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| INSIDE Tourism Economic

4 Economic driver development
Tourism often tops the list of sectors
of economic impact, through living 72 Port potential
history in Hannibal and popular Mississippi River port promises
community events in Quincy. to be economic boon for region.

12 Thrill of the hunt 78 National corridor

Pike County, Ill., is a major destination Bypass at Macomb completes

for hunters around the nation. Chicago-Kansas City Expressway.

14 Row your boat 80 Tomorrow’s

New development aims to bring transportation
more visitors to the Mississippi River Infrastructure must be ready
and Mark Twain Lake. to carry economy into the future.

Quality of life agencies

17 Changing health
Health care providers seek 82 Giving back
to offer top-quality care as the Volunteer efforts of groups
needs of their communities change. and individuals improve
our communities.
25 Boom
Demand for care will be on the rise 86 Fundraisers
as the baby boomer generation Expanding local services

moves into retirement age. demands smart financial planning.

32 Gotta have faith

The Crossing develops religious
communities by adapting to the Manufacturing
trends of how people express faith.
90 Industrial evolution
Modern manufacturing plants
face modern challenges, relying

on skilled workers to rise
to the occasion.
38 New schools
Many watch with anticipation 96 Main attraction
as Quincy Public Schools Communities do their best
moves forward with its to attract major companies
$89 million building plan. and the high numbers of
good jobs they can bring.
40 Ready to work

JWCC’s Workforce Development
Center teaches the skills necessary
to grow industry. Agriculture
100 Tech advantage
Farmers turn to advanced
Local technology to get the most
out of their land.
business 106 Taking root

50 Global marketplace Ag educators help students
Regional companies find success prepare for the future in a
in reaching buyers around constantly changing industry.
the nation and world.

64 Local interest
Keeping up with customer needs Index
and demanding regulations requires
small regional banks to adapt. 108 List of advertisers

68 Driving the future
Local dealers keep pace with
changing auto industry.

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Yes, it’s sight,
area businesses – whether in manufacturing,
technology, construction, distribution, market-
ing or logistics – continue their investment in the
but that’s not all. With vision, we also have region to make it a desirable destination for those
insight. Vision allows us to perceive the world wanting to put down roots.
around us, and it leads us to anticipate what It also allows people to take in all that we have
comes next. to offer, from the visual and per-
With Vision, a special publication forming arts to the treasure trove of
brought to you by The Herald-Whig, historic architecture and the scenic
we’ve taken a look at where we are natural surroundings.
today and where we are heading Vision explores some of the
as a region. West-Central Illinois unbelievable opportunities on our
and Northeast Missouri is an area horizon. Working together, we realize
with confidence and a commitment we can continue to achieve regional
to building beyond today for a firm growth in the areas of economic
future. development, jobs, quality of life and
Ron Wallace
The quality of life we experience Vice President/General Manager much more. Those who came before
reflects a tradition of self-reliance, us created a path that has led us to
of caring and compassion, as dem- where we are today, and it is our
onstrated in the breadth and depth of the region’s responsibility to blaze new trails for tomorrow
health care offerings. and beyond.
It is rooted in a rich agricultural heritage that We hope you enjoy this edition of Vision as
continues to sustain so many of the area’s farm much as we enjoyed putting it together. It gave
families as well as agri-businesses that process, us the opportunity to reach out to so many in
ship and market what is raised and harvested. the communities we serve who make this region
Our collective investment in education and in- what it is – our home and our timeless future.
frastructure continues to fuel our progress, and
adds to the affirmative outlook we share.
Building on the efforts of early entrepreneurs,


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Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo. H-W Photo/Phil Carlson

Region poised to capture tourism dollars
through diversification, partnerships
| By Matt Dutton increasing in recent years.
“Our groundwork

T “We are marketing more to the

ourism in
leisure visitor. I’m really looking is formed, and our
at promoting more destination
this region is drivers,” said Quincy Convention anchors are there
a thriving in-
dustry, rank-
and Visitors Bureau Executive
Director Holly Cain. “We are
for a steady growth
ing near the really focusing more on getting in tourism. With the
top of the list Quincy’s name out there. It is still
of economic a secret, I feel, but sometimes the Great River Road
drivers. secrets are the best opportuni- bringing people in,
In 2015, ties.”
Adams, Hancock and Pike coun- With the completion of the with Amtrak, air
ties saw more than $150 million in
revenue through tourism. Adams
Chicago-Kansas City Express-
way, the region is significantly
service, we’re
County alone netted more than less isolated than it was decades positioned well.”
$100 million. ago. In 1997, Quincy’s hotel/
Tourism funds more than 1,000 motel tax, a constant marker of Holly Cain
jobs in the area, and those num- Quincy Convention and Visitors
Bureau Executive Director
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The Oakley-Lindsay Center, due to
its nature as an event venue, brings in
consumers who stay anywhere from
a few hours to multiple days.
“We draw from 100 miles in any
direction. We go from concerts to
trade shows to corporate parties,”
said Oakley-Lindsay Center Executive
Director Rob Ebbing. “Whether its
one day or multiple days, we have
a facility that can attract all different
types of events that will bring people
to the community to enjoy our com-
munity, and spend money.”
With an Expo Hall of 30,000
square feet and a capacity of up to
3,000, the Oakley-Lindsay Center is
the largest building in the Tri-State
At 20 years old, the building, Ebb-
ing said, will require certain renova-
tions to remain state-of-the-art. The
venue recently upgraded internet Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County tour guide Bob Ackerman, left, leads a group including, from left, Michelle Jar-
service, and the focus of improve- nutowski, Karry O’Brien, Dawn Smith and Kate McKenna, all of Chicago, through the John Wood Mansion. H-W Photo/Jake Shane
ments now is environmentally
friendly lighting. Continues FROm 4 they want to be here in 46,700 visitors in 2015. Mark
for Mark Twain. It’s Twain Boyhood Home and Mu-
ADAMS COUNTY the state of tourism not like you can fly in. seum Executive Director Henry
FAIRGROUNDS in the city, brought in You have to drive.” Sweets said 2016 has already
The Adams County Fairgrounds is $290,705.35. Last year, While not depen- surpassed that mark.
one of the largest county fair venues the tax drew just short dent on lower gas “The tie to Mark Twain is
in the state of Illinois. The Adams of $1 million. prices and an overall what brings the visitors to Han-
County Fair celebrated 75 years of “Our groundwork strong economy, nibal,” Sweets said. “Looking
continuous operation in 2016. is formed, and our Bryant said these fac- to the future, I think we are in
“We intend, with the community’s anchors are there for a tors do tend to align a better position than we have
support, to continue to get bigger steady growth in tour- Cain during times in which been, when you see some of the
and better,” said Melissa Shriver-Hack- ism,” Cain said. “With Hannibal sees an businesses that have come to
amack, a member of the Fair Board. the Great River Road increase in tourism. Hannibal that are not just Mark
“We want to continue to offer the bringing people in, “We’re absolutely a Twain-related. Each of those
same level of entertainment in com- with Amtrak, air ser- driving destination,” businesses brings their own
ing years and hopefully grow and vice, we’re positioned Bryant said. “Mark clientele in. We are becoming
expand the offerings at the Adams well.” Twain is what keeps more diverse with the types of
County Fair while still drawing back Across the Mis- people coming to Han- offerings that are there for the
on the things of the past that we’ve sissippi, Hannibal nibal, but the com- visitors. Each new venture we
always had.” is poised to capture ments we receive is can bring to Hannibal helps the
While expansion is crucial to the tourism dollars in the that there is so much entire picture.”
continued success of the Adams coming years. Han- more, and they just Self-diagnosed “history nuts,”
County Fairgrounds, Shriver-Hack- nibal has long taken Sweets didn’t realize it.” Bob and Nancy Corn, of Wabash,
amack said the fair would remain advantage of being Ind., made a stop at the Mark
firmly grounded in its foundation. Mark Twain’s boyhood What else ? Twain Museum on a Midwest
“We’re going to stay true to our ag hometown. Other Hannibal museum tour.
roots. We will always have our live- “Tourism is always attractions related to “We’re picking up museums as
stock and 4-H shows,” Shriver-Hack- back and forth be- historical figures such we go, but we planned this stop,”
amack said. “We also have changed tween one and two as as the Unsinkable Bob Corn said. “We’ve always
with the times in a big way. We’ve the top industry in our Molly Brown, Cliff wanted to come here. We want
seen what works and doesn’t work, so area,” said Hannibal Edwards (the voice to see everything this place has
we’ve adapted ourselves to that.” Convention and Visi- of Disney’s Jiminy to offer. It’s our first day here in
The Adams County Fair has tors Bureau Executive Cricket), William Pow- Hannibal, but on average, we’ve
been able to sustain itself through Director Gail Bryant. ell Lear (the founder of been spending maybe $200 a day
the state’s “fiscal storm,” as Shriver- “I think probably right Bryant Learjets and devel- on this trip.”
Hackamack described it, by offering now, it’s No. 1.” oper of the eight-track Hannibal also is known for the
more events and opportunities for Bryant said 2016 was a “record cartridge), singer-songwriter specialty shops that line Main
entertainment. year” for tourism, particularly in Helen Cornelius and others keep Street and the riverfront.
“We have to diversify, because we Hannibal. tourists enthused after they have “The riverboats are major,”
plan to be here for many, many more “Right now, the gas prices are traversed the sites related to the Chocolaterie Stam owner Mary
years. We’re making changes and very low, so everyone is travel- author. Glenn Bowman said. “We have
looking outside of our actual week- ing,” Bryant said. “The one thing However, Mark Twain is the a ton of tourists that come
long fair to help fund the mainte- that puts Hannibal on the map undisputed king of Hannibal. through here in June, July
nance and the premiums we have to is Mark Twain. When people are The various historical sites re-
cover,” Shriver-Hackamack said. here in Hannibal, it’s because lated to the famed novelist drew Continues on 8

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To promote wider inclusion, the
Midsummer Arts Faire recently un-
derwent a transformation to become
While the Midsummer Arts Faire
was highly popular within Quincy’s
art scene, Q-FEST board member
Maggie Strong hopes the “retooling”
will help to broaden its reach and
bring new visitors into the region.
“We are actually in the process of
rebooting the Midsummer Arts Faire.
We’ve had a great event. We think it’s
well-attended, and we’ve continued to
grow it,” Strong said. “But we are looking
for ways we can grow it even bigger.”
While these new adaptive mea-
sures are a risk, Strong is confident
Q-FEST will be able survive the transi-
tion. The event also will see bigger
music and food components, as well
as an expansion of business partners.


More than a century after his
death, Mark Twain’s legacy still lures
visitors to Hannibal, Mo.
“Each new venture that can bring
new people to Hannibal helps the
entire picture,” said Mark Twain Boy-
hood Home and Museum Executive
Director Henry Sweets.
In recent years, the push has been
to restore the various buildings that
fall under the umbrella of the Mark
Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.
These efforts, Sweets said, will be Hannibal Middle School students wait to begin a tour of the Mark Twain Museum. H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
completed soon.
Upkeep of the museum also Continues FROm 6 maintaining the focus and drive
means updating exhibits. that has made her business suc-
“There are constantly new things and the first-half of August. cessful. By the numbers
to add and new interpretation to con- Basically we’ll be good until

sider,” Sweets said. “Interests change. Christmas, and then it’s like Event-driven tourism
Styles of interpretation change. There somebody slams the door. But Up the river, Quincy tends to
is always cause for new interpretation that part of it only lasts until draw crowds more from events
and new interpretation styles to meet Valentine’s Day.” than any one particular tour-
what the public is expecting.” As her shop’s peak directly co- ism site. The Early Tin Dusters Total hotel rooms in Quincy
incides with the height of Han- brings almost 1,000 classic cars
QUINCY PARK DISTRICT nibal’s tourism season, Bowman and exponentially more people

Quincy is “way above average” has little doubt that, without to the city each October.
when it comes to the acreage of its a lot of tourists entering the “During this weekend, there
parks, Quincy Park District Director of community on a regular basis, is well over $1 million plus in
Program Services Mike Bruns says. her shop could have difficulty revenue that comes into the
“We’ve got close to 1,000 acres of succeeding. area. All the hotels are booked, Total hotel rooms in Hannibal, Mo.
Park District property. For a commu- “We have a lot of local busi- obviously. All the restaurants
nity this size, normal might be 500,” ness, and we appreciate our lo- are full,” said Early Tin Dusters

Bruns said. “I think people in Quincy, cal business. But we are reliant President Rick Chapman.
who have only ever been in Quincy, on tourism,” Bowman said. The 2016 show was the first
may not realize what they really have For Chocolaterie Stam, busi- year Early Tin Dusters reached
until they leave or move away.” ness will remain as usual for the out to Quincy’s business com-
The Park District is pushing to forseeable future. munity for support. The most Total hotel rooms in Adams, Pike
expand the Bill Klingner Trail. Once “We’re not going to change common response, Chapman and Hancock counties
completed, the trail will extend from the chocolates. We may change said, was, “Why haven’t you ever
the Quincy Park District facility on flavors on gelatos, but that’s asked us before?” Sources: Quincy Area
Bonansinga Drive to North 24th Street. just part of it,” Bowman said. “We’re not in it to generate Convention and Visitors
“That’s probably about three years The biggest change, Bowman revenue for the club, but it costs Bureau, Hannibal Visitors
and Convention Bureau
away, and eventually it may go to hopes, is “to grow” to reach a us money to put it on every year.
36th,” Bruns said. wider customer base while still If we want to sustain this effort

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ILLINOIS TOURISM younger generations that are
now reaching the age of involve- 8SNAPSHOTS
ment in the hobby.
‘Future looking up’ Housing many tourist destina-
“The future is looking up con- tions, including the Villa Kathrine, the
2015 total tax revenue siderably,” Chapman said. “What District is one of the primary drivers
from Adams, Hancock we’re trying to do is to reach out of economic development in down-
and Pike counties in Illinois to the new group that is involved town Quincy.
in building these nontraditional “We have seen a resurgence
cars, the rat rods. These younger of interest in downtown in the last

1,050 folks are seeing that they can

reach back to the past and go
back to the traditional rods that
were built after World War II.”
couple years. We have a lot of great
businesses that will continue to flour-
ish and expand as they already have,”
said the District Executive Director
2015 jobs related to tourism Much like Mark Twain’s Bruce Guthrie. “The future is bright,
in Adams, Hancock appeal in Hannibal, tourism in with a lot of opportunities.”
and Pike counties in Illinois Nauvoo is driven almost entirely Guthrie anticipates, in the coming
by the presence of the Church of years, 24/7 downtown living will
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints drastically increase. The effect will
Visitor Spending by and the historical significance of be an increase in revenue, not only
County, 2015 the town for for the building owners, but also for
= $10 Million the church. downtown business owners as well.
“Tour- “The more you create that 24/7
ism has a feeling, a feeling of community
Hancock really big downtown, you start seeing a more
$27.1M economic vibrant downtown that is thriving,”
impact; over Guthrie said. “That is what we see as
$25 million the future.”
Pike in Hancock The District will also be pushing to
$26.7M (County),” further develop the appeal, and sub-
said Nauvoo sequently the usage, of the riverfront.
Orth Tourism Of-
Adams Kim Orth. “We’re a town of 1,100 AND VISITORS BUREAU
$100.7M that expands to accommodate Should a recent decline in gas
55,000 or so in the month of July. prices become a trend spanning
Sources: Quincy Area
Convention and Visitors
I know our visitors are spilling multiple years, tourism in Hannibal,
Bureau off into Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mo., may see a dramatic spike. In
Burlington, Quincy and even 2016, the elusive 50,000 visitor mark
Hannibal. I think Nauvoo has a became more realistic.
Missouri tourism jobs large impact on the region.” “The new bat preserve brought a
The town swells during the lot of people in this year, and I believe
for the next
41 plus
123 1,517 145 pageants, a longtime Latter-day
Saints tradition telling the histo-
that’s a trend of the future. A lot of
visitors say there is not enough time
Clark Marion Ralls
years, there ry of the LDS church in Nauvoo to do everything,” said Hannibal Con-
has got to and in the United Kingdom. vention and Visitors Bureau Executive
be some 66 146 68 Given the town’s historical Director Gail Bryant. “Mark Twain has
general rev- Knox Monroe Scotland significance for the religion, brought the spotlight from around the
enue,” Chap- Nauvoo has always attracted be- world. To this day, people still have an
man said. lievers looking to connect with interest in Mark Twain; to walk in his
“I think 179 456 103 their roots. footsteps through the cave or experi-
they (local Lewis Pike Shelby “Almost every family in the ence his boyhood home.”
Chapman business LDS Church wants to visit Bryant said Mark Twain Cave
owners) Source: Missouri Department Nauvoo at some point in their saw record numbers in 2016, and
know the revenue that comes in of Tourism life,” Orth said. “We have the the riverboats were sold out on a
during this weekend really helps 30-plus historic sites the church consistent basis.
make their year.” maintains, and they’re not going “It is truly our partnerships. We
Early Tin Dusters is more than anywhere.” can’t do this alone,” Bryant said of
a car show for Judy Grubb of and Homme both found they While the influx of people into having a successful future. “It’s the
Independence, Mo. It is a family shared an interest in classic cars. the city is unlikely to change in whole community working together
reunion. “Ever since then, we meet in the coming years, Orth said the that contributes to our success.”
“Quincy is halfway between Quincy for the show and have push is to expand the ameni- For the bureau, expansion has
Independence and Pontiac, Ill., a little mini-reunion,” Grubb ties offered to those traveling become a crucial step to continued
where my cousin Ole (Homme) said. “Through Tin Dusters, I’ve to the city. Halting stagnation operation. Bryant said they have
lives,” Grubb said. “Ole’s car is gotten to know family mem- during the tourism off-season is “outgrown their building.”
a ’55, so it’s too new. Since he bers I wouldn’t have otherwise. another goal for the future. “The one thing we want the visitor
doesn’t bring his own car, the The Tin Dusters really sell the “There’s a set, built-in base to take away when they do leave
family reunion is his whole rea- city, and they make it a special there,” Orth said. “But I’d really Hannibal is that they had a great time
son for coming each year.” weekend.” like to see the season expand. and a great experience. Our goal is
In 1997, Grubb and Homme In the coming years, Chapman Hopefully, we can come up with to better serve them,” Bryant said.
found common ground. Although said, Early Tin Dusters hopes some sort of unique idea for the “A new building is something we’re
they had drifted apart over the to promote more community winter months that utilizes our looking into. Hopefully it will happen
years, Grubb’s husband, Leroy, involvement, particularly from assets we already have.” n in the next couple years.”

