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Kalona Library hosts local author reading

The Kalona Public Library will host a virtual reading and Q&A featuring local author Evie Yoder Miller on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Evie Yoder Miller grew up in Kalona and graduated from … more

ISAC hosts Children’s essay contest

The Iowa State Association of Counties is hosting an illustrated essay contest for children age 12 and younger to express why counties matter. Submissions should include name, birthdate, address, … more

Pleasantview in the Community

Recently we changed our logo and tagline at Pleasantview; it was a timely move. We’ve experimented and utilized a number of catchphrases over 63 years, and this time we kept coming back to the … more

COVID heavily impacts PAWS and More, supervisors asked to keep funding level

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt PAWS and More, the county’s animal rescue service, two heavy blows in 2020 with a decrease of $15,876 in boarding fees and $1,200 in pickup fees and a 65% decrease … more

Optimists offer essay contest

The Optimist Club of Kalona is encouraging area high school students to contemplate the phrase “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism” as part of the Optimist International Essay … more

Kalona plans 7 projects for Riverboat Funds

At their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 18, the Kalona city council heard the city’s plan for using the Washington County Riverboat Foundation funds for fiscal year 2021-2022. The city … more

Different departments, different policies for employee on-call, overtime hours

In a 90-minute work session on Thursday Jan. 14, the Washington County Board of Supervisors debated how to pay employees for being on-call (sometimes without being called), working overtime … more

Kalona library hosts author reading

The Kalona Public Library is pleased to announce “An Evening with Author Evie Yoder Miller: A Reading Followed by a Q & A” on Jan. 28 at 6:00 p.m. This will be a virtual event. If you … more

COVID vaccines arrive at Brown Deer Place

With a new year comes new hope for Brown Deer Place, as Operation Warp Speed has arrived in the form of a COVID-19 vaccine for many of our residents and staff.  The vaccine, given in two … more

Legislative briefing focuses on workforce, education

The first Washington County Legislative Briefing of the year was held Saturday morning, Jan. 16, over Zoom. Four area legislators were invited to participate: Iowa senators Kevin Kinney (D, District … more

Kalona Public Library News

The Kalona Public Library is open by appointment, limited to 10 patrons at a time. We ask that all patrons limit their visit to 30 minutes, practice social distancing and wear a mask. To schedule an … more

Pop-up pantry sees fewer visitors after other food programs address food insecurity in community

With two weeks under their belts of delivering food bags and providing hot meals to seniors in the community, the City of Kalona saw a smaller crowd than usual at the pop-up pantry on Saturday, Jan. … more

Washington Co. Public Health provides vaccine updates

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Washington County Public Health Administrator Danielle Pettit-Majewski provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the county. The county public health department received … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Sundance, a female domestic short hair and tabby mix kitten. Sundance is described as MVP — a savy cat who knows the score and is pretty … more

Iowa land values expected to hold steady

Owning farmland has always been a priority for farmers, but interest in this real asset by investors has grown in the past year. Farmers National Company has released its January land values … more

IDPH shares weekly vaccine updates

The Iowa Department of Public Health has started sharing data on statewide COVID-19 vaccine administration on the existing Iowa COVID-19 website, coronavirus.iowa.gov. Updates will be posted weekly … more

Kalona Optimist Club hosts local blood drive

The Kalona Optimist Club hosted a blood drive on Monday, Jan. 11 in the fellowship hall at the Kalona Mennonite Church. While many elective and non-emergent surgeries were postponed during the first … more

Kalona battles second hefty snowfall

After a storm on Tuesday, Dec. 29 buried Kalona in about 7-9 inches of snow, residents had to break out their shovels and snowblowers again on New Year’s Day, when another 3-4 inches … more

Washington responds to home explosion

The Washington County Communications center received multiple reports of a home explosion at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4 at 1114 East Washington in Washington. Upon arrival, emergency … more

Donors needed for Jan. 11 Optimist blood drive

Area residents are encouraged to donate blood at the Kalona Optimist Club Community Blood Drive on Monday, Jan. 11, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalona Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall at 902 6th … more
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