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West Elementary utilizing outdoor classroom more

The outdoor classroom built on the campus of Mid-Prairie West Elementary School has been under utilized since it was built more than 20 years ago.That, however, is changing.Principal Bill Poock told … more

David Boshart of Wellman is named college president

On Sept. 10, the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) board of directors announced the appointment of David W. Boshart, Ph.D., of Wellman as president of the seminary beginning Jan. 1, … more

Kalona to consider subsidy for Wellman Senior Dining

The Goodwin Senior Dining program in Wellman is a popular lunch program for people throughout the community, and not just among Wellman residents.At a Sept. 3 meeting, Kalona City Administrator Ryan … more

Wellman-Scofield Public Library News

Activities: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. – Toddler time with Megan. Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. – library trustee meeting.  Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2-3 p.m. – Early out: Come and build with … more

Heavy rain and flooding took toll on county roads

In his recent quarterly report to Washington County supervisors, County Engineer Jacob Thorius noted the toll weather took on the county roads when heavy rain brought flooding in April and May and … more

County OKs agreement with landowners to upgrade road

In a unanimous vote on Aug. 26, Washington County supervisors approved an agreement with John D. and Jenna L. Greiner to upgrade and rock surface a quarter mile of 285th Street west from Ivy … more

Ernst speaks with first responders

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst empathized with eastern Iowa emergency management coordinators at a Washington County meeting on Aug. 20.In 2001, Ernst was the emergency management coordinator in Montgomery … more

Filing period open until Sept. 19 for November city, school elections

The filing period for the November combined city and school elections began on Monday.The filing period runs until 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19 for both city and school elections.This is the first year … more

Kalona SuperNatural wins State Fair awards

Kalona SuperNatural took home first-place for its 100% grass-fed vanilla kefir and second-place for its buttermilk, both in the cultured dairy category at the Iowa State Fair. Additionally, Kalona … more

Mid-Prairie HSAP seeks photographs

The Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program is seeking historical photos of the former Washington Township School.HSAP Director Rachel Kerns said that she is hoping to find photos of the building … more

Mid-Prairie FFA takes top spot in horticulture

The Mid-Prairie FFA chapter was very successful at the 2019 Iowa State Fair in the FFA horticulture and floriculture department.  The Mid-Prairie FFA was the Supreme Chapter winner in the FFA … more

Wellman-Scofield Public Library News

Activities:Fridays at 10:30 a.m. – Toddler time with Megan.School starts Friday, Aug. 23.Library Trustee meeting Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m.Early out – Sept. 11, 2-3 p.m. Come and build with … more

Fourth-graders make cards for cancer patients

Last school year, Mid-Prairie West Elementary fourth-graders had “Flex Friday” time each week and could choose various projects to work on.A group of students chose card-making with Emily … more

Washington fair queen takes second runner-up at state

Between showing hogs and helping little hands on the farm, Leah Marek has donned a tiara for the second time this summer.Washington County native and 2019 County Fair Queen Leah Marek earned the … more

Hawkeye Kid Captain

After Saturday’s kids day celebration at Kinnick Stadium there was no denying it — Gabby Yoder was a star. Where other kids might shy away from the spotlight of news cameras and football players … more

Skeeter the Clown visits Wellman library

Children visiting the Wellman Scofield Public Library Friday morning were treated to a little circus preview.Skeeter the Clown of the Culpepper Merriweather Circus entertained the kids, while telling … more

Jeremy Gugel appointed to M-P board

There is another new face on the Mid-Prairie school board.At Monday’s meeting, the board appointed Jeremy Gugel to fill the seat vacated by Emily Uhl, who resigned in July after moving to Iowa … more

Courage Ride rolls out from Big Grove Brewery and Tap Room

Courage Ride, an annual charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research, will roll out this year from Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City on Saturday, Aug. … more

Extreme heat claims three chickens at Washington County Fair

The week of the Washington County Fair was hot — the hottest week in the county so far this year.Washington County was under an “excessive heat” advisory for most of the week, with the heat … more

Dry conditions continue for Iowa crops

The state’s farmers were handed another dry week last week.“Cooler-than-normal conditions continued across the state with varying amounts of precipitation,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture … more
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