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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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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. more

Riverside discusses July 1 target for reopening City Hall

The Riverside City Council is in no hurry to reopen City Hall to public traffic. The council decided at its Monday meeting to construct a public lobby, which will be easier to keep clean and … more

AmVets to hold only Memorial Day service

The Richmond AmVets Post No. 107 will conduct Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25. The first service will be at Sharon Hills Cemetery in Kalona at 10 a.m., followed by a service at the … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 … more

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 to fuel up and chow down. But lately at 6 Corners Gas & … more

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 incubation period, warns an infectious disease doctor. Gov. Kim … more

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 voters in Washington and Johnson counties have responded, although a … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Pinto. Pinto is an adult, black, medium-haired male, who may possibly think he is a dog. He enjoys following you around and “talking” … more

Highland board OKs salary hikes for non-teaching staff

The Highland school board approved pay increases for support staff, administrators and salaried contracts Monday night. Support staff – secretaries, associates, custodians, cooks and bus … more

Highland approves graduates list; graduation ceremony undecided

The Highland school board Monday night approved 49 high school seniors for graduation. How they will receive their diplomas, however, is still up in the air. “This year’s … more

Pre-register for primary by May 22

Washington County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Daniel L. Widmer is reminding eligible voters who want to vote in the June 2 primary election in Washington County and who are not yet … more
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