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Farmer, tractor, tractorcade

“It’s a parade, not a race,” Dean Miller says.   On Saturday, June 10, tractors of all ages, sizes, and colors will roll through the streets of Kalona, starting off from … more

Swander’s latest play opens June 9 in Amana

Unaware tourists often stumble into Mary Swander’s AgArts office on B Avenue, Kalona, expecting the next antique or gift shop on their downtown shopping tour.   Until the award-winning … more

Nonpublic school funding through ESAs: a special report

The school year may have just ended, but it’s already time to think about the next one if you’re interested in state-provided funds for nonpublic school tuition.   The application … more

Former Jail Site Cleared

The site of the former Washington County jail north of the courthouse and safety center was fully cleared last week.  At present there is no immediate plan for the site, except “to let it … more

Maxed out water supply threatens splash pad plans

During a work session following the regular meeting of the Wellman City Council Monday night, an unexpected situation regarding the city’s water supply turned into heated debate over whether to … more

Accessible playground opens at Kalona City Park

Kalona’s newest playground equipment is open for play, just in time for summer.   On Wednesday, May 31, city workers cleaned up the edges of Kalona City Park’s newest … more

Board OKs 28E Agreement with mental health agency, agreements with WCHC

Delayed last month to allow for language revisions, the 28E Agreement between Washington County and the new Mental Health Agency of Southeast Iowa was unanimously approved by the supervisors Tuesday. … more

Optimists’ photography contest levels up

As anyone who plays sports knows, healthy competition has many benefits: it pushes us to grow and improve; it provides feedback regarding our strengths and weaknesses; it helps us deal with setbacks … more

It all adds up

“We really love the uniqueness of Kalona Realty.   It’s a great brokerage in the area, and a lot of rural places south of Iowa City look to us and come through us, which is really … more

Wellman Garden Club enjoys spring luncheon, garden in Riverside

  Ten Wellman Garden Club women drove to Riverside for their annual Spring luncheon, held this year at La Chiva Loka.  We enjoyed our Mexican food and visiting with each other.  While … more

Coming to the EV History Center: ‘The Longest Year –1864-1865’

“Iowa and the Civil War” is a trilogy written by Ken Lyftogt. Each of the three volumes has been a finalist for the B.F. Shambaugh Award, the highest honor offered by the State Historical … more

Memorial Day Services

Highland FFA Plants Soybean Test Plot

On Wednesday, May 17, Highland FFA planted their 13.2-acre test plot and land lab. The land lab is located behind the Highland High School baseball and softball fields and on the west side of the … more

Packaging Smiles

Following up on last week’s front-page story, Warner Fick found plenty of help to pack boxes of school kits he assembled into U-Haul vehicles for transport to the Lutheran World Relief facility … more

Local veterans share experiences for Storyline tribute video

“My name is Paul Christen.   I was in the U.S. Air Force January 1962 to January of 1966,” he begins.   “I grew up in northeast Iowa, and I loved airplanes.   I had … more

WCRF awards Kalona $554,300 for recreational trailhead

The City of Kalona received the largest share of spring grant funds awarded Wednesday by the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.   The City received grants for two projects: $554,300 for the … more

Kalona Mennonite and Historical Societies Golf Benefit

Eight teams played at the Kalona Mennonite and Historical Societies’ Golf Benefit Friday, May 19.   Sponsors for the event were Sharon Telephone Co, Iowa Collision & Paint, The … more

KCTC techs talk cybersecurity at Chamber business lunch

Members of the business community gathered at the Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, May 17 for a business lunch sponsored by KCTC.   Chance Beachy and Jarett Truitt, both KCTC … more

Pet of the Week

Midnight a busy cat. And she’s available for adoption at PAWS & More! First, Midnight might first check on what’s happening outside the window. Then she’ll explore to see if … more

Riverside Memorial Day Services

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, members of the VFW Post #6414 Riverside will place flags and crosses at the graves of veterans who are laid to rest at St Vincent and St. Stanislaus cemeteries beginning … more
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