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8SNAPSHOTS Popular destination diversifying,
but hunting still king in Pike County
With Quincy recently named a
Gateway City for the National Heritage
Association’s Looking for Lincoln
program, Quincy Area Convention
| By Matt Dutton

and Visitors Bureau Executive Direc- Pike County, Ill., is where

tor Holly Cain plans to incorporate hunters come to find bliss.
the designation into the fold of her Whether hunting indepen-
destination-marketing style. dently or through the seemingly
“We’ve done a new Looking for endless number of outfitters
Lincoln brochure for Quincy,” Cain willing to facilitate a hunt for
said. “We’re doing it in a fresh, fun tourists, Pike County hunters
way, though. We’re giving visitors the consistently bring home some of
brochure and crayons, and they can largest trophies in the state year
do some of the really neat rubbings after year. And while the region
throughout the city.” is recognized across the country
The main goal in promoting for its big bucks, both Pike
Quincy’s ties to Lincoln or its 3,664 and Adams counties ranked in
historical landmarks, Cain said, is “to the top five for the state’s 2016
keep that history fun and not just for spring turkey harvest.
our parents to appreciate. We want “You’ve got such great recre-
those youth to know what’s right in ational opportunities in Pike
their backyard, too.” County. Everyone knows of
By promoting engagement in Pike County,” said Quincy Area Harpole’s Heartland Lodge owner Gary Harpole discuses the effect hunting has on
Quincy’s historical sites, Cain hopes Convention and Visitors Bureau the economies in West-Central Illinois. H-W Photo/Jake Shane
to spark more interest in the coming Executive Director Holly Cain.
years from a wider variety of visitors. “All these wonderful lodges particularly to potential visitors Matt and Adrienne Pitrzak
Capitalizing on Quincy’s location are popping up. They’re really in the major metropolitan hubs of Port St. Lucie, Fla., chose to
along the Great River Road will marketing, not just the hunting within a six-hour radius. spend their honeymoon at the
continue to be a major endeavor for season, but year-round tourism “Within six hours, we have lodge. They were swayed, Adri-
the bureau. for different niche groups.” millions and millions of people. enne Pitrzak said, by looking at
“It’s all about the ways people want Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, We need to let them know the “pictures online. They are
to get away from traffic. We see so just outside Nebo, caters to what’s here,” Harpole said. “I absolutely stunning.”
many visitors in our visitor center that tourists from around the world, think it’s starting to develop, “I’ve been to a bunch of places.
are traveling the Great River Road,” looking to escape the ever- but it’s going to take time. I Usually, you get one thing that
Cain said. increasing pace of the city and think, over time, you will see is good — like the lodge is nice,
take in a brief interlude of rural more year-round tourism in the but the hunting isn’t good — but
NAUVOO TOURISM OFFICE relaxation. area.” this place is what I have been
Kim Orth’s job as executive director “I think what’s important for Despite focusing much of his personally looking for for the
of the Nauvoo Tourism Office is to us going into the future — for efforts on developing year- longest time,” said Matt Pitrzak.
“make sure the various entities of Nau- everyone really — is not having round tourism in the region, “I should have come earlier be-
voo communicate, make sure we’re all any boundaries,” said Harpole’s Harpole recognizes hunting is cause then I wouldn’t have had
on the same page and people know Heartland Lodge owner Gary the backbone of his business. to go to so many other places.”
about what we have going on.” Harpole. “I’m a really big propo- “The hunting will always Adrienne Pitrzak said that as
While most cities in the region draw nent on cross-promoting with still be here, I believe. We’ve the wife of a hunter, her experi-
from across the Midwest, Nauvoo local attractions, and not only in seen the cycles of the hunting ence has been that some lodges
brings in visitors from around the world Pike County.” over the 22 seasons we’ve been can be less than inviting while
because of its historical significance Harpole hopes to feed off the here,” Harpole said. “It’s always the hunters are away. Harpole’s
with the Church of the Ladder-day businesses surrounding his something great for us to have Heartland Lodge though “is cozy,
Saints. Although the number of visitors lodge, and vice versa. Using his in the fall, but I think we can do comforting and almost like you’re
journeying to Nauvoo for religious website, which draws over 1 the same type of tourism on a just hanging out with family.”
reasons will likely remain steady, Orth million unique visitors annu- year-round basis.” While in the area, the
is pushing to increase the revenue ally, he promotes businesses The end goal for Harpole is to Pitrzaks traveled to Pittsfield
directly related to tourism. and attractions in Pike County, sell the region to people visiting to buy a new bow from the
“One of my directives to work on Adams County and beyond. it for the first time. If done well, Archery Shop. Matt Pitrzak es-
is increasing hotel/motel tax revenue, Harpole hopes to leverage the it will keep them returning each timates the couple spent at least
sales tax revenue, and increasing our “built-in marketing engine” that season. $2,000 in Pittsfield alone. While
shoulder seasons,” Orth said, noting is Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, to In the foyer of the main lodge testing out his new bow, he
that these numbers have been steadily benefit the community at large. are many brochures advertising reveled at the hunting offered in
ascending in recent years. “I think tour- “We have over 20,000 visitors the various attractions, some the area.
ism in Nauvoo is always going to be that come here on an annual hunting-related and others not, “It was 92 degrees, and I’m
there. People will come. Now whether basis. We want those people to in not only Pike but also sur- seeing a 10-point buck walk by,”
we have the amenities to capitalize as spend more time in the area,” rounding Illinois and Missouri Matt Pitrzak said. “We’re not
best as we can is another story.” Harpole said. “I see the poten- counties. even halfway through our trip,
The expansion of Nauvoo’s shoul- tial, not only for us, but for the “We have people from all over and we’ve already booked for
der seasons — the period before and entire region to really grow in the world that come here,” Har- the second week of November
after the peak of tourism that in sum- a large way on the resort, non- pole said. “This business would 2017.” n
mer — is directly linked to an increase hunting recreational side.” not be where it’s at if it wasn’t
in revenue for the town. Harpole is reaching out, for the internet.”

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Boating, river use still play key role
| By Matt Dutton
The option would have up to 50
slips for boats to dock. Transient
docks would not be needed at the
Kent Andrews and Mike Heming marina, which would save money,
have been fishing the Mississippi and concrete roads would be
River for the last 50 years. During shorter; less concrete means more
those five decades, they’ve seen money saved, Dorian said.
nature bring lots of changes. The compromise could mean
“The river has been changing a large return for the city. Viking
my whole life,” said Andrews, River Cruises has announced
sitting in his boat on the Quincy plans to tour the Mississippi River
riverfront before setting out for the starting in 2019. In spring 2015,
day. “They dredge it all the time, the city sent a letter to Viking
but it’s a constant battle.” announcing its intent to build the
Andrews and Heming said they larger dock space to accommodate
have seen a growing trend in boat- Viking ships and other large boats
ers from the region opting to set up that regularly tour the river.
at Mark Twain Lake in Missouri. Last year, 3,715 tourists from
“This is home, so you’re going large riverboats such as the Ameri-
to go try it first,” Andrews said of Quincy Park District’s Randy Winget ties a tarp on the gas dock of the Art Keller Marina can Queen visited Hannibal, and
fishing on the river as opposed to on Quinsippi Island in an effort to winterize the marina. H-W Photo/Jake Shane many expressed interest in return-
various lakes in the region. “I was ing, 2nd Ward Councilman Mike
born and raised around it. I just There is no trailering involved,” down there on a weekend, the Dobson said. The number of tour-
hate to give up on it entirely. Every- Viehmeyer said. “They absolutely parking lot is full of boaters.” ists Viking could bring by docking
one calls me nuts when I want to love it.” Plans to remove the marina as along Hannibal’s riverfront could
go fish on the river, but I do catch One of the main selling points of part of a proposal to redevelop bring a windfall.
some good catfish.” Art Keller Marina is the affordabil- Hannibal’s Tourists spend about $1 million
For boaters and other river ity of its dock fees. riverfront in Hannibal each year, Dobson
enthusiasts, marinas continue to “I’ve heard others can be up met with said.
play an important role. Quincy to 50 percent more in dock fees,” heated “Should Viking come, we’re
Park District’s Director of Parks Viehmeyer said. opposition talking $10 million,” he said after
Matt Higley has been tasked with In Hannibal, Mo., Nipper Ma- from marina analyzing economic data.
overseeing the upkeep of Art Keller rina has seen transitional years users, and a Keeping a place for local people
Marina. as a result of changes in the river, compromise to access the river means a lot for
“Here in Quincy, you have so forcing the Hannibal Parks and was reached residents.
many options to do whatever you Recreation Department to adapt. to satisfy “Our numbers have been steady
want, and the marina is a big part “The river is everything to local river over the last couple years,” Dorian
of that,” Higley said. “It is a huge Hannibal. The town was founded Dorian enthusiasts said. “I think there will always be
convenience.” because of the river. It became as well as a presence on the riverfront. It’s
For Ryan Viehmeyer and most famous because of the river,” said help lure large riverboats carrying not something that’s going away.
others who use the marina, loca- Director of Parks and Recreation tourists to the city. It’s a lifestyle.”
tion is key. Andrew Dorian. “There are still a “This new plan would tuck the
“I have two little girls, and we lot of people using the river. They marina into Nipper Park,” Dorian Staff Writer Ashley Szatala
can just roll down here and go. are passionate about it. If you go said. contributed to this story.

Mark Twain Lake a key draw for water sports enthusiasts

| By Matt Dutton
“With the baby boomers
getting to the age, we need to
follow the regulations being
People are leaving the Lake
of the Ozarks to come here.”
Creech attributes the shift
One of the largest draws in the region, Mark Twain implemented. That’s one of to the large boat traffic on the
Lake caters to more than 2 million people annually. the reasons we try to get a lot Lake of the Ozarks.
This amounts to about $63 million in recreational of feedback from our custom- “You have to have a large
spending within a 30-mile radius. ers, to find out the demand. 35- to 40-foot boat down
“As far as numbers of people, I think we’re hanging If we don’t provide what is there,” Creech said. “Up here,
steady at a little over 2 million,” said U.S. Army Corps being demanded, they will go you don’t have to do that.
of Engineers Natural Resource Specialist Mary Heit- someplace else.” We’ve got a couple 32-foot
meyer. “I don’t see that trend stopping.” Mark Twain Lake will begin Heitmeyer Creech boats here, but nothing like
Heitmeyer said the lake draws in visitors from the offering an archery range down there.”
metropolitan areas within a 120-mile radius, such as next season. Heitmeyer does not see the addition as Even with the marina’s full, entrepreneurs are look-
Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis. Plans are in the works to a means to draw in new visitors, but rather to provide ing to bring in more business.
make the lake part of even more people’s lives. more opportunities for those already coming. “You have to find other areas of revenue. There are
“One of the discussions we have had is provid- “We’re not tapering off. Only having two marinas some proposals that we’ve got in our mind to adver-
ing more ADA accessibility,” said Natural Resource on Mark Twain Lake, we’ve got waiting lists pages tise and bring in more traffic,” Creech said. “We don’t
Specialist Chris Coe, referring to the Americans With long for people wanting slips,” said Blackjack Marina spend a large amount on it, and people still come.
Disabilities Act. owner Jeff Creech. “We’re seeing some more activity. Hopefully our advertising further increases traffic.” n

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“Our bureau promotes “We have a lot of activity “Bringing larger events to
Adams, Pike and Hancock happening, and each of these Quincy is something I
counties, and they’re so brings their own interested hope continues. Tin Dusters
different when you think people to town. The more of have been with us for a
about it. We don’t ever those that we can have, the long time, but we can’t rely
get to market them in more that’s helping the entire on the same ones every year.
one ad, because you can’t. town. If a visitor has a positive ... I think it’s a group effort,
You’ve got such great experience and goes home and if we can go out and
recreational opportunities and talks about it, their word- bring new groups to town,
here, with all the wonderful of-mouth is the best recom- it’s really going to benefit
lodges popping up, the mendation we could have.” every one of us.”
ATV trails, the Ten-Acre Henry Sweets, Dax Fohey
Treehouse. The theme of executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home president of the Quincy Hotel
and Museum and Lodging Association
our visitors guide next year
will be all nature and
the opportunities we “The name of the game is keeping your name out there. We do
have here the ways people radio. We do newspaper and social media. Advertising plays with
want to get away from traffic.” tourists quite a bit. We have put up billboards in the St. Louis area
and have had people say they came because of the billboard.”
Holly Cain
executive director of the Quincy Area Mary Glenn Bowman
Convention and Visitors Bureau owner of Chocolaterie Stam

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All eyes on
the future
Health care providers work to stay
ahead of changing demographics
| By Steve Eighinger problems for his wife, Cathy, plus
“The number

A knee surgery for his son, Austin,
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llen Motley and it is understandable to see of baby boomers
considers why Motley is frustrated.
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Motley has suffered a heart at- regarding the future,” said Motley,
Dr. Pranav Parikh
tack, was diagnosed with type 2 a carpenter by trade. “I never
chief medical officer of Hannibal
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Hannibal Regional Healthcare System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pranav Parikh discusses the next decade of health care at his from the government won’t be close
office. Parikh said he understands why people are concerned about health care costs. H-W Photo/Jake Shane to what (will be) available,” Moore said.
“Medicare will be ever-changing, mor-
Continues FROm 17 POPULATION BY AGE GROUP — MISSOURI 0-19 phing ... it will have to be. Reimburse-
*in thousands 20-39 ments will be shrinking.”
thought I’d have to be watching for 60+
sales at the grocery store, but our QUINCY MEDICAL GROUP
health care costs have increased When it comes to community
so much ... and paychecks haven’t 1,286 1,589 involvement and philanthropic sup-
kept up. 1,148 port, Carol Brockmiller says Quincy
1,578 1,592
“Stress has been a problem 1,602 Medical Group’s past will be reflected
for our family. We have to watch in its future.
everything, watch how much ev- “It has felt good to involve physi-
erything costs. I’m scared to death 2020 (projected) cians and employees in community
what it will be like for my kids” in 1,630 events ­— it is who we are to the core,”
the future. 1,566 1,584 1,638 said Brockmiller, QMG’s chief execu-
“I still believe things will get tive officer. “QMG has always given to
better,” Motley said. “But it looks 1,506 1,588 the community, and written checks
like it’s going to take time.” for darn near every request received,
In the five years between the everything from music to sports to
introduction of the Affordable 2012 2030 (projected) other health care organizations to
Care Act in 2010 and 2015, an after-school prom parties.
Employer Health Benefits Survey “There is no external source of rev-
by the Kaiser Family Foundation 0-19 enue for QMG. We are what our physi-
showed monthly premiums rose
POPULATION BY AGE GROUP — ILLINOIS cians produce, so we run an efficient,
*in thousands 20-39
24 percent and deductibles rose 67 40-59 physician-led organization, much like
percent, while wages increased by 60+ other businesses in the region. In do-
10 percent. ing so, the physicians have identified,
Dr. Pranav Parikh understands 2,479 3,549 and supported, the need to give back
the concerns from Motley and to the region.”
those like him. 3,456 “In 2010 or so, we rewrote the QMG
“Health care costs are on 3,558 3,613 mission statement to include ‘benevo-
everyone’s mind,” said Parikh, lence’ in our values,” Brockmiller said.
the chief medical officer of the 2020 (projected) Quincy Medical Group, the roots
Hannibal Regional Healthcare of which date to the 1930s, unveiled
System. “Right now health care is 3,593 a new state-of-the-art medical facility
a constantly changing environ- 2,972 3,607 in 1994 at 1025 Maine. April 2003
ment. There are a lot of things saw the grand opening of a new
happening.” 3,238 four-story building at 1118 Hampshire
Tim Moore, the vice president that featured various medical services
of finances for the Blessing Health and offices, with the Surgery Center
System, realizes one of the key 2012 2030 (projected) of Quincy occupying the top floor.
periods in the evolutionary history QMG has affiliate offices in Canton
of U.S. health care might be right and Lewistown, Mo., plus Barry, Mount
Sterling, Pittsfield, Pleasant Hill and
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Continues FROm 21 paid for providing health care
services,” she said. “We began
around the corner. measuring patient satisfaction
“It is a paradoxical time,” Moore over three years ago, and we be-
said. gan sharing quality data with our
physicians at the same time. ... The
Baby boomers more efficient we become in shar-
More of the nation’s 77 million ing data, working together on the
baby boomers move into retire- patient’s continuum of care, the
ment age each day. less duplication, the less unneces-
“The number of baby boomers sary tests, etc.”
over 65 will triple by 2030,” Parikh Brockmiller said it is the physi-
said. “We have to be ready.” cian and patient who drive health
The weight of the added de- care, and that will be more true in
mands of the aging baby-boom the future.
generation is going to be taxing. “The rest of the facilities —
“The (ongoing) retirement of nursing homes, skilled nursing
baby boomers will increase the facilities, rehab units, hospitals,
demand for health care services,” mental health centers, surgery
Moore said. “That is what the centers — are just facilities,” she
whole health care industry is gear- said. “As we are measured on
ing for. We have known this was providing the right care for the
coming. We are all working on dif- patient, in the right setting, at the
ferent strategies to improve care. right time, it is the physician who
will determine which setting is
Major changes best and most cost-effective.
“Connecting the pieces together “In a perfect world, the patient
for patients and families will be the avoids high-cost centers, and is
chief task moving to the future.” more proactive, working further
Carol Brockmiller, the chief ex- upstream with their doctor and an
ecutive officer of the Quincy Medi- interdisciplinary team made up of
cal Group, says to expect major care managers, patient navigators,
changes in the health care system. social workers, dieticians, etc.”
Some are already in place. Brockmiller said QMG has
“Cost, quality and patient been using this kind of outline for
experience will be an integral part
of how physicians and others are Continues on 24

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“many years,” but with smaller


HANNIBAL REGIONAL populations. 35K

HEALTHCARE SYSTEM “As that becomes the norm,
it will have a great impact on 30K
Dr. Pranav Parikh says health care the patients’ quality, cost and
will continue to evolve in the immediate of course, their experience,” she 25K
and long-term future. said.
In-home care, particularly for the Parikh mirrors those thoughts. 20K
large numbers from the baby-boom “Patients’ safety, improving
generation who are approaching “older quality of care, patient experi- 15K
adult” status, will become more of the ence and palliative care will all
norm rather than an anomaly. receive greater attention in the 10K
“We will need to focus on the educa- coming years,” he said.
tion of caregivers, who will be playing 5K
larger roles in the future,” said Parikh, Health care costs
the chief medical officer of the Hannibal The Kaiser Family Founda- ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 ’13 ’14
Regional Healthcare System. tion report found 81 percent of
Parikh also emphasizes there will be U.S. workers have an annual
even greater attention paid to diabetes, deductible for single coverage. In
cardiovascular and obesity issues in the 2005, only 55 percent of health 80K
coming years. care plans had a deductible.
The Hannibal Regional Healthcare The study showed the average 70K
System’s 105-acre medical campus is deductible for single coverage is
highlighted by Hannibal Regional Hos- $1,318, but the size of a worker’s 60K
pital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, deductible varies by firm size
Hannibal Regional Foundation, the ($1,836 for those in small firms 50K
Center for Applied Medical Research and $1,105 for those in large
and the James E. Cary Cancer Center. businesses). From 2006 to 2015, 40K
the average deductible rose from
ADVANCE PHYSICAL $303 to $1,077. 30K
THERAPY In addition to the monthly pre-
mium contribution and annual
Greg Reis feels that one of the grow- deductibles, the study showed
ing trends in therapy in the coming nearly 68 percent of workers 10K
years, especially with senior citizens, will must make co-payments for their
be what he calls “pre-hab.” office visits. Each in-network ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 ’13 ’14
“It’s done before surgery,” said Reis, office visit costs the worker an
one of the partners who owns Advance average of $24 for primary care Information from The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Physical Therapy. and $37 for specialty care.
Reis said pre-surgery therapy can An earlier Kaiser Family advancement of medicine, and phone, patients answer questions
make the post-surgery recovery easier. Foundation study also illustrated in some cases, it will help reel in about their health concerns and
Advance Physical Therapy dates to how rising health insurance health care costs. A case in point medical history. A board-certified
April 1995. Its first clinic was established premiums and out-of-pocket is Blessing Hospital’s Virtual physician or nurse practitioner,
in Quincy, followed by 13 more spread expenses are affecting Ameri- Care on Demand, which falls un- contracted by Blessing Health
across West-Central Illinois, Northeast cans in another way. The report der the heading of “telemedicine” System to provide virtual care,
Missouri and Southeast Iowa. said about half of U.S. families — the use of telecommunication reads the information and then
The 14 locations in three states had to cut back and/or postpone and information technology to connects with the patient via
employ more than 120. medical care. provide clinical health care from webcam or phone, typically
“We’re up to the challenge,” said Reis, A Pew Charitable Trusts study, a distance. It helps eliminate dis- within 30 minutes. The physician
in his 26th year as a physical therapist. along with the most recent data tance barriers and can improve or nurse practitioner will assess
from the Centers for Medicare access to medical services that the patient’s condition and sug-
NURSING HOMES and Medicaid Services, showed would often not be consistently gest a treatment plan.
Nursing homes and various care that in 2014, health spending available in rural communities. The encounter is much like
centers will continue to face trying accounted for 17.5 percent of the It also allows a patient to “see” a typical office visit, including
times in the future. national gross domestic product. a doctor or nurse practitioner prescribing medication if neces-
“Government regulations will By 2025, that figure is forecast to about minor illnesses from the sary, and the cost of a visit is $49,
continue to play a major role at both increase to 20.1 percent. comfort of their home using a payable by credit card.
the federal and state levels,” said Health care analysts at Wal- personal computer, laptop, tablet
Mike Duffy, administrator at Good measured costs, or smartphone. The future
Samaritan Home in Quincy. “Over the access and outcomes to rank the Blessing Care on Demand is Blessing Health System’s
next decade, Social Security, Medicare best overall health care systems available through video chat, Moore said the brick-and-mortar
and Medicaid will continue to see a among the 50 states and the Dis- Skype or FaceTime via personal aspect of health care remains
squeeze on funds. trict of Columbia. Illinois ranked computer, tablet, smartphone or vital and is needed.
Duffy said a proliferation of services No. 17 and Missouri No. 23. Both telephone 24 hours a day. The future, however, will open
in many areas of senior care, coupled Illinois and Missouri earned “This will be a new avenue of up ways and means to compli-
with the system for determining which their best rankings in (lowest) care for people to utilize — health ment traditional health care.
organizations and agencies will re- health care costs. Illinois was care through an online portal,” “Health care will see some
ceive funds, will add to care problems. No. 10. Missouri No. 12. said Sarah Stegeman, a project of the same kind of shifts in
“There will be more requests for manager at Blessing who deals demand and payment as other
funding, but the dollars are still the Technological effect with innovation and business industries,” he said. “Consolidat-
same,” he said. Technology will continue to development. ing services and controlling costs
play an important role in the Once online or connected by are the chief goals.” n

