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Wellman ponders raising utility deposits, but only for renters

WELLMAN Although they were down two members Monday night, the Wellman City Council conducted business as usual, mindful of the caucuses that would occur later that evening. Among other items on … more

Residents spend week huddled in, digging out

KALONA Winter was off to a mild start in late 2023, with only two days of very light snow and a solidly green Christmas. But on the 37° evening of Monday, Jan. 8, rain turned to snow, and the … more

Fresh, unique wedding flowers dazzle from Wellman-based Flora

Wellman Planning a blue-themed wedding? Requesting an out-of-season flower? No worries, Wellman’s Farm Fresh Flora has the flowers needed to stay on theme. Melanie Schweitzer, owner of … more

Building an Empire

Wellman A Wellman barn in the dead of winter. The bleating goats and the freezing cold were a constant reminder to Wellman’s Austin Bayliss that his wrestling startup had a long way to go. … more

Luann Miller retires from Federation Bank

WELLMAN Friends, family, and customers wished Luann Miller well on Thursday, Jan. 4 at Federation Bank in Wellman, where the community celebrated Miller’s retirement with cake and punch. Miller … more

Wellman council welcomes Klostermann, gets to work

With just enough members in attendance to reach a quorum, the Wellman City Council got to work Wednesday night, Jan. 3, passing a series of resolutions to start the new year. Council member Nathan … more

2023: A retrospective

KALONA We may live in small towns where the pace of life is more relaxed, but that doesn’t mean that nothing happens. We are always in motion, tearing down the old, building the new, and … more

The quest for Simple Happiness

WELLMAN “I never thought I would say the words, ‘I’m going to Wellman to buy a pair of jeans.’” Isn’t it wonderful when your expectations are exceeded? Today, thanks to three … more

Wellman Garden Club celebrates Christmas

Six Wellman Garden Club members gathered in the Asbury UMC Fellowship Hall at noon on Thursday, Dec. 21 for their Christmas luncheon. After the blessing, they enjoyed a delicious lunch of creamed … more

Local Mennonites protest for peace in Cedar Rapids

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, Mennonites staged peace service protests at the offices of elected officials across the United States and Canada, calling on the US government for action to prevent genocide in … more

Democrat, Republican caucuses set for Jan. 15

KALONA Republicans announced their 2024 presidential caucus locations on Dec. 8, and Democrats followed suite on Dec. 15, preparing for the first contest in the presidential nominating cycle. Both … more

Evans wraps up term on Wellman City Council

WELLMAN The Wellman City Council took just eight minutes to wrap up business at their final meeting of the year on Monday night. The Dec. 18 meeting was the last for council member Tony Evans, who … more

Wellman Fire Toy Giveaway

WELLMAN The Wellman Volunteer Fire Department gave away thousands of dollars’ worth of toys on Saturday, Dec. 9 during their second annual Toy Giveaway at the fire station. Parents came from … more

Wellman praises holiday celebration, bemoans library delays

WELLMAN A brisk regular meeting Monday night left the Wellman city council time to discuss the city’s recent successes and disappointments, which include Light the Night in the former category … more

Riverboat Foundation awards $299,300 grant to Kalona Historical Society for rail exhibit

The Washington County Riverboat Foundation announced fall grant recipients Wednesday night at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. Over $2,000,000 in grants were distributed, with the second highest … more

Wellman Lights the Night

Families turned out in Wellman Saturday night, Nov. 25, for Light the Night downtown. Hot Cocoa, Christmas tree decorating, and train rides provided lots to do while folks awaited Santa’s arrival … more

Wellman’s water mains still a worry

WELLMAN Wellman’s water mains have outlived their life expectancy, a point brought home by a break downtown days before the city council met on Nov. 20. The topic once again occupied the council … more

Wellman Garden Club explores mandala rock painting

The Wellman Garden Club met Nov. 16 at the Senior Center. President Powell opened the meeting by thanking attendees for coming. Marilyn read a beautiful Helen Steiner Rice Thanksgiving poem called … more

Veterans, student enlistees recognized at Mid-Prairie assembly

Mid-Prairie honored area veterans at their annual Veterans Day Assembly and Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10. Numerous veterans from the community gathered, each stating their name and what they … more

Jo & Co adds sparkle to downtown Wellman

WELLMAN Melissa Rediger is in a sweet spot, but it didn’t happen overnight. As she tells it, the origins of Jo & Co, her handmade gift shop in downtown Wellman, date back 23 years to when … more
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