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KALONA When it comes to metal, nothing matches bronze in terms of longevity. It’s a fitting material in which to create a memorial statue of James “Butch” Pedersen, the longest head coach in … more

Right place, right time

KALONA If the Hallmark Channel were looking for a new realty series to produce, they might send a few scouts out to Kalona. Because here, in the downtown storefront located at 433 B Avenue, they … more

Old Railcar Arrives in Kalona

‘A deep sense of belonging’

KALONA When Hillcrest Academy set a course to open sixth grade classes for the 2023-24 school year, they published a middle school purpose statement which reads as follows: “The middle … more

Kalona Tractor Parade

KALONA Tractors of all sizes paraded through Kalona during the Kalona Tractor Parade on Saturday, June 8. The tractors left Sinclair Tractor at 5 p.m. before reaching their final destination, … more

AmVets 19th Annual Car Show

KALONA The Sons of AmVets Squad #107 held their 19th annual vehicle show on Sunday, June 9 in Richmond, featuring cars new and old, tractors and motorcycles. more

This year’s Kalona Days run will be fun... and help those with Parkinson’s Disease

KALONA Kalona Days is a vibrant two-day summer celebration in the heart of Kalona, featuring live music, food, contests, games and more. Kalona Days starts on Friday, June 21 and concludes … more

Construction work to begin soon on Sharon Center Road

IOWA CITY Construction may soon begin on a culvert that shut down a portion of Sharon Center Road SW more than a month ago. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will vote Thursday on a … more

Property damaged, cows spared in May’s final storm

KALONA Iowa was shook early on Friday, May 24, as a massive storm system hit all reaches of the state. Later classified as a derecho, the eye of the storm entered the Kalona area around 6 a.m. … more

Sixth grade from the ground up

KALONA The Kalona-area community has asked about and wondered if a middle school program could work at Hillcrest Academy for a very long time, dating back to when Hillcrest was named Iowa … more

Miss Amanda’s

KALONA We may never know whose lives we touch with our simple, everyday acts of kindness. Yet sometimes, those simple things have an outsize impact. Take, for example, Amanda Hochstedler. When … more

Putting up a fence in Kalona? You’ll need a permit for that

KALONA If putting a fence around your yard to keep your pets in or your neighbors out is a project on your summer to-do list, you may have to check in with the City of Kalona before doing so. The … more

Kuenster Plumbing, Heating & Air introduces public to new location

KALONA In a word, Kuenster Plumbing, Heating & Air’s new location in Kalona is one thing the old location was not: spacious. On Friday, May 31, the public had an opportunity to see that for … more

Kalona summer update

Kalona summer update By Ryan Schlabaugh, City Administrator I’d like to share some of the exciting updates and ongoing projects that are being undertaken in the Kalona community this summer. … more

Kalona's Bob Yoder wins Washington County Primary; Remington tops Porter in JoCo

IOWA CITY Primary Night was a good night for most of the supervisor incumbents in Johnson and Washington counties. But not all. Royceann Porter, an Iowa City Democrat who was the first … more

Richmond AmVets Post 107 Memorial Day ceremonies

The Richmond Amvets Post 107 conducted Memorial Day ceremonies at Sharon Hill Cemetery in Kalona on Monday, May 27. Meg Nagel spoke, and the Mid-Prairie High School band performed; services then … more

Profiling the Johnson County Supervisor Democratic Candidates

IOWA CITY Five Democratic candidates for Johnson County Supervisor seats will be whittled down to three during the June 4 election. Three four-year terms will be determined in the November … more

June 4 Primary Candidates: Washington County Board of Supervisors District 2

Washington County Board of Supervisors, District 2 (1 seat) Voters will select one candidate for the Republican primary; there are no candidates for the Democratic primary. In other districts, … more

Kalona holds $2 mil bond hearing, approves law enforcement contract

KALONA The Kalona City Council held two public hearings Monday night, the first of which for the FY23-24 budget amendment, at which no comments were made. The council quickly approved the … more

Johnson County Conservation asks for $30M bond referendum in November

IOWA CITY Johnson County is moving ahead with a $30 million bond referendum for conservation projects that will appear on the November 2024 ballot. A county conservation group, led in part … more
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