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Dean Bauch shows a photo of him and his wife, Betty Jean. Bauch and his wife, residents at Good Samaritan Home, have been married for 70 years. H-W Photo/Jake Shane

Here comes the “The (ongoing)

retirement of
baby boomers
will increase the
Medical industry demand for health
prepares for an care services. That
aging population is what the whole
health care industry
is gearing for. We
| By Steve Eighinger
position. ”When we moved
in, my wife had a lot of health
problems. We had to give up our
the Bauchs have enjoyed for
more than 14 years at a home
like Good Samaritan will be
have known this was
coming. We are all
Dean Bauch’s story is a fa- home. I could not handle every- available to all who seek them
miliar one for many people who thing in the house any longer.” in the future is a major question
working on different
fall under the heading of “older The couple have lived at Good mark hanging over the health strategies to improve
adults.” Samaritan since 2002, first in care industry.
Bauch and his wife, Betty a cottage and later in assisted care. Connecting the
Jean, have been married for living. Several years ago, Betty Health care pieces together for
70 years. Both are 92 and live Jean was moved to the home’s In the coming 10 to 15 years,
at Good Samaritan Home on Alzheimer’s unit. the majority of the nation’s 77 patients and families
Quincy’s south side.
“We both knew when we came
“I haven’t lived with my wife
for seven years, but I see her
million baby boomers will be
moving into their retirement
will be the chief task
here we were needing help,” every day,” Dean said. “She no years, and there are numer- moving to the future.”
said Bauch, a retired minister longer knows me or her children ous concerns in the health care
who became the first chaplain ... but this is a wonderful place industry about whether all their Tim Moore
at Good Samaritan, back in to be.” vice president of finances,
Blessing Health System
1989 when it was a part-time Whether or not the services Continues on 28

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Physical therapist Greg Reis helps Jim Real stretch at Advance Physical Therapy in Quincy. Reis is helping Real regain flexibility after surgery. H-W Photo/Phil Carlson

Continues FROm 25 available many do not even know dementia. That’s why, Megown
about.” says, it is important to continue
“In a perfect world, needs will be met. Megown said she regularly to develop and plan for additional
“Health care will be stressed gets calls from adult children of services.
the patient avoids because of the baby boom- aging parents. They are seeking “As a society, we will have to
high-cost centers, ers,” said Greg Reis, a physical
therapist at Advance Physical
health care assistance for their
mom or dad and “have no idea of
understand (how important)
the support is going to be that is
and is more Therapy and one of the partners the kinds of help that could be needed by a caregiver,” she said.
proactive, working in a group that owns 14 Advance
sites in West-Central Illinois and
She expects those calls to only
“There is going to be a need.”
The West Central Illinois Area
further upstream Northeast Missouri. increase — and hopes they do. Agency on Aging serves Adams,
Reis said the good news is “Within 15 years, research Brown, Pike, Calhoun, Hancock
with their that the potential health care indicates there be an extraor- and Schuyler counties, and it also
doctor and an tsunami tied to the baby-boom dinary number of older adults has clients in Northeast Missouri.
generation has not caught the diagnosed with some sort of “Our boundary does not end at
inter-disciplinary medical community off guard. dementia,” Megown said. the river if there is a need for as-
team made up of “Everyone has seen it coming
and knew the need for (medical
There are an estimated 5.4
million Americans — including
sistance,” Megown said. “There
is no wrong question; just call us
care managers, care) would be increasing,” Reis 3,400 in West-Central Illinois — and ask.”
patient navigators, said.
Laura Megown is a field repre-
diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and
it’s a given there are a lot more to
Reis said almost half his
Advance patients are older adults,
social workers, sentative for the West Central Il- come. In people over 65, the inci- a percentage that will likely in-
linois Area Agency on Aging. She dence of Alzheimer’s is between crease in the coming years.
dieticians, etc.” expects her organization to play 12 to 20 percent. In people over “We have plenty of (physi-
an even more prominent role in 85, it’s almost 40 percent. cal therapists)” to handle the
Carol Brockmiller
Chief executive officer,
senior care in the coming years. One of every 9 Americans 65 expected onset of patients in the
Quincy Medical Group “We are a conduit for resource or older has Alzheimer’s and 1 coming years, he said.
assistance,” Megown said. “There of every 3 U.S. seniors dies of
are a lot of hidden resources Alzheimer’s or some form of Continues on 30

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“There is no limit to the num- services performed. There will
ber of patients we will be able to be patient demand for staying
see,” Reis said. out of the hospital and receiving
care at home,” she said. “It is a
Training paradigm shift, and it is being
Other providers are also step- driven by the generations them-
ping up to meet coming needs. selves, as well as the health care
Not only is there a large industry.”
number of baby boomers moving Tim Moore, vice president of
to their advanced years, there finances for the Blessing Health
also is an equally large number System, agrees.
of caregivers, especially nurses, “We want to keep people out of
from the same age bracket who the hospital,” he said.
are — and will be — retiring. Technology’s role in senior
“Having well-trained people health care will also heighten,
in health care will always be an Duffy believes.
issue,” said Mike Duffy the ad- “We have seen over the last
ministrator at Good Samaritan decade how technology and
who was once a nurse himself. research have impacted health
“The right person for the job is West Central Illinois Agency on Aging field representative Laura Megown, right, looks care in general,” he said. “The
always a key. There will always at medication prices for Sharon Johnson at Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. technology is amazing — the ac-
be a need for people filling health Megown encourages everyone with questions regarding elderly health care to give cessibility of the internet and the
care jobs.” her office a call. H-W Photo/Jake Shane ability to glean and use data —
Brenda Beshears, the presi- and it will continue to explode.
dent and CEO at Blessing-Rie- ment has more than doubled in tive officer of Quincy Medical “For example, we will be
man College of Nursing and the past decade, increasing from Group, says senior care will be seeing some amazing things in
Health Sciences, has repeatedly 120 to 275. evolving in the coming years. genetic research. Technology
said in recent years that the “Typically, about 60 percent of “It won’t look like it does to- will help some diseases become a
nursing industry has been well the Blessing-Rieman graduates day,” she said. “This generation, thing of the past.”
aware of the expected exodus of stay in this region,” Beshears to a certain extent, and those Dr. Pranav Parikh, chief
baby boomer-aged nurses and said. “Of the other 40 percent, behind it, expect to not only live medical officer of the Hannibal
caregivers. most are (hired) for specialized longer, but to live well longer.” Regional Healthcare System, is
Increased enrollment at services in St. Louis and other Brockmiller said the chang- quick to point out the number
Blessing-Rieman in recent years large metro areas.” ing landscape of senior care will of baby boomers over the age 65
has been a positive sign for West- see more of an emphasis on care will triple in less than 15 years.
Central Illinois and Northeast Evolving conditions outside the hospital. “We have to be ready,” Parikh
Missouri. The college’s enroll- Carol Brockmiller, chief execu- “There will be more outpatient said. n

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Almighty” (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8) - endures in all times and in all places. of Daily Morning Prayer and Daily Evening Prayer. They may be prayed communally or
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24:13-31). As the Bible is read and preached, Jesus is revealed to us. As we Sunday School ministry for children ages 2 thru 12. Yet it’s much more than a Sunday School
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many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread” the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium”,
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When we speak of “living a common life of prayer” we are speaking of what 9:00am Adult Formation & Teen Formation
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rule of life we follow here at the Cathedral is embodied in the historic Book of topics are taught with ample opportunity for questions and discussion provided.
Common Prayer (1928 edition). 10:00am Choral Mass
Unlike the simple spoken Mass at 7:30am, this 10:00am liturgy is a Choral Mass. As such,
The Church, above all things, must be a house of prayer because it is parts of the liturgy are chanted and you will hear the organ at several points throughout
through prayer that we experience and connect with God. So it becomes the the liturgy, and hymns are corporately sung. Occasionally, incense is used.
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Churches find ways to attract new members
(573) 221-5250 Jerry Harris speaks about prayers at the Crossing. The Crossing has one of the largest memberships
100 Medical Drive, Hannibal among churches in the area. H-W Photo/Jake Shane

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| By Steve Eighinger


he Crossing continues to
defy the norm. “The slick bells and whistles —
Studies show church
attendance across the lights, bands, coffee bar —
nation is in a downward
spiral and has been for
aren’t everyone’s cup
years, but Quincy’s mega- of joe, but we believe they help
church and its satellite
campuses continue to put people at ease who
grow and thrive. might have a fear of church,
The largest church in West-Central Illinois
and Northeast Missouri boasts a weekend men especially.”
average attendance of 8,000, including 2,700
Loretta Nobis
Why Choose
at its 48th and Maine site in Quincy. That
is the home base of the nondenominational
member of the Crossing
Hannibal Clinic?
Christian church. There is a second campus
in Quincy, plus sites in Macomb, Hannibal,
Mount Sterling, Pittsfield, Lima, Hannibal, “Our church is big, (but) • Uniquely
Mo., and Keokuk, Iowa.
The Crossing is known for its contemporary
our buildings aren’t Physician
approach to worship, emphasizing a strong intimidating to nonbelievers. Owned
music ministry; midweek small groups; active
youth ministry; and somewhat surprisingly,
One of our campuses is
old-fashioned, back-to-the Bible sermons from in a building that once • Physician
the Rev. Jerry Harris.
“I’d have to say God has used the personal- housed a shoe factory, Directed
ity of our church to reach people who have one was a school, one Practice
no church background; have a broken church
background; or have maybe even been written a grocery store, one an
off by family, church, community, etc.,” said old vaudeville/movie • Flexible
Loretta Nobis, who has attended the Crossing
since 2005 and is a member of the church’s theater and one an old Lifestyle
music worship team. “The slick bells and
animal feed pellet mill.”
whistles — lights, bands, coffee bar — aren’t
everyone’s cup of joe, but we believe they help
• Great
put people at ease who might have a fear of Barb Mitchell Community
church, men especially. member of the Crossing
“We are not afraid of change and actually
believe it’s imperative, even if it’s painful at • 60 Years
times. We just want people to find a home “I do not foresee a time Providing
here and a relationship with Jesus that meets
them where they are, then becomes their game when organized religion Quality
changer.” will cease to be relevant to Healthcare
Community outreach young people. With that being
The Crossing also has become extremely
active in the communities it serves with its
said, it would be wise Discover where
thrift stores, food pantries and recovery pro- to acknowledge and try life can take
grams for substance and other abuses.
“Interacting with people and getting to
to address what is driving you and your
know them is important — building bridges
with the community,” Harris said.
the current trend of young practice.
The Crossing’s roots trace to 1974 when 57 people shying away from
people from Madison Park Christian Church organized religion in favor of
(then at 215 N. 25th in Quincy) left to establish
a sister church on the south side of town. individualized faith.”
The new church found a home at the 48th
and Maine campus in what was formerly John Brady Frericks
St. Francis Parish
Wood Community College, and the former
Payson Road Christian Church became the
That was when the congregation of a little “The Catholic community
more than 200 began to blossom with its new
contemporary approach.
is stable but needs to grow.
Barb Mitchell and her husband, Del, were The biggest difference from
two of those Madison Park Christian Church
members who helped plant the seed.
years ago is people choose
“Our church is big, (but) our buildings aren’t their own parish.”
intimidating to nonbelievers,” Barb Mitchell
Monsignor Michael Kuse
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said. “One of our campuses is in

a building that once housed a
shoe factory, one was a school,
one a grocery store, one an old
vaudeville/movie theater and
one an old animal feed pellet
Mitchell says the Crossing
staff is made up of “a wealth of
talented and creative people.”
“We are on the cutting edge
of technology and have always
had the willingness to step out
in faith,” she said. “Our services
At Hannibal are Bible-based and relevant.
We’re all-inclusive; everybody
Clinic we are is welcome.”
A recently released compre-
focused on hensive study on churchlead- that used data from
providing 200,000 U.S. Christian churches
that indicates only about 18
healthcare percent of Americans attend
church on a weekly basis.
that meets our The number increases to 23
to 25 percent for those who say
patient’s needs. they attend an average of three
out of every eight weeks.
We strive to Catholic presence
provide the While the Crossing and
Madison Park Christian Church
best care (with an average Sunday at-
tendance of about 1,000) anchor
affordably and the local Protestant community,
St. Francis and St. Peter are the
conveniently. largest Catholic churches in the
“The Catholic community is
stable but needs to grow,” said
Call today to Monsignor Michael Kuse, who
is also the pastor of Blessed
Parishioners at St. Francis Catholic Church in Quincy receive communion during a re-
cent Mass. The church is one of four Catholic parishes in Quincy. H-W Photo/Phil Carlson

schedule an Sacrament Parish. “The biggest

difference from years ago is
appointment or people choose their own par-

walk in to our
Kuse said the four Catho-
lic parishes in Quincy — St.
Ambulatory Anthony is the other — average
between 700 to 1,400 families The blueprint for the future is
possibly the eventual consolida-
tion of Blessed Sacrament and St.
Care Center. apiece.
Brady Frericks, who attends
simple, the Rev. Jerry Harris of the
Crossing. believes
Anthony parishes.
“It’s a changing world for all
St. Francis, believes organized “Successful churches are going churches,” Kuse said. “Attracting the
religions “need to do a better to become more involved in their 25-to-50 age bracket is a key issue.”
job of being more than the sum communities,” said Harris, longtime Kuse says that group is most in
of their social teachings.” pastor of Quincy’s Protestant mega- tune with the “bells and whistles” of
“Younger generations are church, which has grown by leaps technology.
more socially connected than and bounds in the past 15 years. “Pew Research Center says
ever before,” he said. “Society The Crossing’s growth has seen roughly one-third of millennials
has moved in a direction where it develop eight satellite campuses consider themselves unaffiliated
traditional church teachings across West-Central Illinois, North- with any religion, despite the fact
on same-sex marriage, abor- east Missouri and Southeast Iowa that overall belief in God has re-
tion, the role of women, etc., are with a combined weekly average mained steady,” said Brady Frericks
more commonly challenged. attendance of 8,000. The Crossing of St. Francis Parish in Quincy. “I
Young people face an over- not only has churches, but also would suggest that the best way to
whelming pressure to conform thrift shops, pantries and other convert that belief in God back to
from both directions. programs in the communities it enthusiasm for religion starts with
“While I do not believe serves. three steps: a more welcoming and
churches need to change their Among area Catholics, Monsi- personal experience, the value of
teachings, they could do a bet- gnor Michael Kuse thinks “we’ll see community and a greater focus on
ter job of creating an environ- more lay leaders” in the future and the central message of the church.”
ment where young people can
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2015 overall identification

Primary and
specialty care
within one group
providing better
Christian communication,
Non-Christian better coordination
and better
2015 identification by age patient care.
18-24 62 / 7 / 31% • Ambulatory Care
62 / 7 / 32%
• Audiology
• Cardiology
30-34 67 / 7 / 26% • Dermatology
• Family Practice
35-39 71 / 6 / 23% • Gastroenterology
• General Surgery
40-44 74 / 6 / 21%
• Internal Medicine
45-49 79 / 5 / 16% • Medical Oncology
• Nephrology
50-54 81 / 4 / 15% • Neurology
55-59 81 / 4 / 15%
go and feel safe and comfort- travel from nearby areas such • Otolaryngology
able, even while they are as Hannibal, Mo. The temple
60-64 82 / 4 / 14% • Pediatric
struggling with some beliefs. is closed during the summer
“I do not foresee a time and scheduled services — • Podiatry
when organized religion will normally two a month — are 65-69 83 / 4 / 13% • Psychiatry
cease to be relevant to young served by a student rabbi who
people. “With that being said, commutes from Cincinnati, • Pulmonary/
70-74 85 / 4 / 11%
it would be wise to acknowl- Ohio. Critical Care
edge and try to address what At one time, the temple had
is driving the current trend an estimated 500 members. 75-79 88 / 3 / 9%
• Rheumatology
of young people shying away Gordon said B’nai Sholom • Sleep Medicine
from organized religion in is among the three oldest
favor of individualized faith.” temples in continuous use in 80-84 89 / 4 / 8% • Sports Medicine
Illinois and among the 10 old-
Rich history est in the United States. The 85-89 88 / 4 / 8%
Quincy’s Jewish commu- cornerstone of the temple was
nity has a proud heritage, laid in 1869. Temple dedica-
but what the future holds is a tion came a year later. 90+ 86 / 4 / 10%
question mark. “The temple has a rich his-
“It’s a very small commu- tory,” Gordon said.
nity and the congregation is Gordon, a Quincy resident 2015 church attendance
aging,” said Carla Gordon of since 1989 who was born in At least monthly
the B’nai Sholom Temple, 427 Chicago and previously lived
N. Ninth. “We do not have any in St. Louis, remains hope- 57% 53%
young people coming in to fill ful about the future of B’nai
the pews.” Sholom.
Gordon estimates the “History has always been
congregation has about 40 on our side,” she said. n Missouri Illinois
members, including some who
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Parents, teachers, administrators looking forward
to new schools being built under $89 million plan
| By Edward Husar can attend the new school being ning, and I really appreciated the

EDUCATION built just north of the existing vision of the School Board,” she
Monroe School, which will open said.
onda Lentz in fall 2017. But she couldn’t say “I just hope that these bound-
is filled with for certain whether her children aries make sense. We live seven-
anticipation. will go there because attendance tenths of a mile from Monroe
Lentz is boundaries for the five new School. So if my kids don’t go
the mother of schools were still being drawn. there, that will tell me that these
three children “We want the least amount of boundaries do not make sense.
— a third- change for our kids, so it would That would be disappointing.”
grader and be nice for my kids to go to the
first-grader who attend Monroe Monroe site,” Lentz said. Anxiously waiting
Elementary School and a 3-year- However, there was no guar- Brian Trowbridge, principal
old who will enter kindergarten antee anyone currently attending of Monroe School, agreed many
in a couple of years. Monroe would automatically parents were anxiously wait-
As the Quincy School District attend the site’s new school. It all ing to hear what school their
moves forward with a multiyear depends on how the boundaries children will be assigned based
plan to open five new elementary are drawn, and district officials on the recommendations of a
schools, Lentz can’t help but be were making a concerted effort task force studying the boundary
excited — and a little apprehen- to craft the boundaries in a way issue.
sive — knowing that all three to ensure each school would have “That is yet to be determined,
of her children will be directly an equal mix of children from so there’s a lot of eagerness right
impacted by having brand-new assorted economic and social now,” he said.
schools in Quincy. backgrounds. Teachers, meanwhile, also
“They’ll all be going some- Lentz was keeping her fingers were expecting to hear by the
where, but who knows where,” crossed. end of December where they will
she said. “I’ve been a proponent of the
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Oscar Amos welds a bracket at John

Wood Community College’s Workforce
Development Center. After Amos
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operator, he took up learning welding
through the Workforce Devolpment
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Students obtain For example, one fast-growing area focuses on
training workers for jobs in industrial mainte-

state-of-the-art training nance technology, which involves programming

and repairing automated equipment used in many
at JWCC’s Workforce Students learn how to program robots to perform
functions on assembly lines. They also learn how to
Development Center make repairs.
“Everybody is going to automation, so people need
to know how to repair their robots,” Stuflick said.

