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This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Kansas, a young, male domestic short hair and tabby mix. Kansas is new to the shelter but has already shown everyone he has a lot of love to give. … 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

Slechta Communications, Inc. re-assumes ownership of The News

As of June 18, the ownership of The News has been transferred to Slechta Communications, Inc (Ron and Helen Slechta) from Jim and Bridget Johnson, dba Johnson Iowa Media. Slechta Communications … more

Reynolds signs bill protecting Iowa businesses from COVID-19 liability

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks at a press conference on March 16, 2020. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a COVID-19 liability bill into law on Thursday, granting businesses, nursing homes and … more

State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals is responsible for inspecting food establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores, as well as food processing plants, … 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

BREAKING: Kalona boy dies in accidental shooting

A Kalona boy died Friday morning as the result of an accidental shooting. more

Tractorcade to roll through Kalona Saturday

Tractors will be taking over the streets of Kalona on Saturday afternoon. Dean Miller has organized a tractorcade that will take to the streets at 5 p.m. “Several of the local tractor … more

Kalona Optimist Club flags to fly on June 19

The Kalona Optimist Club will keep its flags flying in town until Saturday. The flags were put up last week to honor Flag Day, which was June 14. Kalona resident Suzanne Yoder suggested via … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS and More pet of the week is Bodean, an adult male coonhound. Bodean is described as a ‘go-getter.’ Want to get more exercise? Action is his middle name. His … more

Kalona OKs subdivision ordinance

The Kalona City Council unanimously approved changes to the city’s subdivision ordinance at Monday’s meeting. The council voted to waive the second reading of the ordinance and pass it … more

Cities will split bill to house ambulance

The Kalona and Wellman city councils each agreed Monday to split the cost of housing an ambulance in the northern tier of Washington County. According to the agreement approved by both councils, … 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

Negotiations continue on northern ambulance

Talks to house a full-time ambulance crew in the northern tier of Washington County are continuing despite Riverside dropping out of the discussion. Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said … more

Quilt Raffle

Grace Schumann, owner of Stitch ’N Sew Cottage in Kalona, donated this “Compass” pattern quilt to the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce to use for this year’s quilt raffle. The … more

Love of gardening blossoms into a book

Beth Cody has fallen in love with gardens. Her mother, a botanist, sowed the seeds of understanding early on, but Cody had neither space nor interest to plant her own gardens until moving to the … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is a kitten named Bobby Flay. Yes, he looks like his mom gave him a bad haircut. He is an adorable, sweet little dude who has not quite learned to … 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

Reynolds lifts capacity limits on businesses starting Friday

Iowa’s businesses and attractions will be able to operate at full capacity beginning 8 a.m. Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced.  Her new proclamation means that restaurants, theaters … 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
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