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Business Briefs

Van Diest to acquire NorthStar Bank

WEBSTER CITY — Van Diest Investment Company, of Webster City, and NorthStar Bancshares, of Estherville, have announced an agreement under which Van Diest will acquire NorthStar Bank and Agency. The transaction is expected to close by Nov. 30, 2021, pending regulatory approval. “We ...

Alliant Energy to host safety training

CEDAR RAPIDS – Professionals involved in crisis planning are invited to the Iowa Pipeline Association’s 2021 Pipeline Safety Awareness and Emergency Response programs in October. Alliant Energy is participating in the Coordinated Response Exercise and encourages emergency responders ...

Availa Bank hires Schlienz as senior loan officer

Availa Bank in Fort Dodge has announced the hiring of Craig Schlienz as senior loan officer. In his new role, Schlienz will be responsible for developing new and existing commercial client relationships, ensuring the needs of the business are met, including loans, deposits, and cash ...

Cokeley returns to Iowa Central

Former wrestler Ryne Cokeley has returned to Iowa Central, joining the wrestling program and student development office. Cokeley, a graduate of Iowa Central, will be an assistant under Luke Moffitt after serving as a volunteer coach at Fort Hays State University. He will also be a student ...

Friendship Haven names board of directors

Friendship Haven has announced four members of its board of directors. Matt Johnson, director of happiness at Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota; Sara Hill, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church; John Engler, an attorney at the law firm of Johnson, Mulholland, Cochrane, Cochrane, Yung ...

Dencklau joins Friendship Haven assisted living team

Lacy Dencklau, licensed practical nurse, recently joined Friendship Haven’s assisted living program, which program includes River Ridge and The Gardens neighborhoods. Dencklau has held many positions over the last 15 years in Friendship Haven’s long-term care neighborhoods, including ...