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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

Love & Treasure

About 70 years ago, Milton Schmida graduated from high school in Mitchell, South Dakota, and joined the Navy.  He was assigned a classified position in communications, and completed five years … more

Wellman Firefighters Visit West Elementary

Chicken Update

The 4 ½ foot tall chicken mascot of Riverland Poultry in Kalona saw the corn field it was standing in harvested recently.  The chicken now sports a black and gold scarf and holds a basket … more

Wellman brings disk golf course up to par

Thanks to increased coverage of pro tour events on YouTube, CBS Sports, and ESPN2, the profile of disk golf is rising.  Also known as frisbee golf, it is currently the fourth fastest growing … more

A Rare Breed

He spent eight years in the Air Force building airplanes from sheet metal.  In his spare time overseas, he doodled and became a computer nerd.  In more recent years, he gave his garage over … more

Wellman poised to reawaken downtown

Over the last decade, downtown Wellman’s potential has been quashed by debt.  Storm water was infiltrating the city’s wastewater system, and a new water main system had to be … more

Join M-P Elementaries in fighting childhood cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each day in the US more than 900 children are diagnosed with a form of cancer. To make matters worse, less than 4% of research dollars go to help … more

Medical equipment lending closet “hidden gem”

Injuries, surgeries, and illnesses are unwelcome parts of life at any age, but we are fortunate to have aids that can help us get through them with minimal discomfort and maximum mobility.  … more

Falling for Pie

When the morning air turns crisp, we turn off the air conditioner, open the windows, and daydream about pie. Apple, pumpkin, pecan and pear; the harvest flavors have their moment, whether drizzled … more

Night of love for Mid-Prairie music teacher Collette McClellen

WELLMAN Collette McClellen has walked the hallways at Mid-Prairie High School since the 1990s. She graduated in 1997. Her parents still live here, as do her brother and her … more

The Honey Guy

After eight years of beekeeping, he has 35 colonies stacked up in his yard and 1600 pounds of honey to sell.  His name is James Miller, but you might find yourself calling him the Honey … more

Community generosity on display at Feed the Kids benefit

On Saturday, August 27 at the Wellman Parkside YMCA, Mid-Prairie held its annual Feed the Kids Dinner and Auction. Each year, young children suffer from food insecurity, and nine years ago the … more

Students and teachers appreciate supplies donated to Federation Bank’s annual drive

Teachers from West Elementary School gathered inside Federation Bank in Wellman to pick up school supplies on Friday, August 19.  The school supplies were donated by local community members … more

Courage Ride meaningful to cancer survivor

Bowen Yoder, of Williamsburg, shares his cancer journey and how it relates to the importance of the upcoming Courage Ride. On Saturday, August 13 the 18th Annual Courage Ride will be held at Big … more

Statler Construction’s new model home is built for a lifetime

“A lot of people come in, and it’s like, ‘You know, I could live here,’” Jeremy Statler says, standing in the kitchen of Statler Construction’s newest model home, … more

Authentic big top circus returns to Wellman

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, if your summer won’t be complete without peanuts and cotton candy, big cats and high-wire acts, the City of Wellman has your back.  On Sunday, … more

New management rejuvenates Wellman’s roller rink

On free skate Sundays, the roller rink is filled to capacity, and she has to turn people away.  From Friday night to Sunday night, between private parties and open skating hours, the venue is … more

Senior Dining: More than just Food

Liver and onions.  If there is one thing area seniors agree on, whether they dine in Wellman or Lone Tree, it’s their favorite mid-day meal. At the Goodwin Dining Center in Wellman, the … more
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