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Amelia Gotera, right, takes orders during a soft opening at SingleSpeed Brewing Co. in Waterloo on Thursday.


wins award

WATERLOO — SingleSpeed Brewing Co. has won another award for its historic renovation of the former Wonder Bread building.

1000 Friends of Iowa announced Wednesday the project in downtown Waterloo was chosen as one of 11 winners of the organization’s annual development awards, taking the “renovated commercial” category.

The $6 million project turned a 1927 building at West Third and Commercial streets into a production beer brewery, tap room, restaurant and coffee shop. It opened in April 2017.

1000 Friends of Iowa, founded in 1998, is a statewide nonprofit organization focused on promoting responsible land use and sustainability in community, state and federal development decisions.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Jan. 16 in the Capitol Rotunda in Des Moines.

Extension offers

workshop series

DYERSVILLE — A three-part series of workshops for female beef and dairy producers will be held in Northeast Iowa in January.

Iowa State University-Extension and Outreach will offer “Boots in the Barn” workshops Jan. 4, 11 and 18. Dairy topics will be discussed from 1 to 3 p.m. and beef topics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Iowa’s Clayton, Delaware and Dubuque counties are home to 25 percent of Iowa’s dairy herds and 5 percent of Iowa’s beef-cow herds. Dairy and beef production have much in common, such as reproduction and basic ruminant nutrition. But they also have slightly different perspectives, such as nutritional requirements for maximum milk production, feed-quality requirements and grazing options.

Jan. 4, Commercial Club Park Community Room, 225 11th St. SE, Dyersville — Leo Timms, professor and dairy specialist at Iowa State University, will discuss milk quality and udder health for the afternoon dairy session. Schwab will present the beef session. A veterinarian will discuss herd health and a herd-management calendar.

Jan. 11, Fast Stop Shed, 32199 Old Castle Road, Dyersville — Grant Dewell, associate professor in beef production and beef veterinarian at Iowa State University, along with others from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will use a life-size cow model to teach calving management, dystocia and delivery. Participants will have an opportunity to deliver a fully jointed life-size calf and to practice difficult deliveries on the model.

Jan. 18, Commercial Club Park Community Room, 225 11th St. SE, Dyersville — Hugo Ramirez, assistant professor and Iowa State University-Extension dairy specialist, will focus on feed delivery and tools to measure feed quality. Attendees are encouraged to bring a feed sample for discussion. The beef session will discuss quality silage; Schwab will discuss basic beef-feed budgeting and cost control.

Cedar Valley

firm honored

WATERLOO — Cedar Valley Corp., Waterloo-based contractor, is the winner of two 2017 American Concrete Pavement Association Excellence in Concrete Pavement awards. This brings the company’s total winning ACPA projects to 33 over the last 13 years.

Cedar Valley’s Dickinson County project on M-56 (County Roads Category) and Allamakee County project on B-38 near Postville (Overlay Street and Roads Category) were recognized with gold awards as being the best projects built in the United States.

Veridian seeks

board members

WATERLOO — Veridian Credit Union is seeking candidates to serve on its board of directors. Applications are due Jan. 19, and five candidates will be elected to the board by the credit union’s membership at an annual meeting April 21.

Veridian is governed by an unpaid, volunteer board, which sets the credit union’s strategic direction and ensures its financial condition. Directors serve a three-year term, consisting of monthly meetings and an annual multiple-day planning session. For eligibility, board candidates must be a member in good standing and at least 18 years of age, among other requirements. More information and applications are available at, or by contacting Betsy Meehan at


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