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Mary’s Farm Sanctuary hosts artists

Mary’s Farm Sanctuary hosted an Art for the Animals fundraiser event on Sunday, September 12. The Sanctuary featured over eight artists and other vendors. All profits made from the event went … more

Labor Day brunch at Goodwin Senior Center “a huge success”

The Goodwin Senior Center in Wellman offered a brunch on Labor Day, which was their first fundraiser in over 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anne Mann, president of the senior commission, … more

SE Iowa Insurance adds two new young agents

The addition of two young agents to the staff of Southeast Iowa Insurance, with offices in Kalona and Wellman, was announced this week by owner Shawn Powell. “We are pleased to bring on … more

Johnson County sees “dramatic increase” in COVID cases

Johnson County Public Health officials are seeking to nearly double the number of close-contact tracers as COVID cases rise with the delta variant. “We are seeing a dramatic increase in … more

IDPH on how to slow COVID spread

Like most of the country, Iowa has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks. Because of the success of our vaccine campaign, current numbers are a … more

Senior Dining Menus

September 2 - 9   Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – BBQ rib patty, oven browned potatoes, chop salad, fruit and cookie Monday – Labor Day Brunch Tuesday – … more

Riverside VFW sponsors multiple scholarship opportunities for K-12

Riverside Post #6414 VFW and VFW Auxiliary are sponsoring the annual National VFW and VFW Auxiliary Scholarship Awards. The Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars premier scholarship … more

Gospel Sing sees many returning performers

Gary Van Engelehoven already has rooms booked at Kalona’s Dutch Country Inn for next August, when he and his gospel trio Living Water Music of Oskaloosa will return for Kalona Gospel Sing in … more

Riverside discusses proposed community center

The Riverside City Council held a work session on Monday, Aug. 30 to discuss the ongoing plans and next steps toward the proposed building of a new community center in Riverside. Mayor Allen … more

M-P Feed the Kids dinner “wildly successful”

Before COVID, Mid-Prairie Feed the Kids worked to confidentially put bags of food in the backpacks of food-insecure students during lunch, when all the students were out of the room so no one would … more

Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA approval

On Monday, Aug. 23, the FDA authorized full approval for one COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of … more

Sons of Amvets event raises $830 for school supplies for area schools

The Ladies Auxiliary lunch, in conjunction with the Richmond Sons of Amvets annual Bobby TeBockhorst Horseshoe tournament on Sunday, August 22 raised $830 for school supplies for area elementary … more

Lone Tree Flyers soar in unique, fulfilling hobby

Many members of the Lone Tree Flyers have been building and flying radio-controlled airplanes for over 50 years, since they were children. But the club is always looking for more members and want to … more

Washington Supervisors OK personnel changes

Main business for the supervisors on Tuesday, Aug. 24, was eight personnel changes, accepting a total of $950 in donations to the K-9 Unit, renewing a liquor license and learning of a WEDG workforce … more

Washington County Public Health sets first COVID booster shot clinic Sept. 1

Individuals who have an immune compromised health condition can now schedule a COVID-19 booster shot to receive the same brand booster as their first and second doses. All individuals requesting … more

Board of Health receives WCPH staff survey report

In a nine-page summary report, Washington County Public Health staff provided detailed responses to how the department handled (and continues to handle) the COVID-19 pandemic between March 2020 and … more

Chamber to offer ByWays tour buggy rides

Starting September 1, the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce ByWays Tours will be offering specialty rides that include a horse-drawn buggy ride driven by an Amishman, Kalona Chamber director Tonia … more

Dog Swim

The City of Kalona held a dog swim on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the city park pool. The final dog swim will be Saturday, Aug. 28. more

Dog swim at Kalona pool Aug. 21 & 28

There will be a Dog Swim at the Kalona Swimming Pool in City Park 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 21 and 28, according to Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh. This will be free to dogs … more

Riverside VFW raises over 16k from auction of one case of Busch Light

On July 31, 2021, during a live auction benefit for Miss Ellie Frank, a 30-pack of Busch Light sold for $16,925.00. The story of this small-town community coming together for Miss Ellie is quite … more
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