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This year’s Kalona Days run will be fun... and help those with Parkinson’s Disease

KALONA Kalona Days is a vibrant two-day summer celebration in the heart of Kalona, featuring live music, food, contests, games and more. Kalona Days starts on Friday, June 21 and concludes … more

PAWS & More awarded $2.4 million Riverboat grant for new shelter

KEOTA The team at PAWS & More animal shelter in Washington shed tears of joy Wednesday night when it was announced the organization was awarded a $2,405,760 grant from the Washington County … more

Hobby Hens

KALONA You don’t need to be a farmer to keep your own flock of chickens. Urban chickens are becoming increasingly common as cities recognize the health benefits of access to fresh eggs while … more

Pharmacy on 8th takes on Wellman’s health care gap

WELLMAN When Washington County Hospital and Clinics announced its purchase of the medical clinic in Kalona last month, patients in Kalona may have breathed a sigh of relief, assured that they … more

Pathway’s ‘Little Women’ play delights

KALONA Parents and family gathered in Pathway’s gymnasium for a dress rehearsal showing of “Little Women,” a play performed by Pathway students ranging from 8th to 12th grade … more


WELLMAN If Wellman residents want to keep their neighborhood grocery store, they will have to change how they shop. Instead of stopping in occasionally when they run out of butter or when … more

Future of Hills Elementary, students discussed at legislative briefing

KALONA Rep. Heather Hora and Sen. Dawn Driscoll held their last legislative briefing of the season on Friday, April 12, at the Kalona Historical Village, where they described myriad bills they … more

One year later, a stormy reminder

On the afternoon of March 31 last year, a Friday, early spring winds howled across Iowa. Severe storms were in the forecast. Another typical late March day, right? The skies grew dark … more


WELLMAN At 4:22 p.m. Friday, Kari Honsey snapped one last photo of the massive funnel cloud on the southwest horizon and then headed down to the cellar. She grabbed her bicycle helmet, a granola … more

Ramsey Creek Woodworks: quality design and craftsmanship for your next remodeling project

KALONA When folks drive by Ramsey Creek Woodworks on Hwy 1 just north of Kalona, they don’t always know what exactly the business does. Is it a furniture store or something? “We mainly do … more

That Jammin’ Jeep!

WELLMAN/KALONA Odds are good that you’ve seen it around, that gorgeous magenta-pink Jeep cruising across Highway 22 or up Highway 1. You might be wondering who owns it, or perhaps where you can … more

Wellman Library begins new chapter

WELLMAN When patrons return to the Wellman Public Library when it reopens on Friday, Feb. 23, they will be delighted to discover what it has become. Spacious. Calming. Inviting. A breath of fresh … more

Saddle up, riders!

KALONA 67,585 miles of Iowa’s public roads are gravel, making up 60% of the state’s road system. And cyclists love them. Caleb Wilson is one of those cyclists. And because he lives in … more

2024 Iowa Pork Congress reflects suffering industry

DES MOINES This year’s annual Iowa Pork Congress, held Jan. 24-25, brought together pork producers, related businesses, and industry experts in Des Moines for two days of educational seminars, … more

Area businesses meet and greet at Iowa Pork Congress

United Animal Health Trent Torrance and Bob Altman traveled from Indianapolis to Des Moines to staff United Animal Health’s booth at the Iowa Pork Congress on Jan. 24-25. The Sheridan, … more

Caucus goers make their choice: ‘Donald Trump!’

WELLMAN The negative three-degree temperature Monday night did not dissuade Republican caucus goers in Wellman from showing up at the Parkside Activities Center to express their presidential … more

Building an Empire

Wellman A Wellman barn in the dead of winter. The bleating goats and the freezing cold were a constant reminder to Wellman’s Austin Bayliss that his wrestling startup had a long way to go. … more

2023: A retrospective

KALONA We may live in small towns where the pace of life is more relaxed, but that doesn’t mean that nothing happens. We are always in motion, tearing down the old, building the new, and … more

The quest for Simple Happiness

WELLMAN “I never thought I would say the words, ‘I’m going to Wellman to buy a pair of jeans.’” Isn’t it wonderful when your expectations are exceeded? Today, thanks to three … more

Wellman Fire Toy Giveaway

WELLMAN The Wellman Volunteer Fire Department gave away thousands of dollars’ worth of toys on Saturday, Dec. 9 during their second annual Toy Giveaway at the fire station. Parents came from … more
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