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04/14/2015 - 3:18pm
Freshman U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst visited the area last week as part of her inaugural recess tour of the state. Back in Iowa after her first 90 days in Congress, Ernst visited Sukup Manufacturing on Wednesday to talk with employees about her activities in Congress and take a tour of the factory.      “I think she’s great, I really do,” said Sukup Manufacturing...
04/07/2015 - 3:31pm
Hampton woman memorializes loved ones with homemade teddy bears         A hobby that began as a way to remember departed family members has transformed into a growing business opportunity for Hampton resident Robbi Stevens.      Sietsema-Vogel Funeral Homes recently expanded their memorial offerings with a...
03/31/2015 - 2:52pm
Ambitious Hampton businesses have a shot at winning $8,000 thanks to a new competition launched by Main Street Iowa.      The contest, called Open 4 Business, is designed to help Main Street Iowa programs provide additional support and resources for their downtown districts. Open 4 Business allows Main Street shops, restaurants...
03/31/2015 - 2:51pm
A report ranking the healthiest counties in Iowa recently gave local residents high marks for their commitment to exercise and a healthy lifestyle.      County Health Rankings & Roadmaps picked Franklin County as the 20th healthiest county in the state this year. The report combines data from a wide range of vital health...
03/31/2015 - 2:46pm
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors gave a new name to the old Hampton Gospel Hall building during its meeting on Monday, March 30.      After approving a lease agreement to allow the use of the building by the food pantry, the board members brainstormed an official name for the county’s new building, eventually...
03/24/2015 - 3:03pm
The Franklin County Conservation Board is planning to put a well-known piece of local realty on the market following a decision at its March 9 meeting.      The board chose to move forward with the sale of a unique property that was willed to Franklin County Conservation by the late Bill Robinson III. It features a unique brick...
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