Monthly Archive: August 2016

Aug 31

Gov. Branstad requests U.S. Small Business Administration disaster assistance

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today requested the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to make low-interest federal disaster loans available to Iowa residents and business owners affected by recent severe weather and flash flooding in northeast Iowa.

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Aug 27

Feds propose rule to welcome international entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) so that they may start or scale their businesses here in the United States.

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Aug 24

USDA to Purchase Surplus Cheese for Food Banks and Families in Need, Continue to Assist Dairy Producers

Department Also Will Extend Margin Protection Program for Dairy Enrollment Deadline  WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest …

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Aug 23

Wells Fargo punished for ripping off student loan customers

Washington, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took action against Wells Fargo Bank for illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain student loan borrowers.

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Aug 22

Unanimous Vote From Wright County Board of Supervisors Gives Go-Ahead for the Prestage Foods of Iowa Pork Processing Plant

EAGLE GROVE, IOWA — Today the Wright County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the development agreement enabling Prestage Foods of Iowa to build a $240 million pork processing plant near Eagle Grove. During the past six weeks, several public hearings have taken place to provide information and answer questions about the project. Many …

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Aug 15

Mason City business to get new parking lot with forgivable loan from city

MASON CITY – A Mason City business will get a forgivable loan to upgrade a gravel parking lot and aged door.

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Aug 07

Following bird flu outbreak, Iowa and Minnesota Senators attempt to end discrimination on U.S. turkey exports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the outbreak of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a bipartisan letter along with Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Al Franken (D-MN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Thune (R-SD), and Thom …

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Aug 06

Feds expand foreclosure protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week finalized new measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The updated rule requires servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan, clarifies borrower protections when the servicing of a …

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Aug 06

NIACC to offer graphic design program

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is excited to once again offer a degree in Graphic Design. The program is being offered as an Associate in Applied Science degree and as a Certificate. Students can still enroll for the fall semester with classes beginning on August 29.

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Aug 03

Des Moines suburb Johnston hires economic development manager

JOHNSTON, IOWA – Monday night the Johnston City Council appointed Adam Plagge as its new Economic Development Manager. Plagge comes with strong credentials in urban planning and community development, including:

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Aug 01

Feds consider proposal to overhaul debt collection market

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently outlined proposals under consideration that would overhaul the debt collection market by capping collector contact attempts and by helping to ensure that companies collect the correct debt.

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Aug 01

Lee names Biondi as publisher for Waterloo and Mason City

DAVENPORT, IOWA — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a provider of local news, information and advertising in 50 markets, announced that Roy D. Biondi has been named publisher of The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa and The Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa. He succeeds David Braton, who became publisher of The Bismarck Tribune in March.

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Aug 01

Feds propose updates to “know before you owe” mortgage disclosure rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently proposed updates to its Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule. The proposed amendments are intended to formalize guidance in the rule, and provide greater clarity and certainty. The changes proposed today would augment implementation of the Know Before You Owe rule, which took effect last year, …

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