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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

M-P school board gets facilities updates

At their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 9, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education received updated information about facilities plans from Carl A. Nelson, Inc., including updated cost projections for … more

Kinney to help plan for clean energy

State Senator Kevin Kinney (D-Oxford) will serve on a new task force aimed at expanding Iowa’s clean, renewable energy and agricultural markets. The Carbon Sequestration Task Force — a … more

Karen Mitchell: The realtor your friends recommend

Everyone who has ever bought or sold a home has had transactions, but not everyone has had a relationship with their realtor. Karen Mitchell likes to make sure she builds relationships with her … more

Library brings in archery

The last event of the Kalona Public Library summe reading program on Thursday, July 29 brought archers from the Mid-Prairie Archery Team to help kids use arrows to make unique works of art. The … more

From teaching & coaching to Mid-Praire admin

Greg Jergens is one of three new principals joining the Mid-Prairie administration staff this school year, which he said is exciting more than anything. “Every time you form a new team, … more

Dr. Karsten brings 35 years of vet experience to Kalona

After working part-time at the Veterinary Clinic for the past five years, Dr. Arlin Karsten has joined the practice full time. He brings 35 years of experience in veterinary medicine to the practice, … more

Mobile clinic vaccinates over a dozen

On Monday, August 2, a mobile vaccination clinic next to the Kalona Sales Barn was able to help community members with free COVID-19 vaccines. Over 12 people were able to receive their first dose of … more

Relay for Life shirts are available

Shirt orders for the Washington County Relay for Life are due Aug. 1. The Relay for Life will be held on Oct. 2 at the Washington County Fairgrounds Cattle Barn from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please … more

Free concert at Kalona Library July 31

A concert will be held on the Kalona Library lawn on Saturday, July 31 at 5 p.m. featuring a duo from the University of Iowa. Arianna Edvenson will play the clarinet and Dominique Archambeau will … more

Sales Barn to host vaccination clinic Aug. 2

Rural Health & Safety of Eastern Iowa, One to One Pharmacy, Washington County Public Health and Mercy Iowa City are partnering to provide a free COVID vaccination clinic in the parking lot west … more

Kalona Public Library News

· Storytime meets on Wednesdays weekly from 10:30-11 a.m. at the library. · Board Game Wednesdays for Teens/Adults at 11 a.m. · Adult/Teen Movie nights are Thursdays … more

Courage Ride adds Washington County route to annual bike ride for cancer

Courage Ride, an annual charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research program, has announced it will resume as both an in-person and virtual event. It also … more

New subdivision to be built in Frytown, supervisors continue to address wages

A new housing subdivision is being planned for Frytown, a village located northwest of Kalona in Johnson County. The final plat request was approved by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at … more

Kalona enjoys a weekend full of bluegrass

Johnson County considers increase to General Assistance Program

A proposed increase to Johnson County’s General Assistance Program would provide recipients with up to $150 in additional monthly funds. The proposal was presented to the Johnson County … more

Washington Board of Health names officers, sets special meeting

In an early morning special meeting on Tuesday, July 20, the Washington County Board of Health appointed Karri Fish as its Privacy Officer and Peggy Wood, signatory authority. Both appointments … more

Kalona to conduct income survey with ECICOG

The Kalona City Council voted on Monday, July 19 to approve the city partnering with the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) to complete an income survey. The survey will be used to … more

Macular degeneration a growing concern for seniors

More than 10 million Americans are affected by macular degeneration, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF). And with the baby-boomer generation growing older, officials … more

Pleasantview Home plans renovations, additions

At the Kalona Rotary meeting on July 13, our Executive Director, Jeffrey Schmidt, and I presented some future plans in store at Pleasantview. We are on the verge of breaking ground and beginning … more
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