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‘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

Pet of the Week

Four year old Cita was bred and then separated from her puppies. Starving and abandoned, she was sad when she was rescued. But in just a few short weeks, Cita has started to thrive! Intelligent and … more

Mid-Prairie updates policies, makes superintendent wage decision

In a lightly attended meeting on Monday, June 26, in which four of seven board members were present for action items, the Mid-Prairie school board approved updates to a dozen board policies and … more

Optimist photo contest results, display locations

On Saturday, June 17 at Kalona Days, attendees viewed the top six entries in two age groups from the Kalona Optimist Club’s annual photo contest and cast votes for those they thought best. … more

Board OKs land purchases for Dogwood Avenue

Washington County Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved six resolutions to purchase six parcels of land, totaling about 10.83 acres, for the county’s Dogwood Avenue Project from owners … more

WCHC Board of Trustees to meet

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees will meet at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2023, in the Robert Nicola Conference Room at the Washington County Hospital & Clinics, 400 … more

Kids learn hands-on skills at Village summer camp

The Kalona Historical Village kicked off its first week of summer camp June 19-22 for kids who completed grades K-5.   The hands-on activities, placed in historical context, provide a … more

Model show a highlight at Trek Fest

VFW Post 6414 hosted the Trek Fest 38 Model Show on Saturday morning, which was attended by over 100 people who viewed the entries and the display of models by Chris Ames. Ames lives in the … 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

More food, more T-Rex in store at Wellman’s July 4 celebration

Wellman has always excelled at providing a full day of family fun on Independence Day, and expectations are this year will not disappoint.   Among the improvements for 2023 are more food vendors … more

Kalona Summer Reading Program

Dr. Ninja, a veterinarian, reads to a group of eager children at the Kalona Public Library on June 22 as part of the summer reading program.   His novel is titled, “Riding With My … more

Dairy Days

Kids from Sunrise Child Care in Wellman enjoyed ice cream sundaes at Federation Bank on Friday, June 23 as part of the bank’s Dairy Days customer appreciation event.   The bank typically … more

Deans List

Julia Boller of Kalona, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, earned a spot on the Academic Dean’s List for the spring 2023 semester. Central College recognized 351 … more

Father, son win Kalona Days baking contests

On Saturday morning, June 17, judging took place for two Kalona Days baking contests: the pie baking contest, and new this year, the kids’ cookie baking contest.   Elis Vizcarrondo took … more

Reptiles kickoff Kalona’s summer reading program

The Kalona Public Library kicked off its summer reading program June 13 with a reptile open house brought to the library by Mr. Josh of Tribal Exoticz.   The family-friendly evening event marks … 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

Sunny outlook for City of Kalona

Summer is off to a good start in the City of Kalona, according to the City Administrator’s report.   At their regular meeting June 19, Ryan Schlabaugh listed for the City Council many … more

Wellman moves forward on splashpad

Wellman council members agreed Monday to continue the planning and construction of a splashpad in the community’s North Park.   Earlier this month, questions arose concerning the … more

Meet Craig Spitzer, Little Free Librarian

What sort of person makes the effort to buy and maintain a Little Free Library?   For Kalona resident and city council member Craig Spitzer, the motivation comes from a love of reading and a … more

Meet Kalona Brewing Company’s new head chef

Daniel Peterson wasn’t actually looking for a new full-time job.   He had been happily serving up fare such as elk, bison, and trout at lodges and resorts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the … more
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