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Mid-Prairie puts bond issue on March 1 ballot

            The Mid-Prairie Community School District is one step closer to seeing its $37.6 million facility plan become a reality. On Monday, … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Josie, a young female Pit Bull Terrier mix. Josie is described as a goofball who is fun-loving and happy all the time. For more information on … more

Kalona firemen extinguish fire at Perry Bender farm

The Kalona Volunteer Fire Dept. (KVFD) were called to the Perry Bender farm, 2710 560th Street SW, Kalona, at. 11:14 a.m. Monday, January 10 to extinguish a fire in a diesel shed at the goat dairy … more

Chamber members learn about Historical Village

Kalona Historical Village managing director Nancy Roth gave those attending the Monday, January 10, Kalona Chamber brunch hosted by the Historical Village Visitors Center a preview of the plans for … more

Washington shooting investigation continues

Investigation continues into a reported shooting that occurred at 8:10 p.m. January 7 when Washington County Communications dispatch received a 911 call from a male saying he had been … more

Stitch ‘N Sew Cottage celebrates 40 years

On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Stitch ‘N Sew Cottage for succeeding in 40 years of business. While Stitch ‘N Sew is technically in its 41st year of … more

Ernst helps pass bill to honor veterans with War on Terror memorial

After a years-long, hard fought effort spearheaded by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), last week their bipartisan legislation to build a memorial on the National Mall honoring … more

Looking back on one year of COVID vaccines

On Dec. 14, 2020, University of Iowa Health Care employees made history, becoming the first in Iowa and among the first in the nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines. This was a day of hope for many and … more

Board gets libraries’ request, report

Despite cautions and procedures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the three county libraries continued providing services, both in person and online, to its more than16,000 card-holding patrons … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Cindy, an young female Domestic Short Hair and Tabby mix. Cindy has a black and grey striped coat with a white belly. She is described as a … more

Supervisors deny overtime pay for ambulance director Jeremy Peck

After four months of debate and discussion, the Washington County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 4 voted 3-2 not to pay Ambulance Department Director Jeremy Peck approximately $9,000 for 180 … more

Kalona continues senior meal program

As we have seen our first snowfall of the year, and dipping temperatures, we want to remind Kalona residents of the Senior Meal delivery program being offered. Residents can sign up for meal … more

Thank you, Washington County Riverboat Foundation

I’m positive that if you’ve followed a non-profit, school, fire department, emergency management, law enforcement group, or municipality in Washington County over the past 15 years there … more

First major snowfall of the season

East Central Iowa got its first measurable snowfall of the winter on New Year’s Day. The area got six to seven inches of snow, far short of the up to 12 inches that was predicted in the storm … more

Kalona council considers several changes to parking ordinance

The Kalona City Council is in the process of crafting an ordinance to change several parking ordinances in Kalona. After receiving feedback from the council and discussing the city’s parking … more

A Year in Review

The News is proud to have brought our community local news coverage through the year of Kalona, Lone Tree, Riverside, Wellman and the surrounding areas. Here are some of our favorite things we … more

Petition now circulating for Mid-Prairie bond issue

A bond issue is a dance between the school board and the public, said Mid-Prairie superintendent Mark Schneider. An early step of this dance for the Mid-Prairie district’s potential bond issue … more

Washington County Public Health welcomes new Admin

When the pandemic started in March 2020, Emily Tokheim was still in school, studying her Master of Public Health at the University of Iowa, but Tokheim is now the new administrator for Washington … more

Kalona Public Library News

Come join us for Monday Movie Night at 5:30pm each week to enjoy a family-friendly movie. Story time meets weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00-10:30am.  Toddler time is held weekly on Fridays … more

Kalona Rotary collects more than 350 gifts in annual toy drive

In 2020, the Kalona Rotary collected 150 toys for area children as part of their Christmas toy drive and were hoping to beat that number this year. In 2021, the Rotary collected over 350 gifts, which … more
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