Byway businesses receive free online marketing assistance, AML Summer Internships available, & Meet the Chair of our Board!
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February 2018
Good Afternoon,

We sincerely hope you are enjoying this fine weather; perhaps Spring is in the air!  

In this month's newsletter, we share an update on our Byway Business Online Improvement and Expansion Project. We also introduce our board member and Chair, Deke Wood from Keokuk County. 

Additionally, we'd like to share internship opportunities for students and recent grads at three Soil & Water Conservation Districts this summer.

We have many exciting projects cooking and are excited to see spring on the way.   

If you have any questions or comments, please call or email us:
641-472-6177 or 


Anna Bruen
Executive Director

Pathfinders Assisting Byway Businesses with Free Online Marketing

Thanks to a Rural Business Development Grant, Pathfinders is pleased to be offering assistance to small businesses along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway to increase their online presence and share with them free online marketing opportunities.

Businesses from 8 communities along the byway corridor were randomly selected to be given assistance in capitalizing on the free marketing opportunities available with Google Listings and

Do you, or someone you know, own a small business along the byway, and want help attracting customers with these free online marketing opportunities? We are happy to extend our assistance to additional businesses along the byway. Simply contact us at Pathfinders’ Office: 641-472-6177, or email us at and we can get you started.

Meet Our Board: Deke Wood 

Deke Wood serves as Chair on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D, and is a Keokuk County Supervisor. Deke has served on the board since 2011, and as chair for the last 5 years.

“One of my favorite projects at Pathfinder’s is the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation. Even though none of the reclamation sites are in my county, I believe this is really important work that we do because soil health and water quality benefit everyone,” says Deke. “I also like the Revolving Loan program. We have one loan recipient here in Sigourney, and I hope to see more apply.”

Deke was born and raised in Keokuk County, and to this day, has lived on the same family farm since he was 5 years old. He and his wife’s farm is just outside of Sigourney, and they enjoy the close proximity to their son, daughter, and six grandchildren.

As the Keokuk County Supervisor, Deke serves on many other boards in the community, including the Regional Policy Board, the 10-15 Transit Board, South Iowa Crime Commission, and Chairman of Regional Utility Service Systems. When he isn’t busy serving his community, he enjoys competitive stock car racing with his son, Nathan.   

2018 Summer Internships Available at Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Three local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are offering summer internships in Mahaska, Marion and Wapello Counties. Interns will assist the SWCD and Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality Mines and Mineral Bureau in their work developing interest in and commitment to implementation of conservation programs and activities.

The internship positions will be 40 hours per week and last 10 -12 weeks, with remuneration of $10.00 per hour. Students currently enrolled in college or recently graduated with majors related to agriculture, conservation, engineering, construction trades, GIS, communications, public relations, urban planning, or environmental sciences are encouraged to apply. 

Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 12:00 noon on Friday, March 9th, 2018

Application Process:
1. Request a copy of the SWCD Summer Intern Job Application by calling Pathfinders RC&D at 641-472-6177 or emailing or visiting
2. Mail OR email the completed application (which includes application form, cover letter and resume) to:

Summer Intern Position
Pathfinders RC&D
304 South Maple
Fairfield, IA 52556
To learn more about the internships, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Iowa and the Abandoned Mine Land Sites in Iowa, visit:

Stay in the Know on Social Media

Stay connected with Pathfinders via Facebook! Our mission at Pathfinders RC&D is to create vibrant communities by strengthening local economies and encouraging natural resource conservation, and part of that means sharing information with the communities we serve.

Learn about events, educational resources, and other opportunities in southeast Iowa relating to natural resource conservation practices and rural economic growth. Stay in touch and like us on Facebook:
Looking for a local excursion with the family and want to know where to go and what to do? The Historic Hills Scenic Byway Facebook page has you covered with posts about restaurants, stores, music performances, and other events and attractions along the byway from Donnellson to Moravia, and everywhere in between! Invite your friends to like our page!

Do you have a business in the byway corridor? Like the Historic Hills Scenic Byway Facebook page and we’re happy to follow you back and share your events and posts to the greater southeast Iowa community!

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