| By Edward Husar
Another growth area involves using three-dimen-
sional modeling and printing to create parts needed
for industrial or commercial use.
When a Quincy company closed in May 2016, “We call it prototype to production,” Stuflick said.
Oscar Amos found himself with the opportunity to Jim Fuhrman, manager of manufacturing, said
pursue a career that has always intrigued him. the center teaches students how to produce 3-D
The 54-year-old Quincy resident is following his drawings of objects with SolidWorks, a three-
dream of becoming a welder by taking classes at dimensional design and modeling program used
John Wood Community College’s Workforce Devel- widely in the manufacturing industry.
opment Center at 4220 Koch’s Lane. His tuition is Fuhrman said students can then use a computer-
being paid through the federal government, thanks ized simulator to test how the object would perform
to Trade Act provisions that kicked in because the in a real-world situation. They can then take the
factory was relocating to another country. project to the next level by using an elaborate mill-
“I wanted to learn about welding, and John Wood ing machine to carve a metal prototype of the model.
has one of the best programs. So that’s what I did,” “They get the whole process of how things are
Amos aid. made,” Fuhrman said.
“I know the demand for welders is out there. It As part of this training, students also get experi-
will mean better opportunities for me and my family ence using lathes and more conventional mills to
— and better pay. I wish I could have done this years master basic cutting principles.
ago.” Elsewhere in the center’s simulated factory set-
Amos is one of many local residents taking ad- ting, students can get exposure to industrial wiring,
vantage of workforce education programs offered by hydraulics, pneumatics and robotics using real-
JWCC. world equipment, much of it donated by companies
Workforce training has long been one of the com- in the Quincy area.
munity college’s fundamental missions. And JWCC’s Welding is another fast-growing area of train-
role in providing workforce training is expected ing. The Workforce Development Center’s welding
to expand even more as JWCC strives to meet the shop soon will have 22 welding stations, up from
needs of local employees and employers. the current 18. By offering day and night welding
“We are the community’s college,” said William classes, the college will be able to graduate up to 44
Stuflick, JWCC’s dean of career, technical and health new welders a year with American Welding Society
education. “Our mission is to make sure that the credentials.
business community remains competitive and that “That is huge,” Stuflick said. “They can take that
we’re adding value to the business community.” credential anywhere in the world (to get a welding
Stuflick said JWCC’s workforce development job), although we want them to stay local.”
program tries to provide a skilled labor force for One student enrolled in the welding program is
companies doing business in the Quincy area. This John Maynard, who graduated last spring from
effort not only helps the workers but also the busi- Quincy High School. Maynard, 19, said he took a
nesses, that rely on having a strong pool of available, welding class at QHS and loved it. So he decided
trained workers. to learn welding so he can get a job that will help
“As a community college, we’ve got to be able to him pay for college. He wants to become a history
provide the talent to the talent pipeline they’re going teacher, but he views welding as a valuable skill.
to need in the next three to five years,” Stuflick said. “When I retire from being a teacher, I can go back
On top of that, JWCC in recent years has been to welding,” he said. “It’s a fallback plan.”
providing more individualized workforce educa- Forbes said the Workforce Development Center
“We are the tion to help companies become more efficient and also focuses on providing various supervisory,
competitive. leadership and team-building skills used by local
community’s college. For example, JWCC has been increasing its “cus- companies. Some of the college’s training programs
Our mission is to tomized training” for businesses and industries in
the Quincy area. In the past year alone, the college
focus on improving safety, mastering computer
skills, enhancing social media and marketing skills,
make sure that the worked with 17 large, mid-size and small businesses and finding ways to improve productivity to “cut
business community to meet specific needs.
“We’re on the cutting edge as far as training,” said
every single step that’s not necessary,” he said.
For years JWCC has been known for its truck
remains competitive Gordon Forbes, the college’s coordinator of business driver training program, which continues to be in
and industry. “What we’ll do is go to a company and high demand because of an ongoing shortage of
and that we’re adding find out what their needs are now and in the future.” drivers in the Quincy area.
value to the business Then JWCC will develop a training curriculum However, thanks to the creation of the Workforce
tailored to fit those needs. Development Center and the series of new training
community.” Much of the specialized training takes place at the programs, JWCC’s workforce education program
Workforce Development Center, which was estab- is quickly evolving, said Dave Hetzler, director of
William Stuflick lished in 2009. career, technical and health education strategic
JWCC dean of career, technical Inside the center are a variety of classrooms, programs.
and health education
computer labs and specialized training areas where “We’re getting to be known as more than the truck
students learn using state-of-the-art equipment and driving school,” Helzler said. n
software used by industries.

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be assigned next fall.

“Right now, everybody is
a little anxious about where
they’re going to be working and
what they’re going to be doing,”
Trowbridge said.
Joel Murphy, the district’s
business manager, said the
Boundary Advisory Task Force
was on target to complete its
study and make recommenda-
tions by the end of 2016 calendar
year. Likewise, district officials
were hoping to nail down future
building assignments for all
“By the end of the year, every-
body should know where their
kids are going to go to school and
where the teachers are going to
be teaching,” he said. “All of that
stuff should be settled.”
Murphy was also hoping
the district would know by the
end of 2016 the site for a new
elementary school serving the
southwest quadrant of the city. Kim Mulch, left, and Eric Barnes, both of Klingner and Associates, look over the new school under construction at the Monroe site. Mulch is
“I hope to have it by then, but the architect of record on the project, and Barnes is the project manager. H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson
there’s no guarantee,” he said in
an interview in early 2016.
The district has already an-
nounced locations for the other
elementary schools to be built.
New schools offer level playing field
In addition to the Monroe site, The new Quincy buildings will re- Parent Ronda Lentz agrees. She schools being built in Quincy.
two new schools will open in fall place a series of cramped, outmoded, thinks having five new elementary “The new schools are going to be a
2018 along North 12th Street and aging schools — some dating to the schools will be a great recruitment tool great thing,” she said.
near 48th and Columbus Road. late 1800s. for businesses trying to attract employ- Benz said the schools will have built-
The last two schools will open “All five of these new buildings are ees to Quincy. in tornado shelters, and they will have
in fall 2019 on the current site going to be similar. They’re going to “For a lot of people thinking about better security features.
of Baldwin Intermediate School provide the same opportunities at all coming to Quincy, that’s one of their “They will be safe and secure build-
and at the southwest Quincy five locations,” Monroe School Principal biggest decisions,” she said. “This is ings, so there is less concern with that,”
location. Brian Trowbridge said. going to show new people in our she said.
“We’re not going to be restricted to community that we do care about Benz also likes how the new build-
Learning communities what the building has to offer based on education.” ings will have separate gymnasiums
Meanwhile, the district is pro- when it was built. So the playing field Lentz said she was thrilled to see and cafeterias. She said that’s one of
ceeding with plans to shift the is getting leveled in regard to what the Quincy voters approve the $89 million the problems currently at Monroe,
elementary grades to a K-5 con- building has to offer, which is huge.” bond issue needed to build the new where the gym and cafeteria share the
figuration starting in fall 2017. Trowbridge, who will serve as prin- elementary schools and make some same space, which makes it difficult to
Even though the new school at cipal of the new school at the Monroe major renovations at Quincy High conduct certain activities.
Monroe will be the only new site, said he’s excited to be going to a School. As part of the overall changes, the
K-5 building opening at that new, modern building. “I think it’s amazing,” she said. “I think district is shifting its grade configura-
time, the district is establishing “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity this is absolutely going to benefit this tions. Instead of having elementary
K-5 transitional schools — also for us to impact all students positively,” community because these building schools serving grades K-3, Baldwin
referred to as learning commu- he said. “I think everybody under- are going to be around for a long while serving grades 4-6, Quincy Junior High
nities — in the four other parts stands the value that comes with new — we’re talking 40, 50, 60 years in the serving 7-9 and Quincy High School
of town to be served eventually buildings and what that’s going to offer future.” serving 10-12, the elementary schools
by new schools. to the community — not just people Angie Benz, who has two daughters next fall will serve grades K-5. QJHS
Washington and Dewey will living here, but people looking to move enrolled at Monroe School, also is has been converted to grades 6-8, and
become the North 12th Street here.” delighted to see five new elementary QHS is serving 9-12. n
learning community, Berrian
and Adams will become the
Southwest learning community,
Baldwin will be the 48th Street
learning community, and Madi- Murphy said the architectural “There are a lot of things hap- schools during the next few
son and Ellington will become planning and design of the new pening behind the scenes,” he years.
the learning community for the schools are moving along on said. The new schools will hold
future Baldwin site. schedule. In addition, school of- Trowbridge said many fami- about 600 students each and will
As new schools open, students ficials are pushing ahead gradu- lies with children in school — or be comfortable, secure, energy-
assigned to the various learning ally with plans to sell existing about to enter school — are efficient and handicapped acces-
communities will simply move to elementary schools once they are excited to know the district will sible, and will feature the latest
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Robert Gervasi Kelly Thompson Anthony Allen

President, Quincy University President, Culver-Stockton College President, Hannibal-LaGrange University
“At QU, as with other institutions of higher edu- “The higher education landscape is chang- “There’s a lot of pressure on higher education
cation, the demographics of the student body ing greatly. We feel like we need to continue institutions. I think in the next 20 years you’re
are expected to change. In the next 10 years, we to enhance our experiential curriculum. We’re going to see a lot of institutions close simply
expect a more culturally seeing great success with because it’s not going
and economically diverse that curriculum. We’re one to be financially feasible
undergraduate class. At of only two colleges in for them to continue on.
the same time, QU is ex- the nation with a 12-week, Unless you’re insulated
pecting an increase in the three-week calendar. by a huge endowment,
percentage of nontradi- This allows our students it’s going to be increas-
tional students — defined to take three courses in ingly difficult to provide
as students over the age the 12 weeks and just affordable education to
of 24.   one course in the three students.
“The increasing cost of weeks. So this calendar “Hannibal-LaGrange
education combined with helps us facilitate travel is unique in the sense
Gervasi decreasing family income Thompson study opportunities, both Allen that we want to provide
projections will make internationally and do- a uniquely Christian ap-
college affordability even more challenging in mestically, and internship opportunities, research proach to higher education that integrates faith
the future. Strategic restructuring is underway opportunities and service learning. and learning, that helps students incorporate a
to help Quincy University lower educational “We see offering courses in unique and flex- biblical world view in everything that they do. But
costs and improve efficiencies over the next five ible ways — online learning and blended formats. as a Christian institution, we face more and more
years. Endowed scholarships will continue to be We’re really seeing in the future that there’s go- pressures from the federal government regard-
a critical piece of ensuring students can afford a ing to be significant demand for online learning. ing whether or not we can qualify for federal
quality education. “We want to make sure our campus remains funds for our students.
“As part of our commitment to academic diverse. Our student body comes from 27 states “We’ve worked really hard to try to diversify
excellence, Quincy University will continue to and nine countries. We’re really committed to the programs that we offer — not just a tradition-
review and assess major programs of study to increasing our international and diverse student al on-campus experience. We have extension
ensure they meet the needs of both our student population. We believe that having this diverse programs; we have online programs. Institutions
population and the evolving workforce. New population prepares students to gain competen- are going to have to think differently about how
delivery models are being explored designed to cies that they need to be successful.” they provide education, and we’re going to have
meet the changing needs of current and future to make it more affordable for students because
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Chuck McNett, owner and founder of the Old Grainery, stands in front a collection of vintage items at his shop northwest of Payson, Ill. He
specializes in buying and selling everything from electrical equipment to vintage movie paraphernalia. H-W Photo/Michael Kipley

Reaching the
local business
Retail, financial, real estate & automotive

Entrepreneurs find new ways to get products to customers

| By Doug Wilson tions, he has 10 or so employees

A who either attend auctions, “I used to simply
operate his 13,000-square-foot
ttending warehouse along Ehrhart Road be on eBay,
his first near Payson or haul truckloads and then I
auction of antiques and collectibles to
more than buyers. started picking
15 years
ago, Chuck
Technology has helped
McNett grow a business that
for buyers and
McNett had started in his home. taking truck and
no idea he “I used to simply be on eBay,
was going to create a business and then I started picking for trailer loads. It’s
that would sell items headed for buyers and taking truck and just grown and
Japan, Europe, Mexico and all trailer loads. It’s just grown and
over the United States. grown. Now we’re on Etsy, Face- grown.. Now
Technology makes McNett’s
business seem like it’s just
book, Craig’s List and Bonanza,”
McNett said, naming some of
we’re on Etsy,
around the corner from those the online sights where he plies Facebook, Craig’s
distant buyers.
“I go to auctions for a living,”
his trade.
Returning to Payson, McNett
List and Bonanza.”
McNett said on the Old Grainery had just dropped off a truckload Chuck McNett
website. of items in Nashville, Tenn. One owner of Old Grainery
That’s an understatement.
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of his workers had made deliv-

eries to five buyers in and on the
way to St. Louis that same day.
Other customers were stopping
by the Old Grainery building
that is known to antique aficio-
nados far and wide.
Gum, a Japanese buyer, does
business with McNett every
week and frequently visits the
Payson site. Items selected by
overseas customers can be put
in containerized shipping units
that can go by river, rail, ship,
plane or truck.
Other customers select items
in person.
“One lady came from New
Jersey with a U-Haul. She filled
it up and had to tie some of
things on the roof,” McNett said.
Another motivated buyer
came from Utah to buy a coffin.
One couple stopped by for a
casual look at what was for sale
and had to buy a trailer to haul
their purchases back home.
Even with the tons of mer-
chandise he’s handling, McNett
and his team are determined to
grow the business.
“Within five years, I want to
make even more people aware
of what we can provide them. Local antique signs sit at the Old Grainery near Payson, Ill. H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
We’ve been doing research and
development, looking at Colum-
bia and Jefferson City, Mo., to Canton, of what is stored on seven dif-
find potential buyers,” McNett within a ferent levels of shelves in the “Within five years,
said. few miles freezer area. Those customers
Technology and new ways of Wood’s help the company’s bottom I want to make even
of doing business are helping
other entrepreneurs tap mar-
Wood is accustomed to
more people aware
kets that stretch far beyond the now are innovative thinking. He of what we can
local area. more than
30 employ-
heard back in the 1990s that
grass-fed beef could be just as
provide them.”
Market for meat, more ees at the flavorful as corn-fed animals. Chuck McNett
John Wood, founding mem- Wood business. He experimented with man- owner of Old Grainery
ber and CEO of U.S. Wellness Expe- aged grazing and found that
Meats, was told his ideas about rienced meat cutters trim the meat had good flavor and
raising grass-fed beef and
marketing it were unworkable.
grass-fed beef cuts to within
a third of an ounce. Online
texture and was considered a
healthier dining choice.
“If it wasn’t for dogged
A 45,000-square-foot state-of- customers select the exact When he decided to start determination it would
the-art building west of Canton, cuts they want. Crews then marketing and shipping the
Mo., is proof to the contrary. do pick-and-pack orders for meat to health- and quality- have been easy to give
“We ship about 40,000 shipping. There’s also a retail conscious customers 16 years up. It was really lean
pounds a week by Federal Ex- area where walk-in traffic is ago, the business model was
press,” Wood said. welcome. new and untested. picking . . when every
The 63-year-old farmer said
most of those packages con-
“We’ve got a fair amount of
people coming into the retail
“It started slow. If it wasn’t
for dogged determination it
cent we made went
tain frozen beef that is packed area. People who are coming would have been easy to give back into the business.”
in boxes with gel ice. And from St. Louis and Hannibal up. It was really lean picking
the company also ships pork, and Quincy and Keokuk see for five or 10 years when every John Wood
chicken, bison, lamb, clarified our billboards or they read cent we made went back into founding member and CEO
of U.S. Wellness Meats
butter, pork rinds, raw honey, about us online and they stop the business,” Wood said.
duck stock and a host of other in,” Wood said. Now the company has
products. About half of the building strong profits, and Wood’s
The company was launched is set aside for cold storage. faith in his product makes him “Our goal is to be able
in November 2000. For a while
it operated at Wood’s farm, then
Since it has more space than
U.S. Wellness Meats needs at
appear visionary. to create economics.”
In addition to making a
moved to Monticello. A little this time, the company does profit, Wood said the company Crystal Young
more than a year ago the busi- cold storage with other com- owner of Sustainable Custom Solutions
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think about the money,” Young
She envisions the company
sending out a sales force that
deals with finding solutions
that work before they focus on
By offering cutting-edge
products, Young believes com-
panies can make some of their
jobs easier.
For instance,
by matching
up a build-
ing material
with clean-
ing solu-
tions, health
care facili-
ties can do
a better job
Young of prevent-
ing viruses,
bacteria and other threats to
the health of staff and patients.
“You can’t assume that soap
and water is going to clean
something. We need to do as-
sessments so it’s not just trial
and error, and it is always a
good practice to be informed
about the latest and greatest
Many roll-top desks ­— some antique — and a wooden casket sit at the Old Grainery near Payson, Ill. H-W Photo/Michael Kipley products,” Young said.
SCS started providing
Continues FROm 52 12th and Chestnut. she left her state job, but saw a services during the summer,
Young worked 20 years for the greater need. working with companies that
wants to promote sustainable Illinois Department of Labor. Sustainable Custom Solutions can ship products nationwide.
farm operations as well as pay- She was a compliance officer was incorporated about a year Young hopes to set up a product
ing employees a fair wage. He’s during 12 of those years, doing ago. It sells office, janitorial, showroom at the building at
looking forward to taking prod- on-site inspections and dealing construction, health care and 12th and Chestnut. She also
ucts to farmers markets next with everything from child safety supplies with a special hopes to handle orders through
year to add another dimension labor complaints to health care emphasis on keeping workplac- the company’s website.
to the business. facility compliance. es safe and clean. Young hopes At this time SCS involves
“I was able to get an inside to make it a one-stop shop for Young and her family, but she
Keeping things safe, clean look at business structure, businesses. has plans for expansion.
Crystal Young is just in the operations, management, best “We have anti-bacterial items, “Our goal is to be able to cre-
opening phase of starting her practices, housekeeping and but a lot of our supplies are get- ate economics. We’re going to
own outside-the-box business safety,” Young said. ting away from all the chemi- need people for the office, sales
at Sustainable Custom Solu- She did some consulting work cals and finding a way to think team, warehouse and for deliv-
tions, which she operates at helping small businesses after about the environment and still eries,” Young said. n

8they said it
“The move to the cloud and devices connected “Marketing is really going to become ‘telling
to the internet — known as ‘the internet of things your story to a more receptive audience.’
— continues to be in an exponential growth Marketers are learning more about our
period. Converged networks where video, voice, behaviors, purchases, and patterns or
and data are on the same network in a business through quality design, and the user (rather
are becoming prevalent. Mobility — meaning, than the product or service) will be at the
more work done on smartphones and tablets center of the conversation. We will start
from basically anywhere, via the cloud and to be able to look at individuals and craft
private networks are only on the incline.” messages built just for them.”
Eric Thomas Travis Brown
ETC Computerland Rokusek Marketing by Design

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Jeff Wolf chats with Peoples Prosperity Bank teller Joleen Williams while he waits for his appointment at the bank in Quincy. H-W Photo/Michael Kipley

Backing the banks

Smaller financial institutions adapt to meet customers’ needs

| By Doug Wilson
been targeted for mergers as
often as operations that are a
magnitude or two larger.
“Because of overregulation and
other reasons, a lot of hometown
banks have thrown in the towel
difficult times. Title insurance
companies face tough new regu-
lations that have caused several
From his office in the Farmers Mike Mahair, president and and sold out to a competitor,” in the area to either merge or
Bank of Liberty, Mark Field sees chief operating officer of State Field said. close. Home appraisers also face
some promising days ahead for Street Bank, agrees that larger Much of that regulation was more paperwork, and many are
hometown banks. banks will not be interested in put in place after the home exiting the business.
“I think there will always be a small banks in small communities. mortgage collapse that started in “What we need is a two-tiered
place for a local bank in Ameri- “The Bank of America and 2007. The worst errors were made regulation (of loans) because
ca,” Field said. Wells Fargo and the big banks by mortgage brokers who were we’re not one industry,” Field
After 31 years in the industry, are not interested in Quincy, Ill.,” in big operations and were paid said.
Field is president and chairman Mahair said. commissions. Small banks made Field hopes President Donald
of what he proudly calls “one of In fact, Bank of America had relatively few loans where buyers Trump’s administration will find
the last remaining locally owned two Quincy branches at one time, defaulted, but the tough new rules a way to moderate the worst of
banks in the area.” His experi- and pulled out of the market. hit small bankers just as hard as the regulatory overkill.
ence, and extensive reading in While small, local banks those who created the crisis. Carl Watson, chief financial of-
banking publications, has Field may be in the sweet spot that ficer at F&M Bank and Trust Co.,
convinced that big banks will keeps them under the radar of Tough times, too said the Dodd-Frank Act, passed
continue to buy middle-tier megabanks, their size can create Other players in the home
banks. Smaller banks have not problems as well. mortgage system also have found Continues on 66

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Continues FROm 64 They want remote deposit capa- then from the boom generation 5 feet tall ­— around desks where
bilities, merchant card services, down,” Mahair said. our customers can sit down with
by Congress in 2010, is still being corporate credit card service, “A lot of employers are not of- a teller. It’s a more comfortable
rolled out to banks. invoice payment options and fering the traditional retirement way to accommodate people who
“This regulation spans 2,300 stop-payment control of checks. plans they did years ago, and come in for a new account, a new
pages and directs federal regula- employees are having to plan for CD or vehicle titles,” Field said.
tors to implement and enforce Quick decisions their own future. They’re invest- Mahair describes the Tri-State
more than 400 new rules and Small-bank managers say ing money they inherit, starting economy as very stable. Most
mandates,” Watson said. businesses and long-time their own IRAs or directing their businesses in the region survived
In addition to changes in customers also count on quick 401(k)s, and there’s more empha- the 2009 recession. There was
regulations, banks face changing decisions on loans. sis on retirement planning.” not a dramatic decline in home
demands by customers. “We are able to respond Field said the Liberty bank prices as was seen in some parts
Younger customers want more quickly to customers’ requests recently received a makeover of the country.
technology. Banks are respond- because we are intricately aware that reflects the need for more “Quincy is a retail and health
ing with instant access to of their needs. We have close ties intense meetings with custom- care center, and we’ve got a
account information, online bill to the communities we serve,” ers. Teller windows have been strong ag economy, as well. We’re
payments, and cellphone-driven Watson said. removed; customers instead find fortunate to have good employers
deposits and transfers. Mahair said small banks also what Field calls a semi-private like Knapheide (Manufactur-
“This group of customers is have become involved in trust or desk configuration. ing) and Dot Foods in the area,”
not likely to frequent a physical investment services to meet the “If they’re in there for some- Mahair said.
branch office very often,” Watson needs of customers. thing that’s going to take more Field said farmers also are
said. “There’s a huge transfer of than a couple of minutes we don’t important customers who prefer
Business customers have their wealth going on from the parents want them standing,” Field said. small banks and loan officers
own set of technology demands. of the baby boom generation and “We have these walls — maybe they know. n

8They said it 8SNAPSHOTS

“In the future, I think we will see women
play a larger role in the business RATES OF HOUSING UNIT OCCUPANCY, 2014
community, both as owners of companies Renter-occupied housing units Owner-occupied housing units
and at the head of our large corporations.
Right now, several of Quincy’s largest
employers are already led by women –
Blessing, QMG, Chaddock and Michelman 25.12% 30.67%
Steel. Large family-owned businesses
have educated their daughters and 74.88% 69.33%
granddaughters and groomed them to
take over the company. Ladies are very
involved in our Chamber of Commerce,
Adams, Brown, Hancock Illinois
and they are eager to advance their careers. and Pike counties
Social media will continue to transform
commerce. Websites will become less
important, and Facebook, Twitter and
YouTube will be their focus. It’s inexpensive, 29.68%
flexible, easy to update by an amateur and 27.71%
immediate. Finally, I think local companies
will engage in text messaging their clients 70.32%
more often with coupons, special offers
and announcements. We get everything
else on our phones these days; I’m sure the Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Missouri
Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Scotland
business community will find a way to use and Shelby counties
that productively.
Amy Looten
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Wide-open future
Changes in automotive industry about to jump into higher gear
| By Doug Wilson got good, solid people here who is the self-driving car. buyers want.

