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Kalona SuperNatural prioritizes regenerative farming, earns verification

Acting to save Iowa farms and the environment, dairy company Kalona SuperNatural announced that 42 of its dairy farms are now Verified Regenerative by Land to Market. The farms, located primarily in … more

Vandals destroy North Park dugout

Vandalism has been an issue for Wellman’s North Park in recent years, and it continues to vex the city as we make headway into 2023.    On Tuesday, Jan. 24, vandals set fire to the … more

February Workhorse Sale to feature record number of horses

A whopping 637 horses grace the sales catalog for Kalona Sales Barn’s February Workhorse Sale, set to take place Tuesday, Feb. 7.  The quantity of horses up for auction exceeds last … more

New event brings love to Kalona

Raspberry truffle.  Chocolate covered strawberry.  Black forest cherry.  If flavors like these make your heart race, be sure to start Saturday, February 11 at the Kalona Coffeehouse, … more

The incredible organization behind an Amish wedding day

Living in the communities that we do, where Amish and non-Amish folks frequent the same shops and businesses, but keep other aspects of their lives distinctive and separate, you might find yourself … more

Grad requirements may gain flexibility at Mid-Prairie

ents at Mid-Prairie high school have been in place for roughly 20 years and need revision, according to High School Principal Chuck Banks.  As it stands, students must consider their post-high … more

Kalona library to add Spanish-language titles to collection

brary launched a multilingual collection for children in the last year, they made a surprising discovery: the parents of Spanish-speaking children didn’t have anything to read for themselves, … more

Wellman sweetens up with downtown coffee & bake shop

Madeline’s Coffee House opened in 2019 in Riverside. Three years later, owners Andy and Morgan Rodgers decided it was time for a change, and when the opportunity arose, they moved their … more

Pets make good pals, especially in your retirement years

Adjusting to retirement can take some effort.  Once used to working long hours and keeping a busy social schedule, you might find yourself with much less to occupy your time and attention.  … more

Punching out Parkinson’s at the YMCA

“Okay, Boxers, we’re going to do one-minute training intervals.  The first one you do is for power.  The second time you do it, it will be the same punch, but for speed.  … more

Dates set for Kalona Tractor Cade and Classic Car Show

The Kalona City Council made brisk work of passing several resolutions with minimal discussion during the new business portion of their meeting Monday night. The council acknowledged and approved … more

Meet the Mayor: Ryan Miller, Wellman

Small town governance gets a bad rap. Civic misdeeds have provided celluloid fodder for movies as varied as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Footloose.” The reality is likely … more

Highland’s Robotics team has long history, much success

What does robotics look like in the classroom? At Highland High School in Riverside, robotics has been a staple for over 13 years, thanks to science teacher Tim Surine, who began the program almost … more

Bright Futures Chiropractic rejoins Kalona Chamber

Kalona’s Farmer’s Market and Christmas in Kalona events provide area businesses with an exceptional opportunity to meet residents and encourage their patronage.   For Dr. Chris … more

Rebounding

In August 2000, 29-year-old Myron Thirtle donated one of his kidneys to his ailing dad, Eric.  When asked to consider becoming a donor, Thirtle didn’t hesitate.  He got the tests … more

Never lose hope: Hillcrest custodian finds purpose in helping his homeland

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to help us find our purpose in life.  For Kalona resident Mike Shapovalov, two events, one private and one public, illuminated his path. The first event occurred … more

Life, love, and lots of horses: Kalona author celebrates 90 with new memoir

Years ago, Frank and Ada Yoder watched a literal dog and pony show at the Farmers Savings Bank parking lot in Kalona.   Afterwards, they met George the animal trainer and invited him over for … more

Council okays skating rink promotion

An improved revenue stream coupled with significant updates to the Wellman skating rink has encouraged the Wellman City Council to approve an advertising contract with a regional television … more

Kalona hosts world’s only meat canning factory on wheels

17,000 pounds of deboned chicken meat arrived at the City of Kalona’s maintenance building on Wednesday, Dec. 7, followed by 50 volunteers ready to work the first shift on Thursday … more

Chef and Brewer to present “fantastic last meal of 2022” at Kalona Brewing

For the last five years or so, Kalona Brewing Company has ended the year with a New Year’s Eve Beer or Wine Pairing Dinner, a ticketed event that includes five courses with a four-ounce beer or … more
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