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Fire chief urges calls to dispatch before controlled burns

Kalona Fire Chief Jerry Zahradneck  issued a request this week for anyone planning a controlled burn to contact the dispatch centers in Johnson or Washington Counties  before they start … more

Johnson Co. Supervisors talk budget

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will consider the county’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget at its formal meeting Thursday. The proposed budget calls for $156.8 million in expenditures and … more

LWVJC to host Zoom legislative forum March 26

The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will host a virtual Legislative Forum on Saturday, March 26, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The public can register for the Zoom Legislative Forum in advance … more

Senior Dining Menus

March 17-24   Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – Bangers & mash, cole slaw, fruit cookie Friday – Popcorn shrimp, potato tots, hot vegetable, fruit Monday – … more

Steindler Orthopedic to construct North Liberty ambulatory surgery center

The Steindler Orthopedic proposed North Liberty Healthcare Campus plan continues to be developed.  Steindler Orthopedic anticipates working with Mercy- Iowa City on the hospital portion. … more

Woman who dragged Washington police officer from car sentenced to 30 years

The morning of August 7, 2020, Mary Bella Brooks, 43, of Des Moines, Iowa, was stopped by officer Ethan Hansen of the Washington Police, asking Brooks to step out of the vehicle, Brooks refused and … more

Republicans approve party planks, elect delegates

The Washington County Republicans approved party platform, elected delegates to the district convention and heard from U.S. Representative Miller-Meeks at the county convention held at the Washington … more

Small Town, Big Hearts

Lori Gerber has worked in the retail store at Kalona Chocolates since 2016. She is currently our retail store manager. Lori is responsible for managing the inventory in our store and does a fantastic … more

Clint Helmuth accomplishes dream of owning new car dealership

Since he was a child, Clint Helmuth, 45, Kalona, had a dream of owning a new car dealership. Helmuth accomplished that goal last month when he purchased the Wagler Ford dealership in Sigourney and … more

A Rise in Farmland Values

The strength of farmland prices in 2021 have been remarkable. Farmland values have been driven by a variety of factors: high commodity prices, historically low interest rates, strong demand from … more

4-H Junior Day Camp Open for Registration

Washington County 4-H is excited to open registration for the county favorite regional 4-H Jr Camp hosted each year.  It is set to be a one-day camp environment hosted at Crooked Creek Camp … more

Hillcrest Dynamics applauds the benefits of grass-fed beef and lamb

Edward and Joanna Miller of Hillcrest Dynamics discovered that Joanna had a brain stem tumor in 2016, they were told by doctors at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics that it was untreatable. … more

New ‘Mennonite Farmers’ includes Interviews with area farmers

A new book, ‘Mennonite Farmers: A Global History of Place and Sustainability,’ written by Rayden Loewen, Professor Emeritus of the University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, … more

Supervisors hear about tourism needs

Although greatly affected by the COVID pandemic, Washington County tourism is seeing returns to pre-pandemic levels, especially for road trips, the supervisors learned  Tuesday, March … more

M-P competes in individual events speech contest

On Saturday, February 26, the Mid-Prairie Individual Events Speech team competed at Tri-County Schools for the Iowa High School Speech Association Individual Events District Speech Contest. Of the 14 … more

Health Board OKs revised COVID-19 policy

In a brief special meeting February 24, the Washington County Board of Health unanimously approved a revised COVID-19 policy regarding enforcement of workplace measures to comply with the Centers for … more

Field and Friends Work Hard, Play Hard event draws 300 to celebrate agriculture in Washington county

The second annual Field and Friends Work Hard, Play Hard event, held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington on Saturday, Feb. 26, drew about 300 attendees who all gathered to celebrate a … more

Mid-Prairie’s March 1st Bond Referendum

Mid-Prairie patrons who are unable to go to the polls on Tuesday, March 1, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., can cast absentee ballots at the Washington, Iowa or Johnson County Auditors Offices in the … more

Kalona MOPS to host a Fundraiser Meal

Kalona MOPS will host a fundraiser meal on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Kalona Mennonite Church (902 6th Street). The meal, which can be dine-in or carry out, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and … more

Optimist Recognition Day in Kalona

Kalona Mayor Mark Robe presents a framed copy of the proclamation he signed  declaring the first Thursday of every February as Optimists recognition Day in Kalona to Kalona Optimist … more
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