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Mid-Prairie puts bond issue on March 1 ballot

            The Mid-Prairie Community School District is one step closer to seeing its $37.6 million facility plan become a reality. On Monday, … more

Chamber members learn about Historical Village

Kalona Historical Village managing director Nancy Roth gave those attending the Monday, January 10, Kalona Chamber brunch hosted by the Historical Village Visitors Center a preview of the plans for … more

Stitch ‘N Sew Cottage celebrates 40 years

On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Stitch ‘N Sew Cottage for succeeding in 40 years of business. While Stitch ‘N Sew is technically in its 41st year of … more

Kalona continues senior meal program

As we have seen our first snowfall of the year, and dipping temperatures, we want to remind Kalona residents of the Senior Meal delivery program being offered. Residents can sign up for meal … more

Thank you, Washington County Riverboat Foundation

I’m positive that if you’ve followed a non-profit, school, fire department, emergency management, law enforcement group, or municipality in Washington County over the past 15 years there … more

A Year in Review

The News is proud to have brought our community local news coverage through the year of Kalona, Lone Tree, Riverside, Wellman and the surrounding areas. Here are some of our favorite things we … more

Kalona Rotary collects more than 350 gifts in annual toy drive

In 2020, the Kalona Rotary collected 150 toys for area children as part of their Christmas toy drive and were hoping to beat that number this year. In 2021, the Rotary collected over 350 gifts, which … more

Wellman Lights the Night

Wellman residents enjoyed the birth of a new tradition on Friday, Dec. 17 when they gathered downtown for Light the Night, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. “Thank you … more

Mid-Prairie choir performs annual Madrigal Dinner

This weekend, December 10 through 12, the Mid-Prairie High School Choir held their annual Madrigal Dinner. A night of singing, dancing, and acting all topped off with a five-course meal. The … more

2,500 ways to tell the same story: Mike Zahs’s nativity collection

St. Francis of Assisi is credited with staging the first nativity scene in 1223, when he set up a manger in Grecio in northern Italy and acted out the Christmas story for the illiterate locals. He … more

Trimming a Tree with Mittens

Lisa Miller Allen and Teresa Brenneman are coordinating the Mitten Tree at the Wellman Telephone Office. They are accepting mittens, coats, scarfs, and other winter clothing items for children. Items … more

Wellman Fire Department recognizes “Firemen of the year”, student firemen

Saturday night, Dec. 4, during the department’s annual Christmas party, Trever Owens and Rex Peck were recognized as co-firemen of the year by the Wellman Volunteer Fire … more

Freedom 423 aims to bring worship concerts to youth

Starting in February, Freedom 423 will start hosting regular praise and worship concerts for the community, with the first concert geared specifically toward youth. The concert will be held in the … more

Christmas in Kalona returns

Christmas in Kalona, after a hiatus in 2020, returned last weekend in force, with hundreds of visitors from all over Iowa and the Midwest converging in Kalona to participate in the Christmas … more

“Each clock tells a story”

Michael Lynch’s workshop is not silent — dozens of clocks tick in a pleasant chorus that almost sounds like trickling water. Occasionally they chime, their deep tones ringing out through … more

Feeding 200 for Thanksgiving

Joyce Mattes, left, and Cathy Latta prepare Thanksgiving dinner at Holy Trinity Church in Richmond on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Holy Trinity served about 200 people a free Thanksgiving dinner thsi year. more

Kalona Rotary organizes annual toy drive

The Kalona Rotary is hosting a toy drive from now until Dec. 13, with drop off boxes located at several businesses throughout town. The toys will be given to families in the community to help their … more

Kalona to offer delivery meals to senior citizens

Since November 2020, the City of Kalona has delivered over 2,233 hot meals to seniors in the community as part of the senior meals program. The program was started last year and was such a success … more

Frank Yoder gives Kalona Public Library reading

Local author Frank Yoder visited the Kalona Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 20 to talk about his life and work as a writer. “Toby’s Journey,” Yoder’s latest book, will be … more

Wellman Skating Rink expands hours

Brenda Reasor took over the operation of the Wellman Skating Rink on the first of November following the retirement of Teresa Lampe, who had run the rink since the city took ownership of it in … more
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