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Roundabout proposal for Highways 1, 22

Could a roundabout be coming to the intersection of Highways 1 and 22?Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said that he was recently approached by planners with the Fairfield office of the Iowa … more

Water Shop celebrates 25 years of business

The Water Shop has been helping to address water issues for 25 years now.Bud and Audrey Miller opened The Water Shop in a small shop beside their home in the spring of 1994.Bud had worked in the … more

Heavy rain and flooding took toll on county roads

In his recent quarterly report to Washington County supervisors, County Engineer Jacob Thorius noted the toll weather took on the county roads when heavy rain brought flooding in April and May and … more

The signs, they are a changing

A several-month-long project in the city of Kalona is nearing completion.In the spring, city workers began the task of replacing every street and road sign in the city.City Administrator Ryan … more

County OKs agreement with landowners to upgrade road

In a unanimous vote on Aug. 26, Washington County supervisors approved an agreement with John D. and Jenna L. Greiner to upgrade and rock surface a quarter mile of 285th Street west from Ivy … more

Loebsack, school officials talk fed funding during tour

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack toured Mid-Prairie Middle School Thursday and talked with school officials about federal funding.The six-term Democratic congressman who represents Iowa’s Second District … more

Kalona Public Library News

Programs/events Storytime every Wednesday 10:30-11 a.m. Toddler Time every Friday 10:30-11 a.m. There will be activities at the library on early-out school days starting in September for … more

Ernst speaks with first responders

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst empathized with eastern Iowa emergency management coordinators at a Washington County meeting on Aug. 20.In 2001, Ernst was the emergency management coordinator in Montgomery … more

Filing period open until Sept. 19 for November city, school elections

The filing period for the November combined city and school elections began on Monday.The filing period runs until 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 for both city and school elections.This is the first year … more

Mid-Prairie HSAP seeks photographs

The Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program is seeking historical photos of the former Washington Township School.HSAP Director Rachel Kerns said that she is hoping to find photos of the building … more

Riding Kalona's Sidewalks

Kalona’s recent discussion on improving sidewalks hits close to home for resident Stanford Wilson.He travels the sidewalks of Kalona by electric wheelchair — and has done so since 2011.Shortly … more

Kalona Public Library News

Programs/eventsThere will be no Storytime or Toddler Time during the month of August.Every Friday during August there will be “free play” in the program room for toddlers with toys available from … more

Washington fair queen takes second runner-up at state

Between showing hogs and helping little hands on the farm, Leah Marek has donned a tiara for the second time this summer.Washington County native and 2019 County Fair Queen Leah Marek earned the … more

Hawkeye Kid Captain

After Saturday’s kids day celebration at Kinnick Stadium there was no denying it — Gabby Yoder was a star. Where other kids might shy away from the spotlight of news cameras and football players … more

The Last Service

The United Christian and Baptist Church sanctuary was once again filled with the joyous sounds of a singing congregation Sunday.It would be the last time.The church, faced with a dwindling … more

Kalona Community Center earns awards

The Kalona Community Center will celebrate its first anniversary next week.Last week, the city of Kalona received word that the community center project has won a pair of awards: The 2019 All-Star … more

Courage Ride rolls out from Big Grove Brewery and Tap Room

Courage Ride, an annual charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research, will roll out this year from Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City on Saturday, Aug. … more
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