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Mid-Prairie polls seniors, parents on commencement

The Mid-Prairie High School administration is reaching out to parents of seniors to find the best way to hold some sort of commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. This year’s ceremony … more

State announces unemployment guidance

Iowans who refuse to return to work without good reason when recalled will lose eligibility to unemployment benefits, according to Iowa Workforce Development. Those who have been placed on a … more

104th Birthday

Veva Jenn waves to cars parading past her seat at Hills Bank in Hills on Saturday. Dozens of cars took part in the parade celebrating Jenn’s 104th birthday. more

Cities coordinate on mobile food pantries

The cities of Riverside, Kalona and Wellman will again join forces to provide food for those in need. The three cities are planning to host pop-up food pantries on the morning of May 2. The … more

Governor's proclamation opening some counties does not include Washington County

  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the reopening of some business types and lifting gathering requirements for certain counties beginning May 1. more

After first week of online classes, many Iowa students stay offline

Some Iowa school districts are reporting that as few as half of their students participated in school work during the state’s first week of offering online classes. That news comes as … more

Iowans who refuse to return to work may lose unemployment benefits

Iowans who refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer after a layoff or furlough triggered by COVID-19 may not be entitled to unemployment benefits, state officials said Monday. The … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (4/28/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 508 additional positive cases for a total of 6,376 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,165 negative … more

COVID damage to Iowa ag will top $6B per year

An Iowa State University center in a new report estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic will cost Iowa’s largest agricultural industries at least $6.3 billion per year. Here’s a breakdown … more

Snow Day

The statue of Star Trek Capt. James Kirk had a light coat of snow the morning of April 15 as north Washington County residents woke to 1½ to 2 inches of snow that fell overnight. more

Cities face loss of revenues

City budgets may soon be feeling the pinch from the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of Iowa is estimating a 10% drop in sales tax funds due to many retail businesses being forced to close. Kalona … more

County auditor encourages absentee voting

Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer is strongly recommending that voters use an absentee ballot for voting in the June 2 primary election.  His recommendation follows Secretary of State Paul … more

Benefit account set up for Wellman man

Cory Kanagy of Wellman is 33 years old and has been dealing with health issues his whole life stemming from an autoimmune condition. After getting through his senior year of high school, in and … more

Wellman Fire is raising money for one of its own

Wellman firefighter Glenn Rowe is battling cancer, and the Wellman Fire Department wants to help Rowe and his family fight this battle. Rowe has served his community for more than 30 years on the … more

Law enforcement keeps ‘business as usual’

WASHINGTON While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure and cancellation of many businesses and events, local law enforcement is doing their best to remain business as usual, while … more

Church Services

The limits being placed on gatherings of more than 10 people and health officials urging social distancing, area churches have canceled in-person services, while some are offering online options for … more

Plots available in Wellman garden

Wellman residents with a green thumb have an opportunity to show off their talents. The Wellman Community Garden has a dozen plots available. Each plot is 10 feet by 12 feet. There is a $10 charge … more

MPHS starts mandatory online learning

With schools closed through April 30, Mid-Prairie High School began mandatory online instruction this week. Principal Jay Strickland explained the district’s decision to opt for mandatory … more

Reynolds suspends graduation requirements for high-school seniors

Gov. Kim Reynolds suspended state graduation requirements for the class of 2020 late Friday, among 42 other emergency actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reynolds’ action suspends laws … more

Mid-Prairie Strong

Kristen Thomas stood with her children near the corner of 13th Street and Eighth Avenue in Wellman Wednesday evening holding a paper banner that read “We Miss You.” “It was our … more
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