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Communication and family time key for online learners

Highland and Lone Tree schools have both applied to the state for online learning waivers, which have both been approved. Highland originally moved online on Nov. 17 due to a lack of … more

Auction season weathers the pandemic in Kalona

A heated discussion regarding health insurance was the most prominent among a few hotly debated issues brought up during the Riverside City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 16. The meeting lasted … more

As COVID numbers climb, Iowa sees new mitigations

As COVID numbers continue to surge, Governor Kim Reynolds addressed Iowans live on statewide, primetime TV on Monday, Nov. 16, the first such address by an Iowa governor. “Right now, the … more

Pam Flynn, Air Force veteran of 25 years, sees respect, kindness from Kalona community

Pam Flynn loves being outdoors in the sunshine. She loves riding around her Kalona neighborhood in her golf cart, visiting with her neighbors and bringing toys and treats to her nieces and nephews. … more

A different kind of 85th birthday celebration

Despite the helium shortage and the persistent wind that popped many of them, the family and friends of Mary Rogers still managed to tie balloons to their cars on Saturday, Nov. 7 in order to drive … more

Riverside shops treasure new ‘218 Treasure Trek’

Customers poured into nearly every store on First Street on Saturday, Nov. 7 as part of Riverside’s first annual Route 218 Treasure Trek. In collaboration with shops in nearby Ainsworth, … more

Public Health urges care in holiday planning

With major winter holidays coming, preparing for celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic requires even more planning than ever. Danielle Pettit-Majewski, director of the Washington County Public … more

Iowa breaks voter registration record set in 2016

On Monday, Nov. 2, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that a record number of Iowans have registered to vote. As of Monday morning, there were 2,095,581 active registered voters. In July … more

Riverside Iowa Paranormal offers help to haunted residents free of charge

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, on Halloween or otherwise, there are people you can call to help you right here in Washington County. Riverside Iowa Paranormal (or, aptly, … more

Celebrate Halloween safely amid pandemic

Wellman, Kalona and Riverside will hold trick-or-treat time from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Lone Tree will hold theirs from 5-7 p.m. on the same date. Residents who don’t wish … more

Oh, baby, Huskies win tourney match

Now here’s a baby story that’s likely to be remembered around Highland High School. Playing in the first round of the Iowa Class 1A regional tournament Monday night, the Huskies … more

Mid-Prairie extends mask mandate, with updates

The Mid-Prairie School Board voted on Oct. 12 to maintain its face covering mandate but updated the mandate with more specific requirements. All students, teachers and staff must wear a face … more

Trump parade rolls through Washington County

There were approximately 50 participants in the Trump parade that started in Washington, went on to Riverside and through Kalona September 3.  The above truck float was on a wet  B Avenue … more

Health board finances are stable, COVID cases pass 400 in Washington Co.

Finances for the Washington County Board of Health have “nothing out of the ordinary,” board members learned during the monthly meeting on Sept. 24. The budget for fiscal year 2020-21, … more

Highland board votes to resume in-person classes for all grades Oct. 5

After considerable back-and-forth discussion at a special board meeting Monday, Sept. 28, the Highland School Board voted unanimously for all grades to return to the classrooms 100% in-person … more

Highland Boom Night 2020

Isaac Black and Kayla Cerny were crowned king and queen of the Highland Homecoming Court during Boom Night on Wednesday night in Ainsworth. The night consisted of a parade down North Railroad … more

Huskies’ Brun among rising freshmen

Highland freshman Peyton Brun and teammate Sarah Burton could be among the rising stars at this week’s Southeast Iowa Super Conference volleyball tournament. Brun leads the Huskies with 21 … more

Home school club hosts fall flower fundraiser

Over the summer, when Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program teacher Laura Mallory came in for lunch, she usually had to wash a stubborn layer of dirt off her hands. She is the advisor of the … more

Highland to stay hybrid through at least Oct. 2

A survey of 51 Highland Community School teachers overwhelmingly showed that the hybrid learning model that has been in place since the start of school in late August has been … more

Huskies fall to Wilton in frustrating opener

A pair of high snaps proved to be the undoing of the Highland Huskies, as they fell to the Wilton Beavers 36-30 at home this past Friday night. The first came in the second quarter after Luke … more
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