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Storm rips through the area Monday

Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour tore through Iowa early Monday afternoon, in a so-called derecho, a severe weather phenomenon involving hurricane-strength winds moving in a straight line. The … more

Mid-Prairie opts for full-time in-person plan

Mid-Prairie students will return to school with full-time in-person classes on Aug. 24. With the support of a number of parents in attendance and against the recommendation of several staff … more

'Something of a Legend'

Jim Goodrich, a community figure known for a lifetime of hard work, generosity and ever-present cowboy hats, died at his home on Thursday, July 16. He was 94 years old. Jim Goodrich’s … more

City urges all to wear face masks

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh will contact local entities to encourage them to support the use of masks and social distancing within the city to stem local contagion from the COVID-19 … more

Cover Cropping: A Locally Grown Innovation

For a craft as old as civilization itself, farming exists in a constant state of change as new technology and techniques become available. As a state teeming with farmers, Iowa finds itself at the … more

Community Awards

The city of Kalona is putting out a call for community award nominations. The awards are traditionally announced and presented at Kalona Days in June. These awards are given to individuals and … more

WEDG director Collins dies

Washington Economic Development Group Executive Director David Collins died unexpectedly at his home on July 22. Collins was found dead in his home just before noon on Wednesday during a welfare … more

Kalona Chamber cancels ByWays tours, names new members

The 2020 Kalona ByWays bus tours, operated by the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce, have been canceled for the remainder of 2020. The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce board, meeting by Zoom on July … more

Schools prepare for in-person opening

Gov. Reynolds’ announced an expectation that schools provide at least half of their learning through in-person instruction when classes resume this fall during a press conference … more

Kalona Dental Opens New Location

After several months of closing and reopening due to COVID-19 and moving, Kalona Family Dental has opened its new location on East Avenue. Dr. Tammy Grimm said Kalona Family Dental previously had … more

Funeral Directors Receive Recognition

Funeral directors have played a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their service, Gov. Kim Reynolds last week designated July 12-18 as the state’s Funeral Directors … more

Area Churches Offer Drive-up Mass

Amid widespread closures and precautions due to COVID-19, local churches have found a modern way to safely hold mass, using AM radio and the parking lot. “Mass needs to be visible to the … more

The News welcomes new sports editor

Paul Bowker, a nationally recognized writer who has covered multiple World Series and an Olympic Games, joined The News this week as its new sports editor. He is a native of Massachusetts, a … more

Organizers cancel Kalona Fall Festival

There will be no Fall Festival in Kalona this year. Organizers announced this week the cancellation of the 2020 Fall Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. Nancy Roth, director of the Kalona … more

Reynolds declares Iowa ‘in recovery,’ appoints business leaders to advise economic plans

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse on June 18, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. ( Photo by Charlie … more

Highway 22 sidewalks in Kalona get upgrade for ADA compliance

Construction workers from Hickey Construction began work on sidewalks along Highway 22 in Kalona on Friday. As part the Iowa Department of Transporation’s transition plan for the Americans … more

Iowa State Fair is canceled for the first time since 1945

The Iowa State Fair is canceled for 2020, leaving Iowans and the Midwest without their beloved tradition of fried corn dogs and hog calling in the humid summer heat. This marks the first time … more

Historical Village welcomes back visitors

After spending several months closed due to COVID-19, the Kalona Historical Village reopened June 1 with new exhibits and procedures to keep visitors safe. Staff spent the months of downtime … more

Kalona Library closed until June 15

KALONA     The Kalona Public Library is shutting back down temporarily.     Library Director Trevor Sherping issued a statement Friday announcing that the library … more

Pop-up Pantry

The cities of Kalona, Wellman and Riverside held their fourth pop-up food pantry at the Kalona city shop on Saturday morning. Approximately 200 boxes of food were distributed, serving more than 600 … more
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