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    Here's a list of local people in the May 20 issue of the Business Record and the page number of the article in which they are mentioned. Members can read all of this week's stories at and can access the digital version of the paper by clicking here.

    Joe Benesh, 21
    Terry Branstad, 4
    Steve Bruere, 8, 15
    Jennifer Bryant, 18
    Ben Champ, 15
    Mike Colwell, 4
    Angela Connolly, 15
    Frank Cownie, 4
    Rob Denson, 15
    Joel Duncan, 18
    Karen Eischen, 12
    Bryan Friedman, 10
    Bill Friedricks, 21
    Chuck Grassley, 15
    Jodi Jones, 4
    Joseph Jones, 21
    Susan Judkins, 15
    Jason Kiesau, 20
    Steve King, 15
    Bill Knapp, 21
    Frank Liebl, 10
    Warren Madden, 4
    Justin Mandelbaum, 4
    Michael McCoy, 15
    Dylan Mullenix, 15
    Lance Noe, 18
    Tim Orr, 15
    Jerry Patterson, 18
    Sarah Ramsey, 21
    Kent Sovern, 18
    Gene Stanbrough, 21
    Tom Vilsack, 4, 15
    Brian Waller, 4
    Ryan Waller, 6, 8
    Jason Walsmith, 15
    Mike Whalen, 4
    Geoff Wood, 4
    David Young, 15  

    Friday, May 20, 2016 6:00 AM
    Frank Liebl winces when he still hears someone refer to his city as “poor Newton.” But he’s hearing that expression less often as the city continues its steady recovery from the loss of Maytag Corp. nine years ago. 

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  • Indianola: Pennies pay for brighter city
    Friday, May 20, 2016 6:00 AM
    On March 1, Indianola voters approved adding a penny to the sales tax charged on retail sales in the city, the Warren County seat of government, a mere 20-minute drive south of Des Moines.

    Friday, May 20, 2016 6:00 AM

    Karen Eischen knows what’s going on in Pella. Eischen, executive director of the Pella Chamber of Commerce, helps guide development from her upper-level office in a remodeled visitors hub northwest of a tidy town square known for two things: tulips and Dutch letters.

    Friday, May 20, 2016 6:00 AM
    Iowa business leaders are faced with a unique challenge of preparing for a wave of coming retirements while also managing an ever-diverse four-generation workforce. How well prepared is your organization as many of your most skilled and knowledgeable employees transition out of the workforce? 

  • A Closer Look: Ryan Waller
    Friday, May 20, 2016 6:00 AM
    Waller came to town when the city was considering a local option sales tax, a measure that has been a touchy subject for several years in Greater Des Moines. This discussion provides some insight into how Indianola supporters succeeded in winning approval for the 1-cent increase in the local sales tax.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:19 PM
    Iowa's biofuel industry will thrive despite a setback from an Obama administration decision Wednesday, especially with the promise of biorenewable chemical production, a key observer in Iowa said today.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:47 AM
    A dozen Greater Des Moines junior high students will get an intense introduction to the world of manufacturing early next month, through a hands-on, on-site program developed by Albert Marasco, CEO of Summit Products Inc. in Altoona.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:44 AM
    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., a multinational corporation that is based in New Jersey with a presence in Des Moines, plans to hire more than 1,000 people and occupy office space in Two Ruan Center as well as build two office building in the Gray's Landing development.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 4:14 PM
    Listen closely and you might hear the buckles being cinched on travel bags as an annual pilgrimage gets underway to a Las Vegas convention that can lead to retail development in Greater Des Moines.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:28 PM

    For any of those commuters who use Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to enter the downtown core from the south (me), you know there's one risk that can blow up your morning schedule -- the 8-ish a.m. train. MLK backs up, nobody can cross the tracks, and the slow-moving train is sure to leave you at least 5-10 minutes behind schedule.

    And of late, it's been even more frequent -- guess that's just the price we pay for economic success. Here's a tip: If you're coming from the west, turn south down Southwest 11th Street, then cut over to Southwest Eighth Street, which will carry you up and over the train below. Coming from the east? Use the same Southwest Eighth overpass by turning south onto Southwest Seventh Street and right on Tuttle Street.

    Wave at the cars below as you fly to your 8 a.m. meeting on time.

    For those of you (me) who might have made a Fast & Furious-style habit out of flying through the flashing lights at the train crossing north of MLK on Fifth Street while racing to beat a train, beware.

    Previously there weren't any crossing gate arms that came down to discourage drivers from scooting through after the lights were flashing. But new signals, complete with crossing gates, were just installed on May 18 in an effort to make the crossing safer. Good move -- especially with the increased traffic on Fifth Street sure to stem from the new downtown Hy-Vee.

    From our office that sits trackside, I've seen many cars have near misses, and I've always wondered why that intersection never had a gate. That leaves four level crossings without arm gates from Fleur to the river: at the Southwest Eighth and Southwest Ninth underpass crossings, at Fourth Street by the Science Center of Iowa and Hessen Haus, and at Water Street.

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