March Iowa home sales, prices climb

March Iowa home sales - prices - 2017 - graphic - Iowa Association of Realtors

Spring has sprung and so have home sales! Prices also continued to rise last month when compared to March of last year, according to the Housing Trends Report from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

Home sales increased 8.5 percent in March 2017 when compared to March 2016. 3,250 properties sold last month while 2,995 were sold in March 2016.

Median price climbed 5.8 percent last month when compared to March 2016. Median price is $145,000 compared to last March’s median price of $137,000.
– Mark Gavin, Iowa Association of Realtors

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Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy bets $3.6 billion on Iowa

Iowa wind turbine - Warren Buffet's MidAmerican Energy bets $3.6 billion on IowaRead also: Northwest Iowa a hotbed of economic activity

McClelland’s Beach welcomes Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy and all our new friends landing in Iowa as wind energy creates jobs. We invite you to come visit and play in our neighborhood!

The location for the new $3.6 billion wind power project remains unknown, but the company is already heavily invested in Northwest Iowa wind farms.

Largest economic development project in Iowa history

“The proposed $3.6 billion project is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken, and it’s being done without asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for it.”
MidAmerican Energy press release

“Every wind turbine you see in Iowa means income for farmers, revenue for counties and jobs for Iowa families.”
– Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

Iowa hooks Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Inc. and Facebook Inc.

Farmers and other landowners hosting wind farms receive lease payments, and wind-farm operators pay property taxes, which local governments use for schools and other expenses, (Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad) added. Iowa’s relatively low power prices and high renewable-energy quotient have attracted companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Microsoft Inc. and Facebook Inc. to the state.
Wall Street Journal

Ill-fated Younger Gang visited McClelland farm, now McClelland’s Beach

At some point, a member of the ill-fated Younger Gang visited the McClelland family’s farm in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Here is what a young boy remembers. All spellings are as they appear in the original newspaper clipping.

Read also: Margaret McClelland’s brush with the outlaw

Spirit Lake Beacon, October 31, 1902 Recollections of Jim Younger. Sioux City Journal.

The recent suicidal death of James Younger,
the paroled convict of the notorious James
gang, recalls to the memory of Claude F. Perkins
a unique meeting he once had with the
noted bandit.
For a whole week Mr. Perkins roomed and
slept with the outlaw, and just at the time when
he, with the rest of the gang, was planning the
Northfield bank. Mr. Perkins did not know
with whom he was rooming, and only later
learned that he had been living on terms of
intimacy with one of the boldest robbers in the
criminal history of America. He was only a
boy at the time, but the impression the man
man made on him is indelibly impressed on.
his memory.
The meeting was as strange as it was unusual.
It occurred at the home of William McClellan.
Mr. Perkins in recalling the incident, “when
we learned that the man with whom I had been
sleeping was the noted bandit. One would
never have thought him anything but an honest
man from the way he conducted himself at
the McClellan (sic) farm. He was out for big game,
and I believe was really above small and petty
“The incident occurred just this way: It
as just in the busy time of the year on the
farm, and Mr. McClellan was looking for assistance
on the farm. One day a stranger rode up
a fine horse. He was a tall man, but did not
impress one as being tall because he was s
well proportioned. His head was round an_
rather bullet shaped. His manner was pleasing
and he fitted well wherever he was.
“The stranger said he was riding through the
country and that his horse had gone lame. He
wanted to get some work on the farm while
his horse was improving. Mr. McClellan gladly
gave him some work and he took to it like a
man who was earnestly in search of employment.
Everybody on the farm liked him. He
was a good talker and had many interesting
stories to tell, though none of them was of a
character to awaken suspicion.
“At the close of the week the stranger left,
and we were sincerely sorry to see him go, I
was especially so, because from rooming with
him 1 hart become quite attached to him.
“You can imagine our surprise a short time
later to recognize in the picture of one of the
men engaged in the Northfield robbery our
friend of a week. It was none other than
James Younger.
“I don’t know what he was doing there, but
suppose that the lameness of the horse was the
real cause of the delay. He wanted to have »
good animal upon which to travel when the
time of need should come.”

Iowa program dovetails with surgeon general’s call to walk more

Flowers at McClellands Beach (800x600)McClelland’s Beach residents can enjoy many walking opportunities within the community itself, in Miniwakan State Park next door and on nearby bike trails.

“U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, has announced a call to action to make American cities more ‘walkable.’ Dr. Murthy said walking is a simple, affordable way to get exercise, but only if people have a place to do it. This emphasis on creating safe and accessible walking routes in communities is central to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Iowans Walking Assessment Logistics Kit (I-WALK) program.”— The Iowa Lakes News Shopper

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