The Ottumwa Courier

April 29, 2013

Business Briefs


Ottumwa Courier

---- — Kness named bankpresident/CEO

FAIRFIELD — Iowa State Bank & Trust Company of Fairfield has announced the appointment of Aaron Kness as its president and CEO.

Kness takes over the position previously held by Jon Simplot, who retired from the bank in March after 25 years of service.

Kness has 17 years of experience in banking and finance and is a graduate of both the University of Iowa’s College of Business and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Most recently, Kness served as market president for U.S. Bank, where he led three branch offices in Washington, Williamsburg and Richland. Prior to U.S. Bank, Kness held the title of vice president of commercial lending at Iowa State Bank & Trust in Fairfield.

“I am excited and humbled to return to Iowa State Bank as president/CEO,” he said. “It’s an honor to lead a team of such outstanding people, and I’m thrilled to be doing business in my adopted hometown again.”

Kness and his wife, Terri, have two children, and reside in Fairfield.

Pathfinders receives grantfor mine reclamation

OTTUMWA — Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. received a $100,000 Watershed Cooperative Agreement grant from the Office of Surface Mining. The grant will be used to help fund reclamation of the “Glenn South” Abandoned Mine Land (AML) site in Wapello County. Other partners in the project include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation and the Wapello Soil and Water Conservation District.

Surface coal mines that ceased operations before 1977 were not required to be “reclaimed” by the operator once the mining stopped. This means an area strip-mined for coal was often left with large piles of the overburden that was stripped away so coal could be extracted.

Unreclaimed mine lands present several environmental and aesthetic problems including exposed remnant coal leading to acid mine drainage, acid mine drainage lowering the pH in receiving waterbodies which negatively affects aquatic life and reduces biodiversity, acidic soils do not support the growth of vegetation so landscapes look barren and the soil continues to runoff without vegetation to hold it in place and dangerous “highwalls” and large, steep spoil piles from mining activity that can be hazardous to people and animals traversing the site.

The Glenn South project will reclaim 25 acres and improve water that flows to Comstock Creek.

Rathbun Lake workshops set for May 22

RATHBUN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rathbun Lake is hosting a workshop on May 22.

The intent of this workshop is to present information regarding the current water management operations and the influence of recent and anticipated future trends necessitating the need to revise the 1980 version of the Water Regulation manual. Public comments regarding potential revisions to the water regulation manual will be collected and used for the manual revision decision-making process.

The workshops will be held at the Rathbun Regional Water Association administrative office, which is located just a one-half mile south of the Rathbun Dam, 16166 Highway J29.

There are two schedule times for the workshop: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

For more information, call Phil Brown at 641-647-2464.

Epperson, Wardjoin Dept. of Correctional Services

OTTUMWA — The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services has announced that Lindsay Epperson and Kevin Ward have been hired as probation and parole officers at the Ottumwa Field Services office.

Epperson holds a master’s degree and formerly worked in organizational development. She will be monitoring the district’s low-risk program and writing Pre-Sentence Investigations (PSI).

Ward holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice and worked as a police officer for more than 25 years. He will be supervising the Keokuk County caseload and will also be writing PSIs.

Skeet club receives grant

FAIRFIELD – Members of Southeast Iowa Skeet Club, located in Fairfield, were recently awarded a grant from “Friends of NRA” to buy a G-2 Series Pat Trap.

Youth groups from Van Buren, Henry and Jefferson counties, along with trap shooters in southeast Iowa, will use the new equipment.

Registered trap shots for southeast Iowa shooters are put on in Fairfield on a monthly basis from April through September.