount Vernon Cafe at the age of 16.

Back then, she never imagined that she would someday own her own restaurant in the same location.

“I thought I’d be li [...]

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Van Horne grain elevator scheduled to open Friday

A grain elevator in Van Horne will open to the public Friday after being acquired by a different company.

Benton Grain Co., 98 Railroad St. in Keystone, acquired the Van Horne grain elevator on July 1 from the Shellsburg Elevator.

Owne [...]

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Soil moisture falls with lack of rain

Lack of precipitation in many parts of Iowa has farmers wishing for more rain and boosting the futures prices of corn and soybeans.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 6 percent [...]

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Iowa business leaders hopeful of positive impact from new workforce law

Local business leaders are hopeful a new workforce innovation law adopted last week will give a boost to the workforce development efforts in Eastern Iowa, they said.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was passed by the House and S [...]

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Detour on Edgewood Road at Highway 100 Delayed to Tuesday

A planned detour of traffic on Edgewood Road NE for construction of an overpass at Highway 100 has been delayed until Tuesday morning.

Cathy Cutler, transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation, said a contractor neede [...]

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Looking abroad: Variety of Iowa products sold overseas

A  sawmill and lumber company in Winthrop, a Cedar Rapids producer of propylene film and a Mason City ID tag supplier might seem to be unlikely exporters, but they have a couple of things in common.

All three businesses sell their pro [...]

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Emerging leaders: Three simple ways to up your elevator pitch

Is your elevator pitch elevating your career all the way to the top?

If your current elevator pitch educates your listeners about what you do now, but not what you are capable of doing next, you may be missing an important opportunity to re [...]

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The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids names 2014-15 board officers, directors


Northwestern Mutual in Hiawatha has hired Casey Mushrush, previously with ConAgra Mills in Hastings, Minn., and Sarah Specht, previously with Fusionfarm, as financial representatives.

Alto [...]

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Horse sense not a hobby farm

This year, Teresa Mulhausen will celebrate her 20th anniversary with her barn.

Mulhausen has operated Wyndtree Farm, a horse boarding business where she also gives riding lessons, just outside Swisher for two decades. She attended Virginia [...]

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Small Business Administration reps in Cedar Rapids Monday with disaster loans

CEDAR RAPIDS — Beginning Monday, U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be available at the Linn County Emergency Management Agency on the Kirkwood Community College campus to discuss low-interest federal disaster loans for [...]

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Iowans urged to prepare for propane needs

Iowa businesses, farmers and homeowners who depend on propane are being encouraged to take steps to lock in existing low prices and ensure an adequate supply this fall and winter.

Propane is selling for an average $1.60 per gallon, according [...]

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West Bank owner posts higher earnings

West Bancorporation, corporate parent of West Bank with branches in Iowa City, reported higher second-quarter earnings and improved loan volume.

The West Des Moines-based bank holding company posted net income of $4.74 million, or 30 cents p [...]

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Back to the futures: Cattle futures up, natural gas sinks

Cattle stampede higher

Cattle futures shot into all-time highs again this week, reaching $1.58 per pound on Thursday. Prices continue to rise because of a shortage of animals stemming from the multiyear dr [...]

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Funding to help implement new water quality practices in Iowa

Iowa farmers quickly snapped up the $1.4 million in cost share funds the state made available last week to help farmers install new nutrient reduction practices.

The funds were obligated in fewer than five business days after they were made [...]

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Foreclosure rates continue decline

For the eighth consecutive month, foreclosure rates in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor declined in May compared with the same month of 2013 as the housing market continues to recover.

The rate of Cedar Rapids area foreclosures among outs [...]

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