KANAWHA: Uncooperative weather means that paving of the main road north to Britt (R-35) won’t be finished until next summer. Only six miles of concrete were poured -- from Britt south to the Klemme blacktop (B-55). The 4.5 miles from Kanawha to B-55 will be re-opened and remain gravel all winter. The contractor will face financial penalties for not getting the work done. Said one county supervisor, “I do realize the weather was bad... but not all summer. I’m sympathetic, but only to a point.”

  LATIMER: A Des Moines dry ice firm will open a facility here in an empty building in the business park. The owner of Burtek Dry Ice said the location is ideal for selling to the Prestage plant at Eagle Grove and for the company’s plan to expand north and east. Burtek has about 500 customers and produces dry ice in rice, pellet and block form. This will be the firm’s second location.

  EAGLE GROVE: A remodeling and expansion project is underway at Rotary Senior Living. The $2.5 million job will convert one section of the facility into 17 one-person studio apartments and three larger suites for assisted living with memory support residents.

  BRITT: The hospital has embarked on a $7.4 million remodeling project. The surgery department will be relocated and expanded to include two operating rooms, two procedure rooms and four same-day-surgery rooms. The emergency room will be expanded to include two trauma rooms, four exam rooms, and a decontamination room. The front entrance will also see changes.

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