The announcement that Siemens Energy has been hired to build nearly 450 wind turbines featured more than just celebrations and congratulations. It had a distinct political feel as well.
The rolling plains of Midwest farm country are being tapped for their natural resources again. This time, though, the bounty would be wind energy, instead of corn, wheat or soybeans.
In a class room on Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, a small group of people sat watching a presentation by Tom Malek.
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA 2) says there is still work to do to make sure his state does not experience a repeat of the Flood of 2008.
It was four years ago, this month, when rivers throughout eastern Iowa overran their banks and caused billions of dollars in damage.
Some of the hardest hit areas were Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
Rep. Loebsack says there is still a need for money to help in the recovery. He believes the funding is available in Washington D.C., if his colleagues can agree on how to divide it.