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Kalona

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …
Riverside

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 …

Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer

Avery Shalla from Riverside, IA exhibited the Grand Champion 4-H Market steer at the 2022 Iowa State Fair.  Avery along with her little brothers Ryland, Mason and Parker all showed their steers …

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 …

Riverside Golf Clinic seeks volunteers

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort is hosting the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic, September 11-16. They need volunteers for various duties through the week. To volunteer for this …
Wellman

The Honey Guy

After eight years of beekeeping, he has 35 colonies stacked up in his yard and 1600 pounds of honey to sell.  His name is James Miller, but you might find yourself calling him the Honey …

Community generosity on display at Feed the Kids benefit

On Saturday, August 27 at the Wellman Parkside YMCA, Mid-Prairie held its annual Feed the Kids Dinner and Auction. Each year, young children suffer from food insecurity, and nine years ago the …

Area Iowa State Fair Winners

FFA Floriculture Rose Champion: Sidney Davis, Mid-Prairie FFA, Wellman Rose Reserve Champion: Quinn Schmidt, Mid-Prairie FFA, Wellman Marigold Champion: Quinn Schmidt, Mid-Prairie FFA, …

Students and teachers appreciate supplies donated to Federation Bank’s annual drive

Teachers from West Elementary School gathered inside Federation Bank in Wellman to pick up school supplies on Friday, August 19.  The school supplies were donated by local community members …
Lone Tree

County considers new arrangement of voting precincts

IOWA CITY Public comment on voting precincts proposed for Johnson County, including those covering Lone Tree, Hills and rural areas in the southern portion of the county, will be heard at the …

Proposed pipelines concern Johnson County supervisors

IOWA CITY A carbon-capture pipeline project has grabbed the attention of Johnson County Supervisors. Thursday, Aug. 25, the board will consider approving a letter-of-intent that would be sent …

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 …

Iowa City asks Johnson County for more Direct Assistance funds

IOWA CITY The Johnson County Board of Supervisors chambers was packed again at its August 10 work session. Eight county residents, who were hoping to convince the board to free up more funds …
Washington County
Okee Dokee Brothers coming to Washington Oct. 9
Kids are free for the Okee Dokee Brothers performance at the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center, 1111 S. Ave. B, Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3:00 p.m. The Okee Dokee Brothers …
Homecoming prank lands students in Huskie trouble
RIVERSIDE A prank that was intended to turn the front lawn of Highland High School into a giant potato casserole on Homecoming Week resulted in a police report, a late-night call to the schools …
Iowa Trappers Convention
Iowa Trappers Convention took place on September 9 and 10 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. For more information you can go to: www.iowatrappers.com/convention.
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 …
Washington County, property owners could split road cost 50-50
When it comes to a possible $1.5 million total road improvement project near 135th Street and 140th Street, indications are that property owners and the county could split the costs, interest free, …
Johnson County
One injured in vehicle-buggy accident
On September 20, 2022, at 7:06 a.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a horse-drawn buggy on 540th St SW and Eagle Ave SW. The driver of the …
Lone Tree Fall Festival
Lone Tree held their Sesquicentennial Fall Festival on August 26 and 27.
Lone Tree looks back, looks forward with dedication of new Elm
The original “lone tree” was legend.  Standing perhaps 10 stories tall, living more than 200 years, it seemed impervious to windstorms and prairie fires.   The only tree on the …