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Absentee votes dominate June 2 primary election

In the June 2 primary election, Washington County voters cast 3,126 ballots. Of those, 2,613 were absentee ballots, a whopping 83.6% of the total. The remaining 513 votes were cast in person at … more

Kalona pool opens for laps, lessons

The Washington County YMCA has moved to Phase 2 of its reopening plan. Phase 2 includes opening the Kalona pool for laps and swimming lessons, which Gov. Kim Reynolds allowed in her last … 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

Weather at start of year aids road work

In a report to Washington County supervisors last week, the county’s Secondary Roads department, good weather allowed more roadside maintenance and rock hauling than occurred in previous … more

Wellman council will make an appointment to replace Philpot

The Wellman City Council agreed Monday that it will fill the seat that Mark Philpot is vacating at the end of the month by appointment. Last month, Philpot announced that he is resigning effective … more

Thorius re-elected as VP of engineers association

Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius was installed as South-Central Region vice president of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) at their recent annual meeting and technical … more

Supervisors set ambulance staff start date

Because county policy in providing benefits for employees starts the first day of the month following hiring, Washington County supervisors Monday approved June 30 as the hiring date for all … more

Wellman Golf

Wellman Golf League Week 2 Standings   Freeman Foods, 6 points City Sewer, 6 points JP Shooting, 4 points Moody Drifters, 3.5 points Stutsmans Inc., 3 points Roberts … 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

Business is Blooming

At first, trends seemed as troubling for garden stores as other retail businesses. With farmers markets closing, state orders for late openings, and shoppers being more cautious overall, outlooks … 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

Drew Blauvelt finds passion for cattle

Every summer, local youth and teens gather at fairgrounds and arenas to compete in cattle showing competitions, displaying the best of their livestock in competitions seeking prizes and generous bids … more

Wellman axes Fourth of July celebration

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Wellman will not be happening this year. At its Monday meeting, the Wellman City Council unanimously voted to cancel all Fourth of July events for this … more

Planting for the Future

The emerald ash borer has devastated the ash tree population across the country. Wellman is no exception. At last count, 110 trees will need to be removed around the city as the disease destroys … 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

WASHINGTON COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

    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

Reynolds: COVID-19 impact on farmers, producers has been ‘devastating’

A shortage of meat processing capacity is forcing producers to resort to enthanizing animals, state officials say. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Iowa’s meatpacking plants are … more
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