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Riverboat Foundation awards $299,300 grant to Kalona Historical Society for rail exhibit

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation announced fall grant recipients Wednesday night at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. Over $2,000,000 in grants were distributed, with the second highest … more

Jo & Co adds sparkle to downtown Wellman

WELLMAN Melissa Rediger is in a sweet spot, but it didn’t happen overnight. As she tells it, the origins of Jo & Co, her handmade gift shop in downtown Wellman, date back 23 years to when … more

Mid-Prairie bond measure passes; Riverside councilperson loses seat to newcomer

KALONA Final results are in from Nov. 7’s school board and city council elections, although all results are unofficial until canvass. Locally, all but one incumbent kept their seats, and all … 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

Mini library, huge summer reading program

Try this riddle: what begins with burgers and ends with foam?   If you guessed the Wellman-Scofield Public Library’s summer reading program, you must have read the headline. You … more

Memorial Day Services

On the move

If you’re strolling through downtown Wellman and find that what was once Driscoll Studio is now the Wellman-Scofield Public Library, don’t be shocked.   It’s temporary. … more

Reha Greenhouses offers summer garden inspiration

“We are in danger of frost until about May 10,” Marianne Reha-VanRoekel says as we survey the plants for sale inside Reha Greenhouses in Wellman, but something about being inside that … more

Post-Tornado News and Resources

Mid-Prairie Students and Staff Help Following Tornado On Thursday, April 6, 211 Mid-Prairie High School students and 52 staff members helped with recovery efforts following the EF-4 tornado that … more

Local shelter locations for severe weather

Not everyone has a secure place in their homes to take shelter during severe weather.  If you do not have access to a basement or other secure interior location, consider these public … more

Tornados damage dozens of properties, clean-up efforts begin

A worrisome weather forecast gave way to sirens and alarms as local residents sought shelter late afternoon on Friday, March 31.  Dark skies, rain, hail, and funnel clouds were observed and … more

Emotional sendoff for retiring custodians

Combined, they had more than 50 years of custodial experience. On Monday night, members of the Mid-Prairie community expressed their gratitude for retiring staffers Mike TeBockhorst, Lead Custodian … more

On the cusp of expansion, Wellman’s library changes directors

On Valentine’s Day, Erin Campbell received a special gift: an employment offer from the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  And she accepted it. For the Director of the Wellman-Scofield … more

Vandals destroy North Park dugout

Vandalism has been an issue for Wellman’s North Park in recent years, and it continues to vex the city as we make headway into 2023.    On Tuesday, Jan. 24, vandals set fire to the … more

Grad requirements may gain flexibility at Mid-Prairie

ents at Mid-Prairie high school have been in place for roughly 20 years and need revision, according to High School Principal Chuck Banks.  As it stands, students must consider their post-high … more

Wellman sweetens up with downtown coffee & bake shop

Madeline’s Coffee House opened in 2019 in Riverside. Three years later, owners Andy and Morgan Rodgers decided it was time for a change, and when the opportunity arose, they moved their … more

Meet the Mayor: Ryan Miller, Wellman

Small town governance gets a bad rap. Civic misdeeds have provided celluloid fodder for movies as varied as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Footloose.” The reality is likely … more

Council okays skating rink promotion

An improved revenue stream coupled with significant updates to the Wellman skating rink has encouraged the Wellman City Council to approve an advertising contract with a regional television … more

The joy and melancholy of the real Santa Claus

Our legend of Santa Claus has its roots in a monk named Nicholas who lived about 1750 years ago in what is now Turkey.  He was pious and kind; he gave away his inherited wealth and traveled the … more

Wellman's Light the Night

Kids enjoyed meeting Santa inside a shelter provided by Premier Portable Buildings, and every kid received a book from the Wellman-Scofield Public Library.  The library’s Carrie Geno … more
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