A Chicago company announces a billion-dollar project to harness the wind in northwest Iowa. Invenergy wants to put up 215 wind turbines in O'Brien County and send the power they generate to areas like Chicago and beyond. County officials hope the wind energy project could be completed in the next few years.
The effect of the Affordable Health Care Act was the focus of a roundtable discussion with Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns in West Point on Tuesday. He told officials from St. Francis Memorial Hospital that he is among those who are skeptical that the benefits will outweigh the costs. Senator Johanns says he believes younger people will bear the brunt of the cost of the new federal law with higher insurance premiums.
Woodbury County supervisors are saving two mental health programs, whose funding was cut by the state. They voted Tuesday to let the county's social services director to proceed with plans to keep "Mental Health Court" and the "Friendship House." The plans for funding are preliminary, and director Patty Erickson-Puttmann will draw up contracts for both programs.
A tourist stop in the Iowa Great Lakes area is offering a trip down memory lane through the swinging sixties. The Okoboji Classic Cars showroom in Arnolds Park started as a place for owners to store their restored cars. It has grown into full-size replicas of Grand Avenue in Spencer and the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, complete with store fronts and murals. Now, those behind the showroom give tours Tuesdays through Saturdays.
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