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Addressing Iowa’s doctor shortage

Growing up in rural Montgomery County, Iowa, I’m all too familiar with the challenges of accessing medical care, especially if you or a family member needs to see a specialist.  … more

Mid-Prairie complies with new legislation, appoints new attorney

During a short regular meeting Monday, August 28, before heading out for tours of West Elementary, High, and Home School buildings, the Mid-Prairie Board of Education sought to comply with new … more

Board approves highway agreement, road repair, next step for wind energy ordinance

The Washington County Supervisors Tuesday were unanimous in approving a formal resolution for a highway easement, a motion to repair a railroad grade crossing, and a third to continue procedures … more

Local State Fair winners

Ladies Nail Driving Contest 3 rd place: Tina Montz, Washington   Horseshoe Pitching Doubles Pro-Am, Class A 1 st place: Steve Miller, Wayland and Justin Zaugg, Washington … more

Seeing is believing

Stepping inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Riverside, one can’t help but be awed by its beauty.   Robin-egg blue walls, trimmed in gilt, rise up to meet spectacular ceiling … more


Feed the Kids Mid-Prairie saw a great turnout Saturday, Aug. 26 for their annual dinner and auction fundraiser at Wellman’s Parkside YMCA.   The organization helps over 1000 food insecure … more

College Honors

Luther College announces the Spring 2023 Dean’s List. The list includes 625 students, including Micah Miller of Kalona and Skyler Schneider of Wellman. more

Mid-Prairie kicks off school year with all-district meeting

Mid-Prairie teachers, administrators, and staff made their official return to campus on Friday, August 18 at the all-district meeting at Mid-Prairie High School.   After playing a version of … more

Wellman council ok’s skate purchase, nixes rental changes at rink

At their regular meeting Monday, August 21, the Wellman City Council considered issues at the skating rink, finalized a setback ordinance and air conditioner purchase, and tabled splash pad and … more

Professional learning communities high priority for Mid-Prairie

Is teaching an individual or a collective enterprise?   Our default assumption may be that an individual teacher is responsible for their students’ learning, but research conducted in the … more

Wellman’s Fun in the Sun

Families turned out for Fun in the Sun at Wellman’s North Park on August 10, where kids enjoyed games and waterslides and parents refueled with tasty eats from Stone Wall Pizza and Buen … more

Wellman youth graduates from Youth Leadership Academy

Students from across Iowa recently completed the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council’s (Iowa DD Council) Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program, including Sariah Stutzman of Wellman. … more

Senior Dining Menus

Goodwin Senior Dining Thursday – Ham balls, cheesy potatoes, green beans, strawberry fluff pie Friday – Sloppy joe/bun, cole slaw, potato salad, chocolate chip bar Monday … more

State Fair Volunteers Needed

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce seeks volunteers to staff the city’s booth at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines August 10-20.   Morning and afternoon shifts available; free entry to … more

Wellman ok’s truck purchase, ponders downtown assessment

With the city administrator and one council member missing thanks to the Washington County Fair, the Wellman City Council got down to business Monday night, spending most of their 30 minutes in … more

Pet of the Week

Copper is the oldest kitty currently at PAWS & More. Her adorable habit is to hide in a bed or under a blanket and then poking her head out for petting when someone approaches her. Copper is nine … more

New Roots Festival and Tornado Benefit

A crowd turned out Sunday evening for the New Roots Music Festival and Tornado Benefit at the Wellman Band Shell, where three acts performed, and several food trucks provided good eats.   The … more

Future Problem Solvers

Home schooled Future Problem Solving teams from the area earned recognition at the 2023 International Competition in Amherst, Massachusetts, June 7 - 11.  The topic of the competition was … more
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