Off the Map: Fairfax couple runs farm toy business out of garage

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories of people and places we might not ordinarily take note of, but who make our communities special.


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Playing it safe

The recent recession actually was good for some businesses — the sales of safes and vaults.

Two years ago, the Sled Shed was looking for a non-weather-related product to sell in its Cedar Rapids store. The outdoor power equipment reta [...]

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Soft skills hot commodity among employers

CEDAR RAPIDS — So you’ve got degree from a good university. And you graduated with honors, after landing several internships that gave you credible experience to include in your growing resume.

But you still might not land the [...]

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Third-generation farmer supplements family tradition with a second job

MASONVILLE — Waves of golden corn swell and surge around Andy Monaghan’s small farm. It’s harvest time and there’s 250 acres of corn that need to be picked.

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Dave Wright to relocate to bigger dealership

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dave Wright Auto plans to build and relocate to a larger dealership.

“We’ve significantly outgrown our space,” said dealership owner Dave Wright. “Both on the sales and the services side. [...]

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Event to help businesses understand government contracting

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is holding a two-part business success series on government contracting.

The first session will be on Oct. 30 from 8 to 9 a.m., at the Economic Alliance, 501 First St. SE.

This session, held in [...]

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Genova sells health care business to Booz Allen Hamilton

Cedar Rapids-based Genova Technologies Inc. sold the assets of its health care division in Baltimore to Booz Allen Hamilton.

Genova’s health care division provides IT solutions and strategies for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid [...]

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State economic development approves $1.9 million tax credit for Sioux City project

DES MOINES — Iowa’s economic development agency on Friday unanimously approved a $1.9 million tax credit for a company to build a rail car maintenance and repair facility in Sioux City.

The Iowa Economic Development authority a [...]

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Meredith gets rights to license Martha Stewart Living

Des Moines-based Meredith Corp. acquired the rights to Martha Stewart Living under a 10-year licensing agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, which is effective Nov. 1, Meredith will lead sales and marketing, circulation, production, a [...]

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Back to the Futures: What is deflation, and is it good or bad?

What is Deflation?

During wild price swings many recall, understand, and fear inflation as an insidious threat to our buying power as the paper dollars in our wallets buy less and less as prices go up. But what happens if [...]

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My Biz: Club Deli serves up soups, sandwiches

CEDAR RAPIDS — Club Deli owner Chris Dlouhy started cooking as a kid and has never really stopped.

“I've always liked to cook,” he said. “As kids, my mother told us if we wanted a hot lunch on the weekends, we neede [...]

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City recommends terminating lease for The Wedge

IOWA CITY — Iowa City staff have recommended that downtown pizzeria The Wedge be released from its lease obligations with the city.

If approved by the Iowa City Council during its Tuesday meeting, the lease for The Wedge Downtown, in [...]

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Home sales up in state, Corridor

CEDAR RAPIDS — Home sales rose throughout the Corridor and state during September.

Statewide, home sales inched up 0.6 percent in September when compared with the same month last year, according to the Iowa Association of Realtors. Th [...]

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Illinois company to buy Penford Corp.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ingredion Inc. plans to acquire Penford Corp., a specialty ingredients company with a facility in Cedar Rapids, in a deal with an aggregate value of $340 million.

The deal could close as early as the end of the year. continue »

Wet weather slows harvest

Dry weather allowed farmers to harvest 30 percent of the state’s soybean acreage for the week ending Oct. 12, but muddy fields have slowed harvest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Se [...]

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