A have their feet on the ground. Poe said many of the compo- “Salesmen have conversations
They’re not as likely to follow this nents that make self-driving cars about what you hate about the car
fter 48 trend and that trend,” Boland feasible have been around for you own now and what you like
years of said. years. about it. They ask whether you
selling Electric cars are being pursued “There is a lot of technology want to hear about safety, or gas
cars and by several manufacturers. As already in cars that people don’t mileage, or seating capacity,” Poe
trucks in the technology improves Boland even realize is there,” Poe said. said.
Hannibal, wonders about the future capacity Some cars already offer With the customer in mind, the
Mo., Tom of the nation’s electric grids and features that will steer a vehicle Shottenkirk facility received a
Boland the cost of electricity that will be between the roadway strip- makeover last year.
expects the industry to continue needed to recharge batteries. ing. Other features can allow a Poe said it’s not yet possible to
to be very, very competitive. Younger shoppers have been driver the set the gap they want have cars fixed on the internet, so
“It’s going to be a very difficult trying to research vehicles to maintain between their car and the dealership did the next best
time to maintain your business before they visit dealerships, but other vehicles. When the flow of thing.
model because there are so many sometimes get bad information traffic increases, those cars will Customers who bring their cars
changes that are coming so fast,” from questionable online sources. accelerate and when a leading car in for servicing pull up to an area
Boland said. Experienced sales teams are still slows down the following vehicle where doors open and shut au-
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Boland needed after prospective buyer, do applies the brakes. tomatically to admit the vehicle.
worked at McDonnell Douglas and homework on what they want. “It is possible for someone to The waiting area has wireless ac-
then Ford Motor Co. in St. Louis “How do you deal with all the drive from Quincy to St. Louis cess, charging stations, a number
before arriving in Hannibal and information coming at us, with all without ever hitting the brakes,” of flat-screen televisions, coffee,
buying into the Ford dealership the conflicting things that are out Poe said. popcorn, water and comfortable
there on July 1, 1968. Tom Boland there? It helps to have someone The technology boom for buyers seating.
Ford operates just north of the in- who really knows about the car or is just as impressive. Poe expects even bigger
tersection of U.S. 61 and Mo. 168, truck,” Boland said. Poe said buyers in the millenial changes in the near future. His
at the north edge of Hannibal. generation are very well educated dealership works with a team
Changes in the automotive All the options after using the internet to find out that reaches potential custom-
sector include electric cars, self- Rich Poe, general manager of what dealers, makes and models ers through more than a dozen
driving cars and other innova- Shottenkirk Chevrolet and Kia in they want. mediums, selling vehicles that are
tions, all while the average car Quincy, said even as cars have “When I started, most of our safer, smarter and more efficient
buyer is looking for affordable changed during his 25 years in buyers did their research through than ever.
vehicles. Buyers along the nation’s the business, he thinks customer magazines. Now the buyers come
coasts are going to become the preferences have changed as in with a lot more information Better than ever
more likely “testers” of the new much or more. and they’ve already done a lot of Troy McNay, sales manager
technology that may start off with Technology is at the core of the the homework,” Poe said. at Poage Auto Plaza in Quincy,
some glitches. evolution in the car market. The human element is still has no desire for the automobile
“Our Midwest culture is very The latest breakthrough that needed, with educated sales
basic and very American. We’ve has caught the nation’s attention teams double-checking what the Continues on 70

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Continues FROm 68 ment is an important part of the
dealership as well. With all the
industry’s “good old days.” technology in the auto indus-
McNay said today’s cars are try, cars still need service and
better than what went before repairs on occasion.
them. McNay said the dealership
“They’re easier to use and stands behind its products,
more intuitive and better built,” and customers appreciate that
McNay said. loyalty.
It is not unusual to see people
with 200,000 miles on cars Another tool
that still have some life left in There’s a powerful digital
them. A generation ago, McNay helper available for car buy-
said a 100,000-mile vehicle was ers and sellers in the Tri-State
considered near the end of its region.
useful life. features new
Interactive technology is a cars and used cars from Han-
big part of today’s cars. Drivers nibal, Mo. to Springfield, Ill., and
can pair up their phone with Keokuk, Iowa, to Pittsfield, Ill.,
a vehicle and when they get a giving both private parties and
new phone its likely there are dealerships the opportunity to
software updates that help a car sell vehicles online.
“grow” with its owner. has all types
Poage offers Buick, Cadillac of features – from email alerts,
and GMC. McNay said those saved searches, social media
makes offer luxury, sporty styl- sharing and other user-friendly
ing and dependability. elements – that are offered
Car buying has been revo- through national websites. In ad-
lutionized with applications dition, it lets users know they’re
and websites that make pricing dealing with local cars.
transparent. For his sales team, “We have provided this same
McNay sees that as a positive. service for cars, homes and jobs
“It makes it easier to talk with in print for over 180 years. We
the buyers because there’s no now provide a perfect comple-
mystery, no shroud on prices,” ment on the digital landscape,”
McNay said. said Herald-Whig Advertising
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Workers aboard a Canton Marine and Towing boat help position a barge and tow into the locking chamber at Lock and Dam 21 near
Quincy. The lock is one of seven locks being targeted for improvement once federal funding becomes available. H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson

potential Project would be economic boon worth hundreds of millions of dollars

| By The Herald-Whig Staff “It’s a question of when we

“It’s really a

F get the port up and running, not

or nearly two de-

a question of if,” said Marcel
Wagner Jr., president of the Great
Transportation & government

cades, business River Economic Development for the entire

and economic Foundation.
development The Mid-America Intermodal area. Just the
leaders have
been working
Authority Port District has been construction
a functioning political entity
steadfastly to since 1999, and its governing alone of building
build an intermo-
dal port that promises to speed
board — the Mid-America Port
Commission — has been seeking
this port would be
the shipment of products in and the financial resources to build a huge economic
out of the Tri-State region, to the proposed intermodal facility
create hundreds of jobs, and to in the South Quincy Development boost to the whole
provide an annual economic infu- District. region, and that’s
sion estimated at $94 million. The nine-member commission
Millions in private and public represents 26 counties — 11 in Il- nothing compared
money already has been spent on
buildings and infrastructure near
linois, nine in Missouri and six in
Iowa — that formed the nation’s
to what will happen
the proposed port a mile south of first and only three-state port with the actual use
Lock and Dam 21 on the east bank
of the Mississippi River. Several
The proposed port site is
of that port.”
large companies that rely on river adjacent to about 1,500 develop- Mike Troup
shipping are poised to partner Quincy businessman
with the project. Continues on 74

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Diesel plant
An energy company has
land for a biodiesel plant.

Grain or other products
could move through pipes.

The dock
River structure could handle
loading, off-loading. New road Warehous es
Upgraded pavement Bulk shipments could
for heavy loads. be stored.


Continues FROm 72 The Mid-America Port Commis- lion for roads, water, sewer and for growth,” Bell said.
sion envisions building a massive rail improvements already has Local and international compa-
able acres protected by the South barge-docking facility that could been spent in the vicinity. But a nies already have been growing
Quincy Drainage District’s 500- operate even during periods of significant infusion of cash still their operations in the South
year levee, which could open the moderate flooding on the Missis- is needed. It will take about $28 Quincy Development District.
door to future industrial growth sippi. The barge dock would be on million to get the port operational Archer Daniels Midland has
when the port is developed. the river side of the South Quincy and between $70 million and $80 made big investments in its facili-
Drainage District’s levee, which million overall. ties — including one of the largest
An intermodal project provides a 500-year level of flood “Some of the land has been oils packaging plants in the na-
So what is the port project? protection for a number of major acquired, and some ... is under tion — built not far from land that
It involves a proposal to build industries. During periods of option,” Bell said. “But no con- has been optioned by the port.
a barge-docking facility along the severe flooding, when navigation struction has been done, and the Phibro Animal Health/Prince
Mississippi River that also would on the Mississippi River may be permitting is just being finalized.” Agri Products built a new factory
serve as the transfer point for shut down, the port also would in recent years, and Fitzpatrick
other key modes of transportation shut down. Interest growing Brothers and J.M. Huber are
— primarily The facil- The port among other
trucks and ity would would businesses
railroads. be equipped capitalize on that could
That’s why with ware- key trends in benefit
this is re- house space shipping. For greatly from
ferred to as — possibly example, Bell their proxim-
an intermo- operated said indus- ity to the
dal project. by a private trial leaders port. BASF
“What developer. It realize that is across
we’re looking would have shipping the river
at is a loca- cranes and large quanti- in Marion
Wagner tion where Bell other loading Schneider ties of bulk Durbin County, Mo.
we can bring mechanisms commodi- “It’s really
the different modes of trans- to transfer cargo from railcars ties, liquids and heavy equip- a game-changer for the entire
portation together — rail, truck to barges, from barges to trucks, ment on the inland waterways is area,” said Mike Troup of Quincy.
and barge — and freight can be from trucks to trains and so on. one of the most economical and “Just the construction alone of
transferred from one to the other, To move ahead with the port environmentally friendly means building this port would be a huge
or it could be loaded on any one of facility, the commission needs of transportation. economic boost to the whole re-
them,” explained Charles Bell, the a significant sum of money to By making the port a hub for gion, and that’s nothing compared
port authority’s executive director. acquire the necessary land, build containerized shipping, regional to what will happen with the
“It would give a business an the port complex and upgrade industries could take advantage actual use of that port.”
option on the best way to receive local roads and rail facilities in of reduced transportation costs. Former Quincy Mayor C. David
goods and the best way to ship areas adjacent to the port. “And the more traffic you have, Nuessen said the port is one of the
goods.” Bell said close to $13 mil- the more opportunities you have biggest development projects ever

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nancing, which can be repaid over
35 years. A Railroad Rehabilita- * Lock & Dam 19 - Keokuk, Iowa Lock & Dam 21 - Quincy
tion and Improvement Financing Lock & Dam 20 - Canton, Mo. Lock & Dam 22 - Saverton, Mo.
program also could provide up to *indicates 1,200-foot lock
$7 million for extended railroad
track to serve the port. 21.273M
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.,

wants to see the nation and the
state invest in highways, ports 24.236M
and airports. The U.S. DOT is 24.645M
projecting a 45 percent increase
in freight transportation over the
next 30 years, and developing
underused inland waterways as

a viable shipping option will help
mitigate congestion.
“Our ability to keep growing
our economy depends on a strong,
well-maintained infrastructure
that moves people and goods
across the country safely and

hous es New plant efficiently,” Durbin said. “Strong
ments could Tracks could move rail federal investment in job-creating
. cars within levee district. projects aimed at repairing and
upgrading America’s highways,
bridges, airports, rails and ports
should be a bipartisan priority.”

An ideal site
The regional site is regarded as
ideal for the port project.
It is situated in the middle of the
H-W Graphic/Cody Bozarth country and has ready access to
the Mississippi River and to sev-

pursued by the region. eral major highways, including the

“It would expand our job base Chicago-Kansas City Expressway
both in terms of companies that and the Avenue of the Saints from
are already here and in terms of St. Louis to St. Paul, Minn. There
new companies,” Nuessen said. also is direct access to two Class 1
Bell said the project has the railroads — Norfolk Southern and

potential to provide big economic the BASF Railway. The region’s

benefits for the Tri-State region. transportation needs also are
During construction alone, the served by Quincy Regional Airport
project would produce a payroll and Hannibal Regional Airport.
of about $200 million. It would In addition, Bell said Lock and
then create an estimated 136 Dam 21 is the northernmost point
direct jobs and 425 indirect jobs on the Mississippi River consid-

with a total payroll of about $11.6 ered to have year-round navigable

million. In addition, the port’s water. Pools farther north tend to
activities would generate about freeze in winter.
$2.8 million annually in state and An advantage to the site is its
local tax revenue and $3.6 million location one mile below Lock and
in federal tax revenue. Dam 21, which means river barges

heading downstream or coming

Finding money upstream will have to face one less
Former Illinois Transporta- time-consuming lockage before
tion Secretary Ann Schneider is reaching their destination. That
a consultant for the port district translates directly into lower
and is pursuing other grants and shipping costs.
funding options. The region also benefits from

“This would be a $27.95 million the U.S. Department of Transpor-

project,” Schneider said. tation’s designation of the upper
The U.S. Department of Trans- Mississippi River as Marine High-
portation also must repurpose way M-35 — a designation named
funds that were earmarked more after the Interstate 35 corridor 26.386M
than 10 years ago but remain running between St. Paul, Kansas 27.572M

unspent. The funds are supposed City and points beyond.

to be used within 50 miles of the The membership includes 29.498M
original projects. Schneider said at several counties along the Illinois 29.790M
least $200,000 will be available in River, which has been designated
West-Central Illinois. as Marine Highway M-55, which Tons 5M 10M 15M 20M 25M 30M
Schneider also is analyzing provides similar economic benefits (in millions)
Transportation Infrastructure for the Illinois River. n SOURCE: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

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8SNAPSHOT growth, it’s important to have river
access,” Klingner said. “Iowa has seen
that over the last couple of years and
Larger locks needed has taken a leadership role to push
One of the proposed port’s most this (navigation improvements) a little
notable advantages is its location on bit more. Now we’re seeing all of the
the Mississippi River — one of the na- states starting to get more aggressive
tion’s foremost avenues for moving in trying to get this moving again.”
goods to and from markets around Klingner said expanding the locks
the world. would be a big help for industries
For years — even before the Mid- trying to sell products in other parts
American Intermodal Authority Port of the country and around the world
district was formed — local officials — especially in light of the recent
campaigned for a series of improve- expansion of the Panama Canal and
ments to the river’s lock-and-dam improvement to the Port of New Or-
system to make it more efficient and leans and make shipping worldwide
cost-effective for shippers. easier for everyone.
However, Congress so far has To stay competitive, he said,
been unwilling to provide the needed American shippers need to have ac-
funding to carry out a series of lock single pass. Currently, large tows have nors of five states bordering the cess to the fastest and most efficient
extensions authorized in 2007 to to be split apart and taken through upper Mississippi — Illinois, Missouri, means of transportation possible.
speed up barge traffic at five locks the locks in two passes, which slows Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota — Many are looking to the inland
and dams on the Mississippi River traffic and adds to costs. sent a letter to President Barack waterway system as the answer. And
and two on the Illinois River, including Klingner said even though there Obama urging the release of funds to port projects, such as the one being
Lock and Dam 21. hasn’t been much movement on the upgrade the locks. envisioned in this region, are seen as
Mike Klingner of Quincy, chairman lock-extension proposal in recent Klingner said Iowa has been a a way to make an efficient transporta-
of the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and years because of limited federal leader in this effort ever since the tion system even better.
Missouri Rivers Association, said ex- funds, a groundswell of support ap- state’s largest construction project “It would put (the region) in a really
panding the lock chambers to 1,200 pears to be building to get the lock- got underway in the Fort Madison good place,” Klingner said.
feet from their current 600-foot expansion effort back on track. area, where a major fertilizer plant is “We’ve made a lot of progress over
length would greatly speed up barge “We’re starting to see more interest being built. One reason that site was the last 20 years getting more mod-
traffic and reduce shipping costs. This in that,” he said. “The states are starting chosen was its proximity to the Mis- ern, four-lane highways to our region.
is because commonly used 15-barge to get more aggressive in trying to sissippi River for shipping products And we’ve always had the river. But
tow configurations would be able push for the navigation improvements.” in and out. we haven’t taken full advantage of
to pass through the larger locks in a In 2014, for example, the gover- “If you’re looking at economic the river to the extent that we’d like.”





