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Wellman council will make an appointment to replace Philpot

The Wellman City Council agreed Monday that it will fill the seat that Mark Philpot is vacating at the end of the month by appointment. Last month, Philpot announced that he is resigning effective … more

Thorius re-elected as VP of engineers association

Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius was installed as South-Central Region vice president of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual meeting and technical … more

Supervisors set ambulance staff start date

Because county policy in providing benefits for employees starts the first day of the month following hiring, Washington County supervisors Monday approved June 30 as the hiring date for all … more

Wellman Golf

Wellman Golf League Week 2 Standings   Freeman Foods, 6 points City Sewer, 6 points JP Shooting, 4 points Moody Drifters, 3.5 points Stutsmans Inc., 3 points Roberts … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Hazel, a blue heeler, labrador retriever mix who is about 4 years old. She is a very loyal, loving dog. Although she is with two other dogs now, … more

Business is Blooming

At first, trends seemed as troubling for garden stores as other retail businesses. With farmers markets closing, state orders for late openings, and shoppers being more cautious overall, outlooks … more

Riverside breaks off ambulance talks

The Riverside City Council voted 3-2 on Monday to end talks with Wellman and Kalona to base a county ambulance in Riverside. The dividing issue was who would pay for the service. The ambulance … more

Drew Blauvelt finds passion for cattle

Every summer, local youth and teens gather at fairgrounds and arenas to compete in cattle showing competitions, displaying the best of their livestock in competitions seeking prizes and generous bids … more

Wellman axes Fourth of July celebration

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Wellman will not be happening this year. At its Monday meeting, the Wellman City Council unanimously voted to cancel all Fourth of July events for this … more

Planting for the Future

The emerald ash borer has devastated the ash tree population across the country. Wellman is no exception. At last count, 110 trees will need to be removed around the city as the disease destroys … more

Riverside Casino reopens

The Riverside Casino and Golf Resort welcomed back guests on Monday morning. The casino reopened for business on the first day allowed by Gov. Kim Reynolds’ May 26 proclamation. A steady … more

Greenfield wins Democratic primary, will challenge U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst

Democrat Theresa Greenfield gave her victory speech on social media after winning her party's nomination for U.S. Senate. (Screen shot from Greenfield Facebook video) Democrat Theresa … more


    With no contested local races, there were no surprises in the Washington County primary election Tuesday.     The Washington County auditor’s office … more

Iowa rolls out extended unemployment benefits

Iowa Workforce Development on Friday detailed new unemployment benefits for Iowans. The CARES Act created Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides 13 weeks of benefits … more

Businesses not required to report major virus outbreaks, IDPH says

Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the State Emergency Operations Center, May … more

Reynolds: COVID-19 impact on farmers, producers has been ‘devastating’

A shortage of meat processing capacity is forcing producers to resort to enthanizing animals, state officials say. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Iowa’s meatpacking plants are … more

Riverside to talk expanding noise code

The Riverside City Council plans to discuss a comprehensive expansion to its noise ordinance at the next council meeting on June 1. The proposed changes – drawn from Coralville, West Liberty … more

Iowa falls short of WHO guidelines for reopening

Iowa fails to meet the World Health Organization’s latest guidelines for reopening businesses and other facilities, Johns Hopkins University reported.  States should have positive … more

Reynolds to consult with board this week on fate of 2020 Iowa State Fair

The Grand Concourse at the Iowa State Fair, seen from the Skyglider in August 2018. (Photo by Kathie Obradovich/Iowa Capital Dispatch) Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will set up a call … more

Federal coronavirus aid posed barriers to rural small businesses, lawmakers hear

The Strand Theater in Grinnell, Iowa, is a central business on Main Street. (Photo courtesy of Grinnell Chamber of Commerce) Rural small businesses have largely missed out on federal … more
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