Burlington-based Bangert, Inc., formerly known as Bangert Computer Systems, recently moved operations from downtown Kansas City to their new flagship office in Olathe, Kansas.

The move is “a huge benefit to our employees and our culture,” said Kent Galley, Bangert COO. “The modern, open space will promote our digital-first initiatives and give us some much-needed square footage for growth.”

Founded in 1983 by Richard Bangert with his son Kurt, the family-owned company has been present in the Kansas City Metro since 1999.

Plans for growth include adding 45 employees throughtout its five national locations over the next 18 months, the bulk in Olathe.

Bangert, Inc., provides construction software solutions and software consulting services in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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For the third consecutive year, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program partnered with food pantries across Iowa in an effort to reduce food insecurity in the state.

As part of the Growing Together initiative Master Gardeners in Des Moines County collaborated with Homestead 1839, a non-profit farm in West Burlington, to maintain a garden plot where fruits and vegetables harvested were donated

A local 4-H club, Falcon Friends, also helped with the project by collecting left-over produce from vendors at the Jefferson Street Farmers Market. This year Des Moines County Master Gardeners and their partners were able to donate 3031 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to Community Action, Section 8 housing units and a handful of shut-ins in the county.

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KEOKUK — The city of Keokuk and Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission received the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan from American Planning Association-Iowa Chapter

In April 2016, the city of Keokuk updated its Comprehensive Plan. The last Comprehensive Plan was done in 1999. The City partnered with SEIRPC to create its first 21st Century Comprehensive Plan.

The award noted the plan is an exemplary document for similar sized Midwestern towns that were early ‘boom-bust’ cities and were left in major disinvestment with low quality of life and have been struggling to recover since.

The plan is to make desired outcomes a reality, influence public to focus on their community values, create a positive public perception of the community.

Since adoption, the Comprehensive Plan has proven to be helpful when seeking funding for projects.

The city has applied for several grants, including State Recreational Trails (IDOT), Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (US DOT), and FY18 Site-Specific Brownfields Assessment Grant (US EPA) for an industrial site. The City was recently awarded the FY18 Brownfields Assessment Grant.

The results of the 2018 APA-Iowa Awards were officially announced at the luncheon Awards Reception during the 2018 APA-IA Conference, held Oct. 17 to 19 in Council Bluffs.


Heather J. Barnett, branch manager of Barnett Financial Partners, Inc., associated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, in Keokuk, has been recognized as a “2018 Top Wealth Adviser Mom" by Working Mother magazine.

"It's an honor to be recognized with other mothers who are financial advisors," said Barnett. "There is nothing more rewarding to me than being a mother to our two sons, Tanner and Brayden."

She is married to Ryan Barnett, who also a financial advisor. They share the responsibilities in the practice as well as the responsibilities of raising two active children.

Heather Barnett has more than 24 years experience in the financial services industry.


MONTROSE — Faster internet is coming to Montrose.

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, has deployed fixed wireless technology to deliver broadband speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) to households in the area.

Windstream is using fixed wireless technology as part of its participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund initiative, which is designed to support network upgrades in rural areas that would otherwise not be economically feasible. The company has invested more than $300,000 in fixed wireless services in Montrose.

To learn more, visit Windstream.com.