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Linda Gumprecht needed a change of scenery. Unbeknownst to her at the time, a career change was in order as well. Gumprecht grew up in the Springfield, Ill. area and spent a bit of her adult life working as a customer service specialist at a local hospital. On the side, she baked cakes and cupcakes, often selling them to friends and family. Four years ago, she wound up moving to
The Tri-States is officially a Great Regions area. The rare designation gives the 35 counties of Northeast Missouri, West-Central Illinois and Southeast Iowa that make up the Tri-State Development Summit another tool in building a stronger area economy. Leaders of USDA Rural Development from the three states made the announcement during a ceremony Thursday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in Quincy, Ill. They said the Summit’s focus upon regionalism played a
Every year in the Christmas season, the employees of The Mercantile Bank of Louisiana partner with a local charitable organization to provide something special for local families. This year, LANE’s Backpack was chosen. The program provides nutritious food to local elementary school children who may face food challenges on the weekends when they don’t have access to school breakfasts and lunches. The employees will be collecting food and monetary donations
Now that Clarksville entrepreneur Nathalie Pettus has created a self-sustaining, everything locally-grown restaurant with The Station, she is now turning her attention to another ecological idea. Pettus plans to erect an ethanol fuel filling station by the first of the year on the south end of Clarksville just down Hwy. 79 from her restaurant and Overlook Farm complex. “We’ll purchase the ethanol initially from POET,” of Laddonia, Pettus said. “It’s
The 2013 harvest for corn and soybeans is about one-half over and progressing well, according to Pike County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Roger Colbert. Average corn yields are better than farmer’s expected after the 2012 drought and soybean yields are also average so far, Colbert said. For the full story, see the Oct. 30 Louisiana Press-Journal.
Stark Bro’s Nurseries and Orchards Co., one of the country’s oldest and largest retail and commercial growers of fruit and nut trees, last week it has acquired J.E. Miller Nurseries, another privately-held nursery/grower located in Canandaigua, N.Y. By incorporating Miller’s resources and 75 years of experience, Stark Bro’s, founded in 1816 and credited for discovering both the red delicious and golden delicious apples, will now be the nation’s largest direct-to-consumer
In Louisiana on Oct. 4, a familiar face and voice has joined two organizations as director. The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Visitors and Convention Bureau last week announced that Chris Koetters will be in the newly created position for both organizations. Koetters, who has previously been involved with tourism and the hotel industry, will bring with him previous experiences to the new position. “I was closely involved with