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Support the Schlabach family at Dec. 10 fundraiser

Kayla and Simon Schlabach hope to raise support for their youngest child, Rhett (4), who has been diagnosed with pediatric diffuse high-grade glioma. This is a highly aggressive brain cancer, and … more

Bell Ringers Needed

The Kalona Optimist club needs Salvation Army Bell Ringers at the Washington Fareway on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Dec. 9.  Call Deanna Poe 319-330-5765 or deanna@kctc.net for available … more

Wellman Garden Club learns about organics

The Wellman Garden Club met at the Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 17.  To begin, we were treated to a reading of “The Night Before Thanksgiving” read by President Marilyn … more

“We are beyond thrilled”

“It is really fun to give away other people’s money,” Shawn Ellingson told the excited group happily munching hors d’oeuvres at Riverside Casino’s Event Center on … more

Ambulance Service Controversy heats up

Faced with an ambulance department director on paid suspension, pending investigation, and an interim director who resigned abruptly Nov. 17, the Washington County Supervisors Tuesday not only … more

Kalona Brewing Hits Reset

Since its founding in 2012, Kalona Brewing Company had been on an upward trajectory.  Their fifteen-barrel brewing system was humming along. Their diverse and delicious craft beers were being … more

Kalona Optimist Club seeks entries for contest

The Optimist Club of Kalona is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic, “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you imagine?” as part of the Optimist … more

Peace, Love and Murder! At the Library

On Monday, Nov. 7, members of the Murder Mystery Club at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library enjoyed another evening of impromptu theater as they played out a new murder-mystery.  This time, the … more

Depression is common; local resources can help

One in five American adults deals with some form of mental illness in any given year. Mental health conditions are not uncommon for our population; one in every 20 adults is living with a serious … more

End in view for soil remediation project

The environmental clean-up project on the corner of 5th Street and E Avenue, Kalona, is in its final stages, as contaminated soil has been removed and clean fill added at the former gas station … more

Martin, mussel, mystery: a farmer’s observation reveals a forgotten industry and raises ornithological questions

“It’s kind of intriguing, in my mind, to start this story with a fish in 1840,” Bruce Hochstetler says.  Let’s begin there. A channel catfish glides through the dark … more

Turkey Time

What is the sound of crickets if not the absence of turkeys? On Henry Miller’s turkey farm there isn’t much chirping by crickets, because those small bugs are being consumed by the many … more

Election Results: Iowa House and Senate

Paul Pate, the Iowa Secretary of State, announced this November 2022 general election was the second highest turnout in state history for a midterm. There were more than 1,220,000 Iowans who voted, … more

Election Day pillow cleaning a refreshing fundraiser

If you think Election Day is just a day to head to the polls, you’re mistaken.  It’s also your annual opportunity to get your pillows cleaned.  And you should. Thanks to the … more

Historic Sharon High School receives preservation grant

On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Sharon Telephone Company (STC) and members of the Friends of Historic Sharon High School and Community Center non-profit group met in Sharon Center township to visit the … more

2022 Local Election Results

Republicans took Iowa Senate and House seats in local races.  In Iowa Senate District 46, Williamsburg Republican Dawn Driscoll won against Oxford Democrat Kevin Kinney.  In Iowa House … more

College scholarship opportunities for Iowa students

A program offering $1,000 scholarships is now open to Iowa high school seniors. Students not only have a chance at much-needed funds for college but can also learn ways to reduce college loan debt … more

Riverside Casino’s Roots & Boots concert rescheduled

The Roots & Boots show, featuring Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye & Sammy Kershaw, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 has been rescheduled for Friday, April 14, 2023, due to a minor medical procedure … more

Kalona leaf collection continues, golf cart ordinance amended

“Leaves.  [Absolute Outdoor Services is] doing a really good job.  The time is just substantially more than what I think anybody bargained for with the amount of stops they’re … more

Wellman City Council plans bee keeping ordinance

City council members consulted Monday with local bee expert James Miller as they discussed the outline of a bee-keeping ordinance for Wellman. The council voted in October to modify a provision … more
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