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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

Mid-Prairie student turns interest in fair into new historical walking tour

A new addition to the Washington County Fair will provide fairgoers with interesting historical information about the fairgrounds for years to come. Local 4-H member and young historian Caedyn … more

Highland Shooting Sports showcases new facilities at the Riverside VFW

The Highland Shooting Sports team held their first event at the newly renovated facilities at the Riverside VFW Post #6414 on Sunday, July 25. The Shooting Sports Team received a grant from the … more

Riverside bids farewell to Murphy’s Bar and Grill

After over 25 years in business, Murphy’s Bar and Grill in Riverside served its last customers on Saturday, July 24. Murphy’s opened on Dec. 18, 1995 and has been serving a large menu … more

Kalona enjoys a weekend full of bluegrass

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

Washington County crowns fair queen

Carmen Sieren, an upcoming Senior at Mid-Prairie won the title of Washington County Fair Queen. more

Drinking water advisory lifted in Kalona

As of July 16, 2021, the Washington County Health Department has lifted the Drinking Water Health Advisory for the City of Kalona. Water sample results have been under the Environmental Protection … more

Kalona Golf Club gets pop of color from flowers

For over 20 years, Ward Niffenegger has taken care of the flowers at the Kalona Golf Club — planting, weeding, watering, building flower beds and generally keeping the course looking beautiful. … more

Wooden Wheel celebrates 10 years

Wooden Wheel Vineyards and Winery celebrated its 10-year anniversary with an open house on Thursday, July 15, providing wine, food and good company for their loyal customers. The event was held in … more

Stumptown Tractorcade

The annual Stumptown Tractor Ride rolled through Riverside on Saturday, July 10, despite having to change the route last-minute due to construction on Riverside Road. more

Kalona Library honors Anne Skaden

Current Library Director Trevor Sherping, left, and Olivia Kahler, Director of Youth Services, right, honored retired Library Director Anne Skaden, center, at the Kalona Public Library on Thursday … more

Wellman-Scofield welcomes new Library Director

Carol Wilkins was Erin Campbell’s elementary school librarian before becoming the Library Director of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library, where Erin has been going to find good books her … more

Riverside Fire responds to building fire Sunday

The Riverside Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at 31 W. 1st Street on Sunday, July 11 at about 2 p.m. The Kalona Volunteer Fire Department, Ainsworth Volunteer Fire Department, Hills … more

Casey Peck wins Woman of Achievement Award

Last month, Casey Peck, general manager of KCTC, was awarded the HER Magazine Woman of Achievement Award, recognizing her work and leadership in the telecommunications field. HER Magazine is a … more

Keeping History Alive at new summer camp

This year marks the first Kalona Historical Society Summer Camp, which took place at the Kalona Historical Village during the weeks of June 14, 21, and 28. The camp was offered to kids entering … more

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
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