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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

Wellman Lights the Night

Families turned out in Wellman Saturday night, Nov. 25, for Light the Night downtown. Hot Cocoa, Christmas tree decorating, and train rides provided lots to do while folks awaited Santa’s arrival … more

Wellman’s water mains still a worry

WELLMAN Wellman’s water mains have outlived their life expectancy, a point brought home by a break downtown days before the city council met on Nov. 20. The topic once again occupied the council … more

Wellman Garden Club explores mandala rock painting

The Wellman Garden Club met Nov. 16 at the Senior Center. President Powell opened the meeting by thanking attendees for coming. Marilyn read a beautiful Helen Steiner Rice Thanksgiving poem called … more

Veterans, student enlistees recognized at Mid-Prairie assembly

Mid-Prairie honored area veterans at their annual Veterans Day Assembly and Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10. Numerous veterans from the community gathered, each stating their name and what they … 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

The revival of American Legion Post 427 in Wellman

WELLMAN There are American Legion posts all over our area – Kalona, Keota, North English, Washington, Willliamsburg, Ainsworth, Iowa City, Coralville, Sigourney, Lone Tree – and if you have … more

Starbeck-Miller building transformation

Cost of Wellman’s water project causes sticker shock; council sets limit

WELLMAN Upgrading the city’s deteriorating water system is a priority for the City of Wellman, but cost estimates 40% higher than expected caused the City Council to blink Monday night. At … more

KCTC, STC and WCTA awarded state broadband grants

The Iowa Department of Management Division of Information Technology announced Oct. 30 that it awarded $148,960,000 as part of the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant program. Thirty-nine broadband … more

Wellman takes step forward on $1.3 million downtown upgrade

Downtown improvements were the focus of the agenda at the Wellman City Council’s regular meeting on Oct. 16, the most significant of which is a $1.3 million downtown streetscape plan that would see … more

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
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