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Local News 2.26.2018

Pella has been ranked as the second safest city to live in Iowa, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security.  The study, based on data from 2017, identifies the safest cities to live in by the number of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 people from 2017.  Pella was placed among other high ranking cities including Norwalk, North Liberty, Johnston and Ankeny.  Chief of Police Robert Bokinsky said the rating provides a good reputation for Pella to attract business and population.  Bokinsky said the community likes to give the police department credit when a report like this comes in, but the results speak more about the community than the police, he continued.

 MidAmerican Energy Company has announced that it has completed two new wind farms in Iowa that add 338 megawatts of wind generation capacity, with one of those farms located in Mahaska County.  According to a news release sent by MidAmerican, the Beaver Creek Wind Farm in Boone and Greene Counties as well as the Prairie Wind Farm in Mahaska County are now in operation. The 168-megawatt Prairie Wind Farm began generating electricity in the Fall 2017, with the final four megawatts put into service Jan. 2018.  Construction started in the spring of 2017, following approval by the Iowa Utilities Board in 2016.  MidAmerican Energy anticipates that renewable generation will equate to more than 90% of its customers’ annual retail electricity usage by 2020.