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“We used to think the river separated us,
but it actually brings us together. Our river
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A common transportation network is the
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Brown Co. Pike Co.
Passenger vehicles


15K 11,033
5K 2,678



1K 909

Trucks Workers operate large excavators in fall 2015 while working on slope erosion control midway through the Macomb bypass. The first
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Bypass progress

6,324 5,811


8,680 By The Herald-Whig Staff structures and two wildlife Illinois highways comprising
8K crossings along the highway, the route were finished in 2008,
6K which will connect Ill. 336 at and the Missouri portion was
3,545 3,189 Construction on two north- the west edge of Macomb to completed in 2010. Oakley said
bound lanes and overpasses U.S. 67 to the north. Illinois the summit is thrilled that the
2K 1,009 along the 7.1-mile Macomb Department of Transportation Macomb bypass project has
bypass is in progress, and once engineers say those two lanes finally started.
finished, it will complete a on the bypass are expected to “Transportation is always
Farm trucks third national highway corridor be ready for use by early 2017. a key to the region’s economic
522 562 through the region. The bypass will take CKC development,” Oakley said.
500 The bypass represents the fi- traffic off Macomb streets and With the CKC logo and Route
400 nal piece of the Chicago-Kansas reduce drive time. 110 signs now on every route
300 City Expressway. IDOT officials have pledged marker between downtown
“This is wonderful news. This to complete the other two Chicago and downtown Kansas
50 allows us to start advertising lanes on the bypass when City, Oakley said communities
100 the CKC as a national corridor,” construction dollars become along the CKC will be able to
said Pat Poepping, a Quincy available. IDOT field engineer promote their location on the
Farm trailers engineer and a member of the Dale Rasmussen said Gunther CKC. He said the CKC is a better
302 Tri-State Development Sum- Construction began working alternative and a less-congested
300 mit’s steering committee. on structures in fall 2015 and route between the two major
250 229 The 537-mile CKC has a com- began paving this year. Heavy Midwestern metropolitan and
200 mon route designation number rainfall in 2015 had slowed commercial centers. Oakley
157 of 110 from downtown Chicago grading work. said Route 110 avoids three of
100 to downtown Kansas City, Mo. Retiring state Sen. John Sul- the most congested and over-
50 Completion of two lanes of livan, D-Rushville, has worked crowded highway segments in
the eventual four lanes of the to obtain funding for the project the Midwest: Interstate 55 from
Semitrailers bypass will avoid taking traffic and said the paving work is an Chicago to Joliet, I-80 from
through downtown Macomb. important milestone. Joliet to the Kansas border, and
5,457 “This finally gets us two lanes “When we get traffic on the I-70 from St. Louis to Kansas
5K of the bypass, but it’s basically a bypass, it will be a huge step City.
4K 3,340 staged construction of the four- forward, but we still have more The transportation task
3K lane bypass,” Poepping said. to do,” Sullivan said. force dates to 1997, when it
2K Gunther Construction of Thomas A. Oakley, a member established a goal of adding
1,260 Galesburg was awarded the of the summit’s Transporta- 1,677 miles of four-lane paved
$36.1 million contract to pave tion Task Force, said regional highways to the Tri-State area.
the Macomb northwest bypass efforts first started promoting That figure is now 366 miles shy
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| By The Herald-Whig Staff
Blankenhorn said Illinois’
transportation technology needs
and with less manpower, are right
around the corner.
“Information technology is
The future of transportation a major upgrade in many areas, changing the transportation
across the region is arriving at and he is confident that will be ac- industry,” McKenna said. “It’s about creating
a pace quicker than many might complished in the coming years. “Transportation is the heartbeat a culture of
think. At one time, he said, Illinois was of everyday life. We have to look
And the infrastructure must be at the front of such technological ahead.” innovation. We
ready when that future gets here.
“Fifty percent of all vehicles
advancement but is now lagging.
“The (Illinois Department of
Innovative highway designs
also are being rolled out. One
cannot be afraid
will be fully automated in the Transportation) used to be the change McKenna said is in the of technology.
not-too-distant future,” Illinois
Transportation Secretary Randall
most innovative — and we will
be again,” Blankenhorn said.
works will give new highway
interchanges different-looking
The technology
Blankenhorn told attendees in No- “It’s about creating a culture of exit and entrance ramps. Fueling is here, and we
vember at the most recent gather- innovation. We cannot be afraid those types of changes is added
ing of the Tri-State Development of technology. The technology is emphasis on safety. have to have the
Summit at Iowa Wesleyan Univer- here, and we have to have the guts “We should not be reconstruct- guts to use it.
sity in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. to use it. ing our current roadway system,”
Stuart Anderson, the direc- “Transportation drives the he said. “We should be looking Transportation
tor of planning, programming
and modal division for the Iowa
economy. It’s brought us where we
are, and it’s where it will take us
to the future. We must use the
technology available today when
drives the
Department of Transportation, tomorrow.” planning for the future.” economy. It’s
echoed Blankenhorn’s statement Blankenhorn said IDOT’s The transportation enhance-
and said the first wave of auto- technological overhaul will soon ments, particularly in highway
brought us where
mated vehicles might be hitting be seen. For example, the state construction, do not come cheap. we are, and it’s
the highways as soon as the early is planning to employ drones to “Funding is absolutely critical,”
2020s. handle bridge inspections, prob- Blankenhorn said. “It’s hard to where it will take
Anderson also said he was
familiar with a fully autonomous
ably in the coming year.
Missouri Director of Trans-
build highways without money.”
Transportation leaders told
us tomorrow.”
fleet of semi-trucks that are in the portation Patrick McKenna people at the Tri-State Devel-
experimental stage and have even said a variety of technological opment Summit to watch for Randall Blankenhorn
made some long-distance hauls. innovations, including advanced collaborations in the future Illinois transportation secretary
Upgrades in highway-related electronic driver assistance signs involving local, state, federal and
technology will be needed to and new-age machinery designed private partnerships in all areas
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Helping hands
Organizations work to make life better for others
| By ASHLEY SZATALA “We help people with intellectu-
“It allows our

J al disabilities get involved in the

ames Foster keeps

community through sports,” said
Heather Davis, Special Olympics
special-needs kids
busy. Illinois Area 11 director. “We help and their families
He bowls; plays combat the inactivity our athletes
basketball, soccer may face when not involved.” to experience
and golf; and does The Area 11 West Central Il- something they’ve
CrossFit training. linois Special Olympics, which
Foster coaches serves eight counties, has more never experienced
sports, too.
“I help people be strong and hy-
than 400 athletes who participate
in 19 Olympic-style sports. State-
before. .... And the joy
drate,” Foster said. “My dad likes wide, the organization has more of watching these
sports, and I do, too.”
Foster has been involved with
than 45,000 volunteers.
But, “we’re so much more be-
parents see their
Special Olympics for more than 20 yond sports that people don’t even kids experience
years. The 29-year-old, who has realize,” Davis said.
Down syndrome, is an athlete and Special Olympics has the stuff they’ve never
coach with the Special Olympic Healthy Athletes Program, experienced before
basketball and soccer teams and in which athletes receive free
Q-Town Crossfit, which partners physicals and have their eyes, or thought they
with the Special Olympics. Most
days, he’s either at Q-Town or on
ears and dental health checked.
At state events, athletes receive
could or ever would
the court. free medical checkups and health — that’s what we do.”
“I’m doing good,” Foster said. screenings. Special Olympics also
“I’m happy.” teaches athletes leadership, con- Ray Wilson
He credits the Special Olympics fidence and speech-delivery skills coordinator of the Soap Box Derby
and member of the
with helping him become the Breakfast Optimist Club
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8SNAPSHOTS Continues FROm 82

through its Athletes Leadership

“There are so many
agencies asking
to Teens in Motion.
“The goal is to service more
kids next year,” Program Direc-
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Program. Athletes accepted into for help that it’s tor Amy Vaughn said.
SERVING WEST CENTRAL the program spend a weekend
ILLINOIS AND learning to deliver speeches and sometimes hard Spiritual side
express how Special Olympics
has changed their lives. Foster
to find something Religious volunteers and lay-
people may provide a spiritual
The Community Foundation pro- travels the state and to tell how new, unique and boost to those who need it.
motes and provides an avenue for Special Olympics has helped him. More than 40 people volunteer
local philanthropy by building endow- creative for as chaplains at Blessing Hospi-
ments for nonprofits and charitable Needed funds fundraising. ... tal, and Dan Brothers, lead chap-
causes in West-Central Illinois and “We provide whatever we need lain and pastoral educator, says
Northeast Missouri to service our athletes,” Davis Our needs people may re-evaluate their
“In addition to ‘giving while living,’
more people will turn to the Com-
said. “If we can’t, we do what we
can to help raise money to do so.”
assessment faith after the circumstances
that led to hospitalization.
munity Foundation for their legacy All programs are free, and survey came back Volunteer chaplains and
giving, knowing their charitable intent funds need to be raised for lay-people may pray with people
will be honored beyond their lifetime,” expenses when teams travel
with different before surgeries, administer
Executive Director Jill Blickhan said. for competitions. Q-Town hosts results. People’s communion and provide emer-
“That continued growth means grant- a rowing event to raise money gency spiritual services.
making will be an ever-greater invest- for Special Olympics, and each greatest passion is “Those kind of crisis services
ment and catalyst for organizations
and communities in our region.”
winter people may contribute to
the cause by participating in the
helping youth. ...” are going to continue,” Brothers
Polar Plunge, which will be Feb. Frank DiTillo Another volunteer religious
DOUGLASS COMMUNITY 25 at Quincy’s Moorman Lake. United Way of The Mark Twain Area group is the Quincy Area Min-
Special Olympics, which hopes executive director isterial Association, which is a
SERVICES to hold a triathlon fundraiser in fellowship of ministers of all
Douglass Community Services, 2017, is focusing on its unified denominations.
based in Hannibal, Mo., serves eight sports teams. Through Project teers become involved. Several “It allows ministers to get
counties in Northeast Missouri and Unify, schools such as Quincy organizations — including Dou- together and promote unity,
sponsors many service programs, University, Quincy High School glass Community Services, and encourage each other, find out
distributes commodity foods, offers and Quincy Notre Dame have Kiwanis, Rotary and Optimist what is going on in each others’
emergency utility assistance, and pro- traditional athletes and special clubs — focus on serving area denominations and share things
vides court-appointed advocates. athletes join in sports and school youth. we might see as going on in
Its program Kids in Motion, which programs to bring awareness Kiwanis President Kristen Rit- congregations,” the group’s presi-
provides pre-employment and about diversity training, inclu- terbusch remembers a particular dent, the Rev. James Riley, said.
service-learning training to at-risk sion and intellectual disabilities. Christmas party where children QAMA holds community
youth, has been so successful for But Special Olympics is just were able events, such as monthly lun-
the past 20 years that new in 2016 is one group among dozens in the to unwrap cheons with Muslims and mem-
Teens in Motion. area that reach out to provide gifts they bers of other denominations, and
“In 2017 we’re looking to service services to make life better for requested. dinners that honor first respond-
even more area kids through Kids people who need help. One boy ers and their families.
in Motion,” program Director Amy unwrapped
Vaughn said. Derby time a jewelry Protecting pets
Beyond Special Olympics, set, and Rit- When furry friends need help,
HORIZONS SOCIAL other service organizations help terbusch the humane societies don’t turn
SERVICES people with disabilities. and other any away.
The Quincy Breakfast Op- Kiwanians “The biggest focus for us right
Horizons Social Services, which timist Club hosts a Soap Box Ritterbusch thought now? How we’re going to provide
opened in Quincy in 2009, provides Derby, and 2016 marked the sec- there had the care that
hot lunches Monday through Friday ond year it has held a Super Kids been a mistake. They started every ani-
to people who need them, and on derby race for children with spe- apologizing to the boy and said mal in our
Mondays it opens its food pantry. cial needs. The Super Kids race they could replace the jewelry community
In October, Horizons moved to more than with something he wanted. deserves
a new location at Eighth and York, doubled “He said, ‘No, I wanted to have, re-
expanding the number of people it from 22 something to give to my mom for gardless of
could provide with a meal. racers the Christmas,’” Ritterbusch said. the financial
To raise money to keep opera- first year “It was just a great experience to ability of
tions going, Horizons is starting a to 52 the witness.” their own-
campaign in January to have 1,000 second year. Douglass Community Services ers because
people commit $25. Tentatively The number has been helping Northeast Mis- Westerhoff vet care is
called 1K March on Hunger, the cam- of children souri youth, from Head Start- expensive,”
paign also will feature a 1K march for participat- eligible children all the way to Quincy Humane Society Execu-
people to participate in. ing in the at-risk teenagers. The organiza- tive Director Sally Westerhoff
“I see the need continue to grow,” Wilson Super Kids tion partners with child care said.
Executive Director Sarah Stephens race is providers to help reduce the Northeast Missouri Humane
said. “More working class families something derby coordinator waiting list for early Head Start. Society Administrator Kurt Gro-
won’t have the income sufficient for and Optimist Club member Ray Also, its Kids in Motion, a pre- enda agrees. The biggest goal for
daily needs.” To assist the growing Wilson sees growing. employment/service-learning his shelter is continuing to meet
need, Horizons hopes to offer eve- program, has been helping the needs of Northeast Missouri’s
ning meals in the future. Services for children at-risk youth ages 12 to 15. The animals, whether they are strays
Assisting area children is 20-year-old program has been so found in Hannibal or pets that
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The Quincy and North East Mis-
souri humane societies house about
100 pets each month in their shelters.
“I’d certainly like to get to the point
where we’re financially independent
of fundraising,” Quincy Humane
Society Executive Director Sally
Westerhoff said. “I think we’re getting
close, but fundraising is still a pretty
integral part of our budget process.
It’s something we still have to do, and
I expect we will for the next five to 10
The reduction in stray animals has
led many shelters to focus on other
animal welfare areas, such as keeping
pets in homes rather than having
them surrendered to a shelter.
The Northeast Missouri Humane
Society wants to collect enough
funds to build a new shelter within
the next five or 10 years.

Members of Kiwanis clubs in Han- Soap Box Derby buddy driver Cainan Roff, right, prepares to hop in the car with contestant Caleb Huddleston before the start of a heat
nibal and Quincy focus on service race in the Super Kids division in June on North 18th Street. 2016 was the second year for the Super Kids race, which is sponsored by
projects for children. the Breakfast Optimist Club. H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson
“We’re constantly looking for

Raising the dough

where people are underserved,”
Quincy Noon Kiwanis President Kris-
ten Ritterbusch said. “We help kids
see that people believe in them.”
The club has seen more young
professionals joining. But, Ritterbusch
said, milllenials tend to be busy, so the
club is looking at ways to accom- Groups prepare financially for future, look to expand services
modate busy schedules and still
have people get involved. One idea
the club has is to meet less and have
club members do more consecutive
| By Ashley Szatala
children with healthy after-
school snacks, and Y volunteers
help them with homework. The
endowment fund with dona-
“It’s the best way for us to
hours of service. The population of Mount Y employs two musical direc- provide consistent, sustain-
Sterling, Ill., is about 1,900. tors through its fundraising able services in years to come,”
NORTH EAST COMMUNITY However, the Mount Sterling efforts so community members Salvation Army Marketing
YMCA has a membership of can join a free band and choir, Director Kent Embree said.
ACTION CORP. about 2,500. which perform throughout the Most often, endowments
The North East Community Action “It’s pretty incredible,” said year. are associated with scholar-
Corp. strives to make a difference by Mount Sterling YMCA Execu- “We really take the time to ships and grants, such as
empowering people, improving lives tive Director Jeff Summers. focus on community needs — those provided by the Commu-
and building communities in 12 Mis- “We always want to grow really focus on development nity Foundation Serving West
souri counties. membership and do more for and helping people and build- Central Illinois and Northeast
The organization is working on the community and help more ing stronger communities,” Missouri and the Quincy Notre
marketing tiny homes. people. That’s what we’re all Summers said. “To be honest, Dame Foundation.
“For a couple just starting out, it’s about.” what we do wouldn’t be pos- In August, the Community
something they could afford,” Public Each YMCA dictates its own sible without fundraising. A lot Foundation awarded more than
Relations Officer Brent Engel said. service programs to meet com- of the services we do wouldn’t $90,000 to area not-for-profits
“We really hope that takes off.” munity needs, and the Mount be possible without the gener- through 34 funds, most of
NECAC also is hoping to have Sterling YMCA has not shied osity of so many.” which are endowed.
prisoners in Iowa build small homes away from community involve- Summers said fundraising Also, the Quincy Notre Dame
to be shipped and sold in the area. ment. will be an important aspect of Foundation has more than 100
Engel said that not only would the Volunteers with the Y the YMCA’s efforts during the endowed scholarships that
program provide low-cost homes perform mission-in-action proj- next five years to continue its provide students with financial
to people who need them, but it ects. They may involve helping service to the community. assistance.
also would provide prisoners with an elderly person or another in- Not all service organizations
construction skills they can use after dividual by painting the house, Banking on endowment have endowment funds, though
they are released. trimming shrubbery, making Some service organiza- it’s something more are hoping
NECAC is looking to collaborate prepairs or tackling an other tions rely on endowments to to start.
with new partners in the future as a task the person can’t perform help fund their projects and “We are always looking for
way to raise dollars. in order to tidy up the property. outreach. different ways to raise money,”
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mers said. “One thing I
really need to focus on in
the future is establishing
a strong endowment fund. $800K QUANADA
That’s one thing we really Quanada serves victims of crime,
need to do, so no matter $700K specifically domestic and sexual
what the economy’s like or violence.
what struggles our orga- $600K Quanada, like many other service
nization faces, we can still organizations across the state, has
help those in need.” been hurt by Illinois’ stopgap budget.
To counterbalance the money lost,
Service expansion employees in October started the I
Expanding offerings $400K Am Unbeatable campaign, the first
requires casting a wider net crowdsourced fundraiser the organi-
for funding. $300K zation has held.
The Quincy Breakfast Op- With so few people, it’s always a
timist Club hosts its annual $200K concern that volunteers and employ-
Soap Box Derby, which two 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 ees who directly deal with clients can
years ago included 22 Super SOURCE: COMMUNITY FOUNDATION face burnout, compassion fatigue
Kid racers ­— children with and vicarious trauma, and Quanada
special needs. TOTAL GRANTS PROVIDED PER FISCAL YEAR leaves hope to find more people to
The race in 2016 attracted volunteer to help.
52 in the Super Kid division, Blessing Foundation
as well as about 130 typical Blessing Hospital SALVATION ARMY
racers. Each derby can cost The Salvation Army serves eight
up to $600, and there are $6M counties in West-Central Illinois
costs associated with the and Northeast Missouri and offers
racing ramps, year-round emergency shelter and family
storage and car mainte- $4.5M services. It provides meals to families
nance. on Thanksgiving and Christmas and
“You can do the math. It’s provides toys for children on Christ-
a big undertaking,” Soap $3M mas. Its emergency shelter in Quincy
Box Derby coordinator Ray is the only shelter within 100 miles
Wilson said. “We put it all in of the area that services single men,
the lap of the Lord. If they $1.5M women and families.
want it to happen, the com- The Salvation Army’s future goals
munity will make it happen. are aligned with its mission of preach-
“These kids (with special ing the Gospel and meeting needs in
needs), they get to come 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Jesus’ name.
to the Soap Box Derby on “Developing programs and
Friday and race down the Hannibal Regional Foundation services in support of that mission is
Soap Box Derby hill just like Hannibal Regional Healthcare System our primary goal,” Marketing Director
the kids do on Saturday and $1M Kent Embree said. “Fine-tuning the
be part of something bigger operations of our new Family Store
than this. And the joy of will be important, as well, so proceeds
watching these parents see can support our shelter. We want
their kids experience stuff to see more individuals and families
they’ve never experienced become healthier, physically and
before or thought they could spiritually, as well as assisting those in
or ever would.” $500K need to break the cycle of poverty.”
Wilson sees the number
of Super Kid racers expand- UNITED WAY
ing next year. $250K United Way advocates for com-
United Way of the Mark munity residents’ education, financial
Twain Area sees a need stability and health. It has commu-
for expanded services, and 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 nitywide organizations, such as Big
therefore, additional fund- Brothers Big Sisters, to help address
ing. SOURCE: IRS 990 FILINGS, 2010-2014 these issues.
“There are so many agen- The primary source of money for
cies asking for help that development and welfare and United Way is fundraising, and it is
it’s sometimes hard to find to address mental health issues, “There are so many beginning to promote tribute giving,
something new, unique and which people cited in a survey agencies asking like donating in somebody’s name,
creative,” Executive Director the organization distributed. as well as planned gifts. In the future,
Frank DiTillo said, refer- Also, the Northeast Missouri for help that it’s it will assess what the community
ring to methods of raising
money. “We’ve picked up a
Humane Society has been revis-
iting its fundraising efforts.
sometimes hard needs are and then work to address
those issues. Quincy Executive Direc-
few new fundraising ideas. “We have some new fundrais- to find something tor Emily Robbearts and Hannibal
With two employees, it
limits the ways to allocate
ers in the works, but nothing
verifiable,” Administrator
new, unique and Executive Director Frank DiTillo used
mental health as an example. An
money. We just need to work Kurt Groenda said. “We’re look- creative.” issue in the community. So United
smarter, not harder.” ing to someday build a new shel- Way has stepped up to help people
The United Way sees ter to better meet shelter needs. Frank DiTillo, overcome depression, alcoholism
itself partnering with more We just need to raise enough executive director of the United Way and other issues.
of the Mark Twain Area
agencies to promote youth funds.” n

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Employer and job seeker services
are located at
107 N 3rd Street, Quincy.
Services Include:
• Employer Resources
• Matching job seekers to employment
• Training for current, underemployed
and unemployed workers
• Services to support employment of job seekers
532 N. 12th
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“We’re particularly focused “The priority is for us to
“One thing we really need
on housing programs. ... provide pastoral and spiritual
to focus on in the future is
We’re marketing tiny homes. care to people at the hospital
establishing a strong
For a couple just starting who need it. I definitely see a
endowment fund. An
out, it’s something they could need for it to grow in people
endowment fund is kind of
afford. We hope that takes and services we provide.
like a retirement plan. That’s
off. (For next year’s Inspire Those kinds of crisis services
the one thing we really need
Partnership prison program,) are going to continue. The
to do, so no matter what the
we’ll have prisoners build trend in outpatient care is
economy’s like or what
homes to be shipped out growing. I believe chaplaincy
struggles our organization
and sold in the Tri-State area. will extend in the future to
faces, we can still help. ...”
It also gives prisoners outpatient services.”
construction skills. These Jeff Summers, executive director of the
Mount Sterling YMCA Dan Brothers, lead chaplain and pastoral
housing programs offer educator at Blessing Hospital

nothing but wins. We want

our neighbors to be “We’re entering a new season at Horizons. We’re reaching a new,
successful.” underserved area (at its new location, 224 S. Eighth, Quincy). We’ve
Brent Engel, public relations officer, seen a significant increase in the number of people served since
North East Community Action Corp. moving. In the future I see the need continue to grow.”
Sarah Stephens, executive director of Horizons

