Pat Racette

01/13/2015 - 12:54pm
A gradual increase to livestock may be taking place in Butler agriculture. The county’s land value dropped by 11.46 percent in 2014, from $9,904 to $8,769 per acre. Butler Program Coordinator Nancy Jensen says the dry season allowed other regions to raise more corn and soybeans than typical, reducing prices for the crops, along with land value. “It’s a domino effect,...
01/13/2015 - 12:51pm
The virus peaks in December to February, as a few hospitalizations have occurred in the county due to the flu. Butler Public Health Director Jennifer Becker says vaccination is the best defense. And it’s still not too late. Though the public health office is out of vaccine, local doctors’ offices and Walmart and Walgreen’s...
01/13/2015 - 12:49pm
Phone and check frauds are reported several times a week in Butler. Common area scams may ask a person for an initial payment before they receive an excess amount of cash. And, most shams put pressure on individuals to decide at once. Butler Sheriff Jason Johnson says a successful scam is all profit for the swindler. “Just one bad...
01/07/2015 - 5:05pm
People like Lucille Eckhoff. She has taken 94 years of life in stride. She’s independent and considerate. “It’s your life, you can do what you want,”she says. “Sometimes if they [six children] want me to do something, I listen to it. But then when they’re gone, I do what I want to.” She’s...
01/07/2015 - 4:59pm
Sinclair Elevator of Parkersburg is constructing a pellet feed mill. Younglove Construction of Sioux City, who erected the Zinpro Corporation plant in Shell Rock, used slip form construction to create 16-story tower before winter. The 170-foot concrete goliath will be a storing house for feed ingredients and the finished product. “...
01/07/2015 - 4:53pm
Lewis Slimmer founded the first bank in Clarksville – the Butler County Bank. Engineering the historical structure in 1882, the building still stands today as Butler County State Bank Antiques. “It was a pretty strong bank,” says Wayne Rohlwing, Iowa State Bank’s longest lasting representative. “It paid out...
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