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Mid-Prairie to limit attendance for football, volleyball

  At a special meeting on Sept. 8, the Mid-Prairie School Board carried a motion to maximize spectator seating at athletic events while still maintaining social distancing and limiting crowd … more

Mid-Prairie JV Volleyball

The Mid-Prairie JV volleyball team traveled down to Washington on August 27 and scored a win in their match against the Demons. more

Mid-Prairie Band Stadium Tunes

The Mid-Prairie High School band made its season debut in front of an appreciative crowd during halftime of the Golden Hawks first football game on August 28 in Wellman. The Mid-Prairie band … more

Soooo Close

Mid-Prairie’s football team kicked into gear at about 8:30 this past Friday night. Senior running back Kayden Reinier plowed through Sigourney Keota for a game-high 134 yards and two … more

Molly Roberts joins The News as news editor

The appointment of Molly Roberts as news editor of The News was announced this week by Publisher Ronald C. Slechta. “We are pleased to have someone of her ability and writing skills to join … more

Wellman-Scofield Public Library

Wellman-Scofield Public Library is open by appointment to limit the number of contacts and to ensure patrons and staff remain safe and healthy.  If you would like to make an appointment, call … more

Auditor’s office will send only one ballot per voter

Absentee ballot request forms are being mailed by a number of groups and organizations. These are legitimate request forms.  Regardless of how many absentee ballot requests you have already … more

School Supply Donation

On Aug. 20, Federation Bank in Wellman presented Mid-Prairie West Elementary School with more than 900 school supplies and $100 in cash donated by bank customers. Shown are (front row from left) … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Spanky, a small 2-year-old female domestic medium hair and Torbie mix. She is described as a sidekick. Like all sidekicks, Spanky is just plain … more

Mid-Prairie class sizes decrease

With the Mid-Prairie school district opting for a full return to in-person learning, the question heading into the school year was how well classes would be able to social distance. After … more

Kalona Creamery collecting donations for storm victims

    The Kalona Creamery is serving as a drop-off location for donation to families devastated by the Aug. 10 derecho.     Items needed include: Charcoal/Lighter … more

Iowa ag secretary makes crop damage estimates

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, farmers and farm organizations, and … more

Supervisors OK temporary leave policies

In a unanimous vote on Aug. 11, Washington County supervisors approved a resolution authorizing temporary changes for county employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Initially the board had … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Lucky, an 18-year-old domestic medium hair male. Being up in age, Lucky is not really a lap kitty, but he still loves getting attention and being … more

Disaster aid available in Washington, Johnson counties

Gov. Kim Reynolds formally requested an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Iowa communities and counties that have been severely impacted by the devastating derecho storm that … more

Area schools face the COVID-19 music

As students return to the classroom later this month, public health precautions will present educational and logistical hurdles at every level of learning. Few programs will be more affected by … more

Census Bureau begins door-to-door visits

Census takers are working across all areas of Iowa to visit households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census through Sept. 30.  The Census Bureau will follow up with some households … more

Wellman council refuses to recommend face coverings

The Wellman City Council, Monday, chose not to issue a proclamation urging the use of face masks in public. Wellman resident Douglas Fugate brought the request for a proclamation recommending face … more

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
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