For Over 100 Years

100 Members
have been serving the Quincy
Community, operating locally,
nationally and internationally.


Shelter house at South Park (1917)
Indian Mounds Pool (1924)
Indian Mounds Pool Reconstruction (2003) Rotary’s annual Oktoberfest invites the community to a celebration of our
Gazebo at Clat Adams Riverfront Park German heritage, raising funds for projects to benefit Quincy.
JWCC Student Activity Center & Arboretum
Join us each Tuesday
Gazebo at Bob Mays Park (2010)
Salvation Army Family Services / Shelter Complex (2013)
at noon at the Holiday Inn.
Quincy University’s Quincy Rotary Centennial Park (2015)
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Workers construct the framework for a new conveyer for wheel paint finishing recently at one of the latest expansion projects at Titan

International in Quincy. H-W File Photo

Titan employee explains differences he’s seen over 30 years
| By Matt Hopf Austin said he stayed at Titan

D because of the pay and benefits.
“I like the job that I do,” he “You need to be able
oug Austin said. “I’ve never really had to go
soon will be look anywhere else.” to hire and recruit the
a 30-year In previous generations, many right plan engineers,
employee people went to work at a factory
at Titan In- where a parent or another rela- the right electrical
It’s the only
tive already was employed. For
Austin, it was his stepdad.
engineers, the
right technical
Industry & workforce

full-time job “I don’t know if I got hired

Austin has ever had, and he’s
never considered leaving.
because of him,” he said.
When he turned 18 and
engineers, the right
Austin is a set-up and lead graduated from high school, he IT (information
man at the Quincy plant, mean- entered his application and was
ing he sets up the presses. hired. technology) support,
He feels pride every day in Hiring a strong workforce can the right safety
the wheels produced at Titan’s be a challenge — and not just for
Quincy facility. the production facility floor. and environmental
“We start out with a flat plate
of steel, and when it leaves, it’s
Titan International President
Paul Reitz said the right skills
people. ”
a wheel and ready to go on a need to be readily available in a Paul Reitz
vehicle,” Austin said. “I think community. Titan International president
more people are more proud now
than before.” Continues on 92

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SINCE 1848

Six generations strong, Knapheide steams ahead with

superior products, advanced processes and the industry’s
best workforce. The company’s impressive 165+ year history
includes surviving the Civil War, a major fire, World War I,
The Great Depression, World War II and two devastating
floods. Through it all we’ve remained the leader in commercial
vehicle solutions, and we’re proud to be headquarted in the
heart of America in Quincy, Illinois.
©The Knapheide Manufacturing Company 2016

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Titan International
The history of Titan International can
be traced back to when it was known 500
as Electric Wheel. It was founded by
John A. Stillwell in 1890 to produce
wheels for wagons and farm imple-
Electric Wheel became a division of
Firestone Tire in 1957. In 1983, Firestone
sold off assets to Titan Proform,
which was led by Canadian industrial-
ist Joseph Tanenbaum and current 300
Titan International chairman and CEO
Maurice Taylor. They named the new
company Can-Am Industries. 246.1 260.9
The Titan name was added in 1991,
and in 1993, Titan became a publicly 200
traded company.
Today, Titan is a leading manufac-
turer and supplier of wheel and tire
assemblies for off-highway vehicles. Its 100
primary markets include agriculture,
construction and consumer applica-
It employs about 1,000 people
in Quincy and more than 6,000
‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15
President of Titan International Paul
Reitz said Titan will continue to evolve, Continues FROm 90 NUMBER OF MANUFACTUING JOBS — MISSOURI
as will other manufacturers. Clark Lewis Monroe Scotland
“The communities and the compa- “The world is changing Knox Marion Pike Shelby
nies got to continue to work together quite rapidly, so those skills 1K
to evolve,” he said. “Otherwise, there’s are much more technical in
going to be a challenge in retaining and nature than they have been in
keeping these manufacturing jobs in the past,” Reitz said. “You need
the locations that they are at.” to be able to hire and recruit
the right plan engineers, the 600
GatesAir right electrical engineers, the
GatesAir is a manufacturer of broad- right technical engineers, the
cast TV and radio transmitters. right IT (information technol- 400
The company dates to 1922, when ogy) support, the right safety
the Gates Radio and Supply Co. was and environmental people.
founded by Henry C. Gates. His son, “A lot of people look at a 200
Parker Gates, was responsible for manufacturing plant, and the
many industry firsts that helped lay the one process everyone focuses
groundwork for radio and television on is manufacturing, but
transmitter designs. there’s all the other elements ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15
Gates Radio was sold to Harris Inter- that go into manufacturing SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
type Corp. in 1957. It continued to move where you find a lot of chal-
forward with many developments in lenges finding skilled techni- The jobs Titan provides in
broadcast technology innovation. cians to fill positions. You see Quincy are considered good,
The firm has more than 2,000 a lot of companies facing the high-paying jobs.
customers worldwide and more than same battle within the Quincy “Most definitely a manu- “Today there
500,000 products deployed.
In Quincy, the firm employs about
area.” facturing job is a skilled
profession, and with that you
is more
200 people. One-third work in produc- Right skills demand a higher level of per- awareness,
tion, with the other two-thirds in profes- Reitz said hiring from out- formance from the employees
sional roles. side the community means the and you also pay a higher wage safety and
The company is looking ahead to company must pay for recruit- for that,” Reitz said. “I think machine
broadcasters that might relinquish a ing, which affects the bottom. a manufacturing job provides
portion of their broadcast spectrum to Reitz believes that Titan a great source of income for guarding. It’s
support the growth of wireless services.
Bryant Burke, vice president of
has a partnership with the
community and its leaders
Many employees at Titan’s
totally changed
operations for GatesAir, said 30 percent that makes sure the workforce facilities around the world a lot in the last
of households in some markets in the
U.S. rely on antenna reception. Future
has the right skills to keep the
company competitive around
have worked at the company
for many years.
25, 30 years. ”
industry standards would allow broad- the world. “We have over 20 plants all Doug Austin, Titan employee
casters to be able to target content, “It’s a very complicated chal- around the world, and at every
such as advertising, to specific areas of lenging puzzle we deal with on a
their spectrum. continued basis,” he said. Continues on 96

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Opening airwave
Matt Koenig assembles a UAXT 6 air cooled television transmitter at GatesAir in Quimcy. H-W Photo/Michael Kipley

GatesAir banks on global, digital upgrades

| By Matt Hopf
ters. It dates to 1922, when
Henry C. Gates founded Gates
Radio Supply. His son, Parker
Asia, Africa and South America
continue to provide sales oppor-
tunities for the firm. In Europe,
currency issues and a change in
the national political climate, it
continues to do well worldwide.
The digital conversion of Gates, helped transform the the firm is seeing the conversion “For the most part, we’ve
broadcast television and radio firm to one of the world’s top to digital radio. really been penetrating a lot of
around the world continues to suppliers of radio and television “Overall worldwide, we’re just these countries with multiyear
present opportunity for GatesAir. equipment. seeing some positive momentum programs,” he said. “It’s been
The firm, formerly known as GatesAir Vice President of in FM radio as well,” he said. very strong for us.”
Harris Broadcast, manufactures Operations Bryant Burke said Burke said even though Burke said the transition from
television and radio transmit- continued digital TV rollouts in GatesAir can be affected by being publicly traded Harris

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“When I take people through our facility, whether it’s a customer from
around the globe or a congressman, they’re just amazed at the vertical
integration that we have. We manage the whole aspect of the product
from the design, development, the electrical engineering, the mechanical
engineering, circuit and software design.”
Bryant Burke
vice president of operations, GatesAir

Tony Ryan tests a finished GatesAir UHF television transmitter scheduled to go to North Carolina. H-W Photo/Michael Kipley

Wismann Lane in Quincy, where is outside Cincinnati. “What that eventually means
about 200 people are employed. With a strong outreach in is free 4K or Ultra HD television,”
About one-third work in product the global market, Bryant said Burke said. “So those people

production and the other two- the company is preparing for a who are cord cutters should be
thirds hold professional and couple big opportunities in the excited about that.”
managerial roles. broadcasting industry domesti- The change would allow
“When I take people through cally. broadcasters to target content to
our facility, whether it’s a cus- The Federal Communication certain areas.
tomer from around the globe Commission is moving toward “If you have one transmit-
or a congressman, they’re just limiting television stations to a ter covering all of Chicago, you
amazed at the vertical integra- smaller portion of the broadcast wouldn’t want to be on the south
tion that we have,” Burke said. spectrum to free up spectrum side of Chicago watching a com-
“We manage the whole aspect space for the growth of wireless mercial for a Chevy dealership
of the product from the design, services. on the north side,” he said. “It’s
Corp. to the privately owned development, the electrical “What does that mean lo- geo-located targeted revenue op-
Gores Group in 2013 has been engineering, the mechanical en- cally for GatesAir?” Burke said. portunities for broadcasters.”
beneficial. The company was gineering, circuit and software “Those broadcasters that volun- Burke said the firm has tried
split into two entities, Imagine design.” tary relinquish those wireless to prepare for changes in the
Communications and GatesAir, a The Quincy facility also han- spectrum rights will get new market with employment train-
year later. dles its own metal fabrication. channel assignments and (have ing programs through the state
“We’re much more entrepre- “We have a very state-of-the- to) replace their hardware that as needed.
neurial-focused, and we’ve done art capability there, and we may be more channel-specific.” “We’re investing very heavily
some consolidation of our global continue to invest in it,” Burke The Advanced Television in research and development, in
footprint, but we still play and said. Systems Committee, an inter- capital equipment and people,”
do business in over 185 differ- The company’s sales and national nonprofit organization he said. “We’re just waiting for a
ent countries,” he said. “We have marketing departments, as well that develops voluntary stan- couple bells to go off to continue
great global reach.” as its research and develop- dards for digital television, also that momentum that we have
That reach of GatesAir ment functions, are situated at has adopted a new multimedia going.” n
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Continues FROm 92 guarding,” Austin said. “It’s NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING JOBS — ILLINOIS
totally changed a lot in the last Brown Hancock Pike
location, it’s a very high-skilled, 25, 30 years. It’s a lot safer place
tenured workforce, and that’s to work. It’s more comfortable
because manufacturing jobs because everybody is taught once 350
are good jobs,” he said. “They’re they come in.”
important jobs.” Looking toward the future, 300
Reitz hopes it doesn’t become
Evolving process more difficult to find qualified 250
When he first started in 1987, workers. Reitz said it is becoming
Austin did most of his training more challenging to find skilled 200
while he was on the job. professionals in the area.
Today, the process is much “We have our training, and 150
different. we’ll do everything we believe we
“If you’re hired as a welder, need to do to have the right work- 100
you’re supposed to know how force for the future, but I think
to weld before you even start,” that’s a question that the city of 50
Austin said. “They do give you Quincy and its leaders need to
welding tests when you start.” answer,” he said. “Is Quincy pro- ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15
In his time, Austin has noticed viding the right level of skilled,
the improvements to the produc- technical, professional people in NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING JOBS — ADAMS COUNTY
tion, especially in safety. the marketplace so companies can
“Everything has changed since — five, 10 years down the road —
I’ve been there,” he said. “When I not just maintain but grow?” 5K
started, there were no guards on Reitz said it’s important that
the machines. As far as accidents, the technical schools, community
there’s less accidents because of colleges and area universities 4K
the awareness.” continue developing programs
He said employees attend that teach the right skills needed
more meetings and are reminded by area employers. 3K
to report any problems on the “When we can’t get the right
line to prevent accidents in the skilled people into our plants
workplace. doing the manufacturing that is 2K
When Austin’s father and required for our products to be
stepdad worked at the facility produced at the right price and
when it was Electric Wheel and of the highest quality to meet the 1K
Firestone, they told Austin about needs of our customers, then we’ll
serious injuries and even deaths have to figure out how to do that
that occurred. in another manner, and that’s ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13 ‘14 ‘15
“Today there is more aware- always a challenge,” he said. n
ness, safety and machine SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT of labor

8SNAPSHOTS Produced are various herbicides and pesticides

that can be used on a wide range of crops, such
as corn, cotton, fallow, sorghum, legumes and
It was headquartered in Quincy until 2010, when
the main office moved to Philadelphia. In 2013,
Gardner Denver was acquired by Kohlberg Kravis
General Mills soybeans. The facility also produces herbicide used Roberts and Co. LP, and the firm moved its corpo-
Hannibal, Mo., was selected as the location of a to control vegetation along railroad and utility rights rate headquarters to Milwaukee.
new plant in the late 1960s for the William Under- of way, highways and fence lines. The company has about 300 employees in
wood Co., which eventually became part of General BASF employs 257 people at the Palmyra facility. Quincy and about 6,400 employees worldwide.
Mills. The plant opened in 1972. There are also 90 contractors on site. In 2014, the company finished a $1.65 million flood
The William Underwood Co. was sold to Pet Inc. In 2015, the facility had an annual payroll of $32.9 wall at the facility off Gardner Expressway.
in 1982. At the time, the producer of specialty foods million and paid $1.2 million in real and personal
employed about 153 workers. property taxes. Knapheide Manufacturing Co.
Pet Inc. was acquired by the Pillsbury Co. in 1995. BASF also reported a capital investment of $61.9 Knapheide Manufacturing is the nation’s leader
Pillsbury sold off Underwood and Accent brands million at the Palmyra facility in 2015. in steel service truck bodies.
produced at the plant. It left it with Progresso soup The firm dates to 1848 when Herman Heinrich
and Old El Paso brands. Gardner Denver Co. Knapheide opened the Knapheide Wagon. The
General Mills obtained Pillsbury in a deal with Developing a governor to control the speed of sixth generation of the Knapheide family, now in
British conglomerate Diageo in 2000. a steam engine, Robert W. Gardner founded the its sixth generation, continues to run the company,
The General Mills plant in Hannibal employs Gardner Governor Co. after receiving a patent for which is headquartered in Quincy.
about 1,000 people today. the device in 1860. It became a major manufac- With the emergence of automobiles, the com-
In 2017, General Mills will invest $60 million into turer in Quincy. pany started building truck beds.
the plant and add a third soup line, which will make The company expanded into drilling pumps The firm serves more than 200 distributors,
it the worldwide supplier of Progresso soup. To used in the oil industry. It also began manufactur- hundreds of original equipment manufacturers,
make room for the new line, the old El Paso salsa ing air compressors. and thousands of fleet customers and end users
line is being moved elsewhere. The company name changed to Gardner with its various products.
Denver after the 1927 merger with the Denver Rock Knapheide’s main manufacturing facility is at
BASF Drill Co. 1848 Westphalia Strasse, which was built after
The BASF chemical facility in Palmyra, Mo., started The firm was bought by Cooper Industries in record-breaking floods in 1993. It opened in 1997.
production in 1966. The facility has four active ingre- the 1980s before being spun off in 1994 as Gardner It has three other area facilities. The company
dient and one formulation packaging plants. Denver. employs about 1,100 workers locally.

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After grinding down a tire and checking for imperfections, Jason Carlson operates a machine called the Extruder to apply a new rubber base to a tire before the new tread is added at
Jireh Inc. in Barry, Ill. H-W Photo/ Michael Kipley

Local production
Smaller communities offer positive
environments to grow business

| By Matt Hopf
in Illinois means the company has
about 10 employees now, but that
number will grow.
Mayor Shawn Rennecker be- “They know that it’s going
lieves the city of Barry does what to take some time to grow the
it can to assist companies looking industry, but they’re committed
to bring new manufacturing jobs to it,” he said. “Ten jobs in the
to the town of about 1,300 people. community is good, with the po-
With smaller communities tential upward of 60 is what they
seeing the loss of manufacturing planned for.”
jobs in recent years, Barry is one Revolution Cannabis invested
of a growing number of regional nearly $16 million to turn the
success stories. The city saw the former Apple Basket property into
opening of the Revolution Canna- its 75,525-square-foot facility.
bis cultivation facility in 2015. Rennecker said a tire retread
“We’re just trying to continue plant facility operated by Jireh
and move forward and create Inc. has about 16 employees, while
employment opportunities and Jones Poultry employs about “40
tax base for the community,” Ren- or 50.”
necker said. “We just continue to look for Baldwin South sixth grader Andrew Donovan and BASF PDP Engineer Sarah Witt watch as
He said the slow growth of the opportunities that make sense for Donovan’s chemical mixture takes on a slime consistency during a Kids Lab demonstra-
medical marijuana pilot program us and entertain anybody that has tion by BASF. H-W File Photo

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“We just continue to look for opportunities “It’s highly competitive to attract businesses
that make sense for us and entertain to an area. I think one of the advantages here
anybody that has an idea and try to be compared to across the state line is I think our
open-minded. It’s all we can do.” tax structure is a little bit more appealing. . .”
Shawn Rennecker Loren Graham
mayor of Barry, Ill. mayor of Palmyra, Mo.

an idea and try to be open-mind- “If somebody wanted to put up worked out a deal with them to do also for people who might be mov-
ed,” he said. “It’s all we can do.” a building and do it within a year, a lease-purchase arrangement to ing to town,” Graham said.
There are 25 acres of land for we’d give it to them for $1,” Ren- buy the building,” he said. Rennecker said Barry also
sale just north of the Interstate 72 necker said. The company manufactures works to showcase the com-
interchange, which could be used In Palmyra, Mo., Mayor Loren trenchers. munity to potential employers
for manufacturing. Rennecker Graham said the city benefits “People don’t realize really what by touting recently installed
said property is ready for develop- with new jobs from the recent they do, I don’t think,” Graham fiber-optic internet service and
ment, with utilities available opening of the new Doyle Manu- said. “They sell them all over the other amenities, such as parks,
at the site, and its located in an facturing facility. BASF also oper- world.” the public pool, the school district
enterprise zone and tax increment ates a plant in the community. Graham said the city also sold and, access to medical and dental
financing district. The city of about 3,600 residents some land it owned in the Charlie services.
“It’s industrial, but if some- works to assist new businesses Brown Industrial Park to Merkel “We’re trying to keep that
body is interested, it’s a zoning however it can and has sought Metal Recycling, which built a mindset that we’re open for busi-
process,” Rennecker said. ways to support manufacturing new facility. ness,” Rennecker said. “We’re try-
In the business park, the city expansion. Maintaining city infrastructure ing to accommodate anybody we
hopes to see someone redevelop Graham said the city built a spec is something Graham sees to help can to try and create jobs and em-
the former Cullver Family Winery building off U.S. 61, that became attract new industry, as well as a ployment opportunities because
building, and there is a 7.5-acre home to Port Industries in 2001. good park system. just the same as they can work in
plot west of Jones Poultry that the “That was a building the city “A lot of businesses when they Quincy or Pittsfield or Hannibal,
city is eager to see developed. put up to attract business, and we come look at that kind of stuff they can work in Barry, too.” n

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Rod Shupe checks the robotic milking system at the family’s dairy farm near Mendon. The system operates 24 hours a day, milking and
feeding the herd along with tracking information about each individual cow. H-W File Photo

Farming for
the future

Farmers turn toward technology

to help improve yields, profits “Despite the
lower profitability
| By Deborah Gertz Husar 11, already firmly convinced he

S wanted to follow in his family’s
footsteps on the farm. Today he
itting in the cab farms with his grandfather, fa- currently faces
of his tractor, ther and brother, raising corn and
Landon White soybeans on acreage so spread today, a growing
doesn’t have out among three counties that global population
to look far to it takes two hours to drive from
see how much edge to edge in the tractor. with rising
technology has
changed just in
“The biggest expansion in the
last few years in ag has been the
income will surely
his years on the farm. actual technology, computerwise, provide . . fantastic
“When I started, I had a gauge with GPS for yield mapping,” said
that told me how fast I was run- White, the Young Leader chair- possibilities. . .”
ning and how much fuel I had,” man for Hancock County Farm Daniel Mallory
said the 28-year-old who farms Bureau. “What it allows us to do livestock specialist with
in Hancock, Adams and Brown is produce larger amounts of crop University of Missouri
counties. “Right now I have four at the same amount of acreage. Extension
computer screens taking up my We’re not creating any more farm in Ralls County
window.” ground, and yet we’ll still try
White started driving a tractor
on the family farm at the age of Continues on 98

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Dearwester Grain
Dearwester Grain Services was
created in 1996 by Matt and Andrea
Dearwester, who were fueled by a
passion for small business in rural
areas. The family-owned business has
expanded several times over the years
to meet the needs of customers since
the purchase of the Paloma facility
20 years ago. The company carries
a wide range of products, including
livestock feed, pet food, field seed
and small seed. It also offers grain
merchandising and storage, grain vac
services, livestock feed manufacturing
and trucking services.
The company’s goal is to be a
progressive leader in the grain and
feed industry by providing high-quality
products and resources. Online tools
such as Facebook and the company’s
website bring producers new practices
and relevant industry news. This goal
also includes providing educational
opportunities for producers of all ages,
particularly encouraging a passion for
agriculture in young people.
Over the next decade, the compa-
ny expects to provide unique quality
services to each individual based on
the operation.

