City finds success with main street spec building

City finds success with main street spec building

September 1, 2016 Officials in Akron, Iowa have long considered the possibility of a spec building in their community. It wasn’t until Akron native, former city council member and entrepreneur John Lucken stepped Read More
Akron ripe with aronia berry business

Akron ripe with aronia berry business

September 1, 2016 The old saying goes “There’s something in the water,” but in Akron, Iowa, there’s something in the juice: aronia berries. The city has become the unofficial aronia berry capital of Read More
Two long-term projects moving forward in Arlington

Two long-term projects moving forward in Arlington

August 1, 2016 The city of Arlington, SD is moving forward with two phases of its long-term strategic plan with help from Heartland. The Arlington Community Development Corporation (ACDC) received a $5,000 economic development Read More
Main Street businesses to community: We need you more than ever

Main Street businesses to community: We need you more than ever

June 30, 2016 By Kristi Hine, Editor, True Dakotan This article originally appeared in the June 28, 2016 issue of the True Dakotan; reprinted with permission Main Street businesses gathered at the crumbling Read More
The Front Porch unifies Langford region as founders and patrons

The Front Porch unifies Langford region as founders and patrons

June 1, 2016 After years of witnessing loss of local businesses, a small group of residents in Langford, SD joined together under one common goal: to improve their community and revive their Main Read More
Madelia recovery efforts continue after Main Street fire

Madelia recovery efforts continue after Main Street fire

March 1, 2016 In the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 3, an explosion erupted in a Madelia, Minnesota Main Street business, igniting a massive fire that would eventually spread throughout neighboring buildings.  More than 100 firefighters Read More