Local News
Kalona

Kalona Optimist Bike Giveaway

Thank you to the Kalona Optimist Club for sponsoring the Kalona Fall Festival bike giveaway. Kinsley Boshart and Tinly Scheiger were the winners this year!  Congratulations!

Optimists, Rotarians collect 100’s of books for Mid-Prairie students

Several hundred books were donated in the joint Kalona Optimists and Rotary clubs 1-week book drive as part of their “Celebrate Community” effort. Mid-Prairie East Elementary principal …

Join M-P Elementaries in fighting childhood cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each day in the US more than 900 children are diagnosed with a form of cancer. To make matters worse, less than 4% of research dollars go to help …

Kalona Post & Frame: your local source for lumber, supplies, and building packages

Since 2004, Kalona Post & Frame has been turning customers into friends for Jason King, who co-owns the business with former employee Rodney Ropp.  The two men, along with their team of 6 …
Riverside

Riverside considers repairs at wastewater plant

RIVERSIDE At a time when construction work on a $3.2 million water main project is giving Riverside’s Third Street a new look, the city is also facing major repair and renovation work at its …

Monarch butterflies making a comeback in Riverside

Kari Ford has been raising Monarch caterpillars and butterflies from eggs for over four years. When asked how she became interested in this unusual hobby, she said a friend of the family moved to …

Make Monarch Nursery and Garden Center your destination this fall

Whether you are looking for pumpkins, straw bales, and potted mums to enhance the seasonal curb appeal of your home, or a full landscape redesign, complete with maintenance service, the new Monarch …

Kalona Optimists, Rotarians team up for book drive

The Kalona Optimists and Kalona Rotary are partnering in a joint effort to run a book drive from Sunday, Sept. 11, to Sunday, Sept. 18 during international Celebrate Community week. “We are …
Wellman

Medical equipment lending closet “hidden gem”

Injuries, surgeries, and illnesses are unwelcome parts of life at any age, but we are fortunate to have aids that can help us get through them with minimal discomfort and maximum mobility.  …

Skilled handyman handles everything underneath the roof

Some home repairs can be daunting, like tearing out a shower and installing a new one.  Others, like dripping faucets, sticking doors, and burned-out lightbulbs, tend to be ignored until they …

Falling for Pie

When the morning air turns crisp, we turn off the air conditioner, open the windows, and daydream about pie. Apple, pumpkin, pecan and pear; the harvest flavors have their moment, whether drizzled …

Night of love for Mid-Prairie music teacher Collette McClellen

WELLMAN Collette McClellen has walked the hallways at Mid-Prairie High School since the 1990s. She graduated in 1997. Her parents still live here, as do her brother and her …
Lone Tree

County considers new arrangement of voting precincts

IOWA CITY Public comment on voting precincts proposed for Johnson County, including those covering Lone Tree, Hills and rural areas in the southern portion of the county, will be heard at the …

Proposed pipelines concern Johnson County supervisors

IOWA CITY A carbon-capture pipeline project has grabbed the attention of Johnson County Supervisors. Thursday, Aug. 25, the board will consider approving a letter-of-intent that would be sent …

Amvets Ladies Auxiliary donates $1300 in school supplies

East, West, Highland, Lone Tree, and Hills Elementary schools were all the beneficiaries of boxes filled with school supplies, each a $260 value, on Sept. 7.  The supplies were purchased and …

Iowa City asks Johnson County for more Direct Assistance funds

IOWA CITY The Johnson County Board of Supervisors chambers was packed again at its August 10 work session. Eight county residents, who were hoping to convince the board to free up more funds …
Washington County
Functioning gutters important for home longevity
When you admire a beautiful home, you probably don’t notice the gutter system installed along the roofline, but that doesn’t mean it’s not essential.  Gutters collect water …
Scouts to collect food donations in Kalona, Keota, Wellman
In the spirit of the BSA promise to do a good turn daily and “to help other people at all times”, the Hawkeye Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be holding their annual …
Kalona Fall Festival
The Kalona Fall Festival had a great turnout this weekend, September 23 and 24. See more in this weeks paper!
Okee Dokee Brothers coming to Washington Oct. 9
Kids are free for the Okee Dokee Brothers performance at the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center, 1111 S. Ave. B, Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3:00 p.m. The Okee Dokee Brothers …
Kalona Fall Festival celebrates Golden Anniversary
Fireworks will light up the night sky in celebration of Kalona Fall Festival’s 50th anniversary this year.  “Normally fireworks aren’t allowed within city limits, so I had …
Johnson County
One injured in vehicle-buggy accident
On September 20, 2022, at 7:06 a.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a horse-drawn buggy on 540th St SW and Eagle Ave SW. The driver of the …
Local housing market starting to normalize, realtors say
With mortgage interest rates ticking upward and inflation at a 40-year high, it would be reasonable to expect home sales to slow and more homes to be available on the market.  However, realtors …
Lone Tree Fall Festival
Lone Tree held their Sesquicentennial Fall Festival on August 26 and 27.