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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

Virtual 2020 Courage Ride underway

The 2020 Courage Ride, which this year is being done virtually due to COVID-19, began this past Saturday and goes through Aug. 15. The annual event is a fundraiser to aid in the fight against … 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

The News webpage to include paywall

As of August 1, 2020, The News has a paywall for accessing certain content. Obituaries, marketplace advertising, photo galleries classified and legal advertising still can be accessed without … more

KCTC Phone Issue

The Washington County Communications Center has been made aware of a wireline or landline phone issue for all Kalona Telephone (KCTC) subscribers. Currently those customers have no service and cannot … more

Kalona Optimist Club giving away three bikes to youth

Youth of the Kalona community will have an opportunity to win one of three bicycles and helmets being given away by the Kalona Optimist Club. The bikes are 16 inches, 20 inches and 24 … more

Kalona Public Library News

The library continues to offer curbside pick-up Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., and appointments to come into the library as follows: • Tuesday 2-6 p.m. • Thursday noon-4 … more

Board of Health costs down

At its July meeting, the county Board of Health learned its revenues are 121% of projections, compared to 75% in expenditures, both showing effects from health and safety limits and restrictions in … more

Census to send postcards to non-responders

The U.S. Census Bureau is sending out postcard reminders to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard mailing is due to the impact of COVID-19 on census … 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

City pool will close mid-August

City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh told the City Council Monday that the city and the YMCA will look to close the city pool in mid-August. “We’re kind of looking at mid-August, if … more

Kalona Public Library News

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale is open every Monday. Make an appointment between 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and look at DVDs, fiction, non-fiction and kids’ items. $3 buys a bag … more

Big Winner!

Garland Nash of Brighton won the final top prize of $300,000 in the Iowa Lottery’s “Colossal Crossword” scratch game. He purchased his winning ticket at Washington Liquor & … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Mila, a medium-sized adult female domestic short hair and dilute calico mix. Mila is a low-key kitty who likes to lay around in her cat bed or … 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
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