Archive for: December, 2010

Mahaska Salvation Army ends successful bell-ringing season

The Salvation Army just concluded their 2010 bell ringing season and want to thank everyone who helped exceed our goal. Your generous contributions in the kettles this year exceeded 30,350.06 dollars. Our goal was 26,000.00. You exceeded the goal by 14.33% so we will be able to help more families and individuals this year. We […]

Branstad names Michael Mauro as Iowa’s next Labor Commissioner

(URBANDALE) – Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad today announced that he intends to nominate Secretary of State Michael Mauro as Iowa Labor Commissioner for a term beginning May 1, 2011. “Michael Mauro has been a dedicated and effective public servant for many years,” said Branstad. “As Labor Commissioner Michael will be responsible for programs designed to protect […]

Open Valve Causes Syrup to Reach Mississippi River in Keokuk

KEOKUK – An open drain valve at Roquette America, Inc. in Keokuk resulted in an estimated 6,000 gallons of corn syrup reaching the Mississippi River. An operator at Roquette did not get a drain valve closed at the facility on Dec. 30th after a tank was being cleaned. It was originally thought that the material […]

DPS Cautions against Impaired Driving this New Year’s Eve

Des Moines, IOWA — Time to ring in the New Year with good friends and a glass of Champaign. Just be sure you and your friends don’t get behind the wheel once you’ve toasted 2011. Driving drunk, or even buzzed, is a choice that will land you behind bars or at the local morgue. Don’t […]

Osky News readership highlights

Anyone that owns a website that keeps track of their visitors knows it’s easy to understand why they call it the World Wide Web. Osky News is no different. Some interesting info about who reads and visits Osky News. Currently we have just over 600 unique readers a day to the website, give or take […]

MHP Christmas happenings

Oskaloosa — The Mahaska Health Partnership Cancer Care and Infusion Center’s Annual Christmas Basket Auction raised $1,142. This year’s proceeds were designated to benefit New Hope Community, Inc., a community center located in the old Jefferson School Building in Oskaloosa that provides children and family programs in an economically depressed area where no other supervised […]

Mop head and greasy rubber object plugs sewer line in Taylor County

NEW MARKET – A plugged sewer line in the city of New Market was cleared and operation returned to normal shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday, reports the DNR. The 8-inch sewer line was plugged by a mop head and an unidentified hard rubber object about six inches in diameter covered with grease and other materials. […]

Preliminary year-to-date crash fatality data for 2010 appears to show a decrease from six-year average

AMES, Iowa Dec. 30, 2010 – Fatality numbers for 2010 are expected to show a decrease from the six-year average, but they already show an increase over the 2009 single-year final number, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (Iowa DOT) data collection. In the past six years, death tolls on Iowa highways ranged from […]

Update on Cost-of-Living Adjustment for Veterans Compensation and Pension Benefits in 2011

WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration has announced that no cost-of-living adjustments will be made to Social Security benefits in 2011 because the consumer price index has not risen since 2008 when the last Social Security increase occurred. Like recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits, Veterans, their families and survivors will also not […]

Oskaloosa Police remind people to designate a driver

Lt. Plum stated that the Oskaloosa PD will have extra officers on patrol New Years Eve, and would like to remind people to designate a driver. This year they will be targeting drinking and driving, speeders and general operations violators. Plum stated that “typically in the past 5 years we don’t a problem of drinking […]


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