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A retrospective of my first year at The News

I remember my first week vividly. I had just graduated the University of Iowa and was fairly new to adult life. It was January, cold and wet. My car broke down, leaving me with my … more

People need to pick up after dogs

Last Wednesday as I was walking to the post office, I accidentally stepped in feces that someone’s dog left on a downtown Kalona sidewalk. I didn’t really notice it until I got inside the … more

Goodbye Horses: My Farewell to Kalona

About nine years ago, my mom called to tell me about a classified ad she noticed in the paper – the G****** I think it was. Thanks to her, I ended up at The News. After years of creating … more

Great response to Optimists’ Community Blood Drive

Once again, the Kalona community responded by turning out in good numbers for the Kalona Optimists’ Community Blood Drive on Monday, July 10, at the Kalona Mennonite Church. ImpactLife, … more

City of Kalona helps fund fireworks for enjoyment of Kalona residents

If you enjoyed the fireworks displays of the Sons of AmVets at Richmond and at Wellman, you can thank the City of Kalona (and many other contributors) for helping to fund both displays. The City … more

A conversation with Senator Grassley

Last Wednesday I was invited to join a journalist with the Fairfield radio station for a discussion with Senator Charles Grassley for his weekly podcast, Capitol Hill Report.   The Fairfield … more

1% sales tax paying for school construction

Anyone driving on H Avenue north of the Mid-Prairie Middle School will notice that the soccer field for youngsters between the East Elementary and Middle School has been replaced with a fenced off … more

Supervisors ignore public opinion, hire architect

The Washington County Board of Supervisors ignored public opinion and property taxpayers last week and signed a contract with Carl A. Nelson to develop plans on how to remodel the Orchard Hill … more

To ensure transparency, government notices should continue to be published by independent newspapers, not a government-controlled website

Some members of the Iowa Senate do not think that public notices published in newspapers remain relevant and necessary. A bill filed in the newly formed Technology Committee just over a week ago … more
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