Ursa Farmers Cooperative

Established in 1920, Ursa Farmers
Cooperative is approaching its 100-
year anniversary. The reason for its
continued existence is similar today as
it was 96 years ago. Founding mem-
bers organized a structure (coopera-
tive) where they could pool resources Brad Whiston, left, picks fresh peppers with farmhands at his rural Fowler farm. Whiston and his wife, Jessica, own Terripin Farms, and
to collectively access markets and sell their produce in both Quincy and St. Louis. H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson
effectively compete.
The cooperative started with one Continues FROm 100 until two years ago and uses a limited solely to grain farmers
location in Ursa and has become a basic flip-phone model. — or even traditional farmers.
$250 million annual gross-sales com- to produce more for a growing “He’s willing to use technol- Jessica and Brad Whiston rely
pany, governed by a seven-member world.” ogy as long as we have it set up on technology at their Terripin
board of directors with 88 full-time Yield mapping pinpoints and show him how, but if there’s Farms in rural Adams County
employees. It has 3,000 members good, and not-so-good, spots on an issue, he wants no part of it,” specializing in fresh vegetables
with 10 locations across three states. the farm to tailor production White said. “I don’t think that and melons.
Services offered include a market for through fertilization and seed technology will push anybody “We use multiple kinds of
corn, soybeans and wheat utilizing six population to produce the most out. You don’t have to use tech- cultivators and greenhouse tools
inland and four river–loading locations at the lowest cost. nology.” to make our job more efficient,”
on the mid-Mississippi River. UFC also Planter technology keeps rows Heading into the future, Jessica said. “It’s very hard to
specializes in seed and feed sales and perfectly straight, tracks plant- White expects to see technology find workers. A lot of people don’t
services. ing and warns of double plant- become even more commonplace, want to do this job anymore, so
Ursa Farmers Cooperative’s vision ing or skips. More technology including equipment such as we have to find ways to be more
for the future is bright. Advances in uses variable rates for fertilizer an automated tractor recently productive with machinery. ...”
production agriculture tied to seed application. unveiled by Case. The farm recently bought a
and livestock genetics, coupled with “When everything works, it’s Yields in the 2016 harvest were machine to remove plastic cover-
larger machinery, equate to a need amazing. It’s the most efficient excellent for soybeans and better- ing from fields.
for a competitive provider of goods way you can do it,” White said. than-expected but very spotty for “It makes the job easier and
and services. UFC continues to ramp “But when something goes corn — wind and diplodia, or ear more profitable,” she said. “It’s
up with locational enhancements wrong, it’s not just a turn of a rot, damaged the crop. more labor-intensive, so every-
to handle today’s and tomorrow’s wrench.” “We’ve been mainly a corn-on- thing tends to cost more in labor,
farmer’s needs. In the past year, the corn operation, but we’re slowly fertilizer and things like that.”
cooperative has constructed 1.4 million Younger man’s game switching to more beans,” White But much of that equipment
bushels of storage, grown the trucking And deciphering the technol- said. “Our bean yields have been is very expensive and often
department, constructed a new corpo- ogy, and its myriad uses, is pri- good.” designed to serve large vegetable
rate office, and added an agronomist marily a younger man’s game. producers. “To find a smaller ver-
and a seed and feed specialist. White’s grandfather, for Beyond the grain farm sion of what they use is difficult,
example, didn’t own a cellphone Technology advances aren’t but it is getting easier,” she said.

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1.2K 1st Farm Credit Services
1st Farm Credit Services provides
real estate, operating, equipment and
home loans, and appraisals and crop
900 insurance to area farmers and in rural
Illinois. The association is part of the na-
tionwide Farm Credit System, the lead-
600 ing provider of agricultural financing.
The Farm Credit System celebrated
its 100-year anniversary in 2016 and
300 remains true to its mission to provide
rural communities and agriculture with
reliable, consistent credit and financial
Adams Brown Hancock Pike 1st Farm Credit Services is the
largest agricultural lender in Illinois.
NUMBER OF FARMS — MISSOURI 2007 With local branches in Quincy and
2012 Macomb, the association services the
northern 42 counties in the state. 1st
Farm Credit Services is a cooperative,
1K owned by more than 13,000 clients
and governed by a 15-member Board
of Directors.
800 1st Farm Credit Services is focused
on being the premier relationship-
based provider for financial solutions
600 to agriculture and rural America. The
association is committed to working
400 with agriculture and rural America.
1st Farm Credit Services will strive to
continue providing the best service
200 through specialized financial solutions
and adopting best practices and
Clark Knox Lewis Marion Monroe Ralls Pike Scotland Shelby
ADM Animal Nutrition
Information from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture ADM Animal Nutrition, a division of
Archer Daniels Midland Co., is a lead-
ing producer of livestock feeds and
supplements. Based in Quincy, ADM
The changing face of agri- cow, then the system scans her it was originally built — back Animal Nutrition offers feed products,
culture might contribute to electronic identification tag, in 2006 — inside, whether stuff supplements, premixes, custom
that change. “The only sector of determining whether she’s ready we figured out as we go along ingredient blends and feed ingredients
farming growing right now is to be milked. or changes to up the health and to help livestock producers achieve
small farms, particularly small The cow eats a ration of feed productivity of the swine that’s the greatest possible return from the
vegetable farms and specialty pellets as the robotic arm at- in there. You’ve got to have a good grain and forage they use in livestock
crop farms and women-run taches to her udder and does the environment.” production.
farms,” Whiston said. milking while tracking her milk Managing the environment The company recently announced
production and feed intake. The also boosts crop productivity. plans to build a new, modern feed
Heaven or hell milk then travels through an in- Technology spurs seed hybrid facility that will centralize Quincy
At Shupe Dairy Farm, a sulated pipeline into the farm’s advances and in some cases, bet- production lines into a single, modern
robotic milking system boosts storage tank. ter chances for the crop to thrive. facility, allowing to better and more
profitability and saves on labor. Computerized data track “One thing we haven’t (fig- efficiently meet customer needs for
“When things are working in the number of milkings; the ured out) is to tolerate extreme various commercial feeds. It will pro-
sync, I call it heaven. When it number of failures; and the heat, but some of the crops are vide expanded warehouse space and
doesn’t, it’s somewhat hell,” Rod “box time,” or length of time resistant to certain insects and enhanced capability to meet contin-
Shupe said. “I don’t care how to milk the cows. But Shupe herbicide-tolerant to allow us ued increases in demand. It will remain
expensive, how high-tech it is, still provides the human touch to do a better job of controlling the only facility to produce ADM’s
you can have failures. You can with both the animals and the weeds and raise a healthy crop,” unique, high-quality pressed tubs for
have parts go bad.” robotic milker. He’s just a phone said Terry Smith, a Clayton various livestock types. Completion of
But after a nearly fatal health call away — with a warning farmer who serves on the Illinois the plant is targeted for mid-2018. The
scare for Shupe, the milking system on his cellphone — if Corn Growers Association Board. current facility will remain operational
system, in place since 2013 at the something goes wrong. But cost is a factor. during construction.
farm north of Mendon, kept the “You got to have the money,” “From our new plant in Glencoe,
dairy in business while boosting ‘A good environment’ he said. “Sometimes if you be- Minn., and new facilities in China, to
production and providing more Technology on the livestock lieve technology will do what it’s our under-construction facility in Ef-
flexibility in farming. side “that’s in the barn allows supposed to and give the return fingham, Ill., and this soon-to-be started
The promise of feed pellets you to raise more pigs on a it’s supposed to in a normal year, plant in Quincy, ADM Animal Nutrition
and the desire to be milked smaller piece of property,” Taylor, it probably still makes financial is continuing to aggressively grow and
draws the cow to the milking Mo., producer Roger Sutter said. sense in many cases to do it.” n improve,” said Brent Fenton, president
area. A gate shuts behind the “We’ve made some changes since of ADM Animal Nutrition.

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“During the next five years in American
agriculture, we’ll most likely witness crop
prices at levels similar to today’s market, which
are amongst the lowest in a number of years.
Given good weather patterns that allow crop
yields to excel, we’ve seen how well producers
can raise a corn and soybean crop. Unless
we witness a major weather event to allow
prices to increase, producers will have to find
methods of producing a crop for less expense.
Those who can will remain in the game. “
Mike Roegge, Mill Creek Farms, Quincy

“Agriculture will continue to face the challenge

of feeding a growing world population. I think
we will continue to see more technological
advances from industry, and I think we will see
an even greater adoption of that technology
by the producers. I think more attention will
be given to how we obtain high yields while
protecting our natural resources. . .”
Wyatt Miller, University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist in Palmyra

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Quincy High School ag student Allison Schafer holds her rabbit, Cocoa, for Blessed Sacrament School students to pet during Ag Day at Blessed Sacrament. H-W Photo/Jake Shane

The next generation

Ag educators help teach new class of future farmers learn about profession

| By Deborah Gertz Husar
ture classes offered in years in
Quincy Public Schools.
“I’ve always understood ag
and that’s what we’re here for —
to educate them. “
Weiman has 47 students “Getting people
Cara Genenbacher appears from the hands-on portion. I enrolled in four ag classes. It’s
to be a typical busy high school wanted to learn more from the a good mix of kids with farm
to understand
student, and she might be even in-class way,” she said. “Sadly, backgrounds and “some there what we do is
more than that. I’ll only get one year of the ag just because they like it,” Weiman
The Quincy High School senior program, but I’ve gotten to do a said. “I’ve got kiddos who didn’t huge. People
just might be the future face of
lot of things.” really have a place to call home just don’t
Ag classes, FFA and special at school. They weren’t athletes.
Cara grew up on a grain and events such as a special Ag Day They weren’t mechanics, but they understand,
cattle farm at the edge of Quincy
— convinced she wanted a career
held at Blessed Sacrament School
— complete with her two rodeo
found a place to belong. I really
see our program growing and
and that’s what
in agriculture. A love of animals horses — gave Cara a chance to being very successful.” we’re here for —
spurred an interest in animal nu- teach others about agriculture
trition, which she plans to study while learning more herself. Education stands strong to educate them.”
next year at Panhandle State “Getting people to under- Ag education remains strong
Kelly Weiman
University in Oklahoma. stand what we do is huge,” QHS in West-Central Illinois and ag teacher at Quincy High School
In the meantime, Cara is ag teacher Kelly Weiman said. Northeast Missouri, with
enrolled in the first agricul- “People just don’t understand, high school-based programs

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introducing valuable skills for til an internship at JWCC’s Orr Increasing challenges
students to use on and off the The inquiry- Research Center, working with Growing specialization and
farm, as well as into college and the field trials. rising costs make it even more
the workplace. based method is challenging for young people to
In Sharon Knorr’s classes at giving them a skill ‘Kind of eye-opening’ return to the farm.
Central High School near Camp “I see corn and beans driving “They may have to wait until
Point, classwork focuses on the to learn how down the road, but it was kind their grandfather or parents
inquiry process. of eye-opening,” said Luke, who want to step out of it. They may
“It’s a lot like the scientific to problem now is working part time for work off farm in an ag-related
method, but taking it another solve. They’ve WIU’s crop research farm. industry until they go back to
step further,” Knorr said. “Stu- “I knew early on that ag was it in a more full-time basis,”
dents come up with wanting to got a lot of outlets the area I wanted to be in,” he Tenhouse said. “There’s nothing
know more and exploring in an
activity on their own with guid-
for information, said. “I’m majoring in ag busi-
ness right now, working toward
wrong with that. They get a lot
of experiences, which may make
ance from the teacher. You’re do- but they’ve got being a loan officer.” farming even better.”
ing that component of getting the
data, then taking it another step
to decide for But some of his fellow students
have no background in agricul-
Katelin Irwin, a sophomore in
JWCC’s animal science program,
further to explain the data, what themselves ture. grew up on a farm and was
it means and apply it to scientific “We have fewer and fewer involved in 4-H and FFA.
concepts.” what works young people that come from a “My family doesn’t have a
Knorr draws on what she for them and background of production ag. huge farm, just enough to kind
learned at the 14th annual Du- It doesn’t mean they don’t have of provide for our family, but I
Pont National Agriscience Teach- their farming an interest in it or don’t see the just fell in love with it,” she said.
ers Ambassador Academy, which
stressed effective inquiry-based
operation.” value, but rather than Mom or
Dad being in the farm business,
“I’m so pro-ag, I can’t say enough
about it. It’s our life. It’s every-
teaching methods and the ability Sharon Knorr it’s a grandfather,” said JWCC body’s life, and I don’t think a lot
to draw out the science already ag teacher at Central High School, assistant professor of ag sci- of people realize that.”
present in many agricultural Camp Point ences Mike Tenhouse. “You have Katelin hopes to earn a degree
concepts. to teach it in a broader sense to in animal science and become
make sure they understand the an ag teacher back home in the
Careers in STEM basics because while they are Washington, Mo., area. She
The academy NATAA helps tion, but they’ve got to decide for interested, a lot haven’t had as wants to continue working part
teachers open the door for stu- themselves what works for them much practical experience, cer- time or summers at the Purina
dents to pursue careers in STEM and their farming operation.” tainly as when I was that age.” animal nutrition center where
— science, technology, engineer- Equally important is com- Majoring in agriculture no lon- she already works full time while
ing and mathematics. municating about the problem to ger means a career in production going to JWCC.
“Ag really has moved to a solve and why the solution is the agriculture. “I love to teach. I love kids.
whole new level, and the class- correct one. “Statistically, 20 to 25 percent I think that’s my calling right
room needs to keep up with “It’s one thing to say it worked of all jobs in our area are related now,” she said.
what’s going on in the outside or didn’t work — but why?” to ag, whether in finance, crop Katelin’s Volunteering for an
world,” Knorr said. Knorr said. “In my science service, livestock service or some Ag Day program at Quincy Mall
Farmers can tap into re- classes, I have told them failure segment of production ag,” Ten- emphasized the importance of
sources online or easily call an doesn’t mean a bad thing. It house said. teaching youngsters about agri-
agronomist with local companies means you’ve learned some- “Communication in ag is a culture. Standing by a display of
— resources not available just a thing.” big issue. It’s important for the baby pigs, she asked a youngster
few years ago — but still must Classes at John Wood Com- public to know what we’re doing whether he liked bacon and sau-
determine whether that informa- munity College and Western is safe,” Luke said. “With kids in sage and whether he knew where
tion is right or wrong for their Illinois University helped Luke ag, in FFA, there seems to be a they came from. His answer,
operation. Merritt learn about another side work ethic about them. They’re “from Wal-Mart,” surprised and
“I do have some students that of agriculture. not afraid to get their hands scared her.
will go back on the farm,” Knorr Familiar with raising live- dirty, to keep at it. No matter “Everybody needs to know
said. “The inquiry-based method stock, primarily cattle, at his what career they go into, that’s where food comes from,” Katelin
is giving them a skill to learn family’s “hobby farm” near always a skill that any employer said. “I like to know where my
how to problem-solve. They’ve Payson, Luke didn’t know much would desire.” stuff comes from, what’s put in
got a lot of outlets for informa- about the crop side of things un- it.” n

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Adams Fiber...............................................................77 Knapheide Manufacturing Co..........91 Republic Services of Quincy..............63

Adams Pointe Assisted “Everyone here Kohl Wholesale......................................................65 Right To Life of Adams County......36
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has the sense Leader One Financial River City Real Estate Group................71
American Builders Supply.....................49 that right now Corporation.................................................................70
Rotary Club Of Quincy...............................89
Arch United Methodist Church........81 is one of those Lo in London.............................................................70
moments Roy Bennett Furniture.................................70
Blessing Health System.........18, 19, 20 Main Street 101...........................................................16
when we are Second String Music.......................................10
Blessing-Rieman College
of Nursing & Health Services............48
influencing Maine Course................................................10, 69
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Steve Jobs
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Home & Museum................................................13
Brown Drug Company.......................37, 71 SIU Center For Family
Memorial Hospital.............................................29 Medicine Quincy......................Inside front
Brown Electric Construction Co.....71
Full Service Roofing Mercantile Bank........................Back cover Springfield Electric
Central State Bank.............................................69 & Remodeling..........................................................97 Supply Company..................................97, 104
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Chocolaterie Stam...............................................16 Gem City Ford Lincoln................................62 St. John Cathedral.............................................30
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Coldwell Banker Mays Real Estate.......71 Golden Good Shepherd Home......37 St. Rose of Lima
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Cornerstone Dental Health...................37 Good Samaritan Home.............................22
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County Market..........................................................71 Hancock County Economic
Development Corporation...................76 Phibro Animal Health...................................101 State Farm Insurance - Derek Zahm
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Hannibal Area Chamber Poepping Stone
Culver-Stockton College...........................42 Of Commerce...........................................................10 Bach & Associates........................76, 77, 79 State Street Bank..................................................67

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Dame Hurdle & Co.................................37, 49 Hannibal-LaGrange Titan International..................Inside back
University.......................................39, 43, 45, 47 Quincy Area Chamber
Davis & Frese Inc. Realtors......................81 of Commerce...................................................................16 Tom Geise Plumbing...........69, 79, 105
Hannibal Regional Healthcare
Designer’s Edge Day Spa Salon....88 System .... 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 Quincy Convention Townsquare Media
& Visitors Bureau...................................................13 Quincy-Hannibal...............................................105
Dr. Richard J. Wright, DDS........................37 Heartland Financial Advisors..............71
Quincy Development Center..........99 United Way of Adams County........79
Emrick Outdoor Maintenance..........81 Herald-Whig....................................................................11
Quincy Mall..................................................................62 UnityPoint At Home........................................36
Farm & Home Supply....................................51 Herald-Whig —
Quincy Medical Group....................26, 27 Vermont Street
Farmers Bank of Liberty..........................85 Hickory Grove..........................................................22 United Methodist Church.........................81
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First Bankers Trust Company................7 John Wood Community West Central Child
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First Farm Credit Services...................104 Resource Center.........................................31, 83
Karlocks Kars And Western Illinois Works......................79, 88
First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust............69 Pop Culture Tours................................................16 Quincy Siding & Window........................63
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model. Seasoned
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and obstacles to meeting their healthcare. and procedures, SIU resident doctors gain real life experience to care for this generation keeping our corporate headquarters in Quincy signifies the
We provide the same level of care in the and the next. SIU resident doctors take time to listen to you, to hear your story, to importance of American heritage in our path to becoming
clinic, hospital and nursing home. understand your background, and to provide you with the best possible health solutions. a global, billion-dollar publicly traded company.

Caring for patients...for a lifetime

• Allergies • On-Site Laboratory

• Care for Chronic Problems • Weekly OMT Clinics
Cholesterol Screening • Physicals
Diabetes • Sick Care Exemplifying American manufacturing and entrepreneurial Titan’s ISO-certified facilities demonstrate some of the most sophisticated Wheel and tire manufacturing is a skilled, labor-intensive craft.
High Blood Pressure Aches and Pains Total physician residents graduating spirit at its best, we have an extensive history of acquiring design, testing and production processes in the world. As the world’s largest The process of engineering and constructing our products
Smoking Cessation Colds and
and board
board eligible:
eligible: failing manufacturing plants and rebuilding them into manufacturer of off-highway wheels for use in agriculture, construction, requires a complex and meticulous approach from our team.
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Cough 163 thriving facilities that create jobs and produce products forestry and mining applications, Titan produces thousands of sizes and From engineering and research and development,
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Sports Medicine
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or 13.5%
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manufactured in Des Moines, Sidewall® Technology (LSW®), which pairs industry-unique
Iowa; Freeport, Illinois; Bryan, wheel sizes with lower-sidewall tires to match. Through
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SIU Center
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health of
of you To
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assist the
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people of
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and southern
southern Illinois
Illinois in 612
you in 612 North 11th Street
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and your family as well as our community – with a dedicated and
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meeting their health care needs through education, patient Quincy,
Quincy, IL
IL 62301
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expert team
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service to
to the
the community.
community. (217) 224-9484
(217) 224-9484 without top-notch employees who are dedicated to the craft. American Engineered. American Manufactured. American Owned.
and affordable
affordable environment.
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