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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

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Butterball, a young female Domestic Longhair. Butterball is described as a “love bug” who loves to exchange purrs for petting. … more

State’s farmers take a hit from Monday storm

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said Monday night that a number of farmers from across the state were impacted by the severe storms that ripped through Iowa on Monday … more

Library receives state accreditation

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Wellman-Scofield Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards … 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

Virtual 2020 Courage Ride underway

The 2020 Courage Ride, which this year is being done virtually due to COVID-19, began this past Saturday and goes through Aug. 15. The annual event is a fundraiser to aid in the fight against … 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

The News webpage to include paywall

As of August 1, 2020, The News has a paywall for accessing certain content. Obituaries, marketplace advertising, photo galleries classified and legal advertising still can be accessed without … more

KCTC Phone Issue

The Washington County Communications Center has been made aware of a wireline or landline phone issue for all Kalona Telephone (KCTC) subscribers. Currently those customers have no service and cannot … more

Transportation director wins state award

Mid-Prairie Transportation Director Teresa Hartley received the 2020 Iowa Woman in Transportation Award during a surprise award ceremony in the high school’s auditorium on Tuesday … more

Supervisors clear the way for Wellman Dollar General

With a unanimous 4-0 vote Tuesday, Washington County supervisors acknowledged the city of Wellman’s voluntary annexation of a building lot for a Dollar General store in the city.  The … more

Wellman-Scofield Public Library News

Wellman-Scofield Public Library is open by appointment to limit the number of contacts and to ensure patrons and staff remain safe and healthy. One person/family is allowed into the library for 30 … more

Board of Health costs down

At its July meeting, the county Board of Health learned its revenues are 121% of projections, compared to 75% in expenditures, both showing effects from health and safety limits and restrictions in … more

Census to send postcards to non-responders

The U.S. Census Bureau is sending out postcard reminders to households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The postcard mailing is due to the impact of COVID-19 on census … more
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