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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

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

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

Learning from Home

Daily school life has changed drastically for students and teachers alike as work-from-home conditions have swept the state. Social distancing measures have replaced day-to-day socialization, … more

Kalona, Riverside and Wellman plan third pantry

The cities of Riverside, Kalona and Wellman will again join forces to provide food for those in need. A combined drive-up food pantry will be held from 9-11 a.m., Saturday at the Kalona city shop, … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/6/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,309 negative … more

Mid-Prairie board OKs raise for Schneider

Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider is getting a raise for the next school year. At its April 27 meeting, the Mid-Prairie school board voted unanimously to give Schneider a 3.06% … more

New Life for Old Building

Repairs to the carriage house in the Wellman Heritage Park, which began last fall, concluded on April 13, giving new life to a piece of the town’s history. The process began last year with … more

Saturday Morning Fire

Firefighters cut a hole in the roof of a burning home at 2563 Highway 1 SW on Saturday morning. Firefighters from Kalona, Riverside, Wellman, Tiffin, Hills and Coralville were all called to the … more

Three-City Food Pantry

The three cities joined forces to host pop-up food pantries in each community on Saturday morning. In all, nearly 200 boxes of food were handed out in the three cities Saturday, representing more … more

Cities lobby for northern ambulance

Cities along Highway 22 are looking to bring an ambulance to the northern tier of Washington County. Officials from Wellman and Kalona have had preliminary talks with the new director of the … more

New Rules, New Way of Life

When Jeremy Hassman stepped into his general manager position at the Kalona Brewing Company a month ago, he couldn’t have anticipated the looming trouble for restaurants across the nation. As … more

Wellman’s Fourth of July celebration still on for now

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Wellman is still on for now. On Monday night, members of the Wellman City Council discussed the event and whether it should be canceled. “At this … more

Cities consider easing restrictions

Washington County is one of 22 counties where Gov. Kim Reynolds did not lift restrictions on May 1. Currently, restrictions are set to be eased in those 22 counties on May 15. With an eye to the … more
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