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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 … more

'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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 Optimist Club. The bikes are 16 inches, 20 inches and 24 … more

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 … more

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 follows: • Tuesday 2-6 p.m. • Thursday noon-4 … more

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 healthy. One person/family is allowed into the library for 30 … more

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 … more

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 Board of Supervisors meeting. more

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 … more

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 sales were authorized for Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. … more

Community Awards

The city of Kalona is putting out a call for community award nominations. The awards are traditionally announced and presented at Kalona Days in June. These awards are given to individuals and … more

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 … more

Taylor Brinning named 2020 Washington County Fair Queen

The Washington County Fair may be limited this year, but a 2020 Fair Queen was still crowned on Sunday night. Taylor Brinning, the daughter of Shane and Kathleen Brinning and an entering senior at … more
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