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Wellman residents, get out your lights!

Back in 1989, when Clark W. Griswold blanketed his two-story house in 250 strands of Christmas lights – 25,000 bulbs – we thought that was a lot. (Google “National Lampoon’s … more

Cookies & Cocoa, Santa & Reindeer: Christmas in Kalona ushers in the holiday season on Dec. 3

Standing four feet high and 400 pounds, with another three or four feet of tined antlers, the reindeer is a sight to behold.  This domesticated creature with a chocolate and white coat usually … more

Smoking toaster raises false alarm

Around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, local volunteer fire departments responded to a call for a structure fire on Orval Yoder Turnpike SW, northwest of Frytown.  Siren song filled the air in … more

Highland Elementary’s new playground completed

Sometimes you get what you ask for.  Back in September, the superintendent of the Highland Community School District hoped that the new playgrounds being installed at the elementary school … more

“Welcoming” Kalona Public Library sets records in 2022

The 2021-2022 Library Annual Report, presented by Library Director Trevor Sherping and Director of Youth Services Olivia Kahler, ended the regular meeting of the Kalona City Council on a high note … more

Council approves changes to vehicle ordinance

City council members approved a first reading of an ATV/UTV amendment to ordinance 170 of Wellman’s municipal code. The amendment is needed to reach compliance with changes to the state laws … more

Kalona Public Library

For Thanksgiving, the library will be closed Nov. 24-26, opening again on Monday, Nov. 28, to resume normal programming. New Adult Fiction: “The Sea Wolves” by Clive Cussler; … more

CMPC offers opportunity to contribute during Christmas in Kalona

The festivities during Christmas in Kalona provide us with a wonderful opportunity to feel the love and joy of the season while making memories with our loved ones.  This is also a season of … more

Support the Schlabach family at Dec. 10 fundraiser

Kayla and Simon Schlabach hope to raise support for their youngest child, Rhett (4), who has been diagnosed with pediatric diffuse high-grade glioma. This is a highly aggressive brain cancer, and … more

Bell Ringers Needed

The Kalona Optimist club needs Salvation Army Bell Ringers at the Washington Fareway on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Dec. 9.  Call Deanna Poe 319-330-5765 or deanna@kctc.net for available … more

Wellman Garden Club learns about organics

The Wellman Garden Club met at the Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 17.  To begin, we were treated to a reading of “The Night Before Thanksgiving” read by President Marilyn … more

“We are beyond thrilled”

“It is really fun to give away other people’s money,” Shawn Ellingson told the excited group happily munching hors d’oeuvres at Riverside Casino’s Event Center on … more

Ambulance Service Controversy heats up

Faced with an ambulance department director on paid suspension, pending investigation, and an interim director who resigned abruptly Nov. 17, the Washington County Supervisors Tuesday not only … more

Kalona Brewing Hits Reset

Since its founding in 2012, Kalona Brewing Company had been on an upward trajectory.  Their fifteen-barrel brewing system was humming along. Their diverse and delicious craft beers were being … more

Kalona Optimist Club seeks entries for contest

The Optimist Club of Kalona is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic, “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you imagine?” as part of the Optimist … more

Peace, Love and Murder! At the Library

On Monday, Nov. 7, members of the Murder Mystery Club at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library enjoyed another evening of impromptu theater as they played out a new murder-mystery.  This time, the … more

Depression is common; local resources can help

One in five American adults deals with some form of mental illness in any given year. Mental health conditions are not uncommon for our population; one in every 20 adults is living with a serious … more

End in view for soil remediation project

The environmental clean-up project on the corner of 5th Street and E Avenue, Kalona, is in its final stages, as contaminated soil has been removed and clean fill added at the former gas station … more

Martin, mussel, mystery: a farmer’s observation reveals a forgotten industry and raises ornithological questions

“It’s kind of intriguing, in my mind, to start this story with a fish in 1840,” Bruce Hochstetler says.  Let’s begin there. A channel catfish glides through the dark … more

Turkey Time

What is the sound of crickets if not the absence of turkeys? On Henry Miller’s turkey farm there isn’t much chirping by crickets, because those small bugs are being consumed by the many … more
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