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Kalona

Mid-Prairie opts for full-time in-person plan

Mid-Prairie students will return to school with full-time in-person classes on Aug. 24. With the support of a number of parents in attendance and against the recommendation of several staff …

Virtual 2020 Courage Ride underway

The 2020 Courage Ride, which this year is being done virtually due to COVID-19, began this past Saturday and goes through Aug. 15. The annual event is a fundraiser to aid in the fight against …

'Something of a Legend'

Jim Goodrich, a community figure known for a lifetime of hard work, generosity and ever-present cowboy hats, died at his home on Thursday, July 16. He was 94 years old. Jim Goodrich’s …

City urges all to wear face masks

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh will contact local entities to encourage them to support the use of masks and social distancing within the city to stem local contagion from the COVID-19 …
Riverside

Cover Cropping: A Locally Grown Innovation

For a craft as old as civilization itself, farming exists in a constant state of change as new technology and techniques become available. As a state teeming with farmers, Iowa finds itself at the …

The News webpage to include paywall

As of August 1, 2020, The News has a paywall for accessing certain content. Obituaries, marketplace advertising, photo galleries classified and legal advertising still can be accessed without …

KCTC Phone Issue

The Washington County Communications Center has been made aware of a wireline or landline phone issue for all Kalona Telephone (KCTC) subscribers. Currently those customers have no service and cannot …

Board of Health costs down

At its July meeting, the county Board of Health learned its revenues are 121% of projections, compared to 75% in expenditures, both showing effects from health and safety limits and restrictions in …
Wellman

Fern Bontrager appointed to Wellman City Council

A familiar face is returning to the Wellman City Council. At Monday’s meeting, the council appointed Fern Bontrager to serve out the remainder of former council member Mark Philpot’s …

Greiner resigns as Mid-Prairie baseball coach

Andy Greiner, the 2020 River Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has resigned as head coach of the Mijd-Prairie High School baseball team. Greiner submitted his resignation this past …

Transportation director wins state award

Mid-Prairie Transportation Director Teresa Hartley received the 2020 Iowa Woman in Transportation Award during a surprise award ceremony in the high school’s auditorium on Tuesday …

Supervisors clear the way for Wellman Dollar General

With a unanimous 4-0 vote Tuesday, Washington County supervisors acknowledged the city of Wellman’s voluntary annexation of a building lot for a Dollar General store in the city.  The …
Lone Tree

Hoops Time

The Floor Burn Academy took place the last week of July at the Lone Tree Wellness Center. Separate camps were held for high schoolers and kids in grades 3 to 8. Click through the photos to take a …

Census to send postcards to non-responders

The U.S. Census Bureau is sending out postcard reminders to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard mailing is due to the impact of COVID-19 on census …

Johnson County to start mailing ballot requests

The first group of absentee ballot requests from the Johnson County Auditor’s Office will be arriving at voter’s homes soon. Voters in rural Johnson County, the outlying small cities, …

WEDG director Collins dies

Washington Economic Development Group Executive Director David Collins died unexpectedly at his home on July 22. Collins was found dead in his home just before noon on Wednesday during a welfare …
Washington County
Kalona Optimist Club giving away three bikes to youth
Youth of the Kalona community will have an opportunity to win one of three bicycles and helmets being given away by the Kalona …
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Kalona Public Library News
The library continues to offer curbside pick-up Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and appointments to come into the library as …
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Wellman-Scofield Public Library News
Wellman-Scofield Public Library is open by appointment to limit the number of contacts and to ensure patrons and staff remain safe and …
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New Deputy Treasurer
Mary Sue Northrup (right) was sworn in as Washington County Deputy Treasurer on July 14 by Magistrate Larry Brock at the start of the …
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Riverside approves citywide garage sales
The Riverside City Council  approved citywide garage sales for late August in a unanimous decision at its July 20 meeting. The …
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Johnson County
Big Winner!
Garland Nash of Brighton won the final top prize of $300,000 in the Iowa Lottery’s “Colossal Crossword” scratch …
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Pet of the Week
This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Mila, a medium-sized adult female domestic short hair and dilute calico mix. Mila …
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Schools prepare for in-person opening
Gov. Reynolds’ announced an expectation that schools provide at least half of their learning through in-person instruction when …
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