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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

Wellman-Scofield Public Library News

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer and finding a cool spot to do some reading.  If you have a request for a specific book, send an email to scofield@netins.net or a surprise can be … more

Kalona Public Library News

Curbside service is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The book drop is open 24/7. To check out books and schedule curbside pickup you can: • Call 319-656-3501 Monday-Friday, 9 … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Costner. Costner is a medium-sized, young, multi-colored, male Australian cattle dog/blue heeler mix. He is described as a free spirit. … more

State Fair livestock entries available online

All 2020 Iowa State Fair 4-H livestock and horticulture entries must be completed online through Fair Entry by July 10 at iowastatefair4hlivestock.fairentry.com. Help sheets are available for … more

Old Thresher’s Reunion canceled

The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Board of Directors met on Tuesday, June 23 to decide the fate of the 2020 Old Threshers Reunion on Sept. 3-7. The board considered the overall health and … more

Young volunteers restore Conservation Park

Members of Boy Scouts of America Troops 235 and 235G renovated the public bathroom at Conservation Park in Riverside on June 20. Despite being completed by the scouts, Troop 235G Scoutmaster … more

Richmond Shooters decide to put on their own fireworks show

As local communities canceled firework shows, a few pyrotechnicians in Richmond hatched their own plan. The small community just south of Kalona was once home to the Richmond Shooters, a group of … more

U.S. House infrastructure plans could benefit rural Iowa, Democrats say

To make her case that rural Iowa needs federal help fixing its roads and bridges, U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer took her colleague U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the House … more

AARP calls for immediate, mandatory COVID-19 testing in Iowa care facilities

AARP Iowa says it is “outraged” by 11 COVID-19 deaths at an Iowa nursing home where symptomatic employees worked alongside vulnerable seniors. The organization is calling for immediate, … more

Ernst, Grassley join flared-up fight over ethanol

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - JUNE 11: A flag flies at the Southeast Iowa Renewable Energy ethanol facility prior to a visit from President Donald Trump on June 11, 2019 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. With … more

New environmental health director hired

Jason Taylor, currently Environmental Health Specialist II in the county’s Environmental Health division, was offered and accepted the position of environmental health director, replacing … more

4-H’ers get their chicks

The Washington County Extension Office housed 312 chicks the afternoon of June 17 for the standardized production broiler class.  4-H’ers enrolled in this class purchase and raise a … more


This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Kansas, a young, male domestic short hair and tabby mix. Kansas is new to the shelter but has already shown everyone he has a lot of love to give. … more

Highland school board weighs return to learn options

Highland school officials are continuing discussions on what the Return to Learn plan will look like in the fall. While much of the planning is guesswork while schools await guidance from state … 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

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
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