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Streetscape exhibit grand opening

The moment we’ve been anticipating since 2016 is finally here: the streetscape exhibit at the Wahl Museum, a part of the Kalona Historical Village, will officially be revealed next week. … more

The Joy of Foam

Wrapping up the 2023 Summer Reading program, local children enjoyed a fun time with foam just outside the Kalona Library on July 28. more

The Storytellers

Furnace ductwork is a lot like a giant hamster Habitrail; it consists of lots of tunnels that wind around, down, and through.   In fact, if you had a five-year-old mind, you might pop the grill … more

Having a Field Day

“As a child, my perception of farming was that my parents worked extremely hard and made no money,” Natasha Wilson told the group of farmers gathered at her West Chester farm on July 14. … more

Bluegrass Festival

The Kalona Bluegrass Festival was held on July 22. more

Growth on the Horizon for Pleasantview

For anyone who has driven near (or on) the Pleasantview campus in the past year, changes have obviously taken place, with more yet to come. Built in 1957 with the first resident moving in the … more

Bee United

They live more than 9000 miles apart, she on an archipelago of volcanic islands, he on a landlocked plot of land that was once tallgrass prairie.   She worries about the rainy season; he … more

Encounter Café expands, appreciates community’s support

When the Encounter Café opened in August 2017, manager Ray Yutzy imagined the new restaurant would gradually ease into its place and purpose.   Instead, alert media reporters immediately … more

Community officially marks start of second Student-Built housing project

Community leaders gathered July 13 to officially acknowledge the launch of the second Student-Built housing project led by the city of Kalona.   Although 12 students from Mid-Prairie, Highland, … more

Richmond Sons of Amvets Fireworks

El Guanaco fills restaurant void in Lone Tree

New has always been good. But this new is great. For Lone Tree, the new is El Guanaco, a Salvadorian/Mexican restaurant opened by Rodolfo and Ana Ramirez in mid-June. It operates in the … more

Music festival to raise funds for post-tornado tree replacement

“It’s just stuff, it’s all replaceable,” folks said after the March 31 tornado destroyed their homes and properties earlier this year, a sentiment that expressed gratefulness … more

Have you thanked your butcher lately?

Our communities are fortunate to have many long-lived businesses that add a sense of stability and continuity to our lives, even as the world around us shifts and one generation gives way to another. … more

‘If we work together, we can get a lot more done’

A city’s government is bound to serve its residents, and prior to 2015, the City of Kalona felt it was letting theirs down when it came to opportunities for recreation, socialization, and … more

Trek Fest 38

There was no rain on Riverside’s parade this year, though high temps made sticking out a full day in head-to-toe polyester a challenge.   Star Trek aficionados found their kindred spirits … more

Barn quilts add curb appeal to Little Free Libraries

It’s hard to miss the Little Free Libraries that have popped up around communities since 2009.   A painted wood box with a shelf or two behind a windowed front door, these little dwellings … more

Reading to Shelter Pets

On Thursday, June 15, the Wellman Library’s summer reading program brought young readers to PAWS & More animal shelter in Washington where dogs and cats awaiting forever homes enjoyed … more

Kalona Days

Pie Winners Grand Champion: Mary Hershberger with her Apple Pie 1st Runner-Up: Amy Allen with Grandma Opal’s Apple Pie 2nd Runner-Up: Ellis Vizcarrando with his Strawberry Mango … more

Kalona Tractorcade

Mini library, huge summer reading program

Try this riddle: what begins with burgers and ends with foam?   If you guessed the Wellman-Scofield Public Library’s summer reading program, you must have read the headline. You … more
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