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Keeping Fit for Life

Wanda Ronan’s grandchildren wanted to make sure she was exercising regularly. They purchased her a membership to the Lone Tree Wellness Center. Now the 87-year-old attends a senior … more

Ambulance service on 2020 agenda

With the 2020 State Legislature session kicking off this week, legislators are back to work. State Sen. Kevin Kinney (D-Oxford) has a number of issues he would like to see the Legislature address … more

A Change in Leadership

Joanne Havel took the reins of Lone Tree’s city government Monday night. In her first meeting as mayor, she made it clear that she is going to do things her way. That includes injecting a … more

New mayors and council members take office in the new year

With the new year comes new mayors and city council members for cities around the area. City elections were held around the state in November. In Kalona, former council member Mark Robe will be … more

Lone Tree Democrats preparing for caucus

Lone Tree Democrats are expecting nearly 200 people to attend the caucuses on Feb. 3, according to Jon Green, the temporary chair for the Lone Tree caucuses, which include Fremont and Liberty … more

Green proud of foundation built for Lone Tree’s future

Jon Green takes pride in the rapport he and the City Council has with Lone Tree residents. Green steps down Dec. 31 after two years as mayor of the southern Johnson County town. “I feel … more

Dems offer early check-in for caucuses

The Iowa Democratic Party announced a new online early check-in option for Iowans to sign-up for their precinct caucus before caucus night to help streamline the process. Iowa caucus goers are … more

Bell wins Lone Tree poster contest

Madeline Bell, a sixth-grade student at Lone Tree Community Schools, took the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Lone Tree … more

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Lisa Schmidt, Taylor Anderson and Natalie Silbaugh perform “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play,” at Pleasantview Home on Saturday. The performances raised $812 for the … more

Wellman Fireman of the Year

Kenny Miller (left) was named Wellman Fireman of the Year at the department’s recent Christmas party. Presenting the award is Chief Jeremy Peck. more

Lone Tree council OKs purchasing snowplow

Lone Tree will get a new snowplow this year. It’s not exactly new. It is a 2012 International 7400 SBA with 75,000 miles on it, but it is 15 years newer than the plow it will replace. The … more

Mid-Prairie district buys two tracts of land

With an eye to the future, the Mid-Prairie school board Monday approved the purchase of two tracts of farmland south of the high school. The land was sold at a Dec. 6 auction. Superintendent Mark … more

Christmas in Kalona draws big crowds

People came out in droves for Saturday’s Christmas in Kalona celebration. Organizers said that pleasant weather played a big part in making this year’s festival a … more

'Tis the Season

Riverside city workers were busy Dec. 4 decorating the streets with Christmas decorations. Santa will be visiting the Riverside Fire Station at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. more

Celebrate Christmas in Kalona Saturday

Christmas in Kalona returns on Saturday. The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a number of events for its annual Christmas in Kalona festival. Most activities will be at the Kalona … more

Winds blow roof off Highland High School gym

High winds on Nov. 20 blew the roof off the Highland High School gym. Superintendent Ken Crawford was in his office when he heard a loud bang. He thought it was thunder until he saw insulation … more

Reconstructing Fourth Street on tap for Riverside

Riverside will be repaving Fourth Street in the coming year, but the differences in elevation from one side to the other will pose problems, particularly with meeting Americans With Disability Act … more
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