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North America’s smallest raptor: The American Kestrel

KALONA The itty-bitty American Kestrel might not intimidate at a glance, but this small raptor terrorizes many across the American continent. The kestrel’s ferocity is not it’s … more

Craftsman finds inspiration in Kalona church building – and its bats

KALONA Each nook and cranny of Kalona is chock-full of antique furniture that yearns for a time when it felt young, vibrant, alive. It takes a dedicated hand and a concentrated mind to craft and … more

Lone Tree poet inspired by walking, fasting

LONE TREE A crisp walk. An inward talk. File an idea. Scribble it down. Repeat. This has been Nancy Braun’s dedicated walking/writing hybrid system for over 20 … more

Shortage of psychiatrists leaves Iowans hurting

A constant lack of services and burdensome workloads plague the mental health landscape in Iowa. In 2012, Iowa had 236 professional psychiatrists. In 2021, the state was down to 212, in contrast … more

More Americans are seeking therapy, and that’s a good thing

“We can all use a non-judgmental person in our life to just talk through what we’re feeling and knowing that it’s safe. We have family [and] friends, but it doesn’t always … more

Iowan artist creates free comics for newspapers out of love for the medium

TOLEDO Flies and soup, a combination fit for a frog. Iowa artist and author Michael D. Davis specializes in the artistically strange and comically abstract, including his widespread … more

2024 Iowa Pork Congress reflects suffering industry

DES MOINES This year’s annual Iowa Pork Congress, held Jan. 24-25, brought together pork producers, related businesses, and industry experts in Des Moines for two days of educational seminars, … more

Pioneer Park offers many levels of senior care in Lone Tree

LONE TREE Lone Tree’s Pioneer Park is situated on East Pioneer Road at the east edge of town with county land at its backyard. The senior care facility may not be in downtown Lone … more

Local High Schooler extends his compassion for animals to area senior communities

KALONA & WELLMAN “I would say that human interaction is very important, but animals are unique in that they have absolutely no judgment,” Henry Yoder says. “The … more

Snowstorm beaches ocean predator in Iowa City

IOWA CITY If this were a sunny Florida beach, the red flags would wave, signaling danger. Powerful jaws lurk just below the waves; a dorsal fin could be the last thing a potential victim sees … more

Wooden Wheel Vineyards: hosting one-of-a-kind weddings in the heart of rural Iowa

Keota Weddings and wine make a perfect partnership. This combination sets apart Mike and Connie Vincent’s Wooden Wheel Vineyards in Keota. Their event center gives any soon-to-be-weds a … more

Fresh, unique wedding flowers dazzle from Wellman-based Flora

Wellman Planning a blue-themed wedding? Requesting an out-of-season flower? No worries, Wellman’s Farm Fresh Flora has the flowers needed to stay on theme. Melanie Schweitzer, owner of … more

Imagine Therapy Solutions brings mental health services to Riverside

RIVERSIDE Imagine Therapy Solutions – ITS – opened their Riverside location in July 2023 and is off to a jumping start. The 11 therapists and five office staffers work to offer a … more

Flavorful coffee, sweet treats and unique gifts Down the Street in Riverside

RIVERSIDE Hot coffee and a handmade t-shirt. Tea and a candle. A Monster Energy Drink and knick-knack. These are just some of the pairings possible for purchase at Riverside’s Down … more

Tree House Nutrition opens door in Lone Tree

LONE TREE The holidays fill the air the moment calendars turn to December. For Lone Tree, the standard is the same. But there is an added bonus to Lone Tree this holiday season. Tree House … more

Harvest Nutrition: new owner’s health journey inspires him to help others

KALONA (This story was published in The News on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.) Need a healthy meal in a pinch? Harvest Nutrition located at 305 5th street in Kalona is the choice for you. … more

Wellman Family Practice introduces IV therapy

WELLMAN (This story was published in The News on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023.) Dehydration is killer. Every facet of human health can be undermined by simply not drinking enough water or … more

After challenging start, Best of Iowa celebrates four-year anniversary

KALONA (This story was published in The News on Thursday, March 30, 2023.) Every year is like a victory. But I think this year feels a little different,” Lori Witthoft said. … more

Yoder Family Farms: Home of the Duroc pig, local supplier of premium pork

LONE TREE (This story was published in The News on Thursday, March 23, 2023.) It does not get more local than this. Lone Tree has a gem in Yoder Family Farms, a neighborly supplier of Duroc … more

Finish Line Technology: security cameras and services for home and farm

WELLMAN (This story was published in The News on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023.) It is never a bad idea to be safe. Finish Line Technology based in Wellman gives your home exactly that, … more
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