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Post-Tornado News and Resources

Mid-Prairie Students and Staff Help Following Tornado On Thursday, April 6, 211 Mid-Prairie High School students and 52 staff members helped with recovery efforts following the EF-4 tornado that … more

Introducing Stephanie Stimmel: Area’s newest realtor is a familiar face

ce asked you to “open” is now hosting open houses.  Say hello to Stephanie Stimmel, our area’s newest realtor. “It was kind of a scary move, but it was just one of … more

Real estate assessed valuations get hikes

Washington County Property owners received notice from County Assessor Christy Tinnes that the assessed valuations of their properties have been increased by 7.9% industrial to 45% for ag … more

Local shelter locations for severe weather

Not everyone has a secure place in their homes to take shelter during severe weather.  If you do not have access to a basement or other secure interior location, consider these public … more

Tornados damage dozens of properties, clean-up efforts begin

A worrisome weather forecast gave way to sirens and alarms as local residents sought shelter late afternoon on Friday, March 31.  Dark skies, rain, hail, and funnel clouds were observed and … more

Emotional sendoff for retiring custodians

Combined, they had more than 50 years of custodial experience. On Monday night, members of the Mid-Prairie community expressed their gratitude for retiring staffers Mike TeBockhorst, Lead Custodian … more

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 27-31

Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 27-31, is an opportunity to highlight the importance of being aware of, and prepared for, severe weather.  It is also an ideal time to review your … more

M-P school board begrudgingly accepts final bid package

Forced to admit they were fortunate to receive any bid at all, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education approved a bid for masonry work to the tune of $1,492,000 at a special meeting on Monday … more

Pet of the Week

Nine year old Athena needs a calm home so that she can feel comfortable with her routine. She may have some dementia, but she is the sweetest girl. Athena has a strong prey drive for cats, but would … more

A dangerous consequence of public-notice bill: Iowans won’t know what they don’t know

What separates average-to-good Iowa towns from thriving ones, former Governor Terry Branstad often said, is the presence of locally owned banks and a dedicated community newspaper. Community … more

Wellman prepares for water service upgrade

The Wellman City Council approved an ordinance lifting water rates for 2023-2024 in preparation for a planned $5.1 million upgrade to 13,500 ft. of the pipes that deliver the city’s drinking … more

Board names new county attorney

It was all numbers at the Washington County Supervisors special meeting Saturday that, after one failed motion, one defeated one, and one final motion that passed 3-2, Nathan Repp was selected to be … more

On the cusp of expansion, Wellman’s library changes directors

On Valentine’s Day, Erin Campbell received a special gift: an employment offer from the Cedar Rapids Public Library.  And she accepted it. For the Director of the Wellman-Scofield … more

Meisheid trial date moved again

The case of Matthew James Meisheid, 40, charged with two counts of Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations by Using or Displaying a Firearm, each a Class D Felony, previously set for trial March … more

Senior Dining Menus

Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – Chicken breast, linguine with alfredo sauce, toss salad, Jell-O with fruit Friday – Homemade pizza with meat, vegetable and cheese, cucumber slices, … more

Pet of the Week

Helen loves people. She is soft and she loves to be talked to and stroked on her soft fur. She does not, however, like other cats. That’s what got her returned to us after she was adopted. We … more

City officials relate details on water project

Wellman’s aging water system needs both repair and replacement, city officials advised residents at a lightly attended public forum at the Parkside Recreation Center Monday. Mayor Ryan … more

Washington County Attorney applicants interviewed

The Washington County Supervisors conducted individual interviews on Feb. 17 with all applicants for the county attorney position vacated by John Gish, who took a leadership position with the state … more

Council approves grant to childcare program

The city of Wellman will contribute between $5,000 and $7,500 towards a YMCA-sponsored summer camp for school-aged children, planned for June and July this year. Council members approved the … more

Girl Scout Cookie Weekend March 3 - 5

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois invites consumers across the community to celebrate the annual National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, taking place March 3–5. Beginning today, … more
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