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Local Highlights

March 22, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Sioux County is now hiring a Part-Time Office Assistant/Assistant Bookkeeper. The position provides effective administrative support to ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County, and requires a positive team player who works well with other staff and clients. Typical work schedule will be three days per week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wage will be hourly, commensurate with experience and education. Apply by April 9, 2021 for first review!

March 31, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach invites local faith-based youth workers to attend a mental health workshop on Tuesday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City. The program is being hosted in Sioux County but those in neighboring counties are also welcome to attend. This Mental Health Workshop for Faith-Based Youth Workers presentations and discussion times focus on reducing stigma surrounding mental health, suicide prevention training and local resources that are available to help.

March 24, 2021

Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to file fraudulent unemployment claims, often using someone else’s identity. Scammers may even use the identity of someone who is receiving or applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. A recent Iowa scam falsely told Medicare beneficiaries that Medicare was issuing new Medicare cards and required their personal information, which is not true. To help citizens protect themselves, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer “Money Smart: Avoid Fraud and Protect Your Identity” on Tuesday, April 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sioux Center Public Library.

March 4, 2021

The application window is now open for this year’s Master Gardener training, which will be offered 100 percent online in the fall. Applicants have from March 1 through July 1 to apply. A total of 17 educational modules will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, on topics that include houseplants, pollinators, vegetables, and perennial flowers. Each course module includes a book chapter, lecture video, online discussion board and a quiz.

January 22, 2021

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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