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Night of love for Mid-Prairie music teacher Collette McClellen

WELLMAN Collette McClellen has walked the hallways at Mid-Prairie High School since the 1990s. She graduated in 1997. Her parents still live here, as do her brother and her … more

Kalona Fall Festival celebrates Golden Anniversary

Fireworks will light up the night sky in celebration of Kalona Fall Festival’s 50th anniversary this year.  “Normally fireworks aren’t allowed within city limits, so I had … more

Kalona City Council ok’s property purchase for next student-built housing project

With work on the city’s first student-built home project complete and the house in the hands of the realtor, the City of Kalona is looking ahead to another round of … more

Kalona Bakery, Trick-or-Treat, and golf cart regulation reviewed

The Golf Cart and UTV Permit Ordinance was once again up for discussion at the Kalona City Council’s Work Session on Sept. 7.  City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh presented his … more

Pleasantview campus taking shape

Taking a drive through the Pleasantview campus these days may necessitate the use of a road map! It certainly requires careful driving, as the roads surrounding the campus are being reconstructed and … more

City of Kalona receives $5,000 for Housing Project

On Sept. 7, Casey Peck, General Manager of Kalona Cooperative Technology Company (KCTC); Ethan Pitt, Iowa Area Development Group Ripple Effect Program Director; and Eric Benson, Aureon Account … more

Kirkwood seeks local tutors for reading, math, digital skills

If you are interested in helping other adults improve their reading, math, or digital skills, Kirkwood Community College could use your help. “We match adults in the community who are … more

Mid-Prairie considers sale of used buses

With long lead times needed for school bus orders, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education is staying ahead of the curve by contemplating their bus needs now rather than later this fall.  Two 2013 … more

Washington County SWCD receives grant for creek, watershed signs

Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is among 33 counties set to receive signs raising awareness of the state’s creeks and watersheds. The signs will be installed in … more

City of Kalona meets goals with Student-Built home

This year marks the 50th year of the Kalona Fall Festival.  What a wonderful community event that allows us to showcase not only our history through the Historical Village but what Kalona has to … more

Amvets Ladies Auxiliary donates $1300 in school supplies

East, West, Highland, Lone Tree, and Hills Elementary schools were all the beneficiaries of boxes filled with school supplies, each a $260 value, on Sept. 7.  The supplies were purchased and … more

Hello Autumn

Fall is in the air. Leaves are changing color, the temperature is getting colder, and those ugly sweaters are coming out of storage. With each successive fall, people from across the country -- or a … more

Community appreciates contributions of 2022 Award winners

Since 2011, the City of Kalona has recognized individuals or businesses that have made a unique contribution to our community with a Community Award.  Recipients are nominated by their fellow … more

Optimists to give away 2 bikes at Fall Festival

The Kalona Optimist Club will be giving these two 20-inch bicycles away after the City Community Awards program Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24, on the Fall Festival Stage.  Children under 10 years … more

Sharon Bethel Quartet to present Sept. 18

The Sharon Bethel Quartet will be presenting a final A Cappella Gospel concert before they retire the group. They began their quartet career in the fall of 1994 at Fairview Mennonite church near … more

KCTC & Aureon award charity grant to United Presbyterian Home

Kalona Cooperative Technology Company (KCTC) and Aureon are pleased to announce that United Presbyterian Home (UP Home) is a 2022 Charity Grant recipient. This grant was presented in conjunction with … more

Country Schoolhouse Tour offers unique opportunity

As our local schools grow larger and more modern, with amenities like computer and chemistry labs, teaching kitchens and aerospace programs, a visit to a one-room schoolhouse can provide an … more

News from the Kalona Historical Village

The Kalona Historical Village is constantly bringing in new exhibits and trying new things that will bring in new visitors and keep things fresh for returning visitors. This year we joined Harvest … more

Kalona Optimists, Rotarians team up for book drive

The Kalona Optimists and Kalona Rotary are partnering in a joint effort to run a book drive from Sunday, Sept. 11, to Sunday, Sept. 18 during international Celebrate Community week. “We are … more

Local housing market starting to normalize, realtors say

With mortgage interest rates ticking upward and inflation at a 40-year high, it would be reasonable to expect home sales to slow and more homes to be available on the market.  However, realtors … more
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