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Camel a highlight at Live Animal Christmas Show

The Live Animal Christmas Show is a southeast Iowa Christmas tradition that is still going strong after forty-eight years of performances.  The 2022 production will be presented at 10 show … more

Sex Offender gets 30 years

Kevin Orris, 65, of Washington, received a prison sentence of up to 30 years in a contested sentencing December 2, 2022, in Washington County District court. In September 2021, he was charged with … more

Wellman’s Christmas an all-day celebration

Mark Dec. 10 on your calendar as completely booked: holiday events in Wellman will keep you active and engaged for the entire day. Let the kids sleep in while you begin your day at the Wellman … more

Christmas in Kalona

Frosty temps didn’t stop hundreds of visitors from celebrating Christmas in Kalona on Dec. 3.  The YMCA was filled with 38 vendors; 500 walking stockings were passed out; and nearly 800 … more

New Christmas-themed Quilt display wows at Historical Village

Even if you’ve visited the quilt galleries at the Welcome Center before, you need to go again.  Nineteen quilts featuring red, green, and white patterns are on display at the Kalona … more

Winter driving: are you ready?

November began unseasonably warm, with daytime temps in the 70’s that allowed us to think we might not have to store the shorts and tees quite yet.  And then, in a single day, temperatures … more

Wonky footballs need replacement, coach tells Highland

On Monday night at a scheduled work session, Highland football head coach Cory Quail gave the Highland school board an update on the football program. One of the main points he wanted to speak about … more

2023 Kalona Golf Cart Registration / UTV Update

In October the golf cart and UTV ordinance was amended by the city council, and a few changes were made.  We’d like to outline those changes and update you on the upcoming December 1st … more

Board OKs land sale, building demolition, office lease, road plans, architect interviews

Real estate issues dominated the Washington County Supervisors meeting Tuesday with unanimous approvals to sell a county-owned lot at 321 Main St., demolish the former county jail at 221 W 2nd … more

Report of dead lamb leads to gruesome discovery, investigation

On Nov. 22, Iowa Farm Sanctuary received a report from PuppyCow Farm Goat Rescue of a deceased lamb stuck in a fence.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was alerted, and a search … more

Wellman Volunteer Fire Department to host Christmas Toy Giveaway

The Wellman Fire Station will soon be turned into a pop-up toy shop thanks to the generosity of the local community.  More than 400 toys, including items such as Barbie dolls, wiffle bats, dart … more

SWAT training, demolition kick off new Student-Built house project

Back in October, the City of Kalona purchased a pair of properties located at 313 and 315 C Avenue.  On Nov. 28, they were destroyed. A giant yellow Komatsu demolition excavator reached its … more

Wellman residents, get out your lights!

Back in 1989, when Clark W. Griswold blanketed his two-story house in 250 strands of Christmas lights – 25,000 bulbs – we thought that was a lot. (Google “National Lampoon’s … more

Cookies & Cocoa, Santa & Reindeer: Christmas in Kalona ushers in the holiday season on Dec. 3

Standing four feet high and 400 pounds, with another three or four feet of tined antlers, the reindeer is a sight to behold.  This domesticated creature with a chocolate and white coat usually … more

Smoking toaster raises false alarm

Around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, local volunteer fire departments responded to a call for a structure fire on Orval Yoder Turnpike SW, northwest of Frytown.  Siren song filled the air in … more

Highland Elementary’s new playground completed

Sometimes you get what you ask for.  Back in September, the superintendent of the Highland Community School District hoped that the new playgrounds being installed at the elementary school … more

“Welcoming” Kalona Public Library sets records in 2022

The 2021-2022 Library Annual Report, presented by Library Director Trevor Sherping and Director of Youth Services Olivia Kahler, ended the regular meeting of the Kalona City Council on a high note … more

Council approves changes to vehicle ordinance

City council members approved a first reading of an ATV/UTV amendment to ordinance 170 of Wellman’s municipal code. The amendment is needed to reach compliance with changes to the state laws … more

Kalona Public Library

For Thanksgiving, the library will be closed Nov. 24-26, opening again on Monday, Nov. 28, to resume normal programming. New Adult Fiction: “The Sea Wolves” by Clive Cussler; … more

CMPC offers opportunity to contribute during Christmas in Kalona

The festivities during Christmas in Kalona provide us with a wonderful opportunity to feel the love and joy of the season while making memories with our loved ones.  This is also a season of … more
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