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CDC guidelines for a safe Thanksgiving

The CDC lists its guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season, such as limiting family get-togethers, wearing masks and encouraging guests to bring their own food. For more … more

As COVID numbers climb, Iowa sees new mitigations

As COVID numbers continue to surge, Governor Kim Reynolds addressed Iowans live on statewide, primetime TV on Monday, Nov. 16, the first such address by an Iowa governor. “Right now, the … more

Gugel named new Mid-Prairie board president, board approves esports and girls basketball sharing agreement

    Jeremy Gugel was named the next president of the Mid-Prairie Board of Education and Denise Chittick was named vice president. Both were immediately sworn in prior to the business … more

Pam Flynn, Air Force veteran of 25 years, sees respect, kindness from Kalona community

Pam Flynn loves being outdoors in the sunshine. She loves riding around her Kalona neighborhood in her golf cart, visiting with her neighbors and bringing toys and treats to her nieces and nephews. … more

A different kind of 85th birthday celebration

Despite the helium shortage and the persistent wind that popped many of them, the family and friends of Mary Rogers still managed to tie balloons to their cars on Saturday, Nov. 7 in order to drive … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Redge, a young female domestic short hair and tabby mix. Redge has a light orange coat, is litter-trained and has all her vaccinations up to date. … more

Drug take-back event breaks records

During the nationwide U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration drug takeback event on Oct. 24, the DEA collected nearly a million pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medications across the nation. The … more

A Running Faith

Race day always begins with a huddle. And a prayer. Less than 10 minutes before the Mid-Prairie girls cross country team was to successfully chase down a fourth consecutive state team title on … more

WCHC remains prepared for COVID hospitalizations

Although COVID-19 positivity rates are steadily rising in Washington County, Washington County Hospital and Clinics has not yet seen “a significant number of COVID-19 related admissions,” … more

Mid-Prairie temporarily closes preschool after COVID spike

In an emergency meeting on Nov. 4, the Mid-Prairie school board voted to temporarily suspend preschool for three and four year olds following an increase in COVID-19 absences. The board will … more

Public Health urges care in holiday planning

With major winter holidays coming, preparing for celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic requires even more planning than ever. Danielle Pettit-Majewski, director of the Washington County Public … more

Iowa breaks voter registration record set in 2016

On Monday, Nov. 2, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced that a record number of Iowans have registered to vote. As of Monday morning, there were 2,095,581 active registered voters. In July … more

Trump wins Iowa with 53.1% of the vote

Statewide Results     As of this writing, the general election is still undecided on a national level but results from Iowa came in late on Election Night.     … more

Trump, Ernst win Iowa Youth Straw Poll

Of the 31,404 students who participated in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Iowa Youth Straw Poll, 55.37% of them voted for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Joseph R. … more

Mid-Prairie board receives enrollment data, plans for possible hybrid model

During a work session of the Mid-Prairie board of education on Oct. 26, superintendent Mark Schneider presented enrollment data for the district. Count day was Oct. 1. The preliminary data, which … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Nixon, a seven-year-old Plott Hound and Boxer mix. Nixon has come to PAWS & More after several years of being in a wonderful home. His owner … more

Celebrate Halloween safely amid pandemic

Wellman, Kalona and Riverside will hold trick-or-treat time from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Lone Tree will hold theirs from 5-7 p.m. on the same date. Residents who don’t wish … more

No matter how you do it, be sure to vote!

The general election is imminent but voters wishing to vote absentee in-person still have many opportunities before Election Day on Nov. 3. Washington County voters can vote in-person at the … more

A dad’s story: From starting line to team champ

(Editor’s note: Aaron Fleming is the cross country assistant coach at Mid-Prairie High School. His daughters, River Valley All-Conference runners Ana and Abby, are on the Golden Hawks’ … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Taco, a two year old adult male rabbit. Taco is medium-sized and has brown/chocolate and white fur. He is house-trained, neutered and his … more
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