Despite the boom-bust cycles of the ag economy, a Walmart-driven retail migration from Main Street to the edge of town, factory closings and a devastating fire in the dead of winter, Maquoketa and DeWitt remain vibrant towns in eastern Iowa, largely due to engaged community leadership, including the bankers at Ohnward Bancshares. Leveraging local expertise and resources, the 11,000-some area residents sustain a hopeful future . . .
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