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We're Going on an Egg Hunt!

Color in the egg and post it in your window!  Place any stuffed bunnies in your windows if you have them. Children can walk through their neighborhoods and count the eggs, and … more

Food pantries ramp up to serve residents

Local food pantries are ramping up their efforts to assist residents during this time when many people have been forced to stay at home. On Saturday, the city of Kalona held its own pop-up food … more

Washington County now tops 50 cases

Washington County has been ranking in the top five counties in Iowa with COVID-19 cases, but the county’s public health director says that is because the county has been more aggressive in … more

Cities close playgrounds on governor’s orders

Cities are taking action to close down more public places following Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Monday order. During her Monday press conference, Reynolds ordered that playgrounds and campgrounds … more

Online Government Meetings

School boards • Mid-Prairie school board: Second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Will be using Zoom for meetings. Information for connecting will be available April 6. • Highland school … more

We're going on a Bear Hunt!

State extends primary absentee voting period

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate extended the absentee voting period to 40 days for Iowans who choose to vote by mail in the June 2 primary election. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pate … more

State to mail absentee ballot request form to every registered voter

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced his office plans to mail an absentee ballot request form to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the June 2 primary. The forms will be … more

Mid-Prairie staff parade through Kalona

It was a festive atmosphere in the parking lot of Kalona City Park Monday evening, with an almost tailgate party-like vibe. On the picture-perfect spring night, teachers and staff brought their … more

Skaden retires after 25 years at library

Tuesday marked the end of an era at the Kalona Public Library. March 31 was the last day on the job for longtime Director Anne Skaden. “Anne’s leadership at the Kalona Public … more

Alliant Energy suspends disconnects, waives late fees

Alliant Energy is temporarily suspending disconnections for all of Iowa and Wisconsin customers during the public health emergency related to the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, the company … more

Supporting Local Business

As many American businesses shut down or scale back their operations to prevent spreading the coronavirus, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Even during a pandemic, there are ways to … more

Church Closings

The limits being placed on gatherings of more than 10 people and health officials urging social distancing, area churches have canceled in-person services, while some are offering online options for … more

Iowa ‘not quite’ in need of a stay-at-home order

Iowa officials said Monday that an analysis of the latest data on the spread of COVID-19 indicates the state is “not quite” at the point where a stay-at-home order is needed. The … more

Area schools set for lunch pickups

Local school districts are finding ways to get meals to their students while district buildings are shut down. This week, Mid-Prairie, Highland and Lone Tree school districts started lunch pickup … more

Area churches cancel in-person services

With state officials restricting gatherings to fewer than 10 people, many area churches have canceled in-person services. Some, however, are offering online alternatives. more

United Way offers ways to help during COVID-19 crisis

The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties has a number of suggestions for anyone wanting to help during the COVID-19 crisis. more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More animal shelter pet of the week is Nashville, an adult male treeing walker coonhound/vizsla mix who is described as a “free spirit.” Intelligent, … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS and More animal shelter pet of the week is Patricia. She is a small spayed, housetrained, female domestic short hair and dilute calico mix.  Patricia is described as a … more

Legislative Update

Iowa Capital Dispatch This week marked a key committee deadline in the Iowa Legislature known as the “funnel.” Most policy bills needed approval by a committee in either the House … more
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