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Kalona Council hears Pleasantview updates, approves low-income water assistance program agreement

The Kalona City Council heard an update about Pleasantview’s upcoming renovation and construction projects at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 18. Director of Advancement for Pleasantview, … more

Teaching fire prevention to young kids saves lives

Bunker pants, hoods, coats, tanks, masks — members of the Kalona Volunteer Fire Department put on their full array of firefighter gear in the parking lot of Mid-Prairie East Elementary on … more

Honor Flight helps veterans get the recognition and gratitude they deserve

It was a long day — Dave Swartzendruber had to be at the Cedar Rapids airport by 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and didn’t return to the airport until after 8:30 p.m. But in between, he … more

Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour stops in West Chester to see collection of gas pumps, signs

The Red Flag Horseless Carriage Tour started in England in 1896, but an offshoot of that tour has come to Iowa. The original tour traveled from London to Brighton, England and, since Iowa has a New … more

Pleasantview plans new construction, rennovation

Pleasantview is on the verge of new construction and doing major renovations on its campus, including building a 16-bed memory care unit, renovating rooms in the original building to become assisted … more

Kalona Fall Festival

Kalona celebrated the 49th Annual Fall Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. more

Kalona approves non-financial developers agreements

On Monday, Sept. 20, the Kalona City Council approved a parcel split for land at the corner of Highway 1 and Highway 22, as well as two non-financial developers’ agreements for use of the … more

Mural in progress at Mid-Prairie Home School Assistance Program greenhouse

This is the second year the Mid-Prairie Homeschool Assistance Program’s Roots and Shoots club has conducted its fall mum sale. Organizer Laura Mallory, a teacher with the Homeschool Assistance … more

Everence Financial adds Chris Nachtigall, Jennifer Freeman to staff

There are two new Everence team members now in the office location at 301 5th Street, Kalona. Chris Nachtigall, Financial consultant, and Jennifer Freeman, Client Services Representative, have joined … more

SE Iowa Insurance adds two new young agents

The addition of two young agents to the staff of Southeast Iowa Insurance, with offices in Kalona and Wellman, was announced this week by owner Shawn Powell. “We are pleased to bring on … more

Johnson County sees “dramatic increase” in COVID cases

Johnson County Public Health officials are seeking to nearly double the number of close-contact tracers as COVID cases rise with the delta variant. “We are seeing a dramatic increase in … more

Gospel Sing sees many returning performers

Gary Van Engelehoven already has rooms booked at Kalona’s Dutch Country Inn for next August, when he and his gospel trio Living Water Music of Oskaloosa will return for Kalona Gospel Sing in … more

Lone Tree Flyers soar in unique, fulfilling hobby

Many members of the Lone Tree Flyers have been building and flying radio-controlled airplanes for over 50 years, since they were children. But the club is always looking for more members and want to … more

Board of Health receives WCPH staff survey report

In a nine-page summary report, Washington County Public Health staff provided detailed responses to how the department handled (and continues to handle) the COVID-19 pandemic between March 2020 and … more

Chamber to offer ByWays tour buggy rides

Starting September 1, the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce ByWays Tours will be offering specialty rides that include a horse-drawn buggy ride driven by an Amishman, Kalona Chamber director Tonia … more

Dog Swim

The City of Kalona held a dog swim on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the city park pool. The final dog swim will be Saturday, Aug. 28. more

17th Annual Courage Ride expands to Washington County along Kewash Trail

The 17th annual Courage Ride was held in Iowa City and Washington on Saturday, August 14. Courage Ride is an annual bike ride through rural Iowa to raise funds and awareness for sarcoma … more

Classic Cars

Mike, Rhonda and Madison Young drove their 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air from Tipton to Wellman on Saturday, August 14 as part of the Family Cruise organized by Jennie Rodgers of The Parlor at … more

Kalona represented at the Iowa State Fair with talent show contestant, information booth, quilt raffle

The Iowa State Fair began on Thursday, August 12, and will continue until Sunday, August 22. The State Fair has been regarded as the oldest and largest expositions in the country. Hundreds of … more

Hruby ready to tackle the challenges of middle school

Rob Hruby is entering his first year as principal at Mid-Prairie Middle School during an unsteady time, with the pandemic still affecting school and students just craving a return to normal. But … more
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