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As COVID numbers climb, Iowa sees new mitigations

As COVID numbers continue to surge, Governor Kim Reynolds addressed Iowans live on statewide, primetime TV on Monday, Nov. 16, the first such address by an Iowa governor. “Right now, the … more

Pam Flynn, Air Force veteran of 25 years, sees respect, kindness from Kalona community

Pam Flynn loves being outdoors in the sunshine. She loves riding around her Kalona neighborhood in her golf cart, visiting with her neighbors and bringing toys and treats to her nieces and nephews. … more

A different kind of 85th birthday celebration

Despite the helium shortage and the persistent wind that popped many of them, the family and friends of Mary Rogers still managed to tie balloons to their cars on Saturday, Nov. 7 in order to drive … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Redge, a young female domestic short hair and tabby mix. Redge has a light orange coat, is litter-trained and has all her vaccinations up to date. … more

Drug take-back event breaks records

During the nationwide U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug takeback event on Oct. 24, the DEA collected nearly a million pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medications across the nation. The … more

WCHC remains prepared for COVID hospitalizations

Although COVID-19 positivity rates are steadily rising in Washington County, Washington County Hospital and Clinics has not yet seen “a significant number of COVID-19 related admissions,” … more

Developers make progress on Southtown

Project manager Adam Kos of C.J. Moyna & Sons said the developers are working to finish the building foundation removal after the old Shiloh church buildings were burned in a controlled fire on … more

Public Health urges care in holiday planning

With major winter holidays coming, preparing for celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic requires even more planning than ever. Danielle Pettit-Majewski, director of the Washington County Public … more

Iowa breaks voter registration record set in 2016

On Monday, Nov. 2, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that a record number of Iowans have registered to vote. As of Monday morning, there were 2,095,581 active registered voters. In July … more

Mobile COVID-19 testing clinic parks in Kalona

Thirty-three COVID-19 tests were administered during the free mobile testing clinic hosted in Kalona by Mercy Iowa City and Rural Health and Safety of Eastern Iowa on Oct. 27. The Kalona clinic, … more

Kalona YMCA members to see 5% rate increase

Amy Schulte, the CEO of the YMCA of Washington County, attended the Kalona City Council meeting on Nov. 2 to update the council on membership rates and operations of the Kalona YMCA. Kalona YMCA … more

Trump wins Iowa with 53.1% of the vote

Statewide Results     As of this writing, the general election is still undecided on a national level but results from Iowa came in late on Election Night.     … more

Trump, Ernst win Iowa Youth Straw Poll

Of the 31,404 students who participated in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Iowa Youth Straw Poll, 55.37% of them voted for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Joseph R. … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Nixon, a seven-year-old Plott Hound and Boxer mix. Nixon has come to PAWS & More after several years of being in a wonderful home. His owner … more

Celebrate Halloween safely amid pandemic

Wellman, Kalona and Riverside will hold trick-or-treat time from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Lone Tree will hold theirs from 5-7 p.m. on the same date. Residents who don’t wish … more

No matter how you do it, be sure to vote!

The general election is imminent but voters wishing to vote absentee in-person still have many opportunities before Election Day on Nov. 3. Washington County voters can vote in-person at the … more

Alvin and Julia Kramer named Co-Optimists of the Year

Alvin and Julia Kramer were named Co-Optimists of the year by president Jim Crowther at the Kalona Optimist annual dinner on Oct. 15. Julia has served as club secretary for the past few years as … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Taco, a two year old adult male rabbit. Taco is medium-sized and has brown/chocolate and white fur. He is house-trained, neutered and his … more

United Way launches workers relief fund

United Way Worldwide and Kendall-Jackson have partnered to pledge $2 million to a fund that will provide financial support to grocery workers across the nation. Any current employee of a grocery … more

Pleasantview seeks donations for bus

By now you probably are aware of the cancellation of our annual Pleasantview Benefit Sale. Of course, we’re not alone in cancelling longstanding community events. More than likely every … more
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