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Coloring Contest

This week’s coloring contest is in partnership with the local libraries. We want to welcome people of ALL AGES to help us “brighten up the libraries” by coloring this image to the … more

Schneider buys gift cards for all district employees

With last week being Teacher Appreciation Week, Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider wanted to do something to honor the district’s teachers. Schneider decided to reach into his own … more

Hillcrest sets a June 14 graduation

Hillcrest Academy is planning for commencement activities to be held on Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m. School officials are working through the logistics of an outside ceremony, a virtual ceremony or … more

WCHC offers COVID-19 test clinic

Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) began offering a quick test clinic on Monday to test individuals expected to have COVID-19. Over the past three weeks, WCHC has witnessed a decrease … more

Pleasantview nursing director brings impressive credentials

Pleasantview Home in Kalona hired Holly Lear as its new director of nursing last month. Lear holds a doctorate in nursing alongside a master’s in public health among her extensive … more

Learning from Home

Daily school life has changed drastically for students and teachers alike as work-from-home conditions have swept the state. Social distancing measures have replaced day-to-day socialization, … more

Kalona, Riverside and Wellman plan third pantry

The cities of Riverside, Kalona and Wellman will again join forces to provide food for those in need. A combined drive-up food pantry will be held from 9-11 a.m., Saturday at the Kalona city shop, … more

Classic Car Cruise in Kalona Saturday

    On Saturday afternoon, the streets of Kalona will turn into a time machine. more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/6/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,309 negative … more

Saturday Morning Fire

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof of a burning home at 2563 Highway 1 SW on Saturday morning. Firefighters from Kalona, Riverside, Wellman, Tiffin, Hills and Coralville were all called to the … more

LED sign installed in downtown Kalona

There is a new addition to the downtown Kalona landscape. The city of Kalona recently installed a message board between the post office and fire station on Fifth Street. “The sign is a … more

Three-City Food Pantry

The three cities joined forces to host pop-up food pantries in each community on Saturday morning. In all, nearly 200 boxes of food were handed out in the three cities Saturday, representing more … more

Kalona library offers curb service

The Kalona Public Library will be doing curbside pickup of items. You can call the library or send a Facebook or email message with 10 items or less that you would like to check-out. Orders … more

Cities lobby for northern ambulance

Cities along Highway 22 are looking to bring an ambulance to the northern tier of Washington County. Officials from Wellman and Kalona have had preliminary talks with the new director of the … more

New Rules, New Way of Life

When Jeremy Hassman stepped into his general manager position at the Kalona Brewing Company a month ago, he couldn’t have anticipated the looming trouble for restaurants across the nation. As … more

Kalona Days canceled, may be rescheduled

The annual Kalona Days celebration has been canceled due to social distancing limitations imposed by the state. This year’s event was scheduled for June 20, featuring a fun run, parade, … more

Cities consider easing restrictions

Washington County is one of 22 counties where Gov. Kim Reynolds did not lift restrictions on May 1. Currently, restrictions are set to be eased in those 22 counties on May 15. With an eye to the … more

Iowa counties cut back voting sites as absentee ballot requests surge

As Iowa counties dramatically scale back the number of polling sites to be used in the upcoming primary election, an Iowa judge has ordered one western Iowa county to modify its plans to severely … more

Economists: March brought record economic dive in Iowa, trouble may last 18 months

Iowa saw a record drop in a key economic indicator even as the COVID-19 pandemic was just taking hold in March, the Iowa Department of Revenue reported. The Iowa Leading Indicators … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/5/20)

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 408 additional positive cases for a total of 10,111 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,000 negative tests for a … more
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