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Atwood Electric, Inc. Hires Kevin Dunbar as Washington Based Solar Energy Consultant

Atwood Electric, Inc. of Sigourney has hired Washington based Kevin Dunbar to handle their Solar Energy consulting.  Kevin will be representing AE for all of the regions's Solar needs. According to Norman Atwood, Owner of Atwood Electric, "Kevin's experience in the solar field is significant and is a great fit with our long term focus on customer service.  We're excited to have him part of the team as he embodies our mission of Quality, Integrity, & Service." Atwood Electric, located in Sigourney, Iowa, is a family owned, full service contractor specializing in all aspects of electrical construction and solar installation. They have master electricians and a professional engineer on staff.  Safety and training are core to their success and is reflected in awards, safety statistics, and most importantly, customer satifaction.   They believe in doing things right the first time, and will be around to keep you running for years to come.  For more information, call 641-622-3626 or visit 


UP Home Plans Expansion 

After several years of planning and research, the United Presbyterian Home is excited to embark on an expansion plan for the retirement community that will house new private rooms as well as modern wellness and therapy spaces. The construction will include an addition on to the south hall of the current Health Center.  The addition will include 17 private rooms along with converting existing semi-private rooms to private rooms, the development of a 16 bed dementia specific area and the expansion of our current wellness and fitness area to include a therapy pool.

CLICK HERE to read the entire Press Release


English River Outfitters receives $1,500

$1500 Awarded to English River Outfitters from Golden Eagle Distributing. The ERO Mission: "We strive to restore our veterans’ strength and independence by providing a safe outdoor experience that promotes healing and closure, as well as family reintegration." Check out their website to see some of the things that they are doing.CLICK HERE



Washington High School wins Iowa Character Award 

Since 2005, the Iowa Character Awards have recognize individuals and organizations annually with good character. This year the Washington High School Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) has been chosen as one of the 12 awards, School Organization of Character Award. This is a great honor for the school system. Principal Buchholz was told that it is like the Oscars of awards in Iowa. The group will be attending the ceremony July 31 at Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center. 

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Recipients!

Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award:  Rich Willis and Suku Radia

Champion of Character Award:  Ed Banach

Partner of the Year Award:  Tim Vorland Photography

Citizen of Character (Adult) Award:  Tyler Leech

Citizen of the Year (Youth) Award:  Ethan Lowder

School of Character Award:  Cardinal Community Schools

School Organization of Character Award:  Washington High School SADD

Educator of Character Award:  Gary Janssen

Organization of Character Award:  Harbaugh-Williams Education Promise

Pursuing Victory With Honor Award:  Springville Girls Basketball

Aaron Eilerts Community Service Award:  Abigail Hammer

Mascot of Character: Crash, Iowa Wild


Tickets to the event can be bought online CLICK HERE


105 Years of Whoopee Days

Whoopee Days, an event well known among the locals, has been a time-honored tradition for 105 years in Brighton, Iowa. The event was first held in 1910, but was known then as Booster Days. It was not until the town wanted to really celebrate their new paved road through their business district in 1929 that they changed the name to "Whoopee" Days, meaning a hilarious good time. That year the celebration ended with big pavement dance, thus kicking off many more years of street dances. 

Each year the event continues to grow. Don't miss the carnival, mud run, entertainment, talent show, parade, and more. The 105th Annual Whoopee Days is to be held June 18-21, 2015.