Local News

Kalona offers $10 for $50 Shop Local promotion

One of the best ways to support your local economy during this time is to order food for pickup or delivery, get groceries, purchase gift certificates for later use, or purchase from local stores …

Pleasantview staffer tests positive for COVID-19

A “non-direct care staff member” at Pleasantview Home has tested positive for COVID-19. Pleasantview Executive Director Jeffrey Schmidt confirmed in a Monday statement that case was …

Area churches cancel in-person services

With state officials restricting gatherings to fewer than 10 people, many area churches have canceled in-person services. Some, however, are offering online alternatives.

United Way offers ways to help during COVID-19 crisis

The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties has a number of suggestions for anyone wanting to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More animal shelter pet of the week is Nashville, an adult male treeing walker coonhound/vizsla mix who is described as a “free spirit.” Intelligent, …

Riverside City Hall closing to public in wake of coronavirus

Riverside City Hall may lock its doors to the public starting Wednesday. Staff will still be inside to take care of city business over the phone and online.

Our daily life grinds to a halt

As the week progressed, more and more places announced they were closing or modifying their operations. On Monday, what started as a trickle of announcements became a flood.

Area farmers get tips, encouragement at Hills Bank Farm Outlook Conference

How does today’s farmer manage the deluge of data generated by ever more high-tech equipment, cope with disruptions from tariffs to tech to coronavirus, respond to pressures to protect water …

Mid-Prairie works on distance learning plan

Mid-Prairie school administrators are working on plans to offer distance learning opportunities for students while district buildings are closed. Superintendent Mark Schneider told the school …

All Jazzed Up

On any given morning, you can walk through the doors of Mid-Prairie High School and hear some upbeat jazz music drifting down the hallways.

Mid-Prairie schools to start lunch pick-up program

Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider sent an email to district parents Wednesday announcing details of a school lunch pick-up program offered to students while schools are closed.

City of Wellman locks down City Hall

The city of Wellman is taking some precautionary measures in response to heightened awareness of the spread of the coronavirus.
Lone Tree

Lone Tree council OKs water rate reading

The Lone Tree City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance change to increase water rates in the city. City Clerk Stephanie Dautremont said the change is to cover the cost of the …

Lone Tree considers allowing chickens within city limits

At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Lone Tree City Council discussed the possibility of allowing chickens within the city limits. The issue was raised by resident Kyle Zaruba who did not have a specific …

Scammers target Alliant customers

Callers who ask you to pay in a few hours or have power disconnected are not legitimate. But scammers are getting more sophisticated. Alliant Energy has received reports from customers in …

Lone Tree students raise funds for Leukemia, Lymphoma Society

Two Lone Tree High School students are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission of curing blood cancers. Natalie Patterson and Brynne Ronan are competing against other …
Washington County
Washington County hospital opens clinic to screen patients
The Washington County Hospital and Clinics opened a respiratory triage clinic to screen patients who may be showing COVID-19 …
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Supporting Local Business
As many American businesses shut down or scale back their operations to prevent spreading the coronavirus, you may be wondering what …
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Church Closings
The limits being placed on gatherings of more than 10 people and health officials urging social distancing, area churches have …
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Iowa ‘not quite’ in need of a stay-at-home order
Iowa officials said Monday that an analysis of the latest data on the spread of COVID-19 indicates the state is “not …
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Supervisors support annexation of former Shiloh church property
In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Washington County supervisors approved a letter of support for the voluntary annexation of slightly more …
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Johnson County
Area schools set for lunch pickups
Local school districts are finding ways to get meals to their students while district buildings are shut down. This week, …
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Pet of the Week
This week’s PAWS and More animal shelter pet of the week is Patricia. She is a small spayed, housetrained, female domestic short …
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Legislative Update
Iowa Capital Dispatch This week marked a key committee deadline in the Iowa Legislature known as the “funnel.” Most …
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