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Washington County Riverboat Foundation Announces 2nd Quarter Municipal Grants

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation (WCRF) is pleased to announce 2nd quarter 2023 grant awards totaling $335,984.35 through its Municipal Grant program. WCRF Municipal Grant program … 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

Realtors Jessica Yoder, Sarah Bigley join Kalona Chamber

On Wednesday, July 12, the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Jessica Yoder and Sarah Bigley, a realtor team with Lepic-Kroeger Realty.   The pair, both Wellman residents, has been serving … more

Pet of the Week

Copper is the oldest kitty currently at PAWS & More. Her adorable habit is to hide in a bed or under a blanket and then poking her head out for petting when someone approaches her. Copper is nine … more

Ambulance, EMS audit report fills board meeting

In a lengthy, detailed audit report that filled nearly two hours of Tuesday’s meeting, the Washington County Supervisors learned from Fitch & Associates of Platte City Missouri … more

What’s in a name? Kalona council considers process

The Kalona City Council met Monday night to take care of a range of business before moving into closed session to consider property acquisition. In his report, City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh … 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

New Roots Festival and Tornado Benefit

A crowd turned out Sunday evening for the New Roots Music Festival and Tornado Benefit at the Wellman Band Shell, where three acts performed, and several food trucks provided good eats.   The … 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

Classic cars, hot breakfast in Kalona July 15

On Saturday morning, July 15, Kalona will experiment with “Cars & Coffee,” a meet-and-greet near the corner of B Avenue and 5th Street from 8-10 a.m.   Those with unique, classic … more

Kalona area represented at GoodGuys car show in Des Moines

The GoodGuys Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals car show drew thousands to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on June 30 – July 2, and the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce was there … more

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

Future Problem Solvers

Home schooled Future Problem Solving teams from the area earned recognition at the 2023 International Competition in Amherst, Massachusetts, June 7 - 11.  The topic of the competition was … 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

Juggling at Kalona Library

Juggler Luther Bangert impressed kids in the Summer Reading Program at the Kalona Public Library on June 29.   Here, he walks backward while juggling three balls. more

CS Autobody Cruise-In

CS Autobody held an open house/customer appreciation cruise-in on July 1 with muscle cars and street rods on display.   L-R: Karla Coblentz, Julie Swartzendruber, Stef Swartzendruber, Jake … more

Kalona closes out fiscal year 23

The Kalona City Council met briefly via Zoom on Friday, June 30 to close out the fiscal year ending on that date.   In his Administrator’s Report, Ryan Schlabaugh ran through a few … more

Meisheid found guilty

Following a two- day trial June 27-28 in Washington County District Court, Matthew James Meisheid, 41, of Kalona was found guilty by a jury of two counts of assault on Persons in Certain … more
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