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Local News 5.1.2018

An Odyssey of the Mind team from Pella is advancing to the world competition on May 23-26 in Ames. Pella Community School’s Division I team placed first at the state competition in April.  Odyssey of the Mind is an international creativity competition that helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and subjects like math, language arts, among others.  Pella’s teams began practicing last October; At the beginning of the season, teams are given five long-term problems to choose from. Pella’s Division I team chose, “A Stellar Hangout.” The team had to create a scenario centered on a science fiction hangout that included three original characters, foods and a search for space treasure. Pella Community School’s Division I team will compete against 800 other teams representing more than 26 countries at the worlds competition.

Governor Kim Reynolds stopped by recently to visit with the assembly workers at the C & C Manufacturing plant in Ottumwa.  Company executives President Gaylon Cowan and Vice-President Geoff Cowan, told Reynolds C & C Manufacturing is bringing in plenty of business — but they could use more of the great workers they rely upon.  Starting almost 25 years ago in a 10-foot workspace, C & C Manufacturing now occupies a 150,000 sq/ft production facility; One piece of equipment the governor asked about was the car crusher, or “logger,” which can turn an SUV into a refrigerator-sized package in roughly one minute.  They also produce snow removal equipment is in use at such international airports as John F. Kennedy in New York.



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