No Place Like Home: Senate District 38

Senator Tim Kapucian, from Keystone, Iowa, has been a consistent voice for agriculture since being elected to represent Senate District 38.TK3-16-15

Senator Kapucian’s home district is mostly rural with several larger rural communities, or as he says, “Mostly rural with neat little twists,” including Vinton, Belle Plaine, Marengo, Williamsburg and Grinnell.

Brownells, the world’s largest gun parts and accessories supplier, is based in this district. Brownells’ first catalog was distributed in 1947 and the business has been growing ever since.

Another great Iowa based business in Senator Kapucian’s district is Kinzean agricultural equipment company based in Williamsburg, which got its start in 1965.

Grinnell is located on the far west side of the district and is known as the “Jewel of the Prairie.” The Merchants National Bank Buildingone of eight “jewel box banks,” sits in downtown Grinnell and was designed by Louis Sullivan. The term “jewel box” refers to the simplistic design of the building while securing the inside content, like a jewelry box.

Also in this town of more than 9,000 is Grinnell College, founded in 1846.

Senator Kapucian’s district is also home to the well-known Amana Colonies.

The colonies are a group of seven German villages They have become a big tourist destination, known for their woodwork and wine shops.

Belle Plaine has undergone a series of Main Street renovations, especially with the Belle Plaine museum and the Henry B. Tippie annex.

“It really rejuvenates the area, making it a nice shopping area for visitors with a small town experience,” Senator Kapucian said.

Belle Plaine also happens to hold the “eighth wonder of the world” – Jumbo, the artesian well.

In 1886, a well being drilled shot water up 53 feet in the air, spitting out thousands of gallons of water, eventually taking 14 months to contain.

“This district is very agriculture-oriented,” Senator Kapucian said. “From manufacturing to livestock and traditional farm production, this area plays a major role in the state’s economy.

“I ran for office because I wanted to support agriculture, the occupation of my father, grandfather, and countless families throughout Senate District 38. Agriculture needs a voice at the Statehouse and I am proud to be that voice.”