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      Official groundbreaking for Market on Main

      Construction is finally beginning on the Market on Main project in downtown Ottumwa.

      It was an exciting day on Monday for all of the Market on Main supporters and its biggest donors as ground was broken at its location at Jefferson and Main.

      From here on out, the area that is fenced in will be full of activity, which means the year-round farmerâ??s market is one step closer to being open to the public.

      â??It's a huge show of support. This is an incredibly new and exciting concept for Ottumwa -- something that's never been done in this area at all in the community. We had not only our donors, our task force, but just individuals in the community that were interested stop out and for us thatâ??s huge to see that many different groups supporting what we're doing,â?? said Heather Ware, Market on Main Director.

      Market on Main is expected to open in early 2014 and will give farmers more of an outlet for their produce as well as giving individuals more access to those foods, while at the same time improving the economic development of downtown.