Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds visit WW Homestead Dairy

WW Homestead Dairy in Waukon was honored by a visit from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds Thursday, June 26. WW Homestead co-owner Tom Weighner said that the visit was part of the Governor's commitment to visit each of Iowa's 99 counties once a year. Weighner said that he had met with Lt. Governor Reynolds during his involvement with the "Dream Big Grow Here" competition and that she had suggested to the Governor that the dairy processing facility and retail store would be a good stop to make. Weighner said that he and the Governor discussed the benefits the facility has brought to the county in terms of economic development and jobs, noting that the endeavor was partially made possible by approximately $75,000 in state grants and loans for start-up equipment. He said he also spoke with the Governor about unreasonable regulations that burden businesses and the economy. "We were honored to be chosen as a stop and appreciate the Governor's interest," Weighner said. Pictured in the foreground above looking through the viewing window into the processing room at WW Homestead Dairy during the Governor's visit are, left to right, WW Homestead co-owner Tom Walleser, Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, and WW Homestead co-owners Tom and Paul Weighner. Standard photo by Bob Beach.