TUESDAY, JAN. 9, 2018  |  IN THIS ISSUE  
 
David Lindstrom
MidWest
One Financial Group Inc. ( MOFG ), the parent company of MidWest One Bank, today announced the appointment of David Lindstrom as senior vice president, retail banking.
 
Mr. Lindstrom joins MidWest One  after serving for nearly four years as market president of the Minneapolis-west market for BMO Harris Bank.
 
"David is a perfect cultural fit for MidWest One, " MidWestOne President and CEO Charlie Funk stated in a press release . "He understands the importance of providing excellent customer service that will be the foundation for accelerated growth in retail banking."
 
At BMO Harris, Mr. Lindstrom was responsible for retail, premier and small business banking in various roles over the past six years. Prior to the acquisition by BMO Harris, Mr. Lindstrom spent 22 years at M&I Bank in various roles including corporate leader of retail banking and senior vice president in regional and district manager capacities.
 
"I am excited to be joining a team with such a strong culture that is centered around providing excellent customer service," Mr. Lindstrom said. "To me, this is the key differentiator and driver of success in banking today."

Rockwell Collins is currently seeking proposals for its 2018 Green Communities grant program.
 
Launched in 2004, the program helps fund environmental projects in communities where the company operates around the world. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 16, with grant winners being announced on or around Earth Day, on April 22.

To apply for a grant, a nonprofit group must be teamed with a Rockwell Collins employee or retiree, and the projects must improve the environmental condition of a community in which Rockwell Collins operates.

The Green Communities grants have had a major impact on a number of Iowa groups, including the Winneshiek County Conservation Board in Fort Atkinson, and its efforts to help the world's bee and butterfly populations feed and reproduce.

"The conservation board is working with our employees to develop land that will become a prairie park for bee pollinators to help them flourish in the area," said Adriana Johnson, senior community relations specialist for Rockwell Collins. "We are excited to partner with groups like this in the communities where our employees live and work."

Grant awards will range from $500-$2,500. Only projects conducted or sponsored by qualified nonprofit organizations or public/government entities are eligible. To review the grant guidelines and access the online application, visit http://www.rockwellcollins.com/greencommunities. 
 
Iowa City-based Vortex Business Solutions has announced the launch of a new website for the Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success.

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success helps students of color in the Cedar Rapids area receive culturally specific instruction, along with essential travel exposure. It was the recipient of Vortex's 2018 Free Website Seva Project.

"The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success is pleased and grateful to be the recipient of a Vortex SEVA website redesign," Executive Director Ruth White stated in a press release. "Not only have we gained a site that is informative and reflects our mission to guide students of color toward productive citizenship, we have also gained a compendium of knowledge and information regarding how to construct effective content and present it in an impactful way. This is something that we never would have been able to accomplish on our own, and for it we are incredibly appreciative."

Vortex web design and development contributors included Molly Cook, Cody Bontrager, William Aden, Justin Sines, Katie Wolfe, Lizzie Tonner and Jonathan Sabin.

The Vortex Seva project creates a state-of-the-art, fully responsive and mobile-compliant website fee-free for a deserving nonprofit on a yearly basis. 

Vortex Business Solutions, Inc. is a full-service web development and marketing firm that has been making websites since 1996.

This
Friday is being named a "night of ideas" in Marion to encourage a final push for the city's ImagiNEXT initiative.
 
The community is encouraged to use the time to come together with family, neighbors or groups they would naturally meet with. The goal is to brainstorm ideas that can be put into action to enhance the community.
 
"It's the final week for ideas to be submitted as part of this community visioning process," Marion Chamber of Commerce President Jill Ackerman stated in a press release. "We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate by sharing their ideas and think without constraints."
 
A tool kit is available at  MarionImagiNEXT.org for anyone needing help getting started. A sneak peek at ideas can be found on  the  Marion Chamber Facebook . Ideas can be submitted online at  MarionImagiNEXT.org and are due no later than Jan. 15.
 
Following the submission deadline, a selection committee of 23 people will begin the process of narrowing the list of ideas to 100, at which time a community voting period will further narrow the list to 30. The committee will then be tasked with selecting the final 3-5 ideas.
Story5South Slope sponsors Miracles in Motion at milestone anniversary

Miracles in Motion volunteer Jackie Wallace, board President Karla Miller, South Slope CEO Chuck Deisbeck  and Marketing Manager Shane Von Holten. PHOTO SOUTH SLOPE  
Miracles in Motion , a therapeutic equestrian center in Swisher that provides programs and services to children, young adults and veterans with a range of physical, emotional and cognitive challenges, is beginning its 30th year of service to the Eastern Iowa community. 
 
In recognition of the milestone, South Slope Cooperative Communications yesterday hosted a reception at Hills Bank & Trust in North Liberty and has signed on as a premier sponsor of Miracles in Motion for the year.
 
"Miracles in Motion demonstrates the highest levels of commitment, dedication and service, which are at the core of South Slope's values, mission and goals. We are proud to support an organization with such a long history of excellence, and we look forward to being a part of their 30th year," Chuck Deisbeck, CEO of South Slope, stated in a press release.

Miracles in Motion Board President Karla Miller expressed gratitude for South Slope's financial support and recognition of its mission to improve lives.
 
"Through the dedication of our volunteers, donors and partners such as South Slope, we are now able to make miracles happen for more students," Ms. Miller stated.
 
Miracles in Motion began in 1988 with borrowed horses and volunteers. In 1989, Miracles became a certified center. It meets the standards for safety and therapy as set forth by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Miracles in Motion serves over 100 students per year with a workforce of approximately 125 dedicated volunteers and a herd of 15 horses.
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Jan. 10 
1 Million Cups, by 1 Million Cups, 9-10 a.m., Geonetric, 415 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join for community connections, startup pitches and free coffee. Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MCICR

Ribbon Cutting: Hotka Construction, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 4 p.m., 2058 Grindstone Dr., Iowa City. Join the Chamber Ambassadors for this ribbon-cutting. Free. 

Jan. 11 
PMI January Meeting, by PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter, 7:15-9 a.m., The Hotel at Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Terri Riegel of Transamerica will present the ball flow game, a simulation that teaches teams about the concept of flow and metrics that can be used to assess the impacts of changes. Cost: $15 members, $20 guests. To register, visit  bit.ly/2BhXRua.
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With the sound of a gavel, Iowa lawmakers began the 2018 legislative session Monday with the Republican-controlled legislature planning a conservative, pro-business agenda, hoping it can build off of what it accomplished last year.  "We must continue to boldly lead and always challenge yesterday's voices who seek to turn the calendar back. We will lead by looking ahead and always asking, 'What's next?'" House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Hagenow, R-Windsor Heights, said in his opening remarks. Mr.  Hagenow said he looks forward to a "broad conversation" about changing Iowa's tax code, and other Republican leaders echoed that sentiment.  Republican lawmakers are also committed to workforce development, which is a priority for Gov. Kim Reynolds.  Democrats responded by criticizing Republicans for mismanaging the budget, which has run into problems because of slower-than-expected revenue growth in the state. They also called for a renewed commitment to education and stressed fixing Medicaid problems in the state, which some Republicans admit needs work.
 
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CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails' Weather First Forecast

The thaw continues, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s through the middle of the week. Today will be a bit of a dreary day, but a mild one. Clouds with some areas of fog and drizzle will be possible, and temperatures will climb into the mid 30s for highs this afternoon.  A strong winter storm will begin to move through the state on Wednesday. Out ahead of it we will continue to experience warmth with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s. Showers will develop late Wednesday and continue on and off into Thursday morning.