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Kalona offers $10 for $50 Shop Local promotion

One of the best ways to support your local economy during this time is to order food for pickup or delivery, get groceries, purchase gift certificates for later use, or purchase from local stores … more

Pleasantview staffer tests positive for COVID-19

A “non-direct care staff member” at Pleasantview Home has tested positive for COVID-19. Pleasantview Executive Director Jeffrey Schmidt confirmed in a Monday statement that case was … 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

All Jazzed Up

On any given morning, you can walk through the doors of Mid-Prairie High School and hear some upbeat jazz music drifting down the hallways. more

Mid-Prairie schools to start lunch pick-up program

Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider sent an email to district parents Wednesday announcing details of a school lunch pick-up program offered to students while schools are closed. more

Kalona closes City Hall to public

The city of Kalona is following the county’s lead and joining other area towns closing their city halls. more

Our daily life grinds to a halt

As the week progressed, more and more places announced they were closing or modifying their operations. On Monday, what started as a trickle of announcements became a flood. more

Coronavirus closes most area schools

Following the governor’s recommendation, area schools are closing for the foreseeable future. more

Max-Cast owner constructing new building in Kalona

There is a new building going up in the 600 block of B Avenue in downtown Kalona. The new structure is being built by Steve Maxon, who owns Max-Cast Sculpture and Foundry Services, which is … more


Zorica Pilipovic came to the United States from Croatia as a 15-year-old who spoke little English in 1998. Before coming to the United States, Pilipovic lived on her own two years in the forest in … more

Kalona council OKs $3.7 million budget

On Monday night, the Kalona City Council passed a nearly $3.7 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. As part of that budget, the overall property tax levy will go down. The … more

Kalona council OKs library director hire

The Kalona Public Library will have a new director in April. At Monday’s meeting, the City Council approved the recommendation from the Library Board to hire Trevor Sherping to replace Anne … more

Talking Broadband

State Rep. Jarad Klein (R-Keota) welcomed James Graham of Kalona with the Iowa Communications Association to the Iowa House of Representatives last week. Graham was visiting the Capitol to meet with … more

Scammers target Alliant customers

Callers who ask you to pay in a few hours or have power disconnected are not legitimate. But scammers are getting more sophisticated. Alliant Energy has received reports from customers in … more

Flower Frenzy

Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year for Kalona’s newest flower shop more

Nominations are open for Kid Captain

Do you know someone who would make a great Kid Captain? Kid Captain is a partnership that began in 2009 between University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to … more

Kalona Public Library News

Programs/events There is still plenty of time to pick up a bingo card for the winter reading program. Stop by for more details and pick up a card. Preschool Storytime every Wednesday at 10:30 … more

Sanders, Warren take top Kalona spots

There was some confusion among Democratic caucus goers regarding the procedures for Monday’s caucus at Mid-Prairie Middle School in Kalona, but in the end, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont came … more
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