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Philpot will step down from council

Citing family health issues, Wellman City Council member Mark Philpot will be stepping down from his seat at the end of next month. Philpot made the announcement at the end of Monday night’s … more

Mid-Prairie working on ‘return to learn’ plan

Mid-Prairie leadership is working to put together the district’s “return to learn” plan for this fall. The state has mandated that all schools submit a plan to the Department of … more

Back to Business

Diners are not rushing to fill tables after Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions limiting restaurants to providing only carryout and delivery orders since mid-March. And not all restaurants have … more

Soldiers monument returns to Kalona

The final phases of the restoration of the unknown soldiers monument at Sharon Hill Cemetery are underway. On Monday morning, crews from Berg Lawn Care and Strabala Grounds Management began laying … more

Kalona, Wellman YMCA to open on May 26

The Washington County YMCA plans to open its facilities in Kalona and Wellman on May 26. Washington County YMCA CEO Amy Schulte detailed the opening plan Monday. “We have been working … more

Over 100,000 Iowans have now been tested for COVID-19

The number of Iowans tested for COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000, with just over 3,900 test results reported on Sunday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said last week that the validation of tests from the … more

Reynolds: Iowa will take additional steps if COVID-19 resurgence happens

If parts of Iowa experience a “significant” resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the state will take additional mitigation efforts to target those spots, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. However … more

How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever

Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers to fuel up and chow down. But lately at 6 Corners Gas & … more

The consequences of early reopening won’t appear for weeks, disease expert says

Iowa is reopening too early, but the public won’t see the consequences until weeks from now because of COVID-19’s incubation period, warns an infectious disease doctor. Gov. Kim … more

Morale Booster

On April 29, staffers from the Washington County YMCA paraded through the streets of Kalona to offer encouraging messages to its Kalona Community Center members. more

Thousands request absentee ballots

This year, Secretary of State Paul Pate sent absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters in the state. Thousands of voters in Washington and Johnson counties have responded, although a … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Pinto. Pinto is an adult, black, medium-haired male, who may possibly think he is a dog. He enjoys following you around and “talking” … more

Pre-register for primary by May 22

Washington County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Daniel L. Widmer is reminding eligible voters who want to vote in the June 2 primary election in Washington County and who are not yet … more

Class of 2020: A senior year like never before

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in March, the Class of 2020 entered uncharted territory. Faced with refocusing their studies to distance learning and the cancellation of school … more

Coloring Contest

This week’s coloring contest is in partnership with the local libraries. We want to welcome people of ALL AGES to help us “brighten up the libraries” by coloring this image to the … more

Schneider buys gift cards for all district employees

With last week being Teacher Appreciation Week, Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider wanted to do something to honor the district’s teachers. Schneider decided to reach into his own … more

Hillcrest sets a June 14 graduation

Hillcrest Academy is planning for commencement activities to be held on Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m. School officials are working through the logistics of an outside ceremony, a virtual ceremony or … more

Mid-Prairie sets June 28 for graduation ceremony

After polling Mid-Prairie High School seniors and their parents, Mid-Prairie High School is moving forward with a traditional graduation ceremony. In a May 4 letter to seniors and parents, … more

WCHC offers COVID-19 test clinic

Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) began offering a quick test clinic on Monday to test individuals expected to have COVID-19. Over the past three weeks, WCHC has witnessed a decrease … more

Pleasantview nursing director brings impressive credentials

Pleasantview Home in Kalona hired Holly Lear as its new director of nursing last month. Lear holds a doctorate in nursing alongside a master’s in public health among her extensive … more
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