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El Rincón gives Kalona a taste of Mexico

KALONA El Rincón is Kalona’s very own Mexican corner store, as ‘rincón’ is Spanish for ‘corner.’ The small store, located at 607 B. Ave., Kalona, … more

Dutch Market eyes summer opening

WASHINGTON Construction began November 2023 for a new grocery, bakery, and coffee shop just north of Washington on Hwy 1. Although delays have pushed its anticipated opening date back until … more

Kalona awards $2 million Vista Park contract to C.J. Moyna & Sons

KALONA “That’s huge,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said following the Kalona City Council’s awarding the construction contract for Vista Park Phase 1 to C.J. Moyna & Sons at their … more

Kalona Library’s new director embraces community. . . and costumes

KALONA Olivia Kahler literally grew up in this community. A Mid-Prairie graduate, she’s held jobs at tourist-magnets like Yotty’s Ice Cream and the Kalona Cheese Factory. She’s served on the … more

It’s here! Kalona Fire’s new truck arrives

The Kalona Volunteer Fire Department’s new pumper tanker truck arrived at the station on Thursday, Feb. 22. The much-needed update to the fleet will give Kalona’s firefighters the ability to … more

Photo contest offers students gateway to appreciation, connection, and career

KALONA For middle and high school students attending Pathway, Hillcrest Academy, and Mid-Prairie schools (including the home school), the time has come to get out their cameras and submit photos … more

Bond reduced for Gingerich

WASHINGTON A Bond Review Hearing for Keegan Gingerich, 21, of Kalona, was held on Friday, Feb. 16 at which bond was reduced to $52,000 cash or surety. Bail was originally set for $100,000 cash … more

Free business support available in Washington County, lunchers learn

KALONA Whatever phase their business is in, from starting up to looking for an exit strategy, free business coaching is available to Washington County residents through the end of July 2024, Mary … more

The News takes home six state awards

The staff of The News was delighted and proud to be awarded in six categories of the 2024 Iowa Better Newspaper Contest on Thursday. Three first place plaques now grace their office: Best Sports … more

Kalona man arrested on stalking, sex charges

KALONA Keegan Gingerich, 21, of Kalona was arrested Thursday, Feb. 1 on five charges, including Class B, C, and D felonies. Bail has been set for $100,000 cash only. Complaints were filed with … more

Treat yourself! Love Kalona returns for year two

KALONA Life is like a box of chocolates, Forrest Gump’s mama said, and this Saturday in Kalona offers the opportunity to try a whole bunch of sweet treats. But unlike those mass-produced … more

Catholic talk radio station coming to Kalona

KALONA A new radio station is set to fill the airwaves this February, broadcasting from Kalona: KMHV 89.5 FM, Mary’s Holy Voice, talk radio for Catholic Living. Boasting 5500 watts of … more

Kalona hires new library director, adds observed holidays

KALONA “I started as a clerk when I was 15; it’s about time!” Olivia Kahler laughed when Ryan Schlabaugh recommended the city council approve her as the Kalona Public Library’s new … more

Saddle up, riders!

KALONA 67,585 miles of Iowa’s public roads are gravel, making up 60% of the state’s road system. And cyclists love them. Caleb Wilson is one of those cyclists. And because he lives in … more

Roundup affordable foods at new Golden Valley Ranch

KALONA With warmer temperatures and snow-free backroads, now is a great time to check out the new Amish grocery store, Golden Valley Ranch, in rural Kalona. The spacious new retailer celebrated … more

Iowa Family Counseling offers drop-in times, group counseling

KALONA Asking for help can be a scary, daunting task. Sometimes it is hard to know who to talk to or where to start. Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Therapist Latasha Cardenas at Iowa … more

2024 Iowa Pork Congress reflects suffering industry

DES MOINES This year’s annual Iowa Pork Congress, held Jan. 24-25, brought together pork producers, related businesses, and industry experts in Des Moines for two days of educational seminars, … more

Area businesses meet and greet at Iowa Pork Congress

United Animal Health Trent Torrance and Bob Altman traveled from Indianapolis to Des Moines to staff United Animal Health’s booth at the Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 24-25. The Sheridan, … more

Local High Schooler extends his compassion for animals to area senior communities

KALONA & WELLMAN “I would say that human interaction is very important, but animals are unique in that they have absolutely no judgment,” Henry Yoder says. “The … more

Caucus goers make their choice: ‘Donald Trump!’

WELLMAN The negative three-degree temperature Monday night did not dissuade Republican caucus goers in Wellman from showing up at the Parkside Activities Center to express their presidential … more
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