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Iowa's Best Burger

Iowans submitted nominations between February 13 – March 13 to kick off the quest to find the best burger in Iowa. Nominations were accepted online by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the … more

Optimist Club Essay Contest Winner

The Kalona Optimist Club essay contest chair Wendy Smith (left) and club president Carl Poe (right) present Molly Yoder, Mid-Prairie senior, a certificate and medal for winning first place in the … more

Kalona council accepts deed for 95 acres of recreational land

“This is a big one,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said.  On Monday night the Kalona City Council accepted a deed dedicating 94.89 acres of land, divided into three parcels, … more

M-P school board begrudgingly accepts final bid package

Forced to admit they were fortunate to receive any bid at all, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education approved a bid for masonry work to the tune of $1,492,000 at a special meeting on Monday … more

Board hears concerns about Orchard Hill plan, proceeds with Encite contract

Despite a request to delay action on a contract with Encite Architecture & Design, the Washington County Supervisors Tuesday approved the contract for the Washington-based firm to proceed with … more

Happy 35th Anniversary, Kalona Chamber of Commerce!

The more things change, the more they stay the same.    If you have a look back at the January 28, 1988, issue of The Kalona News, you’ll find documentation of the moment when the … more

Pet of the Week

Nine year old Athena needs a calm home so that she can feel comfortable with her routine. She may have some dementia, but she is the sweetest girl. Athena has a strong prey drive for cats, but would … more

A dangerous consequence of public-notice bill: Iowans won’t know what they don’t know

What separates average-to-good Iowa towns from thriving ones, former Governor Terry Branstad often said, is the presence of locally owned banks and a dedicated community newspaper. Community … more

Wellman prepares for water service upgrade

The Wellman City Council approved an ordinance lifting water rates for 2023-2024 in preparation for a planned $5.1 million upgrade to 13,500 ft. of the pipes that deliver the city’s drinking … more

Award-winning book challenged at library

The library director noticed it when perusing “Booklist,” a book review magazine published by the American Library Association (ALA).  The book had won a 2020 ALA Alex Award and was … more

Kalona machine shed fire: “The damage was extensive”

A machine shed fire in Kalona Saturday night resulted in the loss of much farm equipment. The Kalona Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call four minutes after midnight and found the machine … more

Board names new county attorney

It was all numbers at the Washington County Supervisors special meeting Saturday that, after one failed motion, one defeated one, and one final motion that passed 3-2, Nathan Repp was selected to be … more

Sinclair Tractor Celebrates 25 Years

Sinclair Tractor celebrated 25 years of business with Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce members on March 9.  The Chamber presented the business with a commemorative clipboard handmade by JK … more

Year’s second legislative briefing draws smaller crowd

State Senator Dawn Driscoll and State Representative Heather Hora joined interested constituents at Halcyon House in Washington on March 10 for their second legislative briefing of the year.  … more

Purina donation supports PAWS & More’s efforts to construct new facility

Nestlé Purina PetCare announced a $20,000 donation to help PAWS & More fund the construction of a new facility to serve pets and residents in Washington and several surrounding … more

Miller Family Homestead Welcomed to Kalona Chamber

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Miller Family Homestead with an official plaque on Tuesday, March 7.  Craig and Joy Miller raise 150 head of cattle from calf to market at … more

Washington Board moves forward with Encite

Although they tabled action to next week, the Washington County Supervisors Tuesday expect to have a contract this spring with Washington-based Encite Architecture & Design to remodel the … more

On the cusp of expansion, Wellman’s library changes directors

On Valentine’s Day, Erin Campbell received a special gift: an employment offer from the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  And she accepted it. For the Director of the Wellman-Scofield … more

Board sets special meeting to name new county attorney

Faced with a 40-day deadline to meet, the Washington County Supervisors set 9 a.m., Saturday, March 11, to name one of the three finalists as the new county attorney.  The individual will … more

Kalona City Council approves annual budget, grant applications

The Kalona City Council made quick work of passing several resolutions Monday night, many of which pertain to the city’s annual budget and other financial concerns. After a public hearing in … more
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