Ottumwa-based Food Bank of Southern Iowa is merging with the Des Moines Food Bank of Iowa; Spokesman Danny Akright says its southern Iowa counterpart has served as a redistribution organization for Food Bank of Iowa since 2012. Akright said the southern Iowa organization has around one dozen employees, while there are 25 in central Iowa – no one will lose their job because of the merger. Akright says the merger will benefit the Ottumwa food bank, which has struggled due to a lack of resources. He says the far greater resources available to the Des Moines operation will now be able to benefit its Southern counterpart as well. The merger is expected to be complete by the beginning of the new year.
If you’ve driven near Oskaloosa and New Sharon you’ve undoubtedly seen the new wind farms; now Mid American Energy is planning another wind farm in Poweshiek County. This is the third site in Iowa selected for construction as part of the Wind XI project. MidAmerican Energy has begun construction activity on the North English wind farm, with completion scheduled for December 2018. The wind farm will share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, currently under construction in neighboring Mahaska County. Altogether, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will consist of up to 1,000 wind turbines and 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa when complete in December 2019.