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Kalona

Kalona Tractorcade to ride June 12

Saturday, June 12 will feature the Kalona Tractorcade, an informal tractor parade that will start at 5 p.m. and wind through Kalona, showing off all different kinds of tractors. The event will …

Hills Bank donates over $8,000 to area schools

Hills Bank, as part of the Classroom Cash program, recently donated $1,483.65 to the Highland Community School District, $728.91 to Hillcrest Academy, $662.85 to the Lone Tree Community School …

Chamber Welcomes Creekside eBikes

Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed Victor Yoder of Creekside Ebikes as a new member of the chamber recently. On the welcoming committee were Chamber Director Tonia Poole, board member …

Special pricing offered on ByWays tours during Kalona Days

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a 10% discount on ByWays Tours for groups of eight or more on June 19, Chamber Director Tonia Poole announced this week The popular 90-minute tour …
Riverside

Chamber needs volunteers to staff State fair booth

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to help staff the Chamber’s booth in the Varied Industries building at the Iowa State Fair on August 12 to 22. The Kalona booth …

Supervisors OK hiring outside counsel

Following an approximate 40-minute closed session at the start of their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 1, the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved hiring Ann Smisek of the Ahlers & …

Residential property values raised an average of 7%

The Washington County Assessor’s office has reviewed all assessed property values in Washington County and will be submitting the abstract of assessment to the state Department of Revenue in …

Communities gather to honor heroes on Memorial Day

Communities across the state observed Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, with remembrance ceremonies, the presentation of arms, the playing of taps. Dozens or hundreds of citizens gathered in local …
Wellman

Acceptance window for M-P school board election documents approaches

Three seats on the Mid-Prairie Board of Education will be up for election on Nov. 2, 2021, as the terms for President Jeremy Gugel, Gabrielle Frederick and Jodi Meader expire. Election paperwork …

Wellman church welcomes new pastor

The First Baptist Church of Wellman would like to announce the hiring of a new lead pastor. Pastor Andrew Lundstrom will be starting his new role on May 30. Pastor Andrew and his wife Lisa will be …

Wellman Scofield Public Library News

This summer, reading will color our world! If you have already registered for our program, please stop in and pick up a reading log and a new book. Each week will focus on a way that colors are …

Jehovah’s Witnesses adapt to pandemic changes, grow as people

It’s been one year since Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide adjusted their hallmark methods of sharing comfort and hope from the scriptures due to the pandemic. For many, the change from …
Lone Tree

Johnson Co. hears update on grocery program that delivered over 1,500 bags

When Johnson County ranked third-highest in Iowa in positive COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, the county applied for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to help get groceries to those in …

Lone Tree Community Dining, farmers market, community building reopen

The City of Lone Tree will be reopening Community Dining for dine-in on Friday, June 11. The program will continue to offer deliveries and carryout, but carryout meals must be picked up between …

Lone Tree Graduation

Lone Tree held its graduation ceremony for 34 graduates on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Lone Tree holds 2021 senior awards night

Lone Tree High School held their 2021 Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. Academic Excellence Awards: Abby Westfall, Madelaine Altenhofen, Alex Viner, Ashley Yedlik Carrie …
Washington County
Miller-Meeks tours Kalona solar farms
Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks toured the Farmers Electric Cooperative solar garden, farm and other solar installations affiliated with the energy company on Monday, June 7. Famers Electric …
Kalona to study early childhood needs
The City of Kalona will move forward with an early childhood needs assessment, partnering with the Mid-Prairie Community School District, Pleasantview Home and the YMCA of Washington …
Season’s first Kalona farmers market a success
The first Kalona farmers market of the season was held on Saturday, June 5 in downtown Kalona. Despite the 90-degree weather and hot sun, dozens of individuals, couples and families strolled the …
Kalona Realty: Small team, big results
Kalona Realty might be a smaller company, but Broker and President Tina Hershberger says they are a well-kept secret for residents of Kalona and many surrounding areas. “I think people see …
Optimist Bike Giveaway
Kalona Optimist President Jim Crowther, left, and bicycle chairman Bob Miller show off four of the six bicycles the Kalona Optimist will be giving away to three girls and three boys under the age of …
Johnson County
Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank celebrates 120 years in Lone Tree
Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank opened in Lone Tree on August 24, 1901, making this summer the institution’s 120th anniversary. Farmers & Merchants is the oldest bank in Johnson …
Johnson County removes mask mandate, plans for COVID relief funds
The masks are coming off this week across Johnson County. The Johnson County Public Board of Health rescinded a mask mandate that had been in place since August 2020. The move was approved by the …
Law enforcement contracts approved for Hills, Lone Tree
IOWA CITY The Johnson County Board of Supervisor approved agreements for law enforcement protections for thecities of Lone Tree and Hills at its regular meeting on May 20.The agreements cover the …