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Senior Dining Menus

Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – Pork loin, macaroni and cheese, hot vegetable, apple crisp Friday – Enchilada bake with black beans, rice, fruit, strawberry ice cream Monday … more

Ernst helps pass bill to honor veterans with War on Terror memorial

After a years-long, hard fought effort spearheaded by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), last week their bipartisan legislation to build a memorial on the National Mall honoring … more

Looking back on one year of COVID vaccines

On Dec. 14, 2020, University of Iowa Health Care employees made history, becoming the first in Iowa and among the first in the nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines. This was a day of hope for many and … more

Board gets libraries’ request, report

Despite cautions and procedures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the three county libraries continued providing services, both in person and online, to its more than16,000 card-holding patrons … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Cindy, an young female Domestic Short Hair and Tabby mix. Cindy has a black and grey striped coat with a white belly. She is described as a … more

Supervisors deny overtime pay for ambulance director Jeremy Peck

After four months of debate and discussion, the Washington County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 4 voted 3-2 not to pay Ambulance Department Director Jeremy Peck approximately $9,000 for 180 … more

First major snowfall of the season

East Central Iowa got its first measurable snowfall of the winter on New Year’s Day. The area got six to seven inches of snow, far short of the up to 12 inches that was predicted in the storm … more

Photos: Sledding at Mid-Prairie West

Third-grade and kindergarten students at Mid-Prairie West enjoy the snow during recess on Monday, January 3, 2022.  more

A Year in Review

The News is proud to have brought our community local news coverage through the year of Kalona, Lone Tree, Riverside, Wellman and the surrounding areas. Here are some of our favorite things we … more

Petition now circulating for Mid-Prairie bond issue

A bond issue is a dance between the school board and the public, said Mid-Prairie superintendent Mark Schneider. An early step of this dance for the Mid-Prairie district’s potential bond issue … more

Washington County Public Health welcomes new Admin

When the pandemic started in March 2020, Emily Tokheim was still in school, studying her Master of Public Health at the University of Iowa, but Tokheim is now the new administrator for Washington … more

Kalona Rotary collects more than 350 gifts in annual toy drive

In 2020, the Kalona Rotary collected 150 toys for area children as part of their Christmas toy drive and were hoping to beat that number this year. In 2021, the Rotary collected over 350 gifts, which … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Patches, a young male yellow Labrador retriever mix, who was surrendered to the shelter. According to his previous owner, Patches is good with all … more

Health Board discusses overtime policy

Providing a “fair, equitable, across the board” overtime policy for both salaried and hourly employees was the major concern at the Washington County Board of Health meeting on December … more

State to help replace Wellman bridge

Wellman City Council members authorized City Manager Kelly Litwiller to sign an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) that would replace a bridge crossing Smith Creek  on … more

Wellman Lights the Night

Wellman residents enjoyed the birth of a new tradition on Friday, Dec. 17 when they gathered downtown for Light the Night, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. “Thank you … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Nala, a young female Pit Bull Terrier mix with a brown brindle coat. Shelter staff say Nala loves butt scratches and cuddling. Nala needs a home … more

Hills Bank donates more than $7,550 in Classroom Cash to four area schools

Hills Bank, as part of its Classroom Cash program, recently donated $1,537.17 to the Highland Community School District, $790.66 to Hillcrest Academy, $703.45 to the Lone Tree Community School … more

Local veterans receive Quilts of Valor

VFW and Auxiliary to Post No. 6414 in Riverside hosted a Quilts of Valor presentation on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the VFW Post. Recipients receiving their quilt were Rob Weber, Riverside, … more

KCTC to increase internet speeds in January

KCTC notified customers in Kalona and Washington this month that their internet speeds, at all levels, will be increasing in January.’ In most cases the “upload” speeds for all … more
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