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Local Highlights

November 3, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting registrants for Annie’s Project, a program focused on empowering women in agriculture, to be held in Sibley during Feb. and March 2017. Annie’s Project is a six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business. It will be held at the Osceola Community Hospital Education Room in Sibley beginning Thursday, Feb. 23 and continuing every Thursday through March 30. There will be a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the session will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

February 2, 2012

Clippings is a weekly newsletter from ISU Extension and Outreach featuring research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists serving Northwest Iowa. 

November 29, 2016

Simple Christmases that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible, according to Carol Ehlers, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. In fact, she says a $10 limit per person is possible by carefully planning holiday spending. The first step to achieving a small holiday limit is to make the decision to hold down spending. 

November 9, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, Sioux Rivers and Northwest Iowa Care Connections recently celebrated the finale of Northwest Iowa’s first-ever Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs course in Sheldon. The free six-week course was designed to give support to caregivers of child(ren) with special health and behavioral needs. 

September 28, 2016

Gain tools and resources to help others define their financial goals, use credit wisely, manage debt effectively and access appropriate community resources with the “Your Money, Your Goals” toolkit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Iowa Lakes Community College (Room 114) in Spencer. Course registration ends Friday, Dec. 12, 2016.

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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