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Streets are crumbling in Wellman subdivision

Wellman city officials are still seeking answers as to why some streets in the Deer Meadow Subdivision are crumbling. City Administrator Kelly Litwiller said that a contractor working on some … more

Highland enrollment drops but shows signs of leveling

The Highland school district dropped 12 students this year – both in actual enrollment and the certified enrollment used by the state to determine funding levels.But enrollment projections … more

Hay trolleys played role in farm mechanization

Steve Weeber was touring the Kalona Historical Village a few years ago when he spotted a couple of hay trolleys in the museum’s collection.The folks at the museum did not know much about them.Now … more

Lone Tree school district sees drop in students enrolled

The Lone Tree schools saw a drop in enrollment this year. The number of students enrolled dropped 13 from 454 to 441.But the certified enrollment, the number the state uses to supply funds to the … more

Annual Pleasantview Benefit Sale set for this Friday and Saturday

Back in 1956 the Kalona community was preparing for a new “home for the aged,” as it was described by local church leaders. The need for elderly care was evident, and to prepare for such a … more

William Dale Cortum

1952 - 2019 William “Bill” Dale Cortum was born Dec. 21, 1952, in Washington County, the son of Raymond and Oriet (Tesdahl) Cortum. He graduated from Mid-Prairie High School in 1971 and … more

Jaron Eugene Yoder, Janice Kaylene Yoder

Sanford and JoEmma Yoder of Kalona are the parents of twins, Jaron Eugene and Janice Kaylene, born Oct. 18, 2019. They are welcomed by three sisters and one brother, Jolisa Ellen, Janae Rosine, … more

Jason Bud Branham

1987 - 2019 Jason Bud Branham, 32, passed away in St. George, Utah on Oct. 22, 2019, at home with his parents at his bedside. His passing was the result of a 14-month battle with Glioma Brain … more

Gregory Lee Hansen

1965 - 2019 Gregory Lee Hansen was born Feb. 8, 1963, in Estherville, Iowa, to Gary and Laurie Hansen, who preceded him from this world. He leaves two daughters, Kelsey and Shelby, whom he loved … more

Ila Miller Swartzendruber

1926 - 2019 Ila Miller Swartzendruber passed away at Pleasantview Home, Kalona, on Oct. 27, 2019, at the age of 93.  Visitation hours are 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Sunnyside Mennonite … more

Donna Marie (Heim) Epley

1930 - 2019 Donna Marie (Heim) Epley, 89, passed away Oct. 22, 2019, at Heritage Nursing Home in Mason City, Iowa after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.  She left a legacy of … more

New trash bins coming to Riverside

Riverside residents will soon have new trash bins to place at the curb for garbage pickup.The Riverside City Council Monday night reviewed a new contract with Johnson County Refuse, which will begin … more

Dry weather lets farmers harvest crops

Farmers last week had several dry days to harvest crops before a rainy weekend.“The state experienced dry and windy weather conditions last week, which gave farmers several good days to harvest … more

County attorney Gish deploying to Kuwait

In addition to John Gish’s oath to uphold the law as Washington County attorney, he also swore an oath to defend the United States of America. Gish, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was recently … more

Kalona Public Library News

ActivitiesStory time 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 for ages K-fifth grade from 1:30-3:30 … more

Washington County looks at options for ambulance service

The Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved forming a Washington County Ambulance Advisory Committee to review options and recommend a plan to keep ambulance services in the … more

Perry L. Miller

1925 - 2019 Perry L. Miller, 94, died Oct. 18, 2019. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Center Amish Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, Kan.  Burial was in West Center Cemetery, … more

Memorial to receive a facelift

A memorial to unknown soldiers at the Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona is being rebuilt.The Kalona City Council Monday night approved moving ahead now with the concrete work and will approve the actual … more

Wellman-Scofield Public Library News

ActivitiesFridays at 10:30 a.m., toddler time with Megan.Watch for Halloween costume check-out in October.Early-out, Wednesday, Oct. 23, movie at the library 2 p.m.Girls Who Code, Tuesday, Oct. … more

Patricia Beranek

1924 - 2019 Patricia Beranek, affectionately known as “Granny Pat,” passed away in her home on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019,  surrounded by her loving family. Granny Pat was born Dec. 12, 1924, … more
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