U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah (left) made a stop at Bethany Life Communities in Story City yesterday morning (Tuesday) to see how a $22.5 million USDA Rural Development direct loan and $3 million guaranteed loan to assist with the nearly completed new facility improvement project will help improve health care options at the 100-year-old facility. Bethany Life CEO Betsy Warburton (second from right) welcomed Mensah and her contingent, and gave the group a walking tour of the new additions that feature transitional care and extended care services, as well as other significant updates to facilities at the Bethany Life location. Mensah went on to make three other stops on Tuesday in Marshalltown, Brooklyn and Grinnell before returning to Washington, D.C. later that day. (See next week’s Herald for complete coverage of Mensah’s visit as well as more photos.)