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Kalona

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Snowball, a small, young female domestic shorthair. Snowball is a playful and fearless feline, curious about everything and afraid of nothing. Her …

Hunting, fishing license sales surge amid pandemic

Iowans looking for a break from isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic bought far more hunting and fishing licenses than usual, state records show. Those sports, and visiting parks and …

Reynolds ‘laying in wait’ for virus updates but she won’t return to announcing daily case numbers

  Iowans who are closely watching the state’s COVID-19 website for data on cases in their area will have to take a break over the Memorial Day weekend as the site goes down …

Iowa restaurants raise prices as meat, to-go containers become harder to stock

Some Iowa restaurant owners said they are raising their menu prices as the cost of supplies like meat and to-go containers rise due to supply chain strains during the COVID-19 …
Riverside

Take the stage: Drama, school classes join baseball and softball in June 1 restart

Iowa schools beginning June 1 will be able to offer classes and activities such as drama and science camps, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday.  High-school baseball and softball seasons …

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Batman, a buff/tan  adult male domestic short hair. Batman is a chill kitty who dreams of his own Gotham City. He would adapt well to an …

Highland board approves asbestos removal contract

The Highland school board approved a $42,000 contract Monday evening to remove asbestos found in the building during renovations. The discovery of asbestos ground work on the heating, air …

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The cities of Kalona, Riverside and Wellman teamed up for a third pop-up food pantry, distributing 186 boxes of food – more than 5,000 pounds – to area residents. The cities are planning a fourth pop-up food pantry on May 30.
Wellman

Wellman-Scofield Public Library News

Even though the library is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are processing and cataloging books to begin curbside pickup and our eventual reopening. Continue to access our …

Kalona, Wellman eye June 1 to open city halls

The cities of Kalona and Wellman announced their plans for re-opening their respective city halls. Both cities plan to have their city halls fully staffed on June 1. “Our plan is that …

Philpot will step down from council

Citing family health issues, Wellman City Council member Mark Philpot will be stepping down from his seat at the end of next month. Philpot made the announcement at the end of Monday night’s …

Mid-Prairie working on ‘return to learn’ plan

Mid-Prairie leadership is working to put together the district’s “return to learn” plan for this fall. The state has mandated that all schools submit a plan to the Department of …
Lone Tree

Back to Business

Diners are not rushing to fill tables after Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions limiting restaurants to providing only carryout and delivery orders since mid-March. And not all restaurants have …

LT Wellness Center starts slowly reopening for member workouts

The Lone Tree Wellness Center is slowly opening for members anxious to work out. Starting Saturday, May 16, the center allowed up to four people at a time to work out in the same area at one time. …

Over 100,000 Iowans have now been tested for COVID-19

The number of Iowans tested for COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000, with just over 3,900 test results reported on Sunday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said last week that the validation of tests from the …

Reynolds: Iowa will take additional steps if COVID-19 resurgence happens

If parts of Iowa experience a “significant” resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the state will take additional mitigation efforts to target those spots, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. However …
Washington County
Kalona pool won’t open right away
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced last week that public pools will be allowed to open for lessons and laps only. However, the Kalona …
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Hillcrest Academy opts for a virtual commencement
Hillcrest Academy is moving forward with plans for a virtual commencement ceremony. On Monday, Hillcrest Principal Dwight Gingerich …
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Soldiers monument returns to Kalona
The final phases of the restoration of the unknown soldiers monument at Sharon Hill Cemetery are underway. On Monday morning, crews …
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Kalona, Wellman YMCA to open on May 26
The Washington County YMCA plans to open its facilities in Kalona and Wellman on May 26. Washington County YMCA CEO Amy Schulte …
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How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever
Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers …
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Johnson County
Johnson County Fair cancels grounds, grandstand events
On May 14, the Johnson County Fair Association announced that it will cancel grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson …
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The consequences of early reopening won’t appear for weeks, disease expert says
Iowa is reopening too early, but the public won’t see the consequences until weeks from now because of COVID-19’s …
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Thousands request absentee ballots
This year, Secretary of State Paul Pate sent absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters in the state. Thousands of …
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