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Mayor's Classic Car Cruise

The Kalona Mayor’s Classic Car Cruise was held on Saturday, June 26, with 62 cars participating. Mayor Mark Robe wants to thank the community for their support and plans to host another parade … more

Library gets an unusual visitor

Olivia Kahler, Director for Youth Services for the Kalona Public Library, reads a “Llama Llama” book, accompanied by a real llama, during one of the library’s summer reading program … more

New M-P principal excited to get to know students

Chuck Banks, the new Mid-Prairie high school principal, is eager for the students to return to classrooms from summer break — they’re the reason he became an educator, after … more

Open house to be held for Anne Skaden

The Kalona Public Library will be holding an open house for former Library Director Anne Skaden on Wednesday July 7 from 4-6 p.m. in the Velma Skola Program Room at the Library. “Come help … more

Kalona poodle earns champion dog show title

Lynelle Mellecker, owner of the Pink Begonia in downtown Kalona, and her poodle Miranda travelled to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the United Kennel Club Premier. The event took place over the course of … more

Yoder discusses changes in the goat industry

Victor Yoder said that within a 10-mile radius of his goat farm, there are probably about 50 other goat farms. “This is the largest pool of goat farmers in the world,” Yoder said. … more

Max-Cast Prepares Statue for Toledo

Max-Cast Inc. in Kalona is working on a statue of a cow and a calf for the City of Toledo and the Vetrenary School and Iowa State University. more

Kalona Days Fun Run

The top five 1K Kalona Days Fun Run were Owen Leyden, Rachel Hostetler, Brooklyn Stutzman, Keilah Fleming, and Hannah Rodgers. The winners of the 8 and under category were Owen Leyden, Keilah … more

Kalona Library offers summer reading program

The Kalona Public Library began their summer reading program last week (June 14). This year they’ve introduced new activities and guests like magicians, tie-dye days, and even giant bubbles. … more

Supervisors OK personnel changes at Jail, discuss use of COVID funds

Approving two Washington County Jail personnel from part-time to full-time “will help” at the facility, “but we are still not at full staff,” Chief Deputy Shawn Ellingson told … more

Red Cross faces severe blood shortage

As the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rises and depletes the nation’s blood supply, the American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage. While many … more

Flag burning ceremony July 12

A flag burning ceremony will be held at the Lone Tree American Legion at 6 p.m. on July 12.  Any flags to be disposed may be put in a flag disposal box at the legion. more

Larry TeBockhorst writes surprise first novel

Only about ten people knew about “Undermined in Laredo” before it was published in November 2020 — Larry TeBockhorst wrote his first novel in near secrecy, keeping the project from … more

Kalona Days Returns

After a hiatus in 2020, Kalona Days festivities returned to downtown Kalona on Saturday, June 19, featuring events from a fun run to a parade to a festival with food trucks, live music and pony … more

Johnson Co. seeks early childhood board members

The Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Area Board is seeking new members to serve three-year terms beginning September 2021. The board is made up of family members of children ages 0-5, … more

Mayor’s Classic Car Cruise to ride Saturday, June 26 in Kalona

Kalona Mayor Mark Robe announced this week that anyone with a classic car is invited to drive in the Mayor’s second annual Classic Car Cruise on Saturday, June 26, starting at 5 p.m. The … more

Sons of Amvets Squad #107 present car and vehicle show

The Sons of Amvets Squad #107 presented the 16th annual Car, Truck, Tractor, Golf Cart and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, June 13. Three trophies were presented for each of the 35 classes, including … more

Second annual tractorcade a success

There were 106 Vintage (and some new) tractors and drivers who participated in the 2nd Annual Dean Miller tractorcade through the Kalona streets Saturday evening, June 12. “Most of the … more

Community to celebrate Kalona Days Saturday, June 19

The Kalona Community will celebrate Kalona Days on Saturday, June 19 with many events and activities planned to highlight Kalona and everything the city has to offer. “I’m so excited … more

Public Health educates to fight vaccine hesitancy

When Washington County Public Health first offered COVID-19 vaccines in February, their phone lines were tied up for hours and completely overwhelmed. Appointment slots for the first vaccination … more
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