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Students First Act advances

Last week the Senate Education and Appropriations committees passed Senate File 94, commonly known as the Students First Act. Governor Reynolds spoke at length about this bill in her Condition of the … more

The Driscoll Dispatch

        The gavel has fallen and the 2023 session of the 90th General Assembly has begun. This week, we welcomed a total of fourteen new members to the Iowa Senate. Along with the … more

What happens when your office server crashes on production day

Monday morning started off with a crash that presented a real challenge for The News staff to get this week’s issue of The News to press. The News’s central server where all ads, … more

Small favors are worth appreciating

On the day after Christmas just past, there came a person, well-known to me, to clear off my driveway and uncover my snow-coated vehicle one more time. Oh, happy day! It’s not the first … more

Looking ahead to serving you in 2023

The City of Kalona and KCTC should be congratulated on cleaning up the front of the old Kalona Bakery building. They have removed the store hours and the name “Kalona Bakery” from the … more

Holidays: an opportunity to help others in need

Thankfully we are five weeks past the 2022 midterm election. I can hear many voters exuding a sigh of relief and shouting, after $17 billion was spent on disinformation, misinformation and the … more

News, Advertisers give $1699.80 to firefighters

This week, The News/Slechta Communications sent checks totaling $1699.80 to our fire departments thanks to a revenue-sharing special section The News published during Fire Prevention week on Oct. … more

Sartorial Christmas wishes

Oh wow!  How can I be so lucky sometimes to remember the right things to say—and, at the right time? I’m referring to my recent reference to a subject matter commonly viewed as … more

Thanks for your services, Phil Ropp

At the Tuesday Kalona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting, Phil Ropp announced that he was stepping down as an ad hoc member of the board, and he was stepping down as President of the … more

Secrecy isn’t how you build trust

Middle ground is not something that often is seen nowadays in Iowa government or our politics.These days, candidates, elected officials and community members often are seen as flawed if they speak in … more

Let’s Defund EcoHealth

The shady organization that funneled U.S. tax dollars into China’s state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) to conduct risky research on coronaviruses collected from bats is once again being … more

Bipartisan efforts on industrial hemp expand markets for Iowa farmers

I planted my first crop at age 15.  Today, 45 years later, I am about to harvest another one. Similar to working a criminal case when I was a Johnson County Deputy Sheriff, I don’t give up … more

Don’t cry over Spilt Buttermilk

I hope the word ‘buttermilk’, as shared here, doesn’t need too much explanation because it’s important that everyone knows exactly what it is I am talking about when I say … more

Commonsense policies are good for rural Iowa

My name is Eileen Beran, and I’m running for Iowa House of Representatives in District 92. The district is made up of eight townships in southern and southwestern Johnson County and all of … more

City should cleanup Bakery building

It has been over six years since the Kalona Bakery building caught fire. I walk by that building every workday and it is still in sad shape. The screen door is partially open, and store hours are … more

Observing National Newspaper Week

  National Newspaper week is observed in the United States the first week of October. This year it is October 2 to 8. No there is no official holiday, but all Americans should be thankful for … more

Thanks to community for city award

Last Saturday Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh and Mayor Mark Robe presented special clocks (with plaques on the back) made by Schlabaugh & Sons to me and four others who were recipients … more

History of Kalona Old Fashioned Ice Cream Bars

My name is Janet Haberman Long and I grew up in Kalona.  I’d like to write about the start of the Kalona Old Fashioned Ice Cream Bars. My dad, Archie J. Haberman, started the original … more

Stories from Now and Then

Oh my!  It’s time again to reveal all the “real truths” of the past and present -- as I know them? I’ve been doing that for you here all along by looking back in my … more

My time at The Kalona News comes to an end

At the end of my sophomore year of college, I knew that I needed to keep myself busy during the summer. I was planning on living in Iowa City for the whole summer instead of going back to my hometown … more
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