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Kalona

Washington K-9 officer gets new protective vest

Thanks to a donation from Vested Interest, a charitable non-profit, Washington County K-9 officer Dzamal has a bullet and stab protective vest.  The new armor is embroidered with “Gifted …

Pleasantview to host online fundraiser November 5-6

The Pleasantview Benefit has been a tradition in the Kalona community since 1956 as the community supports Pleasantview Home. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the benefit to change …

Kalona approves non-financial developers agreements

On Monday, Sept. 20, the Kalona City Council approved a parcel split for land at the corner of Highway 1 and Highway 22, as well as two non-financial developers’ agreements for use of the …

Mural in progress at Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program greenhouse

This is the second year the Mid-Prairie Homeschool Assistance Program’s Roots and Shoots club has conducted its fall mum sale. Organizer Laura Mallory, a teacher with the Homeschool Assistance …
Riverside

Riverside prepares for Boom Night

Boom Night is coming to the streets of Riverside next Wednesday. The parade route for Highland High School’s Homecoming celebration, following a similar path as the TrekFest parade did this …

Armyworms come for Iowa lawns

Armyworms have come to Iowa. Fall armyworms might show up in the state on any given year, but Rebecca Vittetoe, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said this is an …

Kalona resident remembers being a 9/11 chaplain

Maurie Campbell, who lives in Kalona, was an Army Reserve chaplain who was mobilized after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and ended up spending two and a half years at the Pentagon helping people …

Johnson County sees “dramatic increase” in COVID cases

Johnson County Public Health officials are seeking to nearly double the number of close-contact tracers as COVID cases rise with the delta variant. “We are seeing a dramatic increase in …
Wellman

Wellman considers frisbee golf course

At Monday’s meeting, Wellman city council members agreed to study a proposal to build a frisbee golf course in the city’s North Park. A plan was put together several years ago by an …

Wellman council receives update

Wellman City Council members approved $40,000 on Tuesday, Sept. 7 for the purchase and customization of a utility van for the public works department. The van will be fitted with interior shelving …

Labor Day brunch at Goodwin Senior Center “a huge success”

The Goodwin Senior Center in Wellman offered a brunch on Labor Day, which was their first fundraiser in over 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anne Mann, president of the senior commission, …

SE Iowa Insurance adds two new young agents

The addition of two young agents to the staff of Southeast Iowa Insurance, with offices in Kalona and Wellman, was announced this week by owner Shawn Powell. “We are pleased to bring on …
Lone Tree

Mary’s Farm Sanctuary hosts artists

Mary’s Farm Sanctuary hosted an Art for the Animals fundraiser event on Sunday, September 12. The Sanctuary featured over eight artists and other vendors. All profits made from the event went …

Lone Tree leads Grant Wood Area Education Agency in reading proficiency

As the school year begins, the Lone Tree Elementary staff is preparing for another great year. However, once again, this staff is not going to let COVID get in their way of great teaching and student …

IDPH on how to slow COVID spread

Like most of the country, Iowa has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks. Because of the success of our vaccine campaign, current numbers are a …

Senior Dining Menus

September 2 - 9   Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – BBQ rib patty, oven browned potatoes, chop salad, fruit and cookie Monday – Labor Day Brunch Tuesday – …
Washington County
Rural doctor’s goal: Prevent people from getting sick
“I never expected to be a physician living and working through a pandemic where we’re learning and treating a new infectious disease,” Dr. Ryan Flannery told me, when I asked him to …
Everence Financial adds Chris Nachtigall, Jennifer Freeman to staff
There are two new Everence team members now in the office location at 301 5th Street, Kalona. Chris Nachtigall, Financial consultant, and Jennifer Freeman, Client Services Representative, have joined …
Professional Proteins celebrates 20 years of organic processing
When I mention to people where I work, they often ask “where is that?” or “what do you guys do out there?”. Professional Proteins is the small mill north of Washington along …
Washington Board of Supervisors OK EMSA council, by-laws
In less than a half-hour on Monday, Sept. 13, the Washington County Board of Supervisors formally approved the resolution for the county’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (EMSA) …
Riverside VFW sponsors multiple scholarship opportunities for K-12
Riverside Post #6414 VFW and VFW Auxiliary are sponsoring the annual National VFW and VFW Auxiliary Scholarship Awards. The Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars premier scholarship …
Johnson County
Lone Tree school to host American Rescue Plan public session Oct. 12
Lone Tree Community School has been chosen by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to be host of an upcoming American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) public session. The county, which has been awarded …
Johnson Co. recognized as “age friendly” community
Johnson County was recently recognized by AARP as an age-friendly community and was officially accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. Johnson County is the first …
Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA approval
On Monday, Aug. 23, the FDA authorized full approval for one COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of …