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Future of Hills Elementary, students discussed at legislative briefing

KALONA Rep. Heather Hora and Sen. Dawn Driscoll held their last legislative briefing of the season on Friday, April 12, at the Kalona Historical Village, where they described myriad bills they … more

Highland sets calendar for 2024-25 school year

RIVERSIDE The first day of school in Highland’s new four-day week will be August 23 for the 2024-25 school year. The school year will end May 28, two days after Memorial Day. The … more

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 … more

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. … more

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 … more


WELLMAN At 4:22 p.m. Friday, Kari Honsey snapped one last photo of the massive funnel cloud on the southwest horizon and then headed down to the cellar. She grabbed her bicycle helmet, a granola … more

Community Center emerges in Riverside City Council talk

RIVERSIDE Ryan Rogerson, the newest member of the Riverside City Council, says it’s time to move with a proposed community center. “They want action,” Rogerson said of … more

Riverside boat ramp project shifts into high gear

RIVERSIDE Spring has come early to Iowa this year, and one outdoor project is taking advantage of the good weather to cruise forward. The Riverside boat ramp is undergoing a major facelift and … more

Ramsey Creek Woodworks: quality design and craftsmanship for your next remodeling project

KALONA When folks drive by Ramsey Creek Woodworks on Hwy 1 just north of Kalona, they don’t always know what exactly the business does. Is it a furniture store or something? “We mainly do … more

Kalona Home Show prepared to dazzle March 22-23

KALONA Kalona has developed a reputation for quality home products and services, and on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, many of them will be represented under one roof for the Kalona Home Show. … more

Hills Bank: a true community partner

HILLS Hills Bank is one of the largest banks in Iowa, something you might never guess given it is headquartered in Hills, a small town of fewer than 800 residents. Founded in 1904 by 19 local … more

Highland Schools set property tax public hearing for March 25

RIVERSIDE A public hearing for the Highland Community Schools property tax levy covering Fiscal Year 2025 will be held March 25. The proposed tax rate is $13 per $1,000 of property, which … more

Riverside's property tax rate to drop in FY25

RIVERSIDE The property tax rate in Riverside will drop more than 10 cents for the next fiscal year. The Riverside City Council, during its regularly scheduled session Monday, set a public … more

Highland Schools begins signature drive toward new bond issue

RIVERSIDE The Highland School Board is on the lookout for 100 signatures. A petition, with those signatures, is the first step toward getting a bond referendum on the November 2024 ballot … more

Deep Space Nine's Farrell to appear at Trek Fest in June

RIVERSIDE Terry Farrell, a native of Cedar Rapids who was a star on the Star Trek “Deep Space Nine” TV show, will be the featured celebrity for Trek Fest 39, which will take place … more

Riverside City Council awards contract for Boat Ramp project

RIVERSIDE Bowker Pinnacle Mechanical, a Cedar Rapids project firm, was paid for one project and picked up another project during the Riverside City Council’s meeting Monday, Feb. 5. … more

Murphy’s Bar & Grill closes for good after pipe burst destroys cooler

RIVERSIDE It is truly the end of an era. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Murphy’s Bar & Grill updated their patrons via Facebook that a ceiling pipe burst, “showering” the … more

Shallas win at National Western Stock Show

Parker and Mason Shalla showed their steers and took home ribbons last month at the National Western Stock Show, held Jan. 11-26 in Denver, Colorado. The sons of Nic and Jayna Shalla of Riverside, … 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
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