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314-mile run an adventure for Parkside Y’s Weston

The adventure began with a ferry ride across the Mississippi River. It was the last time in more than a week that Scott Weston was able to relax. If relaxation was possible even at that point. … more

Mid-Prairie administrators prepare for students’ return

Mid-Prairie administrators are making their final preparations for school to begin on Aug. 24. They gave updates to the Mid-Prairie school board during an outdoor meeting on Monday night. High … more

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

Mid-Prairie opts for full-time in-person plan

Mid-Prairie students will return to school with full-time in-person classes on Aug. 24. With the support of a number of parents in attendance and against the recommendation of several staff … 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

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

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

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

Mid-Prairie plans for first day of school

Speaking to board members Monday, Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider affirmed his intention to begin school on Monday, Aug. 24, though he said the situation was still fluid and changes could … more

Mid-Prairie High School 2020 seniors receive diplomas

After not having been able to gather in school since before spring break, the Mid-Prairie High School class of 2020 were together one last time on Sunday to receive their diplomas. Speakers … 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

A Source of Smiles

Following nearly three months of continued publicity, Mid-Prairie’s newest social media star, Busy Bear, is stepping out of the limelight. The giant teddy bear started as Superintendent Mark … 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

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

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
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