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Kalona

Kalona Fire’s Pancake Breakfast

Over 3,000 people were served at Kalona Fire’s annual breakfast on Saturday, April 6. The department raised over $70,000. Over 100 people were lined up before the breakfast offically began …

Kalona residents should see lower taxes in FY24-25

KALONA As newly required by state law, the Kalona City Council held dual sessions Monday night, the first a public hearing for the proposed property tax levy for FY24-25, the second their regular …

89.5 FM now broadcasting from Kalona

KALONA In early March, following the receipt of their FCC license, Mary’s Holy Voice KMHV 89.5 FM, officially began broadcasting from Kalona, bringing Catholic talk radio to the area. To …
Riverside

Construction work at Riverside's water plants finishing up

RIVERSIDE Riverside Mayor Allen Schneider emerged from Monday night’s City Council meeting with a smile. One reason: With back-to-back meetings lasting just an hour, he was able to …

Highland School Board appoints Moyer as Business Manager

RIVERSIDE Autumn Moyer, who has worked in human resources at several Eastern Iowa school districts, has been appointed as the new Secretary and Business Manager for the Highland School Board. …

One year later, a stormy reminder

On the afternoon of March 31 last year, a Friday, early spring winds howled across Iowa. Severe storms were in the forecast. Another typical late March day, right? The skies grew dark …
Wellman

Wellman Fire celebrates Jim Millice’s 65 years of service

WELLMAN When Wellman’s volunteer firefighters gathered Monday night for a department photo, veteran firefighter Jim Millice had no idea he would be receiving an award as well. But when someone …

Wellman holds tax hearing, approves repair estimates

WELLMAN The Wellman City Council met on a drizzly Monday night for two sessions, the first a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed property tax levy for FY25. The proposed tax rate is …

Mid-Prairie board gets serious about auditorium

WELLMAN The Mid-Prairie school board’s meeting March 25 consisted primarily of a work session, much of which was a discussion regarding building an auditorium at the high school; however, two …
Lone Tree

Lone Tree speech, drama students perform for community, take home awards

LONE TREE Lone Tree high school English teacher Tanya McCarty hosted an end-of-year speech and drama award show on Saturday, April 6, to award the students who excelled in speech and drama …

Lone Tree teachers to see pay raise thanks to state legislation

LONE TREE Although contracts have yet to be signed for the 2024-25 school year, Lone Tree teachers should expect raises in the near future, thanks to Iowa legislation that increased teacher …

Lone Tree Chamber Welcomes Tree House Nutrition & Gussies Paw Spa

LONE TREE The Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Tree House Nutrition and Gussies Paw Spa on Monday, April 1 in the cold rain. Both the Chamber and new members …
Features
North America’s smallest raptor: The American Kestrel
KALONA The itty-bitty American Kestrel might not intimidate at a glance, but this small raptor terrorizes many across the American continent. The kestrel’s ferocity is not it’s …
Craftsman finds inspiration in Kalona church building – and its bats
KALONA Each nook and cranny of Kalona is chock-full of antique furniture that yearns for a time when it felt young, vibrant, alive. It takes a dedicated hand and a concentrated mind to craft and …
Lone Tree poet inspired by walking, fasting
LONE TREE A crisp walk. An inward talk. File an idea. Scribble it down. Repeat. This has been Nancy Braun’s dedicated walking/writing hybrid system for over 20 …
More Americans are seeking therapy, and that’s a good thing
“We can all use a non-judgmental person in our life to just talk through what we’re feeling and knowing that it’s safe. We have family [and] friends, but it doesn’t always …
Shortage of psychiatrists leaves Iowans hurting
A constant lack of services and burdensome workloads plague the mental health landscape in Iowa. In 2012, Iowa had 236 professional psychiatrists. In 2021, the state was down to 212, in contrast …
Hills

Community Violence Prevention Program among approved ARPA projects

IOWA CITY Several Johnson County projects being funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money survived a third round of voting at a Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting last week, …

Legislators propose Hills join Lone Tree CSD; parents say ‘not so fast'

HILLS Iowa State Representative Heather Hora and Iowa State Senator Dawn Driscoll introduced an idea to redraw school districts, allowing the Hills community to join a new school district, on …
Iowa City/Coralville

Meet Atrium Village’s new administrator

“Coming here has been a breath of fresh air,” says Stephanie Kronlage, Atrium Village’s new administrator, who began working for the non-profit, Hills-based independent living and nursing care community in March.

Ravens fly high over WACO in season opener

KALONA This early spring weather continues to throw curve balls.   The Ravens were expected to start their soccer season on the road against WACO, but poor field conditions called for …
Washington County

County GO bond rate ‘very good’ on four-year term; board sets hearing for 140th Street road assessment

WASHINGTON The Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave unanimous formal approval to the purchase agreement for the sale of $2,361,000 in general obligation bonds that will finance a …

Board sets applicant interviews

WASHINGTON The Washington County Public Health Department will interview the four candidates for the department’s administrator position April 20. The interviews will start in the morning and …
Johnson County

‘Harm’ of transgender issues heats up at Board meetings

IOWA CITY During a week when the Transgender Day of Visibility was recognized nationally, the subject itself turned into a heated controversy at a couple of Johnson County Board of Supervisors …

Hog barn saved, hay barn and cornfield burn in Kalona blaze

KALONA Approximately 100,000 gallons of water were required to extinguish a blaze in rural Kalona Thursday, causing Kalona firefighters to make repeated trips in and out of town for the better …