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Keeping time

When Seattle native Glen Mayeno arrived in Wellman in 2011, his new lifestyle took a little getting used to.  Back home he didn’t stand out.  Here, he did. “Am I going to … more

A piece of history reborn

When the old Swift house at 191 Highway 22 in Riverside was put up for auction by sealed bids in 2021 after it went back to the bank, it was in a sad state of disrepair.  Originally, the … more

Showstopping mums to raise funds for MPHSAP picnic shelter

There are mums, and there are Mums.  The Roots & Shoots initiative, a part of Mid-Prairie’s Home School Assistance Program (HSAP), is growing the later for their fall mum fundraiser … more

Our Holiday Celebration Guide needs you

Last year at this time, we at The News kicked around the idea of a new special section for the holidays.  We imagined it as something you could pull out of the newspaper and save for future … more

Community Block Grant offers opportunity for downtown Riverside

Downtown property owners were all ears during the Community Development Block Grant-Downtown Revitalization (CDBG-DTR) kick-off meeting at Riverside’s City Hall on Thursday, Aug. 31. … more

Addressing Iowa’s doctor shortage

Growing up in rural Montgomery County, Iowa, I’m all too familiar with the challenges of accessing medical care, especially if you or a family member needs to see a specialist.  … more

Mid-Prairie complies with new legislation, appoints new attorney

During a short regular meeting Monday, August 28, before heading out for tours of West Elementary, High, and Home School buildings, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education sought to comply with new … more

Board approves highway agreement, road repair, next step for wind energy ordinance

The Washington County Supervisors Tuesday were unanimous in approving a formal resolution for a highway easement, a motion to repair a railroad grade crossing, and a third to continue procedures … more

Local State Fair winners

Ladies Nail Driving Contest 3 rd place: Tina Montz, Washington   Horseshoe Pitching Doubles Pro-Am, Class A 1 st place: Steve Miller, Wayland and Justin Zaugg, Washington … more

Seeing is believing

Stepping inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside, one can’t help but be awed by its beauty.   Robin-egg blue walls, trimmed in gilt, rise up to meet spectacular ceiling … more


Feed the Kids Mid-Prairie saw a great turnout Saturday, Aug. 26 for their annual dinner and auction fundraiser at Wellman’s Parkside YMCA.   The organization helps over 1000 food insecure … more

College Honors

Luther College announces the Spring 2023 Dean’s List. The list includes 625 students, including Micah Miller of Kalona and Skyler Schneider of Wellman. more

Mid-Prairie kicks off school year with all-district meeting

Mid-Prairie teachers, administrators, and staff made their official return to campus on Friday, August 18 at the all-district meeting at Mid-Prairie High School.   After playing a version of … more

Wellman council ok’s skate purchase, nixes rental changes at rink

At their regular meeting Monday, August 21, the Wellman City Council considered issues at the skating rink, finalized a setback ordinance and air conditioner purchase, and tabled splash pad and … more

Professional learning communities high priority for Mid-Prairie

Is teaching an individual or a collective enterprise?   Our default assumption may be that an individual teacher is responsible for their students’ learning, but research conducted in the … more

Wellman’s Fun in the Sun

Families turned out for Fun in the Sun at Wellman’s North Park on August 10, where kids enjoyed games and waterslides and parents refueled with tasty eats from Stone Wall Pizza and Buen … more

Wellman youth graduates from Youth Leadership Academy

Students from across Iowa recently completed the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council’s (Iowa DD Council) Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program, including Sariah Stutzman of Wellman. … more

Senior Dining Menus

Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – Ham balls, cheesy potatoes, green beans, strawberry fluff pie Friday – Sloppy joe/bun, cole slaw, potato salad, chocolate chip bar Monday … more
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