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Wellman Library kicks off Summer Reading program

WELLMAN Wellman’s Public Library hosted their second annual Summer Reading Kickoff event at Wellman’s North Park on Thursday, June 6, getting their summer reading program off to an … more

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

Property damaged, cows spared in May’s final storm

KALONA Iowa was shook early on Friday, May 24, as a massive storm system hit all reaches of the state. Later classified as a derecho, the eye of the storm entered the Kalona area around 6 a.m. … more

Wellman council approves search for skating rink employees

WELLMAN As Wellman’s city-owned roller-skating rink saw the departure of a dependable high-school aged employee last week, the city council considered how he might be replaced at their regular … more

Kalona's Bob Yoder wins Washington County Primary; Remington tops Porter in JoCo

IOWA CITY Primary Night was a good night for most of the supervisor incumbents in Johnson and Washington counties. But not all. Royceann Porter, an Iowa City Democrat who was the first … more

Cool summer at Wellman Library

WELLMAN Last year construction work at the Wellman Public Library nudged the summer reading program outdoors, as the library set up temporary shop in a storefront downtown. This year, folks of all … more

Wellman council sees progress downtown

Wellman “I’m so glad we didn’t tear this down,” Wellman City Council member Fern Bontrager said, standing in the upstairs apartment inside the historic brick building at the end of 8th … 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

The rise and fall of Wellman’s turkey industry

WELLMAN In 1923, a chicken farmer saw a flock of turkeys while on vacation in Minnesota. It sparked an idea, a vision, that would put his hometown on the map and bring it international attention. … 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

Photo gallery: Mid-Prairie girls soccer senior night

WELLMAN Mid-Prairie honored their four seniors - Ella Titus, Eva Marner, Emily Curtiss and Ava Pence - during senior night which followed a 3-2 loss against the Washington Demons on Thursday, … 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

Wellman unlikely to host circus this year

WELLMAN In previous years, as recently as 2022, Wellman has hosted the Culpepper & Meriweather Circus, which has provided entertainment for the community and served as a modest fundraiser. … 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

Photo gallery: Mid-Prairie Prom 2024

WELLMAN On Saturday, April 27, Mid-Prairie hosted their prom through the rain and thunderstorms. Pairs were greeted by a swarm of parents and friends as they arrived at the school’s … more

Fiery Friday in Kalona, Wellman

KALONA Friday, April 19 began early for area firefighters, who were awakened by a call to an Amish farm on 540th Street, Kalona, east of Stringtown Grocery. Kalona, Riverside, Wellman and Hills … 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

Wellman Fire hosts largest ever Tenderloin Meal

WELLMAN Wellman’s volunteer firefighters, assisted by their families, hosted another successful drive-thru tenderloin meal on Saturday, April 13. Their largest crowd to date followed directions … more

Wellman adopts FY25 budget, unsure about circus

WELLMAN Three of five council members turned out for Wellman’s city council meeting on Monday, April 16, at which the FY25 budget hearing was held without comment and adoption of said budget was … 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
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