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Slechta Communications, Inc. re-assumes ownership of The News

As of June 18, the ownership of The News has been transferred to Slechta Communications, Inc (Ron and Helen Slechta) from Jim and Bridget Johnson, dba Johnson Iowa Media. Slechta Communications … more

Reynolds signs bill protecting Iowa businesses from COVID-19 liability

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks at a press conference on March 16, 2020. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a COVID-19 liability bill into law on Thursday, granting businesses, nursing homes and … more

State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals is responsible for inspecting food establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores, as well as food processing plants, … more

Reynolds declares Iowa ‘in recovery,’ appoints business leaders to advise economic plans

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse on June 18, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. ( Photo by Charlie … more

Highland board ends teacher contract

The Highland school board fired a high school teacher after a closed session at its June 8 meeting. Industrial arts teacher Brian Haymond had his contract terminated in a 6-1 decision, with Kathy … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS and More pet of the week is Bodean, an adult male coonhound. Bodean is described as a ‘go-getter.’ Want to get more exercise? Action is his middle name. His … more

City of Riverside property gradually reopening

Riverside will gradually reopen city property following a series of unanimous decisions by the City Council. Parks and playgrounds will open immediately, while City Hall is slated to reopen with a … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is a kitten named Bobby Flay. Yes, he looks like his mom gave him a bad haircut. He is an adorable, sweet little dude who has not quite learned to … more

Iowa State Fair is canceled for the first time since 1945

The Iowa State Fair is canceled for 2020, leaving Iowans and the Midwest without their beloved tradition of fried corn dogs and hog calling in the humid summer heat. This marks the first time … more

Reynolds lifts capacity limits on businesses starting Friday

Iowa’s businesses and attractions will be able to operate at full capacity beginning 8 a.m. Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced.  Her new proclamation means that restaurants, theaters … more

Pop-up Pantry

The cities of Kalona, Wellman and Riverside held their fourth pop-up food pantry at the Kalona city shop on Saturday morning. Approximately 200 boxes of food were distributed, serving more than 600 … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Hazel, a blue heeler, labrador retriever mix who is about 4 years old. She is a very loyal, loving dog. Although she is with two other dogs now, … more

Riverside breaks off ambulance talks

The Riverside City Council voted 3-2 on Monday to end talks with Wellman and Kalona to base a county ambulance in Riverside. The dividing issue was who would pay for the service. The ambulance … more

Riverside Casino reopens

The Riverside Casino and Golf Resort welcomed back guests on Monday morning. The casino reopened for business on the first day allowed by Gov. Kim Reynolds’ May 26 proclamation. A steady … more

Greenfield wins Democratic primary, will challenge U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst

Democrat Theresa Greenfield gave her victory speech on social media after winning her party's nomination for U.S. Senate. (Screen shot from Greenfield Facebook video) Democrat Theresa … more


    With no contested local races, there were no surprises in the Washington County primary election Tuesday.     The Washington County auditor’s office … more

Iowa rolls out extended unemployment benefits

Iowa Workforce Development on Friday detailed new unemployment benefits for Iowans. The CARES Act created Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides 13 weeks of benefits … more

Businesses not required to report major virus outbreaks, IDPH says

Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the State Emergency Operations Center, May … more

Riverside to talk expanding noise code

The Riverside City Council plans to discuss a comprehensive expansion to its noise ordinance at the next council meeting on June 1. The proposed changes – drawn from Coralville, West Liberty … more

Iowa falls short of WHO guidelines for reopening

Iowa fails to meet the World Health Organization’s latest guidelines for reopening businesses and other facilities, Johns Hopkins University reported.  States should have positive … more
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