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Storm rips through the area Monday

Winds exceeding 100 miles per hour tore through Iowa early Monday afternoon, in a so-called derecho, a severe weather phenomenon involving hurricane-strength winds moving in a straight line. The … more

'Something of a Legend'

Jim Goodrich, a community figure known for a lifetime of hard work, generosity and ever-present cowboy hats, died at his home on Thursday, July 16. He was 94 years old. Jim Goodrich’s … more

City urges all to wear face masks

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh will contact local entities to encourage them to support the use of masks and social distancing within the city to stem local contagion from the COVID-19 … more

Fern Bontrager appointed to Wellman City Council

A familiar face is returning to the Wellman City Council. At Monday’s meeting, the council appointed Fern Bontrager to serve out the remainder of former council member Mark Philpot’s … more

Greiner resigns as Mid-Prairie baseball coach

Andy Greiner, the 2020 River Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has resigned as head coach of the Mijd-Prairie High School baseball team. Greiner submitted his resignation this past … more

Cover Cropping: A Locally Grown Innovation

For a craft as old as civilization itself, farming exists in a constant state of change as new technology and techniques become available. As a state teeming with farmers, Iowa finds itself at the … more

Riverside approves citywide garage sales

The Riverside City Council  approved citywide garage sales for late August in a unanimous decision at its July 20 meeting. The sales were authorized for Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. … more

Community Awards

The city of Kalona is putting out a call for community award nominations. The awards are traditionally announced and presented at Kalona Days in June. These awards are given to individuals and … more

WEDG director Collins dies

Washington Economic Development Group Executive Director David Collins died unexpectedly at his home on July 22. Collins was found dead in his home just before noon on Wednesday during a welfare … more

Taylor Brinning named 2020 Washington County Fair Queen

The Washington County Fair may be limited this year, but a 2020 Fair Queen was still crowned on Sunday night. Taylor Brinning, the daughter of Shane and Kathleen Brinning and an entering senior at … more

Kalona Chamber cancels ByWays tours, names new members

The 2020 Kalona ByWays bus tours, operated by the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce, have been canceled for the remainder of 2020. The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce board, meeting by Zoom on July … more

Schools prepare for in-person opening

Gov. Reynolds’ announced an expectation that schools provide at least half of their learning through in-person instruction when classes resume this fall during a press conference … more

Kalona Dental Opens New Location

After several months of closing and reopening due to COVID-19 and moving, Kalona Family Dental has opened its new location on East Avenue. Dr. Tammy Grimm said Kalona Family Dental previously had … more

Funeral Directors Receive Recognition

Funeral directors have played a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their service, Gov. Kim Reynolds last week designated July 12-18 as the state’s Funeral Directors … more

Ambulance Facility to go online

After months of back-and-forth negotiations and outfitting to a new ambulance facility just south of Kalona, crews will start operating out of the building this week. “Once all the crew gets … more

Area Churches Offer Drive-up Mass

Amid widespread closures and precautions due to COVID-19, local churches have found a modern way to safely hold mass, using AM radio and the parking lot. “Mass needs to be visible to the … more

The Butler Did It

Riverside will celebrate the grand opening of a new dog park this Saturday. The 110-foot-by 115-foot area, named Butler Park, was the Eagle Scout project of one Matt Butler, though the name is … more

The News welcomes new sports editor

Paul Bowker, a nationally recognized writer who has covered multiple World Series and an Olympic Games, joined The News this week as its new sports editor. He is a native of Massachusetts, a … more

Mid-Prairie may adjust calendar

Mid-Prairie administrators are recommending a slight adjustment to the district’s 2020-21 calendar. At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Mark Schneider said that … 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
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