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Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Snowball, a small, young female domestic shorthair. Snowball is a playful and fearless feline, curious about everything and afraid of nothing. Her … more

Hunting, fishing license sales surge amid pandemic

Iowans looking for a break from isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic bought far more hunting and fishing licenses than usual, state records show. Those sports, and visiting parks and … more

Reynolds ‘laying in wait’ for virus updates but she won’t return to announcing daily case numbers

  Iowans who are closely watching the state’s COVID-19 website for data on cases in their area will have to take a break over the Memorial Day weekend as the site goes down … more

Iowa restaurants raise prices as meat, to-go containers become harder to stock

Some Iowa restaurant owners said they are raising their menu prices as the cost of supplies like meat and to-go containers rise due to supply chain strains during the COVID-19 … more

Take the stage: Drama, school classes join baseball and softball in June 1 restart

Iowa schools beginning June 1 will be able to offer classes and activities such as drama and science camps, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday.  High-school baseball and softball seasons … more

Kalona pool won’t open right away

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last week that public pools will be allowed to open for lessons and laps only. However, the Kalona pool, which is operated by the Washington County YMCA, will remain … more

Hillcrest Academy opts for a virtual commencement

Hillcrest Academy is moving forward with plans for a virtual commencement ceremony. On Monday, Hillcrest Principal Dwight Gingerich said that the graduation committee met on May 14 and decided on … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Batman, a buff/tan  adult male domestic short hair. Batman is a chill kitty who dreams of his own Gotham City. He would adapt well to an … more

Kalona Public Library News

The book drop is open for returns Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Curbside delivery is available Tuesday noon-7 p.m. and Friday noon-5 p.m. There is a 10-item limit per library … more

Kalona, Wellman eye June 1 to open city halls

The cities of Kalona and Wellman announced their plans for re-opening their respective city halls. Both cities plan to have their city halls fully staffed on June 1. “Our plan is that … more

AmVets to hold only Memorial Day service

The Richmond AmVets Post No. 107 will conduct Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25. The first service will be at Sharon Hills Cemetery in Kalona at 10 a.m., followed by a service at the … more

Back to Business

Diners are not rushing to fill tables after Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions limiting restaurants to providing only carryout and delivery orders since mid-March. And not all restaurants have … more

Soldiers monument returns to Kalona

The final phases of the restoration of the unknown soldiers monument at Sharon Hill Cemetery are underway. On Monday morning, crews from Berg Lawn Care and Strabala Grounds Management began laying … more

Cruisin' in Kalona

On Saturday afternoon, 65 classic cars and three motorcycles cruised through the streets of Kalona as part of the Classic Car Cruise organized by Mayor Mark Robe. Car clubs from Washington and Iowa … more

Kalona, Wellman YMCA to open on May 26

The Washington County YMCA plans to open its facilities in Kalona and Wellman on May 26. Washington County YMCA CEO Amy Schulte detailed the opening plan Monday. “We have been working … more

Over 100,000 Iowans have now been tested for COVID-19

The number of Iowans tested for COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000, with just over 3,900 test results reported on Sunday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said last week that the validation of tests from the … more

Reynolds: Iowa will take additional steps if COVID-19 resurgence happens

If parts of Iowa experience a “significant” resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the state will take additional mitigation efforts to target those spots, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. However … more

How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever

Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers to fuel up and chow down. But lately at 6 Corners Gas & … more

The consequences of early reopening won’t appear for weeks, disease expert says

Iowa is reopening too early, but the public won’t see the consequences until weeks from now because of COVID-19’s incubation period, warns an infectious disease doctor. Gov. Kim … more

Morale Booster

On April 29, staffers from the Washington County YMCA paraded through the streets of Kalona to offer encouraging messages to its Kalona Community Center members. more
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